San Francisco has 70 beautiful hills for tourists to frolic among, and now it has Mount Grewsome in Bayshore. Right on Highway 101, at the portal to San Francisco, it would have million-dollar views of the America’s Cup Race, if we could only figure out a way to attach bleachers to the rubble, concrete debris and toxic waste.
Driving down Geneva to Bayshore, I noticed conveyor belts, rock crushers and truckload after truckload of concrete being placed in piles out by the “vacant” land at the city dump — now completely blocking the view residents once had of San Francisco Bay. That land has gone from being a few feet above sea level to about 200 feet high in less than a year.
Much of the concrete debris is coming from deconstruction of the Transbay Terminal, as well as Hunters Point. Even more of the concrete dust is visibly blowing across the freeway into the Bay.
Paul Page, San Francisco</p>
More bike cars needed
For almost six years I have been commuting on Caltrain from Sunnyvale to San Francisco. My observation is that cyclist ridership on the trains is accelerating.
One of the primary trains I use, Northbound 215, has a single bike car and is routinely full or over capacity with the available 40 bike spaces. Caltrain has significant concerns with meeting operating expenses, but could increase revenue with the simple addition of a second bike car on trains such as that one.
Without Caltrain, I would not have taken work in San Francisco, and I highly value the service. It is my hope that increased bike capacity resulting in increased revenue to Caltrain can improve the service even more.
Wayne Krill, Sunnyvale
Time for bankruptcy bonds
Bad news — 7.3 million jobs have disappeared and national bankruptcy is looming. So why has the national Bureau of Economic Research announced that the recession officially ended in June 2009 and economists are now predicting that there will be no double-dip recession?
Our government continues growing while the private sector shrinks and the political class finds it increasingly difficult to borrow.
In times of war where the U.S. is threatened with loss of our national identity, the government sells war bonds to pay for the costs of winning the war. Today, we also are threatened with the loss of our national identity via bankruptcy. It is time to sell U.S. Bankruptcy Bonds to our citizens at home and overseas to help solve this economic crises. After all, immigrants in America are sending billions of dollars back home to support their homelands.
Frank Norton, San Francisco
How much for a ramp?
Uh, is the “K” an error in The Examiner story “Wheelchair Ramp approved for board member at $450K”? Even in San Francisco, one can buy a new condo for about $600,000 and it would be in compliance with the current codes for wheelchair ramps. I’ll even put in a ramp to the penthouse.
Tess Joseph, San Francisco