Mayoral Tribunal on Transit
page serves as a prologue to a new yet old Fable we call:
new for the Three Brown Mayors on da Bay
SF Chronicle\Examiner Opposes Mayors & the People's Vote
The practice advocacy journalism has been across the board with the exception of op-ed pieces by certain players.
Editorial: You Pay the Toll For Mayors' Egos
02/22/1999 - San Francisco Chronicle
Editorial: Battle of the Bay Bridge
02/21/1999 - San Francisco Examiner
03/20/99 -SF Chronicle Columnist Ken Garcia
"But you couldn't tell that to His Eminence, who decided to don his engineering hard hat this week and tell reporters that he thinks the new Bay Bridge design is unsafe. This is based on Brown's own bridge design expertise and the whims of one University of California at Berkeley professor who is outnumbered about 36 to 1 by seismic and engineering experts. According to the engineer its not opinion but mathematics.
"Mayors Grandstand On Bridge - Meddling Browns' complaints are folly" 02/23/1999 - SF Chronicle Occasional Political columnist John King "Next to Jerry Falwell's outing of Tinky-Winky, the weirdest sight these days is the vision of Willie and Jerry Brown, like a pair of political Don Quixotes, tilting at plans to rebuild the eastern half of the Bay Bridge. The farce would be laughable if it didn't involve the single most important structure in the region Even clever SFC page 3 columnist SCOTT OSTLER 2/26/99 checks in with a final line about fear of seismic safety on the Bay Bridge (he always wears his inflatable rubber ducky when crossing. (Herb Caen is turning in his grave, guys)
Columnists Matier & Ross are the ranking local political insiders
02/22/1999 - San Francisco Chronicle "Now some folks -- including a number of engineers and East Bay politicians -- are scratching their heads in amazement that the mayor is willing to scrap two years of planning and tens of millions of dollars in engineering studies for such a boutique undertaking."
Bay Bridge Redesign Plan May Get Stuck in Muck
03/01/1999 - San Francisco Chronicle "Not so fast, Jerry and Willie": Quotes unnamed sources close to California Governor Gray Davis rather creatively.
03/12/1999 Governor says SF & Oakland have to fund changes:
Sorry Phil despite your sanctimonious scolding here and in this (video) KRON TV-4 RealVideo the Governor's condition of funding is possible by retrofitting the already seismically retrofitted once Bay Bridge again, for $300 million and freeing up taxpayers stuck in traffic, years earlier by using the extra $1.3 billion to jump-start water transit. Matier does say in the video, on prompting, that light rail is included, but how has still not been disclosed by any Chronicle or Examiner reporter and denied by "knowledgeable sources."
Now Is a Time to Build || SFGate.com Special Bay Bridge Page
02/23/1999 - SF Chronicle Only the elected officials who sit on the MTC Board like Oakland Councilwoman Mary King are publicly supporting the continued waste of taxpayer money on the flawed Bay Bridge design despite media coverage which projects otherwise.
04/15/1999 SF Examiner Mayors Willie & Jerry lecture Newspaper editors || 2Critical Ignored Problems with MTC Bridge Process
Commentary: Design Process Was Flawed From the Start
February 23, 1999 SF Chronicle by Daniel Coman and Rick Feher
"What the selected proposal does do very well is serve as a bridge between public money and the accounts of private engineering firms represented on the MTC panel....There is no mandate for MTC's chosen design. Rail consideration had to be mandated by a ballot initiative because MTC refused to consider it." . Dan Zoll's feature article in the S.F. Bay Guardian
Commentary: Architecture Critic Allan Temko June 23, 1998 SF Chronicle
Noble Prize winner supports Mayor Jerry Brown's call for an International Juried Design Competition "Indeed, there has been something unkosher about the whole deal between Caltrans and T.Y. Lin International..." T.Y. Lin, professor emeritus at University of California at Berkeley, (who is not associated with the firm using his name) has said publicly, it will be ``a monument to engineering ignorance, if not stupidity.''
Commentary: Oakland Mayor Jerry Brown, 6/23/98/Chronicle
"When we rebuild the eastern span of the Bay Bridge, we must create a spectacular structure that expresses the daring of human ingenuity and symbolizes the splendor of Oakland and the East Bay."
MTC Panel Again Resists Call to Revisit Bay Bridge Decision 02/25/1999 - SF Examiner by Tyche Hendricks It offends me to reopen this,"I'm p-----. " said task force member Angelo Siracusa. (Mr. Siracusa has represented the Bay Area's largest employers for all his career, most prominently as head of the Bay Area Council which is now calling for expedited implementation of water transit on the Bay.)
State Senator. Richard Rainey, R-Walnut Creek, raised the issue that the state contribution of $800 million could disappear. (This is about what is needed for the first phase of the water transit plan.) Alameda Mayor Ralph Appezzato has joined engineering experts to suggest retrofitting the current bridge for $300 million instead of $1.6 billion and end up with a superior structure. (Although how rail and bicycle transit would be accommodated is not clear but that's the case with the existing design as well.)
UC-Berkeley structural engineering Professor Abolhassan Astaneh-Asl graded the design chosen by the task force a D-minus, while the existing bridge earned a B-plus in his estimation. "If you spend $300 million, you can fix (the current span) very safely," he said. "Forget about the southern and northern alignments."
The Mayors Brown moving into the 3rd Millennium
Mayor Willie Brown says Caltran Bridge design unsafe
by Edward Epstein, Chronicle Staff Writer by Eric Brazil of the SF Examiner on 03/17/99 Professor Abolhassan Astaneh, said the conclusions he had reached with respect to the safety of the design accepted by Caltrans were those that "any competent engineer anywhere" would come to after doing the necessary mathematics. "This is not architecture, this is not something in the eyes of the beholder, it's not about alignment," he said. "It's not something you can campaign for. The Association of Structural Engineers of Northern shares the concern."
Governor Gray Davis has asked Caltrans to study the Bay Bridge debate
02/23/1999 - SF Examiner "On Feb. 11, the two
mayors (Brown) joined forces in a letter to Davis endorsing both their requests, and
recommending an in-depth study of rail on the bridge, a bicycle-pedestrian path and
assurance that construction jobs and contracts would go to local residents and
Call for Action
Dear Governor Gray Davis:
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Bridge Plan Leaps Hurdle 6/22/98/Chronicle
The MTC ignored pleas for a delay and Mayor Willie Brown vows to block the project
Voters support Rail for the Bay Bridge and the old Key train system by AP's Jim Clifford for 10/22/98 sfgate.com & 11/4/98 || by the Chron's Ed Epstein
The measure passed overwhelmingly despite strong opposition by the Chron/Ex print media (62 % to 38 % in San Francisco, 76 % to 24 % in Berkeley, 81 % to 19 % in Emeryville and 66 % to 34 % in Oakland. The East Bay Mayors, frustrated in their attempts to have MTC listen to their concerns asked the voters to tell MTC to consider restoring rail in their Bridge design.
Key Mass Transit System
The Key transit system which once carried 35 million passengers a year till it was dismantled in an old boy conspiracy very similar to what is now being carried out.(This actually happened in dozens of American cities, see the movie "Roger Rabbit" for L.A.'s version.)
Emeryville Mayor Ken Bukowski responds to Senator Quentin Kopp
Emeryville hopes its' Amtrak hub can someday relink to the Transbay Terminal... Former Senator Kopp says to forget the notion and talk about a bridge that would just carry trains....
Former Senate Transportation Chair Quentin Kopp apparently had few objections about high speed rail terminating in Oakland rather than San Francisco despite the Mayors thinking otherwise.
The Building of the Bay Bridge (1936 Phamplet)
"THE WORLD'S LARGEST BRIDGE FOR AT LEAST A THOUSAND YEARS"
High Speed Rail:
Mayor Willie Brown is running for reelection in 1999 and
plans to take his campaign directly
to the people His impatience with declining
media standards is now well established although no one gets more
column inches than Da Mayor
4/12/99 SF Ex Mayor
Jerry looking to future at the 100 day mark
Gonzales previously served for eight years
(1989-1996) on the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors, where he oversaw a $1.8
billion budget and 15,000 employees. He was a recognized leader in his efforts to reduce
toxic pollution; improve the regional transportation system; and reduce crime. As Chair of
the Board of Supervisors, Gonzales also introduced technology into county government and
launched an innovative performance-based budgeting system.
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