Criminal syndicate runs recycling ring

“Old state recycling law needs new life,” The City, Jan. 20
Crime syndicate runs recycling ring

Ms. Robyn Purchia is correct the 30-year-old Bottle Bill needs to be revised. What she does not mention, or perhaps is not familiar with, is a criminal syndicate that operates aggressive night-time scavenging of restaurants and office buildings in the central part of The City.

This operation places its trucks by the Tenderloin Elementary School on Turk Street and the Light House for the Blind on Van Ness to buy large quantities of cans and bottles for cash and drugs.

The scavengers create piles of trash on the streets, where they rummage through bins and often steal Recology bins to cart their goods to the trucks. Much noise is generated when the goods are dumped into the trucks. At the truck locations, numerous bins are left abandoned, the sidewalks are made filthy and often needles, feces and other debris are left.

This a scourge the Civic Center has had to put up with for years, since the police do not have the personnel to deal with it; nor is there a clear provision in the Bottle Bill prohibiting it. Assemblyman David Chiu is also looking into reforms of the act to prohibit such organized and unlicensed corrupt recycling activity.

James Haas
San Francisco

“Don’t believe the Super Bowl 50 hype — Here’s why,” On Guard, Jan. 19
Too late to complain

City Hall keeps unilaterally cramming oversized events, such the as America’s Cup and a Super Bowl media village, down San Franciscans’ throats on the premise that the money thrown around at the events will somehow be good for The City’s residents.

I suspect a majority of San Francisco voters would have decided that neither their quality of life, nor their pocketbooks, were in need of a corporate Super Bowl event. Which is quite probably why City Hall made sure San Francisco voters wouldn’t be given any opportunity to express their will.

As Joe Fitzgerald Rodriguez and others are pointing out, now that it’s too late to do anything about it, City Hall’s portrayal of these events’ economic benefits is invariably overly rosy while the litany of “unexpected” costs to San Francisco taxpayers invariably increase.

There needs to be a great deal more of critical analysis of these events and their effect on San Francisco residents before these events are unilaterally approved, not after.

Riley B VanDyke
San Francisco


Super Bowl is unweclome

It is a bit presumptuous for San Francisco to host Super Bowl 50. As I remember, San Francisco’s NFL team — the 49ers — left for Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara a few years ago. The team is now the Santa Clara 49ers or the South Bay 49ers, some 50 or so miles from San Francisco. Why isn’t Santa Clara the host city?

Meanwhile, we San Franciscans must endure street closures and major gridlock. The Super Bowl will be played on Feb. 7, yet the road closures will be in effect until Feb. 12. The NFL should at least reimburse San Francisco for the cost of hosting the event — estimated to be about $5 million — as proposed by Supervisor Jane Kim.

Ralph E. Stone
San Francisco

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