In your March 17 story, “Twitter vows to stick around if tax deal is OK’d,” I was stunned by the incredibly ignorant comment from Gabriel Haaland of SEIU Local 1021, who complained that the tax break would “gentrify the neighborhood.” Read More
I wonder how I would feel if my parents’ generation had left me a debt like my generation is leaving to my 8-year-old son’s generation. My parents may have left some debt, but it was for things worthwhile — debt for infrastructure, highways, public universities and a strong military — which is not a bad thing. Those expenses secure and build toward a future that benefits everyone. Read More
San Francisco’s ranked-choice voting is being decided in court, but everyone already knows the verdict: This simply is not a good system to select our representatives. Citywide elections had their downsides; district elections also have their downsides. Why not finally go with the system — proportional elections — that is known worldwide to work well and is fair to all voters? Read More
Anyone interested in San Francisco budgets should read the 2005 San Francisco civil grand jury report, which alleged that then-Supervisor Kevin Shelly directed considerable money to a Chinatown nonprofit to build a community center that was never built.
The money went instead to Shelly’s political campaign for state office. The report is entitled “The Difference Between Grants and Contracts.” Read More
While I do not support removing bargaining power for unions, member dues should not be used primarily to advance the liberal Democratic agenda. Let us stop pretending. The AFL-CIO and teachers unions have joined forces with California progressives in moving America to the left on social-policy issues. Read More
Congress is debating whether to cut or even eliminate AmeriCorps and VISTA national service. That would be a bad move.
Some local AmeriCorps and VISTA programs are operated by Bay Area Community Resources in collaboration with about 50 other nonprofit community organizations. The federal government puts up only 40 percent of the money, while our communities pay 60 percent. Read More
Supervisor Eric Mar’s legislation to bar all chain pet stores from Geary Boulevard, as reported in the March 9 Examiner, is a misguided assault on a reputable business that creates jobs in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Read More
President Barack Obama has once again retreated into passivity in response to the murderous bloodbath being inflicted on the Libyan people by the despotic Moammar Gadhafi. Rather than lead a coalition of countries in stopping indiscriminate bombing of Libyan civilians through imposition of a “no-fly zone,” Obama withdraws into inaction. Read More
President Barack Obama should “put up or shut up” regarding his national high-speed rail vision. In France and Japan, the high-speed rail systems were built, paid for, operated, and heavily subsidized by the national governments. If Obama can’t convince the U.S. Congress to fund or share his national vision, then high-speed rail talk should end now. Read More
Thanks for The San Francisco Examiner’s March 2 story covering the Sierra Club’s efforts to protect the endangered California red-legged frog and the San Francisco garter snake from dying off, due to mismanagement of the Sharp Park golf course.
Our goal in pursuing litigation is to ensure that San Francisco follows scientific recommendations and takes action to protect the threatened animals. Read More