Patrick Wolff

With more than 18,800 people per square mile, San Francisco’s population density is second only to New York City in the U.S. (Courtesy photo)

San Francisco cannot solve the Bay Area’s affordable housing crisis on its own

In the Follow the Money column published April 29, I argued that…

With more than 18,800 people per square mile, San Francisco’s population density is second only to New York City in the U.S. (Courtesy photo)
Supervisor Katy Tang and Jim Lazarus, senior vice president of the Chamber of Commerce, spoke against Proposition C at City Hall recently.  (Joshua Sabatini/S.F. Examiner)

Proposition C is the wrong method for ending homelessness

Proposition C is the most contested and consequential of the five local…

Supervisor Katy Tang and Jim Lazarus, senior vice president of the Chamber of Commerce, spoke against Proposition C at City Hall recently.  (Joshua Sabatini/S.F. Examiner)
Individual action to improve schools

Individual action to improve schools

I was motivated to write this four-part series of columns on education…

Individual action to improve schools
California's 1978 Education Code, seen on the left, was just two volumes. Forty years later, the state's public school population has grown to 6.2 million students from 4 million and the code spans 12 volumes. (Courtesy image)

Experimenting for education reform

Last week, we looked at the funding side of the root causes…

California's 1978 Education Code, seen on the left, was just two volumes. Forty years later, the state's public school population has grown to 6.2 million students from 4 million and the code spans 12 volumes. (Courtesy image)
The San Francisco Unified School District's  annual Impact and Innovation Awards, supported by residents of The City, celebrate schools that creatively improve outcomes for students.(Jessica Christian/2016 S.F. Examiner)

Funding the California school system

Last week we laid out the key problems with California (and San…

The San Francisco Unified School District's  annual Impact and Innovation Awards, supported by residents of The City, celebrate schools that creatively improve outcomes for students.(Jessica Christian/2016 S.F. Examiner)
A school employee walks through the halls of Thurgood Marshall High School in San Francisco's Bayview District Monday, Aug. 15, 2016. (Jessica Christian/2016 S.F. Examiner)

California’s public schools earn poor marks

I’m passionate about public education. My wife and I were both educated…

A school employee walks through the halls of Thurgood Marshall High School in San Francisco's Bayview District Monday, Aug. 15, 2016. (Jessica Christian/2016 S.F. Examiner)
Since former Mayor Ed Lee announced an accelerated police hiring place in 2015, staffing has increased almost 18 percent to 1,872 active, sworn officers as of Dec. 2017.

Where San Francisco’s money goes

San Francisco’s fiscal year ends each year on June 30 and begins…

Since former Mayor Ed Lee announced an accelerated police hiring place in 2015, staffing has increased almost 18 percent to 1,872 active, sworn officers as of Dec. 2017.
The San Francisco Bay Area population was approximately 2.3 percent of the U.S. total in 1970 and has maintained roughly the same ratio ever since, despite the tech boom. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
The San Francisco Bay Area population was approximately 2.3 percent of the U.S. total in 1970 and has maintained roughly the same ratio ever since, despite the tech boom. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
San Francisco can address its pension crisis by controlling health care costs and planning for long-term population growth. (Courtesy photo)

Genuine solutions for San Francisco’s pension crisis

Last week, I wrote about how San Francisco is at least $10…

San Francisco can address its pension crisis by controlling health care costs and planning for long-term population growth. (Courtesy photo)
San Francisco’s cumulative budget deficit over the next two fiscal years is projected to be $262 million out of an annual budget of roughly $10 billion. (Courtesy photo)

San Francisco is officially $10 billion in the hole

My wife and I have two kids; our 12-year-old son is in…

San Francisco’s cumulative budget deficit over the next two fiscal years is projected to be $262 million out of an annual budget of roughly $10 billion. (Courtesy photo)