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 eve@sfappeal.com.

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  • Xenu

    Geez, how much are we paying these guys? You’d think they’d bother to show up.

    I guarantee you, I could pick 7 random people on any damn bus and they’d do a better job running Muni. Okay, not if it was the 14 Mission, but you get the idea.

  • Xenu

    Geez, how much are we paying these guys? You’d think they’d bother to show up.

    I guarantee you, I could pick 7 random people on any damn bus and they’d do a better job running Muni. Okay, not if it was the 14 Mission, but you get the idea.

  • Eve Batey

    We’re not paying them (the board members, that is — we are paying Gavin) at all, it’s an unpaid position. I’m glad you brought that up, I should add that to the piece!

  • Eve Batey

    We’re not paying them (the board members, that is — we are paying Gavin) at all, it’s an unpaid position. I’m glad you brought that up, I should add that to the piece!

  • Xenu

    Gotcha, that explains it. Do they have any incentive to show up to these boring meetings, aside from the goodness of their hearts?

  • Xenu

    Gotcha, that explains it. Do they have any incentive to show up to these boring meetings, aside from the goodness of their hearts?

  • Eve Batey

    I have been thinking a lot about this exact thing! First, what would compel one to do this in the first place (sense of civic responsibility? Thinking you can do better than the dummies that do it now? First step toward world domination?), and how can you stay sane as you keep on doing it.

    What do you think, maybe we should interview some Board members and ask them what is going on in their brains? I am curious about what makes them tick, but is that interesting to “real” (that is, not people who write about this for a living) people, or do you think it would just turn into a Commenter Hatefest?

  • Eve Batey

    I have been thinking a lot about this exact thing! First, what would compel one to do this in the first place (sense of civic responsibility? Thinking you can do better than the dummies that do it now? First step toward world domination?), and how can you stay sane as you keep on doing it.

    What do you think, maybe we should interview some Board members and ask them what is going on in their brains? I am curious about what makes them tick, but is that interesting to “real” (that is, not people who write about this for a living) people, or do you think it would just turn into a Commenter Hatefest?

  • Xenu

    Ideally? Both.

    Do it Eve. For the lulz.

  • Xenu

    Ideally? Both.

    Do it Eve. For the lulz.