The budget outlook for the city and county of San Francisco is vastly improved compared to previous years. But serious systemic budget problems still need to be addressed.
In many ways, San Francisco and California are in the same boat when it comes to budget forecasting. State lawmakers started this fiscal year with a balanced budget, which was based on voters approving tax increases.
Voters backed Proposition 30, which was heavily promoted by Gov. Jerry Brown, and the state’s fiscal bleeding was stopped — at least for now. Read More
In the fight over same-sex marriage, there is a small population for whom the upcoming hearings at the U.S. Supreme Court could mean the difference between living together and being physically separated.
The Supreme Court decided late last week that it would take up two cases related to same-sex marriage: a New York case related to the federal Defense of Marriage Act and a California case about Proposition 8, the state’s voter-approved ban on same-sex nuptials. Read More
The unexplained “suspicious” fire that destroyed the interior of the Fleishhacker Pool house at Ocean Beach on Dec. 1 fortunately didn’t include the loss of life, according to The San Francisco Examiner’s report. Yet the source of the fire has yet to be explained, and may never be discovered if demolition proceeds as quickly as The City intends to, reportedly as early as today. Read More
Melissa Griffin’s columns about San Francisco’s state legislators seemed entirely based on what new laws they have sponsored. I was reminded of a passage from Thomas More’s “Utopia”:“They have few laws, as people so trained do not need many. The chief criticism they bring against other people is that an infinite number of books of laws and commentaries is not enough. The Utopians think it most unjust that any man should be bound by laws that are either too numerous to read or too obscure for anyone to understand.” Read More
The re-election of President Barack Obama signals full-speed ahead for the implementation of the health care reforms contained in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, including the creation of public health insurance exchanges. The act mandates that all states and territories establish and launch their own health insurance exchanges by Jan. 1, 2014, or default to a federal fallback program. Read More
Most neighborhoods west of Twin Peaks are quiet, quasi-suburban enclaves with intermittent commercial centers where residents gather often, and which outsiders frequent once in a blue moon. Many people move to the outerlands and Avenues to escape the bustle of the eastern part of The City and visit shops and eateries frequented primarily by neighbors. Read More
We faculty at City College of San Francisco want to say, “Thank you, San Francisco!”
Thank you for your show of support for City College by approving Proposition A by a resounding 72 percent. Your vote of confidence shows us that City College is valued, vital and essential to our city. Thank you also for approving Proposition 30. Read More
Jobs. Tourism. Commercial office space. By almost any measure, San Francisco is outpacing much of the state and the nation when it comes to economic recovery. But our city’s economic turnaround is no accident. Key actions from our business community and elected officials have put our city on sound economic footing and a continued path for growth. Read More
Few stretches of unspoiled coastline in the United States are protected so that they may remain that way into perpetuity. But the U.S. Department of the Interior made a decision last week that allows for the creation of a marine wilderness just north of here at Drakes Bay. Read More