cat's paw. It hides accountability rather than creates accountability.
It makes the entire system less accountable. The Board looks like it's
running the agency, but it's not. The person making the decisions, the
person who should be responsible for the failure of MTA to meet any of
its charter-mandated goals, is not held accountable.").
Chiu called for large-scale Muni reform to bring about "more independent commissioners. At this point, what's the point of even having the [MTA Board] if they simply rubber-stamp whatever the transit agency is saying?"
The supervisors have no say over cuts in Muni service -- other than wholesale eliminations of entire lines. They do, however, have a vote regarding fare hikes. And Chiu said more fare hikes will not be welcomed.
"I don't think there is going to be much appetite here at the board for future fare increases," continued Chiu. "Especially for the senior pass" -- one of the items being proposed today.
Last year, Chiu brokered a compromise Muni budget in which he unhappily accepted the "triple whammy" of fare hikes, service cuts, and "work orders" in which other departments pillaged the transit system. Another major element of the "compromise" was that Muni would "commit to analyzing" increased parking revenue. That turned out to be as farcical an endeavor as that non-commital commitment would lead you to believe it would.
It appears the wrangling over Muni's next budget is already well under way. And it also appears Chiu is less willing to accept any "whammies" at all.