➤ “ Industry must try to curb cellphone thefts,” Letters, Opinion, March 17 Read More
Decades of free access to public-court files would end under a proposal in Gov. Jerry Brown’s preliminary budget.
We write this on behalf of the San Francisco Peninsula Press Club board of directors, which strongly opposes the proposal. But why should you?
Because free access to public records is a cornerstone of our democracy. Free access to public records makes it more difficult for those doing wrong to hide. Read More
Central to Nathan Lean’s claim that our American Freedom Defense Initiative ads spread “hate” is his charge that the ads “suggest collective guilt on the part of the world’s 1.6 billion Muslims for acts of terrorism.” Yet nowhere do our ads suggest any such thing. Instead, they highlight real hatred and incitement to violence from influential Muslim leaders and spokesmen. Muslims and non-Muslims who abhor and oppose that hatred and incitement should be standing with us, not condemning us. Read More
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