Opinion

Compromises deliver results

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OPINION When Guardian Editor Steven T. Read more »

Stand up for the little guy

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OPINION Last week, my partner and I journeyed early one morning to Sacramento to sign documents at the Secretary of State. We did this to take the very personal step of opening my campaign for State Assembly to fill Tom Ammiano's seat after he is termed out in 2014.Read more »

Guiding the Guardian

Community forum and reader input help launch a new era

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On July 31, we at the San Francisco Bay Guardian came face-to-face with living proof of something we've long understood perfectly: Our readers are not a shy bunch.

Discerning denizens of sfbg.com and inky-fingered print readers aren't just unafraid to tell it like it is — they also care about the future of San Francisco and the wider Bay Area. You might call them real, live, informed and engaged citizens.Read more »

Plan Bay Area: better, but it still gentrifies

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By Peter Cohen and Fernando Martí

Council of Community Housing Organizations

OPINION On July 18, the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) and the Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG) adopted the region's first so-called "sustainable communities strategy," as required under new state environmental laws. Plan Bay Area will direct the largest share of the region's growth to the region's urban cores — two-thirds of the region's overall housing production is directed to 15 specific cities.Read more »

City College will appeal

"City College neither ignored nor fought ACCJC's recommendations, as many people wish we had."
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OPINION City College will appeal last week's decision by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC) to revoke City College's accreditation.

The reason for the appeal is simple: Most of what ACCJC asked for has been accomplished, and the rest is well on its way towards completion within a year.Read more »

Parents, behind bars

New programs acknowledge that strengthening the parent-child bond reduces recidivism

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By Ross Mirkarimi

OPINION Nearly 50 percent of the 2.7 million people incarcerated in US prisons and jails are mothers and fathers. In San Francisco, about 40 percent of the prisoners are parents. For their children, the punishment does not fit the crime.

Federal and state recidivism registers at 78 percent; locally the rate is 65 percent and dropping. If we're serious about breaking the cycle of incarceration, we must get serious about restoring the family ties of the incarcerated.Read more »

Transforming Pride in our schools

It takes more than a one-time discussion or film screening to support queer youth

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By Anayvette Martinez

OPINION During Pride, San Francisco is overflowing with LGBT community events, vibrant energy, and rainbow flags. But how do we as a city celebrate diversity and teach each other about the practice of allyship during the rest of the year, especially in our schools where youth are growing and developing?Read more »

Developers should pay -- on time

It's boom time -- a good moment to end bust-time business breaks 

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OPINION San Francisco used to be an eclectic city, filled with working class folks, people of color, lots of artists, and families. But that's changed dramatically. The black population has dismally plummeted, to 6.3 percent, according to the most recent census. Families of color are streaming out, expensive condos and sky-high rentals are shooting up, and the unique mix that once was the city and made it such a diverse and culturally rich place to live and thrive is changing.Read more »

When the Coastal Commission fails

"Fornicators" are far from the only losers in the Beach Chalet soccer complex deal

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The sensationalist title of the Bay Guardian article "Fornication loses to soccer fields" (5/15/13) overshadows the far-reaching implications of the Coastal Commission's rubber-stamp of San Francisco's Beach Chalet soccer complex. Lost in the article is the story of what really happened: powerful political interests leaned on the commissioners to abrogate their responsibility to protect the California coast.Read more »

Keep the focus on real estate

Shift gentrification-blame from the hipsters to City Hall

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OPINION Let's stop blaming the hipsters. The Google bus, that annoying icon of yuppie invasion and transit privatization, is not the lead driver of gentrification's reckless stampede reshaping our city (though it does play a role). The upscale restaurants dominating commercial strips may be economically and aesthetically offensive to many, but they are the natural byproducts of gentrification's much-ignored elephant in the room: the real estate industry.Read more »