Letters from our readers: Water rationing another cash cow for The City 

The San Francisco Water Department talked of the need of water rationing for this summer where customers would be limited to a small patch of lawn. To enforce this rationing, 177,000 water meters are being modified to transmit to a central office the amount of water being used.

Now SmartMeters permitting time-of-day rate adjustments will connect us to our water, electric and gas meters. It appears that just like the bridge tolls and parking meters, The City’s utilities have discovered a new cash cow.

What’s next — time-of-day pricing to fill up your car at the gas pump?

Frank Norton, San Francisco

Leadership on oil cleanup

Our president still doesn’t get the message. He is still looking for someone to blame. We need someone to organize and lead the cleanup. We need someone to get every available resource available involved. Army, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard, Marines, oil companies, construction companies, volunteers, charities, organized labor and other related sources are a partial list.

Put a general in charge of coordinating the effort. Provide financial and logistical support to those doing the work. Seek the support of the news media to report on the progress or lack of it. Continue to support and cheer them on. After the cleanup is complete, then we can go after the guilty.

Keith C. De Filippis, San Jose

Abandon failed systems

At present, more than one-third of our citizens depend on a government paycheck (military excluded). We know that Social Security is facing bankruptcy with a 3-to-1 worker/recipient ratio. We know that the auto and steel industries could not maintain their legacy promises — blood from a turnip.

We know that the San Francisco quality of life will suffer from a city budget that must account for $300 million in ongoing pension benefit increases. Why do we embrace failed forms? How can all this sustain civilization?

Paul Burton, San Francisco

Muni suggestions welcome

Ken Garcia lambasted Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi and others in his June 11 column for sponsoring a ballot measure to increase the off-street commercial parking tax by 10 percent. But isn’t it likely that Garcia knows the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency Board of Directors — all appointed by the mayor — voted 4 to 1 in favor of putting the parking tax increase on the ballot?

However, the Muni Board of Directors did not want to put it on the ballot themselves because of the two-thirds requirement for it to pass. If the supervisors sponsor the measure, the requirement is only 50 percent plus one vote. I’m sure the public would like to hear suggestions from Garcia and The Examiner about how we can maintain Muni without more revenue.

Sue Vaughan, San Francisco


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