Supervisor Scott Wiener has placed on the November ballot Proposition E, which would enable the Board of Supervisors and mayor to modify or rescind any future voter-approved legislation — such as the rent-control ordinances and every other voter-approved ballot measure that might be approved by San Francisco voters.
If this measure passes, it will open the door to an eventual vulnerability for all existing ballot initiatives as well. It’s a real Trojan horse — once in the gates, the damage begins.
Wiener’s initiative does not show trust in the voters. His excuse for Prop. E is that we, the poor misguided public, may be confused by too many complex ballot measures. Such thinking insults voters who do make the effort to understand ballot measures. It should not be up to the supes to overturn the will of San Francisco voters, or to amend voter-approved propositions.
I was distressed by your Sunday story about the Express Scripts pharmaceutical benefits processing company and Walgreens being unable to reach an agreement over a new contract to provide insurer prescriptions.
As a Sunset district resident, I depend on my local Walgreens for groceries, household items and prescriptions. Going to or from the N-Judah, I usually stop in to pick up a few things every day. Now, because of corporations squabbling over profits, to fill a simple prescription I will have to wait in line at Safeway and travel all the way downtown either to another drugstore or to a hospital across town.
Even without a car, I am mobile enough to make it work — although it will be an extreme inconvenience. My neighbor across the street is not so lucky. She has limited mobility, and I am concerned about how she will be able to get her medications.
Persons with disabilities would be unfairly burdened and inconvenienced under Supervisor David Chiu’s resolution to ban private autos from Market Street. Under this proposal, individuals with disabilities who want to be dropped off and picked up along the Market Street corridor would be forced to take public transit or a taxi.
Maybe if our Board of Supervisors could focus more on banning smoking from Market Street instead of catering to the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition, we could become a true world-class city.