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No Praise for "Hell"

Conviction notice: I can't think of a more irresponsible and inaccurate subheading for your cover story, "The Tenant from Hell" [7/30]. This article demonstrates nothing about "how renters work the system," nor does it present a pattern of a problem that should concern the public. Rather, it tells the tale of one scam artist who has taken advantage of laws meant to protect tenants from very real abuse.

Filling out the story of one bad apple with anecdotes from the city's notorious eviction profiteers, such as [lawyers Andrew]Wiegel and [Clifford] Fried (famous for evicting long-time tenant, 84-year-old Lola McKay, during the dot-com years), does not strengthen the credibility of [John] Geluardi's argument.

The article asks readers to sympathize with landlords who evict and to blame the city's rent control laws, without giving the full and accurate picture. Geluardi's portrayal of the eviction settlement conference as a boon to renters where they can "get all sorts of perks," for example, is dead wrong. Most renters, who frequently are without the benefit of counsel, are against the wall at these settlements where they are forced to sign agreements that are stacked against them.

The suggestion that San Francisco's landlords are the innocent victims of overly complicated laws and ruthless tenants can only stem from an ideologically driven anti-rent-control position. I hope that in the future Geluardi will confine his political propaganda to the editorial page, rather than disguise it as meaningful "investigative journalism."

Sara Shortt

Executive Director

Housing Rights

Committee of San Francisco

Pave Paradise

Put up a parking lot: The huge 100,000-square-foot modern art museum and the equally enormous Motel-6–looking "lodge" proposed by the Presidio Trust ["The Pork Park," Matt Smith, 7/23] do not revitalize or "bring back the heart" of the historic main post. They are inconsistent with the history and the architecture. The plan does not allow for displaying or telling the many-layered stories of the past, and buries the historical landmark in modern structures. To build them requires tearing down a thriving school, a center for seniors, a bowling alley, and a Red Cross building (not exactly office buildings!). To provide needed parking, the Trust proposes tearing down the YMCA, another much-used and much-loved community building.

Sharon Gadberry

San Francisco

Taking on Appearances

Bone to pick: It really is a shame that women anywhere feel that they must spend their earnings on acquiring more white-like features ["CaucAsian," Sucka Free City, 7/16]. But is it really that surprising? Asian women have been entering the workforce and academia en masse, yet are grossly misrepresented in the media (how many Asians on TV aren't depicted as passive, sexualized, or as butchering the English language?)

I hate to read like a Dove commercial, but the dearth of typical Asian features in the media may be one of many plausible explanations of why so many Asian women deem images of Caucasian women as the norm.

Can we stop feigning surprise? Merely pointing out Asian women's surgical procedures of choice only perpetuates their alienation. And what's with the image in the article of the girl with the Chun Li haircut? I mean ... really?

Yumi Lifer

San Francisco

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