Why is Nat Ford able to keep his job, again? 

After reading “Muni OT pay still drains budget” in the March 24 San Francisco Examiner, I had to wonder what level of success Nathaniel Ford has achieved as executive director and CEO of the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency that entitles him to keep his job.

Don’t get me wrong, I don’t want to see “increased parking citation revenue.” The City’s residents are already hammered with parking woes. But to fail on both increasing revenue and reining in overtime expenses is surely cause for discipline, if not outright termination.

In private industry, spending $20 million more than budgeted means the incumbent no longer holds that job. To say that San Francisco pays for incompetence is actually an understatement.

Sherrie Matza, San Francisco

Cars not always at fault

I have been following the tragic events recently regarding the pedestrian fatalities and proposed solutions, but have not seen anyone ask if the victims were in the crosswalk at the time or if they were distracted crossing the road.

While I do not know the specifics of these unfortunate incidents, I have witnessed many near-misses around town in recent months and many were easily avoidable if the pedestrians simply had been paying more attention. While I completely agree that cars need to slow down and exercise more patience out there, sometimes people on foot just need to be more aware of the world around them.

Dwayne McDaniel, San Francisco

Enforce pedestrian rules

Regarding the Board of Supervisors’ hearings on pedestrian safety, I think the lack of coordination at City Hall stems from San Francisco’s flawed traffic plan. This traffic plan does nothing about pedestrian education and enforcement of how to cross the street. For some reason there is a belief in San Francisco that an invisible force field surrounds pedestrians to protect them from automobiles.

Everyone is equally regulated by the law. Drivers are cited disproportionately to pedestrians for traffic violations. Jaywalking; crossing on a red; talking on a cell phone while in the street; and even stepping off the curb when it indicates “don’t walk” are all citable violations that are not being enforced.

I invite anyone to stand on the corner of Geary Boulevard and Sixth Avenue to see how many pedestrians run against a red light through six lanes of traffic to catch the 38-Geary bus that comes every five minutes.

William Wilson, San Francisco

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