I have voted in every election cycle since 1978. But I did not vote in Tuesday’s election. For many weeks, I have received at least one and usually three to five robo-calls in my voicemail every day from each of the leading mayoral candidates or their backers. This is in addition to the estimated five pounds of junk mail from candidates since the beginning of October.
When I come home from work in the evening and find that I have multiple voicemails, I am not at all interested in hearing these recorded sales pitches, yet I have to go through them on the chance that someone I know has called me with a legitimate message. This is almost never the case, but I am forced to listen to at least the beginning of each candidate’s message.
The turnout in a low-turnout election became just a little lower.
Tara Horvath, San Francisco
The unfriendly city
After 18 years of San Francisco being the favorite North America tourist destination for readers of Conde Nast Travelers Magazine, it has now dropped to second place. Many respondents perceived that San Francisco is not friendly.
Some may point to the panhandlers as the unfriendly element, but it is also the toxic city policies of parking fees and fines, entry fees to public facilities, and no police presence in upholding city ordinances regarding public decency or occupying the streets and parks. That’s not to mention the constant battle between drivers, bikes, skateboards and pedestrians on San Francisco streets and sidewalks.
Frank Norton, San Francisco
Rapid-bus lane a bad idea
I can’t believe we are still throwing money at the ridiculous idea of installing rapid-bus lanes along Van Ness Avenue. Closing two lanes of traffic would cause untenable backups at commute hours and the neighboring streets would not be able to handle the overflow.
Because Van Ness is also U.S. Highway 101, I seriously doubt that Caltrans would allow it. If The City instead removes the parking, aside from having to remove all the trees, it would put traffic only inches from the sidewalk, destroying the safety and quality of life along that street.
Not to mention that we cannot afford the project and its $100 million price tag, or the construction on the main route to the America’s Cup races. The promoters of this ill-advised project do not care about any inconvenient realities, only in lining their pockets with public funds.
Tim Donnell, San Francisco