The revived system of district elections for city supervisors got David Chiu elected. He should at least pay lip service to the District 3 constituents he is supposed to be representing.
But I doubt that a majority of those constituents would approve his votes in favor of outrageous resolutions and ordinances such as forbidding S.F. law enforcement officials to report undocumented arrestees to the federal authorities, and approving the so-called Employee Free Choice Act which eliminates secret ballots for unionization.
Chiu voted in favor of resolutions relating to Honduras, Samoa, Philippines, Iraq, etc. that have nothing to do with governing San Francisco. He seems to automatically support any legislation that favors tenants and increases the already draconian burdens on property owners. And most recently, he reversed his vote on the hospital layoffs, blatantly a favor to his SEIU backers.
Chiu may be the District 3 supervisor, but he does not represent me.
Norman Patrick Doyle, San Francisco
Bicyclists are dangerous
Wouldn’t San Francisco be a better place if the police enforced the rules of the road on all bicyclists? The SFPD nonchalantly allows bicyclists to run stop signs or red lights, and ride in the crosswalks or on sidewalks. And hardly any have bike insurance.
The bicyclists and scooter riders are increasing the risk to pedestrian and motorist safety. And when they are involved in an accident, the police then use the rules of the road against them. Why not practice this good example all the time?
Kevin J. Marquez, San Francisco
Obama’s spending spree
President Barack Obama now proposes new spending of $75 million to $150 billion on a third stimulus bill to be taken from the $700 billion all-purpose TARP bailout fund. His Afghan military force “surge” will cost another $30 billion.
Since taking office, Obama has pushed through a $787 billion stimulus, a $33 billion expansion of the child health program, a $410 billion omnibus appropriations spending bill and an $80 billion car company bailout. He also pushed a $821 billion cap-and-trade bill through the House and now urges Congress to pass a nearly $1 trillion health care bill.
This level of runaway spending will destroy any real economic recovery and saddle taxpayers with unsustainable debt.
Jim Hartman, Berkeley