Sally Stephens

Have we really come a long way, baby?

In some ways, women have made huge strides in the last few…

This blank check is not a good idea

Everybody loves parks. In a densely packed city like San Francisco, our…

The worst kind of neighbor

What does it mean to be a good neighbor in a dense…

Dealing with a sudden loss

It’s always hard to deal with death. But when it comes suddenly…

Duboce Dogfest serves as lesson in progress

Duboce Dogfest, held last weekend, is a unique San Francisco event —…

The lost art of listening

Growing up in the 1960s, there was a lot for a father…

Stop calling it ‘Golden Gate National Parks’

Congress created the Golden Gate National Recreation Area “to concentrate on serving…

The mean sidewalks of San Francisco

I’ve been doing a lot of walking lately and I’ve been surprised…

A flawed process rigged from the start

I used to think of the National Park Service as good guys.…

Modern pyramid building

Sometimes politicians are stubborn. And sometimes that stubbornness makes them continue to…

An unprecedented last-minute change

Last Monday, an obscure city committee withdrew proposed funding for a new…

Coming to a street near you

The people in my neighborhood got so sick of looking at piles…

Helping animals actually helps people

Gandhi once said you can judge the greatness of a nation by…

Bringing light to a dark world

I’ve been feeling depressed listening to all the bad news lately, but,…

Fear and coyotes in San Francisco

Fear is a powerful emotion. It can make reasonable people take unreasonable…

Keeping Ocean Beach burning bright

Forty years ago, San Franciscans voted to transfer control of Ocean Beach,…

Whatever happened to environmentalists?

I always liked John Denver’s music. His songs celebrated nature in all…