UCSF data breach was inexcusable

Cindy Chew/2007 S.F Examiner file photoUCSF could be facing hefty fines after a worker’s laptop was stolen in September.

Cindy Chew/2007 S.F Examiner file photoUCSF could be facing hefty fines after a worker’s laptop was stolen in September.

➤ “Data-laden UCSF laptop taken,” The City, Tuesday

UCSF data breach was inexcusable

Would someone please ask the question of why a UC San Francisco employee from the Department of Transplantation would be in possession of unencrypted medical and personal data in his personal vehicle?

Who is culpable? Who suffers?

How can anyone access health care with any peace of mind? How would you like your info sitting in the lower level of some parking structure?

David Murphy

San Francisco

➤“Chinatown touted for sustainability efforts,” The City, Monday

Preserve Chinatown now

Deservingly honored as one of America’s Top 10 Great Neighborhoods, the future of San Francisco Chinatown’s is nevertheless precarious as expanding financial districts gentrify Chinatowns throughout the U.S. Old Chinatown in Washington, D.C., disappeared in a blink of time after a new subway station and development. Like the near-miss relocation of Chinatown in 1906 — prompted by city officials and businessmen — real estate pressures are inexhaustibly resilient.

In 2008, The City initiated meetings for “rezoning Chinatown” with the advent of the Central Subway. Year by year, significant historical buildings and architectural elements are being demolished. Immigration is waning and seniors over age 50 comprise 55 percent of Chinatown. As today’s activists and residents fade away, economic forces will rise, fueled by political whims, property owners’ self-interests and development pressures.

Stronger planning tools, like a Chinatown Historic District, are necessary to preserve and honor Chinatown’s legacy as the birthplace of Chinese culture in America.

Howard Wong

San Francisco

➤“BART takes uncertainty to the wire,” The City, Wednesday

Strike may boost pollution

I hear a lot of folks talking about the economic impacts of another BART strike, but I want to offer the perspective of a Rincon Hill resident who knows additional traffic congestion from more folks driving means more pollution from vehicle emissions.

On June 5, the Board of Supervisors budget committee heard from the legislative analyst that ZIP code 94105 (Rincon) kids are hospitalized 2.5 times more frequently for asthma attacks than kids in The City overall because of the Bay Bridge and related vehicle air pollution.

By not implementing congestion pricing, The City is guaranteeing harm to the health of South of Market residents. I hope there is no strike — for the sake of my lifespan.

Jamie Whitaker

San Francisco

➤“Bike group to confront police,” The City, Oct. 2

Hold cyclists accountable

In your article, a bike rider said police do not treat cyclists fairly, saying how bike riders involved in accidents always ended up on the short end. But really, what is the policy of police in handling bike riders?

As a pedestrian who walks through The City on a daily basis, I see bike riders on the wrong side of the road, in the crosswalks, on the sidewalks and just about anywhere that is in total opposition of the rules of the road.

I don’t see police advising the riders that what they are doing is illegal or unlawful.

Kevin J. Marquez

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