Recently, I introduced legislation to add Harvey Milk’s name to San Francisco International Airport and call it Harvey Milk SFO. My goal would not just be to “honor” him, but to move forward the civil-rights agenda for which he lived and died.
Milk wasn’t just one of America’s first openly gay elected officials. He was — and still is — an inspiration for all individuals who are bullied, discriminated against and abused. “You have to give them hope” is how Harvey said it. And that’s as true today as it was 35 years ago. Read More
The word “gay” came out of the closet during President Barack Obama’s inauguration speech Monday. In a wide-ranging speech about equality, Obama mentioned “gay brothers and sisters,” making him the first president to use the term in an inauguration address. Read More
➤ Niners going to the Super Bowl
New Orleans ready to welcome 49ers
As a volunteer who will be working Super Bowl XLVII, let me be the first local to say congratulations to the 49ers. We are excited that you will be coming to New Orleans, and we intend to make your visit to our beautiful city a very memorable one.
When you arrive, we will show you the finer points of our Southern hospitality. Everything from our fine eating establishments and our great music to our treasured city locales are yours to enjoy. We look forward to meeting you. Read More
“San Francisco police report dozens of arrests at 49ers-Packers game,” Local News, Monday
49ers fans’ taunts ruined game for him
I was in attendance at the Green Bay Packers vs. 49ers divisional playoff game Saturday night in San Francisco. Read More
There’s no question about it: San Francisco’s successful drug-disposal program needs to be continued. The big question now is how.
The City started a pilot program in April using a one-time $110,000 grant from the Pharmaceutical Researchers and Manufacturers of America and Genentech. Since launching, people have turned in nearly 10,500 pounds of medicine for disposal.
It is not often that the phrases “California budget” and “good” are spoken in the same conversation, let alone the same sentence. And though the Golden State’s budget looks rosier these days, it is not time to stop working toward a stronger fiscal future.
In another bit of good news, the Legislature’s nonpartisan budget analyst said Monday that the state budget is balanced. Just a short time ago, the same analyst said there could be a shortfall of more than $1 billion. But now the analyst has revised the numbers, which line up with the budget Gov. Jerry Brown unveiled last week. Read More
Gov. Jerry Brown introduced his new state budget Thursday, and it contains a sweeping overhaul of how funding is allocated to California schools and how districts may spend certain funds. The changes, bound to cause a fight, are a welcome start to at least the conversation about education spending in the state. Read More
I do not have high hopes for the continued existence of City College of San Francisco considering some of the actions coming from the faculty.
They managed to run a once excellent institution into the ground with historically poor practices that threaten its very survival.
It is overwhelming consensus that there needs to be a house cleaning and practices of the past completely discarded with outside intervention and wholesale changes made. Read More
Gov. Jerry Brown’s major achievement in his first year as governor in 1975 was the Agricultural Labor Relations Act, which created a first-in-the-nation mechanism for the United Farm Workers union to seek contracts with growers.
It did not, contrary to expectations, result in the massive unionization of fieldworkers. Thirty-eight years later, the reasons are still being debated. The UFW and its allies contend that there has been unfair stalling by farmers; growers blame the union’s indifference to doing business and its own internal strife. Read More
➤ “Despite years of talk, San Francisco still mulling ban on plastic water bottles,” Local News, Thursday
Water bottle ban is wrong approach
I was disappointed by your story in favor of banning plastic water bottles in San Francisco. Using the law to bully people into being more environmentally responsible is not the best approach. Read More