The Examiner’s editorial extolling redevelopment agencies (“Redevelopment is still important without agency,” Jan. 22) minimizes the harm they cause to taxpayers and property owners. Redevelopment agencies have condemned things like golf courses, park land and houses with chipped paint, and transferred them to auto dealers, big-box stores and even professional sports teams. They did this without producing any evidence that redevelopment agencies attract businesses to California or increase overall regional economic development. Read More
Ed Lee was onto something when he raised the question about the costs and risks of community choice aggregation. SPUR has been reserving judgment about CleanPowerSF, but as the contract details started coming out it’s not looking promising. Read More
The Sunday op-ed by Steve Falk, CEO of the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce, played fast and loose with his numbers and projections about why high-speed rail would allegedly be good for California. The truth is that there won’t be enough riders to even service the exploding costs to build and run the high-speed trains. Read More
The Sunday San Francisco Examiner op-ed promoting California’s high-speed rail project claimed that the voters approved the project and a solid plan was put forth. These statements are not quite accurate. The plan that the voters approved was far different than what is on the table today. Read More
I agree with the Thursday letter that explained why Newt Gingrich is the only electable Republican presidential candidate. I have carefully followed Newt’s career since the Reagan years and I’m convinced he is the man for president in these trying, dangerous times.
We need a great communicator with his skills and experience to bring us through it with success. Now, more than ever, is the time for all good voters to come to the aid of their country. Gingrich and a Republican Congress are the answer.
Daniel B. Jeffs, Apple Valley
Earlier this month, California’s non-partisan CPA Peer Review Committee issued a scathing report stating that no new loans/bonds should be issued for high-speed rail. They said the plan lacked “credible sources of adequate funding … appropriate management” and is a “fundamentally flawed program” carrying “an immense financial risk” to California’s budget. Read More
The domestic abuse charges against San Francisco Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi seem to have revived old beliefs that law enforcement officers are more likely to beat their wives or girlfriends than the rest of the population. My husband has been a law enforcement professional for over 35 years. We have a great marriage that includes our fair share of arguments and bickering over nonsensical things. Never did I ever see even the slightest leaning toward violence from that man. Read More
With respect to the reported fan violence and vulgar language directed at fans wearing New Orleans Saints garb last weekend, I can tell you that the San Diego Chargers have put a “no tolerance” security policy in place for home games that includes both very visible yellow-jacketed security personnel along with uniformed police officers in between every pair of seat sections, and it has virtually shut down these idiotic incidents. Read More
A lot of 49ers fans witnessed a moment of miracle Saturday as the last 97 seconds sealed a victory against the New Orleans Saints. I know that up until that game, many San Franciscans did not believe the 49ers could go all the way. But the stoic performance they put up should have proven a point. Read More
It was good to read of BART’s extension into San Jose. Ultimately, it will be $3 billion spent for a desperately needed project, serving a pretty densely populated region. You will get no complaints from the commuters and other riders who benefit from a less-congested transportation alternative.
I cannot say the same for the $98 billion (thus far) high-speed rail project, which I believe will end up being nothing more than an expensive amusement park ride for tourists. Read More
It was good to read of BART’s extension into San Jose. Ultimately it will be $3 billion spent for a desperately needed project, serving a pretty densely populated region. You will get no complaints from the commuters and other riders who benefit from a less congested transportation alternative.
I cannot say the same for the $98 billion (thus far) high-speed rail project, which I believe will end up being nothing more than an expensive amusement park ride for tourists.
However, I am concerned whenever I hear someone like U.S. Sen. Read More
Clear Channel is supposed to be responsible for keeping the bus stop shelters clean and free of graffiti and trash. They don’t. I recently rode the 47-Van Ness bus line from Fisherman’s’ Wharf to Market Street. I observed there were only two shelters that were clean.I also ride the F-Market line, and the shelters at Stockton/Beach and Bay/Embarcadero are always dirty. I have called 311 on numerous occasions to have them cleaned. If I rode around on more lines I am sure the observation would be similar. Chinatown is also one place where the shelters are always a mess. Read More
I have read of the domestic violence accusations against Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi with mixed feelings. After carefully looking at the facts, I don’t think a man who was about to be sworn in as sheriff would do something like this with so few days before his swearing-in ceremony. Also, there had not been any evidence of previous domestic violence in his household, and his wife did not contact the authorities herself. Read More
I take issue with the Dog Owners Group letter in Friday’s San Francisco Examiner, and particularly the reference to “divisive rhetoric.” There is a lot of anger brewing in this city over the behavior of dog owners in our shared public spaces.When asking many dog owners to act with “common courtesy” — such as picking up after their dogs, leashing them in areas where they are supposed to be leashed or controlling their pets — many of us find ourselves on the receiving end of nasty, vitriolic verbal attacks. And that is more the rule than the exception. Read More
The cost of the Golden Gate Bridge doubled; the cost of BART’s original 75-mile system rose slightly more so. The cost of the BART extension to San Francisco International Airport increased 63 percent. Such increases are mild by today’s “standards.” Read More