Here is SPUR's A Comprehensive Approach to Fixing MUNI report.
Date: 4/27/97 2:49 PM To: SPUR Transportation Committee Cc: Ammiano, Tom: firstname.lastname@example.org Bierman, Sue: email@example.com Brown, Amos: Amos_Brown@ci.sf.ca.us Katz, Leslie R.: Leslie@Katz@ci.sf.ca.us Kaufman, Barbara: Barbara_Kaufman@ci.sf.ca.us Leal, Susan: firstname.lastname@example.org Medina, Jose: Jose_Medina@ci.sf.ca.us Newsom, Gavin: email@example.com Teng, Mabel: Mabel_Teng@ci.sf.ca.us Yaki, Michael J.: firstname.lastname@example.org Yee, Leland: Leland_Yee@ci.sf.ca.us" Da' Mayor: email@example.com Rescue MUNI Media Your, "A Comprehensive Approach to Fixing MUNI" report is interesting and represents a good start toward a discussion of transportation issues in San Francisco. There are some things which you do not consider which I believe are important and should not be ignored. These are: 1. Creating a separate agency will not magically make the MUNI work better. You miss the effect of political pressure exerted by the current system. When Willie Brown is on the hot seat over the MUNI he assignees one of his top aids, Emilio R. Cruz to run the MUNI. This just might be more effective than electing a board to run MUNI. As any businessperson knows, having a strong leader is often more effective than running an organization by committee. The recent garbage strike shows the advantage of clear accountability and the benefits of leadership. 2. Cultural issues are ignored. MUNI is an organization with a long history. The pride people have in their jobs often is as important as money. All one has to do is look across the bay at AC Transit to see an organization which runs like a Federal agency - rude drivers, too expensive with poor service. And I believe that they have the organizational structure you are proposing. 3. The opportunity MUNI presents to the city to be a transportation showcase. To just see MUNI a city expense like the water department is to not see the potential for San Francisco to use the MUNI to be a showcase for innovative transportation planning and the potential revenue the expertise could bring to the city. 4. Blithely suggesting a fare increase shows very little understanding for the voting power of those who use the system and ignores the many benefits of the system for those who drive cars and trucks. 5. More voter input is needed. Your report appears like you feel you have all the problems and solutions identified and make little effort to understand the various constituencies served by MUNI. The report is a good first try but needs a lot more work before truly being a useful document. I would suggest removing the word "comprehensive" from the title of the report and use it to begin to collect comments, which could be used to really create a comprehensive report. FIX THE MUNI http://www.zpub.com/fixmuni/
Tom Ammiano, Barbara Kaufman and aid to Supervisor Newsom. No comments from DA Mayor or other supervisors.
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