Mayor Lee's Muni photo-op
From today's letters to the editor in the Chronicle:
No on Prop. A
Regarding “Mayor rides jam-packed Muni train with the masses” (Sept. 17) and “Mayor Cautious” (Sept. 17), Mayor Ed Lee and city officials are indeed cautious ... by not riding Muni at all except for election photo ops. And Lee is trying to raise $1 million in campaign cash to push his $500 million transportation bond?
It’s far better for donations to actually ease the crush in the Market Street Metro, because Prop. A does not restore years of Muni service cuts in every neighborhood. Prop A is an attempt to raid $1 billion ($500 million in bonds and $500 million in interest) by increasing property taxes and rents (50 percent pass-through) for non-Muni work and pet projects.
During future election cycles, Muni riders and touring bigwigs will still watch sardine-packed trains pass them by. Instead, reject Prop. A!
Then we sardines can help plan for four-car trains, free neighborhood circulator buses and more futuristic transit found around the world.