Redevelopment agencies key to SF communities 

The elimination of California’s redevelopment agencies will have a tremendous negative impact on under-resourced San Francisco communities such as Bayview-Hunters Point.

Renaissance Bayview, a program of Renaissance Entrepreneurship Center, has partnered with The City’s Redevelopment Agency to provide emerging and established entrepreneurs with critical small business support services. Bayview Renaissance manages the Third Street Corridor Program and neighborhood Marketplace Initiative while also staffing the Bayview Merchants Association.

Renaissance Bayview clients have opened 12 retail stores and restaurants on the Third Street commercial corridor, triggered more than 200 jobs and are launching businesses such as security and construction firms, caterers and hair salons.

Without the vital support of the redevelopment agencies, these vital entrepreneurship activities will be greatly reduced or eliminated.

Sharon Miller, Renaissance Entrepreneurship Center, San Francisco

Widespread placard abuse

Thank you for exposing the disabled placard abuse at the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency’s Fisherman’s Wharf bus lot. Such abuse, unfortunately, is citywide and even statewide. The real culprit is California’s Department of Motor Vehicles, which issues tens of thousands of placards and permanent disabled license plates without any internal checks and balances.

Anyone can get a doctor’s note stating they are “handicapped” for a variety of conditions that, as you say, are not obvious to onlookers seeing these individuals park. But now even truly handicapped individuals who have specially designed vehicles to transport their electric wheelchairs are now finding it difficult to find parking due to the proliferation of undeserved disabled placards.

If you suspect handicapped placard abuse, provide the license plate and handicapped placard number to the SFMTA Enforcement Division. They really will investigate.

B. L. Greenfield, San Francisco

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