Letters: City staff here to help

“Clarke is a driving force in San Mateo,” The City, Sunday

City staff here to help

Thanks for the great article by Joel Engardio about San Mateo. I want to make a clarification. We, like other Peninsula towns, are faced with the question of how we respond to regional and local demands of housing, office and retail in our downtown.

As the community has discussions regarding these topics, city staff, such as myself, helps to facilitate the conversations but do not advocate for policy changes.

Again, thank you for the great article on our special town.

Marcus L. Clarke

Economic development manager,

San Mateo

“Things to consider when selecting child's next school,” Opinion, Monday

Where's the Reagan school?

San Francisco Unified School District Superintendent Richard Carranza wrote that a new school is going to be named after Willie Brown.

Wasn't one enough — have we forgotten that the Willie Brown Academy closed after a year as one of the lowest-performing schools in state? Is there no one more deserving of the honor?

Does the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall call to mind that there is nothing in San Francisco named for the president who was most responsible for bringing that about?

Albert Alioto

San Francisco

“University High rolling behind duo,” Sports, Wednesday

Team effort at University

Thank you so much for writing about our volleyball team. It was exciting to see the University High School name in the headline of a major newspaper.

We also appreciate your focus on Jaelah Hutchison and Franny Arnautou — they are arguably the two best players on our team.

However, myself and the other members of the team feel you unfairly attributed our success this season solely to them. In no way am I invalidating their skill or importance, but because most of our team's contributions were not represented, we think the article didn't paint an accurate picture.

As a senior captain, I think one of our greatest strengths is how we all work together.

Thanks again for featuring us.

Maddy Chung and University High School volleyball team

San Francisco

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