Historic preservation does not shut the door 

Ken Garcia’s Thursday column ranting about historic preservation is full of outright lies designed to inflame the public. First, the replacement of the Landmarks Board with the Historic Preservation Commission was not a blatant power grab, but rather to keep San Francisco in line with established practice across the country.

Regarding the potential landmark status for Golden Gate Park — it is already listed in the national registry. You can’t just put up a Taco Bell and go home. And who doesn’t think that the park is one of San Francisco’s most significant places? One can still make necessary changes to a landmark; allowing a commission of experts and community members to review the changes typically leads to a better outcome for The City, if not for the developer.

Christopher VerPlanck, San Francisco

Lowering accident rate

As a Muni operator, I can tell you definitely that the transit accident rate could be reduced by doing the following: Return to the pre-2005 schedules and service levels. More running time means less rushing and fewer cars on the road, hence fewer accidents.

Impose strict enforcement against jaywalkers walking in front of moving buses and streetcars, and also against motorists turning in front of buses and streetcars.

Place as many stops as practical on the far side of the intersection, so cars will be unable to make sudden right turns in front of Muni vehicles starting to leave the zone and dis-embarking passengers will be less likely to run in front of the bus or streetcar.

Stop counting falls on board as accidents.

Michael J. Benardo, San Francisco

Movie brings in revenue

I want to thank you for the article in the Friday Examiner announcing the casting call for the big-budget movie “Contagion” that will be filming in San Francisco next month. As a physician myself, I was interested in this action thriller about an international team of doctors working to prevent the spread of a deadly virus.

I went to the Fort Mason Center with my white coat and was immediately booked to work on Feb. 16, along with thousands of extras in Bayview-Hunters Point’s Candlestick Park for a 13-hour marathon shoot.

The production is expected to generate up to $5 million in local revenue.

Ahimsa Porter Sumchai, M.D., San Francisco

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