Supervisors, here is a reader’s to-do list

The San Francisco Examiner made a fine start in enumerating issues the supervisors, new and returning, should take up (“Lee, board must pull together to solve big issues,” Editorial, Nov. 9). There are more. Maybe readers should propose some and winnow them down?  

I’ll toss my three into the ring, all involving the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission, which handles water, sewer and power issues:  

  1. CleanPowerSF (community-choice aggregation), which is on track for The City to launch next spring, but may not be worth the cost.  
  2. The size of the Sewer System Improvement Program, which 10 years ago was $1 billion, but has grown to nearly $7 billion. Only the Board of Supervisors can question whether this growth is unavoidable, or whether it may partly be due to civil servants empowering themselves to spend too liberally.  
  3. Ocean Beach is sporadically besieged by a rising ocean. We can simply respond to emergencies, or we can prepare. Roads, sewer infrastructure, homes and cliffs hang in the balance.

Steve Lawrence
San Francisco

 

Reflecting on GOP’s path

Profitable corporate elitists who lay off, fire and export jobs overseas deserve to have their patriotism scrutinized. Papa Murphy Pizza’s threat to fire mostly minimum-wage employees, just hours after the presidential election, is a threat for a national mandate to further reduce minimum employee compensation.

We Republicans callously allow ego-bloated buffoons to impose moral restrictions on women, but tout moral latitudes for men. Republican Christian humanity, as reinforced by Mitt Romney, admires political donors whose worship of tax-free legislation prevails over depressing economic conditions for job-transitioning soldiers, seriously impaired soldiers and families of soldiers in body bags. I hope being a conservative Republican, as I am, is not synonymous with cultural ignorance, social cretinism and moral hypocrisies.

We have too many political old goats, religious fanatics and male chauvinists dictating the climate of the Republican Party. By the same token, the RINOs (Republicans in name only) are not a better option either. RINOs are just ideological mercenaries, not moderates, mistaking compromise for surrender and capitulation.

Gail E. Neira
San Francisco

 

Improve Muni signage

A lot has been written about the escalators in the Muni and BART stations, but there’s another overlooked problem: the lack of big inbound-outbound signs.  

If two streetcars are at a station, it’s almost impossible to know which side is outbound or inbound, since you can’t read what’s on the walls of the tunnels. And if there are signs on a post somewhere, they are so small you have to hunt for them. Meanwhile, you’ve missed your Muni train.

San Francisco could learn a lot from Paris. There, the escalators almost always function, or at least get fixed quickly, even though the system is 10 times the size of ours and gets 10 times the traffic. And you always know where you are because the station names are gigantic.  

Michael Biehl
San Francisco

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