Letters from our readers: Cargill development would breach SF Bay

Ken Garcia’s Tuesday column was wrong about the zoning for the proposed location of Cargill’s massive housing development.

The site is not just “on the shores along San Francisco Bay.” It is zoned as a “tidal plain,” allowing salt production, parks and other open space uses, but not housing. It sits in a flood plain where scientists widely predict that sea levels will rise by several feet during this century.

In 2000, Save the Bay led a successful effort to stop SFO from expanding into the Bay. Garcia supported those efforts because “the expansion would have required thousands of acres of landfill.” Cargill’s plan also includes filling in acres of Bay lands. So why is Garcia supporting it?

Jan Blum
San Francisco


Let’s suppose …

Suppose comedian Jay Leno somehow wanted San Francisco to have his famed vehicle collection. Suppose, too, that our progressives accepted the gift. How would this work out?

The two mechanics we inherited with the bequest would soon become eight, with three on perpetual disability. A troop of docents and cafeteria workers would join the payroll, but nobody at City Hall could say exactly how many. Our mayor would create a Czar of Green Old Cars position paying $123,000 a year.

Museum costs would escalate 7 percent annually, resulting in obscene admission fees and $30 cafeteria lunches. Back home, the tourists would complain about being fleeced. We locals would take to brown-bagging on free admission days.

There would be multimillion-dollar bond measures to pay for museum painting and plumbing. At some point, we would read that one of the mechanics was making more money than our mayor.

Paul Burton
San Francisco


Pols need to finish jobs

We have a right to expect our elected officials to focus on their jobs and complete their terms, not spend time campaigning, passing off their post to an appointee and not causing an expensive special election. Perhaps it’s time to prohibit this undesirable practice.

Tim Donnelly
San Francisco


Poor choice on front page

Running the Photoshop-altered sensational picture of a BART train cracking in half on your Wednesday front page was not my idea of responsible journalism.

Newspaper front pages are windows on the most important stories of the day, and should convey them with meticulous accuracy, whether merely glanced at or read in detail.

Choose images and headlines to be attention-grabbing if you must, but choose them with integrity. Cartoonish gimmickry belongs in the editorial section, where skewed perspectives are understood as opinions.

Peter Albert
San Francisco

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