Buses are better transit option in Chinatown 

Why not just increase the number and reliability of the buses routed through Chinatown? It would cost much less and provide much better service — taking riders to connecting crosstown buses at each block.

No climbing up and down three flights of Central Subway stairs with bags of groceries and other Chinatown purchases. No trudging to one poorly located Chinatown station to use a service that fails to connect even with the BART and Muni Market Street subway lines.

Ben Hayashi
San Francisco

Idea for new commission

I don’t usually support the addition of more government bureaucracy, especially in San Francisco. However, I now believe there is a crying need for a new oversight commission titled the Commission on the Lack of Common Sense in San Francisco Government.

The commission’s mission would be to monitor the mayor, Board of Supervisors, school board, other charter-mandated officials and all commissions and boards. It would report to Bay Area news outlets, at least monthly, all passed or proposed resolutions that are not directly related to San Francisco governance.

Resolutions about television programs, foreign policy or adding ex-convicts to the list of protected classes are a waste of staff time and taxpayers’ money. They should be stopped.

Howard Epstein
San Francisco

Burning (Man) questions

In advance of the inevitable slew of “news” about the Burning Man festival of self-indulgence, I have a question.

What is the carbon footprint of the activities associated with the festival? What are the environmental impacts of driving hither and yon all over the fragile desert landscape? How is this event relevant to my life, or to the current state of affairs in the United States, California or Nevada? I mean, is the effigy they burn supposed to be Obama, Clinton, Bush, Cheney, Cameron or Sarkozy?

I guess that’s five questions.

Joseph Thomas
San Francisco

Consider traffic situation

According to Redwood City staff, the Cargill-DMB salt ponds development could add “up to 7,000 vehicles” during peak commute times. Anyone who drives on U.S. Highway 101 now even during nonpeak times knows how crowded it is. Just imagine all these additional vehicles.

Plus, how many more Spare the Air days would we have? What would be the impact of thousands of additional commuters twice daily on our Bay Area air quality?

Just quality-of-life questions I hope everyone is considering.

Nancy Krop
Palo Alto

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