some free advice for Mayor Willie Brown ...

1. don't duck the MUNI issue. Confront it directly and say that control of the systems needs to stay in the Mayor's Office - not some commission as recommended by Rescue MUNI. Tell people what you are doing. It might be pointed out that Rescue MUNI is not very representative of the riders of MUNI - even though they have done some good (ie rider surveys). Stress that appointing a commission will not necessarily fix MUNI and might even have the reverse effect of making government even less accountable than it is now.

2. Homeless - stick with your original instincts to be compassionate and resist those who push you to resort to totalitarian methods of riding the city of the homeless. Chide the "homeless industry" for not doing more with less tax dollars. You might call for a review of how "homeless dollars" are being currently spent.

3. The Bayview Tech Center is a great idea and a good legacy - get industry to put up most of the money. Has Bill Gates been contacted?

4. Bring high-speed rail to the city. To loose this to Oakland or other city would be a tragic loss to the future vitality of San Francisco.

5. Challenge those that want to rebuild Laguna Honda to find the money without issuing bonds that no one wants to pay for. Is $500,000 per room a good deal? If the Feds want it so bad, why don't they pay for it? After all it's just 1/4 of a B-2 bomber.

Hope this helps.

 

Richard Petersen
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June 9, 1999


And yes, Willie did reply!


The previous text from the Willie WATCH web site ...

It looks like Willie will be running for Mayor again. It might be harder this time as people have a record to judge him on. MUNI has not been "fixed" as promised and there still are a lot of issues people are not happy about. But times are good and many people have lots of money. Restraints are full and many people seem to be having a good time. I have some free advice to you Willie. First don't duck the MUNI issue. Confront it directly and say that control of the systems needs to stay in the Mayor's Office - not some commission recommended by Rescue MUNI. Tell people what you are doing. As for other issues like the homeless, stick with your original instincts to be compassionate and resist those who push you to resort to totalitarian methods of riding the city of the homeless. Chide the "homeless industry" for not doing more with less tax dollars. The Bayview Tech Center is a great idea and a good legacy - get industry to put up most of the money. Bring high-speed rail to the city. Challenge those that want to rebuild Laguna Honda to find the money without issuing bonds that no one wants to pay for. Is $500,000 per room a good deal? If the Feds want it so bad, why don't they pay for it? After all it's just 1/4 of a B-2 bomber. What do you think? Add your comments here.