“Tyranny by soccer field: S.F.'s ballot-box turf war,” The City, Sunday
Prop. H is misrepresented
Columnist Joel Engardio is dead wrong in his depiction of who are the tyrants in the soccer field debate. Proposition H was put on the ballot by the grass-roots efforts of concerned citizens, as is their legal right.
The ballot book shows Prop. H is opposed only by the wealthy Fisher family, the Chamber of Commerce and Susan Leal. Are we to believe that these opponents are the “less-powerful youths” Engardio refers to, or are they the real tyrants?
“Business, City Hall must work together for transit success,” Opinion, Thursday
Transit changes hurt S.F.
Bob Linscheid of the Chamber of Commerce and Tilly Chang of the San Francisco County Transportation Authority note the need of public transportation to adapt to the new growth areas of The City, which includes businesses and housing. This, in fact, is evident in the planning of the Transit Effectiveness Project, which has removed and altered bus routes from the neighborhoods to add buses in these growth areas.
Neighborhoods and public services are being depleted of vital transit resources in this process. For example, some direct bus lines will be eliminated to San Francisco General Hospital and the Hall of Justice. The 2-Clement line, already altered, will run only two blocks on Clement Street to the detriment of businesses and shoppers. Don't people working downtown and living in the neighborhoods deserve equal attention?
Public transportation should serve all the public, not a select few.
Herbert J. Weiner
“Prop. A aims to help city with transit upgrades,” The City, Oct. 16
Prop. A moves city forward
The San Francisco Examiner's endorsement of Proposition A, the transportation bond, is the best choice for residents and visitors alike.
Voters support Prop. A for a host of reasons, but one often overlooked is its fiscally responsible approach. Prop. A is a property-tax bond that will not raise property taxes. New bonds are only issued as old ones are paid off, so current rates will remain unchanged.
Prop. A would swing a $500 million ax to chip away at $10 billion in transit improvement needs. If we don't make these improvements now, they'll only cost more in the future, as construction costs, higher interest rates and more costly repairs after years of deterioration will need to be addressed.
If we, as a community, want to make a smart investment in the transportation infrastructure, at least two-thirds of voters must vote yes on Prop. A this November. It is time to move San Francisco forward.
HNTB Corp., San Francisco
Plans will hurt traffic flow
The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency's plans for the 9-San Bruno line constrict 11th Street to one lane in each direction. Stopping buses in the traffic lane means that all cars, in both directions are doomed to wait for Muni buses to load and unload passengers. This will lead to increased congestion, causing still more taxpayers to become angrier about Muni.
The same flawed design is also being foisted on other thoroughfares across The City. The San Francisco Bicycle Coalition-controlled SFMTA is determined to screw up traffic all over San Francisco.
Vote yes on Proposition L and no on Proposition A.