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She's Got the Beat

And she wants to keep it: Congratulations to Ron Russell and SF Weekly for an excellent article ["To Serve and Collect," 6/4]. I have worked with Calvin Wiley, a patrol special beat owner, for more than 25 years. I have never met a more principled, dedicated, and conscientious officer, and through this association, I have witnessed firsthand the many benefits the patrol specials bring to our community. 

Because the patrol specials serve a specific neighborhood (often for many years), they establish a uniquely close relationship with that neighborhood that goes beyond policing a beat. They notice warning signs of gang activity, talk to residents on a daily basis, intervene when they see neighborhood kids heading for trouble, and monitor the well-being of people who have special needs. They don't just stop crime: They prevent it from getting started.

We have the extraordinary opportunity in this city to have two levels of police protection: the SFPD funded by taxpayers, and the patrol specials funded by the private sector. Most small businesses could never afford the higher rates charged by 10B police officers, and part-time 10B officers could never provide the day-to-day consistency offered to a community by patrol specials.

As a San Franciscan, I think it is sad and outrageous that greed (or jealousy) should deprive our neighborhood communities of this potentially seamless "service and protection". It is our city that is the real victim of this dispute.  

Jeanette Oliver

Manager, Diamond Heights

Shopping Center, Inc.

San Francisco

Aye, Aye, Commodore!

Take this award and shove it: We have just been made aware of the fact that our yacht club, the Mariposa Hunters Point Yacht Club, was added to your Best Of list for 2008. We suppose this can be a special thing for some, but speaking on behalf of our members, we do not find it special.

The Mariposa Hunters Point Yacht Club was established in 1932. We have been very active within the boating community and have been an award-winning yacht club many times over. To have the title of "Best Yacht Club for Nonboaters" is an insult. Recently, our club received the Pacific Inter-Club Yacht Association (PICYA) Opening Day Parade Claude H. Benham Memorial Attendance Trophy for 2008. This was quite an honor to win, since there are 103 yacht clubs within PICYA.

We take our membership very seriously and screen our applicants for people who want to participate in boating, community service, and our many other charitable events. We pride ourselves on our camaraderie and the social aspects a private club has to offer.

The fact that you can "sign up after buddying up to someone who is already a part of this private club" is far from the truth. Inasmuch as we do have members who are in between boats, we want to relinquish the title that you have bestowed upon us, as quickly as possible.

Sue Peters, Commodore MHPYC

Sean Griffin, Vice Commodore MHPYC

Deanna Desin, PICYA Delegate MHPYC

San Francisco

Review by Those Hourly People

James neither happy nor shiny: I don't want to spend too much time on what was an obviously poor attempt at an REM concert review and/or pop culture as related by Will Harper [REM at the Greek Theater, All Shook Down blog, 6/1].

First, the Weekly sends someone who admittedly doesn't really know REM to the show. Second, his remark about Stipe's beanie cap — "cancer cap"? Are you kidding me? He then writes that the cap comes off like Stipe is in "remission." The writer is pathetic. I'm guessing he's paid hourly or was paid very little for his trek to the show and brainless review.

Please don't think, "Well, at least it has people talking." They're not. This is not a compliment.

The editor should be ashamed. But I'm guessing they're paid hourly as well. It's sad to think that with the glut of writers on the Internet, I stumbled upon one who shouldn't be writing and an editor who lacks any credibility.

James Kar



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