I hope Barry Bonds does not rejoin the Giants (“Bonds a coach? It’s possible,” May 29).
As Bonds stated, he is a felon. Then he went on to gloat that he was “never convicted of steroids,” but did not deny using them. Remember, Bonds testified before a grand jury that he used a clear substance and a cream given to him by a trainer who was indicted in a steroid-distribution ring. Bonds claimed he didn’t know they were steroids. Read More
Letter writer Ann Grogan forgets the original question behind the debate regarding whether or not the Recreation and Park Department should be allowed to abandon another park responsibility by throwing Coit Tower into private hands: Will privatizing public park facilities keep other parks free? The answer remains a resounding no, and voting yes on Proposition B would redirect Rec and Park back to its mandate. (“Prop. B debate continues,” Letters, Sunday) Read More
The San Francisco Examiner article on the 7-acre artificial turf fiasco planned for Golden Gate Park was breathtakingly one-sided (“Beach Chalet fields grass clash,” May 22).
Photos of a child locked out of a field, and gopher holes? Really? Where are the photos of glorious raptor birds, of majestic trees, of families enjoying the beauty of nature? Read More
Without clean air and water and natural beauty, California wouldn’t be a desirable place to live or do business. But it’s not easy to take on the special interests who would despoil California. State Senate candidate and former Assemblywoman Sally Lieber showed uncommon courage in taking on tough battles in the Assembly to protect the environment and our health. Lieber received death threats over her smog check legislation, but stuck with it and got it passed. Read More
It’s astounding that our congressional representatives are so quiet and unaccounted for during the current gas pricing crisis. California is going through the sixth month of unprecedented high gas prices versus oil company costs while our voted representatives have been missing in action. Read More
There are several good reasons why diverse groups including the San Francisco Republican, Democratic and Green parties; good government groups San Francisco Planning and Urban Research Association and Plan C; business leaders and organizations; and labor leaders and organizations all urge San Franciscans to vote no on Proposition A. Read More
Sunday’s cover story (“S.F. keeps eye on dark side of nightlife,” May 13) mistakenly praised the Entertainment Commission’s new online registry for promoters.
The registration system is worthless because third-party promoters can be “registered” with completely false information entered by the promoter. There are zero verifications by the Entertainment Commission of the information entered. Read More
The California Labor Federation is demanding a project labor agreement from Sacramento Democrats for the high-speed rail boondoggle.
A project labor agreement would exponentially raise construction costs, require unsustainably expensive union perks and require unfunded multibillion-dollar expenditures from California’s depleted general fund.
Indeed, the California Alliance for Jobs, comprising hundreds of building and trade unions, sponsors high-speed rail ads and pays union members to pack rail meetings. These unions got Democrats elected and want payback. Read More
Your story contained a few factual errors regarding the San Francisco Unified School District proposal for necessary deficit reduction measures (“Teachers gearing up for a strike,” Friday). Read More
The San Francisco Examiner speaks erroneously (Newsmakers, Wednesday) when it calls Harvey Milk the first openly gay elected official in the United States. In fact, Milk was not the first — he was the sixth.
He was, however, the first openly gay elected official in California.
More importantly, he was the first openly gay elected official to be regarded as a genuine threat by enemies of the gay community — not so much because he was gay, but because he was also reasonably left-wing, reasonably fearless, and very articulate and persuasive. Read More
Sunday parking fees needed, official says
I applaud Dr. Amy Bacharach’s devotion to our city, but her premise is wrong (“S.F. transportation agency looking in wrong direction with meter extension,” Opinion, Sunday). Read More
Your editorial correctly notes that paying lip service to environment improvement won’t solve the problems that are becoming more serious — and more obvious — with each passing year (“Tough choices about air quality lie down the road,” Opinion, April 22). Motorists will be affected. They will probably have to both slow down and drive less. Read More
After District Attorney George Gascón meets with representatives of medical marijuana groups (“DA and pot clubs set to team up, hash out rules,” April 23) to find “workable solutions so patients can have safe, legal access to medical marijuana,” he should schedule a meeting with parents and educators about so-called “safe access” to medical marijuana, especially with groups from the Sunset district who were successful in stopping a pot shop in their neighborhood. Read More
Next week, Wells Fargo is holding its shareholder meeting here in the Bay Area — and I will be there to represent the 99 percent. Wells Fargo makes billions in profits every year, but pays a single-digit tax rate and receives more than $21 billion in tax subsidies. You’d think with all that money to throw around, Wells Fargo would help out California homeowners and communities. Instead, it continues to hike interest rates and monthly mortgage payments, pushing more and more families like mine to the brink of foreclosure. Read More
I can still remember the days of leaded gasoline — and before the catalytic converter — where the sky was gray and if you opened the car window to cool down, your eyes stung and tears ran, as the cars in front of you emitted smoke from tailpipes. Read More