➤ “Putting more badges on the streets,” The City, Tuesday
S.F. doesn’t need more cops
Maybe it’s a misquote, but if Police Chief Greg Suhr truly thinks that “no one” believes we have enough police officers, then my name is “no one.” I doubt I’m the only one. With starting taxpayer-paid police salaries at about the highest in the nation with exorbitant benefits, I don’t think we can afford to address increasing safety needs with only public police officers as our population increases.
It is a far better strategy to put public and private resources toward program, policy and legislative reform to decriminalize certain victimless crimes, divert first-time offenders into workable programs, and get folks by any means to stop walking and texting to entice criminals to strike. Not to mention the obvious rationality of The City wholeheartedly endorsing and shrinking to only a few truly needed regulations regarding our city-chartered private police force known as Patrol Specials. Patrol Specials stay put in various small neighborhoods where they presently serve, become well-known and trusted, and are uniformed and on the streets to prevent thefts and other disturbances from happening to begin with.
Officers are annually trained on the range and in the classroom according to standards the chief himself sets, standards the chief could augment should he so desire. Private businesses and neighbors pay the patrol specials’ hourly salary, and taxpayers also don’t pay for their uniforms, weapons, annual weapons training or patrol vehicles.
That’s enough, fire trucks
Well, considering the fire truck crashes like those mentioned on another page (“Firemen in crash pass drug tests,” Tuesday), and the one that almost drove into me going the wrong way from one one-way street to another, our streets might be safer if fewer of these guys were driving around.
➤ “Weighing on waterfront’s fate,” The City, Tuesday
City backs Warriors arena
In response to your story about a potential ballot measure that could affect the proposed Warriors arena, I say bring on the vote.
A September 2012 poll showed that 68 percent of San Francisco residents supported the Warriors’ arena at Piers 30-32. A January 2013 poll showed that 60 percent of residents supported the arena proposal. A March poll by Survey USA for KPIX (Ch. 5) showed that 59 percent of residents supported the arena project, and a poll taken in September by David Binder Research showed that 62 percent of residents supported the arena project.
What this shows is San Franciscans recognize that a waterfront arena will mean jobs, tax revenue for The City and a place they can go to enjoy concerts and Warriors games without leaving The City.
So I say, bring on the vote!