Today’s Headlines

  • SFMTA’s Sketchy Use of Prop A Funds Could Hurt Chances for Future Ballot Measures (SF Exam 1, 2)
  • Driver Hospitalizes Bicycle Rider at Market and Kearny (CBS)
  • Walk to Work Day Coverage (KTVU, CBS, SF Weekly, CA NewsireSFBay)
  • SF Examiner Praises City’s Pedestrian Strategy
  • Unusually High Rate of Cable Car Injury Claims Costs City Millions (SF Examiner)
  • F-Line Streetcar Rear Ends Driver After Abrupt Stop (SF Appeal)
  • SF Weekly‘s Bike Columnist Weighs in on the Debate Around CEQA Appeal Reforms
  • Hearing Set for CA Assembly Bill That Would Give Public Employees Immunity for Bike Lane Injuries
  • Gov. Brown Tours China High-Speed Rail to Pursue Private Investors for CAHSR (SacBee, Mercury)
  • Marin County Bicycle Rider Killed After Apparently Falling, Being Run Over By Pickup Driver (Marin IJ)
  • GG Transit Cuts Spotty Wi-Fi Service (Marin IJ)

More headlines at Streetsblog Capitol Hill

  • Ted King

    Re : “SFMTA’s Sketchy Use of Prop A Funds …

    Those articles were interesting but incomplete. That $130K plumber – what are his duties ? If he’s some sort of hydraulic engineer that repairs elevators or vehicle lifts then it makes sense. Another possibility is a roving plumber doing repairs on the terminal comfort stations (aka standalone bathrooms) that bus drivers use on their breaks.

    More information is needed on those gardeners as well. Many of SFMuni’s facilities have extensive plantings (e.g. Forest Hills Stn. and West Portal Stn.). So who takes care of that greenery ?

    These points highlight a Gordian knot. Should city agencies buy better responsiveness with internal staff that may be under used ? Or should there be an Internal Services Agency that has all of these support staffers under one administrative roof ? The ISA would come with another bureaucracy and cost allocation furballs.

    P.S. To those who say that SFMuni should borrow gardeners from the Parks Dept. I say remember that the Parks Dept. has been underfunded and short staffed many times over the years.