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

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