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SF Weekly Letters December 18-24, 2013 


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Buying a piece of S.F. history: Janice Joplin rocked ["S.F. House Where Janis Joplin Hung Out Now Goes For $1.3 Million, Does Not Include Mercedes-Benz" Ian S. Port, 12/12]! Considering it's California, and San Francisco — where real estate is off the charts anyway, I imagine the owners feel that they hit the mother lode buying this house so rich in history.

Josie F.

One parent perfers raising her kids outside of S.F.: My first two kids were born and raised in S.F. until the ages of 2 and 6, then we moved to the East Bay and we had a third ["Here Comes the Stork: San Francisco Voted Best U.S. City to Have a Baby," Jonathan Ramos, 12/12]. I gotta say, this article is full of shit. Life is so much more comfortable now. I didn't realize how hard it was living in S.F. until we left.

Heather O.

Another parent raised her children in S.F. just fine: Well, once upon a time we raised three children in San Francisco. We walked to the local library, enrolled them in the pre-school nursery school on Capp Street, and just plain enjoyed the entire city. It all seemed so normal.

Ruth G.

Maybe S.F. doesn't have the most attractive people in the U.S.: I love S.F., but I don't think the people there are attractive in looks ["Aw Shucks: San Franciscans Voted Most Attractive People in America," Jonathan Ramos, 12/11]. Personality, sure. Looks, not so much. Most of them look like pale, granola hipsters, like the picture in the post. Did they not check Southern California, Miami, or New York? I would think those people would be more attractive, or even in the Midwest. Those people like to stay fit!


Let the hoax not take away from the larger issue: This article seems to be its own self-fulfilling prophecy ["Google Bus: Max Bell Alper Is the Boy Who Cried Gentrification," Joe Eskenazi, 12/9, The Snitch]. This staged argument will only negate the positive aspects of the action if all media chooses, as SF Weekly has, to focus exclusively on the staged argument rather than the wider context of growing housing concerns in S.F. The fact too that this article goes beyond its snark and hyperbole to attempt to shame this person and suggest he be effectively shunned from "credible" communities/movements does more to convince me of the lack of credibility of the author of this piece than of anyone to do with this event. Thank goodness other media sources have covered this action in a more nuanced way.


Another reader weighs in: I'm not saying this guy is in the right at all, but I remember when I was a young activist still learning my chops and my lessons. I made some pretty embarrassing mistakes and was fortunate that the groups I was working with chose to react with support and education. They didn't shun me and I ended up becoming quite productive and helpful. Hopefully the same will happen with this hapless chap. In other words, maybe the writer should give him a break. If he has the balls to do what he did that morning, imagine what he could do with some patient guidance.


Popular fat Santa display doesn't please everyone: I agree with the Yelp reviewer in this post ["Santa the Hutt: Fat Joke Isn't Jolly," Marilyn Wann, The Exhibitionist, 12/9]. I guess I am really not hip enough to get this campaign either. Just seems mean-spirited and not well thought out by their marketing department. It rarely works well for a company to advertise their brand by putting down others. I love this Willendorf project. San Francisco has a very "acceptance" vibe — this seems very un-San Francisco to me!



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