San Francisco government is known for nothing if not its vigorous public hearings, a process in which the comments and input of citizens are heartily solicited — at times to the chagrin of some people. When issues provoke a hearing in The City, there are clear protocols for openness, public notice and the like. Read More
State Sen. Mark Leno’s reasonable proposal to let cities extend their bar hours until 4 a.m. was killed without even making it out of committee. His critics had levied dire warnings about waves of drunkards all hitting the streets at 4 a.m. But that’s precisely what Leno’s proposal would help prevent. Read More
Office tenancy in San Francisco commercial buildings is at a near-record high as The City continues to attract new companies due to its reputation as an innovative, healthy and enjoyable place to do business. Thirteen major buildings are being constructed or are under major renovation, which will add another 1.5 million square feet of workspace within the next 24 months. Seventeen more buildings are proposed that would add an additional 12 million square feet of space to the marketplace. Read More
You probably already know that public schools in California aren’t funded well enough to provide all students with the educational investments they deserve.
And I know you’re thinking, “Right, Richard, we could all use more money.”
But listen to this: California ranks 47th out of 50 states for the amount of funding it gets to educate each student. New York, which also has a high cost of living, gives its K-12 public school districts almost double what California gives us. Read More
‘Greyhound Therapy” has evidently made its way to San Francisco, and it’s not the kind of tour bus you want to see.
The City Attorney’s Office said Monday that it is investigating the possibility that Nevada shipped mentally ill people it didn’t want to deal with all the way to San Francisco — 36 over a five-year period. In fact, Nevada might have sent at least one such person to every state in the lower 48 during that time. Read More
➤ “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