Former U.S. Sen. George Mitchell has stepped down as the mediator who will consider whether to fine Pacific Gas & Electric over the deadly San Bruno blast. We consider his offer the best solution of a sticky situation that has raised concerns about inappropriate ties and closed-door dealings. Read More
Last year, San Francisco officials decided to make city buildings more environmentally friendly. Mayor Ed Lee introduced legislation requiring any facilities leased by The City to meet LEED Gold requirements. The entire Board of Supervisors approved the plan. Read More
The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency, which oversees Muni, will be receiving $6.7 million in funds that are meant to increase productivity and introduce new riders to the transit system. The money, allocated Wednesday by the Metropolitan Transportation Commission, also could be used for a pilot project that would provide free Muni passes to low-income youths in The City. This is the best use of the one-time funds. Read More
City College of San Francisco makes dreams a reality. We support, shape and educate you, your family, your friends, your neighbors and your co-workers. We educate everyone.
No matter what, it’s not surprising that one in 10 San Franciscans have sat in a City College classroom. But that could change dramatically. We need your help now. Support Proposition A, the CCSF parcel tax. Read More
Although NASA has retired the 30-year-old space shuttle program, that doesn’t mean Americans have stopped shooting for the moon. American ingenuity is creating an out-of-this-world experience right here on the ground.
Today, we are able to wirelessly download books and magazines to tablets we can manipulate with our fingertips.
We can access Spotify, the world’s largest record store, from anywhere — for free. We can chat with friends and loved ones with crystal-clear video and audio quality. Our mobile phones now double as everything from credit cards to house keys. Read More
With the technology we use these days, there are numerous ways in which we all leave behind a digital trail.
In many instances, there are opt-outs to the information we give. For social media sites, such as Facebook and Twitter, there are lengthy privacy policies that have evolved due to concerns — or failures by the companies — about personal information that is shared. Privacy policies typically allow users to adjust down to a granular level the amount of information they are willing to give and share publicly. Read More
When the recent debate over hydraulic fracturing in California first got started, Gov. Jerry Brown made a statement that’s worth recalling: “California is the fourth-largest oil producing state and we want to continue that.” Fortunately, we have the resources and the technology to ensure we remain a leading energy producer. Read More
It was understandably troubling for San Franciscans to discover in January that Ross Mirkarimi, whom they had just elected as sheriff, had been accused of domestic violence in connection with an incident in which he bruised the arm of his wife, Eliana Lopez. That, of course, set in motion a series of events that led to Mayor Ed Lee suspending Mirkarimi and then, just Tuesday, four supervisors ultimately voting to reinstate him as sheriff. Read More
I used to be a teacher, so I have to correct mistakes where I see them. Don’t worry, no rulers.
The recent San Francisco Examiner editorial, “Ammiano’s bill is wrong approach to immigration,” has one big fact wrong. The Examiner wrote that my bill — AB 1081, the Trust Act — would order local law enforcement officials, “with the force of state law, to ignore federal law.” This is simply untrue. Read More
Since when did Republicans start acting like Democrats?
In the late 1970s, when the New Left activists grew into power, the Democratic Party became a sloppy mess. National conventions, such as the one held in San Francisco in 1984, devolved into spectacles of infighting and floor fights. The scene was, in a word, democratic. Read More