Negative though it was, musician Michelle Shocked’s anti-gay outburst at a San Francisco nightclub last week actually exposed a lot of positives. The horrified reaction was instant and wide-reaching, and it showed just how far our society has come in accepting the LGBT community. Read More
San Franciscans are now debating how to pay for seismic upgrades to 44,000 San Francisco housing units vulnerable to collapse during an earthquake. The discussion concerns so-called soft-story buildings — structures in which multistory wooden-frame buildings sit atop garages or businesses with few internal walls. Such buildings famously collapsed in the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake. Read More
If not careful, you may be met eye to eye with the world’s most notorious terrorist, Osama bin Laden, while waiting for one of San Francisco’s Muni buses. The Muslim monster was not resurrected, but his face, along with an ominous quote of violence, is part of a citywide ad campaign taking aim at the term “jihad.” Read More
As most people who have tried it know: Catching a cab in San Francisco is not simple. There is no centralized dispatch service and far too few taxi stands, and wildly waving one’s arm for taxis on the street is hardly useful — although often good exercise.
Throughout our country’s history, poor people have enjoyed few victories — especially those who stand accused of crimes.This week marks the 50th anniversary of a rare and important triumph: Gideon v. Wainwright, the 1963 U.S. Supreme Court ruling that guaranteed that anyone accused of a serious crime was entitled to a lawyer, whether or not he or she could afford one. Read More
“San Francisco DA George Gascón unhappy with cellphone industry approach to thefts,” Local News, Wednesday Read More
Past efforts to clean up homeless encampments in various parts of San Francisco have not had a lasting impact — the occupants merely return after a short time and set up their belongings and communities again. These pop-up communities are not only unsavory elements of any big city, but also dangerous and unhealthy places for people to live. Read More
They held an election in California’s largest city last week, more or less.
Just 16 percent of Los Angeles’ registered voters cast ballots, and neither of the two leading candidates for mayor received even a third of that vote.
So City Councilman Eric Garcetti and City Controller Wendy Greuel, each claiming the allegiance of just 4 percent to 5 percent of the city’s voters (and only a couple of percentage points of its 3.8 million residents) will face each other in a May 21 runoff election for the very dubious honor of governing a city that’s flirting with insolvency. Read More
Riders on Muni can be singularly focused on the service issue that affects them at that very moment. And rightly so, for being late to work or to an appointment is a frustrating experience, especially when the delay is caused by a service snag on Muni. Just as infuriating is when Muni stops short of the end of the line — a practice known as a switchback — and riders have to wait for the next vehicle. Read More
Online advertising is about so much more than pop-up ads and clever image gimmicks in your browser. And it’s not simply a multibillion-dollar industry controlled primarily by large agencies. Take a moment to consider the facts and you will find that it’s the lifeblood of a thriving Internet economy that serves as a growing incubator of talent, innovation and revenue for our larger national economy. Read More