Muni layoffs to aid budget 

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About a dozen Muni managers were recently laid off in a move that’s expected to save the cash-strapped agency $2 million a year.

San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency chief Ed Reiskin released an internal memo last week announcing the layoffs, which are part of efforts to trim expenditures. The cuts will save the agency $2 million annually, SFMTA spokesman Paul Rose said, adding the layoffs took effect immediately.

Sources said among those being let go are Maggie Lynch, a former spokeswoman and community affairs manager; Reggie Mason, director of safety and training enforcement; and Joy Houlihan, who oversees parking control operations.

In the memo, Reiskin praised the outgoing employees.

“Managers in our agency play a vital role in planning and overseeing the resources that enable the MTA to function,” he said. “But as we need to reduce expenditures, I’ve decided to eliminate these positions so that we can preserve front-line service.”

The SFMTA is facing a two-year projected shortfall of $53.2 million.

Reiskin also wrote that the agency is reducing overtime, freezing certain nonpersonnel contracts and releasing funds for purchases that will not be completed this fiscal year.

wreisman@sfexaminer.com

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