A Beanie Baby on top of a pile of manure greeted visitors to the Stow Lake boathouse Sept. 15.
“I think it was a red dog,” said my friend, who asked to remain anonymous, “but it was on top of a pile of s---, so I didn’t really get a good look at it.” Read More
It seems appropriate that the St. Anthony Foundation traces its origin to an auto shop because it’s an engine that has never stopped running.
There just aren’t many organizations that could put together a weekend gathering with 10,000 meals of barbecue chicken or line up enough servers to make sure that everyone is properly fed. But the foundation built to aid the poor and suffering does it every minute of every day, which is why it may be the most treasured agency in the annals of San Francisco. Read More
Not every social or economic problem deserves its own law, as our governor said recently while readying his veto pen for dozens of unnecessary bills.
Try selling that concept in San Francisco, where the road of good intentions is paved with shaky legislation.
Take for example the local-hire ordinance approved by the Board of Supervisors, which heard the cries about rising unemployment and a dearth of jobs and decided to run with it. Read More
Supervisor Sean Elsbernd asked his colleague Jane Kim a worthwhile question at Monday’s Rules Committee meeting: “What is more important to [our] communities? Having dollars available for services? Or standing on a principle that has been deemed unconstitutional?”
Kim, for the record, prefers the latter, but we’ll get back to that. Read More
Now that we won’t be having another World Series parade this fall, it’s worth noting how rare the personal connections are these days between professional athletes and their fans.
Good ones, I mean. Here in San Francisco, we know how support can drop as fast as Aubrey Huff’s batting average.
The boobirds are sitting in rows at Candlestick Park waiting for Alex Smith to fail. Barry Zito could only be considered a success now if he agreed to give back his salary. Read More
It’s a good thing BART is in the transportation business because when it comes to dealing with more routine concerns, its leaders conduct themselves with the subtlety of a runaway train.Certainly it’s no picnic dealing with groups of protesters whose fuzzy ideology shifts from a message of anti-violence to outright anarchy, but BART officials seem to have come down on the wrong side of just about every issue that’s crossed their tracks in the past few weeks. Read More
You may have read that Mayor Ed Lee negotiated deals with police and fire unions that shield them from the effects of Jeff Adachi’s pension reform measure, Proposition D, if voters support that measure over the mayor-endorsed pension reform dubbed Proposition C. Read More
The significance of Sept. 11 cannot be accurately measured. The events of that day 10 years ago impacted us in so many ways, through so many thousands of lives — lost and saved — that its meaning defies explanation.
Yet as much as 9/11 changed us, the decade since has revealed us. If we can take anything from that day, it’s that our country is resilient, resurgent and, in a way, rejuvenated. Read More
It’s fairly remarkable that after more than 100 years as a utility provider, PG&E could be so woefully disconnected.
And it leaves little doubt that hubris is a natural byproduct of business monopolies. Read More
After Public Defender Jeff Adachi entered the mayoral race on Aug. 12, polling firm Public Opinion Strategies conducted a survey of 500 likely voters to determine the No. 1 choice among the newly expanded field of candidates. The poll, commissioned by an independent expenditure committee not advocating for any mayoral candidate, was conducted over the phone from Aug. 14-16. Read More