The San Francisco Examiner reported on Thursday the unanimous approval by the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors to purchase 140 acres of Pillar Point Bluffs just north of Half Moon Bay for $3 million. Then on Sunday, The Examiner reported that the county supervisors want to tear down the main county buildings — which they think are ugly and energy inefficient — at an estimated cost of $485 million.
All this when the popular Flood Park is possibly going to be closed due to a lack of maintenance funds and the county is running an $82 million budget deficit.
Our county supervisors must think they will be voted back into office at the next election and the people will beg to have their taxes raised. Thanks, Examiner, for keeping us informed.
Robert Parkhurst, Redwood City
Not an animal’s job
Furry and feathery friends would prefer to be on their soft beds or safe perches at home rather than be dragged out on the pretext to providing psychiatric help for owners in public spaces. Anyone in need of easing emotional issues should be encouraged by their doctors or San Francisco Animal Care and Control to seek out a professional instead of exploiting an animal by expecting such heavy responsibilities.
The truth is, there is a subset of dog owners who abuse the intent of the Americans with Disabilities Act’s service-animal benefit, simply because they can. Real teeth should be put into any new ADA rules for service-animal permits via daily increasing fines charged against not only the violating owners, but also the doctors who hand out permission notes by the thousands.
Andrea O’Leary, San Francisco
No right to work
Your May 19 editorial, “Right-to-work states doing good for country,” labors under a serious misapprehension. (Pardon the pun.) Right-to-work is doublespeak for firing employees who have been hired “at will” and do not have the due process procedural protections that a union can provide. Who is this really good for? It’s certainly not good for the working man or woman.
Martha Pahnke, Colma
Muni deal hardly enough
The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency has a $610 million operating deficit (operating expenses minus transit fares) and San Francisco voters gave Muni management license to hold the union’s toes to the fire. Yet the best it can come up with is $7 million a year in savings, barely 1 percent of the gap. No cuts in salaries, no cuts in benefits, no cuts in pensions. And existing drivers still don’t have to pay a penny of their own money into their pensions.
This is outrageous, and the Board of Supervisors should intervene to order management back to the negotiating table.
Cary Fulbright, San Francisco