Caltrain is an asset to the entire Peninsula 

I am very concerned about the future of Caltrain. My husband and I take Caltrain into San Francisco and would very much miss the evening and weekend service that is endangered by the proposed service cuts. Being able to walk to a Caltrain station was a major consideration in our choosing to live in downtown San Carlos.

We are walk-on passengers; we do not take our bikes on Caltrain. It is my understanding, however, that bike riders are still being left at the stations due to inadequate bike capacity on some trains. Given Caltrain’s fiscal emergency, it seems crazy to leave any fare-paying passengers standing on the platform!

C. Bentley, San Carlos

Walk around the library



In the city librarian’s Jan. 30 letter defending the Main Library’s handling of the homeless, he lauded the training the security officers received, and how they act with professionalism and responsiveness. But where’s the responsiveness for the rest of us? Try finding a nice quiet reading area where one can actually find room to sit, without the homeless camping with all their junk.

I suggest that the city librarian get out and actually walk around the library and restrooms to see what’s going on. Just be careful not to trip over members of your “innovative outreach program.”

Jack C. Della Santa, San Francisco

Paying back the unions

The cancellation of the $2.3 billion sale and leaseback of 11 state buildings by Gov. Jerry Brown is no surprise. The state employee unions don’t want these buildings owned and managed efficiently by a private investor. Once again, Brown is paying back the unions that funded his election.

The business of the state is to provide services — not manage properties. California owns 22,272 buildings, including the crime-ridden Cow Palace in Daly City. Democrats and Republicans voted overwhelmingly to sell and lease back 11 properties because California cannot pay its bills. This sale could net $1.1 billion to protect vital services, especially to vulnerable seniors and disabled.

While the cost of the leaseback over 35 years could likely exceed the sale price, it would be paid in cheaper inflated dollars through year 2046.

Mike DeNunzio, San Francisco

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