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Accountability Needed
Hello? Reader wants answers to how this happened here: San Francisco Police Department crime laboratory personnel destroy and/or steal evidence and mix up DNA samples, then city administrators deny and conceal the problem — pray tell, which is worse ["Missing Links," Peter Jamison, Feature, 12/15]?

California has the best and the brightest graduating from our colleges and universities. How can this be happening in San Francisco? Who is accountable? Is anyone home?


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Snitch Blog Comments of the Week
In response to a blog post about San Francisco's gains and set-backs in creating bike-friendly streets: Sharrow-placement be damned [images on roadway to remind drivers to share the road] — I always take the full lane ["San Francisco's Year in Biking," Matt Smith, 12/23]. It's simply not safe to ride all the way to the right, not just because of the risk of dooring, but because drivers will then attempt to squeeze past a bicyclist on the left.

I do not feel particularly guilty about delaying a motorist for several seconds, in his comfortable chair and climate-controlled chamber, if it's the only way to protect myself from serious injury or death. Physically separating bikes from cars — and eliminating cars altogether — is the only way to make a city truly safe and inviting for bicyclists.


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In response to a blog post about Muni kiosks mirroring single-family home prices, by costing $415,000 each: This is absurd. I don't care where the money came from — it's just a complete waste of that money ["How Can San Francisco Spend $829K on Two Kiosks? Here's How." Joe Eskenazi, 12/21]. This is shameful all the way up and down the entire line.

Who drafted the language for this grant? Who's administering the grant? Who proposed spending this money on "kiosks"? Who authorized it? I want to see the names of those responsible so we can hold them accountable for their decisions, and perhaps improve the way in which these decisions are made.


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In response to a blog post about San Francisco lighting its way up the list of California counties' smoking numbers: Despite the fact that San Franciscans smoke so much, the city, led by the rabid antitobacco agenda, continues to create regressive laws against smoking: in parks, outside cafes, near doorways, in apartments ["San Francisco Is Still Smoking," Joe Eskenazi, 12/21].

Long story short: If someone is rich, and owns his own home, he can smoke all he wants. If someone is poor, and relies on public spaces for entertaining and entertainment, he is forced to stand out in the cold and subsidize the city's coffers with increasingly unreasonable taxes.


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In response to a blog post about air travelers in the buff: Did it really take this piece of "investigative journalism" to figure out the end result ["Nudists Not Welcomed on American Airlines," Lauren Smiley, 12/17]? Commercial planes are private property, and their owners want to provide an environment that is going to be least disruptive or disturbing to the greatest number of their customers.

I don't have a problem with nudists — although let's call the individuals SF Weekly has focused on recently exhibitionists [Smiley's 12/1 feature, "Overexposed," on Castro nudists], since there is a marked difference between them and true nudists. However, I appreciate that some people don't want to pay to be on a plane with a naked person next to them. Setting individual preferences aside, there are basic hygiene concerns, unless the naked person intends to bring a wrap with them to cover the seat they sit in.


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