Too much spent on UCSF stem-cell ‘palace’ 

Last month they opened a stem cell research building at UCSF costing $123 million for 68,000 square feet. If the numbers are correct, that equates to $1,808 per square foot — a “Grand Palace” of a building for research. Why can’t they rent a building like most normal businesses and use that money for the intended purpose of research, research and more research?

This is why our state is so in debt — it can’t get its priorities straight.

Gary Schaezlein, Belmont

Too many Muni workers

I do not want Muni to add to our already high level of unemployment, but when I researched two European cities with numbers of yearly riders similar to Muni — Rotterdam and Zurich — I noticed that they had much less personnel. Sometimes more is not better; sometimes more can get in the way of better. A lesson we can learn from Rotterdam and Zurich is that too much service of the small kind can get in the way of better service of the larger kind.

Fredrick Schermer, San Francisco

Too hard to do business

As a professional architect trying to negotiate the morasses of rapidly increasing and constantly changing governmental regulations, I come across huge instances of lack of efficiency in government processes that treat citizens as if they are Brink’s trucks.

Ways designed to obstruct progress fall into place, such as making applicants jump through extra hoops the codes don’t necessarily require. Most businesses eventually run away. Entrepreneurs I have had the pleasure of working with say they wished they’d never tried to open a business here.

More than a million professionals have left this state. No wonder California has not only stagnated, but keeps getting sucked further down into oblivion.

Janet Campbell, San Francisco

Herrera’s cracked idea

City Attorney Dennis Herrera is good at two things: spending the taxpayers’ money and promoting himself. He displayed both talents last week when he orchestrated a sting operation to cite storekeepers for selling crack pipes. First of all, it’s the job of district attorney George Gascón to prosecute criminals.

Obviously Gascón didn’t think it was worth the police resources or clogging the courts with these petty crimes.
It’s also not going to stop anyone from using drugs. And besides, The City’s own Health Department gives away hypodermic needles to drug users.

Tim Donnelly, San Francisco

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