The handful of blocks that are bounded by Sixth, Seventh, Market, Mission streets are not quite San Francisco’s worst neighborhood for criminal behavior and public safety, but they are perhaps The City’s most high-profile symbol of those urban ills. This hotbed of addiction, homelessness, and crime has long vexed city leaders. Read More
San Franciscans are optimistic about the future, and they should be. Unemployment is down to 6.5 percent. The local economy is growing. And the World Series champion Giants are gearing up for another exciting season. As a newcomer to this great city, I am energized and honored to be able to play a role in helping to keep San Francisco on a continued path to economic success. Read More
After a long, contentious battle in which both sides walked away numerous times, a deal to build two new hospitals in San Francisco has been brokered, marking a win for everyone in The City. Read More
➤ “BART workers’ absences cost agency millions,” Local News, Feb. 16 Read More
A little more than a year ago, Bevan Dufty took what may be one of the least enviable jobs in San Francisco — working as the point person in City Hall on homelessness.
Among the top 10 complaints in San Francisco, aggressive panhandling and homeless people living on the streets typically rank as high as Muni service. But in speaking with Dufty, you would be hard-pressed to conclude that he has anything but enthusiasm for his job.
➤ “Polk Street merchants angry about plan to remove parking spaces,” Local News, Thursday Read More
The “war on drugs” is one of the greatest ongoing governmental failures of our lifetime. This policy with roots in the Nixon administration has swollen U.S. prison populations without decreasing criminal activity. It is long past time to reform the prosecution and sentencing of low-level drug offenses.
In California, state Sen. Mark Leno of San Francisco has introduced legislation that would give district attorneys greater flexibility when it comes to charging people for possession for personal use of a small amount of drugs other than marijuana. Read More
➤ “New San Francisco supervisor fits profile to lead Sunset district,” Local News, Tuesday
Tang, she’s not it for Sunset district
Supervisor Harvey Milk’s name to San Francisco International Airport, his proposal hit strong headwinds of opposition. Some have suggested that the idea be grounded before San Franciscans have a chance to formally weigh in on it.
In fact, the best outcome would be for the full Board of Supervisors to submit the measure to the voters of San Francisco, who could then hear the arguments for themselves and make an informed decision. After all, it’s not like this largely symbolic proposal would deprive anyone of their rights or infringe on their civil liberties. Read More
Playground airplane stirs major issues
The current plan to replace the military plane that once inhabited Larsen Park on 19th Avenue in San Francisco reminded me of the controversy that was as much a part of the aircraft-turned-playground-structure as the lead-based paint and graffiti that coated its aerodynamic shape.
Many residents believed that a symbol of war occupying a children’s playground was inappropriate if not obscene.
Others were uncomfortable with the constant reminder of a war that brought so much pain to so many for so long. Read More