Wednesday, October 29, 2014

490 MTA employees make more than $100,000

Groundbreaking for the Central Subway

The Vote No on A folks send this message:

Where the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency’s billions of dollars have gone: Big salaries, overhead, overtime, bad projects and cost overruns, while Muni service is cut in every neighborhood.


While SFMTA (San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency) pleads lack of funds, cuts Muni service and raises fares/fees/fines, 490 of its employees make over $100,000 per year---eight over $200,000, including its Director at $305,000. Twenty-five SFMTA managers earn more than the Governor of California. SFMTA overhead alone has doubled in five years, from $55 million to $110 million per year. Vote No on A!


The Federal Transit Administration abruptly changed its independent PMOC (Project Oversight Management Consultant). Unlike past weak reports, the new PMOC Report is forceful---projecting a large cost overrun. Any cost overrun means more state/local funds will be diverted from the Muni system. Vote No on A!

The PMOC Report:
“In the opinion of the PMOC, if the current trends continue, the actual cost of the completed [Central Subway]project would be 11% higher than the cost estimate without contingency. The project cost estimate without contingency is $1,499,086,167. If the project were to exceed this estimated cost by 11%, the total cost would be $1,663,985,645, or $85.7 million over the established budget.”

The Prop A General Obligation Bond was originally touted as a transportation bond. Now, TV/campaign literature’s new pitch is “Prop A will improve pedestrian safety,” even as the SFMTA Board unilaterally issues $89 million of new revenue bonds for pedestrian safety, street improvements and Muni capital projects without voter approval. SFMTA has issued revenue bonds of $170 million in 2011 and $150 million in 2013. Incurring debt without a plan, bonds alone will NOT create a citywide integrated Muni system. Vote No on Prop A!

SFMTA Board of Directors, Tuesday, October 21, 2014 Agenda: 
11. Approving the issuance of SFMTA Revenue Bonds in an amount not greater than $89,560,000 to make improvements to pedestrian safety and transit signals, Muni transit system safety, Complete Street capital improvements, facility and Transit Fixed Guideway improvements and procure Light Rail Vehicles; approving the Official Statement, Bond Purchase Contract form and the Continuing Disclosure Certificate and authorizing the expenditure of proceeds from the Bonds. REVENUE BOND REPORT

Requested by the Mayor, tech companies, developers and corporations have written checks of $200,000, $105,000, $50,000, $49,999, $49,500 for a total of $1,294,391 to the Prop A campaign. Those who got blank checks from the City likely need to return the favor. If bigwigs donated money to Muni every year, we wouldn’t need a bond measure and debt. Vote No on A!

Elimination of buses and bus stops hurts neighborhoods, pushing people into cars, and they are then penalized by rising fares/fees/fines/meters/parking elimination. With bad consensus-building, SFMTA has angered everyone---Muni riders, motorists, taxi drivers/operators, small businesses, seniors, disabled, youth, low-income families and outlying neighborhoods. Without compensation, Muni construction has hurt business in North Beach, Chinatown, Union Square, Downtown, SOMA. Let’s get SFMTA’s house in order, focusing on smarter funding allocation, better management, better projects and integrated neighborhood services. VOTE NO ON A!

SFWEEKLY: The Ides of “May”: The Language of the Mayor's Pet $500 Million Bond "May" Alarm You
In legal parlance, “shall” is “prescriptive” language and “may” is “permissive” language. The language in Prop. A is permissive. Everything listed within it is something that “may” be funded, “may” be done.

EXAMINER: “Don’t have faith in Prop A funding direction,” Denise D’Anne

EXAMINER: “Time to tie pay to Muni’s on-time performance,” Jon Golinger

ENDORSEMENTS: Coalition for San Francisco Neighborhoods (45 neighborhood organizations), San Francisco Tomorrow, Chinese American Democratic Club, Irish American Democratic Club, District 3 Democratic Club, District 11 Democratic Club, San Francisco Green Party, San Francisco Republican Party, Log Cabin Republicans of San Francisco, Libertarian Party of San Francisco, Black Leadership Forum, San Francisco Taxpayers Association, Transportation Solutions Defense and Education Fund (TRANSDEF), SaveMuniSF, Bay Area Transportation Working Group (BATWG), A Better Chinatown Tomorrow (ABCT), Save North Beach Village, North Beach Tenants Committee, SF Gray Panthers, San Francisco Apartment Association, D5 Action, Eastern Neighborhoods United Front (ENUF), Judge Quentin L. Kopp (Ret., Chairman, California Senate Transportation Committee), Bruce Oka (Former SFMTA Board of Directors), Bob Planthold (Disability Advocate)

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At 4:19 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Beyond the salaries, what about all the "overtime" collected by drivers and mechanics? I have a feeling the number is larger than 490 employees. They cannot even get the escalators to work, but they sure know how to take care of themselves, and add the benefit package they get and it makes me wonder why I went to University to be an architect when I could have just worked for the MTA instead.

At 8:32 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

me wonder why I went to University to be an architect when I could have just worked for the MTA instead.

So you worked at a desk your whole life and you're thinking "I should have driven a bus full of homeless people".

At 1:09 PM, Blogger Rob Anderson said...

The Muni fare is now $2.25, which tends to weed out the homeless as passengers, though some slip in the back door.

Back in 2006 when we asked the court for an injunction against the Bicycle Plan, in its opposition papers the city included a list of the people whose jobs would be threatened if Judge Warren issued an injunction, which of course was untrue. But Warren was amazed at how much money people in City Hall working on the Bicycle Plan were making. Like the architect above, he mused that maybe he should have gone into the bicycle business instead of the law.


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