Panic about park leads to bad policy decisions 

Golden Gate Park’s land is a precious resource that all San Franciscans can enjoy, regardless of income level, age or background.

Unfortunately, pressures on the park became so overwhelming that, in 1998, the Recreation and Park Department finalized its own master plan after 10 years of input from city departments, neighborhood groups and individual

Sadly, the current Rec and Park management has made major policy decisions that directly contradict the master plan. Panicked by short-term budget issues, it has cut programming for kids while scrambling for revenue through privatization of park facilities that San Franciscans voted to support with their tax dollars.

The Recreation and Park Commission, which should be the people’s voice, remains silent.

Katherine Howard

San francisco Golden Gate Park Preservation Alliance



Fare jumpers are a danger

However well-founded the concerns for the safety of Muni passengers from traffic accidents like those described in the Jan. 27 Examiner, there is a much greater danger within Muni vehicles.

On a very regular basis, I see passengers assaulted by fare-evaders who are pushing aboard through the back door.

Yet Muni drivers and fare inspectors will continue to practice discriminatory enforcement of proof of payment — such as over-focusing on Muni trains and even then ignoring certain passengers — they are afraid of.

Then they whine about how dangerous their jobs are, as if the situation were in no way their fault. But they can no longer ignore the fact that gangs rule on Muni.

Mary Simas
San Francisco



Tenderloin deserves better

I was saddened to hear Planning Commissioner Hisashi “Bill” Sugaya’s irresponsible remarks about the Tenderloin. I hope he apologizes to the people of the Tenderloin community.

The Tenderloin is home to many good people and great small businesses. There are many different ethnic restaurants — one might even call the Tenderloin the multicultural center of San Francisco.

Dozens of neighborhood organizations such as churches, mosques and other nonprofits are trying to solve problems of our city, such as homelessness and poverty. They are helping hardworking people get jobs. We need more small business to move into District 6.

I ask Sugaya not only to apologize, but also visit our local centers and advise us on how we can build a better community for our children.

Saadi Nasim
San Francisco

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