Letters from our readers: Library branch effort a resounding success

Your Sept. 23 story, “Library pushes branch projects,” makes little mention that the San Francisco Public Library is nearing completion on almost all the 24 libraries in the Branch Library Improvement Program.

While there have been delays over the past decade, this is the largest public library construction effort in The City’s history. And it is proving to be an outstanding success with beautiful new and renovated libraries that are heavily used by their neighborhoods.

I do want to set the record straight about the Visitacion Valley branch. It was never intended as a renovation of the leased storefront space currently occupied. In the 2000 bond measure, all branch libraries in leased facilities were planned for replacement with new city-owned buildings.

The library currently being constructed at Leland Avenue and Rutland Street will open next year, creating a magnificent civic presence to anchor this business district.

The San Francisco Public Library is very proud that in this current economic climate — while other cities are forced to cut back on library service or close facilities altogether — San Francisco continues to open and expand public libraries citywide.

Luis Herrera
City Librarian
San Francisco

The recession’s over?

Loved your Wednesday cartoon: “The monster’s dead and the recession’s over!” Just tell that to any able-bodied worker trying to get a job, anyone faced with a foreclosure or being harassed by bill collectors.

Even those fortunate people who managed to keep their economic heads above water and have impeccable credit know differently, if they are trying to get a mortgage or a refinancing. Mortgage interest rates can go to 0 percent, but getting credit today is almost impossible. Perhaps technically a small rise in gross domestic product for two quarters means to some elitist economists that a recession is over. But for the rest of us, the mess is ongoing, with a “Change We Can Believe In” far away.

Theodore Carl Soderberg
San Francisco

Be mindful of your dog

I am so happy that Ozzy the dog was reunited with his guardian, Amit Gadhia. Ozzy was left unattended in front of a crowded Safeway. This is a critical reminder to all dog guardians that leaving your precious babies unattended in a public place for even seconds can prove to be harmful for them. Unattended and tied dogs can be stolen, attacked by other animals, abused by humans, can run into the street trying to get away and can possibly strangle themselves while anxiously waiting for their guardians. If you think your dog is “just fine” waiting for you alone outside, you’re wrong.

Debi Gould
San Francisco

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