The San Francisco Recreation and Park Department claims that passing a third — and largest yet — bond to renovate more parks is an “investment.” What the heck do they think decades and decades of taxes and nearly $350 million in bonds in recent memory have been going toward?
Parks benefit from yearly subsidies, but Rec and Park has not spent our money wisely and has allowed them to fall into disrepair. A newly renovated park looks good for a few years, but decay sets in quickly without ongoing maintenance. Read More
When police officers shoot and kill an unarmed person, they are suspended with pay for the duration of the investigation. What the people of San Francisco have witnessed for 10 months now has been aninquisition-like persecution of our elected sheriff. Read More
I am writing to encourage voters to vote for Proposition 34, which will remove the death penalty from the state Constitution and substitute a penalty of life without the possibility of parole, for several reasons.
First, eliminating the death penalty will make it impossible to make a mistake and execute an innocent person, a grisly prospect that a humane society cannot allow to happen. Read More
I take exception to The San Francisco Examiner article describing the small opposition to Proposition B as “powerful foes” (“Parks bond faces powerful foes,” Sunday).
Aaron Peskin and Quentin Kopp are two former supervisors who carry no constituency behind them, but in fact are upset over individual decisions made by the Recreation and Park Department in its effort to serve diverse communities. Read More
San Francisco was named the top place to live in the U.S. by Businessweek.com (Newsmakers, Thursday), but only entertainment and the strong economy were factors in the ranking. Read More
At the Navy information session on Treasure Island earlier this month, several residents complained Shaw and subcontractors had not followed proper toxic waste and RadSafe protocols in the cleanup of sites that were recently disclosed by the press as impacted by radiological contamination (“City digs into pollution threat,” Sept. 12). Read More
This coming November, San Franciscans will have the opportunity to vote on a measure that may ultimately lead to the draining and restoration of the Hetch Hetchy Valley and force The City to look elsewhere for most of its water. Read More
Not all middle-class Republicans endorse arrogant and condescending Republican leadership rhetoric that stereotypes modest-income citizens as “freeloaders.” Read More
My family and I are among Vietnamese-Americans and Asian-Americans across California and the U.S. who support the re-election of President Barack Obama. We are active in America for Obama and Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders for Obama. Read More
In response to your article (“CPUC, S.F. waging street fight,” Friday), I want to make it clear that the Department of Public Works has never denied or prohibited PG&E from performing urgently needed work. Safety is a top DPW priority and we collaborate with PG&E and other agencies to ensure the well- being of San Francisco’s residents. Read More
I believe it should be clarified that while there may only be a dozen Warriors basketball games scheduled simultaneously with Giants baseball games each year, the arena will be used year-round for concerts and other entertainment purposes (“Warriors site might double-team traffic,” Monday). If we can resolve existing weekday commuter congestion issues on our surface streets and create a more robust ferry service able to move daytime workers and evening event spectators around Piers 30-32, I believe a 19,000-seat arena would work just fine. Read More
Nobody was surprised to see this pro-high-rise Board of Supervisors affirm its earlier support for a huge waterfront height-limit break for the 8 Washington St. luxury condo project, which now goes to the voters to decide (“Board upholds support for 8 Washington plan,” Wednesday).
But it was mind-boggling to hear Supervisor Christina Olague attempt to defend her vote for 8 Washington as morally superior by saying she “felt like a schoolgirl being bullied on the playground” after hearing from many of her constituents who urged her to vote differently. Read More
Funding for air transportation security (about $6 billion) amounts to about 10 percent of appropriations for all homeland security (about $60 billion).
In the wake of the 9/11 tragedy, Americans have never flinched at the cost. Indeed, we tend to assume that money, technology and efficient business practices will solve almost any problem. Having provided the above, we can afford to relax. Read More
With the passing of Neil Armstrong, I wanted to share this story with you.
As a native San Franciscan, I was a paperboy for The San Francisco Examiner in 1969. The contest at that time was to get two new subscribers in June, and the reward was two tickets to the Giants vs. Los Angeles Dodgers game on July 20, 1969. I did my part, and that day, I was off to Candlestick Park with my dad as a proud son. This was the first time I was taking him to a game! Read More
Pouring money into public education is an exercise in futility, particularly with the checkered history of the miseducation of teachers and students and the malpractice of teacher unions.
Indeed, the latest education-related political barbs being thrown by President Barack Obama at Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, accusing him of wanting to cut education funding, isa perfect example of Obama’s wasteful spending intended to keep the support of teacher unions. Read More