San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom is able to muster outrage towards a selective set of outrages these days.
San Francisco parking violaters trying to pay their tickets, and folks purchasing annual parking permits, have wait in line up to 54 minutes as often as once per year. This upsets our mayor, who says, "It's an embarrassment. I should go even further: It's absolutely unacceptable. There's no excuse.''
Our MUNI bus system, on the other hand, is raising fares AND was considering service cuts which would have forced riders to wait an hour, instead of a half hour, each time they rode the bus. For graveyard shift workers, that's an hour wait much more than once per year. Mayor, your comments? Perhaps The Examiner didn't call him, or couldn't reach him.
More recently, a study published by the Municipal Transportation Agency revealed MUNI still shows poor on-time arrivals and high driver absenteeism due to calling in sick. Buses reach their stops within 10 minutes of the scheduled time only 66% of the time. And 10% of MUNI drivers are calling in sick, leaving MUNI buses in the parking lot, sans passengers. Passengers who schedule their commute time are held to the whims of MUNI driver health. Every time they ride the bus. To and from work. That's more than once per year.
But the mayor hasn't expressed outrage over any MUNI passenger woes. He has had the energy and time to: lambast PG&E for an underground explosion which injured a 40-year-old woman and shattered the window of a Ralph Lauren store, "Excuses be damned. There will be accountability"; fly over Yosemite for a photo-op, and express support for keeping the San Francisco hydrolic energy system powered by the damn in Hetch Hetchy Valley JUST AS IT IS; and launch some Green Cities initiatives.
Isn't walkability, enabled by reliable public transportation, part of what makes a city green, Mr. Mayor?
Mr. Mayor, your comments?
As for Pac Heights residents who don't want this
weekend's MTV-filmed ICER-sponsored ski jump event to happen in their
front yards, only the Mayor's spokesman had these words to say:
"There's nothing any of us can do to stop this event."