I certainly hope that The City’s residential parking program to ease parking restrictions on out-of-town child-care providers would also make elder-care providers eligible.
There are many adults who need all-day or 24-hour care in the home, especially those with Alzheimer’s who cannot be left alone. And the people who care for them need a place to park as much as nannies.
These workers are often the ones driving their clients to the doctor, to the grocery store or merely on outings, and they should not be forgotten. Read More
As state Sen. Leland Yee sees his once-unobstructed run for mayor threatened by the rise of the Rose Pak and Ed Lee forces, he must resort to any means to call attention to himself. What better way than to make accusations against the alleged supporters of Rush Limbaugh and rally the public?
Some forthright and positive solutions to the ongoing financial demise of San Francisco would win Yee more votes than portraying himself as a victim of a right-wing vendetta.
Robert A. Jung, San FranciscoRecognizing a pioneer Read More
Neither city employees nor state employees receive “free” health insurance, pensions or anything else. These benefits are part of a total compensation package where government has wisely determined that to attract and retain talented professional employees it is important to offer a career benefits package. Read More
Ken Garcia’s Thursday column ranting about historic preservation is full of outright lies designed to inflame the public. First, the replacement of the Landmarks Board with the Historic Preservation Commission was not a blatant power grab, but rather to keep San Francisco in line with established practice across the country. Read More
Golden Gate Park’s land is a precious resource that all San Franciscans can enjoy, regardless of income level, age or background. Unfortunately, pressures on the park became so overwhelming that, in 1998, the Recreation and Park Department finalized its own master plan after 10 years of input from city departments, neighborhood groups and individual residents. Read More
On Tuesday morning, I watched two bicyclists conduct a conversation while riding side-by-side in the traffic lane of eastbound Irving Street. The cyclists slowed — but did not stop — as they pedaled their way across 22nd Avenue.
Sounds like another outrage by scofflaw bicyclists, right?
Oh, by the way, both riders happened to be bike-mounted San Francisco police officers.
Riley B. VanDykeSan Francisco Read More
I read with interest The San Francisco Examiner’s Jan. 25 letter “Homeless takeover has ruined Main Library.” The San Francisco Public Library is committed to ensuring all our libraries are safe, open and accessible to the 7 million visitors we serve each year.
Our partnership with the Police Department provides for staffing, training and enforcement to ensure our security officers act with professionalism and responsiveness. We have enhanced security at the Main Library’s entrances and exits and established clear behavioral rules to maintain order. Read More
Supervisor Jane Kim is a true patriot. Don’t forget that freedom of belief also means freedom not to believe. The Pledge of Allegiance language has a lousy history of changing its wording to suit the politics of the time.
The term “under God” was inserted during the anti-Communist hysteria of the ’50s and now no one in Congress has the guts to ask to delete it simply because no one wants to be perceived as unpatriotic.
Kim starts her work on the board with the right foundation. My two cents for her is: Think President Harry Truman. Read More
The idea of the restorable salt ponds in Redwood City being developed into 12,000 new houses is ludicrous. In a sane world, Redwood City would not even consider permitting one single-family dwelling out there — why are they considering an entire city?
I’ve heard the developers promising pie in the sky, but realistically those promises are seldom true for the people hearing them. Read More
We keep reading that Jerry Brown wants to eliminate redevelopment spending. Good, that’s a cost reduction in the budget.
But as we continue reading, we find that “The redevelopment funds saved can then be used for ... ” Whoa! It’s not a cost reduction any longer. You may have eliminated redevelopment funding, but you’ve also just increased the funding somewhere else.
Will S. Richardson, San CarlosMuni drivers need parking Read More
My wife and I are seniors with disabilities living on Social Security, and we once enjoyed visiting The City’s Main Library on Larkin Street. Now that is no longer possible because of the library’s takeover by homeless loiterers. The two comfortable chairs in the main lobby where I could sit while my wife selected her books have been removed. Now I and other seniors must stand or sit on the steps or floor. On the second floor, there are two benches that cannot be utilized because the homeless are usually camped out with their junk spread out over the whole bench. Read More
Last year, the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency changed its rules so it could charge Muni drivers $80 a month to park their cars at work. Heaven forbid we actually make them take their own transit to work — we even were going to give them cut-rate parking.
But now SFMTA has suspended its plans to charge Muni drivers for parking. The governing board is considering giving drivers weekly and daily rates in addition to monthly rates. Read More
As San Francisco prepares to host the America’s Cup, we should consider how best to ensure that every San Francisco neighborhood, not just the northern waterfront, shares in the economic gains. Let’s look for creative ideas that will distribute the wealth throughout The City.
For example, the need to find a suitable location for Teatro ZinZanni if and when the Pier 27 attraction is forced to relocate might just be a unique opportunity to extend tourist dollars southward, specifically to the former Schlage Lock industrial site in Visitacion Valley. Read More
Four stories in the Jan. 14 Examiner give great insight into why San Francisco is in such serious financial straits.
One article reports that Muni is scrambling to find $140 million for its $1.6 billion Central Subway — a project which makes no sense from a transportation or financial standpoint. The genesis of the project was a political payoff from Willie Brown to Rose Pak, who is referred to in another story as the “political powerhouse” responsible for Ed Lee becoming mayor. Read More
Let me get this straight: San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency chief Nathaniel Ford wants to correct his budget mismanagement, in effect, by issuing more parking tickets to San Francisco residents, the people who are already taxed to the hilt by The City. But on the other hand, one-third of his Muni operators are on disability that makes them ineligible to work or be productive. Read More