Thursday, July 24, 2008

What weaknesses do VTA and SVLG have to hide?

An article appeared on this week's Metro exposes the lack of certainty on VTA's part to complete the BART project.

We know that an 1/8 cent tax will not be enough to cover the minimum cost to operate BART, so where would the rest of the money come from? If you think VTA's General Manager Michael Burns knows the answer, he doesn't.

"Even the general manager for VTA says the cost to run BART through the South Bay is a moving target, " according to that article.

If VTA even contemplates cutting service or deferring other projects to fund BART, these conversations need to take place before VTA places the tax on the ballot, rather than after the election. Voters need to have a clear picture of what the risks are. So far, not only VTA has not provided any evidence that VTA can keep its words, VTA also relied on SVLG's private polls so that voters won't know what are VTA's weaknesses. Instead of correcting its weaknesses as a way to build public confidence, VTA chose to hide those from the voters.

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

You need to blog about Karen Anton, the pain-in-the-ass evil consultant that everyone hates. She makes her money by firing people, thus saving VTA money. She's already made over $2 million from VTA. She is no doubt the child of Satan. All the so-called high-powered execs are scared shitless of her. You should do some digging.

Anonymous said...

Anyone catch this in the Merc:
http://www.mercurynews.com/ci_10012851

It talks about how Carl swears up and down that he's got poll results that favor the tax yet he won't release them.

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