Letters from our Readers: SFFD needs to improve some response times 

It is admirable that the San Francisco Fire Department has achieved a 10-minute response time for nonemergency calls in all 10 districts across The City. However, the national gold standard for ambulance response times is driven by out-of-hospital cardiac arrest survival rates within an EMS jurisdiction, as well as trauma outcome scores.

This takes on great significance in San Francisco, where response times are delayed in the southwest and southeast sectors. These are neighborhoods where traumatic injury incidences are high and more senior homeowners reside.

The SFFD target response time goal for Code 1 nonemergency calls is eight minutes. For the highest priority calls, the response goal is 4½ minutes. The SFFD is currently in the 90th percentile for attaining all the department’s response time goals, but must speed up its response to life and death emergencies.

Dr. Ahimsa Porter Sumchai, San Francisco

Power to direct Muni

If the City Charter gives Mayor Gavin Newsom the power to take action regarding the reduction of city employees’ hours, wouldn’t it also give him the power to take action against Muni management?

Marilyn Dalton, San Francisco

Police chief concern

The California Constitution requires that every county have an elected sheriff. If Supervisor Chris Daly’s proposal to merge the Police and Sheriff’s departments were successful, San Francisco would end up with an elected police chief, independent of the mayor and Board of Supervisors. Is that what we want?

James W. Haas, San Francisco

Questionable association

The progressive group Level the Playing Field is backing Jerry Brown in his run for governor of California. Other affirmative-action student groups such as By Any Means Necessary have filed a lawsuit to overturn Proposition 209, endorsed by California voters in 1996. Brown might be wise to distance himself from such activists.

At the same time, Ward Connerly is moving forward on his National Campaign for Civil Rights 2010 to end preferences on the basis of race, ethnicity, etc. In his own words, it’s a national movement “to oppose the enemies of equal rights.” Go for it, Connerly.

Philip Melnick, San Francisco

Cost of new stadium

The Lindholm survey of 200 Santa Clarans claimed that support for the proposed 49ers stadium is split 50-50. However, every time Santa Clarans are asked if they want to pay a stadium subsidy, the majority consistently says no.

The new survey pretty much mirrored the attitude of the San Francisco 49ers themselves: They want to speak of the glitz, buzz and hype around having a new stadium in our city. But nobody wants to talk about $114 million from our Redevelopment Agency and the formation of yet another agency to raise $330 million more for the team.

Further, note that we’re projecting a result for 46,000 voting Santa Clarans based on an even split of 90 voters on each side, with a margin of error at plus/minus 7 percent.

William F. “Bill” Bailey, Santa Clara Plays Fair

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