Deal may nix Muni reform 

A Muni reform measure may come in the form of a compromise instead of being decided by voters.

Board of Supervisors President David Chiu had introduced a City Charter amendment that would, among other things, strip the mayor of sole power to appoint members of the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency’s board of directors.

Chiu, however, said he would consider abandoning the amendment if he and Mayor Gavin Newsom could agree on a reform package before Tuesday’s vote on the legislation that would streamline the transit agency and ensure there’s enough funding in reserve to offset potential future service cuts.

The supervisor and the mayor held closed-door meetings last week in an attempt to put together a deal that would pave the way for an even more comprehensive Muni reform down the road, Chiu said.  

“We certainly are going to need to have some agreement that we can stand up together that would constitute immediate MTA reforms,” he said.

Newsom said he was certain that he could find a way to address all of Chiu’s concerns without having to go to voters with a charter amendment.

As far as the details of the Muni reform effort, both Chiu and the Newsom remained tight-lipped about talks.

The discussions have been taking place as the mayor is “actively considering” candidates to fill the last seat on the SFMTA board, and supervisors are keeping close tabs on who the mayor will name, staffers said.

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