Editor’s note: Christopher B. Dolan was recently involved in a serious motorcycle collision leading to a broken pelvis and shattered upper arm, both of which were operated on last week. So this week’s column is written by one of Dolan’s professional colleagues (and trial team leaders), Greg Schaffer, who focuses primarily on personal injury matters.
Our question is from Anne C. in Bernal Heights:
Q: What are my rights as it relates to my rental security deposit? Read More
San Francisco is a walker’s city. When compared to places like New York or Chicago, the temperate climate and compactness of the neighborhoods and downtown make perambulation pleasant and necessary here. Even people who rely on other transit options, including driving and Muni, often begin or end their trips on foot. Read More
As patients, we expect our hospital rooms, beds and operating tables to be clean and sanitized. We expect medical equipment that works and sufficient numbers of patient-care staff to be available when we call for help. We expect facilities to be safe and secure. And we expect to be treated just as well as any other patient.
According to a new whistle-blower report from frontline care providers at UC medical centers, the state’s fourth-largest health care delivery system is too often failing to meet these standards. Read More
It’s hard to get what you want if you don’t know what you want. For instance, a job seeker who recently contacted Robert Half opened his cover letter with an odd request: “Please read this letter and then let me know where I would fit in best in your organization.”
How many hiring managers will have the time or inclination to do this applicant’s work for him? I suspect none. Read More
In the same week the Supreme Court heard its two historic cases on same-sex marriage, Google announced the first lucky test subjects who would get to try Google Glass — history-making eyewear that puts the Internet in your field of vision. None of the justices were selected, but maybe Google should lend them a pair before they reach a decision in June. Read More
A small but vocal group of San Francisco residents and merchants is vehemently opposed to removing parking on Polk Street to make way for a bike lane. Members have organized well enough to persuade The City’s transit agency to rethink its approach to the proposal, after admittedly not being fully prepared to sell the idea during a March community meeting.
Hard to believe it, but it’s April and time again for our students to take the California Standardized Testing and Reporting tests.
Teachers and education officials use the results of STAR tests to identify individual student progress, as well as trends in how well groups of students are learning the standards in order to improve educational programs. Read More
➤ “Public Defender Jeff Adachi is the boy who cried broke,” Melissa Griffin, Local News, Thursday
Funding helps ensure justice for the public
Melissa Griffin’s recent column overlooks key facts about the budget process as well as the criminal justice system. Read More
Forty-three years ago, California adopted one of the nation’s most foresighted environmental protection laws, the California Environmental Quality Act, which is known as CEQA. The law encourages our elected officials to “look before they leap” and make decisions based on an objective analysis of a proposed project’s impacts on the environment. Read More
The California Environmental Quality Act is a good law too often used in bad ways. At its root, the law, typically known as CEQA, requires that state and local governments study the impacts of projects to mitigate, when possible, their negative effects.
But while CEQA-type laws around the nation typically only come into play in the case of genuine environmental objections to a project, the law in California is far too often co-opted by anyone with a “not in my backyard” objection. Read More