You would think that with at least a dozen people vying to be San Francisco’s next chief executive in a city where politics doubles as a combat sport that the race for mayor would be edgy, exciting and energized.
You’d be wrong.
Or as a friend of mine put it the other day: “Is that mayor’s thing still going on?” Read More
As one of the greatest baseball players who ever lived — with or without doping — Barry Bonds’ career can only be properly assessed with statistics.
And as usual with Bonds, the numbers are eye-popping. The U.S. Attorney’s Office spent upward of $6 million, almost eight years and used enough lawyers to bring down the mob in New Jersey. And all Bonds got was the legal equivalent of a knock-down pitch. Read More
Ken Garcia’s Sunday column, “Hearty comfort food keeps the taste of The City alive,” made me thankful for Original Joe’s restaurant — a healthy dose of tradition, history and rare democratic hobnobbing. In North Beach, truly missed are the social incubators like the old-fashioned Vanessi’s, Little Joe’s, Baby Joe’s, Luigi’s, La Pantera and Gold Spike. Read More
In the real world, it’s a generally accepted premise that taste is not a matter of dispute.
This being San Francisco, however, taste is not only disputed, it’s protested, demonized, wrapped in fuzzy ideology and served al fresco.
That brings us to tranquil Dolores Park in the Mission, the site of general neighborhood harmony and all-round hipster hangout, at least until city officials decided it would be a great place to set up a mobile food stand or two. Read More
Officials from the San Francisco Unified School District found out this week what happens when they don’t follow their own lesson plan.
You know, like the one that includes community outreach, parent involvement and the push for neighborhood schools. Read More
Let’s face it, if you choose to dwell along an earthquake fault, you can expect life to be a little edgy. So we can understand the concerns about tremors, tsunamis and radiation.
But the first real sign of the apocalypse came when it was announced Britney Spears and Charlie Sheen would be holding nearly back-to-back live shows in San Francisco.
Could the magic have returned — just one more time? Read More
Metropolitan transit executives are a lot like baseball managers and school superintendents — no matter what kind of record they compile, there is always another job waiting.
Think Bill Rojas, who left San Francisco schools in disarray, only to be hired by Dallas as the highest-paid superintendent in the country — until he brought that system to its knees and got run out of town. Read More
The Police Department is embroiled in a scandal, the FBI has it under a microscope and the former chief is on the outside looking in.
It sounds like a good time to take over as head of San Francisco’s finest.
And in a strange way, it just might be. Read More
The City’s Sharp Park Golf Course in Pacifica has been studied in depth by scientific experts with unparalleled expertise in aquatic ecology and wildlife, hydrology, coastal engineering and ecosystem restoration. Read More
Leave it to Muni workers, who have filed a lawsuit to block some portions of the voter-approved reform measure Proposition G, to hop on a train to nowhere.
And this is one time San Francisco’s fabled public transit employees will get there on schedule, because there’s so little traffic moving in that direction. Read More