The day’s still young and already I’ve savored a couple of good yucks regarding the envisioned SMART commuter rail system.

The first came as I read Valerie Brown’s explanation for why the train district’s interim general manager, David Heath, has been replaced.

“The workload has gotten overwhelming,” said Brown, the Sonoma County supervisor.

Well, it seems perfectly reasonable that Heath had too much work, given that he was still functioning also as SMART’s chief financial officer. But who has the district’s executive committee named to replace Heath as interim manager?

Farhad Mansourian, a man who presumably has even more on his plate because his regular job is running the Marin County Department of Public Works.

We’ll see how this switch works out, and whether Sonoma County should be at all concerned that SMART will be run during this critical time by an administrator who day in and day out answers to the Marin County Board of Supervisors.

But I do think I know how I’d feel were I told that I was to give 90 percent of my time to running SMART and 10 percent to running a county public works department.


On a lighter note, check out the video that Bill Carle describes as a Thai model for the SMART train sharing Railroad Square with a bustling farmers market.

Before you go to the link, imagine that as a SMART passenger you could grab some fresh veggies without leaving your seat — and that as vendor you really, really need for the train to run on time.