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SF Weekly Letters For June 2 - 8, 2016 


No cash for grass for that ass: The Dolores Park fiasco is a preview of things to come for our parks ("Hands Off My Grass," Chris Roberts, Sucka Free City, 5/26/16). After the Dolores Park story broke, at least two Supervisors spoke up. Rec and Park then did an about face and decided to suspend this program — for now. Could it be that this is because the Board of Supervisors still has budget power over Rec and Park? If Proposition B passes in June, the Board would lose the little authority it has now over the Department and the public would lose control over what happens in their parks. In addition to the privatization of our clubhouses and the move by RPD to give over the Palace of Fine Arts to a private hotel for 55 years, this is a preview of what is to come if RPD is granted the $4.5 billion in Proposition B — all without outside controls! SF Fan

New guard, no change? Despite his failings, Suhr really did try to implement reforms and was unable to change the department's culture ("Can Toney Chaplin Change the Culture of SF Police?" Chris Roberts, 5/26/16). The symbolism of appointing [Acting police Chief Toney] Chaplin looks good, but can we really expect an "acting" chief with little management experience to be more successful in making lasting, meaningful changes? The fundamental accountability structure of the department must be scrutinized and realigned, and that's going to require far more political capital than just making Suhr quit. Joe Phillips, via Facebook

Baby blue line: Ridiculous article! Holding previous police Chief Charles Gain as a role model for police Chief is beyond ridiculous! John Stokes, via Facebook

In last week's cover story "The Yogi and the DJ," we incorrectly stated that the father of MC Yogi and DJ Amen had been admitted to a psychiatric hospital for depression after his divorce. He suffered from depression before the divorce and was not admitted to a psychiatric hospital. SF Weekly regrets the error.


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