It is encouraging to hear Mayor Ed Lee express interest in resolving San Francisco’s pension crisis. But few city leaders supported Proposition B, which was a mild form of pension reform. And the unions and city workers fought very hard to defeat it.
We need an independent, qualified auditing firm to evaluate the problems and recommend realistic solutions, not simply shifting the burden onto taxpayers and new hires. Then there will need to be binding arbitration or ballot measures.
The way civil service employees fiercely defend their jobs and benefits, I don’t expect this will happen. Perhaps we need to clean house and privatize most services.
Tim Donnelly, San Francisco
I’m astounded that PG&E is even remotely considering passing the San Bruno disaster costs onto its customers — as if the fault lies with rate payers.
My monthly utility payments are supposed to cover component management. Here’s a utility that has failed to maintain its infrastructure and can’t account for other dangerous areas. And it runs a nuclear power plant.
PG&E just announced it will pay stockholders their quarterly dividend. The banks were forced to suspend dividends and make amends for its fiscal and management failures. In this case, PG&E should be forced to pass the San Bruno costs onto its stockholders who vote each year to support of the current management.
I can’t believe our representatives are complicit with the dividend payments and PG&E’s attempt to pass the San Bruno costs onto rate payers.
R.E. O’Leary, San Francisco
San Francisco has the highest incidence of liver cancer in the country, the majority due to San Franciscans living with the hepatitis C virus. Despite this tragedy, our city has no comprehensive plan for addressing HCV.
In the next decade, this problem will multiply as more San Franciscans are identified with HCV. Complications such as cirrhosis and liver cancer are expected to dramatically increase unless more people are identified earlier and seek care.
The mayor, Board of Supervisors and Department of Public Health must work with us at the Hepatitis C Task Force to develop a plan for preventing infections and to care for those living with the virus. HCV will be a major public-health crisis in our city if we don’t act now.
Dominique Leslie, Co-chair, Hepatitis C Task Force, San Francisco