Everyone would lose in Cargill compromise 

The Bay Conservation and Development Commission was formed in 1965 to stop further filling in San Francisco Bay. The BCDC has a crucial vote Oct. 6, seeking to amend its regulations to reflect current findings on sea-level rise.

However, Cargill, the behemoth from Minnesota and its developer, DMB from Arizona, have spread almost half a million dollars in lobbying efforts to insert an exception to allow new Bay fill developments if these include assistance to cities for their levee expenses.

Since all cities will need new levees to accommodate sea-level rise, this opens up the possibility of new development filling in all around the Bay.

For Cargill in particular, it would open up its vast salt ponds in Redwood City as well as all along the East Bay for high-density development. Currently, its Saltworks proposal slams a new high-rise, high-density town the size of Foster City onto Redwood City salt ponds.

If the BCDC board goes for this, it will be a President Barack Obama-style compromise — the loser being San Francisco Bay itself and all of us.

Gita Dev, Woodside

Paying the price

PG&E recipients of million-dollar bonuses, stock options and other excessive executive compensations — over the years when funds were diverted, neglecting underground gas pipelines — now must help pay the costs of injury, death and destruction.

John Bauer, Martinez

Hikers deserve no respect

With all due respect to letter writer Joe Shea, page 17 was too good of a placement for the story of the return of the captured Iran hikers.

I’m not sure how many pages that day’s San Francisco Examiner consisted of, but this “great and moving story” deserved nothing better than the last page.

The three stooges are arrogant, and instead of humility we get lectures that morally equivocate our society and that of Iran.

Talk about living with your head(s) in the sand. Sarah Shourd, Josh Fattal and Shane Bauer are the epitome of that concept.

Dan Morris, South San Francisco

Spread regatta wealth


America’s Cup bonanza or tulip mania? It depends on planning and how the wealth is spread. In 1984, the Democratic National Convention also promised gold in the streets, but powerbrokers’ shindigs and sequestered hobnobbing left restaurateurs and businesses at the altar.

Current planning for the America’s Cup seems steered toward closely held revenue — for operating costs and event profitability. Instead of activating all the streets leading from the Market Street corridor to the waterfront — a 1½-mile walk — a mall-like plan along The Embarcadero seems to be surfacing.

Officially licensed vendors and products would lessen potential benefits for local merchants and taxpayers, who have sacrificed much in supporting a world-class sporting event.

Howard Wong, San Francisco

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