The Appeal has learned that Ken McDonald, the Chief Operating Officer for the SF MTA (the governing body of, among other things, Muni) has submitted his resignation. No reason for his departure was given in his letter, only that

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MTA spokesperson Judson True told the Appeal that there will be comments at today’s 2 PM SF MTA board meeting regarding McDonald’s departure, but demurred comment before then.

One Muni insider we spoke to said that he believes that last night’s accident was not related to McDonald’s departure, but was “just bad timing.” However, that same source pointed out that all Muni’s safety triumphs and failures were “ultimately are his responsibility as COO.”

You can see his letter of resignation here.

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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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