Let people decide about crime policy

San Francisco Supervisor David Campos was quoted in your article about Mayor Ed Lee’s recent suggestion concerning the possibility of adopting New York’s and Chicago’s “stop and frisk” police procedure as a method of dealing with suspicious people, possibly lowering crime rates and dealing with gun crime before it happens (“Supervisors criticize Lee, frisk policy,” July 11). In regard to the procedure, Campos said, “It really goes against everything that we believe in here in San Francisco.”

The City has workers, residents and visitors who have a wide variety of belief and value systems that range from what seems to be the absence of one, to conservative and ultra-liberal and everything in between.
Campos is perpetuating the myth that there is such a thing as “San Francisco values.” He can speak for himself and possibly the majority of his constituents in his single district, but he certainly does not speak for me or for the entire city.

It is true that the proponents of “San Francisco values” have been successful in imposing and inflicting their “tolerant” laws and policies on all San Franciscans over the past several decades. However, they should not be so arrogant to actually think that they speak for all of us.

Rick Greathouse
San Francisco

Why drain Hetch Hetchy?

Let’s restore Hetch Hetchy to its former glory without any thought to its alternatives — another half-baked San Francisco idea!

Where will we get the clean energy it produces — a polluting generator plant? Where will we get our beautiful, clear, clean water from? The alternatives? Hope you enjoy brushing your teeth with recycled wastewater, or cooking your pasta in groundwater.

And what will happen down the road? After a decade of the above, a group will form to dam Hetch Hetchy and restore all that was lost, except the millions of dollars wasted.

Barry Gruber
San Francisco

Plastic turf no fun for kids

The Fishers have forced plastic turf laid over ground tires into public parks throughout our city. On Tuesday, the Board of Supervisors rubber-stamped the building  of four of these fields in Golden Gate Park. The Fishers’ foundation, City Fields, openly states that once these stadiums are built, they won’t pay a cent for upkeep.
Increased play time is the pillar of the Fishers’ campaign, citing 20 percent increases for the New York  turf fields. But in poor New York neighborhoods, such as Queens, play time is now zero. They can’t afford the standard eight-year field material replacement — more than $500,000 a field. Ripped turf spews black industrial waste. New York referees are boycotting those unsafe and unsightly fields as too dangerous to play on.  

Given these hard times, San Francisco, this will be your future. And the Fisher legacy to our city.

Kathleen McCowin
President, Viking Soccer Parents for Grass Fields in Golden Gate Park
San Francisco

Laura’s Law needed in S.F.

Kudos for a brilliant headline on your editorial, which  went downhill from there (“Laura’s Law can help mentally ill, keep peace in S.F.” July 11). Laura’s Law is only, exclusively, solely for those so mentally ill they refuse treatment. The voluntary program being trumpeted by mental health officials is only, exclusively solely for those well enough to volunteer for treatment. They serve mutually exclusive populations. The San Francisco Examiner was wrong to equate them.
San Francisco needs Laura’s Law now. We can’t continue to ignore the most ill among us.

DJ Jaffe
Executive Director,
Mental Illness Policy Org.
New York City