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Monday, October 26, 2009

Just wondering... re Broward Comm. Kristin Jacobs' qualification to be on SFRTA

It's perfectly possible that Broward Commissioner
Kristin Jacobs could actually have something of
value to contribute to SFRTA, but...
of all the many transportation Forums, Workshops
and Summits that I've attended all over South Florida
the past 4-5 years, Kristin Jacobs has NEVER
been present at a single one.
EVER.

Since I last spoke to some of you in person at some
of the recent SFECC meetings throughout the area
-where we were all in agreement that they were
the most informative and planned yet
- I've
emailed you the news regarding Comm. Jacobs,
asking if you'd ever seen her at one of the myriad
transportation meetings that've been held down here,
whether over at the Broward Convention Center
or in Dania or...
(Even though I always write down which public
officials are present at any civic event I go to.)

Well, the results have been tabulated and the verdict
is that none of you reports having seen her at ANY
of these meetings, either, even if for just a drive-by
appearance.
No-show extraordinaire.
That's only confirms what I thought I knew.

I checked her bio off the web link she provides at
the bottom of this press release from last Monday,
thinking that maybe there was something I was
overlooking in her background that actually made
her a good choice, or at least a better choice than
others.

Not only is there nothing at
http://www.broward.org/jacobs/aboutkristin.htm
to suggest she'd even be average or as up-to-speed
as many of you, there's no mention whatsoever of
where she went to college, what her non-governmental
job experience is, her particular area of expertise, or,
even where she was born or when she moved here.
To me, that's pretty curious.

Frankly, I wonder whether she'd even rate a job
interview with SFRTA if she had a different name?
I suspect the answer would be "No."

(By the way, the second and third paragraph on
the official press release below are directly from
her own county bio web page.
Wow, that's not too underwhelming, is it?
Couldn't even come up with something new and
original.)

Perhaps you know something about her that I don't
about why this is a good move, and if so,
I'd love to hear it.
Something more than good intentions, though.

But based on what I've personally seen and observed
the past 4-5 years, it's hard to see this as a positive
development for anyone genuinely interested in seeing
some positive energy or enthusiasm for well-designed
public transportation in South Florida, given her own
chronic inability to actually even make it to some
pretty interesting and well-produced transportation
meetings that other South Florida citizens/taxpayers/
customers have somehow managed to find the time
and energy for, even on Saturday mornings.
Citizens like me and some of you, for instance.

If Woody Allen was correct in his oft-noted observation
that "Eighty percent of success is showing up,"
what are advocates of intelligent public transportation
in Florida supposed to make of Kristin Jacobs?

Perhaps she'll prove me wrong, but for now,
color me unimpressed.
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This was posted on the county's website on
October 19th at 8:45 a.m.


http://bcegov3.broward.org/newsrelease/AdminDisplayMessages.aspx?intMessageId=2371




Broward County Commission Appoints Kristin Jacobs to SFRTA



Commissioner Kristen Jacobs

Commissioner Kristen Jacobs

DATE: October 19, 2009
MEDIA CONTACT: Kimberly Maroe, Public Information Manager
Broward County Commission
PHONE: 954-357-8053


Broward County Commissioner Kristin Jacobs has been appointed by the Broward County Board of County Commissioners to serve as their representative on the South Florida Regional Transportation Authority (SFRTA).

Key to Commissioner Jacobs' vision for the future is reinventing Broward's urban corridors and downtown areas while building a sense of community through the principles of smart growth, affordable housing and easy-to-use transportation.

For many Broward residents, health or age related issues make driving a car impossible. Commissioner Jacobs fought to create and fund a network of community shuttles which brings mass transit opportunities into our neighborhoods. She has consistently backed alternative transportation options that move people not cars, including mass transit, Tri-Rail and a Regional Transportation Authority.

The SFRTA was created with a vision to provide greater mobility in South Florida, thereby improving the economic viability and quality of life of the community, region and state. The Authority's mission is to coordinate, develop and implement a viable regional transportation system in South Florida that endeavors to meet the desires and needs for the movement of people, goods and services. For information, call 888-GO-SFRTA or visit
www.sfrta.com.

For more information on Broward County Commissioner Kristin Jacobs, visit www.broward.org/jacobs.


Release Properties




Date: 10/19/2009 8:45 AM

Photos: 1

Keywords: Government, Transportation

News Type: News Release




Released by the Office of Public Communications
E-mail: publicinfo@broward.org
954-357-6990 * Fax: 954-357-6936

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