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Mayor Ed Lee’s directive to create 5,000 new homes each year for the next 20 years leaves a few key needs out of the equation. (Mike Koozmin/2014 S.F. Examiner)
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Why San Francisco needs to build 5,000 homes annually for 20 years,” In My View, Oct. 5

Infrastructure absent from home creation formula

It’s nice to opine about density needs and building quicker and taller and faster. The problem is that Todd David ignores totally in his statements the need for infrastructure: mass-transit, schools, pools, public libraries, parks, sewage, energy plants and so on.

We cannot hurdle a high jump with agencies and planning departments bogged down in the little fixes and small-scale improvements. We need bigger-picture solutions. Unfortunately, public agencies plead no money and don’t have the ability or time to think outside the box.

The San Francisco Housing Action Coalition would be doing better work if it focused on transit network gaps, lacking investment in public ammenities and the elbow room needed for the population espoused in the SFHAC and SFBARF and SPUR doctrines.

SFHAC does not monitor progress, otherwise it would realize cars are sitting in jams, and freeways are backing up. It’s bad housing policy to promote one type of housing versus alternatives like co-ops and social housing shared alternatives, including preservation of sound housing and options to buy existing larger sites for essential affordable needs.

To promote density and build-up without real math inclusive of the factors of infrastructure is like saying: 5,000 x 20 = X, while not having the “X” or the “=” that bridge the formula.

Aaron Goodman
San Francisco

DACA solidarity effort ends in controversy,” The City, Sept. 26

Political correctness absurdity

This article shows how entrenched the absurdity of some people’s version of today’s political correctness has become. A simple banner asking for solidarity with a group of students and their families was somehow perceived by a few students to be an act of racial insensitivity.

These overly sensitive students will soon graduate and move. Some will go on to college before seeking jobs and some will attempt to move directly to jobs. Their current perceptions and attitudes will hinder abilities to gain and hold jobs.

Howard Epstein
San Francisco Republican Party

Solar power could be S.F.’s new backup,” The City, Sept. 25

Toxic problem compounded

Only the good Lord knows what more would have happened to the people of San Francisco during 1906 earthquake if The City had been filled with electronic devices, electric cars, solar roof cells and storage batteries.

Silicon-based devices and storage batteries are very toxic when confronted by fire and explosions. They are also the most expensive way of generating and storing electrical energy. Consider the danger to firemen in putting out fires from these sources. The City’s movers and shakers want to spend more than $300,000 of taxpayers’ money to compound this toxic problem. Perhaps it is time for more families to get out of town.

Frank Norton
San Francisco

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