Committee discusses Muni reform, transit board appointee

In discussing Mayor Gavin Newsom’s recent nomination to the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency, supervisors used the conversation as a chance to express reservations about Muni accountability.

At the Rules Committee hearing Thursday, Supervisor David Campos said he would support appointing Cheryl Brinkman to the board, but noted that it doesn’t do anything to resolve lingering issues with the way the transit board and agency is run.

“The current structure does not provide for the level of accountability and independence that is needed and until that structure changes we will continue to have the same problems: a lack of representation of certain communities and a lack of transparency,” Campos said.

That’s partly why city supervisors were pushing a Muni reform charter amendment, which would have stripped the mayor of sole power to appoint to the SFMTA board.

That measure was tabled last week after Supervisor David Chiu and Mayor Gavin Newsom agreed to form a Muni reform task force. In exchange supervisors dropped the charter amendment measure.

Chiu’s office said the task force will begin its work after the August recess.

If you find our journalism valuable and relevant, please consider joining our Examiner membership program.
Find out more at

Just Posted

Star of 49ers win, Mostert consoled injured teammate: “We’re brothers”

Raheem Mostert, who broke his arm against the Oakland Raiders in 2018, was able to empathize with some of the pain that Coleman was experiencing

The Niners faithful recall a different time as they celebrate their team’s victory

Minutes from Candlestick Park, the ancestral home of the 49ers, several of… Continue reading

The Niners are going to the Super Bowl

With a 37-20 win over the visiting Green Bay Packers, the 49ers punched their tickets to Miami, FL

Photos: San Francisco 49ers fans tailgate at Levi’s

San Francisco 49ers fans tailgate at Levi’s Stadium before the big game

SF Lives: Divorcing San Francisco

“This is a town that thrived on being eclectic. I don’t think we can recover,”

Most Read