Screwing our retirees is HOW WE ROLL

Screwing our retirees is HOW WE ROLL

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Mayor to Muni: Hit the 85 percent on-time mark!!

Mayor Ed Lee said today that he hopes to achieve something that has eluded the two mayors before him: Get Muni to substantially improve its on-time performance.
The mayor said he wants Muni to demonstrate ''real measurable improvements ... specifically getting Muni's on-time performance up to the voter-mandated 85 percent.''
It was 12 years ago that San Francisco voters, fed up with chronic reliability problems plaguing the city-run transit system, came up with the on-time rate.


Portland's Mayor's response: "Fuck the bus riders.  If they aren't wealthy enough or special enough to live near the Streetcar, that's their problem."

GREECE HEADING INTO CHAOS

YouTube - Riots in Greece over austerity cuts
 YouTube - RT crew caught in Athens tear gas chaos, slammed by Greek rioters

DIRECT FROM DISPATCH

Someone dumped a gallon of fish stew on a bus, making supervisor "gag".
"this bus gotta go out of service"

Operator having a fit over not having a relief, taking bus back to the garage on his own.


TriMet president: Board members shape policy by email

TriMet has seven volunteer board members, all appointed by the state’s governor. They’re the only people at TriMet whose job it is to represent the public interest. In the last year of covering the agency, six of them have agreed with each other on, as far as I can recall, every single vote.
Are they six rubber stamps?
The board’s chair, TriMet President Rick Van Beveren, says they have a big influence on the agency – but not during meetings.

http://portlandafoot.org/2011/06/trimet-president-board-members-shape-policy-by-email/ 

Wall Street's Role in Narco-Trafficking

Imagine what your reaction would be if the Mexican government agreed to pay Barack Obama $1.4 billion to deploy US troops and armored vehicles to New York, Los Angeles and Chicago to conduct military operations, set up check points, and engage in fire-fights that end up killing 35,000 US civilians on the streets of American cities.
If the Mexican government treated the United States like this, would you consider them a friend or an enemy? 

65 OPERATORS SHORT

Reliable sources inform us that plenty of runs are being canceled.
The press release says "TRIMET BREAKS RIDERSHIP RECORDS"
But alternative headline might be "TRIMET STRANDS HUNDREDS OF BUS RIDERS"

RANTINGS OF A TRIMET BUS DRIVER

6/14/11

GREEKS KEEP FIGHTING THE FINANCIAL TERRORISTS

Greece’s ports, banks, hospitals and state-run companies grind to a halt today as the two biggest labor unions strike to oppose Prime Minister George Papandreou’s additional budget cuts and asset sales.
ADEDY, the largest public-sector union, and the General Confederation of Labor, or GSEE, the biggest private-sector union, called the third general strike of the year to protest the government’s five-year fiscal plan and program of state asset sales, according to e-mailed statements. 

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-06-14/greek-unions-stage-24-hour-strike-to-oppose-papandreou-s-cuts-asset-sales.html 

Central Point School District privatizing bus system

CENTRAL POINT, Ore. -- Central Point School District's bus system will be completely overhauled.
 The school board voted to contract the bus system out to First Student.  The decision brought tears and frustration to the drivers in the Oregon School Employees Association.

http://kdrv.com/news/local/215118 

Now here is an interesting method of gathering information from your riders

Highland News | News | Passengers set to log bus problems

Transit bus crashes

11 injured in bus crash in Jefferson Park - latimes.com

Another Trimet blog-"Trimet travels"

http://trimettravels.blogspot.com/

GREECE COMES TO NY

New Yorkers are escalating protests against austerity measures contained in Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s latest budget. In a major protest Tuesday, thousands of New York City union members rallied at City Hall demanding an end to layoffs and cuts to social spending. Sam Coleman is a third grade teacher at a public school in Brooklyn.

WISCONSIN REPUBLICAN COURT SAYS YES TO STRIPPING RIGHTS (no surprise here of course)

A divided Wisconsin Supreme Court has reinstated Gov. Scott Walker’s union-busting law curbing collective bargaining. In a 4-to-3 ruling, the court overturned a lower court’s ruling that Republican legislators failed to provide sufficient public notice before passing the measure in March. The law sharply curbs nearly all collective bargaining rights of state employees. In its new decision, the court ruled the lower court judge, Dane County Circuit Judge Maryann Sumi, had overstepped her authority. Thousands of protesters returned to the State Capitol in Madison on Tuesday as the full legislature began debating Walker’s budget.

How is the "austerity plan" working out in Greece?

Violent Crime Soars in Athens - NYTimes.com

Wisconsin news

Regaining bargaining rights might not help transit workers avoid pay cuts

C-Tran decision on light rail voter makeup postponed

http://www.columbian.com/news/2011/jun/14/decision-on-light-rail-voters-postponed/?CFID=1916&CFTOKEN=59044259

STRIKERS "NOT FIRED"

Arlington bus strike enters second day | Liz Essley | Local | Washington Examiner

GET THE BUSES ROLLING!

Volvo Secures $231 Mln Worth Order For 328 Buses From MTA New York City Transit

CORPORATE PRESS SAYS MUNI DRIVERS "SHOULD EAT SHIT"

Muni drivers should accept arbitrator's decision

Coming soon, to a transit district near Portland

Contract means more money for Muni : City Insider

DON'T MISS THE EXCITEMENT

TriMet Bridgecam: Watch Portland's newest bridge go up before your eyes | OregonLive.com

Another angle from the 33 layover



I browse the WES INTERACTIVATOR collectors edition

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OF1YnBV_pyo