Small Golden Gate Park patch a big deal for families 

Golden Gate Park has 1,017 acres. Is Katherine Howard of the group SF Ocean Edge and other opponents of the plan to install lights and turf in the park (“Turf replacement may face appeal,” May 27) trying to tell me that we can’t spare 7 measly acres so kids can have a decent recreational facility?

Golden Gate Park was sand dunes historically, and for opponents to try to imply they are protecting the “wild natural beauty” of the park is laughable, especially considering we speak of just seven of 1,017 acres.

San Francisco is, by consensus opinion and verifiable statistics, the most child-unfriendly city in the U.S. If Howard and her ilk have their way, they are helping to perpetuate that situation. Just ask any one of the kids who are shut out.

John Dillon, San Bruno

Trees’ seeds of discontent

Doesn’t any other San Francisco resident find it shocking that days after the record $7 billion budget proposal, we learn there is no money to maintain trees selected and planted by The City? (“City dropping trees on doorsteps,” Tuesday).

Instead, it becomes the homeowner’s responsibility to maintain something he or she had no say in planting in the first place! Something is drastically wrong with this picture; just where is that $7 billion going?

We can take pride in a city that provides so much to so many, but at what cost? When money is suddenly found for certain pet projects, many of which are duplicative in nature, we must demand more accountability.

It’s policies such as these requirements to pass on tree maintenance costs to homeowners that force many residents, families and businesses to relocate.  

Sherrie Matza, San Francisco

Barrier won’t halt suicides

I agree with letters by William Hall suggesting private funding for a Golden Gate Bridge barrier and Simone Joseph about suicides in front of trains (Letters, Sunday). Some people feel their problems are insurmountable, and I am not unsympathetic, but if a bridge barrier is created, someone who is determined to take his or her own life will likely find another way.

Caltrain and municipal officials all over the Bay Area have been trying for years to find ways to prevent suicides on train tracks, but the fact is there are some things you can’t legislate or put barriers around. No amount of spending or law creation will change that.

Rebecca Woo, San Francisco

Dodging BART flea circus

It’s one thing to make BART riders endure riding on filthy cars while we wait either for the new vinyl seats or for the completely new cars.

It’s another when they allow things to get so bad that, now that the weather has warmed up, we have to endure the onset of fleas. And the really bad thing about them is they tend to stay with you even after you get off the train!

Jeff Rabb, Concord

Muni must fix creaky fleet

Why does there seem to be an increase in the number of broken-down buses and trolleys? Is Muni at all concerned about the upkeep of its current fleet? Perhaps some of it needs to be replaced.  

Perhaps if Muni was concerned about all of the system instead of devoting money, time and energy to the Central Subway, the current fleet would be maintained and replaced with new buses and trolleys as necessary.

Brian Baum, San Francisco

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