Clear Channel isn’t cleaning bus shelters 

Clear Channel is supposed to be responsible for keeping the bus stop shelters clean and free of graffiti and trash. They don’t. I recently rode the 47-Van Ness bus line from Fisherman’s’ Wharf to Market Street. I observed there were only two shelters that were clean.

I also ride the F-Market line, and the shelters at Stockton/Beach and Bay/Embarcadero are always dirty. I have called 311 on numerous occasions to have them cleaned. If I rode around on more lines I am sure the observation would be similar. Chinatown is also one place where the shelters are always a mess.

Why pay Clear Channel to keep them clean if they are not doing their job? I would lose my job if I didn’t perform as I was required. San Francisco needs to stop allowing our city government to keep paying people not to do their job. There are people out there who need work. Give the job to someone who will clean the shelters and do it daily.

Laura McClung, San Francisco

Raising glass to Gold Dust

The Gold Dust Lounge is the last of the “real” bars left on Powell Street between Market and Sutter. (A handful of current hotel/bars courting only tourists don’t count.) From at least 1864 until the 1980s, as many as 34 bars existed along this thoroughfare.

It was the Gold Dust location that survived more than eight decades in the original building. Originally opening after repeal in 1933 as the Techau Tavern, this local favorite operated until 1959. The next incarnation was Bustles & Beaus from 1960 to 1965. Then in 1966 the Gold Dust Lounge opened, its name paying homage to the 49er prospectors who gave birth to San Francisco.

The Gold Dust Lounge is one of those rare places that’s still recognized by locals as “old-school” San Francisco. It would be a great loss if we lose this cherished landmark.

James Jarvis, San Francisco

Old SF Examiner is missed

The San Francisco Examiner had a great run. It turned over some important rocks, provided good analyses and gave fresh perspectives on important issues. I guess that’s over. Except for the crime, sports, advertisements, entertainment, weather and social flurries, your newspaper is now thin indeed. No more columnists to speak of, boring editorials and no more independent looks at things.

In a few short weeks, The SF Examiner’s new owners managed to tear down what was San Francisco’s best newspaper. Congratulations and good luck.

Hangston and Chris Giles, San Leandro

No reason for meter fees

Your Thursday cover story, “Sparks fly on meter rates,” missed a significant argument.

The costs to manually read the older analog meters are already built into our electric and gas rates. What is the justification to charge an “opt-out fee” if the analog meters are still in place? And how can any ratepayers be charged monthly for reading those analog meters when that expense is already included on our bills?

Cal Tilden, San Francisco

Honoring Sakai Market

It was saddening to learn that the Uoki K. Sakai Market is closing after some 100 years. This family-run market should be commended for its warm personality and gracious service to the community in Japantown. The family persevered despite facing some unfair treatment during the interment period in World War II. They will be missed.

Philip Melnick, San Francisco

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