When the recent debate over hydraulic fracturing in California first got started, Gov. Jerry Brown made a statement that’s worth recalling: “California is the fourth-largest oil producing state and we want to continue that.” Fortunately, we have the resources and the technology to ensure we remain a leading energy producer. Read More
For decades, it’s been the California Legislature’s practice to ask voters every few years to approve a statewide education bond issue, providing funds to expand and rehab local schools, community colleges and state universities. Read More
This weekend, San Francisco will see more than 1 million visitors attending a number of exciting events taking place in our city.
Major events include: the America’s Cup World Series at Marina Green; Fleet Week on the northern and eastern waterfront; Hardly Strictly Bluegrass in Golden Gate Park; the Castro Street Fair; the Italian Heritage Parade from Fisherman’s Wharf to North Beach; 49ers football at Candlestick Park; and Giants playoff baseball at AT&T Park. Read More
San Franciscans will start weighing in on education, taxes and other critical issues next week when absentee and vote-by-mail ballots start arriving in mailboxes across The City. And with 18 state and local measures, this year’s election presents a lengthy list of complex — and significant — choices that will have a lasting impact on the economy and the quality of life for city residents. Read More
The Board of Supervisors’ decision to support Proposition B — deceptively labeled the Clean and Safe Neighborhood Parks Bond — isn’t a surprise and shouldn’t be a basis to support the measure. It’s symptomatic of City Hall’s mentality of preferring form to substance. Read More
Neighborhood parks are among San Francisco’s great equalizers. Rich and poor, gay and straight, young and old, and all ethnicities converge in these beautiful spaces to play, exercise, learn, swim, meet up or simply hang out. Read More
San Francisco’s park system is a critical city asset benefiting our quality of life and contributing to our economy. Encompassing more than 400 parks, playgrounds and recreation facilities, our urban park system was ranked No. 1 in the nation by the Trust for Public Land and has become the envy of municipalities across the nation and the world. Read More
The public pension-reform legislation that the California Legislature and Gov. Jerry Brown adopted very carefully avoided any changes to current pensioners’ benefits and those of future recipients now on state and local payrolls.
Not only would that have been politically impossible, but it’s widely assumed that pensions are protected by the California Constitution’s ban on “impairing the obligation of contracts.” Read More
There is far more to the Lake Merced boathouse story than The San Francisco Examiner was able to cover in its recent article (“Lake Merced boathouse renovations revealed,” Sept. 5). Read More
Redevelopment is dead — or so proclaimed Gov. Jerry Brown and legislators last year when they canceled the legal authorization for the six-decade-old urban renewal program and seized its assets to close the state’s budget deficit.
Since then, state and local officials have been dismantling hundreds of local redevelopment agencies and squabbling over payment of their debts and disposition of their assets.
Redevelopment is dead. Long live redevelopment. Read More