San Francisco is pledging allegiance to Silicon Valley

“SFMTA votes to make tech shuttles permanent”
The City, Nov. 18
San Francisco is pledging allegiance to Silicon Valley

By endorsing the Tech Bus Permanent Program, the SFMTA showed that their allegiance is to the Silicon Valley tech companies and not our communities and our transit system. They showed no interest in the input from the overflowed crowd of concerned citizens, who took the time to voice their concerns. It was obvious to all that the deal was already done. The residents of San Francisco are being sold out by City Hall.

Tim Donnelly
San Francisco

“Voters may have final say on who cares for San Francisco’s street trees”
The City, Nov. 18
Tree transfer solution

Supervisor Avalos’ proposed charter amendment that would ban the transfer of trees to private owners has my exuberant support. On the other hand, Supervisor Wiener’s proposal for yet another parcel tax, does not.

San Francisco is awash in money and each budget cycle ups the ante. Increased fiscal responsibility is needed, not more burdens for its ordinary citizens.

Sherrie Matza
San Francisco

“Iconic topless dancer Doda dies at 78”
Nov. 12, The City
Doda a true legend

I understand how a reader wrote last week that she did not want to read about Carol Doda on your front page. But for all of us who remember the wild, exciting days of San Francisco in the ’60s, it was great that you gave the legendary Miss Doda a full front page in her honor.

In those days, North Beach was the center of the world, and Carol Doda was the Queen of Bawdway. We will miss Carol Doda’s presence in North Beach and Union Street. She was a kind woman and she will always be a true San Francisco icon.

Susan Stockdale
San Francisco

Fun, free, cheap — What to do in San Francisco this week

Tiger sculptures, beer garden concerts, lighted bike parade, Chinese New Year flower market

Will climate change impact San Francisco’s famous sourdough?

It is said that San Francisco’s famous sourdough was born from the air itself; that our briny fog imbued the…

Editorial: California can’t let an oil company use legal bullying to silence its critics

For decades, oil giant ExxonMobil Corp. helped spread lies about the deadly threat of global warming. It manufactured doubt about…