muni_generic.jpgHey, nerds! Yeah, I called you a nerd, you who hopped out of bed all “YAY it is the third Tuesday of the month, which means it’s SFMTA board meeting day!” Well, you can hop right back into bed, because today’s meeting’s a no-go.

Yup, the (we should note, per commenter Xenu, unpaid) SFMTA board, the “rubber stamping authority” that recently got their ass handed to them by an audit of their effectiveness has apparently taken a look at Muni and thought FUCK IT WE’RE GOING HOME.

Ok, not really! But today’s meeting, the agenda of which included a look at Muni’s controversial work orders and (this is a big PDF, so if you’re reading this on your phone or a shitty connection don’t click this) the aforementioned ass-handing audit, a meeting with a SFMTA employees labor negotiator to discuss things like salary and benefits, and to establish some pretty significant traffic and parking modifications, has been canceled because, the SFMTA says, they couldn’t get enough Board members to show up for the meeting.

One of the reasons the Board’s having this shortage: there are (supposed to be) 7 members on the mayorally-appointed SFMTA board. But two of those members, James McCray and Shirley Breyer Black, termed out at the end of April. That takes the board down to 5 members. The board can’t meet with fewer than 4 members present, so the SFMTA seems to be saying (our email to them asking for more detail hasn’t been responded to by publication time. Update: MTA spokesperson Murray Bond says “sorry, I do not know” who was not able to make the meeting today.) that 2 of our Board members couldn’t make it today, throwing the whole thing off.

Of course, there is the matter of McCray’s and Black’s replacements — if Gavin had made his appointments (which were promised weeks ago), the board might be in business today. We’ve checking in with the Mayor’s office to see how much longer it’s going to be before he makes his picks and the board can get back to work, and will let you know when we get a response. One can only hope that it’ll be before the Board’s next scheduled meeting on June 1.

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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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