Letters from our Readers: Rail voters didn’t get info on eminent domain 

Imagine you raised your children in your home of 30 years, and now you and your wife want to live your final days in the comfort of this home, close to your lifelong friends and neighbors. However, in 2011 the government informs you that you are being evicted from your home because your land is needed for a railway. And these new high-speed trains will run next to existing Caltrain tracks that already conveniently transport people between San Jose and San Francisco.

You protest, but you are low-income and have no money to pay an attorney to fight this eviction. Such is the reality for more than 500 homes and numerous businesses. Eminent domain evictions resulting from the high-speed rail proposal to bring 250 mph trains through the residential Peninsula was conveniently not referenced anywhere in Proposition 1A for the voters.

Wonder why?

Mike Brown, San Mateo

Drug tests before Tasers

The San Francisco Police Department should be required by law to submit to random drug testing. As a citizen of San Francisco, I would feel safer if I knew all officers were required to submit to random drug testing before they are equipped with Tasers.

More and more civil servants in safety sensitive jobs today must submit to random drug testing. The San Francisco Fire Department finally started random drug testing after several embarrassing situations.

I certainly don’t want to pay my good tax dollars to award some poor family who lost a loved one because he died from a heart attack after being shot by an out-of-control cop’s Taser over a bag of chicken fajitas.

Dave Cherry, San Francisco

String of coffee robberies

Thanks for your story on the recent armed robberies at downtown San Francisco Peet’s and Starbucks coffeehouse branches. As the spouse of an employee at the Peet’s on Third and Mission streets, I would like to point out that this location has been robbed four times in the last year, the most recent three of which were in the past two weeks by the same man. Police officers involved come to the store to check up on employees, while district managers remained absent.

Marit Knutson, Berkeley

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