•"CCSF devastated by loss of accreditation," The City, Thursday
CCSF administrators must face the music
So where were these concerned state and city officials when City College of San Francisco was having all these years of financial irregularities? The CCSF board of trustees was certainly asleep at the wheel and the members deserved to be ousted along with all the current administration for their failings. A year or so ago, when the board defended its practice of receiving a stipend while not attending meetings, the inkling of corruption was rising to the surface.
CCSF cared little about the present and future sufferings of our students as it allowed the school to sink into this abyss. Its concern was how to overspend taxpayer money with little regard to its appropriateness. Hopefully the appointment of a special trustee will allow the college to become a fully functional, accredited place of higher education.
Robert A. Jung,
• "Stop scapegoating the tech industry," Opinion, ThursdayDon't fear tech influx
More of the same — divide and conquer to drive up land values and development. Today's tech workers are as creative, contrarian and progressive as yesterday's gold rushers, beatniks, hippies, artisans, literarians, gays, dot-commers, and ethnic and cultural minorities.
Tolerant San Francisco stirs a melting pot of ideas, uniqueness, innovation and diversity. But the singular-mindedness of big business, that is financial, promotes a sameness in economic classes and urban infrastructure. If not for citizen and neighborhood activists, San Francisco would have become a suburban mall long ago. Tech workers want to reside and work in the world-renowned, quirky San Francisco — not the suburban enclave promulgated by rampant prices and development.
Let's not snuff the golden goose!
• Emarcadero Freeway memoriesRemember the freeway
When Beale Street transformed into a gridlocked street due to the BART strike last week, I couldn't help but remember the politics surrounding the demise of the Embarcadero Freeway after the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake.
During a recent discussion, an acquaintance misstated the Embarcadero Freeway was razed because it was beyond repair and unsafe which has become a false myth.
After the Embarcadero Freeway was damaged by the earthquake, Caltrans intended to retrofit it with federal funding, but The City instructed Caltrans not to do anything with the freeway until it gave its consent.
Voters were presented with a ballot measure asking whether to fix it or raze it. The majority of voters, including the vast majority of Chinatown merchants, wanted the Embarcadero Freeway fixed.
However, Mayor Art Agnos and the Board of Supervisors determined to get their way, presented to the voters a new ballot measure reversing the will of the voters to fix the freeway which included a mandate not to build any new freeways north of Market Street.
The Broadway, Clay Street and Beale-Mission streets freeway on-ramps without a doubt would have been a nice resource to have during the BART strike, which have now become only a memory for those who were here.
But due to city politics, we're faced with gridlock on surface streets and no real solution to traffic gridlock other than to discourage automobile driving through its transit-first policy.