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
The California High-Speed Rail Authority is using a legal maneuver to shield itself from future lawsuits over its bond allocation. This is a wise move that will keep this important project moving ahead. Read More
This week’s column is a followup to last week’s question from Marissa C., who fell on some stairs in her senior living community. She wanted to know whether there are safety regulations for stairways in apartments and commercial buildings, and whether violation of those regulations can lead to legal liability.
This column shall address handrail safety guidelines, visual delineation requirements and issues of tread height and depth. Violation of any of these standards may establish liability against the landlord. Read More
“San Francisco Symphony cancels East Coast tour amid ongoing musicians’ strike,” Local News,
Raises for symphony would price fans out
The San Francisco Symphony Orchestra musicians make wonderful music, but I don’t think the strike seems like such a good idea. Read More
Reading too much into the questions that U.S. Supreme Court justices ask during oral arguments and then leaping to conclusions about the likely outcome of their deliberations can leave one looking foolish when a final ruling is issued. But at Tuesday’s Supreme Court hearing regarding Proposition 8, the justices seemed to clearly telegraph the low likelihood of a sweeping ruling involving same-sex marriage. Read More
This week is spring break for San Francisco’s public schools, which means students get a brief change of routine before going back to their spring semester classes.
But taking a break from the classroom doesn’t necessarily mean the learning stops. In fact, the change in routine can reinforce what kids have been studying in school. The time off is the perfect chance to show your child how what he or she learns in school relates to the everyday world around us.
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