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
One hundred and seven years ago today, the great 1906 San Francisco earthquake and fire, one of the nation’s most significant catastrophes, devastated our city. San Franciscans came together as a community to recover and rebuild the San Francisco that we know and love today.
We live in earthquake country, but that doesn’t mean we should feel scared and overwhelmed about earthquakes. Instead, let’s prepare now before the next disaster. Knowing what to do before, during and after a disaster will help you take care of yourself, your family and your neighborhood. Read More
Before beginning this week’s column, I want to thank the many readers who sent me get-well wishes via the Internet as well as through personal notes. It is very heartwarming to me to not only know that people read this column, but to think that they would take the time out of their day to wish me a speedy recovery. This includes my former neighbors in Forest Hill, the Vukasin family — Vlaho, Yvonne, Michael and Peter. San Francisco is a city with a big heart. Read More
During his visit to China, Gov. Jerry Brown promoted investment opportunities in industries such as clean energy, infrastructure and alternative-fuel vehicles that have the potential to remake California’s economy for decades.
Yet another initiative he highlighted might prove to be more far-reaching — an investment in the capacity of Californians to understand and directly connect with the people now building China’s economy. Read More
I was pushed around for being skinny when I was a kid. Also for wearing an eye patch, for being the smart kid and for always acting like a performer. And did I mention I was called “Petunia”?
It doesn’t take much to make a child feel like an outsider. Most of us have felt that way at one time or another. What can be hard is helping children feel like they belong — like they are part of something bigger than themselves.
That’s what I always worked for as a teacher. Read More
Remember in high school when you had a bad day? Had a stomachache? Or just needed to talk? Maybe there was a nurse who took your temperature and called someone at home to come pick you up. If you were lucky enough to go to a school with a nurse, that is.
Guess what our high school students in the San Francisco Unified School District get now? Way more. Read More