Letters from our Readers: Big businesses are not welcome in The City 

San Francisco has probably lost 12 to 15 big businesses that moved away in the past 10 years. Chevron and Bechtel left one of the “best S.F. employee service areas” downtown. Salesforce.com expanded its way into San Mateo. Bank of America was headed to the East Bay even before being absorbed by a Charlotte, N.C., company.

What all these businesses were saying is that they would rather be anywhere else than San Francisco. It wasn’t the payroll tax that drove them to relocate, it was the general reception big business gets from City Hall and the potential that the worst is yet to come.

A gross-receipts tax would help, but it better be across-the-board and not largely targeted at big ­businesses.
San Francisco must do more to support any big businesses that haven’t left town yet.

Rick O’Leary, San Francisco

Make prisons a concern

According to press reports, 50 state prison inmates were recently released into San Mateo County. Not all are really low-level offenders, because many cases are plea-bargained down.

The state claims it doesn’t have money to keep them in prison. But not one state employee has been laid off. Instead of cutting the budget, they grab more taxes and ­continue to spend. If the state budget were well-managed, many of these inmates would remain in prison or be deported.

If a violent crime is committed by a prisoner released early, voters will be enraged that the politicians sacrificed public safety by refusing to make budget cuts in the right areas.

Richard King, Palo Alto

SF’s gourmet health care

The City provides quality local-­resident health care with the Healthy San Francisco program, yet its own employees don’t utilize this service. Instead, The City spends hundreds of millions of tax dollars each year paying for public employees and retirees to go elsewhere. That sounds like a restaurant that, instead of feeding its staff, sends them to Masa’s for dinner and picks up the tab.

Tim Donnelly, San Francisco

Haiti’s priorities skewed

Haiti’s troubles include an earthquake disaster, rampant crime, incompetent government, theft, corruption, extreme poverty and no infrastructure. Bodies are buried in mass graves with little or no documentation. Thousands are unaccounted for since the earthquake. Relief workers cannot get aid to the victims because of crime and no infrastructure.

With all of the aforementioned problems, the Haitian government chose to arrest a group of people trying to get 32 children to safety?

Does anyone think that some Baptists from Idaho are selling children into slavery? Maybe it is time to rethink giving direct aid to the corrupt Haitian government.

Keith C. De Filippis, San Jose

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