Residential parking meters are a good idea
Ken Garcia’s Sept. 22 column lambasting the proposed installation of parking meters in residential neighborhoods points out that residents “already paid [taxes] for your street and your sidewalk.” However, he fails to dig a little deeper and distinguish between benign taxes and insidious ones.
Taxes on earned income, including sales taxes levied on business goods and services, are literally counter-productive. Taxes on land values aren’t. Taxes on land values simply insure that holding land against productive activity won’t become a business itself. That’s why charging market rates for parking spaces makes sense.
By all means reduce the burdensome taxes on business. But allowing cars to be parked on community land — parking spaces — without charging users rent is failing to use the market to recoup value for the community. It’s a giveaway to private car owners such as me.
David Giesen, San Francisco
Rude policy towards cars
As an architect, I was recently on the phone with a Planning Department policy writer who stridently expressed his desires for The City to shut down many streets so as to get rid of cars. This public servant proclaimed how bicyclists had taken over the San Francisco Planning Department and essentially we residents could do nothing about it. Then he hung up on me.
I find it disturbing when so-called public employees think they don’t work for the residents footing their salaries. The San Francisco Planning Department needs to be able to deal with the realities of urban life and stop strangling our streets to death.
Janet Campbell, San Francisco
More bike cars needed
I take my bike on Caltrain to get to work every weekday. Recently, the train I board in the mornings has been using only one bike car.
As a result, I’ve not been let on with my bike several times in the past two weeks and must wait 25 minutes for the next available train to Redwood City.
Recently three other bikers were also unable to get on the train and the next train was not taking any more bike passengers either!
We had nearly an hour delay. Each day is becoming a guessing game about a previously reliable work commute.
Why the reduction in the number of bike cars?
Lori Williams, San Francisco
War is not a game
As a retired military man and father, I hate to see my country’s leaders playing games with the lives of our sons and daughters who risk losing their lives on foreign soil. We all have heard that the commanding general of our Afghanistan combat troops has requested additional resources and that the mothers and fathers of our service men just want them to have what they need to succeed.
Sending our youth into combat without a clear objective and denying them the resources to win is not what we expect from our leaders. We watch in silence when they play games with our tax money and health care, etc.
But we will not allow our children to be used as pawns in chess games played in our nation’s capital.
Rod Ferroggiaro, Fairfield