This week’s column is a followup to last week’s question from Marissa C., who fell on some stairs in her senior living community. She wanted to know whether there are safety regulations for stairways in apartments and commercial buildings, and whether violation of those regulations can lead to legal liability. Read More
This week is spring break for San Francisco’s public schools, which means students get a brief change of routine before going back to their spring semester classes.
But taking a break from the classroom doesn’t necessarily mean the learning stops. In fact, the change in routine can reinforce what kids have been studying in school. The time off is the perfect chance to show your child how what he or she learns in school relates to the everyday world around us. 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
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
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
They held an election in California’s largest city last week, more or less.
Just 16 percent of Los Angeles’ registered voters cast ballots, and neither of the two leading candidates for mayor received even a third of that vote. Read More
Online advertising is about so much more than pop-up ads and clever image gimmicks in your browser. And it’s not simply a multibillion-dollar industry controlled primarily by large agencies. Take a moment to consider the facts and you will find that it’s the lifeblood of a thriving Internet economy that serves as a growing incubator of talent, innovation and revenue for our larger national economy. Read More
San Franciscans are optimistic about the future, and they should be. Unemployment is down to 6.5 percent. The local economy is growing. And the World Series champion Giants are gearing up for another exciting season. As a newcomer to this great city, I am energized and honored to be able to play a role in helping to keep San Francisco on a continued path to economic success. Read More
San Francisco’s public-power plans appear to be going from bad to worse. Originally promising to provide competitively priced, green-energy alternatives for residents, the program has ballooned into a $19.5 million city contract with Houston-based Shell Energy that is poised to double residential utility bills and put jobs at risk — all without any guarantee of a greener future. Read More