San Francisco has fundamentally been a residential city, with all the neighborhoods filled with single family housing or flats. It should be an ideal city for children except that in the past decade and more all that has changed. Under the City Planning Code a great amount of the new housing that is considered “family housing” has been approved. These were expansions of relatively modest two-bedroom homes into four- or five-bedroom behemoths on the typical San Francisco lot.
The starter home of 1,200 square feet or less has been remodeled away by real estate speculators. They have out-priced families with children who are only left with a market of two-bedroom condos.
Families with children don’t usually want that type of housing, so they go outside of the City and buy the empty nesters’ houses and the empty nesters move into the condos.
Georgia Schuttish, San Francisco
Bidding woes hurt schools
I might see a reason for laying off teachers if the San Francisco Unified School District had not been engaged in specifying and installing outrageously priced roofing products for years — now being investigated in a second legislative hearing with a second bill going through to stop this massive scam of the education dollar.
Instead, they need to get rid of all those involved in allowing sole-source bidding and overpriced products in construction at the school district and on the board — and demand all monies back from those who have been overpricing and churning products.
It’s not the teachers; it’s the overly high-priced product expenditures in facilities, equipment and supplies that are the problem.
Janet Campbell, San Francisco
Families flee school policy
Why is it such a surprise that the youth population in San Francisco has declined? Either The City’s politicians or child advocates have had their heads buried or the San Francisco school board is doing an excellent job of shifting blame.
Clearly, the policies of the school board to ship students all over town via their concerns about diversity have been the major culprit.
Many families move into a neighborhood so that their children can attend nearby schools. When they are forced to bus their kids across town, it places a tremendous burden on families and finances. No wonder they are fleeing The City.
Robert A. Jung, San Francisco