Sally Stephens

Buzz Aldrin’s footprint on the moon. Elements of this image furnished by NASA. (Courtesy photo)

Appreciating the rocket that first brought humans to the moon

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

Buzz Aldrin’s footprint on the moon. Elements of this image furnished by NASA. (Courtesy photo)
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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.

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

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.

About a month ago, the San Francisco SPCA abruptly closed its feral cat nursery. (Courtesy photo)
Drivers using the Waze app are often diverted on to small side streets that aren’t equipped to handle large amounts of traffic. (Courtesy photo)

When a benefit for individuals is bad for society

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

Drivers using the Waze app are often diverted on to small side streets that aren’t equipped to handle large amounts of traffic. (Courtesy photo)
Adding a transit-only lane to West Portal could be disastrous for the small businesses struggling to survive there. (Kevin Kelleher/Special to S.F. Examiner)

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.

Adding a transit-only lane to West Portal could be disastrous for the small businesses struggling to survive there. (Kevin Kelleher/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Researchers unveiled the first direct visual evidence of a supermassive black hole and its shadow. This black hole resides 55 million light-years from Earth and has a mass 6.5 billion times that of the sun. (Event Horizon Telescope/TNS)

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.

Researchers unveiled the first direct visual evidence of a supermassive black hole and its shadow. This black hole resides 55 million light-years from Earth and has a mass 6.5 billion times that of the sun. (Event Horizon Telescope/TNS)
Meek Mill, one of the rappers giving U.S. justices a primer on rap and hip hop, attends the 4th annual Diamond Ball at Cipriani on September 13, 2018, in New York City. (Courtesy photo)

Sally Stephens: Of rap and free speech

The U.S. Supreme Court will soon announce whether they will consider overturning the conviction of a young rapper.

Meek Mill, one of the rappers giving U.S. justices a primer on rap and hip hop, attends the 4th annual Diamond Ball at Cipriani on September 13, 2018, in New York City. (Courtesy photo)
Earlier this month, the Board of Supervisors softened The City’s smoking prohibitions to allow the Office of Cannabis to grant temporary waivers for marijuana smoking at events such as Hardly Strictly Bluegrass. (S.F. Examiner file photo)

Why is San Francisco encouraging people to smoke at outdoor events?

In 2005, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors voted to ban smoking in city parks and other public spaces.

Earlier this month, the Board of Supervisors softened The City’s smoking prohibitions to allow the Office of Cannabis to grant temporary waivers for marijuana smoking at events such as Hardly Strictly Bluegrass. (S.F. Examiner file photo)
No one likes to have their driveway encroached by a car parked by a careless driver. (Courtesy photo)

How to keep the peace with your neighbors when parking is tight

Street parking is an issue that can easily create conflict among neighbors…

No one likes to have their driveway encroached by a car parked by a careless driver. (Courtesy photo)
Late on Feb. 12, 2019, mission controllers at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, sent the last commands to ask NASA’s Opportunity rover on Mars to call home. (Courtesy/NASA/JPL-Caltech)

A surprisingly emotional finale to a Mars mission

No one had expected that an announcement about the end of a…

Late on Feb. 12, 2019, mission controllers at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, sent the last commands to ask NASA’s Opportunity rover on Mars to call home. (Courtesy/NASA/JPL-Caltech)
San Francisco burning after April 18, 1906 earthquake, with view of smoke over the Mission District. Within three days, fires, caused by ruptured gas mains, destroyed approximately 25,000 buildings. (Everett Historical / Shutterstock.com)
San Francisco burning after April 18, 1906 earthquake, with view of smoke over the Mission District. Within three days, fires, caused by ruptured gas mains, destroyed approximately 25,000 buildings. (Everett Historical / Shutterstock.com)
The third annual Women’s March showed us how far we’ve come as men and

It’s time to expand the concept of what it means to be a man

Last weekend, I joined tens of thousands of other San Franciscans to…

The third annual Women’s March showed us how far we’ve come as men and
Perhaps the most visible impact of the government shutdown has been in our national parks and recreation areas, such as Fort Funston, pictured here. (Courtesy National Park Service)

Stepping up to keep The City’s national parks open during the government shutdown

Perhaps the most visible impact of the government shutdown has been in…

Perhaps the most visible impact of the government shutdown has been in our national parks and recreation areas, such as Fort Funston, pictured here. (Courtesy National Park Service)
An intersection in the Glen Park neighborhood has become the poster child in the fight over the placement of bike share docking stations in neighborhoods.  (Michael Barba/S.F. Examiner)

Glen Park GoBike station could add congestion to an already chaotic intersection

An intersection in the Glen Park neighborhood has become the poster child…

An intersection in the Glen Park neighborhood has become the poster child in the fight over the placement of bike share docking stations in neighborhoods.  (Michael Barba/S.F. Examiner)
The Instrument Deployment Camera (IDC), located on the robotic arm of NASA's InSight lander, took this picture of the Martian surface on Nov. 26, 2018, the same day the spacecraft touched down on the Red Planet.  This image was relayed from InSight to Earth via NASA's Odyssey spacecraft, currently orbiting Mars.(NASA/JPL-Caltech)

New Mars lander will help answer deep questions

Last Monday, after an almost seven-month-long, 300-million-mile journey from Earth, the InSight…

The Instrument Deployment Camera (IDC), located on the robotic arm of NASA's InSight lander, took this picture of the Martian surface on Nov. 26, 2018, the same day the spacecraft touched down on the Red Planet.  This image was relayed from InSight to Earth via NASA's Odyssey spacecraft, currently orbiting Mars.(NASA/JPL-Caltech)
Google employee Cathay Bi speaks at a rally at Harry Bridges Plaza to protest the tech company's treatment of women and handling of sexual harassment scandals on Thursday, Nov. 1, 2018. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

Badasses’ and basketball players have brought good news in tumultuous year for women

This has been a tumultuous year for women. The Supreme Court Justice…

Google employee Cathay Bi speaks at a rally at Harry Bridges Plaza to protest the tech company's treatment of women and handling of sexual harassment scandals on Thursday, Nov. 1, 2018. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
Parishioners at Sewickley United Methodist Church in Pennsylvania lit candles and placed white roses in vases for the 11 people that were killed and the six that were injured at the shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue. (Charles Fox/Philadelphia Inquirer/TNS)

Finding reasons to be less afraid

Last week I went to a friend’s house. Everyone there had lived…

Parishioners at Sewickley United Methodist Church in Pennsylvania lit candles and placed white roses in vases for the 11 people that were killed and the six that were injured at the shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue. (Charles Fox/Philadelphia Inquirer/TNS)
It is clear that more money is needed to help the homeless. But just throwing money at the problem won’t necessarily solve it.(KEVIN N.HUME/S.F. EXAMINER)

Let’s ensure that money to end homelessness will actually help

San Francisco has a major problem with homelessness. The human cost is…

It is clear that more money is needed to help the homeless. But just throwing money at the problem won’t necessarily solve it.(KEVIN N.HUME/S.F. EXAMINER)
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Did astronomers just find Spock’s home planet Vulcan?

Star Trek’s Mr. Spock, the pointy-eared, highly logical alien who served on…

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The San Francisco Public Utilities Commission owns Lake Merced, while the Rec and Park department manages the space’s recreational usage. (Jessica Christian/2017 S.F. Examiner)

Who’s in charge at Lake Merced?

Lake Merced is a recreational and natural wonder in the southwest corner…

The San Francisco Public Utilities Commission owns Lake Merced, while the Rec and Park department manages the space’s recreational usage. (Jessica Christian/2017 S.F. Examiner)