The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency has been citing the Central Subway as phase 2 of the T-Third line Light Rail Project. But it isn’t, and it would make the T-Third line even worse in terms of transit service levels. Slow as it is, at least the T Third currently connects Third Street to King Street, The Embarcadero and ultimately to the Market Street corridor — including Muni Metro, BART, Transbay Terminal and ferries.
Phased projects normally extend a transit line, like adding boxcars to a train. But the Central Subway eliminates the T third’s loop to King- Embarcadero-Market streets.
Instead it goes to a Union Square station requiring riders to double back to the Powell Street station to access Muni Metro, BART, etc.
The slick concept of two phases transformed the T Third’s expenditures into matching funds for the Central Subway, but created a transportation Frankenstein in the process.
Howard Wong, San Francisco
Visas deserve a look
America’s unemployment rate is some 9.1 percent while various specialized visas such as the B-1 allow companies to bring in and hire foreign workers for up to six years.
The Exchange Visitor Program lets 300,000 workers enter the country each year to take jobs that young Americans desperately need.
With all the pink slips going out for American teachers, the Cordell Hill Foundation sponsors foreign teachers to work for one to three years in American K-12 schools, and the Chinese regime, through its Confucius Institute program called Han Ban, offers teachers to schools throughout the U.S. — paying salaries, living expenses and round-trip transportation.
So this is where so many of the American jobs have gone.
Frank Norton, San Francisco
Workers deserve rights
California’s 200,000 nannies, home assistants and caregivers are a bedrock of our state’s economy.
Their work makes it possible for countless other Californians to go to work and contribute to our economy. But these workers lack the most basic labor protections that nearly all other workers enjoy.
The Domestic Worker Bill of Rights (AB 889), would expand basic protections to these vital but vulnerable workers. By stabilizing and professionalizing the industry, AB 889 in turn improves the quality of care for our children, seniors and families.
Andrea Mercado, Alameda