Progressives need to get over themselves 

With respect to the recently announced committee assignments for the Board of Supervisors, the remarks of supervisors David Chiu and David Campos sounded somewhat like the contrived semantics of ex-president Bill Clinton in regards to what “is” is. Campos said progressives “no longer control” the board and that the change happened “not at the ballot box but … here in City Hall.”

Board President Chiu went on to say he believes the “majority of the board shares progressive values” and there is “a danger in an overly narrow definition of what is progressive.” Give me a break. The board’s mandate is to keep The City solvent, maintain the infrastructure and keep the residents safe.

The narcissistic obsession of the so-called progressive board members to wallow in their overblown significance at the expense of what’s good for The City has led to municipal chaos.

Matt Mitguard , San Francisco

Rail a needless expense

Gov. Jerry Brown won’t hoodwink California voters to approve any new taxes or to extend existing taxes that expire soon, until he stops all new California debt-fund borrowing to pay for wasteful billion-dollar, union-backed pet projects, epitomized by the California high-speed rail boondoggle.

It is laughable that Brown wants to severely cut billions in necessary higher-education funds at UC, community colleges and Cal State, plus Medi-Cal, welfare, and non-union worker pay, while somehow finding $9.95 billion available for more borrowing to fund a high-speed rail construction project that is estimated by respected experts to cost $213 billion before completion.

The taxpayer dollars required to pay just the interest on new high-speed rail bonds (not including principal) will bankrupt California at a time when cities could soon be forced into bankruptcy due to Brown saddling them with more responsibilities, but less taxpayer funds.

Mike Brown, Burlingame

Audit state’s K-12 schools

If Gov. Jerry Brown thinks it is OK to not cut back expenditures for K-12 education, then he needs to assure the public that these expenditures made are completely audited.

Unfortunately for Californians and the federal taxpayers pouring dollars into education, the California state auditor is not allowed to audit K-12 schools — which are 40 percent of the state budget. They are also not allowed to audit or investigate colleges without the Legislative Audit Committee politicians approving of such.

Is that how California wants to continue to conduct failed business operations with a bankruptcy looming?

Janet Coral Campbell, San Francisco

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