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
➤ “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