Questions answered on flood mitigation 

Karen Davis asks in her letter dated Dec. 8 whether I, as the owner of Harbor Village Mobile Home Park, have not allowed Redwood City space for a drainage upgrade as part of an elaborate plan to increase the value of the land by conversion to another use.

Davis is woefully uninformed as to the history and economics involved. First, I have already allowed the city to expand the pumping station on my property only to find the flooding problem worsened. You can’t put more runoff into part of the system without also upgrading the downstream capacity.

Secondly, the highest and best use for the property remains as a mobile home park, and I have no intentions of attempting a conversion of the business that has been in my family for generations.

I have proposed several alternate solutions to the city. However, without the active participation of the other municipalities that contribute to the runoff problem (Atherton and Menlo Park), the question continues to revolve around funding.

Al Engel, Redwood City

Daly’s housing history

Your article “Political firebrand Daly gone but not forgotten” left out one important and telling fact. When Supervisor Chris Daly bought a home for his family in Fairfeild, he also bought a non-rent-controlled rental house for income in a non-rent-control jurisdiction. At the same time, he was proposing and promoting Proposition F for the June ballot that would have made housing providers financially responsible if a tenant lost a job or had another hardship.

The California Department of Consumer Affairs lists 16 rent-controlled jurisdictions in the state, and eight of them — including San Francisco — are in the Bay Area.

Yet Daly chose to avoid the excessive regulations he insists other housing providers live under.

He may not have been able to afford a property in San Francisco, but he could have found one in another Bay Area city.

Howard Epstein, San Francisco Republican Party

Pier quality key to regatta

With the America’s Cup coming to San Francisco Bay, The City, the Port of San Francisco and the National Park Service need to prepare for the thousands of spectators who will line the waterfront to watch the action.

The best place to see the races from land will likely be the fishing pier at Aquatic Park. Unfortunately, it is in deplorable condition.

Instead of pointing fingers, those agencies involved need to act quickly to get that historic pier into shape for this epic event.

Tim Donnelly, San Francisco

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