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SF Weekly Letters March 19-25, 2014 


And the Beat Goes On

Everything connects back to housing prices: Great piece, lot of interesting points made ["Exit Music: Musicians Are Leaving San Francisco. Can the City's Legendary Scene Survive?" Ian S. Port, feature, 3/12]. My brief take is that despite the baleful effects on existing entertainment venues, more housing simply must be built in S.F. Prices are just too high and there is unquestionably a shortage of housing. Absent more condos and apartments getting built, housing prices are never going to get better, in the short term they may not anyway. Things staying the same is simply not in the cards. Guy Carson's idea of set-asides is also a good one that should be discussed more.

But think about this: For once, Oakland is getting a break. As San Francisco becomes a slightly less boring version of San Jose, Oakland's becoming the new hub of creativity and art. Nothing wrong with that. Oakland was long overdue for some good fortune.


Melting Ice

Paying for the long-gone hockey team: This just skims the surface ["Chapped Asses," Joe Eskenazi, Sucka Free City, 3/12]. What about the staff who were let off just days before Christmas? How was that for a present? Too many things here that don't make sense.


Blog Comments of the Week

Not enough data for an accurate representation: Okay, this would be really interesting information if it was at all accurate ["These S.F. Neighborhoods Contain the Best and Worst Tippers," Anna Roth, SFoodie, 3/13]. I highly doubt there is enough data to make these kinds of claims. Perhaps the stores that use Square in Hayes Valley are more the types of places that tipping is expected? Maybe the handful of places in Glen Park that accept Square are not?


Who can save the video star?: Thanks so much for posting this! Argh. If the store has to close, hopefully the collection can be preserved ["Be Kind, Don't Rewind Le Video: Let's All Help the Video Store Stay Alive," Sherilyn Connelly, the Exhibitionist, 3/13]. Also, please consider that not everyone moved here from somewhere else. There are many people who didn't, and we read this paper.


Another reader doesn't want Le Video to close: Thank you, Sherilyn! I checked out online options last night and it's slim pickings for slightly lesser known titles. It's even worse for renting Blu-ray discs, which are far superior to compressed streams (in both audio and video). Le Video really has them all, when people want them. One can argue it's inevitable change, but this isn't change — it's extinction. Nothing will replace this service.


Okay with marijuana, just keep it to yourself: I'm not totally against people who use hash, dabs, and concentrates, but I am damn sick and tired of smelling it ["California Cops Want to Ban Hash, Dabs, all Marijuana Concentrates," Chris Roberts, the Snitch, 3/13]. Just like cigarettes and so on; I would just like it if marijuana users enjoyed it in their homes with closed windows. No offense, but I don't want to smoke it with them.

Cest M.

Party poopers and pukers: St. Patrick's Day is one of the worst days out in San Francisco ["St. Patrick's Day DUI Checkpoints Announced," Joe Eskenazi, the Snitch, 3/12]. The party-til-you-puke-woo-hoo crowd that has ruined Bay to Breakers, Castro Halloween, and other formerly fun occasions will be out in force.



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