SF TAXIS VS. UBER/LYFT: DEBATE ON MEASURE D
A public debate on San Francisco’s proposal to tax rideshare companies such as Uber and Lyft will take place on Monday, September 16. The 6 p.m. forum sponsored by Save Muni, a transportation think tank, will focus on November’s ballot Measure D. The debate will be held in conjunction with Save Muni’s monthly meeting at the Northern Police Station (Turk and Fillmore).
Measure D’s proposed tax on Transportation Network Companies (TNCs) has unanimous support of San Francisco’s Board of Supervisors, Mayor Breed and Uber and Lyft. A coalition of community activists and taxi workers has recently challenged the measure.
Tim Hester of Safer Streets & Better Transit Coalition will argue in support of Measure D. Sue Vaughan, transit advocate and member of the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency’s CAC, will speak in opposition.
Open to the public, the debate may offer the only in-depth look at the measure before the November 5 election.
Save Muni will also elect officers for 2019-2020 and discuss other transportation issues.
Taken by Robin Krop, edited by Bob Feinbaum
PRESENT: Bob Feinbaum (Chair), David Pilpel, Ed Mason, Angelo Figone, Herb Weiner. Robin Krop, Michael O’Rourke, Michael Barrett, Howard Wong, Serge Litvinenko Allen Kessler, Paul Bendix, Brian Larkin, Eileen Boken, Sara Greenwood, Chris Bowman, Jay Phone: Jean Barrish
1) Group business – Save Muni website being organized to make it sustainable. Jean Barish appointed to the working committee.
2) Discussion of MTA developments
The CTA backed off from advance funding for new LRVs due to safety problems
Save Muni sent a communication to the MTA raising issues with the new LRV4s, which was not responded to. Save Muni asked for specifications regarding the purchase order and never received any.
Present: Bob Feinbaum (Chair), David Pilpel, Ed Mason, Paul Bendix, Howard Wong, Serge Litvinenko, Allan Kessler, Jerry Cauthen, Paul Cummings, Jean Barrish, Herb Weiner
Announcements – Ed said that VTA will be offering free rides on 4/25 as part of their Get On Board event
Non-profit status: A number of questions were raised, as well as reasons to file for 501c(3) and reasons not to file. Decision deferred pending Jean’s communication with non-profit experts and the IRS.
Officers – Motion unanimously passed to continue the status quo. Will continue to look for a 5th officer to serve.
Website – Sergei is an IT professional with transportation experience who has offered to help with the website and social media. We need to define what SaveMuni will do. Bob, Howard and Paul appointed as the website committee to meet with Sergei.
Present – Bob Feinbaum (Chair), David Pilpel, Ed Mason, Lotus Fong, Allan Kessler, Jean Barrish, Eileen Boken, Howard Wong, Herb Weiner. Guests: Candace Sue (MTA), Lulu Feliciano (MTA)
Dues paid: Ed Mason
Election – Set for April with the proviso that at the meeting the group could delay to a following month (Adopted)
Minutes for February (Adopted)
Guests: Candace Sue, Lulu Feliciano
Candace said that her group is functionally based in media relations, marketing, strategic communications and public outreach and engagement. They have adopted standards for outreach to the public for capital construction projects (the POET strategy) which have spread throughout MTA. Took on customer service for MTA three years ago; there are now two avenues for comments, through 311 and through twitter (which is monitored live from 5 AM to 9 PM on weekdays and for special events on weekends.
Present: Bob Feinbaum (Chair), David Pilpel, Ed Mason, Eileen Boken, Howard Wong, Jean Barrish, Herb Weiner
Dues paid: Herb Weiner
By-laws Passed unanimously as proposed by the by-laws committee (Bob, David, Jean)
Election meeting: The meeting fort the election of officers was tentati8vely set for Aporil. This will be confirmed at the March 2019 meeting.
Dues: All members who0 have paid dues between January 2018 and the present will owe dues in February 2020. All other dues should be renewed 121 months after they have been paid.
Transbay Center: Bob reported that the Center is likely to reopen in June. Repairs to the cracked beams over Fremont Street will be made soon. A report to the TJPA Board is expected in March about the causes of the failure.
Present: Bob Feinbaum (Chair), David Pilpel, Herb Weiner, Rick Hall, Ed Mason, Chris Bowman, Eva Chao, Jerry Cauthen, Allen Kessler, Angelo Figone, Howard Wong, Paul Cummings
Administration – Save Muni bank account re-established.
By Laws – Draft by laws presented for discussion. Several comments received. The by-laws committee will meet prior to the February meeting of Save Muni to recommend a final proposal for adoption.
Chariot – Discussion about the implications of Chariot’s decision to stop service in San Francisco shortly. Comments focused mainly on the announcement that MUNI will be training former Chariot drivers. Save Muni will send a letter to Ed Reiskin requesting information about the training these drivers will receive. Angelo said we should also be asking about the need that Chariot fills and the origin and destination of its riders. He suggested that the MTA planners should address these issues in a cost effective manner.
Minutes – Meeting of October 15, 2018
Present: Bob Feinbaum (President). David Pilpel, Ed Mason, Evelyn Engle, George Wooding, Marlayne Morgan, Jerry Cauthen, Roger Marenco, Chris Bowman, Jean Barrish, Herb Weiner, Eileen Boken, Allan Kessler
Topics: By-laws revision, Incapacity of Save Muni’s Treasurer, Endorsements, Forum Follow-up, Taxis, BART Candidates
Present: Bob Feinbaum (Chair), Paul Bendix, David Pilpel, Ed Mason, Eileen Boken, Allan Kessler, Herb Weiner, Howard Wong, Arthur Tom
Topics Covered: Forum, Sunset transportation issues, RAB and DTX, MTC selection, and MTA training
Present: Bob Feinbaum (Chair), Jerry Cauthen, Mari Eliza, Herb Weiner, Peter Donohue, Howard Wong, David Pilpel, Roger Marenco, Cassandra (driver), Ed Mason, Angelo Figoni, Eileen Boken, Mark Miller
Topics Covered: Muni Union Driver Report, September 29 Forum on the Future of Transportation, and Geary BRT
Present: Bob Feinbaum, Ed Mason, Howard Wong Guest: Rick Laubscher
Transportation Forum: Bob presented a preliminary plan; discussion deferred until August
Topics Covered: Fort Mason Extension, Future Speakers, and Horizon Challenge