Letters: Pedestrian deaths must end 

"Female jogger killed after being hit by bus," The City, Friday

Pedestrian deaths must end

Lori Helmer was my friend.

Why hasn't San Francisco and Golden Gate Transit taken firm action on the reoccurring pedestrian fatalities? What are they waiting for?

I am stunned to learn that each day there are four pedestrian deaths in your city. This last one was my friend, a friend to many, a mother, a daughter, a significant other, a co-worker. While I do not reside in San Francisco, I beg you, please, please address this issue in a timely fashion and put an end to these unnecessary and tragic events.

Nancy Blessing

Minneapolis, Minn.

"Election loss doesn't halt protest," The City, Friday

Prop. I was bad politics

Proposition I had nothing to do with more children playing soccer.

Prop. I was a "poison pill" meant to defeat Proposition H, which sought to get public support for keeping the Beach Chalet soccer fields in natural grass with no artificial stadium lighting at night. Prop. I does nothing to create more soccer fields.

This is politics at its worst.

Voters need facts, not misleading campaign rhetoric. The backers of Prop. I had only one purpose in mind -- to move ahead with the construction of a massive stadium, complete with artificial turf and stadium lighting at the West end of Golden Gate Park, a formerly pristine natural area.

They began construction immediately after election day, before all the votes were even counted.

Nathen Banne

San Francisco

America's Cup in The City

Bring the Cup back to S.F.

I just happened to be in San Francisco during last year's America's Cup World Series. The race has never been much of a spectator festival, so I didn't have high expectations when I ambled down to Marina Green. How wrong I was. It was amazing!

What a wonderful venue, and the coverage with the large screen TVs at Marina Green and AC Park was fabulous. How shortsighted of S.F. to place obstacles in securing the Cup's return.

What a missed opportunity!

Please, San Francisco, Golden Gate Yacht Club, Larry Ellison and Russell Coutts, get back round the table and make it happen again in 2017.

T. C. Nottingham

Waretlooville, Hampshire, U.K.

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