Competitive bidding on a utility is a bad idea. Supervisor Avalos wants to put a measure on the ballot to allow competitive bidding for San Francisco waste management services. Our current provider, Recology, has been serving San Francisco for over 60 years. On the surface competitive bidding makes sense. It allows firms to compete freely to see who can give our city the best service for the best price.
However, our garbage service is a regulated utility with a tremendous infrastructure overhead that requires long-term commitments to pay for this necessary service. An open competitive bid might get San Francisco a cheaper contract. But there would be an unknown risk about what quality of actual service would be provided in the end. When it comes to The City’s waste management we cannot afford to take that chance.
Hans Hansson, San Francisco
John Chiang for governor
The pay freeze for our Sacramento lawmakers is the best news I have seen in a long time. State Controller John Chiang had the courage withhold legislators’ pay for not reaching a balanced budget by the long-established June 15 deadline.
The voters put Proposition 25 in place to ensure that our legislators actually face personal consequences for not doing their jobs. For lawmakers to threaten to sue against the controller’s decision just shows that they are in complete disregard of the people’s will. I say John Chiang should be voted in as our next governor!
Franz J. Kemper, San Carlos
Don’t end Care Not Cash
It is certainly not surprising that The City’s homeless-industrial complex and certain supervisors have placed a measure on the November ballot that would in effect end Care Not Cash. They did this with no public hearings because they have never liked any measure that tries to enforce some degree of accountability to the homeless and vagrancy problem in San Francisco.
While Care Not Cash did not end homelessness, it stopped some of the more egregious abuses where vagrants would use general assistance cash to buy alcohol and drugs.
Now the vagrancy enablers want to turn the clock back to those days. I hope the voters of San Francisco see through this deceptive measure and decisively vote this initiative down in November.
E.F. Sullivan, San Francisco