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Alyssa Sittig's picture

I've been thinking a lot about what I want to talk with Phil Ting about on Saturday -- and while it's tough to decide, the recent rise in MUNI-related crime has caught my eye. 

Just yesterday, a 40 year old man was robbed and assulted on a MUNI bus near Mission and Geveva. The two 20-somethings who robbed him fled the bus before they could be identified or apprehended.

Less than a week earlier, the SF Examiner reported a man was left in critical condition after being stabbed on MUNI in the Outer Mission. Again, the suspect fled the scene before police had a chance to make an arrest.

Just a day later, a police sargent who was responding to a brawl near Geary and 25th was hospitalized after being attacked by a 17-year old boy on a MUNI bus. In plain sight this boy attacked an officer, on the bus??!!  We clearly need more security.

Not to mention the rumors that Nathaniel Ford, Executive Director/CEO of the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) might be jumping ship for another gig outside California. 

I rely on MUNI to get to work, and I certainly do not want to fear my commute. I have enough to worry about in my life - can't I get a break on the bus?  

I'm going to ask Phil - What more can we be doing to improve safety on MUNI?

Whta kinds of things are you looking forward to talking about on Saturday? Maybe we can start a thread here to get the juices flowing!

CJC's picture

San Francisco's Treasure?

I remember a while ago someone wrote on Reset San Francisco about the possibilty of developing Treasure Island as a showcase of renewable energy technologies.

The bay area is one of the world centers of companies in Green Energy. I thought the idea of using an iconic area like Treasure Island to put these innovations on a pedestal to show off to the world is a grand idea. Not only could it be used to geneate a significant amount of energy, it would create an interest in where the Green Revolution is going and would certainly mark the bay area as the place from which it's coming!

Everyone has been talking about giving Twitter tax breaks make it stick around. Why not give tax incentives to Green Tech which creates a clear and undeniable social good?

So Phil Ting, is this just a pipe dream or a great idea which a future SF mayor could bring in to fruition?

Ben Shore's picture

New Revenue Sources for San Francisco

Really looking forward to this event and I think it's a great way to take the ideas we all have and have a chance to put them into action.

Last month, when MTA announced they were going to increase the amount of parking tickets issued I really started thinking about the incredible dearth of revenue streams in the City. I mean, really, we're going to write more tickets to make up for our own inability to manage city funds....come on.

I know Phil Ting has done some really great work in terms of trying to reform Proposition 13 and closing corporate tax loopholes that allow lots of money to escape from San Francisco's property taxes. I'd like to ask Phil what is happening with these efforts and if there's anything that can be done on a San Francisco-wide level to generate more property taxes - revenue - for the City.

Eric Jaye's picture

MUNI Please

After the 45 minute wait this am - MUNI on my mind. 

SophieT's picture

SF Integrity-Twitter Tax Breaks

I'm confused about where I stand on the Twitter tax break debate. I'm torn. I understand how useful and helpful tax breaks can be to generate revenue, create jobs and redevelop a neighborhood (the Tenderloin in this case), but at the same time, it does not sit well with my moral being.

 

I believe that Twitter should stay in San Francisco, but they have a corporate social responsibility. They DO have a responsibility not just to profit and shareholders, but to workers and to the public. If they were a new company and not a multimillion dollar corporation, I would wholeheartedly support a tax break. I'm also conflicted because Twitter moving would add to unemployment in San Francisco and reduce our revenue.

 

Should we pay more to keep them? I would be against luring them here with a tax break, but we do we do now?

 

I like what AlyssaKathryn said, we ARE too good for giving them a tax break. But when it comes down to it, should we play in to Twitter's hand, or should we appeal to their humanity and their want to do good in this world.

 

Dear Phil, what can we as a city do to keep Twitter in San Francisco and maintain our integrity as a city? What is another way we can generate revenue, create jobs and redevelop a neighborhood?

What I'm looking forward to at Food For Thought Feb. 26th

I want to learn more about the structure of the tax break structure for Twitter and other companies. I'm wondering what precedent will be set if we have these type of incentives for companies and if they will actually affect company's decisions to stay or not. I think our quality of life in San Francisco is already a huge draw so its an interesting question of social calculus to see whether any hard and fast incentives will be able to keep developing SOMA into the artistic and tech hub we're hoping for.

It will be great to talk to community members about their thoughts on this topic, but also MUNI, how to fix the parking ticket problem, and the mayoral race.

ro's picture

Muni me too

This morning, after waiting for fifteen minutes at my usual 31 stop, my smartphone-less self and I texted the Nextbus system. It returned a 34 minute wait. It's about a ten minute walk for me to head over to the 5 so I leave my post.

One block into my trek, I hear Muni crackle and watch my 31 pass by. For the sake of the rest of my day, I'm convinced it was a happy thirty minutes early.

adpostal's picture

Homelessness

I feel that San Francisco has a chronic problem with homelessness that needs to be addressed.  The city should financially support drug rehabilitation and mental health services for those in need.  This may help reduce crime

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