Not sure how much support they have from the Commonweal this go-around…
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The Central Subway project might make sense politically (let’s take money from taxpayers from all over America to pay for a big project in our little-big city), but it doesn’t make sense from a transit standpoint.
Down down we go, under Market Street, under the MUNI Metro, and under the BART. When you pass by, you should crumple up all your ones and fives on you and throw them into this sinkhole because that’s what you’re already doing and what you will be doing far far into the future.
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Oh, what’s that, “transit justice,” they say? Well, most of the victims of this project live in San Francisco and most of them aren’t caucasoids, so I don’t know what the fuck that phrase means in the context of this ridiculous scheme.
“The project promotes transit justice by providing reliable, efficient, and safe transit for those who live in Chinatown and those who want to visit Chinatown.”
Does City Attorney Dennis Herrera believe this bullshit? No. Does Supervisor Scott Wiener? No. How about closeted Republican Supervisor Mark Farrell? No. How about Board of Supervisors President David Chiu? No.
Don’t dig there and dig it elsewhere
You’re digging it round and it ought to be square
The shape of it is wrong, it’s much too long
And you can’t put a hole where a hole don’t belong
“The Hole in the Ground” was a comic song which was written by Myles Rudge and composed by Ted Dicks. When recorded by Bernard Cribbins and released by EMI on the Parlophone label in 1962, it was a hit in the UK charts.
The song is about a dispute between a workman digging a hole and an officious busybod y wearing a bowler hat. This exemplifies English class conflict of the era and Cribbins switches between a working class Cockney accent, in which he drops his aitches, and a middle class accent for the gentleman in the bowler hat.
You know, San Francisco columnist CW Nevius used to complain about all the people commenting underneath his writings. In fact, he would dedicate some of his bits to rip on all the uncouths who dared contradict his conclusions.
(I’ll bet he misses those days now, he misses the time when he had hundreds and hundreds of commenters on SFGate instead of just a handful on the Chronicle website.)
Anyway, here’s the latest, about a BART / SFMTA / MUNI entrance near the intersection of Sutter and Sansome:
“A sign on the barrier said the portal would be closed until June 4. When that date passed, a commuter added a sign that said: “Or whenever we get around to it.” The date was then changed to June 21.”
But Nevius got BART to change the sign to say that the opening date was pushed up to June 20th. See? Here’s how it looked the morning of 6/20:
And here’s the same location on the afternoon of 6/20:
Oh Nevius, when will all your incessant source greasing and beat sweetening pay off?
This is the scene down at 4th and Market, where the Big Dig West Coast Central Subway project is, well, digging big these days.
San Francisco’s horrible pedestrians want to get across the northern side of the intersection and it’s this person’s job to stop them from doing so.
It’s not working. Check it out sometime.
But don’t laugh at sad sack Charlie Brown here – the Theory of Prevailing Wages ensures that he makes more moolah than you:
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In closing, San Francisco pedestrians are the worst in the world just saying.
So it’s only going to take 9,702 signatures to qualify the proposed “Fix MUNI First Initiative“ for the 2013 November ballot?
Those John Hancocks should be pretty easy to get, I think.
Yes, let’s let The People decide if it’s worth $40,000,000 a year to operate a pretty-much-useless subway shortline.
So maybe Chinatown power broker Rose Pak is smoking her celebratory cigar on the veranda of her taxpayer-funded luxury condo in District Six a touch too soon?
Let’s see how easy it will be for her to corral stencil voters outside of Chinatown…
All the deets of the Central Subway fiasco, after the jump.
It looks like it will be up to Congress to stop the horrible, out-of-control Central Subway Project. That’s our last chance.
Click on the 13-minute video below to listen to former Board of Supervisors President Aaron Peskin succinctly make the case for killing this turkey.
And here’s some coverage from the local press:
Joe Eskenazi of SF Weekly: Central Subway Critics: Costly Boondoggle Can Still Be Stopped
Michael Cabanatuan of the San Francisco Chronicle: Reinforcements enlisted in battle against Central Subway
And oh, hey, what about San Francisco’s #1 Mayor Ed Lee Kiss-Ass / Suck-up, you know, San Francisco Chronicle writer CW Nevius, what does he think of the Central Subway?
Oh, but that was all the way back in 2008 and, you know, these days The Nevius doesn’t have the stones, apparently, to comment about this particular boondoggle anymore. Oh well.
(Is Aaron Peskin a good public speaker?
Yes, Aaron Peskin a good public speaker.)
And oh, how can Federal Transit Administration leader Peter Rogoff get away with saying that the Central Subway will reduce trip time from 27 minutes to 7 minutes?
This is a complete fantasy.
Is he seriously misinformed or is he lying? I can’t tell.
Does he mean that the pink bag mafia will spend an average of seven minutes descending 30+ yards down into Mother Earth and waiting for the short line? Is that what he means? But that by itself doesn’t get you anywhere you want to go. It just gets you 30 yards beneath C-Town.
Anyway Congress, please, please, please kill this boondoggery.
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So the only way to stick it to the Man is to say, “No toasting for me, please.”* (And, of course, get it to-go, as young Akit helpfully points out.) Then, you save like 75 cents every time you get lunch.
This situation really isn’t the fault of the California State Board of Equalization, but it just happens to be the agency what has the job of interpreting and enforcing some of the cray-cray laws** passed in Sacramento, so what can you do?
*And no cucumbers. Cucumbers are horrible, IMO.
**You’re too young to remember the famous snack tax, but I’m not. It didn’t last too long.
Do you know why San Francisco is the only county in America to have SUBWAY sandwich stores without refreshing five dollar footlongs?
Take a look:
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I’m thinking it has something to do with the high cost of doing bidness in town.
So, unless you’ve already been partying with the current Mayor’s political faction or unless you’re already running a high-status internationally-famous operation (like Twitter or Facebook or whathaveyou), you’ll find doing business in San Francisco is a PITA.
Try it, you’ll see.
Anyway, no $5FLs for you, San Francisco.