Mayor Berry and City Councilors Ken Sanchez and Isaac Benton did a press conference to announce that the City is offering free bus passes down Central Avenue as a means to lure shoppers during the Christmas Holiday to the businesses affected by the ART bus project.
This is what you call taxpayers being taken for a ride.
There is no free ride when it comes to government services.
Berry, Sanchez and Benson all supported to proceed to build the ART bus project ignoring pleas to put it to a public vote, over the objections of many constituents, even when the federal funding has not been fully approved and is now in jeopardy.
Instead of putting construction off until after the holidays, they pushed it forward.
ART construction resulted in sales during the annual Nob Hill Christmas Shop and Stroll to drop by at least 60%.
Now all three take great pride in announcing they are giving free bus rides to people who will probably never use ART hoping it will bring back business to the area.
Good luck with that.
The truth is operating the buses still costs money and that money comes out of the general fund and is taxpayer dollars.
But then again, no one is using the busses anyway so there may not be much lost revenue.