"Now that I actually have no clients, can I speak as a resident?" asked Jaye, who does not own a car and rides Muni frequently. "How many times have you seen this before? The tougher things get, the more some politicians take advantage by pointing fingers. Operators of the Municipal Railway may have weak union leadership. But the problems of Municipal Railway are not their fault -- and fundamentally not their responsibility."
Jaye said both Newsom and Supervisor Sean Elsbernd -- who is championing a Charter Amendment assailing drivers' pay system -- are "excellent human beings." But "you have to sometimes help folks act responsibly. Gavin Newsom an Sean Elsbernd are influenced by the facts -- and it's important for Muni riders to focus on those facts ... You and I both know that operators are not making the rules."
While Jaye says he didn't get any compensation from the union, he says he still may profit from the association. "I think my daughter now has her father's day present," he said of the picture atop this article. "I think I'll see that picture on a mug sometime soon."