Opinion

A new New Deal for San Francisco

San Francisco is no longer the employment center of the Bay Area, but the high-end bedroom of a commuting workforce based outside the city

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OPINION On Thursday and Friday, July 8 and 9, San Franciscans concerned about the future of their city will have a unique opportunity to devise practical, locally actionable proposals to shape and direct future policy affecting the local economy and the provision of critical human services.Read more »

Fiscal solidarity

Fiscal solidarity means we recognize that an injury to one is an injury to all
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OPINION As Mayor Gavin Newsom prepares to skip town for the bleak limelight of Sacramento, he has left a resounding parting shot with massive budget cuts to those San Franciscans most in need of public aid: seniors, youth, homeless people, folks with mental illnesses, health clinic patients ... the list goes on.

Newsom has balanced his final budget (and his campaign for lieutenant governor) largely on the backs of the poor, working-class, multiracial, and immigrant San Franciscans, as well as the nonprofits and city workers who deliver vital services. Read more »

In defense of Bay to Breakers

For 99 years, Bay to Breakers has been lifting the city's spirits, bringing fun, tax revenue, and millions of tourism dollars to San Francisco

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By Conor Johnston

OPINION An op-ed piece in the June 9 issue of Guardian ("When the rich can sit on the sidewalks") was the latest in a rash of negative media stories about Bay to Breakers. I am not going to respond to that article specifically, except to thank the Guardian for giving us equal time.Read more »

When the rich can sit on the sidewalks

If you think the Bay to Breakers was just a benign day of public drunkenness, think again
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By Tiny

OPINION Steel gates, steeds with silver spurs, lush red carpet lining the streets, uniformed officers guarding velvet-roped grand entrances to fancy costume balls while commoners are arrested if they so much as stop to rest on a nearby sidewalk. Sounds like the days of feudal England, or Marie Antoinette's Paris. Guess again — its San Francisco, circa 2010. Read more »

The hidden zinger in Prop. 14

Proposition 14 would remove the Peace and Freedom and Libertarian parties from the ballot

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By Richard Winger

OPINION Proposition 14, a June 8 ballot measure, would mandate that all candidates for Congress and state office appear on the same June ballot, and that all voters use that ballot. Only the two candidates who got the highest vote totals could run in November. Even write-ins would be banned in November for Congress and state offices.Read more »

Violence in the Bayview -- and solutions

Violence against my neighbor is violence against me. Pure and simple
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By Chris Jackson

OPINION The outpouring of emotion surrounding the tragic death of Tian Sheng Yu — the elderly Chinese man who was savagely beaten to death by two African Americans — resonates with me. My family has been in the Bayview for more than 40 years, and I know firsthand the pain caused by street violence.Read more »

Make hotels pay their share

While city residents and employees have sacrificed, certain Internet hotel booking sites are trying to evade more than $70 million in legally required hotel taxes
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By Martha Hawthorne

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Immigrant rights - in Arizona and at home

As with SB 1070 in Arizona, the policy of requiring juvenile probation officers to report young people to ICE before they receive due process has opened the door to racial profiling and torn many innocent youth from their families
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By Angela Chan

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Pension reform: don't blame workers

It's all the rage these days to blame the economy's woes on public workers, whatever the facts are, no matter who the culprit really is

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By Larry Bradshaw and Roxanne Sanchez

OPINION Members of Service Employees International Union Local 1021, who make up about half of all San Francisco city employees — the lowest-paid half — are currently at the negotiating table with the Mayor's Office working out a deal to give back $100 million toward the city's deficit over the next two years. Last year our members gave back $48 million.Read more »

Housing relief - for tenants

When the real estate bubble burst, tenants saw their jobs disappear and incomes drop - but rents remained at record high levels
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OPINION Since the burst of the housing bubble, we've seen a lot of attention paid to the plight of homeowners hit hard by the recession and facing foreclosure. Indeed, President Obama recently enacted a protection for homeowners that requires banks to let unemployed homeowners delay their mortgage payments. But until now there has been little talk and even less action on how we can help tenants who are also in danger of losing their homes. Read more »