Parking program should also include elder care 

I certainly hope that The City’s residential parking program to ease parking restrictions on out-of-town child-care providers would also make elder-care providers eligible.

There are many adults who need all-day or 24-hour care in the home, especially those with Alzheimer’s who cannot be left alone. And the people who care for them need a place to park as much as nannies.

These workers are often the ones driving their clients to the doctor, to the grocery store or merely on outings, and they should not be forgotten.

The SFMTA should alter its program immediately if these elder-care workers are not already included.

Sherrie Matza, San Francisco

Plastic bag ban fight

Last September, the American Chemistry Council killed the statewide ban on plastic bags with a spending frenzy of millions of lobbying dollars.

Yet in the past four months Californians haven’t given up. Daly City is up at bat next with Councilman David Canepa planning to propose a bag-ban ordinance on Valentine’s Day.

Just last week Santa Monica and Marin County voted unanimously to ban single-use plastic bags and place a fee on paper bags. The score is up to 25 bans in California.

Desire to break California’s 19-billion-plastic-bags-per-year habit grows as more communities step up to the plate.

It’s time for Daly City to ban plastic bags and join the winning team.

Julia Ritchie, Environment California, Sacramento

Don’t leave out Tony Hall

Your story introducing the most likeliest candidates for mayor of  San Francisco neglected to acknowledge candidate Tony Hall, former supervisor and executive director of the Treasure Island Development Authority.

Hopefully The San Francisco Examiner will be more comprehensive and accurate in its unfolding coverage of this upcoming race.

There is a San Francisco west of Tower Market, after all.

John D. Rosin, San Francisco

Root out wasteful spending

After reading Wednesday’s story on the rewards for property tax whistleblowers, I think perhaps The City should expand on that concept. How about rewarding public employees who identify unnecessary expenditures? No one knows better than they do where the waste is. There’s nothing like a cash reward to get people to step up.

Tim Donnelly, San Francisco

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