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
“The beginning of the end of the AIDS epidemic” is a phrase that resonated throughout the International AIDS Conference in Washington, D.C., this summer, and for good reason. Promising signs that prevention is within our reach are fueling global optimism.
While there have been a number of medical breakthroughs recently, and there also is very exciting news about medically based prevention strategies, does it really mean an end to AIDS? Read More
What do you think the reaction would be if someone tried to keep at least 2.1 million eligible California voters from exercising their democratic rights? Read More
This week, the San Francisco Superior Court confirmed the ballot summary language used to describe Proposition F. While there was much debate over the measure’s wording, its underlying purpose remains abundantly clear. If passed, Prop. F will require The City to prepare a costly plan that, if enacted, would drain the Hetch Hetchy Reservoir and jeopardize The City’s water rights, resulting in huge water rate increases to construct a new delivery system. Read More
I used to be a teacher, so I have to correct mistakes where I see them. Don’t worry, no rulers.
The recent San Francisco Examiner editorial, “Ammiano’s bill is wrong approach to immigration,” has one big fact wrong. The Examiner wrote that my bill — AB 1081, the Trust Act — would order local law enforcement officials, “with the force of state law, to ignore federal law.” This is simply untrue. Read More