Our question this week comes from Jeanne L. from Daly City:
Q: “I read about the horrible limousine disaster that happened to the bride and her wedding party. What laws apply to limousine companies? Who is responsible in a situation like this?”
A: The tragedy that struck earlier this month on the San Mateo Bridge is unimaginable. My thoughts and prayers go out to the families of the five women who lost their lives in the horrible fire. Read More
On my recent trip to San Francisco, I was deeply disturbed to learn about the posters in The City accusing Israel of apartheid. As a black South African who lived under apartheid, this system was implemented in South Africa to subjugate people of color and deny them a variety of their rights. In my view, Israel cannot be compared to apartheid in South Africa. Those who make the accusation expose their ignorance of what apartheid really is. Read More
In June, I was physically unhealthy, taking medication for diabetes, and I was selected to run a large urban school district — perhaps one of the more stressful jobs there is. Read More
In centuries past, miners would bring a canary down into the mineshaft with them. Any toxic gases would kill the canary first, warning the miners.
Today, people of color are America’s — and San Francisco’s — canaries in the coal mine, and we’re having trouble breathing.When the economy struggles, Americans of color feel it first and worst. We’re feeling it now. Read More
This week’s question comes from Jenny V. in Berkeley, who asks: Read More
As a San Francisco resident who eats and shops in just about every neighborhood in our city, I deeply appreciate the contributions each small business makes to enrich our daily lives. That’s why we dedicate the third week of May every year to celebrate our small businesses during San Francisco’s Small Business Week. Read More
Q: I can’t stay on schedule with my high blood pressure meds. My doctor keeps hounding me. Is it so bad not to take them regularly? — Gracie P., Hull, Mass. A: You can skip a rock, skip school or simply skip for exercise (see iskip.com if you don’t believe us). But skipping your meds is bad for your health. It allows your blood pressure to rebound to its previously high, potentially dangerous levels. Read More
Sunday’s editorial in The San Francisco Examiner (“Coastal Commission should allow city’s plan for soccer fields to proceed”) criticized the California Coastal Commission’s report regarding the Beach Chalet soccer complex proposed for Golden Gate Park, right next to Ocean Beach. Read More
I don’t know if you remember much about being in kindergarten, but I sure do. And what I remember most is my teacher, Mrs. Ellis.
She didn’t speak a word of Spanish and I hardly spoke a word of English. But she liked me. That’s all I knew on my first day. Read More
Thursday is Bike to Work Day, and thousands of people throughout the Bay Area will be pedaling to their jobs. Those of us who have discovered the ease and convenience of biking have plenty of reasons to celebrate: more bike lanes throughout The City, secure bike parking at our workplaces and huge growth in ridership citywide. But even if you never get on a bike, there are real reasons to cheer that record numbers of people are biking in San Francisco. Read More