Here’s food for thought . . . Effective leaders combine courage and conviction with the pragmatic need to build coalitions and common ground.
Recently, in the City and County of San Francisco, such skills were readily apparent in the strong leadership of Board of Supervisors’ President David Chiu and Supervisor Scott Weiner.
Their leadership is especially appreciated as it was around the politically contentious issue of shuttle buses.
Those opposing shuttle buses, with tactics ranging from blocking buses and making speeches, to destructive and divisive tactics like throwing rocks and shouting insults, would make many politicians cower or conform. Not so with Supervisors Chiu and Weiner. Why? Because the facts about the benefits of shuttles still far outweigh the drawbacks – and companies who care enough about their employees and our communities to provide these services should be lauded, not lambasted.
Consider the facts:
- Shuttle buses remove 20 million vehicle miles traveled annually.
- 28 percent of shuttle bus riders forgo even owning a car.
- Shuttles take 9,000 tons of greenhouse gases annually out of our atmosphere.
- These shuttles eliminate 327,000 annual single passenger trips.
Courage. Conviction. Words we do not always hear associated with elected officials. Kudos to Chiu and Wiener for reminding us that leaders still exist, and are still effective.