Many residents of the Outer Sunset agree that the sound of heavily amplified bass and drums emanating from concerts such as Outside Lands held in Golden Gate Park must stop. Read More
Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law Assemblyman Jerry Hill’s bill awarding the Electoral College votes of California to the presidential candidate who wins the popular vote of the United States. Proponents of the National Popular Vote movement say it would force the candidates to campaign vigorously in all 50 states, and Hill believes California would receive more attention then we’re getting now. Read More
Thank you so much for publishing the Wednesday story on The City’s park camp for children with autism. There is one fairly important correction I would appreciate if possible. We always do our best to say “children with autism,” as opposed to “autistic children.” Read More
The 2010-11 San Francisco civil grand jury has exposed the taxpayer waste and disservice to San Francisco of the so-called Central Subway Project in a compelling and riveting way, thus far ignored by accountable politicians and public officials. Read More
Now that Mayor Ed Lee has officially announced he is running for a full mayoral term, San Franciscans will have the opportunity to learn more about what policies he will champion in the future. The tone of civility he brought to City Hall is welcome. But his administration, thus far, has been a mixed bag.
His payroll tax exemption for technology companies in the mid-Market is good policy, but doesn’t go far enough. Why not exempt all businesses in every neighborhood? Read More
A Wednesday letter argued that Mayor Ed Lee should go back on his word and run for election if he is the most-qualified candidate.
The problem is that if he violates his promise, he becomes a far less-qualified candidate. The mayor was able to bring opposing interests together in practical compromises not just because he was capable, but also because he was viewed as a “neutral” party who owed no allegiances to supervisors, other politicians or other vested interests. Read More
The San Francisco Public Utilities Commission’s current posters seen in BART and Muni stations have got me thinking. The slogan is: “Treat Yourself. Hetch Hetchy Tap Water. It’s delicious.”
Water is indeed one of our most precious commodities, one that is increasingly threatened by climate change and population growth. Read More
I drive along Valencia Street most mornings. Every morning I see bicyclists riding in their lanes and most of them do it with caution. But every morning there are also those militants who run red lights, turn illegally or make turns without signaling. Read More
A Monday letter-writer advanced a common argument against interim Mayor Ed Lee’s possible run for mayor. The argument goes that because he said he wouldn’t run, if he changes his mind it disqualifies him from support for this election. To a point, I understand the argument. Read More
The lawsuit that Shahbaz Ali Taseer and his wife, Maheen Ghani Taseer, filed against American Airlines for racial profiling at San Francisco International Airport demonstrates how apathetic we as Americans have become when our civil liberties are in jeopardy. These liberties are especially violated when we fly, from random security checks to the unreasonable search of full-body scans. Read More