Sally Stephens

Finding community among the nerds

Doctor Who, Princess Leia and Kylo Ren missed Burning Man last weekend.…

A shady story in San Francisco

Did you know San Francisco originally didn’t have hardly any trees? The…

A tale of two voters

For more than 10 years, my garage served as a precinct polling…

Sowing discord, one block at a time

If you really want to get a neighborhood riled up, bring up…

The worst of times?

It’s easy to think we’re in the worst of times. Racism, terrorism,…

‘America’s best idea’ is rotting from the top

The National Park Service has been around for 100 years. In that…

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,…