Muni is discontinuing nine stops along Van Ness Avenue starting June 4 in preparation for the Van Ness Bus Rapid Transit project. (Ryan McNulty/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Muni is discontinuing nine stops along Van Ness Avenue starting June 4 in preparation for the Van Ness Bus Rapid Transit project. (Ryan McNulty/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Letters: People of San Francisco rely on Van Ness bus stops

“Nine Muni stops on Van Ness Avenue to be eliminated for upcoming Bus Rapid Transit construction,” The City, May 26

People of S.F. rely on Van Ness bus stops

How very distressing to hear that the SFMTA is going to eliminate the California Street stop on Van Ness Avenue. Not only is that stop used by many locals (connecting easily to No. 1 Sacramento Street), elderly, handicapped, injured, but it is constantly used by visitors connecting to cable cars. The next stop heading north would be Clay, which is two blocks and slightly uphill for the non-youth folks.

The other disastrous decision by the SFMTA was to discontinue the southbound No. 19 stop at Post Street in order to catch the No. 2 and No. 3 buses downtown and, especially, to many medical buildings in the 400 and 500 blocks of Post Street.

Jo-Anne O’Hare, San Francisco
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“Can Farrell pass ethical litmus test?” On Guard, May 10

Keep Supervisor Farrell away from the budget

It is essential that the public be well-informed, particularly during an election cycle.

A very special thank you for shedding illumination on campaign finance violators like Supervisor Mark Farrell. When The City’s Ethics Commission took steps to hold Farrell accountable for violations of campaign finance law, he (metaphorically speaking) flipped them the middle finger by filing a lawsuit.

In my view, Farrell should be required to step down as the Board’s Budget and Finance Committee Chair, at least until the budget for Ethics has been determined and approved. I believe Farrell lacks the integrity to be objective and make certain new Ethics Commission Executive Director LeeAnn Pelham receives the resources needed to clear up the enormous mess left by former director, John St. Croix.

Pelham is a welcome improvement and has already inspired change in a commission that had lost public trust.

Hulda Elizabeth Garfolo, San Francisco

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