2011 Mayor Questionnaire
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The SFMTA Board of Directors oversees Muni, taxicabs, bicycle and pedestrian programs, parking policy and enforcement, and traffic enforcement, as well as having authority over all traffic changes to the city's streets, from stop signs to speed limits to bike lanes. Clearly the SFMTA Board of Directors is critically central to providing safe, sustainable mobility and access for all. The entire SFMTA Board is appointed by the Mayor. What are your priorities for SFMTA Board appointments and what do you want to accomplish with the Board?
Emil Lawrence: If I am elected to the Mayor’s Office, I am going to dissolve the present MTA Board, with the exception of the new CEO. The present Board has done a terrible job overseeing the MTA, the taxis, jitneys, bikes, motorbikes, motorcycles, trucks, buses, parking spaces, yellow and white zones, walk ways and other city transit issues, because they have been too involved with giving upper management a “Horse and Pony Show” while they were sucking [response truncated]
Ed Lee: I appointed Joel Ramos to the SFMTA Board this year, a community advocate and champion of accessibility, to make sure Muni is accessible to every group of residents in our City, no matter how disadvantaged. I also strongly supported the appointment of Ed Reiskin as new SFMTA Director and know he will bring his management expertise, love of cycling and ability to work with neighbors, stakeholders, transit riders and drivers to make Muni more reliable [response truncated]
Wilma Pang: I think the appointments should half and half. The mayor and Board and a number of citizens involved.
Joanna Rees: I will seek out the best-qualified innovators, experts and professionals with the experience necessary to lead our city departments. These appointments are too important to be based on politics. As a Professor of Leadership at Santa Clara University and having supported many high growth companies, I know first hand the importance of having the best talent. I will insure that the right people with the relevant skills are in each key position. We need to [response truncated]
Leland Yee: All too often, political appointments are made to commissions rather than appointments based on real expertise. As mayor, I will appoint knowledgeable and qualified individuals to those bodies who can resist political pressure and do what’s right for the city. Improving safety measures and implementing traffic calming actions in heavily used bicycling and pedestrian areas will be among my priorities as mayor.
Cesar Ascarrunz: One of my top priorities for the board is to hire on a director with experience in green business and sustainable transportation. San Francisco should lead by example for other cities around the country, by leading the way in reducing environmental impact. I love bikes.
John Avalos: Of the four members of the Board of Supervisors running for Mayor, I am the only one who supported last year’s proposed MTA reform charter amendment to:
Terry Baum: I would appoint people with extensive experience in advocating for better public transit, pedestrian safety, and safe biking. We need a complete overhaul of the current system, so that the SFMTA Board is proactive in directing staff as to what changes need to be made, rather than acting as a rubber stamp. I also support the Board of Supervisors having split appointments to the SFMTA Board, or having its members directly elected.
David Chiu: Appointees should be dedicated to transportation in San Francisco, and collectively should reflect the diverse modes of travel that the SFMTA is responsible for -- walking, biking, transit, taxis, and driving. The last two appointments to the board, Cheryl Brinkman and Joel Ramos, are excellent examples of what board members should be like: independent, dedicated advocates for better transportation, who are familiar with every type of travel in the city.
Paul Currier: I actually want to change the SFMTA from a huge unwieldy bureaucracy to more elegant structures that serve people better. Taxies need to come back under their own Taxi Commission, which focuses on Private Car Services. Parking and Parking Enforcement should not be part of the same team that delivers our Bus and Light Rail and Trolley Services. I will listen to all and work with everyone to design a new set.
Bevan Dufty: I have always looked to advance candidates with a strong transportation record, a link to neighborhoods and communities around the City, and an ability to manage the fiscal oversight of one of the most complex Agencies in terms of funding, mix of capital and operating, and labor issues. I will look for Board members that will respect the hardworking employees of the MTA while looking aggressively for opportunities for federal funding and innovation. The current [response truncated]
Tony Hall: Leah Shahum was my appointment to the Golden Gate Bridge District during my tenure as a Supervisor. I value the stated mission of the Bicycle coalition with safety and efficiency for alternative means of transportation as a priority.
Dennis Herrera : It has been my observation that the traits that enable one to excel at the attorney-client relationship — honesty, openness, accessibility, intelligence, the ability to be fully informed and well prepared, while remaining open to the views of those we serve — are the exact same qualities that make good leaders in San Francisco. I hope to appoint directors with these characteristics in the hope of developing a collaborative, proactive relationship with the Board.
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