Letters from our Readers: Commission can’t shut down nightclub for good 

In Ken Garcia’s Friday column blasting The City’s Entertainment Commission, he should have known that San Francisco law does not authorize the commission to permanently shut down Club Suede, even after the fatal shooting outside. An Examiner news story quoted Commissioner Jim Meko’s frustration that the law only enabled the commission to suspend Club Suede’s license for a 30-day maximum, which the city attorney reaffirmed in her closing testimony.

Jamie Whitaker, San Francisco

Don’t pave over park

The Golden Gate Park Preservation Alliance shares readers’ concerns about a safe playing surface at the Beach Chalet athletic fields. But Golden Gate Park is too important to pave over and light like a suburban parking lot.

There are win-win solutions possible. A full environmental impact report will explore new alternatives to the plastic grass, asphalt and concrete that this project proposes. The existing grass fields can be renovated with natural grass, soil improvement and gopher control.

This can be paid for by the bond funds and appropriate maintenance can be provided by an endowment from the City Fields Foundation. The remainder of the bond and foundation funding can be applied to neighborhood playing fields and parks, providing recreation opportunities for children all over San Francisco.

It is The City’s duty to preserve Golden Gate Park’s woodland and meadows as a heritage for future generations.

Katherine Howard, San Francisco

Communicate on clubs

The violence that occurred outside of Club Suede was an unfortunate tragedy and highlights the need for continued education of clubs’ responsibilities for safety and security.

The vast majority of the more than 350 venues permitted by the Entertainment Commission — including the venue I manage — are probably more concerned with public safety than anyone.

Our employees depend on us for a paycheck and our fans rely on us for a sense of collective belonging and fun.

The City should help facilitate better communication among all stakeholders rather than deferring responsibility. In the long run, this is the best way to prevent another tragedy like the Suede incident.

Deborah Jackman, San Francisco

Tunnel high-speed rail

Does it sound stupid to run 150 mph trains at street level through residential neighborhoods and downtown businesses from San Jose to San Francisco? Do mass eminent domain “evictions” of elderly homeowners seem justified when existing Caltrain bullet trains already carry riders?

Tunneling the project beneath the Peninsula would eliminate these potential liabilities. Public comment on High Speed Rail Authority’s revised draft environmental impact report is still open through April 26.

Sherry Brown, Burlingame

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