Gabriel Haaland

The Chronicle manufactures a crisis

Unbalanced and sensationalist coverage of a handful of youth is creating a dangerous mob mentality
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OPINION "Illegal Alien." "Drug-dealing illegal immigrant youth." "Criminal youth."Read more »

McGoldrick's privatization betrayal

When the rubber hit the road for people, he screeched out of there
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OPINION This isn't the first time it's happened. Most politicians break promises. That's the nature of politics. But when someone signs a pledge — twice — saying he won't privatize city services, when he holds himself out as a champion of anti-privatization and then goes directly against that stand —well, it kind of makes you wonder.

That politician is San Francisco Sup. Jake McGoldrick. In the past, he stood against privatizing services. Read more »

Beyond the budget spin

Don't get angry. Get organized
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OPINION Local government is frozen. The mayor's office and the Board of Supervisors have been engaged in open warfare for months. This week, Mayor Gavin Newsom announced that in order to balance San Francisco's budget, city services and community-based organizations will have to undergo draconian cuts.

In a preemptive move against embarrassing protests, the mayor's press office did not reveal the location of the annual budget presentation to the news media until late Friday afternoon. Read more »

We stand with Carole Migden

Few politicians who have risen as high in the establishment food chain as Carole Migden have done so retaining a willingness to fight for the underdog.

OPINION As longtime fans of the Guardian and as allies in almost every fight, including the struggles for public power, affordable housing, people-focused land use policy, and clean and open government, we do not like finding ourselves on the opposite side of an issue as important as this year's state Senate race. Read more »

Problems with Peskin's Muni plan

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OPINION Last week the Board of Supervisors received a proposed charter amendment that takes a misguided stab at the much-needed reform of the Municipal Transit Agency, which oversees Muni. In undertaking reforms we all agree are needed for the MTA to better serve our city, the supervisors should consider the Hippocratic oath required of doctors: "First, do no harm."Read more »