Commissions still holding back city 

The City lost another golden opportunity after Google choose Kansas City as the site for its speedy 4G ethernet installation.

Our previous anti-business supervisor majority schemed to pack all The City’s commissions with their political junkies before being termed out. Those supervisors may be gone, but their legacy and substitutes still fill our commissions and are pushing hard for San Francisco’s continuing demise.

Mayor Ed Lee needs to rebalance these commissions and hold them accountable, end the neighborhood bickering, stop “Home Depot” type intimidation and promote citywide growth and expansion.

R.E. O’Leary
San Francisco


Wrong on gas prices

Thank you for undermining Rep. Michele Bachmann’s potential presidential run by printing her lie in your Friday op-ed quotes feature.

She claimed that $1.38 “is the price that gasoline was the day before Barack Obama took office as president of the United States.” But according to the Department of Energy, the average price of unleaded regular gasoline was $4.01 in June 2008. After hovering around $3.70 in the early fall that year, it plummeted to $2.15 during the month of the presidential election and dipped briefly to $1.69 in December 2008 before climbing to $1.79 in January 2009.

Maybe Bachmann found an obscure truck stop somewhere in the Midwest selling gas for $1.38 in January 2009, but she missed the national average by more than 20 percent.

Patrick Andersen
San Francisco


Tax won’t aid nutrition

I agree with Assemblyman Bill Monning that obesity is a major threat to the health and financial well-being of our state. However, imposing another tax on our citizens will not solve this multifaceted problem.

As a registered dietitian and certified diabetes educator, I know that edicts of “eat this, not that” are not effective long-term weight management. Singling out one food or beverage won’t solve the obesity problem or prevent the onset of chronic diseases.

Instead, we need to arm Californians with the knowledge to make wise food and beverage decisions. Proper nutrition and healthy weight are achieved through balanced food intake, portion control and regular exercise. These habits can be sustained for a lifetime.

AB 669 would only add to the financial burden of our citizens and will not significantly change their well-being.

Marisol Avila
Loma Linda

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