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Buena Vista Park — and the rest of San Francisco’s parks — stands to benefit from additional funding allocated with the approval of Proposition B; however, the measur would reduce The City’s ability to adapt to changing needs over the next 30 years. (Mike Koozmin/S.F. Examiner/S.F. Examiner file photo)

This blank check is not a good idea

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

Buena Vista Park — and the rest of San Francisco’s parks — stands to benefit from additional funding allocated with the approval of Proposition B; however, the measur would reduce The City’s ability to adapt to changing needs over the next 30 years. (Mike Koozmin/S.F. Examiner/S.F. Examiner file photo)
National Park Service staff, which oversees the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, decided to remove “recreation” as a guiding principle for managing the space without consulting neighboring communities. (Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP)

The worst kind of neighbor

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

National Park Service staff, which oversees the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, decided to remove “recreation” as a guiding principle for managing the space without consulting neighboring communities. (Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP)
Sergio Klor de Alva, right, is seen with supervisorial candidate Joel Engardio. Klor de Alva died April 25 in a car accident on Highway 1 just south of Devil’s Slide near Pacifica. (Courtesy Joel Engardio)

Dealing with a sudden loss

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

Sergio Klor de Alva, right, is seen with supervisorial candidate Joel Engardio. Klor de Alva died April 25 in a car accident on Highway 1 just south of Devil’s Slide near Pacifica. (Courtesy Joel Engardio)
Oliver, a golden retriever, offers some pet therapy in the shade during Duboce Dogfest. (Courtesy Diana Gaffney/Hoodline)

Duboce Dogfest serves as lesson in progress

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

Oliver, a golden retriever, offers some pet therapy in the shade during Duboce Dogfest. (Courtesy Diana Gaffney/Hoodline)
On issues ranging from homelessness to Google buses, like the scene above, it sometimes seems like the two sides of an issue are actually listening to one another rather than drowning each other out arguing. (Chris Roberts/2013 S.F. Examiner)

The lost art of listening

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

On issues ranging from homelessness to Google buses, like the scene above, it sometimes seems like the two sides of an issue are actually listening to one another rather than drowning each other out arguing. (Chris Roberts/2013 S.F. Examiner)
Bicyclists ride past Crissy Field, part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, toward the Golden Gate Bridge. (Eric Risberg/AP)

Stop calling it ‘Golden Gate National Parks’

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

Bicyclists ride past Crissy Field, part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, toward the Golden Gate Bridge. (Eric Risberg/AP)
Sidewalk etiquette is an acknowledgment that we share our urban space with others and that we have to consider and accommodate their needs along with our own. (Courtesy photo)

The mean sidewalks of San Francisco

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

Sidewalk etiquette is an acknowledgment that we share our urban space with others and that we have to consider and accommodate their needs along with our own. (Courtesy photo)
The National Park Service last week announced new rules for where dogs can be walked in the Golden Gate National Recreation Area and closed parts of Fort Funston to all visitors. (Marcio Jose Sanchez/2011 AP)

A flawed process rigged from the start

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

The National Park Service last week announced new rules for where dogs can be walked in the Golden Gate National Recreation Area and closed parts of Fort Funston to all visitors. (Marcio Jose Sanchez/2011 AP)
Farmer Rudi Mussi and his grandson Lorenzo stand near Mussi’s almond orchard in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta near Stockton, Calif. The impact of a plan from Gov. Jerry Brown — to divert water from the Sacramento River to Southern California via underground tunnels — on the San Francisco Bay remains unknown thus far. (Rich Pedroncelli/AP)

Modern pyramid building

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

Farmer Rudi Mussi and his grandson Lorenzo stand near Mussi’s almond orchard in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta near Stockton, Calif. The impact of a plan from Gov. Jerry Brown — to divert water from the Sacramento River to Southern California via underground tunnels — on the San Francisco Bay remains unknown thus far. (Rich Pedroncelli/AP)
The Board of Supervisors has approved funding for a much-needed new animal shelter in San Francisco. (Mike Koozmin/2011 S.F. Examiner)

An unprecedented last-minute change

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

The Board of Supervisors has approved funding for a much-needed new animal shelter in San Francisco. (Mike Koozmin/2011 S.F. Examiner)
Street construction crews have become a headache for residents who feel like The City isn't giving them enough notice before disrupting their daily lives. (Ken Walton/Flickr)

Coming to a street near you

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

Street construction crews have become a headache for residents who feel like The City isn't giving them enough notice before disrupting their daily lives. (Ken Walton/Flickr)
Mayor Ed Lee's $350 million Public Health and Safety Bond includes $54 million to build a new animal shelter in The City. (Evan Ducharme/2013 S.F. Examiner)

Helping animals actually helps people

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

Mayor Ed Lee's $350 million Public Health and Safety Bond includes $54 million to build a new animal shelter in The City. (Evan Ducharme/2013 S.F. Examiner)
Humanitarian work and causes bring light to an otherwise dark world.

Bringing light to a dark world

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

Humanitarian work and causes bring light to an otherwise dark world.
With a little common sense and without succumbing to fear, coyotes and San Franciscans can easily coexist. (Mike Koozmin/S.F. Examiner)

Fear and coyotes in San Francisco

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

With a little common sense and without succumbing to fear, coyotes and San Franciscans can easily coexist. (Mike Koozmin/S.F. Examiner)
(AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

Keeping Ocean Beach burning bright

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

(AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
Some so-called environmentalists want to remove non-native trees from the East Bay, such as the eucalypts seen here in San Francisco's Presidio. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

Whatever happened to environmentalists?

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

Some so-called environmentalists want to remove non-native trees from the East Bay, such as the eucalypts seen here in San Francisco's Presidio. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)