Jaya Padmanabhan

Regardless of how the Supreme Court rules on the addition of the citizenship question to the 2020 Census, people are already anxious about participating in the 2020 Census. (Courtesy photo)

Estimate of a 2020 census undercount is growing

Census advocates in California and elsewhere are working to remediate the atmosphere of fear and suspicion.

Regardless of how the Supreme Court rules on the addition of the citizenship question to the 2020 Census, people are already anxious about participating in the 2020 Census. (Courtesy photo)
A childhood pursuit of catching colorful insects is a metaphor for the president’s ideas about changing U.S. immigration policies. (Courtesy photo)

How chasing dragonflies relates to Trump’s merit-based immigration proposal

During summer holidays, my brother and I would come home from our respective Catholic boarding schools and spend lazy days reading and exploring.

A childhood pursuit of catching colorful insects is a metaphor for the president’s ideas about changing U.S. immigration policies. (Courtesy photo)
Mayor Ed Lee speaks to the attendees of his State of the City Address at the Hibernia Bank in San Franciso on Thursday January 26, 2017. (Aleah Fajardo/Special To SF Examiner)

Ed Lee: The Man Behind the Mayor

“My dad was a behind-the-scenes guy … when he decided to run, it was one of the greatest decisions he made.”

Mayor Ed Lee speaks to the attendees of his State of the City Address at the Hibernia Bank in San Franciso on Thursday January 26, 2017. (Aleah Fajardo/Special To SF Examiner)
In the show Gilmore Girls, starring Alexis Bledel and Lauren Graham, a strong community helps support single mother Lorelai Gilmore. (Courtesy photo)

Gilmore Girls and what’s needed for the growing numbers of single mothers

Policymakers must find a way to provide better support for families of all types

In the show Gilmore Girls, starring Alexis Bledel and Lauren Graham, a strong community helps support single mother Lorelai Gilmore. (Courtesy photo)
The Census 2020 may be less accurate if the citizenship question is included. (Courtesy photo)

Adding the citizenship question to the 2020 Census: A legitimate fear

The Supreme Court heard oral arguments last Tuesday about the Census Bureau’s…

The Census 2020 may be less accurate if the citizenship question is included. (Courtesy photo)
Tiger Woods celebrates after winning the Masters during the final round on Sunday at Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Ga. (Jason Getz/Atlanta Journal-Constitution/TNS)

Tiger Woods, Stephen Curry, Erik Kratz and the demography of sports

Even at a time when the nation is divided over the border and sanctuary laws, many of us are united in our enjoyment of sports.

Tiger Woods celebrates after winning the Masters during the final round on Sunday at Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Ga. (Jason Getz/Atlanta Journal-Constitution/TNS)
A 2010 file image of the death penalty chamber at San Quentin State Prison. (Wally Skalij/Los Angeles Times/TNS)

The death penalty does not work

Does the death penalty prevent homicides and cruel acts of violence?

A 2010 file image of the death penalty chamber at San Quentin State Prison. (Wally Skalij/Los Angeles Times/TNS)
William “Rick” Singer leaves Boston Federal Court after being charged with racketeering conspiracy, money laundering conspiracy, conspiracy to defraud the United States, and obstruction of justice on Tuesday, March 12, 2019 in Boston, Mass. (Scott Eisen/Getty Images/TNS)

The business of college admissions is geared more toward parents than students

When my twins were in their sophomore year of high school, I recall attending a presentation for parents of high school children by a group of college counselors.

William “Rick” Singer leaves Boston Federal Court after being charged with racketeering conspiracy, money laundering conspiracy, conspiracy to defraud the United States, and obstruction of justice on Tuesday, March 12, 2019 in Boston, Mass. (Scott Eisen/Getty Images/TNS)
At a time when the economy is doing well, and the demand for skilled tech workers is rising, the proposal to strip jobs from bright, skilled women workers could be catastrophic. (Courtesy photo)

Proposal to revoke H-4 work authorizations takes direct hit at working women’s rights

Even at this particular moment with the increased mobilization of women’s rights,…

At a time when the economy is doing well, and the demand for skilled tech workers is rising, the proposal to strip jobs from bright, skilled women workers could be catastrophic. (Courtesy photo)
San Francisco had a net domestic out-migration of residents as did most Silicon Valley counties between July 2017 to July 2018, according to the Joint Venture 2019 report. (Courtesy photo)

Even while San Francisco’s economy is booming, people are restless to leave

Not everyone is choosing to stay in The City and Silicon Valley.…

San Francisco had a net domestic out-migration of residents as did most Silicon Valley counties between July 2017 to July 2018, according to the Joint Venture 2019 report. (Courtesy photo)
Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) kickstarts her presidential campaign at a rally in her hometown of Oakland, Calif., on Sunday, Jan. 27, 2019. (Marcus Yam/Los Angeles Times/TNS)

The shaping of Kamala Harris’ identity

It’s an important moment for Senator Kamala Harris. On Martin Luther King…

Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) kickstarts her presidential campaign at a rally in her hometown of Oakland, Calif., on Sunday, Jan. 27, 2019. (Marcus Yam/Los Angeles Times/TNS)
With little concern for polite speak, Cardi B laid out the problem on Instagram: A wall? Shouldn’t we be arguing healthcare, or environment or guns or criminal justice? (Hayne Palmour IV/San Diego Union-Tribune/TNS)
With little concern for polite speak, Cardi B laid out the problem on Instagram: A wall? Shouldn’t we be arguing healthcare, or environment or guns or criminal justice? (Hayne Palmour IV/San Diego Union-Tribune/TNS)
The wall murals at the Women’s Building on 18th Street reflect San Francisco’s diversity and the resilience of women across the world. (Courtesy photo)

A brief history of walls being used as political tools

On New Year’s Day, the southern state of Kerala in India experienced…

The wall murals at the Women’s Building on 18th Street reflect San Francisco’s diversity and the resilience of women across the world. (Courtesy photo)
We’ve reached a point in our demographic and geographic makeup when borders and boxes don’t contain us anymore and definitions and types are too broad. (Courtesy photo)

Demographic evolution recognizes that ethnic identities are fluid, multi-faceted

Since I first started this column almost two years ago, I am…

We’ve reached a point in our demographic and geographic makeup when borders and boxes don’t contain us anymore and definitions and types are too broad. (Courtesy photo)
San Francisco residents who are between the ages of 28 and 32 are less likely to have been married than residents of Philadelphia or New York City. (Courtesy photo)

When it comes to marriage, SF lags behind other big cities

“I am still old and still in love with the man I…

San Francisco residents who are between the ages of 28 and 32 are less likely to have been married than residents of Philadelphia or New York City. (Courtesy photo)
Protesters in Portland, Oregon show support for the immigration community during a September 2017 rally. (Courtesy photo)

Homeless and undocumented: Different sides of the same coin

In his Pulitzer prize winning book “Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the…

Protesters in Portland, Oregon show support for the immigration community during a September 2017 rally. (Courtesy photo)
There's still room for improvement when it comes to voter turnout and voter registration in San Francisco. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

The City earns a mixed report card for the midterm elections

The day after the 2018 midterm elections, my social media feeds and…

There's still room for improvement when it comes to voter turnout and voter registration in San Francisco. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
Honduran migrants take a rest in the main plaza, after reaching the city of Pijijiapan, Mexico, on October 25, 2018, as the caravan of thousands continued toward the United States. (Miguel Juarez Lugo/Zuma Press/TNS)

Migrant caravan from Central America pressing forward despite all odds

As I watch and read about the caravan from Central America making…

Honduran migrants take a rest in the main plaza, after reaching the city of Pijijiapan, Mexico, on October 25, 2018, as the caravan of thousands continued toward the United States. (Miguel Juarez Lugo/Zuma Press/TNS)
The economy is booming and at the same time poverty is decimating lives.

Won’t you save me San Francisco?

There are often two conflicting stories that are equally true. We’ve all…

The economy is booming and at the same time poverty is decimating lives.
President Donald Trump (Olivier Douliery/Abaca Press/TNS)

Fear surrounds Trump’s proposed changes to benefits policy for immigrants

In the drive to lower immigration numbers, the Trump administration has come…

President Donald Trump (Olivier Douliery/Abaca Press/TNS)