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Letters: Greg Suhr was SF’s best police chief in decades

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William Scott, left, San Francisco’s next police chief, is introduced by Mayor Ed Lee during a news conference at City Hall on Dec. 20. (Jessica Christian/S.F. Examiner)
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“POA president unhappy with mayor’s pick,” Crime Ink, Dec. 22

Suhr was best police chief in decades
The San Francisco Examiner writing, “POA president unhappy with mayor’s pick,” (one must note the non-capitalization of president and mayor) pertaining to the new chief of police, a well-respected Los Angeles police captain, shows some good sense of information and journalism with a slant.

Former ACLU lawyer, John Crew, who evidences a very liberal career, stated, “… this is outrageous. They [the San Francisco Police Officers Association] are trying to undermine the new chief in the eyes of the officers …”

A past captain with the San Francisco Police Department, John Feeney, stated, “Sadly, it was more important for Suhr to take care of his friends, destroy everything and everyone …”

The fact is that Greg Suhr was the best chief of police who San Francisco has brought about since Tom Cahill, who started in the late ’50s, held a great discipline of the troops and kept crime at the lowest levels.

We now have District Attorney George Gascon (a political hack from Los Angeles), whom has allowed crime to skyrocket in San Francisco, supports the “rights” of illegal aliens, disregards federal laws and the oath of his office, and panders to the absurd politically correct people who live a life of delusion.

Mayor Ed Lee is a disgrace to not only San Francisco, but the office of mayor throughout California and the nation, as he disregards his duties to run San Francisco as a business for the benefit of all — and cowers to the very small populous of immature idealists.
Truly, these are sad times. Are we a Hollywood city or the hub of California success?

Richard Bodisco, former San Francisco police officer

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“S.F. set to reclaim street tree maintenance,” The City, Dec. 19

Mayor Ed Lee cares for street trees
When Proposition E — the “healthy trees and safe sidewalks” measure — takes effect next year, and you see city crews repairing sidewalks and trimming our long-neglected street trees, please thank Mayor Ed Lee.

The mayor had authority to suspend Prop. E before Jan. 1, if he thought the money should be used elsewhere. After 79 percent of San Francisco voters passed the measure, we hoped it was safe. But subsequent budget pressures put the mayor in a tough position.

Speculation swirled: Would he kill Prop. E?

Meanwhile, preliminary findings from The City’s first-ever citywide street tree census revealed sobering news: The City has 25,000 locations with tree-related sidewalk damage, and one-third of our street trees are in poor condition, critical condition or dead. Killing Prop. E would be like killing what’s left of our urban forest.

We knew the mayor faced hard choices. But when he announced his budget intentions earlier this month, we got wonderful news: Mayor Lee will let Prop. E take effect. Perhaps, he recognized the legacy he’ll leave to generations of San Franciscans who will enjoy the benefits of a thriving urban forest.

Whatever his reason, it was the right decision, and we’re deeply grateful for it.

Dan Flanagan, executive director of Friends of the Urban Forest, chair of the San Francisco Urban Forestry Council

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