Yes, we really spent thousands of dollars fighting the City of San Francisco and Muni to protect your right to public documents. They didn’t want us to see surveillance videos from their buses. It all started more than a year ago when we tried to figure out a way to quantify the problems plaguing the system. So, we asked for all the passenger complaint forms for the twenty-five drivers who’ve received the most complaints. The city and Muni fought us in court over that. Then, we realized they had a cache of surveillance videos from their busses for those twenty-five drivers. They resisted, so we went back to court and won.
Tonight’s story is just the first of many to come. It features a woman and her four children, boarding a Muni bus with Anthony Jones at the wheel. The bus pulls away with its back door open – two of the children fall out, but the driver refuses to stop. You can watch the scene play out here uncut. A warning: there is some cursing, as you might expect.
We’ll have more from Muni’s Video Vault tomorrow at six and throughout February. If you happen to have had a serious complaint against a Muni driver in the past three years, we’d like to hear from you. Who knows? You might be on video.
One other note. In tonight’s story, you heard from Muni chief Nat Ford. Yes, we really have been trying to get him to comment for a year. His spokespeople would always offer some other bureaucrat, but never Ford. So, we decided to send one of our I-Team producers to meet Ford at a Muni board meeting this week. Believe me, I would have loved to have gone myself, but …
I’m recovering from ankle surgery.