Guardian Editorial

SF's foreclosure crisis

Banks bill the city for $115 million to foreclose on its residents

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EDITORIAL Here's a great issue for the San Francisco mayor's race: The big banks that the city uses to hold nearly half a billion in cash deposits are part of a group of financial institutions that are costing the taxpayers $115 million.Read more »

Cops go after the press

Guardian reporter has press pass confiscated by BART Police

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EDITORIAL The BART Board and the new general manager, Grace Crunican, have become so clueless it's almost mind-boggling. For weeks, demonstrators have been taking to the BART stations to complain about a policy that never should have been in place (the shutoff of cell phone service during an earlier demonstration). The response of the BART Police (and, unfortunately, the San Francisco Police Department) has been so heavy handed and out of scale that it's just making the situation worse.Read more »

Mayor Lee and PG&E

He calls the megalith "a great corporation that gets it" -- yikes

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EDITORIAL Pacific Gas and Electric Company is the number one corporate criminal in San Francisco. The company's malfeasance caused the deaths of eight people and destroyed an entire neighborhood in San Bruno last year. The National Transportation Safety Board, in a report issued August 30, denounced PG&E's "integrity management program without integrity" and blasted the company's efforts to "exploit weakness in a lax system of oversight."Read more »

Move youth housing forward

Much of the low-income, transitional and supportive housing in this city has been concentrated in a few neighborhoods

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EDITORIAL Somewhere between 4,500 and 6,800 young adults in San Francisco are either homeless or marginally housed, according to a 2007 report by the Mayor's Transitional Youth Task Force. And the city has exactly 314 housing units for at-risk young people who have passed their 18th birthday and are kicked out of the foster housing program. That's the definition of a crisis — yet two modest projects that would make a small dent in the problem have faced immense obstacles moving forward.Read more »

Pointless waste at SFPD

Entrapment shouldn't be a line item on police force budget

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EDITORIAL So you're sitting in a doorway, filling a bowl from the dregs of what was once an eighth of (perhaps nonmedical) bud, and some guy comes up an offers you $20 for what's left in the little plastic bag. Maybe you're unemployed, or maybe just a bit short of cash, but either way, it's a no-brainer: For $20, you can some more pot. If the guy's that desperate, and he's waving the cash in front of you, what are you going to do?Read more »

Stop cell phone censorship

The BART board has proven itself unable to properly monitor and oversee its law-enforcement operations
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EDITORIAL The bizarre move by BART officials Aug. 11 to shut down cell phone service in the underground train stations made headlines around the world — and for good reason. It was, Wired Magazine reported Aug 15, apparently the first time in United States history that a public agency sought to block electronic communications as a way to prevent a political protest.Read more »

We need a real question time, Mr. Mayor

Does Ed Lee's recent flip-flop signal a return to the bad old days of City Hall?

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EDITORIAL Mayor Ed Lee and his supporters owe San Franciscans some answers to troubling questions that the reporting of local journalists from at least four different media outlets has been raising this summer. That work — by the Guardian, Bay Citizen, San Francisco Chronicle, and San Francisco Examiner — has painted a picture of a corrupt political machine, built largely with public funds, that is acting in naked self-interest to keep Lee in Room 200.Read more »

Step up and save CCA

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EDITORIAL Two things became abundantly clear at the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission meeting July 26th: The Community Choice Aggregation program is off track — and General Manager Ed Harrington has no interest in making it work. The supervisors need to move aggressively to save CCA.Read more »

Don't gut SF campaign law

"The Ethics Commission should have used a scalpel, not a sledgehammer"

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The U.S. Supreme Court, which has already ruled that corporations can spend all the money they want on political campaigns, dealt another huge blow to democracy in June when it struck down a campaign finance law in Arizona that was designed to level the playing field for candidates running against better-financed opponents.Read more »

End the BART cover-up

Stonewalling is a mistake for an agency with such an awful track record

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Ten days have passed since a BART police officer shot and killed a man at the Civic Center station — and the public still knows almost nothing about what happened. BART will only say that an officer (unnamed) shot a man who was "aggressive" and "holding a bottle and a knife." One witness told the Bay Citizen that the man "looked like a drunk hippie" and wasn't running or lunging toward the two officers on duty. The coroner has identified the victim as Charles Blair Hill, 45; he had no known address.Read more »