San Francisco’s planning approval process is notoriously difficult, often taking months — and sometimes a decade or more — to approve a project. The City’s lengthy process can add significantly to a developer’s costs. These costs are impacting the pace of development and the type of projects that get built in The City. Read More
A few ideas in Gov. Jerry Brown’s recent budget proposal would be so damaging to the free flow of information in California that they should be scrapped immediately. Read More
As the legal status of gay families is debated nationally, I assure you that here in the San Francisco Unified School District, we continue to see all families as equally important and celebrate that our families come in all forms.
Last week, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy talked about the fact that as many as 40,000 children in California live with same-sex parents, and he posed that children may be adversely affected by their parents not being allowed to marry. Read More
Today’s price to live in San Francisco is $1 million for a modest home or thousands a month for a market-rate apartment. That’s the reality of supply and demand when 800,000 people want to live on a tiny peninsula where Tartine scones and Bi-Rite Creamery can be found on the same Mission district block.
It’s especially tough on middle-class families fleeing San Francisco. We have fewer children than any major American city, and the ones we have are often relegated to sleeping in converted closets. Read More
Supporting a ban on the sale of plastic water bottles on federal parkland in San Francisco, surrounding counties and Yosemite National Park seems like a no-brainer for a city that regards itself as the epicenter of environmental consciousness.
Extending the hours during which alcohol could be sold makes sense in a city like San Francisco, which has a dynamic and diverse nightlife scene that draws people from around the Bay Area, country and world.
But state Sen. Mark Leno’s legislation to allow municipalities to decide whether they want to extend the current alcohol-sales cutoff time from 2 a.m. to 4 a.m. instantly created opposing sides and nothing in between.
Summarily discounting or blindly endorsing the proposal is dangerous. Testing its merits is the prudent approach. Read More
“San Francisco Giants boosting social media experience inside AT&T Park,” Local News, Thursday
Social media path unplugs Giants fans
2006-2012: Everyone ignores the game while staring at their smartphone.
2013: The Social Media Center opens so people can gather together to ignore the game, stare at their phone, and then see if what they typed/shot shows up on a larger screen. Read More
Far too many projects in San Francisco hit roadblocks because of complaints from a handful of neighbors. And when the America’s Cup Event Authority announced a major concert series on the waterfront, it appeared as if nearby residents could have sunk the deal.
So it is good that the America’s Cup group, the concert promoter Live Nation and the neighbors, including the politically connected Telegraph Hill Dwellers, talked about concerns and reached a conclusion that seems to be amicable to the greatest majority of people possible. Read More
San Francisco kick-started the open-data movement three years ago when lawmakers voted to approve the first ordinance in the nation to encourage departments to release their data. But since that time, The City has fallen behind. Read More
“San Francisco transgender community reports uptick in targeted violence,” Law & Disorder, March 28
Hate crimes do not belong in our city
Transgender people have long suffered discrimination and violence due to who they are, and this is troubling to all of us in the LGBT community. Hate-motivated crimes against transgender people have no place in our city. Read More