Opinion

The song of Ghetto Girl

"no diplomatic tactful rage"

|
()

OPINION Editor's note: POOR Magazine, one of my favorite publications, holds an annual benefit on Valentine's Day featuring a "Battle of ALL the Sexes" poetry slam. This year's event, hosted by Alexandra Byerly, had a mixed-martial arts theme and was held in an eight-foot cage built by artist Will Steel in the Submission Gallery in the Mission District. Judges were La Mesha Irizarry, Devorah Major and Laure McElroy. I agreed to publish the first- place winner, which follows. Find the second and third place winners on sfbg.com on the Politics blog. Read more »

The fight for KUSF

This is not about a format change. It's about a community being robbed of its voice.

|
()

By Irwin Swirnoff

OPINION For almost 34 years, KUSF (90.3 FM), has provided unique and varied local programming that truly is the audio representation of the qualities that make San Francisco such a special place. A place where diversity is honored and given a voice. A place where art, culture, and music are given a platform to tell stories, evoke emotions, and unite a wide range of people.Read more »

Should Lyon-Martin be saved?

Dumping 3,500 patients into a public health system that has been cut to the bone over the last few years would be a disaster in San Francisco.

|
()

OPINION Last month, when the startling news broke that Lyon-Martin Health Services, a community health clinic that serves primarily queer women and transgender people, was about to close its doors forever, the community rose up even before the official announcement was made. Read more »

A call to do your (jury) duty

The dilemma confounding the court is the lack of qualified applicants
|
()

By Ken Maley

OPINION For decades San Franciscans concerned and interested in the workings — and malfunctions — of city government have turned to the Guardian for insights and possible solutions. Guardian readers have developed a reputation for being community activists, and to those activist-minded readers, I encourage you to apply to serve on the San Francisco civil grand jury.Read more »

No sweetheart deal for Twitter

Over time, the tax break could cost San Francisco millions of dollars as the city struggles to close a $350 million deficit

|
()

By Richard Marquez and Chris Daly

More than a decade ago, an epidemic of evictions severed the spine of San Francisco's working-class neighborhoods and communities of color. Thousands of low-to-middle-income tenants, immigrant families, small businesses, nonprofits, and artists lost their homes, leases, and livelihoods. Orchestrating this period of class warfare was a gang of shot-callers: dot-com companies, real estate interests, financial firms, and Mayor Willie Brown.Read more »

SF's redevelopment miracle

Since 1990, the Redevelopment Agency has become the major funder of affordable housing in San Francisco, pouring more than $500 million into low-cost housing

|
()

OPINION While many of us (and most of the rest of the state) can tire from time to time when we hear San Francisco "exceptionalism" being touted, especially when Gavin Newsom is doing the touting, there are some cases in which it's justified. One of the most salient is the way San Franciscans transformed the city's Redevelopment Agency and used tax-increment financing to build housing and infrastructure that served its residents, not elite developers.Read more »

The price of mental health cuts

Arizona provides a clarion call to California: cuts to acute mental health services in San Francisco must be reversed.

|
()

By Hetty Beth Eisenberg

OPINION The massacre in Tucson is a tragic wake-up call for the public mental health system of our own county. Among the many pressing angles to the story, it is vital to consider the severe cuts to mental health services in Pima County last year.Read more »

Why I may run for Congress

Across the country, alarm is rising as corporate power escalates at the intersection of Wall Street and Pennsylvania Avenue.

|
()

OPINION One of the most inspiring political leaders in recent decades, Sen. Paul Wellstone (D-Minn.), famously declared: "I represent the democratic wing of the Democratic Party." Today we need progressives in Congress who will represent the progressive wing of the Progressive Caucus.

That's the largest caucus on Capitol Hill — but having 80 members on the roster won't do much good if many cave under pressure.Read more »

The cruelest cuts

"Little did I realize that being treated with dignity by our government was no longer in the cards"

|
()

By Hannah Deveraux

OPINION Sitting alone in my apartment off Turk and Mason streets in San Francisco's Tenderloin district, I try not to let myself slip back into depression or anxiety over my finances. My apartment is small, an adjective that makes it sound bigger than it really is. Still, it's mine. I am able to pay rent through my Supplemental Security Income (SSI) check, and when my disability claim was first approved, I was relieved.Read more »

Smell something rotten?

Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting's P.U.-litzer Awards for worst journalism gaffes

|
()

 

By Peter Hart

OPINION At the end of every year, Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting rounds up some of the stinkiest examples of corporate media malfeasance for its annual P.U.-litzer prizes. This year brought no shortage of contenders.

PROSECUTE THE MESSENGER AWARD: DIANE SAWYER (ABC NEWS)Read more »