I read with great interest your Sunday story about how overseas Chinese buyers are flocking to the Peninsula to buy homes, because I am a senior who is being displaced from her apartment in Burlingame due to of the investment boom. I also have concerns about granting visas to the people with the biggest wads of cash. Read More
In response to your Oct. 19 story “Occupy SF heckles Lee for encampment raids,” Mayor Ed Lee was absolutely correct to have the police break up the Occupy San Francisco encampments. While these people have every right to protest, they do not have any right to create a health and safety problem by setting up permanent encampments and impeding the free flow of movement by other people. Read More
San Francisco continues to use the blanket term “homelessness” to describe multiple problems. This imprecision in language interferes with development of solutions for the issue. Read More
I am a Muni operator, and I have to correct some inaccuracies in your Monday editorial. Our union’s contracts do not prevent Muni from hiring part-timers. Management got rid of them in 2004 because they realized it cost more to hire 10 part-timers than it did for five full-timers. Read More
As a Chinatown resident and a Muni rider for over 50 years, I oppose the Central Subway project because it will worsen my commute to downtown and my teaching job at City College.
Most Chinatown residents won’t walk to the Stockton-Clay streets subway station, ride half a mile to Union Square and then walk 1,000 feet to the Powell station. Most people will still depend on the 30-Stockton, 8X-Bayshore Express and 45-Union-Stockton buses to get to Market Street. Read More
If I understand it right, 40 percent of San Francisco’s middle and high school students take Muni to school and 60 percent take it home. And now there is a proposal that they should ride for free. Read More
It’s hard to go a week without reading yet another opinion from someone from The City who opposes the Central Subway for one reason or another.
I commute along Stockton Street every week day to get to work and back. Taking the 30-Stockton bus during commute hours is bad to terrible on most days. Read More
San Francisco politics has forced us to vote again for an array of unpopular choices. But the alternative would lead to eventual financial calamity.
Politicians sold us out when they agreed to give exorbitant pensions to anyone breathing. Most of those politicians are long gone, but their financial irresponsibility lives on. Even if we pass the Adachi pension reform, which is a good start, the net effect only postpones the inevitable. Read More
Lance Izumi’s Sunday op-ed had it exactly right about universal vouchers being superior to narrowly targeted ballot initiatives as a way to empower parents. Unfortunately, vouchers are unlikely to be instituted without the all-out support of a legislature and governor, as occurred in Indiana this year. Read More
The Bay Conservation and Development Commission has shown us the significant threat that sea-level rise poses to the Bay Area. Thousands of homes, vital public infrastructure including highways and airports, and businesses including major employers such as Google and Oracle are in the BCDC-predicted inundation zone. Read More