Muni Is Broken
SFMTA appears broken on many levels: The transit agency has gone rogue, period ["Clockmakers," Joe Eskenazi, News, 2/6]. Overtime pay is the tip of the iceberg. The whole department is out of control and everyone knows it. The voters are ready to throw the SFMTA under the bus. They weren't hired to conduct studies, paint bike lanes, and conduct a war on cars by eliminating parking spaces. They were hired to run a municipal transit system that works for those who need and depend on it. If they can't do that, they should do us all a favor and resign.
Story highlights 49er Colin Kaepernick: I randomly came upon Albert Samaha's article just now and I have to say I really enjoyed it ["The Amazing Kaepernick," feature, 1/30]. The "magician" narrative was a perfect take and brought everything together nicely. Thanks!
Writer delivers great NFL quarterback story: Thanks to Albert Samaha for one of the most insightful articles on the state of NFL quarterbacking I've had the pleasure of reading in some time. Colin Kaepernick is an amazing person: athlete, scholar, leader, son, no matter how a person slices it.
Blog Comments of the Week
Ira Glass isn't against the podcast: This is exactly as I expected ["Ira Glass Responds to SF Weekly's Post on This American Whore Podcast," Anna Pulley, the Exhibitionist, 2/6]. This American Life has to defend its trademark or risk losing it. There's been a lot of reactionary and incendiary language about This American Life trying to silence whores. I hope that the people saying this will step back, reassess their positions, and recant their earlier accusations.
Bike column never full delved into the issues: I was all ready to hear a detailed explanation of how local streets and roads that bicyclists ride on are funded largely by non-user fees that everyone pays, including people who bike, and not by vehicle registration fees and gas taxes, but that explanation never happened ["Taxing S.F. Cyclists Is a Dumb Idea," Ben Christopher, the Snitch, 2/1]. I was also hoping to hear an explanation of how much more value-driven bicycle infrastructure is when compared to motor vehicle infrastructure, as it is significantly cheaper per mile and more of the funding goes to labor instead of materials, which then makes its way back into the local economy, but that never happened either. I even thought I might hear an explanation about how bicycle registration requirements have existed and still do exist in some cities around California, but most cities opt out as they consistently equal a net loss, financially, and don't amount to any positive impact on safety. Or I might have even expected a description of all the external costs cars have on our cities, such as increased congestion, health and safety issues, air quality and environmental damage, increased sprawl and impacts on local businesses, etc., but even that didn't happen. Kinda missed the boat on this one, Ben.