Fixing a Giant Problem
Seeing things as a glass half empty: Mike Cheney is quite a remarkable person ["Mr. Fix-It," Joe Eskenazi, feature, 6/19]. It's unfortunate S.F. isn't a city that values improvement nor is California a state that cares about how it's rotting. It's not until S.F. becomes a Detroit and California becomes a Michigan that it matters, but by then everyone that can, will have left. It's currently advantageous for the tech industry to be located in S.F., but someday that may change, just like the car companies no longer felt it was needed to be in Detroit. But, nothing changes until rock bottom; until then people dislike "gentrification."
Recycle the Department
Too many cooks in the kitchen: The Department of the Environment spokesperson shows again why S.F. has the most useless and bloated city government in the nation ["Pipe Down," Joe Eskenazi, Sucka Free City, 6/19]. A useless city employee wants citizens to call a mildly more useful city employee to come and dispose of a two-ounce crack pipe. In the process of melting a recycled glass pipe, the drug residue would burn up in a second and mix with the other fumes and whatnot in the furnace. Our city hall intelligentsia strikes again. What could the city buy with the budget of the Department of the Environment? Two new Muni buses would be better for the environment than the whole department of timeservers.
Gifts For Sale
Abusing food banks is disrespectful to everyone: This kind of black market activity is infuriating on many levels ["Three-Dollar Chicken," Albert Samaha, News, 6/19]. There are families that are hungry but they can't get to a food pantry; it's sickening to hear about this kind of behavior. The typical person that goes to a food bank is there because he is hungry. I know, because in the past our family needed and received assistance, but now consider it a privilege to give back to others that need a hand up. Any individual that takes more food than he needs and sells it is no better than a thug.
Blog Comments of the Week
Employees need to be paid to handle crime: Wow, it seems there is a lot going on at BART ["BART Workers Ditch Labor Talks Until Management Deals With all the Transit Violence," Erin Sherbert, the Snitch, 6/19]. But if an organization knows that there is high risk of their employees being in harm's way, they should come up with a solution to mitigate the risks. I think having BART police around at the station is the best solution. Or, pay the people risk pay knowing they are in a high-risk position.
These two landlords are the worst: The writer states, "Why didn't they move?' Well, considering the rental market, they probably didn't have an option ["Kip and Nicole Macy, 'Landlords From Hell,' Evicted From Freedom," Erin Sherbert, the Snitch, 6/19]. On top of that, by them moving, the horror would only continue onto the next tenant. I, for one, am sorry they had to endure such harassment, but in turn these horrible, horrible landlords will no longer be free to torture future tenants.