I am a regular Caltrain commuter, traveling between San Mateo and San Francisco five days a week for work.
During the baseball season, intoxicated fans regularly create an unpleasant environment for others. Recently I saw this unpleasantness turn violent in a way that was all too predictable.
When the fight began, Caltrain continued down the tracks, with conductors unaware of what was taking place.
There were no cameras and no way to alert the conductor of an emergency. Crowds made it impossible for bystanders to move to a safe place. Read More
It appears that money is the only thing that will motivate our state politicians to get things done on time. A case in point is the voter-mandated law that stated if a budget is not passed on time, the legislators won’t be paid either now of retroactively. Lo and behold, we had their budget — even though Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed it for being full of gimmicks. Read More
It is true that taxicab drivers pay for processing credit cards. Nobody likes fees, but they are a cost of doing business. The generous tips added by many San Francisco credit card users more than make up for the typical $5-$7 per day that drivers pay for processing payments. Read More
The Muni drivers rolled the dice and lost when they refused management’s last offer. They figured they had two more chances to improve on the deal they rejected — the arbitrator and the courts. Muni management’s offer was based on a weak interpretation of Proposition G that would make life easier for both management and the union while appearing to rein in the drivers. Read More
In all the news about The City’s request that California Pacific Medical Center invest in housing, streetscapes and transportation in exchange for permission to rebuild their medical facilities, let’s not lose sight of the many ways that CPMC has already invested in the health and well-being of our many constituent communities. Read More
Just like your columnist Steven Greenhut said Sunday, “A bigger government does not make us a better people.” Nor does bigger office space on Market Street necessarily make our Muni transit system “more reliable and durable,” as claimed by San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency Deputy Executive Director Carter Rohan in a Friday letter. Read More
I have to say I’m disappointed in the World Health Organization for issuing a phony health scare regarding cellphone use and cancer when by its own admission it has no experimental data to support this conclusion. When organizations like WHO issue this kind of scare it calls into question their conclusions about the dangers of everything else they claim causes cancer. Read More
CPMC’s proposed plans to build two new hospitals at Van Ness Avenue and Geary Boulevard and St. Luke’s should be applauded by San Franciscans, not criticized. In the midst of the approvals process, we must not forget that our city relies on CPMC as a primary provider of culturally competent health care and services.
For instance, CPMC has been one of San Francisco’s strongest partners in our fight against Hepatitis B and has been instrumental in the San Francisco Hep B Free Campaign, providing free screenings for children, seniors and families in our community. Read More
Your June 7 story, “Budget analyst not on board with SFMTA lease idea,” left readers the misleading idea that the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency decided to lease a “fancy” new office building. This is simply not the case.
The proposal that was approved by the full Board of Supervisors on Tuesday was a lease to provide a secure and well-built facility for Muni’s transit operations center. Read More
Alameda’s so-called public servants who watched a suicidal man drown on Memorial Day should all be brought up on charges. I can only imagine there would have been a rescue attempt if it was a whale offshore in 4 feet of water instead of a human. Since they failed in human decency to at least walk up to the man in chest-high water, isn’t there a good Samaritan law? Straight, gay, short, small, fat or tall — at least an attempt should have been made to serve and protect a human life!
Theodore Carl Soderberg, San FranciscoLetter vacant of logic Read More
Both the New York Times and the San Francisco Business Journal reported this week that Cargill’s designated developer for their Redwood City salt ponds development, DMB and Associates, paid $350,000 to disseminate a false story that the Bay Conservation and Development Commission’s 26-page scientifically-based proposal to plan for sea level rise in the Bay is just an attempt to expand its jurisdiction. Read More
I manage a building with two dozen residents. At 8:30 one morning last week, a worker for the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission rang my bell to announce he was going to shut off the building’s water and change the meter.I ran outside and informed him that he was not going to shut off the water while the tenants were getting ready for work and school. I was not informed of any impending shutoff and would not have scheduled for this time. Read More
Scott Wiener wants to strip the voters of their right to vote by amending the charter to allow the Board of Supervisors to amend or repeal voter-approved measures.
He is proposing this amendment “to begin reforming our rigid and dysfunctional ballot measure system” whereby “it only takes signatures of four supervisors to put an ordinance on the ballot.”
I view this as undermining the will of voters. Ballot measure reform doesn’t start with removing the will of voters; it starts with tougher prerequisites to place measures on the ballot. Read More
In Ken Garcia’s Thursday column, he reports Supervisor Sean Elsbernd’s view that the mayor’s pension reform plan (which saves The City much less money than Jeff Adachi’s pension reform plan) is still better — because the Adachi plan may be illegal. Elsbernd defends the mayor’s inferior plan by arguing that the Adachi plan impacts city employees’ vested pension rights by requiring increased contributions without giving the employees “commensurate compensation.” Read More
I support Supervisor Scott Wiener’s proposal to allow the Board of Supervisors to modify ordinances passed at the ballot. This is a modest proposal that will help good government. It should not be necessary to go back to voters every time a small tweak needs to be made to amend an ordinance. Often there are changing circumstances or unintended consequences that must be addressed. Read More