Marin grand jury: SMART must cut costs

Marin grand jury: SMART must cut costs

There are 121 comments on the Marin Independent Journal story from Jun 25, 2010, titled Marin grand jury: SMART must cut costs. In it, Marin Independent Journal reports that:

The Marin County Civil Grand Jury is calling on the Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit District to cut costs in order to cope with a $155 million shortfall that has resulted due to a decline in sales tax revenue and increased expenses.

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#1 Jun 25, 2010
they are stealing from us to fund their "overly generous contributions to the pension benefits program."

other than a dog and pony show about train cars and station features what have they actually done? Other than moan about how they need even more money.

time to shut it down
Tamaari

Novato, CA

#2 Jun 25, 2010
Why not just build the pathway and and not the train...that way we save more than 91 million..and there will be no shortfall...well unless SMART can manage to screw that up too..

Generous contributions to the pension benefits program. To who?? Themselves?
i TOLD YOU SO

San Francisco, CA

#3 Jun 25, 2010
I KNEW as did MANY others, and we tried to warn, the bike path was nothing but a disposable carrot on a stick to suck in the bike people.
It was obvious as hell the costs were going to go up and this would be the first thing to go because it is not needed for the "train" system to operate.
If we could vote again WHICH WE SHOULD BE ABLE TO DO this thing would go down in flames!
It was voted on several times until it passed WE SHOULD VOTE AGIN TO KILL IT!!!
i TOLD YOU SO

San Francisco, CA

#4 Jun 25, 2010
why does this thing even have a "pension benefits program"?
If they are going to do it start out with a 401k type.
Taxpayer funded penions or obsolete.
Smart Suckers

Livermore, CA

#5 Jun 25, 2010
Gee what a surprise.. I could have told you this a year ago and saved the Grand Jury time and money. This is nothing but a cash cow for the Supervisors who planned it. How many assistants to the directors do they have now? 6? They just hired 2 more before this report came out (Wow what a coincidence) at 120k a year! If this isnt rampant over use of a lame duck idea then I dunno what is.
McGlashan take a stand.. quit this money hog! Stop the Train before it bankrupts Marin and Sonoma Counties! Its your idea and you somehow made it go through so now its time to step up and admit it was the WRONG time to try this!
The Dumb Train

San Rafael, CA

#6 Jun 25, 2010
What do we have to do to get a repeal of this things on the ballot? I am willing to collect signatures!!!!
Citizen Taxpayer

AOL

#7 Jun 25, 2010
This is an outrage! Scrap the train and build the path - a real asset for the community.
Bike1

San Rafael, CA

#8 Jun 25, 2010
The main reason I supported the SMART tax was the proposed Bike/Pedestrian path. I have never believed the forecasted ridership will ever materialize to the extent that has been forecast. This project will set new standards for annual deficits no matter the good intentions.
botanika

United States

#9 Jun 25, 2010
It was a boondoggle before it was voted on and remains one to this day. I wonder how many of the folks who voted for it actually understood what it's limitations are (and how many of them will actually ride it if it is ever built). The money for this train to nowhere should have gone to pay for all the buses that Golden Gate Transit has cut over the years.
Yeah Man

Union City, CA

#10 Jun 25, 2010
Wow man, most people of Marin keep bending forward and keep getting what they ask for, then complain it costs too much. Whats done is done but they dont learn from it. Its called insanity.
Day Hiker

Novato, CA

#11 Jun 25, 2010
I predicted this and this is just the beginning of a very deep black hole that tax dollars will be poured down for Chuckie McGlashan's socialist utopia. The train needs to be derailed along with McGlashan. Two losers.
Ditch SMART

San Rafael, CA

#12 Jun 25, 2010
Hurray for the Marin County Civil Grand Jury!

At a time when our elected leaders act with increasing irresponsibility and disconnection, it's reassuring that our system allows citizens to offer at least -some- counterbalancing force.

Now, if only someone would reduce SMART to where it belongs... to zero.
E Howard

Mill Valley, CA

#13 Jun 25, 2010
How many people are employed by smart? How much
money is being put into their pension plan?
Bogus Employees

Livermore, CA

#14 Jun 25, 2010
You asked.. you shall recieve:
Lillian Hames - General Manager
Erin McGrath - Chief Financial Officer
Bill Gamlen - Senior Rail Engineer
Nina West - Office Manager
Rob Krantz - Property Manager
John Nemeth - Planning Manager
John Lackey - Capital Projects Director
Chris Coursey - Community Outreach and Education Manager
LaVon Allan - Senior Administrative Assistant
Joan Thomas - Real Estate Assistant
Katye Sanders - Adminstrative Analyst

Programming and Grants Manager --Salary:$90,000 -$135,000
Clerk of the Board of Directors --Salary:$58,000 -$75,000
Executive Assistant to the General Manager -- Salary:$45,000 -$65,000
Administrative Assistant -- Salary:$40,000 -$58,000

Dont like personal info on here? Well go to
http://www.sonomamarintrain.org/index.php/mis...

all public info. Want a list of who NOT to re-elect? its all on that page!
County taxpayer

Sunnyvale, CA

#15 Jun 25, 2010
They could save way more by cancelling it altogether.
Sanity

San Rafael, CA

#16 Jun 25, 2010
Save the path, scrap the rest.
Stop the pensions no matter what.
Politicians are never to be trusted -
they love to spend our money.
Kill it

San Francisco, CA

#17 Jun 25, 2010
Bogus Employees wrote:
You asked.. you shall recieve:
Lillian Hames - General Manager
Erin McGrath - Chief Financial Officer
Bill Gamlen - Senior Rail Engineer
Nina West - Office Manager
Rob Krantz - Property Manager
John Nemeth - Planning Manager
John Lackey - Capital Projects Director
Chris Coursey - Community Outreach and Education Manager
LaVon Allan - Senior Administrative Assistant
Joan Thomas - Real Estate Assistant
Katye Sanders - Adminstrative Analyst
Programming and Grants Manager --Salary:$90,000 -$135,000
Clerk of the Board of Directors --Salary:$58,000 -$75,000
Executive Assistant to the General Manager -- Salary:$45,000 -$65,000
Administrative Assistant -- Salary:$40,000 -$58,000
Dont like personal info on here? Well go to
http://www.sonomamarintrain.org/index.php/mis...
all public info. Want a list of who NOT to re-elect? its all on that page!
This may be a good thing. They will keep hiring and spending more and more and there will never be enough to build it.
Path Only

Ross, CA

#18 Jun 25, 2010
Kill the 11 mph (average speed) trolley to nowhere and build the path, which will actually be used!
E Howard

Mill Valley, CA

#19 Jun 25, 2010
Bogus Employees wrote:
You asked.. you shall recieve:
Lillian Hames - General Manager
Erin McGrath - Chief Financial Officer
Bill Gamlen - Senior Rail Engineer
Nina West - Office Manager
Rob Krantz - Property Manager
John Nemeth - Planning Manager
John Lackey - Capital Projects Director
Chris Coursey - Community Outreach and Education Manager
LaVon Allan - Senior Administrative Assistant
Joan Thomas - Real Estate Assistant
Katye Sanders - Adminstrative Analyst
Programming and Grants Manager --Salary:$90,000 -$135,000
Clerk of the Board of Directors --Salary:$58,000 -$75,000
Executive Assistant to the General Manager -- Salary:$45,000 -$65,000
Administrative Assistant -- Salary:$40,000 -$58,000
Dont like personal info on here? Well go to
http://www.sonomamarintrain.org/index.php/mis...
all public info. Want a list of who NOT to re-elect? its all on that page!
OUCH!!! Sorry I asked
Zircon-212

San Rafael, CA

#20 Jun 25, 2010
The lobbying efforts of the MCBC scraped up enough votes to get the notsoSMART initiative passed. I certainly feel screwed being one that drank the Koolaide. If MCBC wants to redeem themselves they can admit they were wrong. Facing the fact they had their money on the wrong horse is the first step toward canceling the train and working on getting the bike path built.

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