Vote NO on Props J, K

Prop J/K:  BAIT and SWITCH… 

Those behind san Francisco Props J & K have used the understandable desire on the part of many to aid the homeless to divert more than $100 million from cash-strapped city services to the SFMTA, a huge agency to which we have already given billions of dollars in sales taxes, bonds, fares, parking fees and fines.  For the following reasons, SaveMuni strongly opposes this deceptive set of local ballot measures.  Vote No on Props J and K:

  • Despite the State law requiring that tax raising measures pass with at least a 2/3rd vote, Prop K, because of its unique pairing with Prop J, would pass with only a simple majority vote.
  • Despite the fact that under State law it is illegal for a State proposition to cover more than one subject, the sponsors of Prop J have chosen to incorporate no less than four distinctly different subjects involving four different City departments.
  • Instead of more sales tax revenues to be wasted or otherwise misspent on vaguely-defined pet projects, there should be better management of the City’s bloated $9.6 billion annual budget, which already exceeds that of many states and small countries.
  • Despite San Francisco’s already-in-place $241 million a year homeless budget, its homelessness problem continues to expand and get worse. 
  • Despite the billions of dollars already spent on Muni “improvements” Muni’s average vehicle speed has dropped by 13%, it’s schedule adherence over the last year has hovered around a dismally low 60%, its per capita ridership has declined and San Francisco’s traffic congestion problems have gotten worse.  Yet only 12.6% of the Prop. J/K sales tax increase would go toward fixing Muni.

What San Francisco needs is smarter priority-setting and better decision-making, not more taxes.  Vote No on Props J and K. 

SaveMuni joins Warriors arena lawsuit

From Business Wire:

Opponents of Warriors Proposed S.F. Arena Win Another Court Victory
Judge Rules Transit Advocacy Group Can Join Litigation Opposing Mission Bay Arena

Major Hearing on Mission Bay Alliance Lawsuits this Friday in S.F. Superior Court Against Warriors, City of San Francisco

June 15, 2016 02:11 PM Eastern Daylight Time
SAN FRANCISCO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–One of the leading San Francisco transit advocacy groups can join opponents of proposed Golden State Warriors Arena as a Plaintiff in the litigation to keep the arena out of Mission Bay, according to a ruling by San Francisco Superior Court Judge Garrett Wong.

“The ill-considered RAB proposals would dump tens of thousands of additional cars a day into vulnerable parts of San Francisco and add billions of tax-payer dollars to the cost of getting Caltrain into downtown San Francisco”

Judge Wong ruled Thursday that SaveMuni, a dedicated association of transit activists, environmentalists and neighborhood leaders, will be allowed to legally join the fight against the Golden State Warriors.

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SF Proposition A

Heavily influenced by a massive pro-Prop A spending campaign, the San Francisco voters approved Prop A on November 4, 2014. Prop A authorizes San Francisco’s government to sell $500 million in transportation General Obligation bonds. Including interest on the bonds, Prop A will cost the tax payers of San Francisco over a billion dollars.

According to Matier and Ross’s pie chart, most of the proceeds of Prop A are destined to be spent on items having little to do with Muni or other public transit:

propapiechartMoreover, virtually none of the $500 million in Prop. A funding is currently allocated to addressing San Francisco’s most pressing transportation problems; namely

  • positioning Muni to keep up with San Francisco’s population (+34% projected by 2040) and employment growth (+  29% projected by 2040). Source: Mayor’s Transportation Task Force
  • getting buses and LRV’s jammed with riders out of traffic congestion
  • easing the peak period crush in the Market Street subway
  • extending Caltrain to the new Transbay Transit Center, therefore giving 280,000 daily Peninsula motorists a classier and less troublesome way of getting into San Francisco
  • putting the SFMTA’s financial house in order.

Given the vague language of Prop A, SFMTA still has a choice.  It can continue to follow the lead of the Mayor’s inexperienced Transportation Task Force of 2012/13 and consequently waste much of the $500 million raised by Proposition A.

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Or it can tackle the major transportation problems facing San Francisco at this time.  How SF’s government responds to these challenges is crucial to the future of San Francisco.