Developers spreading lies
My blood boils every time I receive mail from the developers trying to build 8 Washington St. The deception and untruths are truly mind-boggling.
They say they will be “replacing a parking lot with a park.” That’s a lie. They are replacing a parking lot with $5 million luxury condos, with no affordable housing. They are also asking that they be allowed to exceed existing height limits and build a tower twice as tall as the old Embarcadero Freeway.
The “park” they promote so heavily is a small triangle of land smaller than a single tennis court. And the new “open space” they brag about is a private swim club for the 1 percent.
Don’t be fooled by the developers’ deception. No is the only choice for Propositions B and C.
William H. Sauro
➤ “5-Fulton expansion to launch,” The City, Monday
Add Van Ness bus service
While I applaud the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency for initiating the 5-Fulton Limited to speed up transit along that route, I am still disappointed that they have ignored the pleas from riders of the 47-Van Ness for the same.
I’m afraid their reason is equally disappointing. They do not want to make any low-cost improvements that will render the $125 million bus rapid transit project unnecessary. Despite the riders’ requests over more than five years, they want us to wait another five years for any relief. Shame on them.
➤ “9 vying for Burlingame council,” Peninsula, Oct. 23
Best choices for council
In addition to incumbents Michael Brownrigg and Ann Keighran, I am supporting Nirmala Bandrapalli for Burlingame City Council because of her strong record of community service, her proven ability to bring people together and solve problems, and her commitment to representing the people of Burlingame, not special interests.
The current City Council is well-balanced in representing various interests in Burlingame.
If you vote for one of the challengers who perpetually rails at the norm, spins conspiracy theories or wants to take Burlingame back to the past, that person will not have a chance of getting support for his or her ideas. In a democracy we welcome different points of view, but when someone continually opposes every new idea and can’t compromise, others eventually disregard that person.
If you vote for one of the challengers with strong ties to real estate brokers and developers, don’t be surprised if our council lowers the bar when deciding what new development to allow. Bandrapalli wants our city to continue to evolve, but as a Planning Commissioner she is very careful about the types of development she approves.
I hope you will join me in supporting Bandrapalli, Brownrigg and Keighran for Burlingame City Council in the Tuesday election.
Burlingame City Council
➤ “More walkers hurt in crashes,” The City, Tuesday
Gadgets distract walkers
The increase in pedestrian-car collisions is likely the result of what I call “the Apple curve.” Rising since 2007, pedestrians have been increasingly obsessed with their iPhones. It’s obvious when you see people walk onto a street without looking and become startled when a motorist has to screech to a stop inches away from them.
The answer is: Put your phones away, be aware and be safe.