Tennis courts

Don’t remove SF tennis courts for pickleball

Regarding “Pickleball players fighting for more city courts” (Bay Area & Business, Oct. 12): In Heather Knight’s column, she says, “The adjacent tennis courts, I noticed, were empty”, leaving the impression that the tennis courts are not needed. She might as well have said “the soccer field was empty”. The reality is that tennis continues to be popular, making it extremely difficult to get to a court on weekends.

Tennis is popular with young adults who have to work out during the week. Pickleball is popular among many retirees who can play on weekdays, hence Knight’s comparison on a Monday morning is a little misleading.

Also, teenagers and kids tend to play tennis (and soccer) more than pickleball, and I’ve rarely seen them play pickleball. Children and high school tennis teams use the tennis courts after school.

Let’s not ignore our young people. Let’s not take away the pristine tennis courts that are in use. Instead, build new pickleball courts.

Bill Der, San Francisco

think about housing

On “Making State Housing Accessible to Locals First” (Open Forum, Oct. 12): Kudos to Kevin Frazier for highlighting the issues of local and low-income households and tenants displaced by the inflation and land speculation.

These chronic burdens will never be solved by simply building more housing units. And while we discuss building housing or more affordable housing, our most popular but least creative housing policy says, “JUST BUILD!

Under the guise of a progressive and benevolent housing solution, the YIMBY rhetoric is nothing more than a radical defense of private property and the use of land as a commodity. This pervasive pro-housing ideology is not simply an embrace of supply-side free market fundamentalism, but the Build Now Build Everywhere movement represents an elitist and authoritarian approach to ideas about society, government, and community.

Thoughtful policy solutions to building-free housing include financial and policy support for limited-equity housing cooperatives and community land trusts, which emphasize the priority of residence over ownership.

A community-centered housing policy provides stability and security of residence, and I believe that a compassionate society will one day revolt against the untold misery engendered by forced human migration.

Stuart Schott, San Francisco

Don’t attack the judges

Regarding “Grand Jury: The Santa Clara Board Put the 49ers First” (Front Page, October 8): 49ers CEO Jed York is responsible for the shameful attack on his spokesman, Rahul Chandhok, alleging that Santa Clara County Superior Court judges stacked the civil grand jury with “Mayor Gillmor’s neighbors, associates, and allies” to commit “political ax work.”

This is a deliberate attack on the integrity of Superior Court judges that demands a severe public rebuke for arrogant disregard and profound ignorance of jury selection by a highly respected court. Shame on you both.

Richard Alexander, San Francisco

fight for blood money

On ‘UC Hastings name change action may apply to state law’ (Bay Area & Business, October 12): Descendants of Serranus Hastings are still fighting to keep his name at the college by right of San Francisco, unrepentant to profit from the blood, theirs and that of the thousands of Native Americans he had killed in Mendocino, supposedly to protect his cattle.

When will he have enough, or is excessive profiteering from bloodline and the blood of others really the American way?

Mitchell GoldmanRichmond

Bad bet at 8:10

What is the redeeming value of an all-day conversation about sports betting on a Bay Area radio station? Talk about dumbing down the population.

KGO 810 had topics of interest to many of us who are interested in current affairs and what is happening in our world.

After checking out several of the newly offered programs on 810 the Spread, it seems to me that the station is simply aiming to hook what are probably mostly male listeners interested in sports betting. Do we really need this? Cumulus Media, you should be ashamed.

Joanne Brown, Concorde


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