SFMTA turns to citizens when it needs money 

It’s easier for the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency to devise new ways to tax city residents instead of tackling its balance sheet and revenue problems.

Half the new parking smart meters installed by SFMTA over the past three years are largely vacant during business hours because street parking is now just too expensive. Another quarter is occupied by handicapped placards getting free parking. Placard abuse is even higher around commuter-heavy city and state administration buildings.

The DMV has to either stop issuing placards to every Tom, Dick or Harriet or change the free handicap parking policy to just two hours per day. Using undercover enforcement to catch placard criminals is based largely on timing and luck. It isn’t at all cost-effective or making a difference.

R.E. O’Leary
San Francisco

Don’t we speak English?


OK, so I’m looking for work. I find all these jobs that I have the right qualifications and certifications for, but I do not speak Spanish. There is something wrong here; don’t we still live here in California, USA? Why do I have to learn a different language to get a job in my own country?

How many qualified people in the job market speak English but can’t get a job because they don’t speak a different country’s language? Maybe it is time for the Spanish-speaking people to take some English classes if they want to be part of America.

Stig Ofstad

A blueprint for disaster


Redwood City residents need look no further than the national news to realize that building new homes for 30,000 people behind a dike below sea level is a bad idea. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in Tennessee is blowing up levees in order to protect cities and towns as the Mississippi River crests at levels not seen since the 1930s.

News reports over the past few weeks feature the tragic plight of families evacuating their homes in low-lying areas at or below sea level. With all this national news, the latest local news story is no surprise. A new poll shows Redwood City residents oppose Cargill’s proposed Bay development below sea level by a 2-1 margin. Even a developer with lavish public relations resources cannot control the news.

Kaia Eakin
Redwood City

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