Letters: Problem is widespread

“City gives seniors glimmer of hope,” Friday, The City

Problem is widespread

I appreciate Supervisor David Campos' effort to help the elderly people who face eviction from Alta Vista School, the new owner of University Mound Ladies Home.

However, there are many people who face the similar situation across San Francisco. San Francisco is increasingly becoming unaffordable for the low-income residents as rising rents exhaust their meager incomes and many landlords evict low-income tenants using the Ellis Act. The current housing crisis is negatively affecting the economically disadvantaged residents of The City. There are many of them who do not receive media and politicians' attention. This is unfair that only a selected group of residents can get assistance.

I want to clarify that I am not criticizing Campos' effort nor opposing to help the elderly people being mentioned in this article. The housing crisis is a citywide problem, so we need a citywide solution to help all vulnerable residents of San Francisco — rather than a selected group of residents who receive media and politicians' attention — to deal with the housing crisis.

Ka Chio

San Francisco

Water conservation, Wednesday, Around the Globe

Easy ways to conserve

There is but one beef in my household with regard to water conservation here in Northern California. We avoid waste of water by employing pitchers of water in the fridge, thereby no excess running of the tap to acquire reasonably cold water for drinking.

Of course, there is the practice of allowing yellow to stand with the seat down and “if slush, flush.”

William J. Coburn

San Francisco

“Obama asks for $3.7B for border crisis,” Wednesday, News

Protect the children

Children crossing our southern borders are much more than immigrants.

They are brave refugees who are smart enough to better their circumstances from crime, drugs, hatred, starvation and violence. They don't want to be swallowed into holes of brutal infamy. They know that good things can happen to them with a better life in the United States. To refuse admittance or acceptance is great disrespect for human welfare and not what this country is all about.

Children cannot speak for themselves. Their legal classifications are in violation of human-rights policies.

I know when I was allowed to enter the U.S., at a young age, I thought I was in paradise. And I still do.

Scotty Paterson

San Mateo

“Housing goal is questioned,” Thursday, The City

Look at what Seattle does

San Francisco should take a look at what's going on in Seattle.

Like San Francisco, Seattle has had robust job growth due to the tech sector. But unlike San Francisco, Seattle hasn't allowed the NIMBYs to block one housing development after another. Since 2005, Seattle has built twice as much housing as San Francisco has in spite of the fact that Seattle has only three-quarters of San Francisco's population.

As a result, the median price for a two-bedroom apartment in Seattle is $1,750 a month compared to $3,450 in San Francisco and a Seattle resident with an average salary only spends 30 percent of their income on housing compared to 50 percent in San Francisco.

E.F. Sullivan

San Francisco

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