As you know, Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1555, the union that represents over 900 BART train operators, station agent, and other folks mission-critical folks, have announced that as of close of business on Sunday, they’ll be going on strike.

Adding his voice to the cacophony of dismay? Gavin Newsom, who just dropped this hot, steaming statement:

Today, I am calling on BART and the Amalgamated Transit Union to go back to the negotiating table to work out a deal and prevent a strike. Halting service to BART’s 340,000 daily riders will hamstring Bay Area commuters, clog our freeways, and affect businesses across the region as workers and consumers are left stranded. All jurisdictions are feeling the pain of the tough economic climate and a BART strike that strands riders will only make it harder for everyone who lives and works in the Bay Area and relies on public transportation.

Guess someone asked him about this one.

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Eve Batey is the editor and publisher of the San Francisco Appeal. She used to be the San Francisco Chronicle's Deputy Managing Editor for Online, and started at the Chronicle as their blogging and interactive editor. Before that, she was a co-founding writer and the lead editor of SFist. She's been in the city since 1997, presently living in the Outer Sunset with her husband, cat, and dog. You can reach Eve at

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