STEVE – WE LOVE YOU
Brandau’s video had received more than 2,700 views as of Saint Patrick’s Day. Fresno loves him for his insight and his courage.
Robert Jeffers suggested that the 3.5% statistic didn’t ring true. That is correct, Brandau responded – just a bit over 3% of all “daily trips” in Fresno County are by bus, bicycle or walking. All other trips are by car, Brandau said.
Jeffers wrote in conclusion: “But overall the point is made – transit is a losing enterprise, and while we can all agree that transit is necessary to some degree – the ‘more is always better’ model is a disaster in the making.”
Wrote Susan Wittrup: “Makes good sense, Steve. Makes me wonder … whose career benefits most from this project? It certainly is not the tax payers of Fresno, but it probably hit a ‘sweet spot’ for someone.”
Christina Weldon wrote: “This Bus ‘So called Rapid’ Transit was originally staved off by pressure from fiscally sane residents. If I remember correctly, the initial push was an effort to secure ‘targeted’ federal funds. Now, it raises its ugly head again and precious Measure C money comes to the rescue. I’m scratching my head that you and Councilman Brand are the only two people on the council who balances their checkbooks.”
Brad Roltgen wrote: “Thanks for sharing those numbers and voting with your head. I’d also prefer to see the money spent on maintaining existing roads or programs instead of creating something new that’s going to require more money to maintain in the future. If BRT is such a great idea and people want it, let a private company build, run and maintain it.”
Nana Marene wrote: “Steve, I cannot tell you how much I appreciate your honesty and transparency. I wish all of our representatives were so inclined. I have been checking bus ridership as I am waiting at intersections and areas where ridership is visual, and many times there are no riders or two or three. I get tired of our leaders who want to leave a legacy over the practical needs of our city. This will be another decision that will come back to haunt us, as are many that have been put into place in the past.”
Wrote Scott Hawkins: “What a great relief it is to have a courageous Council Member take stands based on logic and facts instead of someone’s feeling. Keep up the good work, we need you.”
This is a sampling of the gratitude expressed by Fresnans for Brandau’s political courage.