Game plan needed for new arena traffic

I believe it should be clarified that while there may only be a dozen Warriors basketball games scheduled simultaneously with Giants baseball games each year, the arena will be used year-round for concerts and other entertainment purposes (“Warriors site might double-team traffic,” Monday). If we can resolve existing weekday commuter congestion issues on our surface streets and create a more robust ferry service able to move daytime workers and evening event spectators around Piers 30-32, I believe a 19,000-seat arena would work just fine.

Without accelerating the Water Emergency Transportation Authority’s ferry service expansion, I’m not sure how we can accommodate another 20,000 office workers under the recently approved Transit Center District Plan upzoning and 19,000 at an arena. Ideally, we’d build another BART line along Folsom Street or Townsend Street since the existing line is at capacity during weekday evenings, but that’s totally unrealistic.

We can add Muni buses, but if intersections are blocked by cars heading to the Bay Bridge or stopped in the traffic congestion, that doesn’t help people trying to travel in South of Market. Maybe we should run four-car Metro trains instead of two-car trains?

Jamie Whitaker
San Francisco

 

CalSTRS made losing bet

Your editorial (“Pension fund for teachers must stop cheaters,” Sept. 6) does a great service. How could 1,900 reporting agencies be monitored with just 40 audits annually?

This finding also raises the question of whether the vast $148 billion in California State Teachers’ Retirement System investment holdings is adequately monitored for compliance with social and environmental investment policies. For example, consider the fund’s investment into 8 Washington St., a project squarely at odds with the mission of state teachers toward education, families, society and the environment.

Annually, 1,000 children attend structured summer camps devoted to art, drama, tennis and swimming at the Golden Gateway Tennis & Swim Club site. Each year, hundreds more children are enriched by tennis and  swim lessons at this family-oriented and family-supportive recreational community, which would be displaced by 8 Washington.

The 8 Washington project is a speculative investment. The project will remain unresolved for another year. Are CalSTRS investments receiving adequate scrutiny for fiduciary quality and protection of social and environmental values?

Charles Dutkin
San Francisco

Sheriff plays political card

How disingenuous of Ross Mirkarimi to ask the Ethics Commission to delay delivery of their report to the Board of Supervisors, and the supervisors’ vote, until after the November election. He knows that by delaying the vote it would avoid any consequences to the board members who are up for re-election. This smacks of such desperation that it’s pitiful to watch.

Also, when you think about it, isn’t this almost the same thing as dissuading someone from doing something? Sound familiar? It should. If the supervisors know what’s right, then they should make their votes in a timely fashion and with The City’s best interests in mind, not what is most politically advantageous.

To make a decision based on polls gives the unseemly appearance of lacking strength to do what is right and in the best interests of the citizenry. To even ask people to delay doing something is nothing short of trying to strike a deal (or is it arm-twisting?) to save one’s skin.

Edmund Lee
San Francisco

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