Letters from our Readers: Bonds, taxes fund pet projects 

Are San Francisco taxpayers so foolish as to believe that passing a bond or raising taxes will improve our streets and roads? Don’t we all know the money will be hijacked by politicians for their pet projects?

The City has a long track record by the Board of Education, Muni, Public Utilities Commission, etc. — with help from the Board of Supervisors — for taking capital monies approved by voters and using it for current operating expenses. That leaves projects underfunded, and the cycle of taxpayer bonds or increased taxes begins again.

What’s needed is efficient use of our existing resources and a crackdown on corruption, not more taxes or bonds.

Robert A. Jung, San Francisco

Daly’s ‘affordable’ housing

I urge the current Board of Supervisors to ignore all charter amendments proposed by the soon-to-be Fairfield resident Chris Daly. Besides his usual attempts to agitate the mayor, Daly is pushing for yet another “affordable” housing proposal that ignores the needs of The City’s dwindling middle class. I suggest Daly should go worry about the affordable housing issues that will soon face the tenants of the units he owns in Fairfield.

Mike Cloward, San Francisco

City subsidizing vices

Seismic upgrades for public safety are somehow discretionary and must obtain voter approval. Yet there is seemingly endless money to keep drug addicts, chronic failures and derelicts on the streets of San Francisco.

Elected officials claim that regular methadone and free housing keeps the serious offenders “quiet.” But subsidizing chronic drug abuse has also created an entire society of junkies and dealers who consider The City’s sidewalks their rightful territory. And public buses have become de facto day care centers for derelicts.

Instead of new taxes to upgrade city streets and public buildings, we should reduce the money wasted on social programs that are magnets for criminal drug trafficking.

San Francisco government is bloated with federal subsidies for social programs other jurisdictions won’t tolerate. We have lost sight of our responsibility to fund infrastructure everyone needs and shares.

Judy West, San Francisco

Wrong way to enforce law

The new immigration law passed by the Arizona Legislature has attracted much attention from opposing groups, including our federal government. Polls show that more than 70 percent of the population of Arizona agrees with the new law, and most people outside Arizona agree as well.

But Arizona police should not be required to stop people on the street and ask if they are citizens. It would be much more effective to ask business owners to prove they only have legal citizens as employees.

Robert Parkhurst, Redwood City

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