CA: S.F. small business owner and accessibility advocate to help oversee Muni

By Mallory Moench : masstransit – excerpt

Jan. 5—Mayor London Breed’s nominees for the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency board — a small business owner and an accessibility advocate —were approved Tuesday by the Board of Supervisors.

Manny Yekutiel, the owner of café and political event space Manny’s in the Mission, and Fiona Hinze, system change director at Independent Living Resource Center San Francisco, will help oversee the agency that runs Muni, streets and parking during a tumultuous time, with ridership and finances devastated by the pandemic…

On Tuesday, supervisors unanimously supported Hinze, who has cerebral palsy and uses an electric wheelchair, and voted 9-2 in favor of Yekutiel. Sandra Lee Fewer and Dean Preston dissented, saying they wanted a Latino board member instead. Latinos make up 15% of the city’s population, but at least 30% of Muni ridership, the SFMTA’s Local Government Affairs Manager Joél Ramos told supervisors…

“Our public transportation is a shadow of its former self,” Preston said. “Transit operators are living in fear of losing their jobs with layoffs threatened. Many essential workers have no way to get to work using public transit. Entire lines are shut down with no plan to restore them. MTA has squandered massive amounts of money on failed capital projects. Meanwhile, many members of the public are fearful of returning to public transit.” … (more)

When does the Board of Supervisors stop funding capital projects and force the SFMTA to make Muni function for the riders who need it. Fighting independent drivers is not the way to fix the Muni. Fixing the Muni is the fastest way to get the riders back on the bus.

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