Media have decided verdict on Mirkarimi
Im no fan of Ross Mirkarimi, but at this point, I hope he perseveres and triumphs over the local medias attempts to convict him outside of court and ethics hearings. Read More
I cannot think of one financial city measure that has passed in which the money was not spent in part on something other than what the measure was passed for (“SFUSD moves funds to meet state laws,” June 21).
The San Francisco Unified School District budget includes $29 million in new expenditures, but only $364,000 in new revenue — and $16 million out of $62 million of earmarked state funds will be diverted to the district’s general fund to be used for other things. Read More
Thanks for your excellent article (“Speed push cited in bike death,” Friday). I wonder if The San Francisco Examiner has learned of any initiatives to require on-road bicyclists to carry insurance. Under the circumstances of your report, the subject would make for an excellent follow-up piece, and be a great public service if it spurred action.In another very recent incident, this time along The Embarcadero, another elderly person was hit by a bicyclist and killed. Her death resulted in only $15,000 in compensation. Read More
Thanks for your excellent article (“Speed push cited in bike death,” June 15). I wonder if The San Francisco Examiner has learned of any initiatives to require on-road bicyclists to carry insurance. Under the circumstances of your report, the subject would make for an excellent follow-up piece, and be a great public service if it spurred action.
In another very recent incident, this time along The Embarcadero, another elderly person was hit by a bicyclist and killed. Her death resulted in only $15,000 in compensation. Read More
Everyone in City Hall is congratulating themselves over the balanced budget.When revenues are up, it is easy to balance the budget. That is not fiscal responsibility; that is just luck. The proposed budget will increase 12 percent over the next two years. Is that good fiscal management? Our budget will be $7.3 billion for 800,000 residents; $9,100 for each resident. Read More
After following the saga of suspended Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi for the past few months, the recent findings and stories surrounding him are very disturbing.
First, he was deceptive when it came to his guns, and then he seemed to obstruct the police’s attempts to secure them. And his claim that his guns were “buried deep in the house,” making it difficult to retrieve them, doesn’t fly.
Well, if he buried them deep, then he knows where they are and can go uncover them, right? Read More
Here we go again! San Francisco is readying itself for that most sacred of sacred cows, our yearly triumphal march: the gay pride parade. For the entire month of June, rainbow flags wave along Market Street from the Castro all the way to The Embarcadero to prepare us for this most glorious occasion. On the anointed Sunday even the Main Library closes in strict observance, as the vast crowd cheers and roars and the media slobber and fawn. Read More
The article alleging racial bias in student discipline assumes that because black and Hispanic students are being suspended from school more frequently than Asian and Caucasian students, the cause “must” be racism (“Taking prejudice out of punishment,” Sunday). Read More
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).
Without speaking to the contributing factors (poverty, lack of job opportunities, discrimination, fatherless homes, etc.) causing black and Hispanic children to be more volatile, emotional, and psychologically precarious and disturbed, you imply that the public school system and its teachers are racist, insensitive and discriminatory. Read More
To the letter writer from San Bruno: The 7 “measly acres” you refer to actually belong to the taxpayers of San Francisco and not to a San Bruno resident (“Small Golden Gate Park patch a big deal for families,” Letters, Wednesday).
The City has more to offer children than just soccer. Great libraries, nine public swimming pools, a playground in every neighborhood, at least 60 soccer fields, numerous basketball gyms, after-school programs and lots of affordable summer camps — but we also want children to experience nature, wildlife and a great dark sky to view the stars. Read More
Golden Gate Park has 1,017 acres. Is Katherine Howard of the group SF Ocean Edge and other opponents of the plan to install lights and turf in the park (“Turf replacement may face appeal,” May 27) trying to tell me that we can’t spare 7 measly acres so kids can have a decent recreational facility? Golden Gate Park was sand dunes historically, and for opponents to try to imply they are protecting the “wild natural beauty” of the park is laughable, especially considering we speak of just seven of 1,017 acres. Read More
As a gay resident of San Francisco for nearly 40 years you can imagine how supremely delighted I was to glance up while waiting for a Muni bus and see an unmistakably, wonderfully gay Gap advertisement on the side of the bus! Were my eyes deceiving me? There they were, two cute gay young men tucked inside a Gap T-shirt, with the caption, ‘Be One.’ Read More
Gov. Jerry Brown’s proposal to shorten state employee workweeks should start with the Office of the lieutenant governor. Apparently, Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom dislikes “boring” Sacramento so much, he only shows up to work there one day a week.Newsom dismisses his $160,000 government job as do-nothing, insignificant and irrelevant. Yet, voters felt he was a perfect fit. Read More
I hope Barry Bonds does not rejoin the Giants (“Bonds a coach? It’s possible,” May 29).
As Bonds stated, he is a felon. Then he went on to gloat that he was “never convicted of steroids,” but did not deny using them. Remember, Bonds testified before a grand jury that he used a clear substance and a cream given to him by a trainer who was indicted in a steroid-distribution ring. Bonds claimed he didn’t know they were steroids. Read More
Letter writer Ann Grogan forgets the original question behind the debate regarding whether or not the Recreation and Park Department should be allowed to abandon another park responsibility by throwing Coit Tower into private hands: Will privatizing public park facilities keep other parks free? The answer remains a resounding no, and voting yes on Proposition B would redirect Rec and Park back to its mandate. (“Prop. B debate continues,” Letters, Sunday) Read More