Monday, July 08, 2013

Reiskin: Vote on Masonic would "confuse the community"

Three years ago Reiskin told the Bicycle Coalition
he'd like to slow city traffic for cyclists. He's getting ready
to do that on Masonic Avenue

Sent: Friday, July 05, 2013
To: Howard Chabner
Cc: MTA Board, Board of Supervisors, Mayor Lee
Subject: Advisory Vote on Masonic Bike Lane Project

Dear Mr. Chabner:

Thank you for your idea to hold a vote on the Masonic project. At this stage, the Masonic Streetscape Project is fully approved. Putting the project to a vote would not only confuse the community and others who worked to bring the project to this point, it would also imply that managing the public right-of-way should be an inherently political process.

We do value, benefit from, and incorporate community feedback in all projects---including this one. Ultimately, responsibly managing the city’s transportation infrastructure cannot be achieved through purely populist means. It is the SFMTA’s charter responsibility to manage the transportation system for those who live, work, visit, and have their business in San Francisco, and for all who use its public rights-of-way.

We’re sorry that you are opposed to the project and we’d like to work with you to determine how it can be more palatable to you, but we don’t think holding a vote is the way to do it.

As always, we welcome your continued input about the Masonic project.


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At 8:17 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Let professionals do their job.

At 9:25 AM, Blogger Rkeezy said...

"We don't want to know that the people oppose this plan"


At 10:16 AM, Anonymous James said...

Where was Howard Chabner for the last 5 years? Some Masonic Corridor Neighborhood Association if they don't know what's being proposed in their neighborhood for 5 years. It was posted everywhere on Masonic.

At 11:15 AM, Anonymous sfthen said...

Anon said, "Let professionals do their job."

That would be nice if any professionals were involved in this; Reiskin has absolutely no experience in any kind of transportation planning, his background is in kissing up to the politicians above him in a hierarchy, period.

But he's a real professional at that.

At 1:02 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ed Reiskin has been appointed by elected officials. We *ALREADY* voted on this. If you don't like it, you need to find a time machine and run for Supervisor/Mayor and appoint someone who will do your bidding instead of the bidding of the electorate.

Oh wait, Rob did that.

Turns out you need to WIN.

At 4:11 PM, Anonymous Jesse said...

And lets take our urban road structuring and safety advice from a biased and uneducated blogger.

At 12:28 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Rob, can't you delay this for a decade or so with a CEQA suit? Or did that get shot down already?

At 12:25 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am a biker and STILL wonder why they picked a hill of that grade for the North/South passage. I can do it ok but how many others can? How many people with kids in tow, or with groceries in tow?

Be honest with your responses to me on this one please.

At 8:39 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am a biker and STILL wonder why they picked a hill of that grade for the North/South passage.

No cyclist calls themselves a "biker". What brand of motorcycle do you own?

At 9:59 PM, Anonymous Vince said...

From SFGate, July 22, 2011: "I don't want (MTA headquarters) to be seen as some distant ivory tower issuing edicts from afar," [Reiskin]said.

But now he eschews a "populist' approach? Obviously, he was talking about concocting a process of public input for appearance's sake. Public relations, of course, is the art of lying. How do we get rid of this liar?

At 11:02 AM, Blogger Mark Kaepplein said...

Non-binding ballot questions and community questionnaires are excellent means to gather feedback on whether a plan is wanted by the public or even sufficiently well communicated to them. Democracy is a process for insuring that changes provide the greatest good for the most people. Dictatorships are where actions are carried out despite majority public will.


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