In response to the Sept. 26 letter regarding The City’s effort to paint bicycle routes in San Francisco, we have found that improving bicycle routes is a very low-cost approach to improving safety and comfort for everyone on the road. Read More
Muni’s preference for interrogating transit riders instead of installing fare-collection systems that work properly is appalling. If Muni won’t replace the defective downtown fare gates, then fare inspectors need to be posted directly at the gates to witness payment or evasion. On buses, inspectors should stand at the back doors to direct riders to enter and pay at the front. Read More
Melissa Griffin’s endorsement of Laura’s Law agrees with many citizens of San Francisco, myself included, who have expressed consternation and concern over the numbers of ragged, babbling, disoriented individuals wandering city streets. Read More
Where have all the public and business water fountains gone? In their place have appeared water bottles, and bottled-water bottle dispensaries providing hot and cold water.
However, walking in cities is not like hiking on mountain trails, where canteens are carried to prevent body dehydration, so why is bottled water so necessary? Read More
The Obama administration has a political motive in suing Arizona over its immigration law: They seek to mobilize Hispanic voters against the GOP.
However, that tactic may backfire. Three vulnerable House Democrats in Arizona have distanced themselves from Obama after publicly opposing the administration’s legal strategy in suing their state. They no doubt reflect Arizona public opinion, which shows supporters of the law exceeding opponents three to one. Read More
The Central Subway Project is a bad transportation boondoggle that drains much-needed funds from immediate transit needs. Anyone can prove this themselves with a stopwatch.
Consider the most common trip to Market Street and the Powell Street Station from a location in North Beach or Chinatown. A Stockton Street bus ride to Market Street would get you there faster than the Central Subway. Read More
In order to raise additional revenue, city officials have come up with the brilliant idea of adding more parking meters and extending times of operation into Sundays. It’s the typical bureaucratic solution — increase fees and taxes without regard to repercussions. Read More
Your Friday story “Businesses face more fee hikes” is yet one more piece of evidence of how totally out of touch with reality our Board of Supervisors has become.
The unemployment rate in San Francisco now tops 10 percent. The City is littered with graffiti-covered vacant storefronts providing no jobs or tax revenue. More than 200 restaurants have closed down over the past 12 months. Many businesses are struggling to stay open and many have fled The City. Read More
Ken Garcia’s Tuesday column was wrong about the zoning for the proposed location of Cargill’s massive housing development.
The site is not just “on the shores along San Francisco Bay.” It is zoned as a “tidal plain,” allowing salt production, parks and other open space uses, but not housing. It sits in a flood plain where scientists widely predict that sea levels will rise by several feet during this century. Read More
“Iffy data fuels legislation to block garages” in the Thursday Examiner describes only one piece of city legislation pushed through with nonexistent or deeply flawed data. This is getting to be standard practice for the new Board of Supervisors. Read More