Congestion pricing will affect families with kids

The gross tax that socialist supervisors propose to impose on people driving in The City will hit families with school-age children the most.

There are more than 25,000 school-age children attending schools in the area to be taxed, including those at Galileo, Five Keys, Marina, Sacred Heart Cathedral and Convent of the Sacred Heart, not to mention Mission, French American, O’Connell, Lycee Francaise, Francisco, Claire Lilienthal, Gordon Lau, Bessie Carmichael, Everett and Gateway. In fact, there are more than 70 schools in the quarantine zone.

Should all those parents and children be soaked so that supervisors David Campos, Eric Mar, Ross Mirkarimi and John Avalos can feed their pet projects? $6.5 billion a year for 800,000 people is too much. It’s time that San Francisco lives within its means. Cut public employee compensation instead.

Cary Fulbright
San Francisco

Residents shouldn’t pay

I support congestion pricing as long as San Francisco residents are fully exempt.

I already pay huge property taxes, payroll taxes for employees and sales taxes. San Francisco residents, therefore, should be exempt from any congestion fees. We should be able to travel by car in our own city without paying more fees.

Assessing congestion fees on
nonresidents makes sense because they do not pay property taxes, which are the primary source of revenue covering the city services consumed while they are within city limits.

If their communities complain, too bad. Those communities are free to charge us fees to come into their downtown areas during peak periods.

Larry S. Liederman
San Francisco


Leaving SF in bad shape

I agree wholeheartedly with the editorial about the economy fighting poverty.

As we see from the past and present, the government messes up everything it touches, but why? Is it because officials don’t know what they are doing? No, it is because at the end of the day, the only thing they care about is getting re-elected into office or advancing their career to a higher political office. And they leave everybody with mouthfuls of dirt and pockets full of broken promises.

As Mayor Gavin Newsom leaves The City, he leaves it with lies that once were promises. His promise to reduce the homeless population has turned into his biggest lie, and now that liar will be our lieutenant governor. His plan that took stimulus money to help the homeless seems like a noble cause, but the fact is that it was a misuse of public-paid funding. He should have used that money to drive the local economy and “teach people how to fish.” Now we are left with a stinky situation, and no one wants to take the office.

Thanks a lot, Newsom!

Adrien Dion
San Francisco

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