SFMTA may need new leadership

“Wharf workers in need of transportation,” The City, Oct. 16
SFMTA may need new leadership

Thank you for exposing the transit woes for those going to and from Fisherman’s Wharf. Far too often I have joined hoards of tourists, waiting endlessly, often in the cold, for a bus or streetcar. When they do arrive, they are jam packed, and I have to pass up crowds of stranded riders. With tourism as our No. 1 industry, you would think the SFMTA would do a better job. Perhaps it’s time for new leadership for Muni.

Tim Donnelly
San Francisco

“Christensen is hella mean,” Broke-Ass City, Oct. 16
Broke-ass hyperbole

Broke-Ass Stuart’s “hella mean” actually applies to him more in this case. Stuart’s article is inaccurate and hyperbole.

First of all, we don’t know if the tenant stories told to Supervisor Kim is in fact true. For example, I had a tenant that had the Housing Rights Committee write me a letter that my Three Day Notice was not true because the tenant did not have a dog, but the tenant had a doctor send me a letter that a dog was necessary for the tenant’s well being several months before.

Also, it seems Stuart missed the recent vote on Kim’s Eviction 2.0 legislation: Christensen did not vote against it. As for Mr. Peskin, when I was down at the Board of Supervisors years ago to speak out on fair interest rates for tenants’ security deposits, he interrupted me during my two minutes. To make matters worse, his comment was inaccurate.

By the way, no other supervisor ever interrupted me in the nearly 10 times I have spoken before them over the years — one waited until I had finished and then asked me a question.

Bill Quan
San Francisco

“Airbnb breaking the bank to kill Prop. F,” The City, Oct. 18
Oversimplifying Airbnb

Nato Green’s assertion that, if Airbnb went away, there would instantly be 4,500 more housing units being offered to renters must be part of his stand-up comedy routine.

First, not all 4,500 spaces in the total are complete apartments; many are bedrooms or bedroom suites. Second, many of the units that are apartments are rented through Airbnb and similar sites because their owners understand the risks of renting out units in San Francisco.

Any tenant that stays more than 30 days is endowed with rights that essentially give him a lifetime lease unless he chooses to leave. The owner who needs the unit for his own or family use must work through a complex system of notices and payments that involves hiring an attorney and fighting for the property in front of the Rent Board.

Sometimes the owner loses and cannot regain use of his own place. So owners keep the unit vacant, perhaps offering it occasionally on a short-term basis.

This part is not a joke. The once-simple rent-control ordinance has been amended more than 100 times since its adoption, and these changes have removed rentals from the supply, not Airbnb.

Noni Richen
President, Small Property Owners of San Francisco

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