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
San Francisco democracy needs to bring back legitimacy to the electoral process by eliminating ranked choice. The runoff system guarantees that those elected would always have the endorsement of the majority of the voters. In a runoff election, voters do not need further clarification, as Supervisor Scott Wiener pointed out. Read More
In your Monday story about the attempts of my progressive colleagues on the Board of Supervisors to preserve ranked-choice voting, you state that the “elimination of candidates and redistribution of votes continues until one candidate picks up a majority of the votes.” If only that were true! Read More
As a native San Franciscan, it galls me to hear about how Muni is always in the red. I know that plenty of people enjoy a free ride every now and then on the streetcars. With doors wide open on the various lines, it’s too tempting to just hop on. If the police patrols for fare evaders were used more often, they could put a huge dent in the deficit.
As I have personally witnessed on weekday mornings, over half of the riders who board the L-Taraval and N-Judah trains headed toward downtown just hop onto the rear cars and never swipe a Clipper card or anything. 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
There has been vast neighborhood opposition to the on-street skateboard park being imposed at the Stanyan/Waller site. Neighbors are not opposed to a skateboard park in Golden Gate Park, and offered to help find a better location.
In imposing this skateboard facility, the Recreation and Park Department did no neighborhood outreach. Then, when confronted with opposition from hundreds of nearby residents, businesses and neighborhood organizations, the department turned a deaf ear to their concerns. Read More
The proposed $1.1 billion 49ers stadium in Santa Clara is bizarrely designed, undersized and grossly lacks parking. It is far from real transit, and weeknight games would be banned. Season ticket holders can help stop this foolish venture by refusing to purchase expensive seat licenses and communicating their displeasure to 49ers ownership and the National Football League. Read More
Your editorial on Thursday announcing new ownership had some ominous words. “Moreover, this paper will become more truly reflective of the ideals of San Francisco with editorials and opinion pieces in line with the ideology of The City.”
I hope this doesn’t mean your editorial page is going to fall in line with the San Francisco Chronicle and the eastern establishment liberal press that has controlled most of the editorial content in print and broadcast for the past 40 years. Read More
Welcome to Todd Vogt as new head of The San Francisco Examiner. I cheer the news that the newspaper will change its style and “be more truly reflective of the ideals of San Francisco.” And Mr. Vogt, you could start by hiring a columnist who reflects the liberal-progressive heart of The City. Until you do, I will doubt your intentions.Melissa Griffin and Ken Garcia do OK in speaking for the conservative minority here, but a liberal/progressive voice here might win over skeptics of The San Francisco Examiner’s true intentions, such as myself. Read More
In its Nov. 27 reporting on pending improvements to The City’s plastic bag ordinance, The San Francisco Examiner looked at it the wrong way. San Francisco passed a groundbreaking ban in 2007, but is now falling behind. The region’s largest city, San Jose, passed a strong ban applying to all retailers in 2010 and other cities are following that lead. These common-sense amendments have the support of groups like the Small Business Commission. Read More
Congratulations to the new ownership and all the folks who work hard at turning out The San Francisco Examiner. I’m happy for any news I can get on my community and I’m looking forward to some good reporting.
I must say, I sometimes felt ashamed to be reading this newspaper because of its obvious anti-President Barack Obama, right-wing bias on every page, but I’m fearful you may go to the other extreme. Though I am a proud liberal, I am not a knee-jerk liberal and I like to make my mind up on each issue. Read More
Why does Mayor Ed Lee want to move the Occupy San Francisco camp to the Mission district? We don’t want them. There are too many problems with drug addicts, drug sellers, prostitutes and vagrants here. Putting that group here will only bring more of these people.
The police have enough work to do in this neighborhood; they don’t need anyone adding more work for them. It’s a waste of taxpayer money. And calling the Department of Public Health, police and Department of Public Works has not done any good. Read More
Your Monday editorial about the problems with settlements from class-action lawsuits is right on. Class-action lawsuits represent one of the worst abuses of the legal system. Originally intended to make the legal system more efficient, they have instead become a way for trial lawyers to get quick money, while those who have allegedly been injured often get little or even nothing. Read More
I am a lifelong independent and dislike many Democratic policies, but I have yet to hear a Republican who will admit the three fundamental GOP claims are false. And the media will not report these falsehoods.
“Raising taxes on the wealthy reduced employment” is false. The Clinton administration raised taxes on the wealthy and saw unparalleled growth. The George W. Bush administration dramatically cut taxes on the wealthy and saw no job growth. Read More
Having grown up at 18th Street and Dolores, I was delighted to read your Sunday Credo page about Sam Mogannam of the Bi-Rite Market. I first met Sam’s parents and the Mogannam family when they began operating Bi-Rite, a store I worked in as a kid in the 1950s.The neighborhood used to be a bit more edgy than it is now. Nobody envied Sam’s dad and uncle; they constantly had to deal with the walk-in thugs, robberies and burglaries. Read More