Letters from our Readers: Sit-lie law for Haight would clean up street 

Haight Street neighbors and merchants who no longer felt safe on their streets called for action by our political leaders and police. Violent thugs lingered on corners, armed with pit bulls and an attitude.

We called for a law empowering police to keep thugs from taking over “their turf.” Having to make a complaint and sign a citizen’s arrest form was ineffective and time-consuming.

Armed with a Berkeley copycat sit-lie law, police could make a judgment about who are the bad actors and act immediately to move or arrest them.

Police Chief George Gascón was quick to hear our pleas and lead the charge to get such a law passed. Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi remained silent for two weeks and failed to hold a public meeting.

The merits of a sit-lie law exactly like Berkeley’s are no mystery. It cleaned up Telegraph Avenue. The evidence clearly shows a sit-lie law can be fair and effective in California.

Ted Loewenberg, President, Haight Ashbury, Improvement Association, San Francisco

Another parking approach

Instead of putting more of a squeeze on the working class by raising the neighborhood parking permit fees, why doesn’t the SFMTA charge more for multiple permits? Charge double for the second permit, triple for the third and so forth. The program was designed to keep commuters from taking up scarce neighborhood parking, not cheap storage for local collectors.

Tim Donnelly, San Francisco

Let us feed the ducks

Is San Francisco so cheap and poor that the Board of Supervisors wants to impose fines of $1,000 for feeding ducks in Golden Gate Park? There is a wide gap between a man jumping into the zoo’s bear grotto and a family on the park grass feeding the ducks at Stow Lake.

Frank Norton, San Francisco

Window into bank failures

I just called my bank to set up another account. They asked me to verify some security questions that could have been answered by a thief who had my checkbook in front of him. What was the point of setting up personal family information on the bank Web site if it can’t be used for my protection? With lack of security like that, I can see why they lost billions.

M.B. French, San Francisco

RNC test will create losers

of the Republican National Committee need to reject a proposed resolution imposing a litmus test on GOP candidates. The resolution would bar RNC support or money to any candidate who agrees with fewer than eight of 10 conservative principles.
A better route is the pragmatism shown in the election of Republican Sen. Scott Brown in Massachusetts. Brown is a fiscal conservative, but his more moderate views on social issues were in step with Bay State voters.

In states like California, Republicans can’t win with base voters alone. They need independents. Those independents won’t look favorably on GOP candidates who would be required to first supplicate themselves to Republican officials by pledging fealty to a party-imposed litmus test.

Jim Hartman, Berkeley

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