Don’t Forget Stadium Workers While MLB Owners and Players Haggle for Billions

The dispute between owners and players of Major League Baseball teams is so damaging to all of us who work in the games. We seldom consider employees earning a pittance while ballplayers and owners vie for millions and billions.

After no work in 2020 (due to COVID) and now with some games canceled, workers hope this will be resolved soon so we don’t have to spend another year worrying about when we can work again.

David Turner, Orinda

Boudin needs balance

San Francisco District Attorney Chesa Boudin may have some of the best ideas for reducing recidivism, tackling the societal causes of crime and making criminal justice more humane, but when he tries to blindly implement policy shifts while trivializing the concerns of his constituents, it’s clear he doesn’t understand his job.

Public safety is as much about perception as it is about crime statistics, and if the public is upset by a perceived increase in crime, continuing to implement only policies deemed to promote crime while giving little Paying attention to people’s desire to feel safe is a great way to erode support for progressive ideas.

He should check in on the Brooklyn district attorney, who seems to be finding a healthier balance between progressive goals and placating a jittery community.

Andrew Leahy, San Francisco

The repossession is unfair

Regarding the “$1.1 Million Renovation Nightmare at Berkeley” (Front Page, February 27): With Lauren Hepler’s investigation, we know that Leonard Powell is not an isolated case but part of a draconian system steeped in covert racism, unquestionable power, and gross indifference to public and community needs.

Good liberal people often fail to recognize how much their behavior contributes to systems that reinforce gentrification and force people of color out of Bay Area cities.

Beyond the problem of landlord evictions, the pressure on Powell has come under the guise of the law. This amounts to a government-sponsored effort to create homelessness. In Powell’s situation, there was never any evidence that his house was a drug den or a place to sell drugs, but once the police dropped that charge on the table, it stayed. It’s an old story that repeats itself.

Apparently, Powell isn’t the only victim of this home-flipping device authorized by state and local authorities.

If we don’t want to see this country ruled by white supremacists, we better figure out how to help change the views of who we are as a community and a nation.

Marc Sapir, Berkeley

Support the Oakland Police

Regarding the OPD council’s “rhetoric” (Bay Area & Business, March 2): The Oakland City Council and Mayor Libby Schaaf should all be ashamed of the current state of the Oakland Police Department. If you all did your job, we wouldn’t have any vacancies.

Nikki Fortunato Bas, why don’t you do our police force a favor. This Saturday night from 11 p.m. to 3 a.m., turn on the OPD police scanner (available online) and listen to the utter chaos officers face every night. Then on Monday, take a moment to send them a thank you.

Saul StokesOakland

Biden made a bad choice

President Biden made a strategic mistake with the nomination of Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson to the Supreme Court. To keep his promise to appoint a black woman, he should have chosen Vice President Kamala Harris.

Biden likely won’t run in 2024 because he’ll be 81. And Harris, while technically the Democratic Party’s chosen nominee, is found to be ineligible if the polls are any indication.

With Harris on the Supreme Court, Biden could appoint a next-generation vice president who would be in a prime position to run for president in two years. Pete Buttigieg?

Jahan Byrne, Richmond

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