Don’t let progressives hold up hospital plans 

In response to your story (“Lee uses quake threat to boost CPMC support,” April 11), San Francisco residents should contact their planning commissioners and district supervisors and urge them to support the proposed agreement between The City and California Pacific Medical Center. This agreement will provide San Francisco with two seismically safe hospitals (CPMC and St. Luke’s) and 1,500 construction jobs, retain 6,000 hospital jobs and contribute $86 million per year in charity care for the poor. Yet in spite of this and other benefits, the usual so-called “progressive” naysayers are making additional demands that they know CPMC can’t meet. Their real end goal is to kill the deal because it doesn’t meet their absurd ideological demands.

There is an old saying: “Don’t let the perfect be the enemy of the good.” Lets just hope the Planning Commission and Board of Supervisors understand that.

E.F. Sullivan
San Francisco

Report bad bikers to DMV

Outreach and a “holistic approach” toward unsafe bicyclists will not change their behavior (“S.F. might school scofflaw cyclists,” April 11).

As bicyclists are subject to motor vehicle laws, their citations should be reported to the DMV in Sacramento. Points on their driver’s records will significantly drive up insurance premiums. Only this consequence will change bicyclists’ respect for traffic laws.

Cal Tilden
San Francisco

Hanging up on tax calls

Gov. Jerry Brown’s new robo call says, “You can do your part to prevent more drastic cuts to schools” by signing a petition to raise taxes on yourself, neighbors and the unemployed this November.  How pathetic to use children as hostages to raise taxes.  Sacramento Democrats are like an irresponsible father spending money the family doesn’t have on a new Porsche, while not buying food or clothing for the kids.  How else to explain Democrats’ desire to authorize new state borrowing for a high-speed rail train that costs $35 billion over the $33 billion voters authorized in Proposition 1A, and where construction costs are lowballed, likely to exceed $230 billion if ever completed?  

Because of the bad budget, California State University won’t accept new applicants, University of California raised tuition 26 percent, parks closed, fire/police/teachers were laid off and prisons closed with felons released.  Bonds are repaid at $2 for every $1 borrowed, so the rail will take $460 billion from California’s general fund.  Tax-and-spend liberals?

Mike Brown

Another death penalty foe

I would like to echo Kaia Eakin’s call to ban the use of capital punishment (Letters, April 10).

Sometimes dispensing true justice costs a lot of money, and it’s better to look another way and count the cash we saved.

John J. Dillon
San Bruno

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