CPMC’s most important investment is health care

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.

CPMC has been a critical component of the health services in San Francisco, including a leadership role in combating the AIDS epidemic in the 1980s. Today, it continues to provide smaller, community-based health services with financial and in-kind support to ensure that those with the least resources have access to quality health care — including LGBT, immigrant and low-income San Franciscans.

For many people, CMPC’s support has meant the difference between health care and a health crisis. CPMC’s rebuild project offers San Francisco first-class medical facilities and continuation of a long tradition of supporting San Francisco’s health and well-being.

Rebecca Rolfe, Executive director, LGBT Community Center, San Francisco

Time to pay up, Newsom

Gavin Newsom and family have resettled in Marin County in cushy Ross. So does this mean the Newsoms will pay the “nonresident”admission charges at the Strybing Arboretum and Botanical Gardens so our lieutenant governor will be able to show his children the remarkable native-plant garden that his great-grandfather established?

Harry S. Pariser, San Francisco

Stay off Caltrain tracks

Nine people were already killed on Caltrain tracks this year — the last two in just two consecutive days this month.

I just don’t understand how you can be hit by a train. If you walk on a set of railroad tracks, don’t you pay really close attention? Isn’t it wrong to hold Caltrain responsible?

Daniel Dougan, San Francisco

Phone books litter streets

Once again, AT&T has distributed unwanted Yellow Pages books all over San Mateo County. AT&T doesn’t value them enough to bother finding out if they are wanted or not. Instead, thousands of them are put in bright-orange plastic bags and strewn along the roadways in the hopes that someone will pick them up.

This is littering and should be cited as such. AT&T distributes the books this way so it can claim inflated “readership” numbers to justify high advertising prices. The company should be made to revisit every street and retrieve all the litter. It is unsightly, and the plastic bags are hazardous to our wildlife.

Ted Panofsky, Woodside

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