Muni might seek money through San Francisco voters

By: Will Reisman : sfexaminer.com – excerpt

Muni’s transformative transit initiative achieved an important planning milestone this week, but the ambitious project still faces major funding barriers and officials are considering asking voters for money.
Crafted in 2008, the Transit Effectiveness Project was the first review of Muni’s operations in a generation, and the recommendations from the plan included more bus rapid transit networks, an increase in transit-only lanes and other initiatives aimed at speeding up The City’s public transit system.
On Wednesday, the Planning Department issued its initial study of the project, clearing the way for the vital environmental reviews that must be completed before recommendations of the plan are implemented. The final environmental review is expected to be finished in 2014…
“We don’t have the confidence of the public today that we can spend and execute this money in an efficient manner,” Reiskin said… (more)

Ain’t that the truth!!!

Comment on sfexaminer. That is a good place to let the Mayor, Supervisors, and Ed know just how you feel about forking over more money, I mean increasing the public debt, to pay for their future vision of our city. Letters and emails work too.

It is time to end the era of rule by SFMTA desire. Too much authority and not enough oversight is a recipe for disaster. There is ample evidence that money is not the problem, but evidence that the experiment has failed.

8 Washington OK by S.F. supes stands

By John Wildermuth : SFGate – excerpt

…Chiu has been adamant in his opposition to the 3.2-acre development on a triangle of Port of San Francisco land across the Embarcadero from the Ferry Building. He called on board members to stop what could be a costly referendum election and campaign by reversing their approval of a special 136-foot height limit for the project, far taller than the current 84-foot limit along the waterfront.
Both the large number of signatures collected and polls commissioned by opponents of the development show that city voters are against both the individual project and any effort to allow taller buildings along the bay, he said.
“Today we have a chance to vote with a majority of San Franciscans,” Chiu said.
Chiu’s arguments were quickly dismissed by supervisors backing the project, who noted that the 31,000 voters who signed the referendum petitions only heard the opponents’ harangues against the development…
The board’s vote was the final chance to keep the referendum off the ballot. The 8 Washington project will remain on hold, with no physical construction allowed, until after the November 2013 election…  (more)

What motivates the Supervisors to risk their political careers to go against the wishes of their constituents?

Note that President David Chiu and Supervisors David Campos and John Avalos opposed this development.