> But, back to walking. Anyone who is traveling in a North-South direction to commute (i.e. Marina to Downtown) knows that by the time the 30 or 45 bus gets to Chinatown, you can get out and walk faster, plus you don’t feel like a sardine. That walk is a no-brainer.
The author ignores anyone who finds walking difficult.
California's muni problems are not just because of "the Chinese" but because of the baffling tax / road thing that got themselves into.
 I never thought that in 2012 I'd be saying "It's not the Chinese" in a comment about SF. :-\
That headline is bolded. Use of the word "they" suggests to me more than one leader.
Maybe it's just a cultural thing, (I'm in the UK) but this next paragraph feels weird, almost xenophobic. It's the kind of thing that only fringe politicians would say.
> But I’m sure that the camera shops, trinket stands, and street-side produce markets of Chinatown are the ones providing the city with most of its tax, jobs, and commerce income.
See, I don't drive. I never learnt. And I don't want to spend all my money on cabs, no matter how I summon them. Good public transit helps the city; it gets the people who can't or won't drive or walk (too old to walk, too broke for a car, too tired after a long bike ride, hauling groceries, hauling suitcases home from the airport, wants some time to sit and think/hack rather than pay attention to driving or walking...) around to where they need to go.
Also his argument that it sucks because it's funded largely by parking tickets? Yah? So? This is not unique to SF, lots of public transit is funded by taxes on motorists of one kind or another. You wanna drive your personal car around and take up space on the road and in parking, you get to help the people who take the bus too.
His argument that driver pensions are bad doesn't earn him any more points with me either. I guess he'd rather see all those retired bus drivers working shitty Wal-Mart greeter jobs in their dotage or something?
The stuff about building new routes through Chinatown due to favors the mayor owes, I'll give him that. I dunno anythng about the politics in the city.
Other public transport in the bay area seems pretty good from my limited experience too. The Caltrain costs only $5 to ride from SF to Redwood City (about 50km). I haven't been further so I'm unsure how the price increases the further out you go. It also smells nice and has comfy chairs :).
At first I thought Muni was great, but after a few weeks I only took it for particularly out-of-the-way journeys (eg: Golden Gate Park to SOMA). It's a decent enough service, but it's just not very quick - even more so than this writer suggests.