Opinion

Why I oppose closing our parks

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OPINION I have great respect for Recreation & Park General Manager Phil Ginsburg, my colleague Sup. Scott Wiener, and my constituents and friends who support the parks closure legislation. I certainly share their concerns about damage to our parks. But I do not think this law is the appropriate means to address it.

I have six fundamental problems with the legislation.Read more »

Fight back to save your home

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By Tommi Avicolli Mecca and Fred Sherburn-ZimmerRead more »

Vote "no" on everything

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All this year's candidates are unopposed incumbents, which is lame. It's a sign of an unhealthy democracy that we don't even have a choice. Why isn't anyone running? The citywide races on this ballot have no term limits and no public financing, so we're stuck with career politicians until they decide to move on. Even if they're okay at their jobs, that's problematic.Read more »

Justice for cyclists

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OPINION

It was heartbreaking to hear their stories.

Sarah was hit while riding her bike. Then she was wrongly faulted for the collision, despite multiple witnesses' testimony and photo evidence to the contrary. A police officer verbally harassed her after the incident.

"The crash was awful," she said. "But the way I was treated by the police ... absolutely compounded the trauma. I was treated, at every turn, like a criminal."Read more »

Community not criminalization

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By María Poblet

OPINION San Francisco is poised to break ground in defense of immigrants, an important step towards turning the tide against the criminalization of communities of color.Read more »

Endorsements 2013

Stop the 8 Washington project! No, no, no on B, no on C, yes on A, re-elect Hererra. Our guide to the Nov. 5 elections

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We're heading into a lackluster election on Nov. 5. The four incumbents on the ballot have no serious challengers and voter turnout could hit an all-time low. That's all the more reason to read up on the issues, show up at the polls, and exert an outsized influence on important questions concerning development standards and the fate of the city's waterfront, the cost of prescription drugs, and the long-term fiscal health of the city.

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LAFCo should launch CleanPowerSF

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OPINION Last month, the Mayor's Office and San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC) — largely at the mayor's behest — refused to launch CleanPowerSF, a program which is absolutely crucial to leading the country and the world to reverse the climate crisis (see "Power struggle," Sept. 18).

The Board of Supervisors must now use its state-granted authority to activate San Francisco's Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCO) to launch CleanPowerSF, regardless of SFPUC.Read more »

Pelosi defies history and her district

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OPINION How is it that, despite deep congressional opposition to an American-led war on Syria, the representative for one of the nation's most progressive districts, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, has been among President Obama's most ardent backers of war?

While Russia's deal for Syria to turn over its chemical weapons offers a temporary pause in the march to war, the arrangement is fragile and Obama — with support from Pelosi — continues to threaten military action that could lead to a disastrous widening of bloodshed and chaos in Syria and beyond.Read more »

Put the Warriors Arena atop CalTrain

By Bill Nichols

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OPINION Numerous problems with the proposed location of a new Warriors stadium and surrounding complex are obvious. What we need is a better solution, not just laments about the folly of it all. Is there a better solution for everyone?Read more »

Fulfill MLK's dream of a guaranteed income

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OPINION Today, Aug. 28, we mark the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King's I Have a Dream speech at the March on Washington. But we are sobered by the fact that 46 million citizens are living in poverty and that we have become two Americas — one for the rich and one for the rest of us.  Read more »