Your editorial (“Bill’s defeat a win for animal welfare,” June 25) misrepresents my efforts to establish a national standard for the humane treatment of egg-laying hens.
In 2008, California voters overwhelmingly passed Proposition 2. This initiative required egg producers to increase cage size so birds could stand up and extend their wings. Read More
We are not going to kid ourselves: these are challenging times. The news out of Sacramento and Washington, D.C., every day reinforces the reality that local governments and cities will have to continue to do more with less. Today, more than ever, San Francisco is uniquely poised to innovate and take a different approach to solving our challenges. Read More
A recent Sacramento Bee story omitted important facts and context in a way that misleads the public about the safety of the new Bay Bridge. Read More
San Francisco is closer than ever to reforming its business tax code to better encourage job growth. Today’s system, which levies a 1.5 percent payroll tax on all businesses with a total payroll in excess of $250,000, has been scrutinized, studied and challenged for a decade, yet no alternative has come close to becoming a reality — until now. Read More
I can’t think of a more patriotic thing to do than to find a homeless veteran a home. I’ll be the first to say that despite all our successes — our economy is growing, unemployment is down — housing is expensive. In order to house our homeless veterans, we need the partnership and support of our landlords and property owners. Read More
As California’s Legislature churns toward Friday’s deadline for a new state budget, the macro-issues are well known, such as whether health, welfare and child care services should be slashed by billions of dollars to close the deficit.
However, other aspects of the budget wrangle go largely unnoticed, such as the march into secrecy — or, more accurately, sneakiness. Read More
Gov. Jerry Brown wants to fast-track an initial section of a bullet train system, perhaps by partially exempting it from environmental impact laws, even though there’s no financing on the horizon to complete the project and even though a new poll shows that most Californians don’t want to build it. Read More
Last week, Supervisor Eric Mar took the curious step of publicly standing with union members who are locked in protracted contract negotiations with what he acknowledged in an opinion piece are two of The City’s “crowning jewels” — the de Young and Legion of Honor museums. Read More
San Francisco is close to moving The City’s health care system into the 21st century. Read More
The food system is broken. In San Francisco and around the world, vast amounts of food are wasted while many go hungry. One-third of greenhouse-gas emissions come from agriculture. Food-related diseases are on the rise. Read More