It’s still trickle-down economics,” In My View, Feb. 25
There’s no Ellis Act epidemic
Supervisor David Campos, in his opinion piece, put out erroneous information in pursuit of his ideologically flawed agenda.
He implied in his opinion piece that there is some sort of epidemic of Ellis Act evictions. That is not true. In fact, Ellis Act evictions represent only a small proportion of The City’s total evictions. All told, the Ellis Act was behind less than 10 percent of the 2,000 total evictions in The City last year.
Those 2,000 evictions were out of a total citywide rental housing stock of 230,000 rental units. Do the math. It means that that the evictions impacted less than 1 percent of the rental stock last year. Hardly an epidemic.
If Campos would stop catering to the NIMBYs who constantly block housing development in San Francisco, then San Francisco, like Seattle has proven, could solve it housing problem.
“Judge tosses firefighter charges,” The City, March 25
Firefighter got off easy
It is appalling that the veteran San Francisco firefighter Michael Quinn’s DUI case was thrown out by a judge.
This shows that it is easy to get away from certain crimes if you wear a badge of any sort.
There was clear evidence of DUI, so the criminal justice system has once again failed a real victim. Nobody should be above the law, and this case should be revisited without fear or favor. Michael Quinn should know better, and that is more reason why all evidence should be examined carefully without bias.
“Contract issues remain for Catholic teachers,” The City, March 6
Do the parents and teachers who are up in arms over Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone’s morality clauses know who they’re in bed with?
That local duke of PR Sam Singer, aka Singer & Associates, is the same firm that has helped Chevron Corp. escape liability in charges of displacing families and the dumping of toxic sludge in the rain forests of Ecuador — a chunk the size of Rhode Island.
I am not a Catholic, but hiring a known corporate thug to stick his nose into a sensitive local issue is, in my opinion, slimy and abhorrent and needs to be called out.
Private transport vouchers
Recently, I passed a couple of paratransit buses. As is almost always the case, each bus carried one passenger. For that passenger, my tax money had to pay for the bus, the driver, the insurance/risk pool monies and maintenance.
I propose that The City provide those residents who qualify for such transport with a voucher for Uber or Flywheel, Lyft or whatever, good for a reasonable number of trips within The City. This has got to be vastly cheaper, and quite likely more convenient and quicker. There is no reason The City should not avail itself and its residents of the benefits of modern information and communication improvements.