"AT&T sues city over utility boxes," The City,Friday
Fight against AT&T's boxes
AT&T is using its new privileged corporate citizenship to muscle our city and the new and not-so-improved Ma Bell wants to sue us in a court of law, if any opposition arises.
Good, I'm a paralegal and I know The City can afford to put this particular issue in a never-ending cycle of delays and courtroom antics. Big companies do it all the time and cities need to use the same practices if we ever hope to stop AT&T or the Larry Ellisons of the world from reaching into our city's coffers with both hands, taking possession of city land or impeding our right-of-way with ugly, ill conceived utility boxes.
Let's install a few of them in Pacific Heights and Nob Hill. The fuss residents will make may just stop our most pernicious social Darwinists from terraforming our precious city by the bay.
"S.F. completes its first parking spot census," The City, Thursday
We need to park our cars
This story on parking in San Francisco nearly caused me to choke on my coffee. Here we have one hand of The City trying to eliminate parking spots by the dozens -- either by making them parklets or by prohibiting builders of condo complexes or apartment buildings from including at least one parking spot per unit.
Then the other hand is telling us how difficult it is to even find a parking spot and encouraging the use of a parking app to help people find parking.
Does anyone at City Hall coordinate anything at all? I wonder.
Has anyone in town ever had the chance to use one of the new parklets to just sit and relax? Every one of them has become an extension of the nearest restaurant and you will be asked to leave if you are not a patron of the restaurant.
In my view that is not what should be done with ligitimate public parking spots.
John F. Schambre
"Supervisors reject SFPUC budget over power flap," The City, Thursday
CleanPowerSF a disaster
In response to your May 22 story, Mayor Ed Lee is right to stop Supervisor Avalos from imposing on San Francisco this so-called "clean energy" boondoggle. This proposal has disaster written all over it.
Realizing it had no expertise in navigating the energy markets, CleanPowerSF had to find a partner. Shell Oil was the sole bidder, so public power simply makes the exchange of one profit-driven energy leviathan for another. Pledges that CleanPowerSF would meet, or maybe beat, PG&E's rates have long since been discredited and now the only question is just how large the CleanPowerSF premium will be and how much more San Francisco residents will be paying to keep their lights on.
Mr. E.F. Sullivan
Return CleanPower funds
The voters of San Francisco voted for the measure that set aside
$19.5 million for CleanPowerSF and if it is not implemented, the money should be returned to the taxpayers, and not as The City so often does, use it for another department program.
If Marin County and Sonoma County can come up with a supportable program, both counties supplied by PG&E, then it is time that the voters of San Francisco County get some new talent aboard to complete what they voted them to do.