The homeless have not taken over Main Library 

I read with interest The San Francisco Examiner’s Jan. 25 letter “Homeless takeover has ruined Main Library.” The San Francisco Public Library is committed to ensuring all our libraries are safe, open and accessible to the 7 million visitors we serve each year.

Our partnership with the Police Department provides for staffing, training and enforcement to ensure our security officers act with professionalism and responsiveness. We have enhanced security at the Main Library’s entrances and exits and established clear behavioral rules to maintain order.

We also have continued our innovative outreach program, now two years old, which assists our neediest visitors at the Main Library with a social worker connecting individuals to homeless services. This successful program is seen as a model for other urban libraries across the country.

We encourage everyone to continue to visit and explore the many wonderful displays, affinity centers and reading areas located throughout the library.

Luis Herrera, City librarian, San Francisco

Keep our streets safe

On a sunny San Francisco morning this week, near the corner of Rose and Webster streets, was a makeshift memorial. It consisted of candles and a rosebud for a young woman whose body was found there in a burning carduring the night.

Just a few yards away was another makeshift memorial — a “happy birthday” balloon taped to a lamp post and attached to a black-and-white photo of an African-American man stabbed to death a couple of days earlier.

Bright-faced and eager schoolchildren and their parents were arriving at the nearby school a short block away. All the schoolchildren and the residents of nearby Hayes Valley Apartments deserve to live in peace and safety.

Anh Le, San Francisco

Useless, costly permits

I have watched numerous restaurant clients of mine lose tens of thousands of dollars due to long approval processes for “conditional use permits,” despite the fact that their zoning allows such uses in their space. Apparently, if the property has not had a restaurant in that space in the previous three years, the Planning Department requires them to go through a conditional use permit.

If this city is going to play fair, it needs to pay back all those clients of mine for their losses — close to $500,000.

Janet C. Campbell, San Francisco

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