Muni is claiming it ran at a $500,000 loss during the Giants’ run for the World Series title. I attended the victory parade and took Muni downtown and back. The fare gates at both the Castro Street station and Montgomery Street station were wide open and free when I entered. I thought it was just a nice gesture by The City, but now they cry they lost money. Do the math.
Phil Points, San Francisco
Stand up for food rights
The Tuesday Examiner story “Public funds going toward fresh food” mistakenly omitted mentioning another Bayview grocery store, FoodsCo.
Bayview and Hunters Point residents deserve access to top-quality food products, including fresh fruits and vegetables and organic items. In July 2006, a group of Bayview seniors from my senior university class campaigned with me against the local FoodsCo to demand that it stop selling spoiled and rotten foods in the community.
We brought our demands not only to the store manager, but also to the executives of the FoodsCo corporate ownership, as well as to City Hall and the Public Health Department. FoodsCo in the Bayview cleaned up its act and made noticeable changes in its store.
Demanding the freshest foods for underserved communities is a priority that requires grass-roots organizing and activism first and foremost, and attention from the larger society.
Anh Le, San Francisco
Problems with voting
Ken Garcia’s column was not wrong in his criticism of ranked-choice voting. The system may spare voters from the expense of a runoff election. Yet as soon as the ranked-choice system goes through more than a couple of rounds, the method stops being reasonable.
When a candidate is selected within three or four rounds of ranked-choice tallying, we can reasonably know that the winner received more than 50 percent of the votes. Yet when 20 rounds of tallying are required, we can be certain that the “winner” got only 50 percent of the remainder, however small that might be. In that case, the overwhelming majority of voters did not see their first, second or third choices win.
Ranked-choice voting improves district voting only if the winner is known within a few rounds of tallying. After more than a few rounds it is a disgrace, and a district runoff election should be held.
Fredrick Schermer, San Francisco