Letters to the Editor

Letters from April 12, 2000

A House Is Not a Home
Thank you for the interest you showed in my run for Supervisor in District 3, and for spelling my name correctly ("A Republican by Any Other Name," March 29).

However, I felt your article left readers unclear about my political outlook. That is not unusual, my views are usually too liberal for my Republican friends and too conservative for my Democratic friends. Without dealing with the various examples, I would like the opportunity to clarify two basic misconceptions.

1) I am a resident of San Francisco, I was born here. I live with my elderly mother in the North Beach home where I went to school. It is where I work, vote, donate hundreds of hours of community services annually, and where, as a businesswoman, I operate a pageant that is licensed in San Francisco and held at the Palace of Fine Arts. With the exception of my job, as a part of the emergency care team (among other services I perform) at S.F. General for 20 years, all my activities take place in District 3. I do have a homeowner's exemption in San Jose because that is the only property I own. I plan to live in San Francisco the rest of my life, and more importantly, San Francisco is the place I love. To me, that defines primary residence. I have made inquiries with the Registrar's Office but to the best of my knowledge, I am in compliance with every law.

2) I consider myself a feminist, though not in the derogatory sense that many accept. I do not allow others to define feminism for me. Unlike other feminists, I find no contradiction between organizing beauty pageants and advocating equality for women. This may be a cultural issue. As a young adult, it was a pageant that gave me the opportunity to step out of the sheltered life that often overwhelmed me. The pageant encouraged me to get involved in community life. I en- joy giving that opportunity to others. By attempting to make clear to your reporter that I am not "anti-man" I did not mean that I abandon any of the principles of fairness that I firmly believe women are due, in the workplace, at home, or in the political arena. I have never allowed others to think for me, and I never will.

Rose Chung
Candidate, Supervisor, District 3
San Francisco

Rewriting History
Thank you for the wonderful piece you printed about the Society for Creative Anachronism ("Past Perfect," Night Crawler, April 5). I've been a member for 27-plus years, since before "Sir Brian," who was one of the finalists in your chronicled tourney, was born, and have seen him grow up in the organization, and recall when the autocrat of your listed event was present in a cradle hand-carved by her father.

It's rare we see such a well-rounded piece that truly captures what we believe are the best parts of the SCA experience.

Jim Fox-Davis
Via Internet

Stormin' Norman's
It was unfair of Bernice Yeung to use the doughnut shop owners as the "poster child" example of abuse by the Code Enforcement Task Force ("Mom & Pop Crackdown," March 29). We support the work of the CETF in our neighborhood. The city attorney has saved us from being victims of drug violence by shutting down crack houses in the Ocean View, Merced Heights, and Ingleside area of S.F., and many more of us are alive and well today because of it.

Ms. Yeung states briefly that Sam Kaleh "took over [Norman's Liquors] from his cousin a year and a half ago." Ms. Yeung should have found out that his cousin had an employee arrested for narcotics possession while behind the counter and was also arrested by the SFPD for moving illegal gambling machine components into Norman's Market. This transfer of the liquor license from one relative to another is a common ruse used by liquor store owners to wipe their records clean with the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control. Mr. Kaleh's last line makes me laugh: "It was here when I came and it will be here when I leave." Ha Ha! I'm sure that's true, because when his record becomes poor with ABC, he will transfer the license over to another relative who will make the same declarations about having nothing to do with the problems in front of Norman's Market.

Regina Blosser
Ocean View

Pass the Ammunition
I hope that everyone who read your March 29 feature article ("Mom & Pop Crackdown") was as outraged as I was by the apparent malicious prosecution of Lin and Roger Chao.

Blaming hard-working, law-aiding business owners for the criminal activities of local miscreants and predators who happen to misbehave near lawful business establishments would be absurdly ridiculous, were it not so unfairly financially damaging to honest entrepreneurs, like the Chaos.

It seems that City Attorney Louise Renne expects business owners to police criminal behavior in the environs of their businesses. If they don't do this, Ms. Renne apparently would like to make these business owners pay substantial penalties to the city.

I suggest that law-abiding business owners, such as the Chaos, apply to the SFPD for a Carry Concealed Weapons (CCW) permit. If the city expects them to defend themselves against neighborhood sociopaths, or pay a hefty fine if they don't, the city should also acknowledge that they have the right to defend themselves against the sort of neighborhood scum who engage in the behaviors Ms. Renne finds so objectionable. Your article indicates that the Mission Station has been unable to police the local problem. If Ms. Renne wants to penalize the Chaos for a failure of the authorities to police the neighborhood, she should support the issuance of CCWs to lawful businesspeople who request them.

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