Churches should use parklets for faithful 

The Rev. Amos Brown thinks that Sunday parking meter enforcement is “sexist” because some 60 percent  to 70 percent of his congregation is female (“Faithful give S.F. hell over meters,” Wednesday).

I suggest he call up an old friend, former Mayor Willie Brown, and ask him for a referral to a pro bono attorney. Disabled people and seniors should be included in the case. Some 15 percent of San Franciscans are disabled, in one form or another.

Does his church have enough disabled-parking zones? The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency has a complaint form to file regarding discrimination, or Rev. Brown can contact federal agencies.

Has Rev. Brown considered applying for several parklets near his church? Parklets are those adorable former parking spaces where plantings or dining tables are installed instead of parking spaces.

One parklet, in my neighborhood, is located in front of a bicycle rental store. Other parklets have dining areas in former parking spaces in front of cafes. Rev. Brown’s congregation could place tablecloths over parked cars for a Sunday go-to-meeting picnic.

Fiona McGregor
San Francisco


Discuss bias on TV show

Good luck to Current TV with the “Gavin Newsom Show” starting in May (Newsom nabs small-screen role,” Thursday). If Newsom really wants his show to offer a search for ideas and positive social change, here’s a good start: Stop discriminating! Should any qualified student who earns a higher test score be denied admission to a college or university solely on the basis of race? Or for failing to meet a diversity quota?

It is time to end preferences on the basis of race. Civil rights for all.

Philip Melnick  
San Francisco


Cargill losing Bay support

Regarding the potential vote in November on the Cargill development in the Bay in Redwood City, I am struck by those who claim the debate over whether Cargill should dump a new city onto our shoreline is somehow “dividing” our community.

Since when is a healthy debate bad for the community?

Presumably, complaints are coming because, for many years now, Cargill and its boosters have been losing this debate. Area newspapers say this restorable open-space area is the wrong place to build housing. Redwood City voters are 2-1 against the project. Many labor and business groups are deeply concerned, and more than 150 leading elected officials in San Mateo County and the Bay Area have asked our City Council to stop moving this project forward.

Is it too much to expect our council to listen to the people?

Judy Kirk
Redwood City


Listen to rail criticism  

California’s nonpartisan Legislative Analyst’s Office reviewed the hastily assembled $68.4 billion high-speed rail business plan and recommends that the project be halted and “the Legislature not approve the governor’s various budget proposals to provide additional funding for the project.”  

The analyst said the California High-Speed Rail Authority has “not provided sufficient detail and justification to the Legislature regarding its plan to build” the system, has barely 9 percent of required funds identified, the future funding is “highly speculative” and “important details ... have not been sorted out.”

The LAO is the nonpartisan legislative financial adviser and highly respected for its impartiality. If Democrats ignore the advice, they prove they cannot be trusted with new tax revenue and can’t balance a budget.

Mike Brown
Burlingame

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