➤ “Polk Street merchants angry about plan to remove parking spaces,” Local News, Thursday
Polk Street stores need parking spaces
Although I no longer live in the Polk Street area, last week my husband and I drove to that area and shopped at City Discount, Brownies and Walgreens, and bought flowers at the florist before stopping by to visit with friends at the friendly Cinch bar.
We are both senior citizens and would find it virtually impossible to shop along Polk Street if parking were eliminated. When my arm was broken, my husband thought I was too vulnerable with my arm in a cast, so he would drive me to Polk Street and park the car so I could visit friends.
I shopped at City Discount even before they moved to their current location and I don’t want to see it closed because they cannot get enough customers. Small businesses like Rita Paoli’s will suffer from loss of revenue and probably be forced to close. I am concerned about the small pet-supply store.
I have already called the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency, Board of Supervisors President David Chiu and Mayor Ed Lee to let them know that I oppose such a plan.
Don’t let cyclists rule road
When will city leaders wake up and stop this bicycle takeover?
I feel for the merchants along Polk Street now facing the loss of more than half of their parking spaces just to favor a bike lane. For 20 years, I have avoided Polk Street for shopping or dining whenever I’m driving. How many others will stay away now?
If you want to take parking away in any district in favor of bicyclists, partner with private business to build paying parking lots above- and belowground. It’s only fair, lest some unique neighborhoods and deserving small businesses completely disappear.
➤ “Harvey Milk airport rename proposal has hidden baggage,” Melissa Griffin, Thursday
SFO rename too confusing
It is very insightful for Melissa Griffin to inform the public about Supervisor David Campos’ political purpose for wanting city residents to vote to rename the San Francisco International Airport.
Consider the confusion it would cause for people living outside of San Francisco and even abroad if SFO was just renamed Harvey Milk.
How about naming a terminal after Harvey Milk and another one for Willie Brown? Would this satisfy the diversity and equality fairness advocates?
➤ “San Francisco GoSolar program’s future remains uncertain,” Local News, Feb. 24
Shell endorsed over solar
Let me get this right: The City is cutting funding for solar panels on small properties through the GoSolar program, but they guaranteed almost $20 million to Shell Oil — one of the biggest, dirtiest oil companies in the world — for the CleanPowerSF program!
This $20 million, five-year deal with Shell would fund the entire GoSolar Program for four years. Rather than giving the money to San Francisco residents who will actually produce new green energy and local jobs, they are giving the money to a multinational oil company that will not guarantee any new green energy or local jobs.
➤ “Tang, she’s not it for Sunset district,” Opinion, Thursday
Support for Charter idea
My hat is off for Barry S. Elsenberg’s letter and reasons for a City Charter amendment to fix the imbalance of power of The City Mayor over the makeup of the legislature branch, which reduces the power of We the People via direct elections.