Letters from our Readers: ‘Poison pill’ renders foot patrols useless 

I was in favor of the foot patrol measure until I read that the rascals on the Board of Supervisors put in a “poison pill” that if it got more votes than the sit-lie sidewalk measure, sit-lie would be killed.

Because I am very much in favor of the passage of sit-lie, this gave me heartburn until I read your Wednesday editorial explaining why mandatory foot patrols are bad policy. Thanks for making it easier: No on compulsory police foot patrols. Yes on sit-lie.

Lee Goodin, San Francisco

Smoke signals

I find it absolutely hilarious that some politicians in The City want to ban all tobacco. San Francisco probably has the highest amount of pot smokers in California. Just go to Dolores Park any weekend and smell the ganja.

Whether some City Hall lawmakers want to acknowledge it, The City is known for its heavy drug use (illegal and legal) and rampant eating disorders. On the whole, San Francisco is plagued with addictive behavior, be it drugs or self-righteousness.
Politicos could serve The City better if they balanced the budget and held people responsible for their actions, rather than dictating behavior.

Denise Jameson, San Francisco

Double-deckers instead

I was so heartened to learn from last week’s Examiner story that the Central Subway transit boondoggle is not yet a done deal.

Unfortunately, San Francisco’s representation in Washington is intent on securing billions of federal funding dollars for this project. If more American taxpayers were aware of this grotesque expenditure, there would be a major scandal.

Construction of the Central Subway would also wreak havoc on downtown San Francisco. And as a Wednesday letter-writer astutely pointed out, the Muni 9-San Bruno, 30-Stockton and 45-Union-Stockton bus lines ably serve riders between Chinatown and South of Market. In the event that ridership increases dramatically someday, double-decker buses could handle it.

Virginia Newhall, Greenbrae

Make room for more bikes

Once again, five cyclists with valid tickets were denied boarding on a southbound Caltrain Bullet train as the conductor claimed both bike cars were full. For a limited bullet-train service, more bicycle capacity is required to serve customers.

My journey to work in San Jose took 45 minutes longer than planned and the unreliability of Caltrain will now require me to drive rather than use the train on any working day when early meetings are scheduled. Caltrain is facing budget cuts, so wouldn’t the additional revenue from carrying more bikes help to fill the gap?

Simon Aspinall, San Francisco

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