Letters from our Readers: More parking meters embarrassing proposal 

You have got to be kidding me. More parking meters? In a great town like San Francisco, gouging tourists for a few more bucks is absolutely asinine. It is biting the hand that feeds you. I watch the tourists struggling with the automated meters on
The Embarcadero and around Pier 39. It is embarrassing to us locals.

Most out-of-towners end up ticketed anyway as the ubiquitous parking enforcers pounce on the tourists like a swarm of locusts. They are merciless. Less, not more, parking meters is a better idea.

John Henry Lee, San Francisco

Cut city workers’ pay

Mayor Gavin Newsom’s proposal to cut city employees’ workweek to 37½ hours to save $110 million is a bandage for San Francisco’s severe budget trauma.

Instead, expand this to cut $1 billion from the San Francisco budget where it will require no layoffs, furloughs or cutbacks in services. Scale back city employee pay and benefits to average private industry pay and benefits. Currently, this is a major differential of some $40,000 per city employee.

It’s time Newsom, the Board of Supervisors and city employees stop treating the taxpaying residents of San Francisco like ATMs.

Ron Getty, Vice chair, Libertarian Party, San Francisco

Sit-lie law is bogus

San Francisco has numerous laws to do exactly what a sit-lie law would do. We call it loitering, vagrancy or blocking the sidewalk, just to name a few. So why do we need a specific law to deal with kids on Haight Street?

Tourists come to the Haight hoping to spot some hippies to take pictures with — $10 for standing next to them at the Haight and Clayton Street sign. Most of these kids are the same type of kids that were here in the ’60s when I was a kid. There is always some bad fruit in the bag.

Saying that a sit-lie law is really just a way to guide the kids to outreach programs is bogus. These kids are well aware of what their options are.

David Cherry, San Francisco

Appalling behavior

I was offended when I read that Muni workers and drivers were at the recent public protest aimed at Muni’s newest fare hikes and service cuts. Those union soldiers already have a forum for their complaints — their shop foremen and union officers. Can’t agree? Then their public forum is to picket. Why weren’t they at work that day?

Steve Armstrong, San Francisco

Wasting taxpayer money

Recently, I received a letter from the U.S. Census Bureau. I thought it was the census questionnaire. It was a letter telling me the questionnaire was coming.

Why do I need a letter telling me that a letter is coming? Does anyone consider the cost of these useless letters? What a waste of taxpayer money.

Keith C. De Filippis, San Jose

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