Letters from our Readers: Tourist murder should prompt City Hall action 

When San Franciscans and other Bay Area residents were shot outside of various city nightclubs, city officials shook their heads and said it was lamentable. But, they saw no need to take substantive action. The shootings continued, and even increased.

But now, a tourist has been shot and killed near Union Square — a foreign tourist no less.

So, with the reputation of San Francisco’s tourism cash cow jeopardized, will The City finally get moving against gun punks? After all, isn’t there finally something worth being concerned about now?

Riley VanDyke, San Francisco

Selling state property

]Some experts protest the state’s plan to sell and lease back 11 office buildings. Most such sales stem from financial crises and are problematic. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has guaranteed he will not approve any sale that is not “a good investment.” If the state monetizes these assets it would be a bipartisan decision to protect vital services, and the buildings will continue to operate effectively.

California owns 22,272 buildings, other structures and properties, including the Los Angeles Coliseum and the Cow Palace. The business of the state is to provide services, not manage properties. The Legislature voted overwhelmingly to seek bids for one reason: California has a $20 billion deficit and the lowest credit rating of 50 states.

A sale-leaseback is problematic, but more taxes and spending will condemn California to a jobless future. The San Francisco State Building Authority oversees the Hiram Johnson Building, the Earl Warren Building and Edmund G. Brown Building.

Mike DeNunzio, President, State Building Authority, San Francisco

Mayor ignores crime

Mayor Gavin Newsom must not read or listen to the news if he says that “San Francisco is very safe” when referring to the tragic, senseless murder of a German tourist, because on the very next page of the Tuesday Examiner is the headline, “Cops search for violent robbers.”

Of course, in two terms as mayor, Newsom has not made much headway against The City’s crime. He has even less time to pay attention now, as he busily campaigns for the “do-nothing” job of lieutenant governor.

Sherrie Matza, San Francisco

Anti-green gas production

False claims were made by Darling International and the Port of San Francisco in your Monday story, “Food waste could be turned into fuel.” There is nothing “green” about making fuel from slaughterhouse wastes. A recent report for the British government showed that production of animal-based biodiesel from tallow would actually increase greenhouse gases in the atmosphere.

This report doesn’t even consider the increased greenhouse gases that would be released because companies currently using tallow for cosmetics, soap and feed would be forced to switch to plant-based oils like palm and soy. It would only amplify already massive greenhouse gas releases and food crises, already rampant due to use of plant oils to produce biodiesel.

Eric Brooks, San Francisco

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