Sally Stephens

Monster houses don’t belong on SF’s Edgehill Mountain

There are some places in San Francisco where it’s just not safe…

Impeachment and the Republican cult of personality

I was in college during Watergate. When the inquiry began, Republicans leapt to Nixon’s defense.

Sally Stephens: Why we sued the National Park Service over dog rules

We didn’t want to sue the Park Service.

A letter to San Francisco’s new DA Chesa Boudin

But I worry that you may be less sympathetic to the physical and emotional toll that victims, their families, and their communities endure

‘Doctor Dogs’ a prescription for health and happiness

Alert animals can detect disease, aid people with various medical conditions

Building community one block at a time

We organized our first block party 17 years ago, in early June of 2002.

Re-imagining Stonestown

Owners hosting gatherings to find out how to make mall a ‘place people love over the long-term.’

Why does San Francisco make it so hard to attend city meetings?

Why should we have to pay exorbitant prices just because we want to participate in city government?

Here we go again – new dog rules in Golden Gate National Recreation Area

The GGNRA released a 2019 Superintendent’s Compendium that makes significant changes that appear to implement parts of the ill-fated Dog Management Plan.

Hurricane brought out the good in people who helped after the devastation

Chella Phillips runs a refuge for stray and abandoned dogs in Nassau in the Bahamas.

A shameful anniversary that forces America to confront uncomfortable truths

It’s not easy to admit that our nation, which we like to think of as a beacon of liberty and freedom, bears the stains of slavery.

Trying to understand and prevent mass shootings

The Violence Project has created a database of every mass shooting since 1966.

What happens if San Francisco’s power is shut down to prevent wildfires?

Imagine The City with no working traffic lights. Cellphone networks and internet phone lines could fail.

Two good animal organizations are losing community support over feral cat policy changes

At a recent meeting of the San Francisco Animal Control and Welfare…

Appreciating the rocket that first brought humans to the moon

Fifty years ago, the Apollo 11 astronauts landed on the Moon.

Rec and Park bypasses community before changing dog park hours

One of the foundations of our government is the idea that the public gets to weigh in on policy matters.

More feral cats could die in San Francisco following policy change

For over 20 years, the San Francisco SPCA and the City’s municipal shelter, Animal Care and Control, pioneered groundbreaking programs to manage feral cats.

When a benefit for individuals is bad for society

I live on a quiet street in a neighborhood of single-family homes…

Like it or not, transit-only lane coming to West Portal

The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency wants to put a transit-only lane on one block of West Portal to speed up Muni trains.

Black hole image brought out a few nasty trolls

The release last week of the first image of a black hole was a triumph for science, technology, and humanity.