A public art installation promoted by San Francisco rock legend Carlos Santana and designed by two local artists would have brought a message of peace to the new police headquarters in Mission Bay.
It’s not exactly news that labor unions are struggling badly in today’s modern economy. Widespread gains in workplace protections and the precarious situation of many union pension plans have rendered unions far less attractive to American workers. So have the unreasonable demands that destroy host organisms — for example, look what happened to the American automotive and steel industries.
A June 24 letter writer raised a question on unknown risks about the actual quality of service that would be provided by a future waste-management contractor if those city services were to be opened for competitive bidding.
The writer seemed to prefer the proverbial “bird in the hand.” But does the “tremendous infrastructure overhead” he cited require 60 years of commitment to one company as has been the case here? What he seemingly doesn’t understand is that quality service and economic effectiveness come from free-market competition.
So many public sector employees have yelled at me, stalked and blocked me while I was collecting signatures for Jeff Adachi’s pension reform measure. Can you imagine the outrage if I went to these same city employees’ workplaces and harassed them about not caring about The City’s finances or future city worker pensions? They would call the police on me.
WHAT: At Pakistan’s prestigious 30,000-student Punjab University, posters of the burning World Trade Center towers advertise a contest for essays and poems glorifying U.S.-slain al-Qaida terrorist chief Osama bin Laden.
The St. Petersburg, Fla., Police Department is threatening to suspend a veteran officer with a clean record because he warned the father of a teenage robbery victim about a dangerous part of town. Officer Thad “Stu” Crisco is under investigation for making “disparaging comments against the city.” St. Petersburg’s crime statistics are the worst in Florida and Crisco’s longtime partner had been the third cop killed on duty in just one month.