"It's not a question of whether service cuts are good or bad," says Elsbernd. "What's been appealed is, did the planning department issue a proper categorical exemption" to Muni?
In other words, Elsbernd hopes the discussion focuses on whether the city followed the letter of the law -- not whether grandpa won't be able to leave his apartment ever again because service cuts are the worst thing since Hitler, and Muni should be free, anyway, you fascist bastards. Perhaps tellingly, the supervisor said the discussion would work out this way in his "dream world."
He predicts today's meeting will "be a bunch of B.S. We're not going to talk about the categorical exemption. It'll be an excuse to beat up the [Municpal Transportation Agency] pinata."
That being said, Board President David Chiu told SF Weekly he sees today's matter as a question of exemptions and state environmental law -- and not a referendum on service cuts. Chiu said he'll hear today's appeal and make his decision "after getting both sides." We didn't get a hold of any of Chiu or Elsbernd's colleagues to see how they felt. But we'll know what they were thinking by the end of tonight's meeting.