Mr. Fix-It: A Mechanic Turns from Trying to Save Muni to Trying to Save the World

By Joe Eskenazi : SFWeekly – excerpt

“Here’s how you gotta start your story, dude,” says Mike Cheney, matter-of-factly. “You create this scene where there’s some sort of ceremony out on Altamont Pass and they’re removing the last windmill. They’re pulling down that sucker like it’s a statue of Saddam Hussein!”
In Cheney’s vision, energy sources — including the windmill — will be supplanted by the one he’s invented, which will set right the existing, flawed order…
Every decade and change, a big Mike Cheney story splashes across a San Francisco newspaper. In 1988, a San Francisco Examiner piece titled “‘Pit Bull’ Hounds Muni Management” was illustrated via a bus sporting Cujo fangs. Ten years later, an Ex article called “The Man Who Would Be Muni King” — in which Cheney held forth on how he’d fix the ailing system — was knocked off the front page of the paper’s later editions when an N-Judah train rumbled between Embarcadero and Van Ness stations without a driver….
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