SAVE MUNI Summit on Saturday

by Jerry Cauthen & Howard Wong on March 4, 2010

PUBLIC TRANSIT IS IN JEOPARDY: Because of the economic downturn and lost opportunities, the San Francisco Municipal Railway (Muni) has fallen on hard times. The December 5th service cuts included 6 discontinued routes, 16 foreshortened routes and shorter operating hours for 22 additional routes. Muni riders were already feeling the painful cuts.

Then on February 26, things got worse. The SFMTA Board of Directors voted to cut service by another 10 percent to close the FY 2010 budget gap. Given the city’s growing deficit, it’s almost a certainty that additional fare increases and cuts will be proposed in the future.

With these dismal projections in mind, neighborhood, environmental, transit advocacy, and grassroots community groups realize the need to take a fresh look at Muni. A citywide Save Muni Summit to foster a community-based discussion of Muni’s worsening problems, and identify simple, innovative solutions as well as strategies is timely. It is hoped that the discussion will lead to the Citywide Movement required to address and resolve San Francisco’s critical public transit needs.

* Fix it first: “Make the 70 plus existing lines work.” – Jerry Cauthen, Sierra Club Bay Area Transportation Forum
* Transit first: “More for Muni, less for private automobiles.” – Alice Mosely, San Francisco Tomorrow
* Muni for Everyone: “700,000 Muni rides a day serve 80,000 small businesses and employ over 5,000 people at Muni.” — Zach Stewart,

8:15 AM: Registration and Coffee/ Continental Breakfast
9:00 AM — 1:00 PM: Solving Muni’s Problems: A Fresh Look at Women’s Building, 3543 18th Street (between Valencia and Guerrero Sts)

Summit Sponsors (partial list):

· ABCT (A Better Chinatown Tomorrow)
· Planning Association for the Richmond
· Barbary Coast Neighborhood Association
· Potrero Boosters Neighborhood Association,
· Cathedral Hill Neighborhood Association
· Coalition for SF Neighborhoods
· RAFT (Regional Alliance For Transportation)
· CLAER—Comm. Leadership Acad./ Emerg.
· Recreation & Open Space on the Waterfront
· Cole Valley Improvement Association
· Rescue Muni
· Cow Hollow Association
· Rincon Hill Neighbors Association
· Dogpatch Neighborhood Association
· Russian Hill Neighbors
· East Mission Improvement Association
· Excelsior District Improvement Association
· SEIU 1021
· Fair Oaks Community Association
· Senior Action Network
· FOGG—Friends of Golden Gateway
· SF League of Conservation Voters
· Forest Knolls Neighborhood Organization
· SF Living Wage Coalition
· Golden Gate Heights Neighborhood Assoc.
· SF Neighborhood Network
· Golden Gateway Tenants Association
· SF Republican Party
· Good Neighbors of Treasure/YB Island
· SF Tenants Union
· Haight-Ashbury Neighborhood Council
· SF Tomorrow
· India Basin Neighborhood Association
· SHARP–Sunset Hts. Assoc. of Resp. People
· La Raza Centro Legal
· Sierra Club
· Livable City
· Si Se Puede
· Marina/Cow Hollow Neighbors and Merchants
· SOMCAN—South of Market Comm. Action
· Marina Merchants Association
· SPEAK—Sunset Parkside Education Comm.
· Miraloma Park Improvement Club
· Telegraph Hill Dwellers
· North Beach Neighbors
· Train Riders Association of California
· North Mission Neighborhood Alliance
· North of Panhandle Neighborhood Assoc.
· TransForm
· OMI Neighbors in Action
· Twin Peaks Improvement Association
· Pacific Heights Residents Association
· Urban Habitat
· Parkmerced Residents Organization
· West of Twin Peaks Central Council
· Planning and Conservation League

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