When I worked for the state legislature, a member once told an overly ambitious guy that there are those who get into politics to be someone and those who get into politics to do something, and we have enough of the first type.
Serving on the City College of San Francisco Board of Trustees was always a means for me to work to connect underserved communities to education and eventually economic empowerment.Read more »
Proposition 30 was a big deal: It raised over $6 billion a year by increasing taxes on the wealthy, balanced the state budget, and allowed our K-12 and higher education systems to put an end to mass layoffs, exploding class sizes, and ballooning tuition.
But one year later, it's about time we ask ourselves: What's next?Read more »
OPINION Five years after the Federal Building in Oklahoma City was decimated and 168 people perished, the Oklahoma City National Memorial was dedicated to the victims. On Sept. 12, 2011, 10 years after the attacks on the World Trade Center, the 9/11 Memorial was open to the public. By all accounts, both sites are solemn, powerful tributes to the people who died in those tragedies.Read more »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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.
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 »