SF Gate reports that Sara Shortt, the director of the Housing Rights Committee and a Mission resident, and SEIU Local 1021 and the Harvel Milk LGBT Democratic Club are challenging the MTA’s decision to allow the buses to use Muni bus stops.
The matter now lands in the lap of the Board of Supervisors, which must decide on the issue within 45 days. If it sides with the MTA, the matter could head to court….
She and others plan to file an appeal under the California Environmental Quality Act to the supervisors, saying the city has failed to analyze and mitigate the environmental impacts of the agreement. They argue the tech shuttles displace low-income and minority communities and have adverse impacts to air quality. (It unclear how the latter accusation came about since it is believed that most tech workers would drive their private cars to work if the shuttles didn’t exist.)
“Rents and evictions have soared along the Google bus route,” Shortt, who lives on Valencia Street, which is filled with tech shuttles during commute time, said in a statement. “All of my neighbors are worried that they will be the next one to get an eviction notice.” READ MORE.