SF Weekly Letters January 15-21, 2014

Chugging Along

No analysis on the best hybrid engines for Muni leaves a U.S. company in the dust: Shouldn't we be buying American wherever possible ["Shock and Awe," Joe Eskenazi, feature, 1/8]? Allison is a respected engine-maker; was the company set up? Everything in S.F. is smoke and mirrors.

Sfreptile

Old is New Again

Metal has been alive and well for some time now: I don't know how old the writer is, but punk and metal have been going strong here for quite awhile ["The Garage Is Empty," Sam Lefebvre, Music, 1/8]. The San Francisco Bay Area has had one of the most active, hyper-creative, influential, and high-quality metal scenes in the world, almost continuously since the 1980s. It's strong now and it was strong 15 years ago at the height of the last boom. There was even a "Mission Metal" scene. There were a number of underground spaces to play. The best of which was Starcleaners on Sycamore. I don't want to dis [Thee Oh Sees'] John Dwyer or anyone, but he was around way back then, too. The way the weeklies talk about him and Ty Segall, it's like they were all that was here or all that mattered or something. There's always so much shit going on; 20 years ago, metal was the most relevant and bleeding-edge rock idiom. It's not all just popping up now because of gentrification and the vacuum needing to be filled because Dwyer and some other boring-ish indie rockers left town.

Wagnerian

Blog Comments of the Week

Funny weather infographc raises larger issues: We sure could use some rain, especially for the agricultural industry, which is California's largest industry ["California LOLs at the Rest of The Nation Where Everyone Is Freezing Their Asses Off," Erin Sherbert, the Snitch, 1/9]. Tahoe could use the snow for its local economy. Southern California sure could use the water from other Northern California reservoirs. The firefighters could use it. Napa I'm sure would love some precipitation. Oh wait, is that why agriculture is larger than the tech industry in California? And some people really want to divvy up California into 6 smaller states. It may be the water that keeps this state together.

Jim Y.

Hipsters keep complaining via their iPhones: The blog post does not address the real issue: Hipsters are mad that people with more money are pushing them out of their neighborhoods, which is funny because hipsters pushed poorer people out not too long ago ["Google Sea Bus: Company Squires Workers in Private Ferry," Rachel Swan, the Snitch, 1/8]. Apple has buses, too, but the focus is on Google since hipsters can't live without their Apple products, ironically.

Carlos R.

Correction

In last week's The Snatch column ["The Snatch: Only reading the notes you pass us," SF Weekly, 1/8], we gave the wrong location for where a human skull was found; it was not found in Tilden Park, but near the park on Grizzly Peak. SF Weekly regrets the error.

Clarification

In last week's cover story ["Shock and Awe," 1/8], SF Weekly reported that a majority of the Board of Supervisors could not recall being informed of an arrangement in which the bus company New Flyer agreed to manufacture and transport 50 hybrids to San Francisco prior to the supervisors' Oct. 29 approval of a contract.

SFMTA transit director John Haley did, however, inform the Budget and Finance Committee on Oct. 23 that New Flyer has "begun the production of some of the buses and some of them are on their way to the Bay Area." Supervisor John Avalos responded, "The agreement has already been made. I understand."

 
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