emailme.jpgWhether or not he’s California’s next lieutenant governor and sticks around to hang with you, Gavin Newsom wants you — yes, you, be ye rider or driver, blogger or bike nut — to be the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency’s next director.

All you have to do is e-mail him.

Newsom issued a clarion call for applications on Thursday, urging folks “with strong opinions” on transit to e-mail him an application (sorry, edd benefits form filler-outers: it’s a volunteer position and unpaid, so this won’t count as looking for a job). “It’s gavin.newsom@sfgov.org,” Newsom reminded a room packed full of media, all of whom staggered at how easy it’s been, all this time, to get hold of the Mayor. If only we’d known!

The mayor didn’t say why he’s choosing to go this unusual route, considering he’s never done it before and has a staff member whose job it is to do just this, sift through stacks of resumes to find someone willing to listen to hours of public comment for free.

But he won’t take just anyone — Newsom warned off any and all mere rabble-rousers or knockers-over of tables; he wants folks who have “solutions, not just critiques” of transit and transit policy to sit in Room 400 of City Hall.

“It could be someone with a strong labor background, it could be someone with a strong management background, it could be someone with strong opinions as a frequent rider of our system,” said the mayor, whittling down the short list to about 700,000 people.

Whomever is selected will serve a four-year term on the seven-member board (although The Appeal should note there is a ballot proposition in the works that would allow the Board and also the general public to choose MTA directors, a power currently enjoyed only by the mayor), and fill one of two seats which could potentially open in coming months (The Appeal believes it’s Chairman Tom Nolan and former chairman Dr. James McCray, Jr; but as usual we asked the powers that be and will tell you what they say). Update: it is in fact vice chair McCray and labor advocate Shirley Breyer-Black, whose stare can geld a yak.

Photo: Matt Baume for The Appeal

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  • Greg Dewar

    It’s a nice stunt, but the fact is people like me have offered solutions – he and his folks just don’t want to listen.

    Then again neither do progressives. I had an idea to increase Fast Pass sales a while back and no one would even consider it because it was “too simple.”

    WhatEVER….

  • Greg Dewar

    It’s a nice stunt, but the fact is people like me have offered solutions – he and his folks just don’t want to listen.

    Then again neither do progressives. I had an idea to increase Fast Pass sales a while back and no one would even consider it because it was “too simple.”

    WhatEVER….

  • Akit

    Run Muni? Would they hire me? Um… probably not. The union would be crawling up my ass the second I get in the door.

  • Akit

    Run Muni? Would they hire me? Um… probably not. The union would be crawling up my ass the second I get in the door.

  • Xenu

    But do they even *want* to sell Fast Passes?

    I always bought mine at Montgomery station, along with a few hundred other folks (judging by the lines.) But they closed *both* the Fast Pass booths there and now everyone is stuck going to either Powell (ugh) or Embarcadero.

    If they wanted people to pay for a Fast Pass, why would they make them so difficult to purchase?

  • Xenu

    But do they even *want* to sell Fast Passes?

    I always bought mine at Montgomery station, along with a few hundred other folks (judging by the lines.) But they closed *both* the Fast Pass booths there and now everyone is stuck going to either Powell (ugh) or Embarcadero.

    If they wanted people to pay for a Fast Pass, why would they make them so difficult to purchase?

  • Akit

    I wish Muni did a subscription service. I forgot what agency did it, but they said pay for 11 months up front, and you’ll get an extra month free.

  • Akit

    I wish Muni did a subscription service. I forgot what agency did it, but they said pay for 11 months up front, and you’ll get an extra month free.

  • Matt Baume

    I wish it was possible to buy Fast Passes online outside of that tiny 2-week window, or to add them to a Translink card without having to wait a week, or to see a map of nearby stores that sell passes. LE SIGH.

  • Matt Baume

    I wish it was possible to buy Fast Passes online outside of that tiny 2-week window, or to add them to a Translink card without having to wait a week, or to see a map of nearby stores that sell passes. LE SIGH.

  • Erik

    My fastpass shows up on my translink card on the first or second of the month like clockwork, and all I have to do is see the charge on my bank account.

  • Erik

    My fastpass shows up on my translink card on the first or second of the month like clockwork, and all I have to do is see the charge on my bank account.