I’m definitely in favor of abortion rights, but I understand that abortion is a complicated subject over which reasonable minds can differ. However, there were few, if any, reasonable minds at Tuesday’s Board of Supervisors meeting commenting on a recent abortion-related law. Read More
➤ “Public Defender Jeff Adachi is the boy who cried broke,” Melissa Griffin, Local News, Thursday
Funding helps ensure justice for the public
Melissa Griffin’s recent column overlooks key facts about the budget process as well as the criminal justice system. Read More
Domestic violence is a subject on the minds of our government officials lately, with the U.S. Senate finally re-authorizing the Violence Against Women Act on Tuesday. In arguing in favor of the act, Sen. Dianne Feinstein said, “In my days as the mayor of San Francisco, many of the most difficult calls for The City’s law enforcement officers were those of domestic abuse. It was a big problem then, and it remains a big problem today.”
District Attorney George Gascón agrees. Read More
“With the gay community’s greater social acceptance, San Francisco’s bar scene has changed,” Local News, Sunday
Gay people fleeing high cost of living
Back in the 1970s and 1980s, almost all Bay Area gay culture consisted of three neighborhoods in San Francisco: Polk, Castro and Folsom. Read More
Melissa Griffin’s columns about San Francisco’s state legislators seemed entirely based on what new laws they have sponsored. I was reminded of a passage from Thomas More’s “Utopia”: Read More
To borrow a phrase from Whoopi Goldberg’s character in the movie “Ghost”: Proposition 13, you in danger, girl.
Backers of Proposition 32 smacked a beehive, inadvertantly handing the Democratic Party its first supermajority since 1888. The tax increases and constitutional amendments that are certain to follow are the true legacy of the Yes on 32 campaign. Read More
I am an aspiring journalist at Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and the son of District 7 Board of Supervisors candidate F.X. Crowley. As an avid newspaper reader from an early age, I have had the good fortune of growing up in San Francisco. Read More
By Wednesday, I was feeling cautiously optimistic about my ability to make it though an entire day without disaster.
I got up early to check out the responses to the two speeches the night before: Ann Romney and Chris Christie. Read More
On Tuesday of the Republican Convention, the rain had stopped, so they put the tents up. Just take a minute with that.
After my Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day on Monday, getting out of bed on Tuesday seemed like an altogether dumb idea, but the fact that a course of action is ridiculous never stopped me before, so I got up and called for a taxi. "Not a shuttle ok? I need a real, actual, taxi cab," I (over)explaind to the bewildered concierge. Read More
As a biologist studying sharks and a leader in the shark conservation movement, I can cite numerous studies countering the attorney for Chinatown Neighborhood Association and Asian Americans for Political Advancement’s claims that shark populations are exploding (“Editorial had facts wrong on shark fins,” Letters, July 26). Although some populations off the U.S. coastline are recovering after being overfished, in general shark populations are crashing worldwide. Read More