OPINION "I have been arrested for 3 times in one day for sitting on the street in San Francisco" PoorNewsNetwork panhandler reporter and my fellow "poverty skolar" Papa Bear reported in our monthly community newsroom meeting last week.
As Papa Bear reported on yet another example of being arrested for the sole act of being poor, black and houseless in America, I received a text message from Berkeley that after a second round of seven hours of testimony against the proposal to put a sit-lie measure on the November ballot, it was approved anyway.Read more »
Although a recent accreditation report levels a long list of criticisms of City College, some of them legitimate issues that need to be addressed, the real problem is the state's defunding of public education and its disinvestment in our community-college system.
There's no question that everyone is going to work to keep City College open and serving our communities.Read more »
OPINION San Francisco Unified School District teachers and Department of Public Health nurses are going through difficult times. Despite years of service reductions, layoffs, and ceaseless budget pressures, teachers continue to educate San Francisco's young people while nurses care for the sick and injured.Read more »
OPINION I am a diehard and devoted follower of the round-ball. Basketball. If the game did not exist, I wouldn't spend a minute — hot or cold — planted in front of telly, save the half hour my kids and I watch the new Regular Show. I have no idea who wins the beauty contests or who is villain or hero on reality TV, couldn't ID you the hit sitcom star of today, don't know and don't care.
For this reason, I am intimately aware of the massive anti-Prop 29 campaign waged by the tobacco companies (their target audience is male and of a certain age).Read more »
San Francisco should be the first city to list all municipal services on one of the existing user-review websites that thousands of San Franciscans already rely on to critique restaurants, drycleaners, and auto repair shops.
05.22.12 - 3:41 pm |
By Anne Stuhldreher
OPINION If you attended any of the oodles of mayoral debates during last fall's election, you surely heard every candidate say two things: One, that they'd make city government more accountable to San Franciscans — and two, that they'd harness technology to make city services better.Read more »
My greatest frustration as a tenants' rights and affordable-housing advocate in San Francisco is that, despite all the good efforts by a lot of good people, we never address the root cause of our housing crisis. We routinely enact laws and ballot initiatives, organize endless demonstrations and elect progressive politicians, but in the final analysis, these efforts are just a Band Aid on a bad system that leaves a lot of people without a roof over their heads.Read more »
Last month, Obama came out swinging against medical marijuana in an interview, defended his raids of law-abiding clubs, and is currently positioning himself to the right of former President George Bush — despite the fact that nearly 75 percent of Americans support legalized medical marijuana.Read more »
We both work under City Hall's iconic dome as civil servants. While I often work late into the evening hours as a supervisor, Robert's back-breaking work as a janitor is often done past the midnight hour, five nights a week.
I had the opportunity to meet Robert last week, as part of the "Walk A Day In Our Shoes" program of Service Employees International Union, Local 1021.Read more »