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SF Weekly Letters April 9-15, 2014 


Blow the Whistle

Putting the brakes on Muni's bad practices: LaVonda Atkinson is an honorable person ["Covering Their Tracks," Joe Eskenazi, feature, 4/2]. Standing up against those who directed her to falsify accounting numbers of the public trust takes a special kind of courage. Exercising her civil liberties of free speech, at a clear peril of her livelihood, that takes a strength of character that few possess. Thank God she has it.

San Francisco, this is a test of all residents' citizenship. If Atkinson is bullied or harmed in any way for bringing S.F. citizens the truth, then we should not let her face it alone; let Muni management know that. She will not be without help.


More praise for the whistle-blower: LaVonda Atkinson should get a huge promotion, more responsibility, and a big increase in pay. She is my idea of a great public servant: ethical, courageous, professional, and loaded with integrity.

We could use someone just like her in every department where monetary oversight is included, but is not really adhered to as vigorously as the taxpayers would like. San Francisco seems to have a sieve with huge holes in it in multiple departments, where despite new funds pouring in, nothing changes, and nothing improves, and the money just disappears into the great beyond.


Locked Out of Fundraising

Reader suggests other crowdfunding options: This is an outrage ["Kicked Out," Siouxsie Q, The Whore Next Door, 4/2]. May I suggest crowdfunding through Bitcoin? There are many different options available, and no credit cards or PayPal to worry about.


Blog Comments of the Week

The neighborhood has gone to the rats: Unfortunately this is not a new problem, but one that has been allowed to grow and spread throughout one of San Francisco's wealthiest communities ["Rats Invade North Beach," Erin Sherbert, the Snitch, 4/3]. We moved out of North Beach in the 1980s due to street crime and the infestation of rodents. Sorry to hear the problem continues to plague our old neighborhood.


Don't forget who is actually hiking the rent up: Everyone wants to blame these clueless techies, but the landlords are the real criminals ["Anti-Gentrifier Pukes on Yahoo Bus," Erin Sherbert, the Snitch, 4/2]. No one's holding a gun to their head and making them increase their rent rates. Greedy landlords, and the common man is once again duped — blaming immature brats with computer degrees while the wealthy swindle the city.


Who is this "working man"?: [To charge] $14 per drink, and then call it a "working man's" bar is a slap in the face ["Fanciful Cocktails and Pedgogy at SRO, Inside Oddjob in SOMA," Pete Kane, SFoodie, 3/31]. That offends me more than calling a fancy-schmancy place in SOMA "SRO." Tone deaf, indeed.

Lee S.


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