Last weekend, the California Republican Party held its convention in Sacramento. As it was nearby and featured a speech by neutered bogeyman Karl Rove, I went to the event and sought out those rarest of creatures, San Francisco Republicans.
“Are people nice to you?” I asked, figuring Bay Area delegates must get snubbed or at least tossed into the swimming pool by the confident delegates from rural areas. Read More
The lily-white “Bachelor” franchise has gotten a lot of flack for being about as diverse as a GOP convention. This season there were four black contestants vying for Sean Lowe’s hand, and two of them survived more than a few shows. Read More
We faculty at City College of San Francisco want to say, “Thank you, San Francisco!”
Thank you for your show of support for City College by approving Proposition A by a resounding 72 percent. Your vote of confidence shows us that City College is valued, vital and essential to our city. Thank you also for approving Proposition 30. Read More
The San Francisco Examiner made a fine start in enumerating issues the supervisors, new and returning, should take up (“Lee, board must pull together to solve big issues,” Editorial, Nov. 9). There are more. Maybe readers should propose some and winnow them down?
I’ll toss my three into the ring, all involving the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission, which handles water, sewer and power issues: Read More
I read with dismay the article about Proposition 30 and Gov. Jerry Brown (“Passage of tax increases spells big win for governor,” Thursday). On the cover, the subheading read: “Governor says taxes will pave way to state fiscal stability.” In the story it then says that, “The changes will provide $6 billion to balance the state budget.” Read More
With the passing of Neil Armstrong, I wanted to share this story with you.
As a native San Franciscan, I was a paperboy for The San Francisco Examiner in 1969. The contest at that time was to get two new subscribers in June, and the reward was two tickets to the Giants vs. Los Angeles Dodgers game on July 20, 1969. I did my part, and that day, I was off to Candlestick Park with my dad as a proud son. This was the first time I was taking him to a game! Read More
Will everyone’s favorite hometown heroes, Journey, be performing in that other “Citay by the Bay-ee-yayay” during the GOP convention this week? With Tropical Storm Isaac engulfing South Florida and threatening Tampa, no doubt some über-hip Republican strategist asked for “that hot band that does ‘Rock You Like A Hurricane,’” until he realized that the Scorpions were actually a bunch of Germans. Read More
The political cartoon portraying conservatives and libertarians as insensitive and callous toward the poor is grossly mistaken (Today’s Cartoon, Pat Oliphant, Wednesday). Caring and compassion are good only when they are voluntary and individual. Voters and bureaucrats are spending someone else’s money. Public compassion is always compulsory and inefficient. Government agencies have spent zillions of dollars over the past decades to alleviate poverty; there is still no lack of poor people. Read More
Your front-page headline reads: Rising from the ASHES, (“PG&E trying to win your trust” July 16) where one of the Bay Area’s most visible public relations and crisis management experts said “I would say that PG&E is arguably the most damaged corporate brand in America today.” Read More
We San Franciscans can be very proud of our firefighters and paramedics. Early Saturday evening, as I was preparing to listen to an outdoor concert at the Fillmore Center, an elderly man walked up slowly toward me and asked me to call an ambulance for him. In his slow and slurred speech, he said he was experiencing a stroke coming on, and that he was a past stroke victim.
Noticing his distress and discerning his acute stroke symptoms, I called 911. Read More