Another exciting news year was marked by protests, a historic mayoral election and the 49ers’ return to relevance. We look back at the year’s most notable local news events, which brought loyal readers plenty of outrage, sadness and intrigue.
The year started out with a giddy Board of Supervisors, whose members believed they had found the perfect temporary mayor. Yes, unassuming bureaucrat Edwin Lee seemed like the perfect replacement for that other guy who lives in Marin now. Unfortunately, they were too busy patting themselves on the back to realize they were readying the area to be stabbed when Mayor Mustache decided to stay in the job.
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’Tis the season for doling out presents to those who have been nice this year, but it is also the time of reckoning for the naughty in San Francisco who deserve a lump of coal in their stocking. It has been an interesting year of politics, protests and unsportsmanlike behavior, but a few rose above the fray. Here is the list from The San Francisco Examiner that we have checked twice for St. Nick to bestow grand gifts (or not). Read More
PG&E is in the national news again, this time for two power outages during the televised Monday 49ers game. PG&E says it can be blamed for only one of the outages and the cause is unknown, although there are pictures of a transformer on the Candlestick property blowing up. Read More
How much longer must the world wait for the United Nations to take serious action against Iran’s nuclear weapons program?
Of course the leaders of that rogue nation tell us that their nuclear endeavors are strictly for energy production, but all of us, including the U.N. Security Council, are sure that weapons of mass destruction are their goal. Read More
San Francisco Planning Commissioner Michael Antonini’s statement about the America’s Cup, and that he “can’t think of another event, truthfully, since the ’39 World’s Fair that will be worldwide recognition for The City” is woefully shallow. With or without the 2013 America’s Cup yacht race, San Francisco’s worldwide recognition is already solidly established. Read More
Lately there has been controversy about the Muni operators’ trust fund payout. The prevailing view seems to be that it was wrong to pay us that money in today’s economic climate. Read More
The planning code for our city of 800,000 residents has grown to 3,000 pages. Why was it necessary to create such a code, which architects and the public can’t read and can’t use to find references and digests for every situation? It hurts everyone in terrible ways. Read More
In his Thursday op-ed, Ed Reiskin, exeutive director of the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency, stated that he would “seek all solutions” in his effort to improve Muni. Unfortunately he is not being quite truthful. Read More
First, a sincere and heart-felt “thank you” to all who have taken the time to write letters to our newspaper. We appreciate them all — the comments, suggestions, criticisms and, yes, even the complaints.
There has been a recurring (and expected) theme to a great number of the letters since The San Francisco Examiner announced the changes to our editorial pages and overall “position” of the paper. That said, I feel this is the most appropriate place to respond and comment. Read More