Caltrain cameras and crossing “improvements” only throw good money after bad. Inherently dangerous Caltrain killed its 10th person this year, this time near the recently safety-upgraded Churchill Avenue crossing in Palo Alto — the 150th death on its rails in the past 15 years.
Caltrain’s killings of our neighbors, kids, friends and others who need suicide intervention are inevitable until this outdated system is replaced by BART. The gap from Millbrae down the congested Peninsula to upcoming Santa Clara terminus could be safely and efficiently filled by BART. Read More
The elimination of California’s redevelopment agencies will have a tremendous negative impact on under-resourced San Francisco communities such as Bayview-Hunters Point.
Renaissance Bayview, a program of Renaissance Entrepreneurship Center, has partnered with The City’s Redevelopment Agency to provide emerging and established entrepreneurs with critical small business support services. Bayview Renaissance manages the Third Street Corridor Program and neighborhood Marketplace Initiative while also staffing the Bayview Merchants Association. Read More
As 34-year San Francisco residents, my wife and I have been dismayed and disappointed in the long-term decline of the municipal transportation system, especially the trains serving the Market Street corridor. Years ago, riders could expect occasional delays and rush-hour crowds, but over the years it seems the occasional is now the routine as service deteriorates to an unacceptable level. Read More
Thanks for Ken Garcia’s Sunday column about the destructive impact of San Francisco politics on The City’s families. I agree that the Board of Supervisors continues to pass laws that discriminate against productive local people, and families are the biggest victims of this agenda.
Our “leaders” behave like fanatic crusaders preaching poverty as some kind of a moral ideal we should all strive for. They hate business (big and small) and wish to transform San Francisco into their vision of a utopian paradise where commerce and for-profit institutions have no place. Read More
The letter from Luxor Cab management on June 17 had some misstatements and evasions. The electronic waybill that drivers are kicking about is not the same thing as GPS tracking. Until now, all the companies have used only the traditional paper waybill filled out by the taxi driver.
Furthermore, the letter admits that drivers are losing at least $20 to $40 a week for credit or debit card charges that used to be entirely absorbed by the cab companies, and it has no answer as to why they are charging a transaction fee two to four times the normal amount. Read More
So many public sector employees have yelled at me, stalked and blocked me while I was collecting signatures for Jeff Adachi’s pension reform measure. Can you imagine the outrage if I went to these same city employees’ workplaces and harassed them about not caring about The City’s finances or future city worker pensions? They would call the police on me. Read More
A June 24 letter writer raised a question on unknown risks about the actual quality of service that would be provided by a future waste-management contractor if those city services were to be opened for competitive bidding.
The writer seemed to prefer the proverbial “bird in the hand.” But does the “tremendous infrastructure overhead” he cited require 60 years of commitment to one company as has been the case here? What he seemingly doesn’t understand is that quality service and economic effectiveness come from free-market competition. Read More
Your Sunday cover story, “Paying for the parks,” resembled a press release from the Recreation and Park Department rather than independent journalism. For example, the article indicates the new boathouse vendor at Stow Lake will generate $50,000 a year in additional revenue. But as a member of the family that operated the boathouse for decades, I can tell you we offered a $55,000 higher minimum annual rent than the New Mexico group that has been given the new contract. That is at least $1 million lost to The City over the term of the lease. Read More
Now we’re supposed to pay $4 million for an engineering study and $50 million for a suicide-prevention net. Doesn’t the once beautiful Golden Gate Bridge already look like a prison, with its chain link fencing and concertina wire? Don’t waste millions on a project that only affects an average of 17 people per year. Read More
Bay Area bicyclists alienated a lot of people Saturday on the Golden Gate Bridge, and that’s a shame. Only wobbly tourists on rental bikes and a handful of experienced riders demonstrated any concern about safety. Pedaling with arrogant sneers of self-assumed superiority, spandex-clad jerks sped carelessly into heavy crowds of pedestrians who were trying to enjoy one of our greatest local attractions. Read More
I see that the fringe element of our Board of Supervisors — John Avalos, David Campos, Ross Mirkarimi, Eric Mar and, disappointingly, Jane Kim — have decided to ignore the clear and overwhelming voice of the people of this city by shoving three pet-project initiatives onto the November ballot. Read More
As a city worker, it was extremely frustrating to read Public Defender Jeff Adachi’s Thursday op-ed, which continues to mislead voters with inaccurate information. There is nothing “citizen-led” about Adachi’s ballot measure. He personally wrote the measure with backing from a few wealthy supporters.
In contrast, the consensus plan was crafted by Mayor Ed Lee, business leader Warren Hellman, the Board of Supervisors and labor groups. Read More
Competitive bidding on a utility is a bad idea. Supervisor Avalos wants to put a measure on the ballot to allow competitive bidding for San Francisco waste management services. Our current provider, Recology, has been serving San Francisco for over 60 years. On the surface competitive bidding makes sense. It allows firms to compete freely to see who can give our city the best service for the best price. Read More
Three city officials were named in The San Francisco Examiner as candidates to replace ousted San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency chief Nathaniel Ford. Two of those named have already taken themselves out of the running, leaving Department of Public Works chief Ed Reiskin as the clear front-runner.
But The City’s streets are in such horrendous disrepair that it is hazardous to exceed 10 mph. I could show you the repair bills for recent damage to my car as a direct result of a pothole. Even walking is hazardous due to the dramatically uneven pavement. Read More
The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency board is in a position to save The City $384,000 by terminating SFMTA chief Nathaniel Ford “for cause” instead of awarding him the obscene “voluntary separation” provisions of his contract. As reported on the KGO-TV website Feb. 11 and also in The San Francisco Examiner, The City is currently involved in a multimillion-dollar lawsuit related to misconduct accusations against Ford in connection with the bid process for a contract to operate a number of city garages. Read More