Wednesday, March 23, 2011

The city squanders transportation money

Yesterday the Chronicle gave us an important story about the deteriorating streets of San Francisco ("Bad streets prompt bond call"). As I pointed out the other day, even though the city now collects more than $180 million a year from parking lots, parking meters, and parking tickets---not to mention the income from the Prop. K sales tax, the city's share of the gas tax and vehicle registration fees---it still claims it doesn't have enough money to pave our streets! Why? Because the city is pissing away millions of dollars on the Central Subway and an over-designed Trans-Bay terminal. Supervisor Chiu might as well forget about putting a $170 million bond on the ballot to extract still more money from city residents; it's no more acceptable now than it was in 2009, especially since it will require a 2/3 vote to pass. That bond measure will merely provide city voters an opportunity to cast an entirely justified no-confidence vote on a City Hall that has already botched its retirement system so badly that it's put the city in financial peril.

City Hall has now demonstrated that it can't perform one of its basic functions: paving city streets.

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7 Comments:

At 10:54 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Keep letting 2 ton vehicles break down the pavement, it's a losing scenario.

 
At 12:00 PM, Blogger Rob Anderson said...

You miss the point. The city has enough money to maintain our streets regardless of the size of vehicles. Besides, all our goods are delivered by trucks, and our Muni system that necessarily relies on heavy buses has 707,459 boardings every weekday.

This is not about motor vehicles versus bikes, since cyclists need adequately paved streets even more than motor vehicles as the Bicycle Coalition tells us.

 
At 12:26 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Cyclists were actually the first road users to push for paving.

And let the trucks and buses drive the streets, still no need for so many cars.

 
At 1:21 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I can switch to a Mountain Bike for $200-$300. How much will it cost to get the suspension fixed on all those cars?

 
At 1:22 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Drive your car down this

 
At 3:56 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Never thought I'd agree with this fact-challenged blogster, but he's correct about the wasteful Central Subway.
The Trans-Bay terminal, however is mostly being funded by the state and feds and, hopefully, will generate at least part of its operating budget thru the sales and leasing of condos and office space.

 
At 9:53 AM, Blogger murphstahoe said...

Anon - by "over-designed" Rob means "High Speed Rail will go there".

 

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