Progs support congestion pricing advocate to lead the SFCTA
Matier and Ross (below in italics) provide us with an item about replacing the head of the San Francisco County Transportation Agency (SFCTA) that spends Prop. K sales tax money for city transportation projects---and for overpaid adminstrators---$228,368 a year! They tell us that "progressive" supervisors support Tilly Chang for the job, probably because for years she's been dedicated to pushing the ultimate anti-car plan, the punitive, unpopular congestion pricing idea on San Francisco that will charge city residents a fee for driving downtown in their own city.
Eeny, meeny...: Deciding on a replacement for recently departed $228,368-a-year county Transportation Authority chief Jose Luis Moscovich has produced plenty of political hand-wringing and indecision down at City Hall.
The authority, one of the few agencies that the Board of Supervisors has direct control over, can influence spending on big transportation projects such as the Doyle Drive replacement.
Three finalists are in the hunt, the authority's deputy director Tilly Chang (whose strength is planning); Municipal Transportation Agency finance director Sonali Bose (who knows financing); and Stephanie Wiggins, an executive with the Orange Country Transportation Authority (who has experience in project management).
Progressives appear squarely behind Chang; moderates are leaning toward Bose. Others see outsider Wiggins as a possible compromise.
After failing to reach a consensus before their August break, the supervisors are scheduled to resume private deliberations Tuesday.