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by Bryan Goebel
Bryan Goebel is a reporter at KQED Public Radio in San Francisco. A veteran journalist and writer, he helped launch Streetsblog SF in 2009 and served as editor for three years. He lives car-free in the Castro District.
Another piece of news: the story in yesterday’s Chronicle saying Berkeley Mayor Tom Bates has given up his car because he wants to minimize his carbon footprint. Seems important to me, and I believe a first in the nation.
I believe the headline should be “Muni Resumes Posting Daily Service Reports.” From 2002 to 2006 you could download Muni’s daily operating report from Rescue Muni at this URL (which no longer works):
For example, here is the report from March 2, 2006 in PDF format. It’s only been over the past couple of years that these reports were not available.
From the linked article on Muni’s serice reports:
“[Of] the 1,600 operators on the roster, 371 — or 23 percent — were not available to work. The reasons: 138 called in sick; 72 were on vacation; 96 were on unplanned leave [...] and 65 were out for other reasons.”
So on a single random day, more than 8.5% of scheduled workers called in sick? I’m not even counting the “unplanned leave” and “other reasons” categories. How on earth is that possible?
If full time employees call in sick 8.5% of the time, that amounts to about 22 days of sick time a year. Preposterous.
“That cars cannot participate in the give and take that characterize human movement in crowds is their essential flaw.”
– Jeffrey Baker
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