Desalination is not the best solution 

The proposed use of desalination to solve the problem of providing water to the Saltworks development poses even more concerns. A 2003 Redwood City government white paper enumerates significant disadvantages of building a desalination plant in Redwood City, chief among them high operating costs that will remain long after the developer leaves town with huge profits.

Desalination is the most energy-intensive and expensive way of procuring water — a desalination project in Marin has been delayed by environmental concerns and suffers from a lack of enthusiastic buyers for its much more expensive water. It is also a mistake to assume the desalinated water would only supply the Saltworks.

Who among us would willingly trade our pure Hetch Hetchy drinking water for Bay water?

John Cieslewicz
Redwood City


Save bike parking service

I’ve been taking Caltrain from San Francisco to the Peninsula for eight years. When I first decided to switch from driving to biking as my method for getting to and from Caltrain, I looked into the bike lockers at Fourth and King streets. They were all full, cost $125 per month and had a long waiting list. So I tried using the 22nd Street station instead, and my bike was stolen within two days of parking there. I went back to driving.

Then Warm Planet Bikes opened up the bike parking service, which has allowed me to bike to Caltrain for the last several years. If they close, I will end up driving again.

I ask Caltrain: Please take whatever steps are necessary to maintain the bike parking at Fourth and King.

Thomas Firpo
San Francisco


Bicycles are vehicles too

As a bicycle commuter, I am appalled that the cyclist who rammed into a pedestrian and killed her will get off with a plea bargain! He should spend a year in jail to draw attention and to set a precedent for all the cyclists in The City who refuse to abide by DMV traffic codes.

Bicycles are vehicles. When I am coasting or speeding on my bike I can get up to 30 or more miles per hour. This is enough to kill or seriously injure somebody.

It is time other cyclists learn the rules of the road and have respect for the lives of our fellow citizens.

Lena Nsomeka Gomes
San Francisco


Thank you, honest person

Many, many thanks to the honest, anonymous person who took the wallet that fell out of my handbag while I was boarding the 1-California bus, went all the way to the Police Department at Turk and Fillmore streets Feb. 3, and turned it in as lost.

You didn’t even take any of the money inside, which is further proof of your honesty and kindness.

Thank you — wherever you are.

Alena Howard
San Francisco


Make older streets safer

When the first downtown area streets of San Francisco were built for horse and buggy travel on dirt roads prior to their destruction in the 1906 earthquake and fire, the subsequent hurried reconstruction of the buildings and roads did not allow for widening to permit the modern travel of cars, motorcycles, buses, cable cars, bicycles, skateboards and pedestrians.

So when I read your story (“Neighbors adopt risky traffic corners,” Sunday) about a grass-roots effort to help put a plan together for the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency’s livable streets program, one has to wonder just what the highly paid personnel of the SFMTA are not doing in the downtown area streets to make them safe?

Is there actually some dereliction of street safety related either to the public or the SFMTA in streets laid out in the downtown area before the 1906 earthquake?

Frank Norton
San Francisco

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