Re “The Lasting Impact of the SF Project” (Front page, October 26): The San Francisco Building and Construction Trades Council has been intimately involved in discussions about the proposed housing development at 469 Stevenson St., and we supported its approval.

The story slips over an important fact: even if it had been approved, this project would have little chance of being built anytime soon. In fact, the same developer behind 469 Stevenson had many permits for housing elsewhere in the city and had not yet started construction.

It’s not unique to this developer; there are tens of thousands of approved units just waiting to be launched. Starting construction on these projects would go a long way to solving San Francisco’s housing crisis (and getting many of our members back to work). Yet these projects languish.

That’s why my union has joined with teachers, nurses, firefighters and many other organizations in supporting Proposal E. It wouldn’t just speed up approvals, it would actually force developers to start construction in the 24 months. His rival, Prop. D, contains glaring loopholes that could delay construction indefinitely.

Trades believe in building homes now. That’s why we urge voters to support Proposition E.

Rudy Gonzalez, Secretary-Treasurer, San Francisco Building and Construction Trades Council

Source Matters

Re “Oakland Mayoral Contest Heats Up – Candidates Form Alliance, Money Flows In” (Front page, October 27):

We would do well to remember that Oakland is a working town. As such, we have a long history of being progressive, which means worker-oriented.

It is therefore important to note that although some progressive candidates like Sheng Thao and conservatives like Ignacio De La Fuente have received a lot of money recently, it is not the same.

Thao’s funding comes from the unions — the workers. De La Fuente’s big backer is described as “a hedge fund manager and developer” who backs the placement of a coal terminal in Oakland.

This difference matters.

Philip Rapier, Oakland

Keep the beer away

Golden Gate Park is a treasure trove full of wonders for all to enjoy. Allowing a beer garden is questionable at best. If people want drinks at the park, they can bring them from home or patronize nearby stores that have battled the pandemic.

Catherine Brady-Brown, San Andreas, Calaveras County