Most neighborhoods west of Twin Peaks are quiet, quasi-suburban enclaves with intermittent commercial centers where residents gather often, and which outsiders frequent once in a blue moon. Many people move to the outerlands and Avenues to escape the bustle of the eastern part of The City and visit shops and eateries frequented primarily by neighbors. Read More
Few stretches of unspoiled coastline in the United States are protected so that they may remain that way into perpetuity. But the U.S. Department of the Interior made a decision last week that allows for the creation of a marine wilderness just north of here at Drakes Bay. Read More
Immigration reform is an innately thorny subject. It forces lawmakers to balance the interests of immigrants and employers interested in filling jobs with the fears of citizens who believe immigrants deprive Americans of opportunities.
Efforts to reform immigration take an absurd turn when one side lobbies for greater admission of one small class of workers, but that we should crack down on all the rest. Read More
Students in the San Francisco Unified School District are primarily served meals that were cooked, frozen and then shipped across the country to be distributed and then reheated. This TV dinner-style dining is subpar when compared to the cuisine San Franciscans should expect. Read More
Before appointed caretaker Mayor Ed Lee had announced his intention to run for the office, there was a political campaign encouraging him to run. Money was funneled through the three or four groups that coordinated this effort, and it raised Lee’s profile as the candidate who wasn’t. Read More
Opponents believed several things stunk about San Francisco’s deal to haul its waste to Yuba County once San Francisco’s current landfill disposal contract expires in 2015. So The City did the right thing in canceling the contract and airing out the details to make sure everything is aboveground about the plan to bury our garbage at a new location. Read More
Millions of people visit the shoreline along San Francisco each year, and some of them may even brave the cold water to swim in the Bay or the Pacific Ocean. But potentially dangerous bacteria could be lurking in the water, including the dreaded E. coli. Read More
Building projects in San Francisco must withstand a painful approval process. In a recent article, The New York Times cited architects as calling The City’s approval process for new development “long and rigorous, perhaps the most onerous in the country.” Read More
Thousands of San Francisco students do not have the courses they need to graduate from high school, and city officials should help ensure that there are opportunities for pupils to take the needed classes and earn diplomas.
More than 2,000 juniors in the San Francisco Unified School District lack the credits they need to graduate under the latest academic standards. Read More
The U.S. Supreme Court is expected to decide soon whether the justices will take up two key cases about same-sex marriage. If the court declines to hear the cases, lower court rulings will stand, and they are favorable to same-sex couples. But that is not enough. Read More