Misguided assault on badly needed businesses 

Supervisor Eric Mar’s legislation to bar all chain pet stores from Geary Boulevard, as reported in the March 9 Examiner, is a misguided assault on a reputable business that creates jobs in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

As a Richmond district resident, I see the numerous vacant storefronts along Geary Boulevard, Balboa, Clement and California Streets on a daily basis. With unemployment in San Francisco currently at about 9.5 percent and increasing, it is counterproductive to bar new business development.

Vacant storefronts do not generate tax revenue for The City or take people off the unemployment rolls. During times of recession, artificial barriers should not be put in the way of job growth purely for ideological reasons.

The pet owners of the Richmond district should be given the choice of where they want to shop for their supplies.

Howard Epstein, San Francisco

Restore Sharp Park

It is important to not let ideology and emotions about keeping a failing golf course manipulate the facts and blur reality.

Laguna Salada at Sharp Park was always a non-tidal wetland system that supported populations of the San Francisco garter snake and the California red-legged frog, which have now dwindled. San Francisco residents are paying for this underutilized, money-losing golf course while our needed services are being cut. This is a perfect example of misplaced priorities and wasteful spending.

Restoring Sharp Park under management of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area will create a better public park for more of the community, protect the habitat and endangered species on the property and return money to needed services in San Francisco.

Barbara Beth, San Francisco

Keep trains running

Caltrain allows me to get to our San Jose office greenly and efficiently, taking a car off the overloaded freeways. I also use it to get to the airport, go out in the evenings and get home safely, and also to go to a variety of locations on a weekend.

Dramatically cutting service would make users less likely to buy monthly or yearly passes, further cutting revenues. I personally would be unlikely to use Caltrain if there were a longer wait for trains.

David Knight, San Francisco

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