Letters from our readers: Tow-away scheme wasted chance for tourist dollars

Last Saturday, in advance of the Blue Angels show scheduled to start at 1 p.m., police and tow trucks converged on Van Ness Avenue by the Bay. Starting at 6 a.m., they cleared the street of overnight parked cars. Acting on the letter of the law, presumably, The City will collect thousands of dollars in towing citations.

The dawn tow-away circus wasted many disgruntled tourists’ precious time and dollars otherwise spent in restaurants and other customer-starved San Francisco venues. The northern Van Ness parking situation might have mostly resolved itself if traffic officials scheduled their well-rehearsed towing onslaught for 8 a.m. instead of 6 a.m. Why wasn’t our tourist bureau able to stop the travesty?

Al Ujcic, San Francisco

Help keep the Bay pristine

Recently, many of us have been watching, with awe and reverence, Ken Burns’ “National Parks: America’s Best Idea” on public TV. It’s a reminder that the Bay Area’s best idea is the Bay itself.

Right now, the Bay is being threatened again with an enormous development by Cargill, planning a new town in the Bay of 10,000 homes at Redwood City. Currently, the Redwood City Council is in the process of dismantling the protections for open space in the city’s general plan, as a prelude to filling in the Bay.

San Francisco Bay — without its clean water, birds, fish, sea otters; without wildness — is a dead, decaying body of water to be kept looking fresh for sanitized suburban development. Our region is called the Bay Area. We must protect the Bay for posterity, as the national parks were protected for us.

Gita Dev, Woodside

Does award even matter?

The Nobel committee has, over the past generation, awarded the Peace Prize to Mikhail Gorbachev — head of the Soviet Union, arguably the most oppressive regime of the 20th century — while ignoring Ronald Reagan, the U.S. president who brought peace and freedom through strength to the world.

The Nobel committee awarded the Peace Prize to Yasser Arafat, the terrorist who walked onto the floor of the United Nations General Assembly wearing sidearms, and yet ignored John Paul II, who, with a firm conscience and a compassionate heart, promoted peace and love as the people’s pope for the last quarter of the 20th century.

Given the warped judgment of the Nobel committee, one wonders if the Peace Prize has any relevance in this day and age.

Mike McAdoo, San Francisco

So many issues with pets

Why does San Francisco hate small housing providers like me? Why can’t someone see what financial challenges we are going through?

If we are forced to allow pets, we must assume liability for any damage to other tenants and our insurance rates will go up.

Would we be able to evict tenants if their dogs bark all night and disturb everybody else in the apartments? Who will pay to have carpets replaced because the new renter does not like the smell or is allergic to cats or dogs? Why would we remodel if we don’t even have the right to choose whether we allow pets or not?

Olga Milan-Howells, San Francisco

letters to the editorOpinion

If you find our journalism valuable and relevant, please consider joining our Examiner membership program.
Find out more at www.sfexaminer.com/join/

Just Posted

School board members Gabriela Lopez (left) and Alison Collins (right) say they have been the subject of frequent hateful, racist and sexist attacks during their time on the school board. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F Examiner)
Angered by Lowell decision, SFUSD grad targets school board members with violent imagery

Facebook page depicts two women of color on board with swastikas and x-marks on their faces

Supervisor Sandra Lee Fewer, a former school board member, said it was ‘ridiculous’ that the school district did not yet have a plan to reopen. <ins>(Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)</ins>
Supervisors demand SFUSD set a timeline for reopening

Pressure grows on district to resume in-person learning as The City’s COVID-19 case count goes down

“Tenet,” the new Christopher Nolan film starring John David Washington, is showing at the drive-in in Concord. (Courtesy Warner Bros.)
Drive-ins are popping up all over the Bay Area

By Amelia Williams Bay City News Foundation Anyone else catch the “Grease”… Continue reading

The San Francisco International Arts Festival will present performances this weekend outdoors at Fort Mason, including on the Parade Ground, Eucalyptus Grove and Black Point Battery. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
SF International Arts Festival wins health department approval for weekend performances

Rules allow no more than 50 people at outdoor Fort Mason performances

In this handout image provided by the California Department of Corrections, convicted murderer Scott Peterson poses for a mug shot March 17, 2005 in San Quentin, California. Judge Alfred A. Delucchi sentenced Peterson to death March 16 for murdering his wife, Laci Peterson, and their unborn child. (California Department of Corrections via Getty Images/TNS)
Prosecutors to retry penalty phase of Scott Peterson trial

2003 discovery of Laci Peterson’s body led to sensational high-profile murder trial of husband

Most Read