This wasn’t your father’s electorate, much less your grandfather’s.
Even as California’s white population declined sharply in the last generation to well below 50 percent, middle-age white homeowners still dominated California’s elections. And this widening gap between voters and the overall population contributed to chronic political gridlock. Read More
U.S. District Judge James Ware recently retired after 22 years of service. This means that the Northern District of California now has four vacancies in 14 judgeships. The Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts has designated all four as emergencies because of the district’s heavy caseloads. Read More
Between 4:30 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. on the day of Game 1 of the World Series, Muni melted down in a spectacular way. During this 90-minute period, three light-rail vehicles in the subway broke down because of inadequate maintenance. Nice way to showcase our world-class city during the World Series, though unfortunately not an isolated occurrence. Read More
Let’s begin with the bedrock principle that voters deserve full disclosure of who’s giving money to whom for what.
In fact, we’d be much better served to make full and immediate disclosure of campaign funds our sole regulation of political money, rather than the complex melange of federal and state laws, regulations and court decisions that now purport — but fail — to protect the political process. Read More
San Francisco’s tech sector received a lot of attention last month — and for good reason. California announced the expansion of San Francisco’s Innovation Hub (iHub) in Mission Bay to include the entire city and county of San Francisco. Mayor Ed Lee declared October to be Innovation Month to spotlight local tech companies. And leading technology firms, such as Square Inc., announced plans for expansion in our city. Read More
Everyone knows that Chicago teachers went out on strike this school year. Read More
I am an aspiring journalist at Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and the son of District 7 Board of Supervisors candidate F.X. Crowley. As an avid newspaper reader from an early age, I have had the good fortune of growing up in San Francisco. Read More
As the largest community college in California, City College of San Francisco serves almost 100,000 students annually and is our own local resource and treasure. As a native San Franciscan and CCSF faculty member, I have witnessed the transformations that have taken place daily at the college. Read More
The San Francisco Examiner has it all wrong (“Support both tax increases for education,” Oct. 10 editorial). A yes vote on Proposition 30 will not guarantee any new funding for education — not even one cent. Gov. Jerry Brown is making empty threats to cut education in order to scare voters, and Prop. 30 is not a “millionaires tax” — it will negatively impact every California taxpayer and resident. Read More
Although NASA has retired the 30-year-old space shuttle program, that doesn’t mean Americans have stopped shooting for the moon. American ingenuity is creating an out-of-this-world experience right here on the ground.
Today, we are able to wirelessly download books and magazines to tablets we can manipulate with our fingertips. Read More