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Re: “Mayor’s San Francisco doesn’t work for everyone

Those of a certain economic class, read as the few not living check to check (yet) have said this tired and unfounded retain over and over again. San Francisco's economy would tumble, talent would leave, jobs would go, start ups and small business would collapse.

Remember when SF was the first to put a minimum wage above $10per hour you would have thought downtown would become a ghost town. A few years later and fortunately for many hard working San Franciscans, including myself along comes Healthy S.F
Screams of economic apocalypse came from everywhere. Not restaurant would be left in town.

ALL FALSE SF made it through the biggest recession sense 1929 better than almost any other place on the map and has consistently had an unemployment rate among the lowest in the country and a job growth rate among the highest. The corner store is still there and if a restaurant closed its because the food was crap.
Why does the political right insist on treating fellow citizens worse than they might treat a stray dog?

Posted by Ucracra on 08/28/2014 at 3:42 PM

Re: “Our fight to stop the bomb trains traveling through our backyards

So stop complaining and offer up some solutions on how to get crude oil to refineries. America is on the verge of becoming energy independent. And Earthjustice thinks this is a bad thing?

Posted by SF415 on 08/28/2014 at 12:11 PM

Re: “Hospitals fight prescription-drug abuse

I dislike pill poppers. And America has become addicted more than ever on pills. Doctors are worse than drug dealers. They don't care because they make money prescribing away. Your next door neighbor soccer mom is probably a pill popper

Posted by gssf on 08/26/2014 at 5:48 AM

Re: “BART police’s latest tactic targets vulnerable people

Welcome to sf where everyone wants and gets a free ride. Bart is not a housing station and in sick and tired of smelling piss and shit and throw up every morning. No cops are perfect but they have to deal with all the mentally crazy and thugs that occupy Bart. If people were more civilized there would possibly be less of the crap going on. A cops job is not to evaluate if you are mentally disabled if you are acting irate. I'm tired of the crazies and thugs on Bart and in sf. And that is what's wrong we welcome them with open arms here. Move to Detroit or Chicago if you don't like it

Posted by gssf on 08/26/2014 at 5:43 AM

Re: “Seeking help to stop persecution of group

The evil that happens in China thousands of miles across the ocean may not seem to affect us here, but it does... maybe not today. But, perhaps one day in the future, it may happen to a friend, a coworker, or even a loved one. Together, we can put a stop to this horror and make the future safer for our children and grandchildren. To learn more about the forced organ harvesting by the Chinese Communist Party, please visit and voice your opinions.

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Posted by Ton on 08/25/2014 at 9:53 AM

Re: “Human-rights issues surround S.F. convention


This ABOVE article is talking about the greatest evil in the world today, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP).

Over 80 million souls were murdered, indirectly and directly by the CCP since it came to power in China in 1949. It has a long, long history of killing any perceived opposition to its absolute rule. Chinese people need to wake up and recognize that the CCP and China are not the same thing. China has been around for many thousands of years, so it is quite capable of sustaining itself w/o the "help" of the Communist regime.

I know a person who calls China every day, using an auto-dialer. This is the contents of his call, word-for-word:

“Hello! Please take a few minutes to listen to this call. It has a lot to do with you.

“There are many natural and man-made disasters in today's China. And they are only increasing. This call will tell you why disasters happen, and how to avoid them.

“From a young age, we were indoctrinated with atheism and told to love the CCP. We are confused, because who should we love - the CCP or the nation?

“The CCP seized power in China through violence and lies. It is persecuting the Chinese people and destroying traditional Chinese culture. It has killed 80 million Chinese people while the world has been at peace, more than all those killed in WWI and WWII. It destroyed 5,000 years of Chinese civilization.

“In today's world, the CCP has long been recognized as the biggest evil cult and terrorist organization in human history.

“It has even harvested organs from living Falun Gong practitioners since 1999. It profits from selling kidneys, livers, and corneas. This is an evil we have never seen before on this planet. It has angered Heaven and humanity.

“Deceived and brainwashed by the CCP, many Chinese people see it as an honor to belong to the Young Pioneers, the Youth League, and the CCP.

“Unable to tell right from wrong, people have seen many disasters in China. One must pay for any life taken. The Party has killed so many people that Heaven is now set to eliminate it!

“At a tourist site in Zhangbu, Pingtang County, Guizhou Province, a huge stone split, revealing six Chinese characters: Chinese Communist Party Dies. Many in the media have reported this, but none have mentioned the last character - die.

“If you joined the CCP, Youth League, or Young Pioneers by holding up your fist and vowing to give your whole life to the CCP, then aren't you a part of it? When heaven brings down the Party, doesn't that mean you will be included, too?

“This call is to let you know that you can only void your association by quitting the CCP. As of December 2013, over 150 million Chinese people have recognized that the corrupt CCP is the true enemy of the Chinese people and have quit the CCP.

“I can help you quit the CCP now. You can tell me on the phone and I can hear you.

“Have you ever worn the red scarf? [3-second pause] Or joined the Youth League? [3-second pause] Or the CCP? [3-second pause]

“I can help you quit with a pseudonym, is that OK? [3-second pause]

“If your family and friends also want to quit the CCP, please send leave a message on my phone (voicemail only): 1-206-984-2154, telling me about your intentions.

I wish you a happy and safe life after quitting the CCP.”

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Posted by Truth Seeker on 08/25/2014 at 3:39 AM

Re: “Seeking help to stop persecution of group

Mr. Yang, thank you for the column. And thank you for fighting for human rights.

I wish you the best. I hope Congresswoman Pelosi will put human rights before profits.

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Posted by PatSF on 08/24/2014 at 9:34 PM

Re: “Letters: Ticket banks, not the poor

Howard: why do you call them Rideshare companies?

Posted by Barry Taranto on 08/23/2014 at 10:14 AM

Re: “Williams’ death sends message that can save lives

Other than the Napa State Hospital, where was Robin Williams supposed to go for his recovery?

Posted by rt_inthehouse on 08/22/2014 at 5:45 PM

Re: “Williams’ death sends message that can save lives

Let me see now ... there are basically NO mental health care facilities left in the Bay Area, and Williams had access to all sorts of care ... so maybe it's time to realize that saying "help is available" is about as useful as praying to the Great Googly Moogly to chase the demons away. Face it, Doc, if we wanted to "cure" mental illness we'd've done something other than shut down all the care faciliites and stigmatize the mentally ill.

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Posted by ElizabethFrantesAKAtiggrrrsf on 08/22/2014 at 3:00 PM

Re: “BART police’s latest tactic targets vulnerable people

It's a clampdown and due to the recession a lot of people are really messed up. Greatest nation in the world? Not really.

Posted by rfkolbe on 08/22/2014 at 1:35 AM

Re: “Labor unions trying to derail initiative system

I am pro union and a state employee. That said, SEIU focuses its interests far outside the welfare and working conditions of its members. Truth to tell, many of us believe that SEIU is corrupt, unprincipled, and INCAPABLE of fairly representing worker interests. Six years ago, "our union" supported pay disparity (among equally employed state CDCR teachers) were none formerly existed. The result of union acquiescence to a contract that should never have been put to vote a are marginalized prison rehab programs (in the three lowest paid of thirty-four state institutions) and the steady migration of qualified staff to higher paid prison areas. To a middle class wage earner 800 additional dollars (per month) can provide motivation to relocate. Incredible that neither the Office of Correctional Education nor SEIU thought otherwise!

Posted by Debbi on 08/21/2014 at 7:05 PM

Re: “Open letter to Uber’s CEO from SF taxis

Great job Beth
It is mandated in the state of Ca. that all taxi drivers will be covered with workers compensation. Uber would not be able to compete with the advantage it has if it had the expense of properly protecting it's drivers, riders, and innocent bystanders.

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Posted by Mickey on 08/21/2014 at 4:15 PM

Re: “Open letter to Uber’s CEO from SF taxis

No matter who talks what and who likes what,fight or argue,do what ever. One thing is for sure that hey days are gone for the cabs and cabbies.

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Posted by Lakhvinder Singh on 08/21/2014 at 10:36 AM

Re: “BART police’s latest tactic targets vulnerable people

I dare Ms. Friedenbach to come join me at 0400am each weekday morning when I open Embarcadero Station. With up to 27+ CHRONICALLY homeless people sleeping at my grills, I often cannot clear a path for my patrons to safely enter the station. I have had to step over these so-called "travelers" as she names them, just to enter my station to clock in. I have been threatened, screamed and cursed at, had their pit-bulls lunge at me upon their awakening, had to step over feces, vomit and urine puddles left by these supposed "3-job working mothers and fathers" who are just trying to "catch a wink" virtually every morning. BART Police's new solution has already cleared Civic and Powell stations of these problems, and believe me when I say I can't WAIT until the policy reaches my station! There is a reason why there are no benches or comfy seats in BART stations… we are a TRANSIT system and no one including those less "vulnerable" folks are expected to linger. BART is a commuter system. We get people to and from work. People pay a lot of money to use BART, and therefore, it should not treated as a de-facto homeless shelter. Ms Friedenbach offers no solutions here. For the record, I have never seen women and their children "forced to sleep" in any of the downtown stations, and I've worked in all of them for the past 9 years. Those that frequent these stations are chronic homeless, with no jobs, often drug addicted, and or mentally ill. BART police are not just callously kicking these people out; they are offering help, but the truly chronic cases do not want it. So what should we do, Ms. Friedenbach? Come see for yourself, maybe it will jog your imagination for a REAL solution for these most vulnerable…?

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Posted by Minky Collin on 08/20/2014 at 8:01 PM

Re: “Hospitals fight prescription-drug abuse

......As Dr. Kolodny concluded, "If doctors believe Targiniq is safe, they may be more inclined to prescribe it instead of seeking alternatives," and exploring alternatives to opioids is precisely how health care providers and institutions can do their part in battling this national crisis......
So, the physician community is the bottom line - what are they doing? Check out the State of Florida self regulation and you will know why we have a national PHYSICIAN prescribed drug epidemic.

Posted by StoppNow Janet Maureen on 08/20/2014 at 3:51 PM

Re: “Hospitals fight prescription-drug abuse

"Logically, one could argue that minimizing patient exposure to opioids by flipping the decades-old "opioids first" treatment algorithm on its head, could be a practical, actionable solution to reducing avoidable complications and long-term risks of overdose, dependency and abuse."

Posted by StoppNow Janet Maureen on 08/20/2014 at 3:35 PM

Re: “Gun violence: Our city’s public health crisis

Mr. Donaldson - Thanks for your comments. I' sure though we differ substantially on both the roots of these problems, and their solutions, you and those who agree with you all mean well. We seem to agree that Malia Cohen's new and improved Anti Gun Violence Task Force is a political grandstanding event meant to make a well meaning unsubstantial candidate look like she is actually doing something other than expressing the usual AA outrage at BOB violence. What we really disagree on is your closing
line where you say we need to " figure out that poverty and hopelessness begets violence".

Not defending U.S. poverty, but will you admit that our poorest are better off in most ways than those of the world's really poor?
For most of the world's poor, it's a matter of where you were born, what tribe you belong to, and what religion you practice. That sets the stage for everything up to genocide. What's the difference in the U.S.? Seeking to end all of the hate fueled prejudices of our nation's past, our usually gutless wonder politician with major assistance from the U.S. Supreme Court, passed equal civil rights laws, and took steps aimed at integrating he whites and everyone else. Long story short: great changes have occurred, but sick and twisted minds still dominate the debate from most sides. Too many Whites ignore the deep impacts of painful experiences of others, and condone institutionalized abuse by police. While too many Blacks and other minorities devalue or reject the successes
of those among them who seek education and personal fulfillment without the gangster cultural trappings. People don't need to be White, or act White, or be anything but what they choose to be, as long as what they choose is uplifting, and not criminal, or anti social behavior.

Poor people who are hard working, clean, honest, and kind, will succeed and eventually rise. I know is true, because life is full of countless examples of it. If you want to ruin people, and beak their spirit of hope, get them addicted to government handouts,
then see if all other forms of self destructive personal choices don't follow. That sir, is where we're at!

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Posted by Tonyboysf on 08/20/2014 at 1:46 PM

Re: “Open letter to Uber’s CEO from SF taxis

Taxis are for old people with no/dont know how to work smartphone or idiot tourists.

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Posted by sbessiso on 08/20/2014 at 8:22 AM

Re: “Gun violence: Our city’s public health crisis

Why does the Examiner give this lunatic a soap box from which to preach her political bias?

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Posted by Hugh Grant on 08/19/2014 at 9:06 AM

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