@Mom on a bike: You can get to Polk Street buy using alternate routes. Park your bike and then enjoy your shopping excursion on foot. Or are you one of the many bike riders who use the sidewalk because you have kids?
@coolbabybookworm: Since when is over 200 parking spots in a continuous section of a single street considered "very little"? Furthermore, Rita is a vibrant woman and her business is a refreshing and cost effective alternative to the more expensive chain store options (Williams-Sonoma, etc) available. Your comment that Rita's age is cause for retirement is completely off base, incredibly insensitive, unenlightened, and implies that this is a City strictly for those who are younger and without any type of physical condition that may require the occasional use of a car. Your individual abilities are just that, yours. While Rita's business often serves those who couldn't possibly bike their purchases to their ultimate destination (such as bulk buyers like restaurants and caterers) there are other businesses there as well that sell items that are not meant to be biked home. There are other routes available to biker traveling in this area, many of which would not have such a negative impact on an up and coming local commercial district. I have biked them. My car is garaged several blocks from my apartment. I walk use public transportation, or bike whenever I can within the City, they are my preferred modes of transportation, but have been thankful on many occasions that I had to use my car.
@sfsoma: The City Attorney assures that there is not any accountability for managers who work for the City. Take for example, Douglas Shoemaker the former Director of the Mayor's Office of Housing (MOH). Over $1million in HUD funding went missing from HUD funding allocated to render the homes of low-income families with children under the age of 6 safe from lead-based paint hazards during his watch. Not only has no one in MOH been held accountable for the loss of the these funds, the City Attorney worked with Shoemaker to have a provision of this employment contract with the City waived so that he could take a job with a non-for-profit that had been heavily funded without the requisite 1 year waiting period.
The title of this article is misleading. Dr. Kerr is not "cashing in". He is not receiving a reward for exposing fraud, waste, abuse, or mismanagement of funds by the City. Rather, Dr. Kerr fought a long and costly legal battle against the retaliation he was subjected to by the City when he rightfully exposed misappropriation of funds from patients who, due to their medical conditions and income status, were easy prey to the financial abuses of Laguna Honda. The settlement amount is far too low for the abuses Dr. Kerr has experienced at the hands of our City.
@Guest: So does Randy Shaw.
@guest: Renters also take a risk. Oh wait, not in SF because the City did make protections for renters its problem and came up with laws to address these risks. In SF "property owner" is a dirty word.
@Timmy Denike: You should have used whatever approach the City-funded Non-For-Profit, Tenderloin Housing Clinic did when it received gift of land assessed at $20million that the SF Tax Assessment office immediately re-valued at around $200K. Someone got a nice tax right off and the THC pays taxes on only a fraction of what the land was worth when it was gifted to them.
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