It was refreshing to see Ken Garcia’s Friday column spotlighting the anti-car policies of our city officials. It is time to stop. The Bicycle Coalition has won its battle and can’t make San Francisco any more bike-friendly than it already is. The City can’t keep raising the price of metered parking, traffic tickets and bridge tolls without inciting civil disobedience. Read More
Regarding San Francisco’s ban on plastic bags, which I totally support, I still could not help but laugh in irony at what I saw at my local Safeway the other day. While my groceries were being placed in a paper bag, all along the wall by the front windows were laid an endless supply of Styrofoam ice chests. Didn’t we ban this at some point too? Doesn’t Styrofoam, like plastic, end up clogging our sewer pipes as well? Read More
I was in favor of the foot patrol measure until I read that the rascals on the Board of Supervisors put in a “poison pill” that if it got more votes than the sit-lie sidewalk measure, sit-lie would be killed.
Because I am very much in favor of the passage of sit-lie, this gave me heartburn until I read your Wednesday editorial explaining why mandatory foot patrols are bad policy. Thanks for making it easier: No on compulsory police foot patrols. Yes on sit-lie. Read More
It is commendable that Warren Buffett has persuaded 40 additional billionaires to pledge to give charity more than 50 percent of their assets. These billionaires are making a very wise decision because their donations will be going to worthy causes. If they do not give away their assets, when they die the estate tax will be 55 percent. Better to give the money to charity while you are alive than to the U.S. government when you die.
Richard Beleson, San Francisco Read More
Although Assistant Chief Jeff Godown may not have intended to be professionally honest while also being “politically insensitive,” his quote in the Tuesday Examiner nevertheless got it right: “So many victims walking down the street, so many opportunists.”
Cops are called law enforcement officers for a reason. If you are looking for protection, think Second Amendment. Read More
I haven’t seen police foot patrols in Fisherman’s Wharf or the upper Polk Street shopping area since David Chiu took office as president of the Board of Supervisors. Meanwhile, I am noticing a large increase in vagrants and crime, which I think is directly related. I wonder if Chiu had the patrols moved into his own district?
Tim Donnelly, San Francisco
They’re all ‘street people’ Read More
Neighbors and the Miraloma Park Improvement Club rightly oppose the proposed windmill as inappropriate for the neighborhood site. Product literature for the windmill recommends 275-foot horizontal clearance from the house and an average wind speed of 23 mph for rated energy yield. But the proposed windmill would be within a few feet of the house and average wind speed is highly variable at this location, so energy yield would be far less than expected. Read More
Thursday’s Examiner article claiming that small business bankruptcies “allow opportunities for others” treated Clifford Waldeck absolutely callously. You followed Mr. Waldeck’s lament about losing his multigenerational family business with the throwaway remark from an academician, suggesting that a bankrupt business is an indication of incompetence and we should be wishing all of them good riddance. Read More
Whether it is Dennis Herrera’s silly opinion on the legality of Michela Alioto-Pier’s running for a second term, the Board of Supervisors possibly banning pet sales or the school board banning ROTC, it seems that many of our city’s representatives routinely opt for the red-herring issues in lieu of grappling with the many emergencies that have resulted from our laughingstock Board of Supervisors leadership, unsustainable city fiscal policies and hapless school administration Read More
It used to be that if you were walking down the street and you saw persons talking to themselves, you’d cross the street to get out of their way. But nowadays, I see this scenario all the time, only it’s usually someone talking really loudly on a cell phone.
So my point is that when you see this vignette, aside from how well the phone talker might be dressed and groomed, how do you tell the crazies from the normal folk?
Barry S. Eisenberg, San Francisco Read More