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Letters from our Readers: Officials’ parking ideas are absolute atrocities

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The Municipal Transportation Agency has lost what little marbles it had, and so has the Board of Supervisors. Where do they get off wanting to put parking meters in residential neighborhoods? I go to work at 5 a.m. and get home at 2:30 p.m. What makes these people think that I am willing to run in and out of my house every time the meter runs out?

Needless to say, you also have to move to another meter because if you stay at the same meter you get a huge ticket. If they also want extended hours on these meters, what happens when I go to bed at 7:30 or 8 p.m. and still must move my car when the meter expires?

I own my home and pay taxes, yet I have been dinged for sidewalk repairs and graffiti removal at my own expense. And now they want to squeeze more money out of me and make my life more miserable than they already have. How about we recall the Board of Supervisors.

J. Wong, San Francisco

Keep 49ers in The City

My son and I enjoyed perfect weather, quick public transit and a great 49ers win against Seattle last Sunday. If the 49ers had been playing in Santa Clara, the temperature would have been 94 degrees with unhealthy air quality, instead of 79 degrees with fresh air and a light breeze. We wouldn’t have been able to ride BART, Caltrain or Muni Metro, as did many thousands of fans. None of those transit options exist anywhere near the Santa Clara stadium site.

Let’s keep the San Francisco 49ers in San Francisco at a new Hunters Point stadium or a retrofit Candlestick Park. Plans are in place and state and federal funding is being identified for hundreds of millions of dollars in traffic and transit improvements to Candlestick and Hunters Point, and two adjacent counties. A draft environmental report will be released in October to analyze these plans and development of a state-of-the-art stadium, along with acres of new parks, housing, a hotel, parking fields, retail and commercial developments and a ferry terminal.

Michael Antonini, Planning commissioner, San Francisco

A note to all city officials

The gouging of San Franciscans was perfectly described in Ken Garcia’s Sept. 22 column (“Plan to add more parking meters is wrongheaded”). This is done not just by the Transportation Authority, but also lately by the Recreation and Park Department. Our tax dollars seem to go into a black hole while our pockets are picked again to pay for basic essentials. Note to all city officials: Show me you know how to properly handle the money you already have before you dare ask for more. And stop looking at our wallets as your private cookie jar.

Nancy Wuerfel, San Francisco

Crunching the numbers

Where is the outrage from Democrats denouncing the deficit that will break their children and grandchildren? The deficit right now is $2 trillion and in ten years it will be $10 trillion. Let’s put these numbers in perspective. A billion seconds ago it was 1959; a billion minutes ago Jesus was alive; a billion hours ago it was the Stone Age; and a billion days ago no one walked on two feet.

But $1 billion dollars of U.S. government spending is every 8 hours 20 minutes, at the present rate. And 1 trillion is 1,000 billion!

Joe Locasto, San Mateo

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