In a new book, Sam Tanenhaus, The New York Times Book Review editor, proclaims the death of conservatism. Movement leaders’ devotion to “radical” anti-government ideology, Tanenhaus argues, has left them “trapped in the irrelevant causes of another day, deaf to the actual conversation unfolding across the land.” Read More
Imprudence got us into the financial jam we’re now in, and with all due respect for Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson, President Bush and panicking multitudes, it’s likely not the best way to get us out of it.
Let’s slow down on this mammoth, $700 billion Paulson bailout package for buying up mortgages. Let’s give caution a chance. Read More
For the thousands of people who will flock to the new California Academy of Sciences this weekend, the focus of attention will be on the spectacular building with its living roof, a 90-foot dome holding a breathtaking rain forest and a coral reef that seems anything but artificial. Read More
At a time when most education facilities are still welcoming students, one just celebrated its annual graduation. But then, San Francisco’s best-known rehabilitation center is not like other places, as its commencement ceremony at the Palace of Fine Arts showed Tuesday. Read More
For years, Crocker Amazon was one of the most neglected parks in San Francisco, a large series of fields that put ballplayers somewhere between a hard rock and a marshy bog — depending on the season.
What a difference a little time, a lot of effort and a fair amount of cash can make. Read More
The proliferation of medical marijuana clubs in San Francisco has come with a price, particularly in neighborhoods such as the Lower Haight and the North Mission, which are glutted with them. The Board of Supervisors has done its best to ignore the problems — essentially telling law-enforcement agencies not to mess with cannabis dispensaries.
Recent events, however, underscore why The City needs to reconsider its “no look, no hands” policy. Read More
When San Francisco Supervisor Chris Daly gets a vision, it usually means it’s time to run for cover. And, sure enough, that’s what a majority of his colleagues did when he first erupted with his idea to turn the San Francisco Zoo into an “animal sanctuary” — his plan to capitalize on the tragic tiger mauling at the facility last Christmas. Read More
Going after Sarah Palin, who had favored the so-called “bridge to nowhere” before she turned against it, Barack Obama said you just can’t stand for things contrary to positions you once took, forgetting, I guess, that such is the heart of his campaign. Read More
For the simple reason that Mayor Gavin Newsom pulled the wrong trigger last week, San Francisco is about to embark on another needless national search for someone to run its city parks system.
Yet what Newsom really needs to find is a personnel manager, to help save him from himself. Read More
It took nearly two years for authorities in Berkeley to extricate its fragrant tree-huggers from their lofty heights on the UC campus, pretty much cementing the city’s place as the wackiest in the West. But wait — don’t count San Francisco out — it’s about to give Berkeley another run for its (streetwalking) money. Read More