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Realpolitik
Thank you so much for your article about how mayoral races are really run in San Francisco ("Scratch My Back," Dog Bites, Oct. 4).

I was shocked -- shocked! -- to read that Roberta Achtenberg actually invited environmental experts to work with her to develop her position paper on environmental issues. As you correctly pointed out, Roberta is now completely beholden to the big-spending, ethics-ignoring, profits-over-people environmental lobby, and lord only knows what we can expect from that unholy alliance.

Will Achtenberg employ some underhanded trick to reduce industrial pollution? Will the specter of an expanded recycling program soon darken our city? Will an Achtenberg administration finally implement a vile transit-first policy? Where does the horror end?

I trust your article was only the first of a series. I eagerly await your next exposŽ on Achtenberg's collaboration with Greenpeace that documents her abhorrent (and politically convenient) stand against the slaughter of baby harp seals. Get real.

Alexander Clemens
San Francisco

Ratting on Jordan
In response to "Laboratory Rats" (Shafer, Sept. 27): Mayor Frank Jordan's attack on Willie Brown's representation of clients as a criminal defense attorney and his equation of guilt due to that representation is an inimical affront to the American criminal justice system. If we are to equate Brown with his clients, then we must equate Jordan with the incompetence of the San Francisco Police Department crime lab and its responsibility for potentially placing hundreds of convicted criminals back on the streets, due to the lab's failure to comply with regulatory standards (the lab scored a 51.3 out of a possible 100 for "essential criteria" in the accreditation test -- which calls into question every drug prosecution that has relied on SFPD lab results). When you are mayor of the city, you cannot at the same time represent an agency that hires individuals who allegedly falsify evidence and handle it with incompetence.

Christopher C. Hite
San Francisco

Cover Yourselves
The Sept. 27 cover stories -- "Bisexuality" (San Francisco Bay Guardian); "Family Values" (East Bay Express); and "Drag Kings" (SF Weekly) -- should have made clear to everyone that the notion of an alternative press in the Bay Area is a fucking joke.

Don Rubin
Oakland

Move Along
Election time has rolled around again and, once again, Mayor Frank Jordan is spearheading a campaign to make poor people into criminals ("Home Is Where the Car Is," Bay View, Sept. 27).

He has unleashed a campaign of police harassment and intimidation against residents of Golden Gate Park, many of whom are youth fleeing abusive home situations.

Now he's attempting to close the park every night from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m., despite the fact that (it should be abundantly clear to all of us) people sleep and live in the park because there are no other options available to them in these times of drastic cuts to low-income housing and social services.

And, the mayor has placed Proposition L on the November ballot. This is an attempt to broaden a citywide youth curfew that will inevitably be unfairly enforced against youth of color; poor youth; and gay, lesbian, and bisexual youth. Spot the pattern?

We are witnessing a crackdown on young people that is being carried out by the same people who are simultaneously making draconian cuts to services for young people. It's time to stop scapegoating young people and poor people for the complex economic and social problems that the city faces.

Jo Hirschmann
San Francisco

Change of Scenery
Your recent article about the effects of the mayor's homeless program ("Home Is Where the Car Is," Bay View, Sept. 27) and the rearrangement of the homeless has rung a bell with me. I live on Nob Hill, and whenever Jordan wants some publicity, the steps of the church across the street from me fill up with the homeless for a week or two. Thank you, Mr. Mayor!

I was at a recent meeting where Willie Brown spoke. His program was pretty simple: Get the homeless problem out of politics; give help to the mentally disabled and substance abusers; find shelters for the true homeless. To that list, I like the idea of adding no press conferences every time the homeless are rearranged among the neighborhoods.

Maurice Dopp
San Francisco

 
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