Opinion

Newsom's problem with affordable housing

The fact that Newsom has paid no political price for his continuous opposition is stunning
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OPINION No mayor in modern San Francisco history has opposed more affordable-housing initiatives than Gavin Newsom. It's time to make him pay the political price.

Newsom is the primary foe of Proposition B, which would create an affordable-housing fund in the city's budget. Read more »

A safe sanctuary city

It's time to address trust issues between police and people of color
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OPINION Amid a sea of reporters, I sat in a community meeting in the Mission District last week as city officials struggled to address the rash of homicides that have occurred in the past two weeks. As we listened to the endless chatter, I was greatly dismayed because we were avoiding the elephant in the room — the complete lack of trust between the police department and our communities of color.

I fear that that the relationship between communities of color and the police department has deteriorated beyond repair — in part because of the < Read more »

Why SF needs Prop. H

We should have a say in how our electrical needs are met -- and be able to demand more clean, renewable energy
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OPINION San Franciscans don't need the Clean Energy Act for political reasons. We need the Clean Energy Act — Proposition H on the November ballot — because we should have a say in how our electrical needs are met. We need it because San Franciscans should be able to demand more clean, renewable energy. We need it to have input on how our electrical rate money is spent. We need it to get a dollar's worth of service for a dollar's worth of rates.

The current electric power provider in San Francisco has a monopoly. Read more »

Sanfranciscoism

All great movements must begin and radiate from some place
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OPINION It appears the San Francisco Chronicle's editors have chopped "progressive" from the paper's approved lexicon for local political reporting, replacing the term with "ultra-liberal" and "far left" to characterize politicians whose views they don't share. Should we care? After all, the terms of political discourse have been so twisted, warped, and debased in recent years, one might be forgiven for not telling right from left or conservative from liberal. Read more »

The real crime issue in the Excelsior

The city is still not investing enough in our communities of color
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OPINION There have been eight murders in the Excelsior in the past 120 days. And Sup. Gerardo Sandoval, who represents the area and is running for judge, has been the subject of press attacks for suggesting that gang injunctions in the Mission District may have driven crime into surrounding areas.

That debate misses the point.

Communities of color like the Excelsior have historically taken a back seat when it's time for the city to fund programs for youth, crime prevention, and economic development. Read more »

JROTC is not a choice

It seems the military will do whatever it takes to get in front of our youngsters in our public schools
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OPINION To hear proponents of the Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC) talk, it's a matter of personal choice for 14- and 15-year-olds to sign up for the Pentagon's military recruitment program, which is being phased out of San Francisco's public schools June 2009. The San Francisco Board of Education also recently voted to remove physical education credit from the program this school year. Read more »

The new Muni plan

Assessing transit effectiveness, 30 years since the last serious review
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OPINION Every once in a while, it's a good idea to take a look at our public utilities and see if they are still managed and operated in a way that serves the goals we have for them. Read more »

Cleaner power, cleaner money

The choice facing us is between being smart about our energy policy or handing over that policy to a corporate boardroom in Atlanta
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OPINION Nine months ago neighborhood leaders from the Potrero Hill and the Bayview districts were invited to stand and applaud at a press conference at Mirant's Potrero Power Plant. As reported in the San Francisco Chronicle: "One of the state's oldest and dirtiest power plants ... could shut down as soon as 2009, city leaders announced.... Read more »

Pelosi backs Bush on Iran

How in the world does the representative of perhaps the most antiwar city in the country sign off on the United States doing this to another nation
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OPINION Has Nancy Pelosi signed off on the George W. Bush administration's covert CIA operations in Iran? Read more »

Outside the HRC dinner

HRC's failed strategy on ENDA has needlessly divided our community at a time when we are poised to make great gains in civil rights
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OPINION On July 26, the Bay Area's gay and lesbian elite will gather at the posh Westin St. Francis to raise money for the Human Rights Campaign in the name of securing and protecting LGB rights. Read more »