Letters: Voters support Prop B 

➤ “Summer of Love now season for stubborn” The City, Sunday

Since Proposition B would require a vote of the people before waterfront height limits could be violated, it was no surprise that Joel Engardio scoured the waterfront and found the lonesome person opposed to Proposition B, other than Big Business and Big Labor.

The odds are long that this was any kind of serendipitous discovery, so good digging, Joel.

Characteristically, Engardio apparently believes that Big Brother (and Big Money) know best about the waterfront, and the people should but out.

Of course, if San Franciscans had that attitude, our Bay would be a cesspool (or cemented over) and freeways would run through Golden Gate Park, as well as on the waterfront.

John M. Kelly

San Francisco

Joel Engardio’s latest screed tries to portray San Franciscans who believe in protecting our city’s waterfront and keeping it open and accessible as some band of wild-eyed weirdos whose actions will trash the city worse than a romp by Godzilla. But Mr. Engardio and his friends at the SF Realtors Association and Alliance for Growth sounded the same dire alarms last year before the 8 Washington vote, arguing that if we didn’t approve luxury high-rises near the Ferry Building, ships would sink and piers would crumble into the Bay.

Instead, voters resoundingly rejected 8 Washington by a 67% margin and the city moved forward to find more sensible projects that fit our waterfront.

Similarly, by approving Proposition B next month, San Franciscans will ensure that any future attempts to “8 Washington” up the waterfront will need to earn the support of the public before they can proceed.

Smart planning for our beautiful waterfront is not a hippie dream.

Jon Golinger

San Francisco

➤ “Slow start, but a fast finish,” Sports, The City

The Bay to Breakers race began downtown sometime around 8:30 a.m. on a Sunday morning.

Why, then, did the electronically amplified banging of drums begin emanating from Golden Gate Park before 8:00 a.m.?

Yet again, San Franciscan’s who reside near Golden Gate Park are compelled by City Hall to surrender their right to a quiet Sunday morning at home.

Riley B. VanDyke

San Francisco

➤ “Pot scoop stings ice cream man,” The City, Thursday

Martin Abinader wouldn’t be able to deal weed from behind a retail ice cream counter, if Belmont’s civic leaders allowed well-regulated pot shops to operate.

Colorado and the 1,400 shops in Los Angeles have proven that crime rates drop in areas where these shops operate. We’ve seen them create a new tax base and offer up better paying jobs than their corporate cousins.

Black marketeers and cartel-smuggled weed seems to vanish, civic order is maintained and tax revenues willingly flow from the hands a new breed of civic-minded pot professionals.

All have security on the street and they contribute to their neighborhoods’ safety.

John Thomas Ellis

Kentfield

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