As a biologist studying sharks and a leader in the shark conservation movement, I can cite numerous studies countering the attorney for Chinatown Neighborhood Association and Asian Americans for Political Advancement’s claims that shark populations are exploding (“Editorial had facts wrong on shark fins,” Letters, July 26). Although some populations off the U.S. coastline are recovering after being overfished, in general shark populations are crashing worldwide. Read More
San Francisco Public Defender Jeff Adachi just launched an effort to put a measure on November’s ballot that would increase the amount of money city employees must pay for retirement benefits. Recently, he sat down with me to discuss the initiative.What exactly does your proposal do? Read More
Proposition G on the June 8 ballot is a policy statement saying: “Dear Quentin Kopp, the San Francisco stop on the high-speed rail line is going to be that Transbay Terminal spot on Mission and First streets that we’ve had our heart set on for years. Seriously, stop mucking this up.” Read More
Greeted by a hearty round of applause, Supervisor Michela Alioto-Pier made her first appearance Tuesday at a Board of Supervisors meeting since having been out sick for a few months. She thanked several people and said, “I’ve really missed being here.”She may be looking to be there for several more years. Read More
Since 2004, when Mistermayor took a match to the dry haystack of homophobia by recognizing same-sex marriages, I’ve been fascinated by the legalities of gay matrimony.
Much of my interest stems from the fact that I find the issue so simple as to be untellable. How does one argue that water is wet? If I were representing San Francisco in the In re Marriage Cases, my legal submission would read something like: “May it please the court: Seriously? Duh.” Read More