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    Mayor Ed Lee Kicks the Can Down the Road

    “There is deferred city maintenance everywhere! San Francisco’s infrastructure cannot support the 30,000 dwellings that Mayor Lee is trying to build over the next five years. City Government is just kicking the can down the road.”

    By George Wooding More...

  • Captain Denise Flaherty

    Crime Report

    Taraval Station's New Captain Takes On the Job

    “When I was growing up in the Mission, I had someone break into my car for some change and a blanket. They will take whatever they can ... Don’t leave anything visible in your car, not change, not a Fast Track transponder, not a garage door opener. If there’s nothing in there, they’ll keep walking..”


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    SFMTA Makes Tech Buses Permanent

    “…the problem with blocked Muni zones is about to worsen come February 2016, since the MTA Board also approved … smaller shuttle bus operators who provide free intra-city rides to also use Muni red zones…”


    By Patrick Monette-Shaw 


  • Ivy choking trees

    Natural Areas Plan:

    Mount Davidson and the Natural Areas Management Plan – what happens next?

    “ All the green you see in this picture is ivy. Large blocks of dead trees around Aldea Housing are being clearcut, as they are a clear and present danger.”

    By Jake Sigg More...

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    Goats: New Plan for Fire Safety at UCSF/Mt. Sutro

    “ The 61-acre Mt. Sutro Open Space Reserve where fire is considered a serious risk with dead trees and a profusion of dry ground cover from the ongoing drought. UCSF Parnassus announced it has contracted with City Grazing, to remove flammable undergrowth and ivy and to trim branches.”


  • John Farrell


    Timing Is Everything

    “…if the mayor put as much energy into affordable housing, homelessness and other crucial City issues as he did in trying to remove then-Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi, then our City would be substantially better off today.”

    By John Farrell More...

  • By the Numbers

    Car Break-ins Up 50% as Larceny Escalates

    “Even realignment of California’s prison population to county jails cannot explain the deviation between San Francisco’s exploding larceny rate and the decline in such crimes in other large California cities.”

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    Mayor Without a Mandate

    “…Lee’s approval rating had drooped to 38%, his disapproval rating was 46%, and 16% of voters were unsure. No small wonder Lee managed to garner just 51.85% of votes cast in November 2015. It reflects little confidence in the mayor, not a mandate.”


    By Patrick Monette-Shaw 



    What's A Couple of Hundred Million Bucks?

    “When the city wants something, but lacks ready funds, why not … put it on your bill?”

    Read More… By Steve Lawrence


    Eucalyptus, Google Buses, Toxic Playgrounds

    “Indeed, the idea of preserving existing remnants is how NAP(Natural Areas Program) has been sold to the public. But it’s not true.”


  • Quentin Kopp

    Ruminations of a
    Former Supervisor

    “It alleges she participated in a corrupt scheme …, because Harris is beholden to the union for campaign money. It constitutes the most damning lawsuit against a state elected official I’ve ever personally seen … Maybe, just maybe, local media, so in love with the “allegedly corrupt” Attorney General, will enlighten readers. ”

    By Quentin Kopp

  • Lisa Spinali

    NOVEMBER MEETING of West Of Twin Peaks Central Council (WOTPCC)

    “Coyotes, crime, condos and counted votes were the topics du jour at the West of Twin Peaks Central Council meeting on November 23. President Roger Ritter welcomed a small but hearty group of attendees to the last meeting of 2015. ”

    By Mitch Bull More...

  • The Name Game

    “Naming of major public facilities is a way of retelling history. Misnaming is a way of skewing the retelling of history. There is a continual battle to reinterpret history.”

    By Brian Browne Read More…

  • DECEMBER 2015

    “Thanksgiving Turkeys and Holiday lights…it is hard to believe that we are in the midst of the holiday season and the end of the year is again staring us down. Weren’t the Giants just playing baseball? It seems that some people had their holiday lights up even before the candy corn had become stale. Plus Thanksgiving was late this year and now it’s December and there’s so much to do…”

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  • Brandon Miller

    Now Is the Time to Think About Your Tax Return

    “In 2015, you can contribute up to $5,500 to an IRA ($6,500 for those age 50 and older). You have until April 15, 2016, to make IRA contributions for 2015.”

    By Brandon Miller  Read More

  • Board of Supervisors Turn Down Parkmerced Appeal

    “When the project, which currently houses about 8,000 residents, is completed in 2040, an additional 14,000 people will be living in the 152-acre neighborhood.”

    Glenn Rogers, PLA More...



    Martha Conway The Theiving Forest


    I was fascinated about what people must have done to survive. A lot of very different cultures lived side by side in that part of Ohio. It was truly multi-cultural.”

    By Jonathan Farrell


  • Health Matters

    Deep, cheap nutrition

    "Be sure to use the bones of only organically raised, free-range animals in order to keep heavy metals and other contaminants from leaching into your stock.”

    By Sharone FranzenRead More…

  • Teachers, Students Push Back at City College

    "A November 12 march and rally at civic center brought out students, faculty and community well-wishers, to protest the adminstration’s proposed 26% cuts to classes and stalling on faculty contract negotiations. Photos: Claire Brees"

    Dr. Anita Grier, Trustee More...

  • Publisher at Westside Observer Celebrates 8 Years

    "…That's Mitch Bull … bragging, just a bit, about the success of the Westside Observer since he took the reigns as Publisher in 2008, when it was still known as the West of Twin Peaks Observer."


  • Senior Smarts

    GLAUCOMA- Nonoperative Treatment

    “At this time, there is no cure for glaucoma. Optic nerve damage cannot be reversed. If glaucoma has been diagnosed and there has been vision loss, treatment can slow or prevent further vision loss. ”

    Anise J. Matteson
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  • Remember When?

    Gold Mine Hill

    Gold Mine Hill and the surrounding area in the Diamond Heights district - June 26, 1953

    “Permission: San Francisco History Center, San Francisco Public Library”


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