Why we keep our eyes open

Every morning there is a new surprise in the news. This morning’s column by Matier and Ross in the S.F. Chronicle tells us of the new ramp bing built at City Hall. This ramp is to allow wheelchair access to the raised chair of the president of the Board of Supervisors. Making the chair accessible is a great idea, but how does the city justify spending $100,000 a foot for the ramp? Read this column and you will see the maze of competing interests that had a hand in raising the costs. It is a a lesson in how not to run city government and a good demonstration of why civic organizations like the League have to keep an eye on city government to encourage officials to act responsibly.The price of good government is indeed eternal vigilance.

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