The “City leaders playing unfair city politics” Sunday op-ed was a real eye-opener. With the controller’s pension ballot analysis including manipulation of the cost savings time period, and an alleged 25 percent pension fund return, it’s clear voters should not take the controller’s analysis any more seriously than a campaign speech.
Exaggerated pension return estimates narrow the savings gap between Propositions D and C. But in reality, Adachi’s Prop. D saves more than the controller claims.
The controller used a 25-year general fund cost savings period when The City put Prop. D pension reform on the June 2010 ballot. By inexplicably cutting the savings time to 10 years this time, the controller eliminated accounting for any cost savings generated by Adachi’s Prop. D capping of all new-hire pensions at $140,000 and this is probably the single most important reform in either measure.
C. Au-Yeung, San Francisco
Hiring artist a big mistake
Doesn’t prudent handling of the taxpayer’s money or having the integrity to do business with people who won’t embarrass The City mean anything anymore? San Francisco has huge cost overruns on the Central Subway project, but can still find $750,000 for gimmicky cartoon art for the project?
When Michael Vick abused dogs, he went to prison. But the Arts Commission and the Municipal Transportation Agency directors think hiring dog-killer Tom Otterness is fine. Since a simple Google or Wikipedia search reveals the sordid past of this “artist,” it seems that the commissioners and directors have no interest in doing even the most basic research regarding these matters.
It is time that our elected officials look at the commissions and agency directors and replace those who seem to show so little regard for The City.
Betty Yankovich, San Francisco
Hiding from the smog
I saw the Spare the Air warnings on TV in the afternoon, I heard the warnings on the radio in the evening. When I woke up to the news the next morning I was warned again. But “Spare the Air” has me a bit confused. If I understand correctly, it means to stay indoors and not use combustion engines, and breathe as little air as possible. I do hope things get better soon because I am running out of food.
Theodore Carl Soderberg, San Francisco