Opinion

Pelosi defies history and her district

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OPINION How is it that, despite deep congressional opposition to an American-led war on Syria, the representative for one of the nation's most progressive districts, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, has been among President Obama's most ardent backers of war?

While Russia's deal for Syria to turn over its chemical weapons offers a temporary pause in the march to war, the arrangement is fragile and Obama — with support from Pelosi — continues to threaten military action that could lead to a disastrous widening of bloodshed and chaos in Syria and beyond.Read more »

Put the Warriors Arena atop CalTrain

By Bill Nichols

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OPINION Numerous problems with the proposed location of a new Warriors stadium and surrounding complex are obvious. What we need is a better solution, not just laments about the folly of it all. Is there a better solution for everyone?Read more »

Fulfill MLK's dream of a guaranteed income

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OPINION Today, Aug. 28, we mark the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King's I Have a Dream speech at the March on Washington. But we are sobered by the fact that 46 million citizens are living in poverty and that we have become two Americas — one for the rich and one for the rest of us.  Read more »

Can we get an amen?

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OPINION Senior and Disability Action recently learned of the outcome of the case of the elder who was killed in a collision with a bicyclist in the city's Castro District. The victim, 71 year old Sutchi Hui, was walking across the intersection of Castro and Market Streets with his wife when he was struck by 34 year old Chris Bucchere, a self-described "entrepreneur, software developer, founder and CEO of Social Collective Inc."Read more »

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 »