Here’s who attended those SFMTA meetings about the private shuttle program

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Here is a list of the attendees (and corporate affiliations) who were recorded as having attended stakeholder meetings with the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency to discuss that private shuttle pilot program that caused such a dustup last month. The list is a matter of public record and was submitted to the Bay Guardian by a source who wished to remain anonymous.

Google was in the room, of course, but not all attendees were affiliated with corporate shuttle providers who bus employees to their workplaces. One company, called Leap Transit, has started a private luxury bus in San Francisco that is not affiliated with any particular employer.

“Our buses are clean and our staff is friendly,” according to Leap's website. “Sip your morning coffee in peace.” (Leap did not respond to our request for an interview about its future plans.)

Another participant who seemed a bit far afield from the transportation sector was a representative from TMG Partners, a real-estate developer. Also included in the meeting was a representative from a law firm called Morrison Foerster which has represented major tech investors such as Kleiner Perkins, according to its website, which can be found at mofo.com.

How did these individuals manage to get invites? We emailed SFMTA spokesperson Paul Rose to ask that question, and here is what he said in response.

“When we started the work, we received a set of shuttle sector contacts from the [San Francisco County Transportation Authority], who started looking at this issue. One of the first things we did was reach out to these companies and confirm the right contact people. We also reached out to companies who we’d heard had shuttles.”

He added, “Over time, additional shuttle service providers and companies that offer shuttles for their employees contacted the agency to let us know that they were either providing service or considering to provide shuttle service and wanted to know about our policy development process. This also grew our list. And, as we heard about new shuttle programs, we reached out the companies to make contact. Also, at meetings with shuttle providers, we also asked if there were other providers we should include.  Some members of the shuttle sector brought their legal or PR reps with them to the meetings – they were not on our list.”

Comments

Posted by Guest on Feb. 13, 2014 @ 6:43 pm

about fait accompli legislation.

So it's bad to see only one side take over legislative comments?

Posted by guest on Feb. 13, 2014 @ 8:38 pm

news.

Posted by odm2 on Feb. 14, 2014 @ 1:09 am

What's the point of this? Sounds like you're just sad you weren't invited.

Posted by Guest on Feb. 14, 2014 @ 4:15 am

There was also a public hearing before the SFMTA Board with extensive (hours) of public comment from all sides of the issue.

Posted by Guest on Feb. 14, 2014 @ 2:47 pm

Funny how bus riders or ordinary people who live in the areas impacted by the Google buses are magically missing from the attendees. Guess MTA must feel actual stakeholders on the issue don't include anyone who doesn't belong to a big business.

Posted by Peter on Feb. 14, 2014 @ 5:19 pm

blabber away at city meeting forums all the time while the majority of people are working.

Never any complaints until now?

Posted by guest on Feb. 14, 2014 @ 5:32 pm

Government only grants stakeholder status and attendant access to those whom government controls or who have purchased elections and government.

Posted by marcos on Feb. 15, 2014 @ 6:02 pm

Avalos and Campos need that manpower and money to climb.

Posted by guest on Feb. 15, 2014 @ 6:25 pm

The problem is that SEIU is not very effective in doing what it takes to sustain their strength, they are weakening over time. At this point, what is the SEIU going to do, bleed on them?

Compare this to the real estate and downtown coalition that are quite effective in moving their agenda, in a large part, by limiting access to the public policy development process to those who already agree with them.

Posted by marcos on Feb. 17, 2014 @ 3:01 pm

They want a better deal than the rest of us even though it is the rest of us that pay for it.

No surprise they are dwindling.

Posted by Guest on Feb. 17, 2014 @ 5:42 pm

on things like Healthy San Francisco.

They tried and were rejected by Ammiano and Daly in their back room deals with the SEIU. Then they did the dog and pony show before the board, then were ignored.

If you don't have one of these operation on your side, even one that claims to speak for you, you are screwed.

Posted by guest on Feb. 17, 2014 @ 7:11 pm

"What's the point of this? Sounds like you're just sad you weren't invited."

A posting befitting a white male philistine.

Posted by killallthewhitepeople on Feb. 15, 2014 @ 1:07 pm

with progressives are always suspect.

They might consult the Elders of the Protocols of whiteness at any time.

Beware poster, the conspiracy marches on.

Posted by guest on Feb. 15, 2014 @ 5:47 pm

Wow it,s like having a meeting on gender equality and only inviting the men.

Posted by Tory Antoni on Feb. 16, 2014 @ 2:13 pm

I know who the source is! I know who the source is!

Posted by Guest on Feb. 17, 2014 @ 1:54 pm

the source was sue vaughn!

Posted by Guest on Feb. 18, 2014 @ 7:57 am

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