Today’s Headlines

  • Union Leadership Urges Approval of Muni Operators Contract (SF Gate, SF Examiner)
  • Mercury News: “Despite Crisis, Caltrain Plans Record Spending”
  • Caltrain Upgrades Jeopardized “By Lack of Funding from Transit Partners” (SF Examiner)
  • Poll Gauging Popularity of Sales Tax Increase for Caltrain (City Insider)
  • Berkeley Report Illustrates Tension Between SB375 and Fair Share (Transbay Blog)
  • SF Man Run Over by Driver on His Bicycle Offers a “Post-Crash Meditation” (Grist)
  • For First Time in 27 Years, SF’s Cable Cars Won’t Be Running This Week (SF Examiner)
  • Pedestrian Killed on San Tomas Expressway Identified (Mercury News)
  • Driving While Black: African-Americans Charged More for Car Insurance (Our Weekly)
  • Sac Bee Columnist: “Would New Arena Shove Transit Center Aside?”

More headlines at Streetsblog Capitol Hill

  • mikesonn

    “However, by July, the administration’s compensation will have jumped 56 percent since 2005.

    Caltrain and two other Peninsula transit agencies teamed up to pay joint-CEO Mike Scanlon more than $400,000 last year, higher than any other transit boss in the state even though the size of the agencies he oversees is about average.

    It comes as rank-and-file employees such as engineers and conductors — who are provided by Amtrak and make up the majority of Caltrain’s budget — have received pay bumps totaling nearly 40 percent in the past three years.”

    I can’t even comment on that. Robbery, plain and simple.

  • mikesonn

    And on that note, thank you Scanlon for the impending reduced service. There is no way a tax will pass to help fund Caltrain if you keep screaming that the sky is falling and then turn around and take a bigger piece of the pie.

    I’d really question if any of the Caltrain board members (especially Scanlon) has ever been on a train, let alone uses every day. It has been 4+ years of “fiscal emergencies”, but plenty of money to raise admin comp by 56% and rank-and-file comp by 40%.

  • Anonymous

    Scanlon is the CEO, not on the board.

    I don’t think Michelle Bouchard always makes good decisions, but she makes many good decisions, and I definitely see her on the train very often – I think she takes it daily.

  • mikesonn

    I’m glad to hear Bouchard rides the train.

  • Anonymous
  • Michael

    That Mercury News piece read like it was an SF Examiner cover story. Not much balance. I definitely wouldn’t go to bat for the Caltrain executive team or board, but this article simply failed to probe the full spectrum of reasons for Caltrain’s increased expenses, and makes me wonder if the Merc is already gunning to defeat the ballot measure.

  • mikesonn

    Indeed. I was surprised when I started to see the new bike cars, but glad they are around now.

  • Andy Chow

    The rank and file pay increase occurred all at once because years ago Bush Administration didn’t renew their contract (they did not have a contract for 8 years). Caltrain was not a party on the negotiation table. Rather than a gradual pay increase as in a normal contract, the contract had retroactive pay increases.

    How would you feel working 8 years on the same job with no pay increases. How would you think of Amtrak employees when you compare them with Muni (which for many years had automatic pay increases regardless of the financial condition of the agency).