Sunday’s editorial in The San Francisco Examiner (“Coastal Commission should allow city’s plan for soccer fields to proceed”) criticized the California Coastal Commission’s report regarding the Beach Chalet soccer complex proposed for Golden Gate Park, right next to Ocean Beach. Read More
I don’t know if you remember much about being in kindergarten, but I sure do. And what I remember most is my teacher, Mrs. Ellis.
She didn’t speak a word of Spanish and I hardly spoke a word of English. But she liked me. That’s all I knew on my first day.
Mrs. Ellis knew what to do. She called me “honey,” and I knew by the way she said it that it meant something nice. During those first days of school when I couldn’t understand a thing at all, I’d hear her call to me with that special new English word, and I felt safe. Read More
Thursday is Bike to Work Day, and thousands of people throughout the Bay Area will be pedaling to their jobs. Those of us who have discovered the ease and convenience of biking have plenty of reasons to celebrate: more bike lanes throughout The City, secure bike parking at our workplaces and huge growth in ridership citywide. But even if you never get on a bike, there are real reasons to cheer that record numbers of people are biking in San Francisco. Read More
➤ “Muni for today, Muni for tomorrow,” Opinion, Thursday
Muni’s spending has gone out of control
In Thursday’s opinion piece, Muni Transportation Director Ed Reiskin complains how Muni will be $510 million in the red each year for the next 20 years just to maintain its current operations. He calls Muni crowded, late and dirty. He is a master of understatement. Read More
We love dogs in San Francisco. About 150,000 live here, which means we have more canines residing in The City than kids. But in finding park space for all those dogs to play in, there’s an escalating debate: Are they our best friends or dogs gone wild?
In a recent news release, the National Park Service said romping dogs had killed two baby geese and bitten nine people in federally owned area parkland over the past year. Dog advocates say these incidents represent a tiny fraction of total dog visits, which are usually problem-free. Read More
➤ “Beach Chalet soccer field plan panned by state agency,” Local News, Thursday
Turf plan criticism is misinformed
I support the installation of artificial turf fields at the Beach Chalet site. And I personally take issue with the California Coastal Commission’s staff summary recommendation to stop the proposed Beach Chalet field renovation project.
Translated into English, the staff recommendation says: Read More
Small businesses are key to the economic health of San Francisco, California and our nation. Their entrepreneurship fuels the innovation economy. Their agility spurs creativity across industries. And their uniqueness truly shapes the character of our communities.
San Francisco is fortunate to have so many small businesses. These employers provide jobs to 283,000 people, approximately half of San Francisco’s entire workforce. No matter how you measure it, these businesses, with less than 100 employees, are the backbone of the local economy. Read More
A recent report by staff members of the state agency that controls development along California’s coastline argues against a plan for new playing fields near the Beach Chalet in Golden Gate Park. But the document is flawed in its reasoning and its recommendations should be rejected.
When the California Coastal Commission takes up the issue of the Beach Chalet soccer fields during its Thursday meeting, the members of the agency will have before them a document based on a false understanding of what this portion of the park was, is and should be. Read More
If you live in, work in or visit San Francisco, chances are you’ve ridden Muni. As a regular rider and resident, I understand why the system is valued for its comprehensive coverage of our city and also why it is criticized for sometimes being crowded, dirty or late. Read More
It is often easiest to blame a single person for a problem, but such criticism does not always resolve the underlying issue. That appears to be the case with the San Francisco Housing Authority. Read More