Opinion

The class of 2008: an agenda

We are committed to ushering in a new tone of cooperation and unity in San Francisco
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OPINION Every few years, San Francisco's political landscape is remade. Read more »

Mayor Newsom's YouTube hypocrisy

It appears the mayor just doesn't want anyone to see the sausage he's making
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OPINION Mayor Gavin Newsom's "State of the City" YouTube fiasco — in which city SFGTV employees helped create 7.5 hours of non-mandated programming — is complete hypocrisy.

While the mayor touts technology and transparency of his efforts, he has opposed using available technology to broaden access to public meetings in City Hall, even though that is now mandated under the Sunshine Ordinance. Read more »

No artist left behind

A new WPA program for local artists?
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OPINION Thirty-three years ago, San Francisco in its inimitable fashion paved the way for a national movement to use federal jobs money to hire artists to work in schools, community centers and gardens, daycare and senior facilities, and jails. The CETA Arts Program was administered through the Neighborhood Arts Program of the San Francisco Art Commission. Read more »

An open letter to the archbishop

"Let the term fester in your ear until you are delivered from your bigotry"
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Dear Archbishop George Niederauer:

On Dec. 3, in the face of a national outcry against the passage of Proposition 8, you defended the role you played in its passage, which included giving a video interview to the pandering Web site marriagematterstokids.com, in which you intoned that "the successful, millennia-long model of marriage is between a man and a woman.... Read more »

7.5 better ways to balance the budget

Newsom's mid-year budget cut plan is completely out of touch with the fundamental priorities of our city
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OPINION In Mayor Gavin Newsom's seven-and-a-half-hour YouTube series on the state of our city, he spends barely 30 seconds addressing the budget deficit.

Newsom's mid-year budget cut plan is completely out of touch with the fundamental priorities of our city. Read more »

Sensational trans-bashing at SF Weekly

In San Francisco, can't we expect and demand better?
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OPINION SF Weekly published an article Nov. 26 with the headline "Border Crossers." The subhead explained the thesis: "Long rap sheet? No problem. Read more »

San Francisco needs a New Deal

As usual, programs helping those most in need are getting cut the most
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By Christopher D. Cook and Eric Quezada

OPINION On the night the voters spoke, word began filtering through Palm Pilots and iPhones about sweeping budget cuts likely to carve a hole in vital city programs. It's ugly: massive cuts to the Department of Public Health and numerous social service programs. As usual, programs helping those most in need are getting cut the most. Read more »

What will your role be?

Now that Obama's been elected, what will you change so that real change comes to this country?
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OPINION Many of us in the Bay Area worked hard to elect Barack Obama. We made phone calls, knocked on doors, made donations — $5, $10, $200. We monitored the polls, gathered and loaded data, and/or otherwise spread the word to friends, relatives, and colleagues. And of course, we all voted.

The good news is we succeeded. We can now believe again in the power of ordinary people to do extraordinary things in this country. Read more »

Why we waited -- too long

In our hearts, we knew that Proposition 8 was likely to pass -- Californians keep shooting themselves in the head
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OPINION The California Supreme Court's landmark ruling in May finally allowed same-sex couples their constitutional rights to marry. This was justice for the 4,000 same-sex couples issued marriage licenses in San Francisco from Feb. 12 to March 11, 2004. We were lucky to be one of those couples — but within five months the courts had voided all 4,000 licenses. I marched with hundreds to City Hall that day and angrily waved my nullified marriage license in the air. Read more »

On the Obama campaign trail

Far away from the liberal bubble -- but great fried chicken
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OPINION I live and have always lived in a bubble, isolated from most of America. I grew up in Los Angeles, where I attended a high school so liberal that almost the entire student population wore black the day after Bush won his second term. Now I attend UC Berkeley, a historically ultra-liberal university in one of the most progressive cities in the United States.

That's why I decided to join 30 of my fellow UC Berkeley students and go to North Carolina to campaign for Obama the final week before the election. Read more »