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
The unexplained “suspicious” fire that destroyed the interior of the Fleishhacker Pool house at Ocean Beach on Dec. 1 fortunately didn’t include the loss of life, according to The San Francisco Examiner’s report. Yet the source of the fire has yet to be explained, and may never be discovered if demolition proceeds as quickly as The City intends to, reportedly as early as today. Read More
Melissa Griffin’s columns about San Francisco’s state legislators seemed entirely based on what new laws they have sponsored. I was reminded of a passage from Thomas More’s “Utopia”:“They have few laws, as people so trained do not need many. The chief criticism they bring against other people is that an infinite number of books of laws and commentaries is not enough. The Utopians think it most unjust that any man should be bound by laws that are either too numerous to read or too obscure for anyone to understand.” Read More
We faculty at City College of San Francisco want to say, “Thank you, San Francisco!”
Thank you for your show of support for City College by approving Proposition A by a resounding 72 percent. Your vote of confidence shows us that City College is valued, vital and essential to our city. Thank you also for approving Proposition 30. Read More
I think I’m losing my mind with what’s going on in San Francisco these days, but I still have a much better grip on reality than Supervisor David Campos and his crusaders for free Muni youth passes.
This insanity can’t get much more obvious than when two facing pages in The San Francisco Examiner feature stories about Sunday parking meter enforcement and free passes for the kids who bring loud music, litter, cussing and fighting onto the buses. Read More
The San Francisco Examiner made a fine start in enumerating issues the supervisors, new and returning, should take up (“Lee, board must pull together to solve big issues,” Editorial, Nov. 9). There are more. Maybe readers should propose some and winnow them down?
I’ll toss my three into the ring, all involving the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission, which handles water, sewer and power issues: Read More
Because of the appointive powers granted to the mayor by the City Charter, a corrupt game of musical chairs is played every time a local politician moves up in office (“Ting win puts mayor in tight spot,” Friday). Read More
I read with dismay the article about Proposition 30 and Gov. Jerry Brown (“Passage of tax increases spells big win for governor,” Thursday). On the cover, the subheading read: “Governor says taxes will pave way to state fiscal stability.” In the story it then says that, “The changes will provide $6 billion to balance the state budget.” Read More
I am afraid that Superstorm Sandy is just a small glimpse of what we, our children and our grandchildren will see, experience and try to survive in the future. Sandy truly serves as a wake-up call for all of us.
Scientists and meteorologists say Sandy, similar to recent hurricanes and storms, is, in part, a display of the consequences of global warming.
This storm and its furor and devastation, and its large swath, show not only the consequences of global warming’s effect on warming ocean temperatures, but also the consequences of rising sea levels. Read More
Your paper’s stance embracing privatization and commercialization of our parks fails to address the major problem of funding (“The real problem in parks department is shrinking funding,” Editorial, Sunday). Read More
City College of San Francisco makes dreams a reality. We support, shape and educate you, your family, your friends, your neighbors and your co-workers. We educate everyone.
No matter what, it’s not surprising that one in 10 San Franciscans have sat in a City College classroom. But that could change dramatically. We need your help now. Support Proposition A, the CCSF parcel tax. Read More
The Recreation and Park Department’s misleading TV ads for Proposition B conveniently leave out hidden rent increases for city tenants. Prop. B specifies that landlords can pass Prop. B tax increases on to unsuspecting tenants. That’s just one reason why the San Francisco Tenants Union opposes Prop. B, along with many other community groups who have firsthand experience with the current regime at Rec and Park.
Our well-endowed Rec and Park department has $73.7 million in unspent money from previous bond measures. It has one of the largest park budgets of any U.S. city. Read More
Is writer Will Reisman aware that there is a perfectly good, safe bike route on Page Street that is parallel to and one block away from the dreaded “jam-packed” Oak Street (Bike plan rolling into City Hall,” Monday)?
The big problem seems to be a one-block section between Baker and Divisadero streets (westbound) or Oak and Page streets (eastbound) where there is a little hill. Spending $1.26 million just because these “cyclists” can’t ride up a one-block hill? How about using these funds to repave some of the abysmal, potholed streets instead? Read More