Muni Fight Claims Casualties on All Sides

Muni, Transit Workers press agents leave

The fight over the San Franciso Municipal Transportation Agency's underwater budget for Muni has claimed two political victims.

SFMTA spokesperson Judson True, who had the thankless job of explaining Muni's service cuts and fare increases over the last two years, has submitted his resignation.

Effective at the end of the month, True will go to work with Board of Supervisors President David Chiu as an aide.

Meanwhile, on the labor side of the labor-management divide, Eric Jaye, former campaign manager of Mayor Gavin Newsom's aborted attempt to become California's governor who left Newsom's side in a bit of a huff, was recently hired by the Transit Workers Union that represents Muni employees.

And, only a week later, is now recently fired.

Of course, it seems either way riders lose. A 5-Fulton bus on Market Street mangled a bicycle and possibly a bicyclist this morning. According to eyewitnesses cited by SF Weekly, the driver initially refused to stop.

The cyclist was taken away in an ambulance, and the bike looks like it will survive with new parts, but Muni might want to think about adding an estimated accident settlement to next year's budget, just in case.

As well as a new spokesperson to explain why its buses keep running into people.

Photo by Brian Kusler.

Jackson West figured Muni would find a way to strike back at people giving up Fast Passes for bicycles.

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