SF should keep eye on Laguna Honda gift fund 

Congratulations on your July 25 editorial on the problems with San Francisco’s whistle-blower program; it hit all the right notes.

The grand jury’s whistle-blower report is a step toward reform. The city controller stalled auditing for nine months, eventually restricted the audit period used, then restored just $350,000 of $750,000 questionably missing from Laguna Honda’s patient-benefit gift fund. In the private sector, such sizable sums are investigated for elder financial abuse.

Neither the district attorney’s nor the city attorney’s public integrity Units took action on the gift fund whistleblower complaint, which languishes at the dysfunctional Ethics Commission two years later.

San Francisco’s Sunshine Task Force ruled Tuesday that the Ethics Commission and City Controller’s Office engaged in willful violation and official misconduct for failure to comply with two task force orders of determination to release gift fund investigative records. They are referring the misconduct to the district attorney, the Ethics Commission (ironically) and Mayor Ed Lee. Laguna Honda’s gift fund scandal isn’t over.

Patrick Monette-Shaw, San Francisco

Cord blood can be donated

Your July 24 story “Umbilical cord blood still an enigma” mistakenly stated that public umbilical-cord blood donation is not available in the Bay Area.

Currently, Bay Area parents can donate cord blood at Alta Bates Summit Medical Center in Oakland, or they can contact one of the National Marrow Donor Program network banks that collect donations from hospitals not affiliated with a cord-blood bank.

Thousands of people with diseases such as leukemia depend on the generosity of parents who donate their babies’ cord blood to a public cord-blood bank. But more donations are needed, so more patients can get the transplant they need quickly.

Cord blood is collected immediately after a baby is born and does not interfere with labor, delivery or health of the newborn in any way. Expectant parents can learn more at www.BeTheMatch.org/cord.

Mary Halet, National Marrow Donor Program, Minneapolis

Where is the outrage?

Lots of outrage is directed at the San Francisco Police Department from the Bayview over the Kenneth Harding Jr. shooting.

But not much Bayview outrage is directed at the criminal who stole evidence from the scene of that shooting.

Even more troubling, there never seems to be wide outrage over Bayview residents shooting other Bayview residents, a regrettably common occurrence. Can someone explain this to me?

Mark Jerome, San Francisco

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