San Francisco Recreation and Park deceived the public 

The Sunshine Task Force caught the Recreation and Park Department violating San Francisco’s Sunshine Ordinance.

Recreation and Park Policy and Public Affairs Director Sarah Ballard wrote the Commonwealth Club protesting its planned presentation “Golden Gate Park Under Siege.” Ballard and her boss, Phil Ginsburg, tried to cancel the presentation by maligning the panelists, writing they would “incite an audience.”

When this attempt to cancel the panel failed, Recreation and Park Commission President Mark Buell sent an email essentially demanding that the Commonwealth Club put a department insider on the panel. In the end, Buell was included.

A park preservation watchdog, George Wooding, requested Recreation and Park emails under the Sunshine Ordinance. He was told that no emails existed. But multiple emails later surfaced, proving that Recreation and Park lied, deceiving the public and scoffing at our laws.

Sandy Weil and Suzanne Dumont, San Francisco

Lee mayoral run can wait

I hope Mayor Ed Lee realizes that if he goes back on his word and runs for mayor now, he will lose the two pillars on which his effectiveness is based — his credibility and integrity.

It is better that he should return victoriously to the mayoralty war after another stint as city administrator — the “power behind the throne.” He would be doubly appreciated then.

Phil Page, San Francisco

Help police fight crime

I read in your newspaper about the violence in the streets of the Bay Area, including the shooting of an 11-year-old Western Addition girl because of gang members shooting bullets into the air. We have let crime and violence escalate out of control all over the Bay Area.

Some say the police (especially BART police) are too aggressive and tend to pull out their weapons on the spur of the moment. But police deal with a lot of different and dangerous people and situations. They do not know what they might encounter, so they need to ready their weapons any time.

Police officers have families to go home to. It is tragedy if something happens to them and they never go home again because they didn’t get to defend themselves against a dangerous criminal.

We need to encourage more community neighborhood groups to help the local police fight crime in the Bay Area.

Francisco A. Lopez, Redwood City

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