Date: Fri, 01 Feb 2002 13:32:00 -0800
Subject: RE: Sewer Collapse
Please see my separate email response to David.
Pretty powerful statements in your email. Just so you know, I am not suaded by
affluent lobbyist. I am a public servant and will serve on their behalf, both
the vocal and the non-vocal, both the rich and the poor. Personally, I am very
sympathetic to the faceless and silent majority of people of San Francisco.
I will do my best in resolving this matter...hopefully to the satisfaction of
the Islais Creek commuity.
with all due respect, judging from your response to my initial query (and
the process it suggests you believe is reasonable), and your interaction
with dave the last few days - i do not believe MUNI is serious about taking
responsibility for the destruction of the muwekme ohlone pocket park and
for making right the damage that has ben done (to the extent possible.)
if MUNI is in fact serious, then i would suggest that you need to reassess
how you are going to approach this entire process.
i personally will be taking a look at what other avenues (board of
supervisors - both current and looking to the next election, legal options,
escalating press coverage, mayor's office, etc.) might be pursued in order
to affect a change of attitude (and more importantly) response going forward.
while it is quite possible that our efforts will turn out to be quixotic
when compared to the size and power of a bureaucracy such as MUNI, i have
some hope that the general frustration that islais creek area businesses
and residents are feeling in response to a seemingly structural disregard
for local efforts/input/needs in planning and development (especially as
opposed to other traditionally more affluent and politically active areas
of the city) will result in a surprisingly vociferous response and thus
real headache for a number of city agencies that (such as MUNI) that fail
to accommodate the community that they purport to serve.
it is quite possible that you are personally interested in restoring the
park, but i am afraid that the actions taken by MUNI haven't really done
anything to dispel the sense of a faceless, uncaring and ultimately
unresponsive pseudo-corporate development agency with little regard for its
impact on the quality of life of sf residents.