People have complained about City Hall nickel-and-diming us for such things as parking fees, tickets, etc., but that was always just an expression.
Now City Hall has done it literally with the new shopping bag fee of a dime!
I have been taking shopping bags to the grocery store for years; I know that I am going shopping and I will need them. When I go downtown, I don’t know what I may buy. Am I supposed to drag a bag with me just in case? It’s not the dime. It will not change my shopping habits.
Of course the Chamber of Commerce supports it; this is thousands and thousands of dollars in new money for its members. The Sierra Club supports it as feel-good legislation.
The ones that lose are the consumers; they now have to pay for something they have always gotten for free.
Will people really take shopping bags to Macy’s to save a dime?
David Fix, San Francisco
Bank plan is bankrupt
In response to your Thursday story “City might bail out of banks,” it’s amazing how many financial boondoggles Supervisor John Avalos can propose.
He is proposing that San Francisco city government stop using commercial banks to handle its transactions and instead have a city-owned bank take that over, with San Francisco taxpayers on the hook for the costs.
This is the same Supervisor Avalos who supported the now-discredited “public power” proposal to replace PG&E with a municipally owned power generator, a proposal that will cost ratepayers 15 percent more than what they are currently paying. It’s a proposal so flawed they estimate two out of three customers will go back to PG&E.
I hope the Board of Supervisors will recognize that a municipal bank is another progressive boondoggle we can’t afford and deep-six the idea.
E.F. Sullivan, San Francisco
Save Warm Planet Bikes
Caltrain needs Warm Planet Bikes and ought to support it.
Clearly, Caltrain would like to have fewer bikes on board. One way to do that is to provide safe bike parking: Neither riders nor bean counters get a win when riders who don’t want their bikes with them on the train are forced to bring them aboard simply to ensure they don’t get stolen.
I began locking my bike by the many scooters at the 22nd Street station, which seemed like the safest, most visible place. But my U-locked bicycle was stolen.
So where can commuters who don’t need their bikes on the train leave them safely?
My co-workers told me about Warm Planet. I bought a new (used) bike, rode it to the station and had the friendly guys at Warm Planet fix it up with locks and lights while I was at work.
Victory for me.
Victory for Caltrain in the form of losing a bicycle onboard without losing a ticket-holder.
Victory for the local economy.
Warm Planet Bikes is one of those ingenious money-saving, eco-conscious ideas that make me love living in San Francisco. Caltrain ought to work with them for the benefit of all.
Cameron Scott, San Francisco