By Calvin Welch, Land Use Chair, HANC Board
There are big changes being proposed for MUNI. Two months ago, Mayor Lee appointed a working group to advise him on future funding mechanisms for MUNI. It is due to report back on September 23rd. Expect a major bond and a new “dedicated” source for MUNI funding, probably a new vehicle license fee for all autos registered to San Franciscans. There is also talk about a new MUNI fee being charged to new developments. Expect a major debate on Supervisor Scott Wiener’s proposal to apply that fee to affordable housing developments and health and human service non-profit facility developments, two activities which currently pay no such fee and generally serve folks who already are riding MUNI and thus not adding to it capacity problem.