“More BART could transform S.F.,” The City, Thursday
BART plan needs new route
The problem is the current bus and transit systems are over capacity.
Our neighborhood activist group, San Francisco Tomorrow, was shown the project proposal by prior BART board of directors member James Fang. I questioned why BART placed five stops way out on the 5-Fulton Muni line (BART to the beach). He just shrugged his shoulders. It could be reached with less stops and tunneling by following existing corridors to avoid impacting 19th Street. The City needs to turn the line southbound and get it out to an intermodal facility in Daly City or further south along the Interstate 280 corridor. The need is greater than ever to fix transit issues.
The problem is that funds for propositions A and B can be siphoned off for the Central Subway, which already has overruns. And the west side projects don't solve transit (see Parkmerced) they only delay the needed future connectivity.
That's why we pushed for an L-Taraval route, north-south on Sunset Boulevard and back towards the western side of San Francisco State and Parkmerced out to Daly City.
Parkmerced bamboozled The City on its plans, now the question is can BART solve its issues, or will the money game decide the next developments and routing of transit vs. solving the transit puzzle first?
“Mistakes found in police pay,” The City, Wednesday
A crime is a crime
Is Police Chief Greg Suhr going to recover some of the $40 million the city controller found was paid to cops who never worked overtime assignments, yet kept the money?
Isn't that the same thing as the theft and dishonesty that Suhr says he “won't tolerate” regarding the recent federal conviction of two Mission Police Station police officers?
Or does the chief's definition of dishonesty not include what appears to be stealing from taxpayers because it's interpreted as excusable error?
“Mission housing battle is missing the larger point,” Joe Engardio, Sunday
S.F. loves money, not people
The monster is not in the Mission. In my view, the problem is not whether a new apartment complex goes up or not. The problem is at City Hall.
Mayor Ed Lee has actively courted new tech and biotech businesses for a city that can't house the workers at those businesses without kicking out existing residents.
There is a clear choice, and City Hall has constantly made the wrong choice. It could build housing or it could convert the buildings along Market Street into tech complexes. It could build housing in the Dogpatch or it could triple the size of UC San Francisco and put up 50 other new office buildings.
But 350 new units isn't going to make a dent on the housing deficit.
Mission Plaza won't help
Those who wish to stop the Mission Plaza apartments from being built have a very legitimate gripe, one The City has been ignoring for far too long.
San Francisco has a far greater need to build housing for San Franciscans making less than $1,000 a month than for more market-rate housing. San Francisco has not built a single unit in the low-income rental price range in many years.
Indeed, if such units had been built, the thousands of renters who have been evicted in recent years under the infamous state Ellis Act would probably still be living in our beloved city instead of being forced to fend for themselves in the largely overpriced Bay Area housing market.
All of Mission Plaza should be built for very-low-income current and former San Franciscans. Yes, The City should invite back any Ellis Act evicted tenants as far back as our records can go to find them.
“New account given of stabbing death,” The City, Tuesday
Adachi has ulterior motive
San Francisco does not need an Al Sharpton-type instigator, we have Public Defender Jeff Adachi.
Adachi, unlike his predecessor, is looking to his next election for higher office as opposed to defending his charges. If his account is truthful, why is he not seeking a dismissal before a judge instead of flaming his case before the media?
Robert A. Jung