Letters from our Readers: Sneak attacks are key to successful sit-lie law 

The most important factor in successfully implementing the proposed sit-lie law would be to allow no advance notice about police sweeps. The mayor walks around town to view how things are going. But when he does, there is always advance preparation and an entourage. What good is an inspection if those being inspected are prepared to be on their best behavior?

William J. Coburn, San Francisco

Facts off on pensions

The Examiner has stated that San Francisco public employees pay anywhere from nothing to 7.5 percent of their salaries into a retirement fund, and that this fund will guarantee a pension of 75 to 90 percent of their salaries for the duration of their retired lives.

I have worked as a teacher in the San Francisco Unified School District for 27 years. I don’t know from where you got your information, but I pay more than 7.5 percent of my annual salary into a retirement fund, and I highly doubt any city employee pays nothing into retirement.

In addition, I make the maximum contribution into a 403(b) fund to pad my “generous” pension in an effort to ensure a comfortable, if modest, standard of living in retirement. You see, inflation is a factor that my pension will not keep pace with. As for receiving 75 percent or more of my salary, that is solely because I will no longer be making contributions to both my 403(b) and pension funds.

Martha Pahnke, Colma

Official’s audacious move

What kind of public “representative” threatens to sue a beleaguered, cash-poor city because her push to serve on the Board of Supervisors beyond term limits is declared unlawful by both San Francisco’s city attorney and the Department of Elections? Calling Michela Alioto-Pier an unashamed opportunist would be overly kind.

George A. Gutekunst, San Francisco

Eradicating waste, fraud

Meg Whitman’s proposal to empower a statewide civil grand jury to investigate waste, fraud and abuse is intriguing. The San Francisco civil grand jury published a report in July 2009 that highlighted the poor tracking and monitoring of procurement grants when contracting with nonprofits.

Among the jury’s recommendations was that all nonprofits be required to disclose in writing each time they meet with Board of Supervisors members to discuss matters that could influence funding to their agencies. The City Charter specifically prohibits supervisors from interfering with department operations, yet grant money continues to be targeted to nonprofits, bypassing competitive-bidding requirements and more.

Judy West, San Francisco

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