No, it is not significant that Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi announced Tuesday that he would not accept a taxpayer-provided paycheck on the days he does not work because he is sitting in court on trial for domestic abuse. This is just about the absolute minimum he could offer in the wake of criminal charges against one of the county’s highest-ranking public safety officials. Read More
The Sunday San Francisco Examiner op-ed promoting California’s high-speed rail project claimed that the voters approved the project and a solid plan was put forth. These statements are not quite accurate. The plan that the voters approved was far different than what is on the table today. Read More
San Francisco 49ers fever swept The City the week before today’s NFC Championship Game against the New York Giants. City landmarks such as City Hall and Coit Tower were lit in red and gold, and Mayor Ed Lee and team owner Jed York hung a 49ers flag from the Mayor’s Office balcony Friday afternoon.
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With respect to the reported fan violence and vulgar language directed at fans wearing New Orleans Saints garb last weekend, I can tell you that the San Diego Chargers have put a “no tolerance” security policy in place for home games that includes both very visible yellow-jacketed security personnel along with uniformed police officers in between every pair of seat sections, and it has virtually shut down these idiotic incidents. Read More
Today, Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi is expected to be arraigned in criminal court on three misdemeanor charges stemming from an alleged domestic violence incident at his home on New Year’s Eve. He will then return to his office and get busy on a wide range of law enforcement issues, including rehabilitation programs for domestic violence abusers and services for the victims. There is something very wrong with this picture. Read More
A lot of 49ers fans witnessed a moment of miracle Saturday as the last 97 seconds sealed a victory against the New Orleans Saints. I know that up until that game, many San Franciscans did not believe the 49ers could go all the way. But the stoic performance they put up should have proven a point. Read More
PG&E is in the national news again, this time for two power outages during the televised Monday 49ers game. PG&E says it can be blamed for only one of the outages and the cause is unknown, although there are pictures of a transformer on the Candlestick property blowing up. Read More
How much longer must the world wait for the United Nations to take serious action against Iran’s nuclear weapons program?
Of course the leaders of that rogue nation tell us that their nuclear endeavors are strictly for energy production, but all of us, including the U.N. Security Council, are sure that weapons of mass destruction are their goal. Read More
San Francisco Planning Commissioner Michael Antonini’s statement about the America’s Cup, and that he “can’t think of another event, truthfully, since the ’39 World’s Fair that will be worldwide recognition for The City” is woefully shallow. With or without the 2013 America’s Cup yacht race, San Francisco’s worldwide recognition is already solidly established. Read More
Lately there has been controversy about the Muni operators’ trust fund payout. The prevailing view seems to be that it was wrong to pay us that money in today’s economic climate. Read More