Also on Tuesday, the board will vote on whether to adopt a resolution urging the federal government to strengthen regulations on wireless telecommunications facilities, which some progressive board members -- as well as moderate Carmen Chu, who has signed on as a co-sponsor -- believe to have negative health effects because of their radiation. The resolution would also urge a repeal of limits on state and local governments' ability to regulate the facilities under the federal Telecommunications Act of 1996. Are we the only ones who think it's funny that this classic piece of lefty legislation is going up for a vote just as the owners of our city's lefty political pamphlet, the San Francisco Bay Guardian, are trying to raise cash by leasing out the roof of their building to T-Mobile for cell-phone antennas?
You've waited for it, wonks, so here comes this week's tasty dessert: On Friday, the supervisors' Government Audit and Oversight Committee will hold a hearing on the budget analyst's audit of Muni's "Proof of Payment" program, which has deployed fare inspectors across the glacially slow web of accordion buses and light-rail trams that passes as San Francisco's public transit system. Published last spring, the report found that Muni has confusedly enacted "policies and practices that failed to minimize fare evasion and optimize fare revenue," and also failed to "regularly or adequately evaluate the program" or "provide sufficient training to employees." Ouch.
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