Joblessness goes back to bad policy decisions

Anyone who wants to understand why California has been losing jobs at such an alarming rate needs to look at the restrictive zoning and “impact fees” included in San Francisco’s 2008-09 eastern neighborhoods legislation. Designed to prevent gentrification and deter private investment in the aging warehouse districts around Mission Bay, San Francisco’s “progressive” leaders have done more to damage the regional economy than politicians are willing to admit.

The checkerboard pattern of zoning ignores accepted principles of land-use planning and instead was designed to freeze existing land uses and leases of politically active nonprofits concerned with rising rents. The economic impact report by the City Controller’s Office determined the eastern neighborhoods plan would decrease property values by almost $6 billion and result in the loss of 116,000 good-paying jobs in order to save 14,000 low-wage jobs.

Judy West, San Francisco

Dolores Park a crack haven

The last two times I visited Dolores Park were on Tuesdays between 1 and 3 p.m. And I personally witnessed several people smoking crack on both days. People don’t smoke pot out of glass pipes.

The Recreation and Park Department needs some extra help from the San Francisco police, particularly to eliminate all crack smoking from Dolores Park. There should be a zero-tolerance policy for crack smoking in any of The City’s public parks.

Andrew Solow, San Francisco

The flip side of local hiring

I have one question for the San Francisco union carpenter whose Tuesday letter attempted to defend the local hiring law. Has he ever in his life had a carpenter job outside of San Francisco? If so — and I think we all know the answer to that one — I guess he is OK with local hiring laws only if they benefit him.

How would he feel if he couldn’t work in Daly City because of local hiring laws? To turn his argument back at him — if he likes it when San Mateo (or any other Peninsula jurisdiction) hires him instead of a local, where is the San Mateo County tax base supposed to come from? So if there’s no work in The City and he can’t work anywhere else, he’ll understand about not being able to feed his family, right?

John Dillon, San Bruno

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