It is amazing that Ed Reiskin, the Gavin Newsom crony whose Public Works Department brought us such wonders as the “parklet” privatization of public commons; the plan to force property owners to care for trees they did not plant and never asked for; and a bond measure to cure the heartbreak of potholes, is moving on to run Muni. No nationwide search for an administrator with actual transit experience was conducted.
Reiskin has spoken of funding Muni operations through such innovations selling T-shirts — as though riders are proud of their transit service — and bus wrapping, which is ever more intrusive advertising.
Harry S. Pariser, San Francisco
Ads least of Muni’s worries
The heated debate at the Board of Supervisors about putting shrink-wrapped ads on buses, in order to raise a mere $500,000 a year for cash-starved Muni, is like rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic. Last week the supervisors, without debate, unanimously approved spending $57 million on a tunnel-boring machine for the Central Subway boondoggle, which, according to the civil grand jury, is going to cost Muni $15 million a year to operate.
So we have a huge red-ink tsunami gushing down Van Ness Avenue toward Muni headquarters while they’re debating shrink-wrap. What they fail to understand is that they are going to have to shrink-wrap every tourist attraction in The City or drastically raise fares in order to operate their ludicrous subway.
Paul Foley, San Rafael
Against homeless measure
I express my appreciation to Supervisors Jane Kim and Eric Mar for their decision to withdraw their proposed “Fair Shelter Initiative” from the November ballot.
I wrote to the Board of Supervisors’ Rules Committee earlier this month to oppose the measure and to urge its withdrawal. At the same time, I expressed support for a thoughtful, productive policy-making process to address the important concerns that advocates for homeless community expressed about the adequacy and availability of shelters in San Francisco.
Kim and Mar’s proposal and the public hearing they held for it raised legitimate concerns about whether San Francisco is doing enough to serve elderly, disabled and other homeless people who may not be beneficiaries of the Care Not Cash program, but who are nonetheless in need of shelter and other services to afford them an exit from poverty.
Dennis Herrera, City Attorney, San Francisco