➤ “BART workers’ absences cost agency millions,” Local News, Feb. 16 Read More
➤ “Polk Street merchants angry about plan to remove parking spaces,” Local News, Thursday Read More
➤ “New San Francisco supervisor fits profile to lead Sunset district,” Local News, Tuesday
Tang, she’s not it for Sunset district
Playground airplane stirs major issues
The current plan to replace the military plane that once inhabited Larsen Park on 19th Avenue in San Francisco reminded me of the controversy that was as much a part of the aircraft-turned-playground-structure as the lead-based paint and graffiti that coated its aerodynamic shape.
Many residents believed that a symbol of war occupying a children’s playground was inappropriate if not obscene.
Others were uncomfortable with the constant reminder of a war that brought so much pain to so many for so long. Read More
➤ “Mayor Lee’s task force hopes to tackle transportation issues — both local and regional,” Local News, Tuesday
City transit needs a major overhaul Read More
“With the gay community’s greater social acceptance, San Francisco’s bar scene has changed,” Local News, Sunday
Gay people fleeing high cost of living
Back in the 1970s and 1980s, almost all Bay Area gay culture consisted of three neighborhoods in San Francisco: Polk, Castro and Folsom. Read More
➤ Niners going to the Super Bowl
New Orleans ready to welcome 49ers
As a volunteer who will be working Super Bowl XLVII, let me be the first local to say congratulations to the 49ers. We are excited that you will be coming to New Orleans, and we intend to make your visit to our beautiful city a very memorable one.
When you arrive, we will show you the finer points of our Southern hospitality. Everything from our fine eating establishments and our great music to our treasured city locales are yours to enjoy. We look forward to meeting you. Read More
“San Francisco police report dozens of arrests at 49ers-Packers game,” Local News, Monday
49ers fans’ taunts ruined game for him
I was in attendance at the Green Bay Packers vs. 49ers divisional playoff game Saturday night in San Francisco. Read More
I do not have high hopes for the continued existence of City College of San Francisco considering some of the actions coming from the faculty.
They managed to run a once excellent institution into the ground with historically poor practices that threaten its very survival.
It is overwhelming consensus that there needs to be a house cleaning and practices of the past completely discarded with outside intervention and wholesale changes made. Read More
➤ “Despite years of talk, San Francisco still mulling ban on plastic water bottles,” Local News, Thursday
Water bottle ban is wrong approach
I was disappointed by your story in favor of banning plastic water bottles in San Francisco. Using the law to bully people into being more environmentally responsible is not the best approach. Read More
➤ “Proposed reorganization central to plans to save City College of San Francisco,” Local News, Sunday
Wrong priorities consuming CCSF
While the staff at City College of San Francisco argues over where to move the boxes on its organizational charts, the students are overlooked. Read More
Although I’ve owned dogs for 36 years, I must confess that Charlie the dog’s story sounds a lot like “blaming the victim” — both the horse and the officer.
A dog that is not aggressive does not run up to a horse and bite. The public needs to be protected. Per the reports, the owner blames the officer. This is not reassuring.
Others could have been hurt, and frankly, Charlie could have been shot when the attack happened.
My sympathies to all.
D. IsaacsSan Francisco
For several years, the San Francisco government, and particularly the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency, has prioritized the needs and wants of bicyclists to the detriment of motorists and pedestrians.
Now, a member of The City’s Bicycle Advisory Committee is proposing changing the timing of the stoplights at 12th and Market streets because impatient bicyclists won’t wait up to one minute for the red light to change, choosing instead to run the light.
His reasoning, that the bicyclists face fines if ticketed for running the light, is illogical. Read More
Another San Francisco icon is gone. The abandoned Fleishhacker pool house joins the Fleishhacker Pool, Sutro Baths, Playland at the Beach and countless other recreational venues that were enjoyed by city residents for years, only to overstay their welcome and fall into disrepair and ultimately extinction.
They closed the pool and put up a parking lot. Playland was replaced with condominiums, and as for the Sutro Baths, also destroyed by fire after being vacated, concrete ruins remain as a vague reminder of a long-lost era. Read More
Sure, guns are a big part of the problem, but what about the rest of the issue? In the past 20 years, Hollywood has doubled down on violence, yet I don’t see anyone going after the Quentin Tarantinos and Martin Scorseses of the world.
And what about all the violence in teen-directed video games? Just this Christmas season alone, there’s a new addition to the “Assassin’s Creed” and “Call of Duty” series of games. Read More