Thursday, February 23, 2012

Stop the Central Subway!


See this CitiReport by Larry Bush ("Lobbyists Turn Millions Into Billions") on how lobbyists influence projects like the Central Subway.


Instead of Muni service cutbacks, fare/fee increases and crumbling infrastructure, imagine how the Central Subway's hundreds of millions of dollars in existing state/local funds could revitalize the citywide Muni System. Political leaders do pay heed to well-reasoned arguments of their constituents. 


Things are heating up. If you read today's Chronicle or Examiner you will know that Muni's financial position is fast deteriorating. It is no longer possible (if it ever was) to continue diverting funds and key personnel to the Central Subway without major additional cuts in Muni service and continued deferred maintenance. 

In the Congress, Representative Tom McClintock of California has introduced an Amendment to HR 7 stating that "None of the funds appropriated or otherwise made available under this Act, or the amendments made by this Act, may be used for the Central Subway Project of the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency." We should all get behind this amendment.

It's time to act. Please help flood your own elected reps with telephone calls and e-mails opposing the subway. Persuade your like-minded friends and colleagues to do likewise. We have now a real chance to stop the Central Subway, but it will take effort. Your message should be brief and punchy. One sentence is sufficient, so long as it's clear. Something like: "The Central Subway would be a disaster for Muni and San Francisco. I urge you to deny federal funding to this wasteful and virtually useless project." 

Your name,
phone number

Please do this right away. Stopping the Central Subway is not Republican, Democrat or partisan---it's about ending waste and inefficiency for the benefit of the neighborhoods of San Francisco.

Jerry Cauthen

Howard Wong,

CONTACTS---Here are San Francisco's elected representatives:

Representative Nancy Pelosi:  202 225 4965 or 

Representative Jackie Speier:  202 225 3531 

Senator Dianne Feinstein: 202 224 3841

Senator Barbara Boxer:  202 224 3553

Governor Jerry Brown:  916 445 2841 or

Mayor Ed Lee 415 554 6141

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At 11:49 AM, Blogger Nato said...

For what it's worth, the more I read about it, the more inclined I am to agree that it's a true boondoggle. Having said that, I haven't really read any concerted "pro" articles that might answer the objections, so I wouldn't call myself convinced yet.

At 1:10 PM, Blogger Rob Anderson said...

It's nothing but a political deal disguised as a transportation project. Check out the Grand Jury's report and Dennis Herrera's dissent during last year's campaign.

Too bad that Herrera's nice, 11-page critique of the project is no longer available since his campaign website has expired, but his opposition is based, like the Grand Jury's, on the escalating cost and design problems.

The political implications from tearing down the Embarcadero freeway: Willie Brown and Rose Pak made a deal.

Like the state's high-speed rail project, the Central Subway is about the money, not transportation. As Muni is drowning in red ink, the city itself is throwing $287 million into this money pit!

Except for Jeff Adachi and Dennis Herrera, there's no dissent on the Central Subway in City Hall. The Board of Supervisors has overwhelmingly endorses the project!

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