Sally Stephens

As even dog parks close in San Francisco, sheltering in place is becoming more isolating, and absent of human interaction. (Courtesy photo)

Sally Stephens: Feeling the impact of spending every day alone

All my initial resolutions to do this and that and stay busy during the enforced isolation didn’t even last two days.

As even dog parks close in San Francisco, sheltering in place is becoming more isolating, and absent of human interaction. (Courtesy photo)
People with pets are dealing with isolation by getting out to the dog park, while keeping safe distances from each other.

Sheltering in place in these days of COVID-19

There’s an unnatural quiet in San Francisco.

People with pets are dealing with isolation by getting out to the dog park, while keeping safe distances from each other.
Former Democratic presidential primary candidate Pete Buttigieg endorses Joe Biden in Texas the night before Super Tuesday primary voting. (Juan Figueroa/ The Dallas Morning News)

Sally Stephens: Waiting for the 11th hour to vote

I have never had so much trouble deciding who to vote for in an election as I had this year.

Former Democratic presidential primary candidate Pete Buttigieg endorses Joe Biden in Texas the night before Super Tuesday primary voting. (Juan Figueroa/ The Dallas Morning News)
Alyssa Nakken is the first female coach on a major league staff in baseball history. (Courtesy San Francisco Giants)

Making inclusive coaching decisions in major league baseball

Last month, the Giants announced another change – they hired Alyssa Nakken as an assistant coach.

Alyssa Nakken is the first female coach on a major league staff in baseball history. (Courtesy San Francisco Giants)
As roads like Market Street become car-free, perhaps it is time for bicyclists to pay their fair share. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

Is it time for San Francisco to start licensing bicycles?

For decades, car owners have funded large portions of the bill for road construction, maintenance, and repair

As roads like Market Street become car-free, perhaps it is time for bicyclists to pay their fair share. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
No-shows at the Women’s March in San Francisco on Jan. 18 missed the chance to feel uplifted and optimistic.                                 Amanda Peterson/Special to S.F. Examiner

Don’t confuse exhaustion with lack of political might

2020 San Francisco Women’s March proves inspirational

No-shows at the Women’s March in San Francisco on Jan. 18 missed the chance to feel uplifted and optimistic.                                 Amanda Peterson/Special to S.F. Examiner
There are some places in San Francisco where it’s just not safe to build, like Edgehill Mountain. (Sally Stephens/Special to S.F. Examiner)

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

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

There are some places in San Francisco where it’s just not safe to build, like Edgehill Mountain. (Sally Stephens/Special to S.F. Examiner)
One of Donald Trump’s former employees says the president is likely to exact revenge on many people in the wake of impeachment proceedings.  (Liu Jie/Xinhua/Zuma Press/TNS)

Impeachment and the Republican cult of personality

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

One of Donald Trump’s former employees says the president is likely to exact revenge on many people in the wake of impeachment proceedings.  (Liu Jie/Xinhua/Zuma Press/TNS)
The coalition of dog and recreation groups sued the National Park Service over its most recent attempt to restrict dog walking in the Golden Gate National Recreation Area. (Courtesy photo)

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

We didn’t want to sue the Park Service.

The coalition of dog and recreation groups sued the National Park Service over its most recent attempt to restrict dog walking in the Golden Gate National Recreation Area. (Courtesy photo)
District Attorney candidate Chesa Boudin speaks at his election night party at SoMa Streat Food Park on Nov. 5.                                 Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner

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

District Attorney candidate Chesa Boudin speaks at his election night party at SoMa Streat Food Park on Nov. 5.                                 Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner
University of Arizona student Kit Heyser, who suffers from debilitating anxiety, demonstrates how her dog Angus can lead her out of a store if she becomes overwhelmed. (Courtesy Maria Goodavage)

‘Doctor Dogs’ a prescription for health and happiness

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

University of Arizona student Kit Heyser, who suffers from debilitating anxiety, demonstrates how her dog Angus can lead her out of a store if she becomes overwhelmed. (Courtesy Maria Goodavage)
Block parties are a great way to get to know your neighbors whom you may need to rely on during a disaster. (Courtesy photo)

Building community one block at a time

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

Block parties are a great way to get to know your neighbors whom you may need to rely on during a disaster. (Courtesy photo)
Brookfield Properties, which owns Stonestown Galleria, is seeking input from the community about the mall’s future. (Melissa Vong/S.F. Examiner)

Re-imagining Stonestown

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

Brookfield Properties, which owns Stonestown Galleria, is seeking input from the community about the mall’s future. (Melissa Vong/S.F. Examiner)
City meetings should be held at the convenience of the people who are being governed. (Courtesy photo)

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?

City meetings should be held at the convenience of the people who are being governed. (Courtesy photo)
Crissy Field in San Francisco. (Courtesy photo)

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.

Crissy Field in San Francisco. (Courtesy photo)
Destruction from Hurricane Dorian in an area called “The Mud” at Marsh Harbour in Great Abaco Island, Bahamas on Thursday, September 5, 2019 (Al Diaz/Miami Herald/TNS)

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.

Destruction from Hurricane Dorian in an area called “The Mud” at Marsh Harbour in Great Abaco Island, Bahamas on Thursday, September 5, 2019 (Al Diaz/Miami Herald/TNS)
The United States was founded with a set of noble ideals in mind, but it’s fallen short of realizing them. (Courtesy photo)

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.

The United States was founded with a set of noble ideals in mind, but it’s fallen short of realizing them. (Courtesy photo)
Elena Guerrero, standing, tried to comfort Keyla Salazar’s mother Lorena Pimentel de Salazar as family and friends as they participate in a vigil honoring her daughter in San Jose on August 3. Salazar, a 13-year-old girl was killed in the Gilroy Garlic Festival shooting on July 28. (Francine Orr/Los Angeles Times/TNS)

Trying to understand and prevent mass shootings

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

Elena Guerrero, standing, tried to comfort Keyla Salazar’s mother Lorena Pimentel de Salazar as family and friends as they participate in a vigil honoring her daughter in San Jose on August 3. Salazar, a 13-year-old girl was killed in the Gilroy Garlic Festival shooting on July 28. (Francine Orr/Los Angeles Times/TNS)
PG&E workers dissemble broken power lines after the Camp fire ripped through Paradise, Calif., on Nov. 15, 2018. (Joel Angel Juarez/Zuma Press/TNS)

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.

PG&E workers dissemble broken power lines after the Camp fire ripped through Paradise, Calif., on Nov. 15, 2018. (Joel Angel Juarez/Zuma Press/TNS)
About a month ago, the San Francisco SPCA abruptly closed its feral cat nursery. (Courtesy photo)

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…

About a month ago, the San Francisco SPCA abruptly closed its feral cat nursery. (Courtesy photo)