Let Ellison shell out for his beloved yacht race

When the salesman begins placing an urgency to the done deed, it is time to take a walk.

Larry Ellison certainly has more money to spare than do the citizens of San Francisco. If he and the Golden Gate Yacht Club are so set on holding the next race here, let them (him) pay the greater share or even all.

San Francisco doesn’t need another albatross around the neck, even if it is wearing diamonds.

William J. Coburn
San Francisco

Outdated safety guidelines

Reading the article (“PG&E testing methods questioned,” Thursday) in which federal inspectors have not revealed the cause of the San Bruno explosion, I am reminded of the story “The Emperor’s New Clothes” — but in this case, one who saw the perfect circumferential fracture where the pipe segments were welded (“San Bruno gas blast followed pressure buildup,” Oct. 13).

In the past 50 to 60 years since the 30-inch-diameter pipe was installed and welded the many pipe sections together, PG&E has changed its welding practices to more efficient, safe, reliable and testable methods. In addition, the safety factor for the pipe specifications has changed. Thus when the pipe was initally installed, it likely had a 100 percent safety factor, or an 800-pound rating.

Inspectors should check the pipeline sections on either side of the portion removed by the explosion to see how far out of alignment they were and make computor caculations on the amount of pressure placed on the broken welds from earth movement over the years.

Frank Norton
San Francisco


HANC losing subsidies

The removal of the Haight Ashbury Neighborhood Council recycling center adjacent to Kezar Stadium does not have to mean the loss of jobs by the employees. The center can operate from a more suitable industrial location and do the same job.

What has changed with the decision to install a community garden instead is that the HANC operation will no longer benefit from huge government subsidies it has received over the years. The HANC is challenged to provide its services while paying commercial rates for the facility, rather than a paltry 1.5 cents per square foot.

The lack of preparation for this day, when the taxpayer dollars stopped, is the responsibility of the HANC, not the Recreation and Park Department.

Ted Loewenberg
San Francisco

N-Judah switchback woes

On the N-Judah line, it always seems that when it rains, the driver of the train will tell a full load of people to get off in the rain and then it goes down to Ocean Beach empty.

This has been going on for years, and Muni is just now getting around to addressing the problem.

Robert McDowell
San Francisco

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