Kaiser and the NUHW Election; TV and Social Classes; Scott Wiener & Mission District Planning; More on Jeff Adachi …

by on July 21, 2011

To the Editor:

Congratulations to NUHW on a well earned victory at the NLRB! Now that NUHW has been vindicated, I hope investigative reporting will turn to the motives of Kaiser management and SEIU. NUHW supported single-payer health care, while SEIU (via its “Families USA”) and the Kaiser “Family Foundation” supported ObamaCare, which was projected to be more lucrative for Kaiser management and SEIU bosses. That could be a coincidence, but it looks more like the closing scene of George Orwell’s Animal Farm. Both “Families USA” and KFF produced distorted statistics that misled Democrats into enacting ObamaCare, which is the main reason Republicans swept into power in the House and state races in 2010.

San Francisco

To the Editor:

It’s amazing, when you think about how much TV and other video we consume, that we tend not even to notice the skewed class representations. Isn’t this the same as an official MSM announcement that “these are the real people,” the kinds of people who are worth attention? And conversely, doesn’t it make invisible on a social scale, everyone who isn’t professional/managerial law enforcement? But a recent Ad Age article provides the real reason: the upper and upper middle class accounts for 50% of US consumption spending. They are the people who want advertisers want to see themselves reflected on TV shows.

Steven Hiatt
San Francisco

To the Editor:

Supervisor Scott Wiener might have some valid concerns about the Mission Alcoholic Beverage Special Use Subdistrict, but I think it is a short-sighted and anti-community planning to base wholesale urban planning decisions on the inconveniences of a few high-end restaurants and grocery stores.

Public health, family retention, community cohesiveness and economic resiliency depend on policies and regulations such as this one. If it is antiquated and needs a little makeover, then let’s open up the community dialogue and hear from all those affected by Supervisor’s Wieners’s deregulation scheme.

The Supervisors op-ed speaks to the City’s larger vision (or lack of vision) of localized economic development and its access to those who need it the most. In the northern part of the Mission District, we see an over saturation of high-end point destination restaurants that depend on high volumes of alcohol sale as part of their bottom-line. This comes as a detriment to everyday merchants who are providing goods and services that working families can really use- nail salons, laundry, locksmith, car repair, household stuff, hardware, etc … Once the bridge and tunnel crowds go home after a night of fine dining and $12 apple-tinis, neighboring residents are the one’s who stay, invest and build up our communities.

So what is so wrong about going bowling and having a beer? Absolutely nothing Supervisor Wiener! I love Yerba Buena, Serra

Oscar Grande
San Francisco

To the Editor:

I am very disappointed with Jeff Adachi’s continuing attacks of the San Francisco public employees’ pension benefits. As a Public Defender, he should put all his efforts and energy defending the public employees that provide public quality services. In this issue, the question really is, “Why do private sector employees not have pensions?” People should know that corporate executives are keeping most of the profits to themselves. They exploit labor, even to the extend that corporations are using Jeff Adachi to divert the conversation to blindside the general public. Mr. Adachi is a corporate “puppet”!

Andres Bonifacio
San Francisco

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