I’m responding to Ken Garcia’s column, “SF must join cities discarding ranked-choice voting” in which he rips ranked-choice and advocates for its repeal. Ranked-choice isn’t the best system and should never have been adopted in the first place. But I am sad that Garcia only advocated for its repeal. Rather than repeal, we should replace ranked-choice with better and easier systems of voting. Read More
If I understand it right, 40 percent of San Francisco’s middle and high school students take Muni to school and 60 percent take it home. And now there is a proposal that they should ride for free. Read More
Fake concert promoters cheated Indonesian music fans out of an estimated $60,000 in ticket sales for a Mötley Crüe show that never existed. Jakarta media were also fooled, excitedly spreading news that the heavy metal group would play its first-ever Indonesian concert in October. Mötley Crüe members went on the Internet to deny rumors of the false concert as soon as they heard about it. But by then, some 1,500 people had already bought $40 tickets. Read More
WHAT: New York businessman Nicholas Cosmo, 40 — dubbed the “mini-Madoff” because he was arrested shortly after the billion-dollar swindler — was sentenced to 25 years in prison and ordered to pay $179 million in restitution, which he doesn’t have. Read More
It’s hard to go a week without reading yet another opinion from someone from The City who opposes the Central Subway for one reason or another.
I commute along Stockton Street every week day to get to work and back. Taking the 30-Stockton bus during commute hours is bad to terrible on most days. Read More
San Francisco politics has forced us to vote again for an array of unpopular choices. But the alternative would lead to eventual financial calamity.
Politicians sold us out when they agreed to give exorbitant pensions to anyone breathing. Most of those politicians are long gone, but their financial irresponsibility lives on. Even if we pass the Adachi pension reform, which is a good start, the net effect only postpones the inevitable. Read More
Lance Izumi’s Sunday op-ed had it exactly right about universal vouchers being superior to narrowly targeted ballot initiatives as a way to empower parents. Unfortunately, vouchers are unlikely to be instituted without the all-out support of a legislature and governor, as occurred in Indiana this year. Read More
The Bay Conservation and Development Commission has shown us the significant threat that sea-level rise poses to the Bay Area. Thousands of homes, vital public infrastructure including highways and airports, and businesses including major employers such as Google and Oracle are in the BCDC-predicted inundation zone. Read More
Iowa convenience store chain QC Marts held a contest offering a $10 prize to employees who correctly predicted which of their colleagues would be fired next. Employees were told to write the name of the next cashier they thought would be fired, along with the date and their own name on a piece of paper. An unemployment benefits judge ruled that the “egregious and deplorable” contest was sufficiently “good cause” for employees to collect benefits after quitting. Read More
WHAT: New York City authorities indicted 111 suspects in a $13 million identity theft ring described as the biggest in U.S. history. The gang had ties as far away as Africa and spent their loot on nationwide shopping sprees, five-star hotels and private jets. Read More