Get all scofflaw cyclists off San Francisco streets

It was good to read in Sunday’s San Francisco Examiner that the Bicycle Advisory Committee of San Francisco calls for some education of scofflaw bicyclists, for those very few who are cited.

But why did committee chair Bert Hill only call to “get some of the scofflawing out of cycling”? What about a goal of getting all of the scofflawing out of San Francisco cyclists?

Instead of letting scofflaw cyclists get away with not paying fines, why not require community service in lieu of a fine in addition to bicycle traffic school?

Sending scofflaw bicyclists to the Bicycle Advisory Committee or the Bicycle Coalition would be like sending a three-time DUI drunken driver to a bar to learn to abstain.

Fiona McGregor
San Francisco

Lee must oust Occupy SF

If there was any remaining doubt that Mayor Ed Lee has become the politician he vowed not to be, look no further than his inaction toward the squatters occupying Justin Herman Plaza.

At first, Lee stated that there would be no tents and no open fires. But since the first police breakup of the encampment, that rule has been waived. Now City Hall insiders admit that Lee has decided to do nothing to oust the vagrants until after the Nov. 8 election.

When a mayor stops enforcing the law because he’s worried about the electoral fallout, it’s time for him to go.

Cary Fulbright
San Francisco

Challenge not so tough

Rep. Jackie Speier will be one of the politicians taking the $4.50 per day Food Stamp Challenge for five days. Will she have one of her servants buy and prepare the food at her mansion in Hillsborough?

Why doesn’t she take this one step further and take a job making beds for minimum wage at one of the hotels and try living at a single-room-occupancy hotel if she really wants to take the “challenge” of experiencing what many Americans endure in their daily lives?

But, then, again, on the bright side, Jackie eating for $4.50 a day will indeed ensure that she will be able to squeeze herself into a designer gown when she attends many holiday galas while enjoying canapés that might well cost more than $4.50 apiece.

Cynthia Marcopulos
South San Francisco

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