➤ “Economy needs immigration reform,” Opinion, Tuesday
Use education to nurture tech talent
Bob Linscheid’s opinion piece has an arrogant (and rather bigoted) overtone implying that American workers are not competent to perform science and engineering jobs and Congress should allow more tech-savvy foreigners to enter the country on H-1B visas. Read More
This week’s question comes from Zach L. in the Castro:
Q: “I was recently hit by a car that ran a red light on Mission Street at the 19th Street intersection. I had just bought the car that I was driving two days earlier and I had yet to purchase insurance. I broke my arm. The police found that the other guy was at fault, and although I didn’t do anything wrong, I’ve been told that I can’t recover compensation for my pain and suffering because I didn’t have insurance on the car at the time that I was hit. Is this true? This doesn’t seem fair.” Read More
San Francisco has an opportunity to lessen its use of energy from fossil fuels and thus reduce its carbon footprint by adding new renewable energy to the electric grid. But to do this, city officials need to properly plan and execute a yet-to-be-started program whose prospects appear to be dimming. Read More
➤ “4/20 fete will cost San Francisco plenty of green,” Local News, Friday
Annual pot fest gives the Haight a boost
Chris Roberts’ extremely biased article on the costs of the fun and exuberant 4/20 celebration on Hippie Hill in Golden Gate Park read like a news release from the Recreation and Park Department. Read More
When Tanya, a senior at the Academy of Arts and Sciences, started high school, she met with a volunteer counselor from the Bar Association who sat down with her to map out her entire high school career. Because of this, Tanya knew exactly what she needed to do to get to college.
In her freshman year, she took a college and career class as part of the graduation requirements. She found out things she didn’t know about herself — like that she enjoyed science, but didn’t like the office-type environment. Read More
Congress is busy working on an immigration overhaul that, if passed, would usher in the most dramatic changes to the nation’s immigration system in more than two decades. While much of the focus and attention is on issues of border security, enforcement and pathways to citizenship for undocumented immigrants, the legislative overhaul now in progress presents an opportunity to advance issues important to the business community. Read More
➤ “Transgender rights for students can help them succeed,” Opinion, WednesdayTransgender youths need help to flourishWhen transgender students are held back from graduation because they missed required credits in physical education classes due to harassment, name-calling and bullying, they are affected for life. Makeup classes take valuable time away from transgender students who need to work and to further their education. Read More
A week after the San Francisco Police Department abandoned its proposal to issue stun guns to a select few officers, a fatal officer-involved shooting proved why it was the wrong decision.
San Francisco has long resisted providing its police officers with stun guns — frequently referred to as Tasers, although that is the name of a specific brand of device. For years, San Francisco police chiefs have sought approval from the Police Commission to purchase stun guns. The commission, a citizens oversight body, steadfastly disapproved on numerous occasions. Read More
San Franciscans deserve to know the facts. That is never more certain than when it comes to their health care. Read More
This week, The San Francisco Examiner reported how Proposition A transit funding has been used by The City. Our conclusions were alarming.
Prop. A was passed by voters in 2007 to boost the Transit Effectiveness Project, a comprehensive plan to speed up and increase service on The City’s transit network. In a February 2008 article, the San Francisco Planning and Urban Research Association think tank touted the project as “thorough, specific and bold in its recommendations.” Read More