Scientists with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced recently that the carbon dioxide levels in Earth’s atmosphere measured just shy of 400 parts per million. Evidence from ice core samples and other means strongly suggests that level is the highest that carbon levels have ever been since humans first appeared on Earth. In fact, one scientist said that the last time the carbon levels were this high, the sea level was between 33 and 66 feet higher.
In a city bordered on three sides by water, that should trouble everyone. Read More
In June, I was physically unhealthy, taking medication for diabetes, and I was selected to run a large urban school district — perhaps one of the more stressful jobs there is.
I took a hard look at what I was about to take on as the San Francisco Unified School District’s superintendent, and I realized I was setting a terrible example. I made a personal commitment to do what I want all of our children to learn to do — learn about nutrition, eat nutritious meals and get regular exercise. Read More
In centuries past, miners would bring a canary down into the mineshaft with them. Any toxic gases would kill the canary first, warning the miners.
Today, people of color are America’s — and San Francisco’s — canaries in the coal mine, and we’re having trouble breathing.When the economy struggles, Americans of color feel it first and worst. We’re feeling it now. Read More
➤ “Parklets are all business” From Readers, Opinion, May 5
Let neighbors decide if parklet is wanted
Reader Mindy Kershner tells it straight about the “parklet.” But it actually gets worse. Neighboring residents and businesses (as well as property owners) do not need to be notified by mail before an application is filed, and there is no requirement that they sign on to a project that will directly impact them. Read More
The new Bay Bridge span has issues that need to be fully and adequately addressed before the eastern section opens to vehicular traffic. While local, state and federal officials should work in an expedited manner, they should not rush to meet the artificial deadline of a holiday weekend for any grand opening ceremonies. Read More
➤ “Speed key to Muni transit vision,” Local News, TuesdayMuni has solutions right in front themWill Reisman’s story implies that reducing Muni travel times is some kind of extraordinary goal and something “For the agency to strive for over the next 50 years.” This is completely ludicrous. Why does Muni need half a century to fix this problem? Read More
This week’s question comes from Jenny V. in Berkeley, who asks:
Q: “My best girlfriend just confided in me that she and her therapist had sex. She went to see this therapist because of sexual trauma she suffered as a child. She’s really freaked out and confused. On one hand, she doesn’t want to get the therapist in trouble, but on the other hand, she feels like she’s being taken advantage of. I can see that it’s tearing her apart. Isn’t this illegal? What can be done about it?” Read More
As a San Francisco resident who eats and shops in just about every neighborhood in our city, I deeply appreciate the contributions each small business makes to enrich our daily lives. That’s why we dedicate the third week of May every year to celebrate our small businesses during San Francisco’s Small Business Week.
One of the largest celebrations of its kind, Small Business Week includes a series of educational and networking events that honor and support San Francisco’s small businesses, the backbone of our local economy. Read More
The conversation surrounding medical marijuana dispensaries in San Francisco has wound its way in recent years from “should we?” to “where should we?” to “how much should we?” Now, the discussion is headed back to “where should we?”
The Board of Supervisors needs to formally reopen the topic of where dispensaries can open up in The City and serve their patients to make sure city zoning regulations do not overload the neighborhoods to which they are currently restricted. Read More
Q: I can’t stay on schedule with my high blood pressure meds. My doctor keeps hounding me. Is it so bad not to take them regularly? — Gracie P., Hull, Mass. A: You can skip a rock, skip school or simply skip for exercise (see iskip.com if you don’t believe us). But skipping your meds is bad for your health. It allows your blood pressure to rebound to its previously high, potentially dangerous levels. Read More