➤ “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
➤ “Proposed reorganization central to plans to save City College of San Francisco,” Local News, Sunday
Wrong priorities consuming CCSF
While the staff at City College of San Francisco argues over where to move the boxes on its organizational charts, the students are overlooked. Read More
As the saying goes, if you love something, set it free.
The story of Charlie the death row dog has become an international sensation ever since the young American Staffordshire terrier was condemned for attacking a U.S. Park Police horse in August. Many folks have come to the defense of Charlie — and his owner — because the Crissy Field incident was the first documented incident in which the dog behaved in such a way. Supporters are confident that their outrage is justified. Read More
Someone needs to ask Kamala Harris how much she thinks a life is worth.
The California attorney general, who was San Francisco’s district attorney before assuming statewide office, has information at her fingertips that could be used to stop doctors from overprescribing deadly medicine. But her excuse for not taking action is the cost. Read More
Although I’ve owned dogs for 36 years, I must confess that Charlie the dog’s story sounds a lot like “blaming the victim” — both the horse and the officer.
A dog that is not aggressive does not run up to a horse and bite. The public needs to be protected. Per the reports, the owner blames the officer. This is not reassuring.
Others could have been hurt, and frankly, Charlie could have been shot when the attack happened.
My sympathies to all.
D. IsaacsSan Francisco
San Francisco is kicking off the year on strong economic footing with employment outpacing much of the nation and the lowest projected municipal budget shortfall in five years. The America’s Cup, the opening of the new waterfront location for the Exploratorium, and several other events and developments will further boost the local economy as the year progresses.
Continued economic growth requires that we keep our focus on jobs and The City’s business climate. This year, our elected leaders will have opportunities to do just that. Read More
In 2012, a secretive group out of Arizona made the largest anonymous political donation in recent California history when it funneled $11 million into an effort to defeat Proposition 30, a tax measure backed by Gov. Jerry Brown. The group, Americans for Responsible Leadership, also spent money trying to encourage voters to pass Proposition 32, which would have limited unions’ political fundraising. Read More
For several years, the San Francisco government, and particularly the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency, has prioritized the needs and wants of bicyclists to the detriment of motorists and pedestrians.
Now, a member of The City’s Bicycle Advisory Committee is proposing changing the timing of the stoplights at 12th and Market streets because impatient bicyclists won’t wait up to one minute for the red light to change, choosing instead to run the light.
His reasoning, that the bicyclists face fines if ticketed for running the light, is illogical. Read More
When Barack Obama was first inaugurated as president in 2009, post-partisanship was the buzzword. But if the 2012 election did not quash the dream of politicians working together for the good of the country, the last-minute negotiations to save the country from the so-called fiscal cliff surely did.
Bickering lawmakers created this disaster in the first place. Not surprisingly, they also failed to resolve the underlying issues when heading off — at least for a little while — its painful economic effects. Read More
Another San Francisco icon is gone. The abandoned Fleishhacker pool house joins the Fleishhacker Pool, Sutro Baths, Playland at the Beach and countless other recreational venues that were enjoyed by city residents for years, only to overstay their welcome and fall into disrepair and ultimately extinction.
They closed the pool and put up a parking lot. Playland was replaced with condominiums, and as for the Sutro Baths, also destroyed by fire after being vacated, concrete ruins remain as a vague reminder of a long-lost era. Read More