Today’s Headlines

More headlines at Streetsblog Capitol Hill

  • SF Citizen ran an interesting article yesterday comparing two city agencies that recently set up new ticket booths: the MTA at Powell and Masonic and rec & parks at the botanical gardens.

    It sounds like SFMTA paid $414,000 each for their ticket booths while rec & parks used a prefab shed that can’t have cost more than a couple thousand, and SFMTA ticket sellers earn five times as much as rec & parks ticket sellers.

    So if we assume that rec & parks got the best possible deal, MTA is overpaying by around 400% on labor and 20,000% on the buildings. I wonder how typical this is of their projects?

    http://sfcitizen.com/blog/2011/01/11/do-the-sfmtas-new-million-dollar-kiosk-boxes-come-with-wifi-i-certainly-hope-so/

  • In other news, our former top cop and new DA shows his commitment to using SFPD resources frivolously in pursuit of often entrapped car thieves:

    http://www.sfweekly.com/2011-01-12/news/baitcar-tv-show-san-francisco-sfpd-crime/

    I continue to be amazed at the state of policing in this country. Gascon is sold as such a liberal progressive guy…SF just feels over-run by rampant pseudo-identity politics lately in new appointments from Bridges to Lee to Gascon.

    _J