Gentrification & Mid-Market; Kevin Shelley; Ranked Choice Voting …

by on March 16, 2011

To the Editor:

CPMC coming in from one end, Twitter coming from the other – tell me again about no gentrification. My building and many others would simply be demolished and those desireable amenities you mentioned would then be created in the ensuing structure.

Terrrie Frye
Tenderloin resident
San Francisco

To the Editor:

Kevin Shelley’s deal is newsworthy because it would not have been available to others. We should run the city to benefit city residents, not city insiders. In your effort to defend this special treatment, you assert that it will not cost taxpayers very much money over time. But you omit the more important cost: lifetime healthcare benefits for Mr. Shelley. That will cost us many times more than his pension.It is a big deal.

Sarah Wilcox
San Francisco

To the Editor:

You seem to have forgotten part of the retirement package and probably the most important, medical benefits for Kevin Shelley and his family. Also the others who served on the Board received the same benefits, maybe we should raise theirs to compare with Shelley’s.

Winston Austin
San Francisco

To the Editor:

A very good story and well made arguments that I generally support. Ranked Choice Voting (RCV) is opening up the process in ways that we cannot yet fathom, and I look forward to the Mayoral elections with real anticipation. We have no idea what will happen, but we know that candidates are all going to have to work really hard and probably be much nicer than usual – it’s a new day in politics.

However, saying that the San Francisco Board of Supervisors is “one of the most representative in the entire country” is wholly inaccurate. Women make up 50% of the population and 51% of the workforce. But only 3 of 11 members of the Board of Supervisors are women. Each of these three female Supervisors are accomplished, brilliant, committed and working tirelessly for their communities from their own perspectives. However, the 3 female Supervisors are in their 30s, do not have children and I don’t believe any of them are married. While we could have another discussion about the only way to survive in politics as a woman is to dedicate you life fully to the endeavor, sacrificing balance and family …

I point this out because, while all the 11 supervisors may be as open minded, empathetic and compassionate as possible to the experience of our citizens, it is unarguable that women experience the world from a different perspective – from brain science to pop-culture. We see the world as mothers, partners, daughters, sisters, aunts and caregivers to our families. These diverse perspectives are essential to developing excellent policy especially with regard to discussions of land use, budget allocation, transportation and health care. Women will simply think of aspects of these things that men might not (i.e. the challenges of navigating two kids and a stroller on MUNI while wearing a skirt and high heels). And this perspective is indisputably missing from our current Board of Supervisors.

We cannot claim diversity until we have a Board that TRULY reflects our population. And that means a additional diverse gender balance.

Heidi Sieck
President, San Francisco Women’s Political Committee

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