It was shoddy, incompetent journalism when these raw statistics ran in The New York Times a few months ago, and it remains the same in Amy Crawford’s superficial, cut-and-paste piece (“Taking prejudice out of punishment,” Sunday). Read More
The California High-Speed Rail Authority promotes China’s expensive bullet train system as a “model” for California high-speed rail. But China’s incomplete high-speed rail network has so far cost more than $400 billion to build. It is plagued by safety concerns and construction cost overruns, is too expensive for all but business travelers, and requires billions in yearly operating subsidies. Read More
A beautiful city-owned tree enjoyed by generations of San Franciscans survived for almost 100 years. But it did not survive the first day of a city contractor working in front of our home on Seventh Avenue between Lincoln and Irving streets.
This majestic tree has now been tagged by The City and must be destroyed, because the wound is too deep and the stability of what remains has been seriously compromised. Read More
Will mid-Market Street ever rise above exploitative strip shows, vacant storefronts and predatory check cashing places? The Redevelopment Plan, which took 12 years to develop, would have dedicated arts funding for the area, strongly encouraged building owners to improve their property and mandated a hefty portion of affordable housing. Read More
Trying Khalid Sheikh Mohammed in criminal court goes beyond dumb. Even stupid does not define this action. Doesn’t Attorney General Eric Holder remember the O.J. trial, the Menendez brothers trial, the “Twinkie defense” trial and the Robert Blake trial? Read More
Sutter’s proposal to create a megahospital on Cathedral Hill while downsizing and closing other facilities will overwhelm the northwestern transit corridors while underserving everyone south of Market Street.
Both the Cathedral Hill-Japantown neighborhoods and the Army Street corridor were decimated by the freeway-driven “future” envisioned by planners from 1950 to 1970. Read More
Examiner columnist Newt Gingrich wrote on Nov. 6 that he considers it a tragedy that President Barack Obama did not plan to attend the commemoration of the fall of the Berlin Wall — an event The Examiner covered with two column inches on page 12 in its Nov. 10 edition.
The Examiner’s pundits second-guess everything President Obama does — not because they truly disagree with him, but because he is the leader of the other political party. Read More