Sunday, February 20, 2011

The Central Subway: low-speed pork

Best and funniest comment by "seej" to the self-congratulatory City Hall press release---published by Fog City and almost redeemed by Luke Thomas's fine picture (above) of Mayor Lee---announcing that the Feds have given SF another $200 million for the Central Subway boondoggle: "Great---we are now wasting billions on low-speed and high-speed pork!"

How does SF rate this kind of money when government budgets everywhere are being cut, Muni has a $21 million deficit, Caltrain has a $30 million deficit, and the State of California has a $25 billion deficit? Because of the seniority of Senators Boxer and Feinstein and Representative Pelosi, who also support the high-speed rail boondoggle. This is about money and union jobs, not sensible transportation projects. Willie Brown admits that he bears some responsibility for the bloated benefits for city employees during his regime, but the Central Subway may be his most regrettable legacy to the city.

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