More time for Muni talks

In regards to Central Subway media events, taxpayers should hold on to their wallets and purses when SFMTA management and politicians congregate. Developers are trying to ramrod the subway into North Beach’s and the Waterfront’s prime real estate.

EXAMINER: “From Readers”, June 17, 2014

Muni drivers deserve better
Net wage cuts would offend anyone, not just Muni operators—especially when The City has copious revenue, proposes the largest San Francisco budget in history and gives tax breaks to rich companies in the hundreds of millions of dollars.
Because of the Central Subway’s costly $595 million in matching state and local funds, Muni has cut service, eliminated bus lines, shortened routes, deferred maintenance, increased missed runs, switchbacks, fares, fees, fines and meters—while blaming Muni operators for the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency’s own financial hara-kiri.
With mushrooming SFMTA managers and more than six-figure salaries, only Muni operators are hobbled—even while $10 million is taken from operating reserves for the subway’s unnecessary Pagoda Theater work.
Now, $15 million more is threatened for acquisition of the property.
Worse, huge subway cost overruns loom ahead, unveiled by the Central Subway’s cost engineer, whose whistle-blower’s complaint alleges a cooking of the books.
Bleeding dollars from the Muni system, developers are toying with Muni like a Monopoly game.
Taxpayers should take up torches and pitchforks to end the financial madness.
Howard Wong
San Francisco


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