Letters from our Readers: Too many variables in parking-meter plan

I think the MTA, the Board of Supervisors and the mayor have not looked at the whole picture with the proposed expansion of parking meter hours.

Who will enforce these extended hours? Will DPT staff work overtime or will they have to hire more people? How much more expensive will it be for the increased wear and tear on the Cushman vehicles they ride around in?

Most parking meters in The City only have one-hour time limits. How much will it cost to replace them with meters that have longer time limits and take credit cards? I think all this would seriously impact the so-called $9 million that extended hours are supposed to raise for Muni.

You also have to look at how this will affect the tax-paying merchants. Who will continue to consider going out to dinner or a nightclub in San Francisco if they have to pay for parking until midnight? They could easily drive down to Burlingame or another Peninsula city where they park for free. Look at how it might discourage conventioneers who would otherwise fly here and rent cars.

J. Wong, San Francisco

 

Impact of tax measure

Before San Carlos residents vote on the local sales tax increase, Measure U, they should consider the impact on themselves if they have any plans to buy an automobile, a boat, a motor home, truck, trailer or airplane in the next six years.

For anything requiring registration with the state, sales tax must be paid at the rate in effect at the owner’s residence.

Thus, a San Carlos resident buying a $30,000 Prius will be paying $2,925 in sales tax regardless of where the vehicle was purchased. 

Horst Jung, San Carlos

 

What ‘peace’ has come?

For the first time in 50 years, the U.S. is not at war with anybody and the whole world is living at peace. This belongs in Ripley’s Believe it or Not.

During tough economic times in the past, U.S. presidents might be launching missiles and rockets at anything that moves, for the purpose of improving corporate balance sheets. Not this time. So President Barack Obama has truly earned his Nobel Peace Prize.

Paul Page, San Francisco

 

Voting record a nonstarter

In regard to the criticism of Meg Whitman’s record of not regularly voting, some in the media don’t seem to understand how time-consuming it is to raise a family and work at the same time. A majority of those currently in Sacramento, both Republicans and Democrats, have voted California into the mess it is in. They don’t deserve to be re-elected.

I want the next California governor to be someone who has run a business successfully and wants to reduce the size of government. All those politicians in Sacramento have already had their opportunity to fix California’s problems. The media are making a big mistake by portraying raising a family and being a successful business person as negative.

Whitman has proven she can run a huge operation successfully. She has my vote so far, and I plan to send “superwealthy” Meg Whitman a campaign contribution.

Richard King, Palo Alto

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