Is Ed Reiskin the new MTA chief?


It sure looks like it. And he could be the new Muni boss by the end of the week.

Which is not necessarily a bad thing -- Reiskin's well liked around City Hall, the bicyclists and alternative transport people think he's a decent choice and he's certainly run a big, complex city agency. But he's never run a big transit agency -- and that's a very different experience from managing the Department of Public Works.

Sup. John Avalos, who is running for mayor, told me he thinks the MTA ought to take its time and look around a bit. "Nothing against Reiskin, but I think it's important we make the most thorough effort to find the best person to fun this critical city department," he said.

But from what I hear, Reiskin's close to a lock. I just hope the MTA knows better than to offer him one of those five-eyar contracts with a rich buy-out provision. Look how well that worked last time.


The only real question:

Will he realize that the unions are THE problem with a well-functioning public transportation system and not some kind of a "partner" (code word for 'somebody squeezing money out of government who isn't you').

Hopefully, unlike previous mayors, Lee wants a real administrator looking out for his department, rather than a City Family person who will allow stealing from his department to fund city hall's pet projects.

Posted by Juan Eduardo on Jul. 07, 2011 @ 9:19 pm