Are Progressives Making Homelessness Worse?
A book review of San Fran-sicko
Poor people seldom end up on the street.But, addicted and mentally ill people become “disaffiliated” from supporters – a key determinant of street homelessnessCheck it out
Immediate Jeopardy Violation Further Risks Laguna Honda
DPH Reveals Troubling Laguna Honda Developments
Unanswered questions: will they continue admitting behaviorally disturbed patients ... will forced discharges resume on February 2?Check it out
Could Parkmerced Transform to Affordable Housing?
30% of Parkmerced's 3,221 units are vacant. If the Prop M Vacant Unit Tax does not encourage lower rents, the City might purchase them at a bargain, making thousands of new units available...Check it out
California Deserves Better
"Time for Feinstein to Step Down
Feinstein has been an enthusiastic supporter of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. How have those wars benefited the families of California?Check it out
Madam Mayor parties down as City is deluged in “atmospheric river”
Mayor's Clueless New Years Fumble Signels Trouble
Adorned in a feather boa and accompanied by City Attorney David Chiu, Breed's City Officials were oblivious to the massive flooding NASA satellite images predicted December 16, 2022.Check it out
Ask the right questions to fix SF High Schools
A huge number of students who enter high school are not proficient in English and math — almost 45 percent of SFUSD 8th graders are not proficient in English. More than half are not proficient in mathRead More
Gender Neutral, Affirmative Action, Gary Kamaya and John Arntz
Moses was a great lawgiver. He was satisfied to keep the Ten Commandments short and to the point . . . he was not an ordinary lawyer..Check it out
Redistricting's First Victim: Supervisor Gordon Mar
Mayor Breed’s backroom manipulations brought the defeat of Mar and the election of Dorsey — more targets in 2024?Check it out
No Religious Discrimination for the Holidays
It's America! Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, Happy Kwanzaa, Happy HanukkahRead More
Root Cause Analysis: Key Report Missing?
Costs to Rescue Laguna Honda Climb to $20 Million
... it tells us that they are maintaining secrecy to cover up the loss of greatly needed skilled nursing services in SFCheck it out
Banned Books for Christmas
Banning children’s books from schools and libraries is a threat not only to freedom of speech but also to our commitment to teach our children well.Read More
What Happened at Laguna Honda? Update
...the mission of a nursing home is to promote resident autonomy. This is not compatible with the treatment of persons with unstable behavioral issues, which requires structure and agreement to "house rules." If LHH continues admitting persons with active substance use or unstable mental illness, we will lose Laguna Honda.Check it out
Central Subway Boondoggle
Willie Brown predicted the Central Subway would reduce (can you imagine?) Muni’s operating costs by $23.9 million annually. Muni’s operating costs will now increase by more than $25 million per year.Check it out
Renne's Gambit Goes Belly Up
LHH Patients' Class Action Lawsuit Tossed Out
Renne sought to take credit for the Tobacco Settlement Revenue lawsuit. It was used, in part, to pay for the LHH rebuild project. Renne had done no such thing.Check it out
UNs’ COP27 / Healing Starts at Hunters Point
Heeding the Clarion Call for Climate Reparations
Climate reparations dominated Egypt's UN Climate Change Summit this month — overburdened communities demand help cutting emissions, adapting to climate change…and compensation for damages!Check it out
The expectation is that children attend school. The latest data from SFUSD severely challenges these expectations.Read More
Her dishwasher stopped working — Lowes would not honor Extended Warranty. Does he deserve a refund?Read More ...
Laguna Honda Settlement Agreement
Too many questions remain unanswered
Has LHH been skirting its Admissions Policy — by accepting patients who endanger themselves and others by using and distributing drugs?Check it out
RELATED: Settlement Locks-in Re-certificationRead More
Letter: Questions to ask about the SettlementRead More ...
Willie's Pay-to Play Lives On!
Residents of single-family homes will be watching this variance ... if this could happen to my property, neighbors could easily be the next victim.Read More
Prop M: SF Grapples with Vacant Apartments
We’re not building at the price points where the demand actually is, so we’re overproducing what folks can’t afford.Check it out
What could possibly go wrong?
Will the Police Commission
Ban Traffic Stops?
3 meetings held so far —will Westside feedback be considered?Check it out
Can the Supes Clean-up the Shipyard?
… the statistics remain grim. In 2018, DPH found that Bayview is significantly more at risk than other neighborhoods.Check it out
Props L &G
Vote for District 7's Interests
Our most vulnerable west side community—from school kids to seniors—will continue to face unneeded challenges as we recover from this pandemic.Read More
In case you missed the memo, this election day Nov. 8 is a choice between two opposing visions for our nation..Read More
City Attorney’s Legal Case Was Strong
But Then He Rolled Over
Why did Chiu do an about-face and drop both his lawsuits merely to delay re-certification?Check it out
The Myths about School Money
School districts with the more low-income students, English learners, foster youth and homeless students get a lot more money.Read More
Reassesing DA Boudin's Recall
"Failed City" fails to convince—Pt. 2
We are reaping what was sown in 2004. Newsom and Mark Buell, a real estate developer, had big plans for the CityCheck it out
Behind-the-scenes machinations explain our surging utility rates
His required learning curve and that of his associates is just the opposite of what theory teaches is a management requirement.Check it out
The Cow Palace & Ruminations on Immigration & Gun Control
On the eve of an election, a candidate asked a reporter: “Did you hear my last speech?” The reporter replied: “I certainly hope so.Check it out
Re: Dropping the City Attorney's Lawsuit
Did our City Attorneys ask for evidence that decertifying LHH was well-founded before conceding to a Settlement?Read More ...
Your Laguna Honda Reporting
The Board of Supervisors and the Health Commission need to be bold enough to speak out and stop this nonsense.Read More ...
Wading through the local ballot measures
Fourteen Propositions for Voters
Most voters have received their vote-by-mail ballots and face fourteen propositions that must be decided. Hope this helps.Check it out
Three votes for our kids
Voting for Kids
Quite frankly, San Francisco is lucky to have parents like these on our school board ... Their commitment to all our students is real.Read More
Ongoing Issues Threaten Re-Certification
Worrisome Proplems Plague Laguna Honda
The first survey completed in July found Laguna Honda would not pass a CMS certification.Check it out
Reassesing DA Boudin's Recall
"Failed City" fails to convince
Within months, single-handedly, this incredibly powerful man was causing misery and making people feel unsafe throughout San Francisco.Check it out
Showdown: Dennis Herrera v. Sunshine Task Force
Since its inception, the SOTF has been a thorn in City Hall’s backside. Why? ... Engaged citizens and journalists seek more information than officialdom likes to share.Check it out
School Board: Learn from Your Mistakes
The school board, ... voted to create these Muslim holidays. The threat of a costly lawsuit then forced the school board to reconsider.Read More
Vote NO on L!
Post-Pandemic Light rail and buses are running empty. SF’s mass transit was designed to take people to a deserted downtown ... a ghost town.Read More
The City is In Shambles — Here's What to Do.
Audit non-profit agencies and City contracts to ensure that services are provided ... especially those providing homeless services. ...revenue-generating departments need to ensure all revenue sources are addressedCheck it out
Great Highway and JFK Drive
Vote Yes on I — No on J!
We don't trust the City to allow disabled access or fix the shuttle, after 50+ years of failure ... elders with walkers or canes — requires up to 2,500 feet of travel.Check it out
Quentin's Ballot Recommendations & Other Ruminations
It's socially acceptable for a Black to use the so-called "N" word about another Black; Walton's associates refused to relieve him as board president or criticize him.Check it out
Westside Author Denise Webster
Webster Reminisces About Westside Days Gone By
The Westside ‘out in the Avenues,’ was a good place to be and grow up. But the expectations in those days were different, especially for womenCheck it out
Whistleblower and the Disappearing Inventory at SFPUC
A 21,000-gallon diesel fuel deficit ...despite spending $230,000 on a fuel monitoring system...and the struggle to track $4.7 million tool inventory.Check it out
But Don't Hold Your Breath
Housing and crime are driving residents out of the city, so too does the rising cost of utilities!Read More ...
What Me Worry? Owning DPH’s Mistakes
Rising Costs to Rescue Laguna Honda Hospital
Laguna Honda followed the wrong rulebook and failed to follow training guidelinesCheck it out
Solving California's Math Problem
Reducing access to advanced mathematics — elevating trendy but shallow courses could cause lasting damageRead More
September is the best month for skywatching
Searching for the Night Sky
You won't see from downtown what you can see from Mt. Tam. Out here at Ocean Beach the nighttime fog makes viewing an occasional event. Happy skywatching!Check it out
Travel: Sergio is back!
Looking for Leonardo—Florence
Florence, where the Renaissance blossomed and its endless treasures are still here for all of us to enjoy.Check it out
What Happened at Laguna Honda?
& Where are we now?
LHH has always been a nursing home facility, has no locked beds and no licensing to take care of behavioral, substance abuse or mental illness.Check it out
Outside Lands Outrage
More concrete replaces grass in Golden Gate Park
It's clear Outside Lands damaged Golden Gate Park but has not honored its agreement to repair any damage to the ParkCheck it out
November Recommendations and Ruminations
...authorities harbor illegal aliens and order law enforcement not to notify ICE of release from jail of criminally-convicted aliens, who should be deportedCheck it out
DPH's Slipshod ”EPIC“ Datasystem Compounds Senior's Problems at Laguna Honda
Laguna Honda Update EPIC software bungles safe transfer process - Will Failed ”Restorative Care“ program be a major cause of closure?Check it out
Digging Into the PG&E Buyout
Is there any company easier to despise than PG&E? Explosions, fires, outages: PG&E is constantly in the “ain’t it awful” column.Read More ...
State Budget Helps Schools Recover
At about $17,000 per student, California funding no longer lurks in the national basement.Check it out
Travel: Sergio is back!
My Orcha - Mallorca and Barcelona
I would think that a small island like Mallorca would have a simple, antiquated airport, but that was quite the opposite.”Check it out
Laguna Honda: Denial, Complicity, Resistance
Despite these commitments to ensure safe and minimally-stressful transfers ... it did not fully grasp the number and complexity of LHH patients. So, LHH was “pigeon-holed into rules applying to standard nursing homes.Check it out
Westside Fire Response
City Leaders Value Saving Money Over Saving Lives and Property
Mayor Breed remains blissfully silent on the need to extend adequate fire protection to approximately half the City, even though she has knowledge of Fire Department needs having been a fire commissioner in 2010.Check it out
City's Pathetic Defense of Laguna Honda
Supervisor Myrna Melgar rallied Supervisors, passing two urgent Resolutions — before the Board went out on summer recess. She achieved this victory!Check it out
Dead Trees of LaPlaya
The Mystery of the Trees
D5 gets $50,000 for tree planting. D8, $246,000 for sidewalk gardens and street trees. And that's it for the entire City. If there is a climate emergency you wouldn't know it from San Francisco.”Check it out
Act Now to Save the Youth Guidance Center
There is a need for a routine and consistent review of this facility. Programs that exist here are rarely audited, and when they are, the list of improvements required is long and important.Check it out
Tammany Hall, District Elections, November and Boudin
“A successful man or woman is one who thinks up ways of making money faster than the government can take it away from him or her.”Check it out
Time to Shine a Brighter Light on SFUSD Chronic Absences
Children living in poverty are two to three times more likely to be chronically absent—and face the most harm because their community lacks the resources to make up for the lost learning in school.Check it out
The City's Muffled Defense of Laguna Honda
As of July 11, just 623 patients remain at LHH, compared to 681 in May. Most have been transferred to San Mateo nursing homes. Three went to homeless shelters.Check it out
Will District 7 Join the Progressives?
Voting in the Redistricted D7
Banished D7's western precincts voted 76% in favor of the recall. Acquired Inner Sunset voted 61% against the recall, the future is in flux.Check it out
DPH Plan: Splitting Laguna Honda's Unsuitable Populations Won't Work
Carving Up LHH Patient Towers into Two Uses, “Cohorting” Different Patient Populations in Each Tower? A Disaster for SF's Health NeedsCheck it out
West Virginia v EPA
Overreach at the Supreme Court
Power plant emissions formed black soot on windows and doorways in their homes and triggered asthma attacks, headaches and nosebleeds in their children. Residents led the successful fight that ultimately closed the PG&E Hunters Point power plant in 2006Check it out
Trouble in Outer Sunset
Farmers Market and St. Ignatious in Tug-of-war over parking spaces
...the farmers market gets: 2000-6000 visitors per weekend. Whereas if the area were ceded back for Saint Ignatius’s parking needs they would serve about 60 cars...Check it out
How parents changed school start time in California
It began in 2016 with an op-ed by a parent and writer, Lisa Lewis. School started at 7:30 — her son strugged each morning. He came home exhausted.Check it out
Karma or Persecution: Laguna Honda’s Ordeal
LHH was given 6 months to correct its deficiencies. A follow-up inspection found persistent - and seemingly worse - drug and contraband use, despite LHH’s Plan of Correction.Check it out
Will Laguna Honda Solve Its Problems By Abandoning 120 More Patient Beds?
Both consultants provided “preliminary assessment reports” of their initial recommendations. Only HMA’s “preliminary assessment report” has been made public.Check it out
Supt. Matthews: Cheap Shots at Lowell Do Not Improve Student Performance
A cheap shot at the academic-based school that highlights SFUSD failures does not solve the problem.Check it out
It's Climate Change — Stupid
in the near-term, methane is 80 times more potent than CO2 as a contributing factor to global warming.Check it out
Culture of Silence" and Cover-up Plagues LHH Management
Gray Panthers Pounce on Laguna Honda Crisis
Crises like COVID-19 and the one at LHH have “unmasked a society that does not value the aged and disabled.” Dr. Palmer notedCheck it out
Celebrate Independence, but There's More To Do
MTA management ignored two reports in 2011 that would’ve saved hundreds of millions on an essentially useless transportation project.Check it out
DPH's “Flow Project” Comes Home to Roost
The Agony of Laguna Honda Hospital
Everybody involved knew that adding “unstable” adults brought disarray and danger to Laguna Honda's seniors. Most folks just went along. Now they’re surprised?Check it out
Sea Level Rise and Toxic Groundwater
Civil Grand Jury Blasts Hunters Point “Clean-Up”
The report concludes groundwater “may” become contaminated as sea level rises. In fact, Shipyard groundwater was documented as“contaminated” where thousands of homes are being constructed.Check it out
Public Pans Ocean View Library Plans
“It seems preposterous to put a library on a congested thoroughfare when there are better places that are safer for pedestrians to use,” one community member said.Check it out
SFUSD is not segregated.
People are frustrated and spurt out the word “segregated” That's because SFUSD has failed to prepare all ethnicities for a rigorous academic high school.Check it out
New Library at 100 Orizaba? No.
41% of companies allow employees to relocate permanently to any state freely, while companies that do not allow the employees to relocate elsewhere represent only 5%.Check it out
Picking Up the Pieces
The moderates only need to flip one district from the progressive side of the aisle to preclude the veto power of the Board of Supervisors, since the mayor appointed moderate Supervisor Matt Dorsey ... the Redistricting Task Force handed moderates a perfect set up to do just that.Check it out
Californians Asked to cut water by 5%
Statewide Emergency Drought
If a mandatory reduction is ordered, there will be a “floor” or minimum allocation per person so that those who have conserved, and now conserve, will not be penalized.Read More ...
Graft, deception, double-dealing, fraud
Living with Municipal Corruption
...competence erodes as conscientious employees get marginalized and lackeys are promoted. This consolidation promotes impunity. Betraying the public trust is normalized.Check it out
Violent Thug Attacks, Robs Asian Visitor—Goes Free
Boudin's famed "puppy killer" strikes again
Boudin and the judge circumvented diversion rules because violent criminals are “not eligible” for diversion programs. Why did Boudin send someone to drug diversion if they weren’t arrested for drugs?”Read More ...
Vote, Voters and Voting
Changes in San Francisco’s 11 supervisorial district boundaries caused even the Chronicle and Examiner suggest returning to at-large supervisors; unfortunately, it seems legally impossible to this observer.Check it out
Have a Summer with Great Reading!
One of the greatest discoveries when our family moved to West Portal was a library so close even our 3-year-old could walk to it! We would go to story hour and bring home bags of books.Check it out
Laguna Honda Losing Funding
Despite the fact that discharge is not legally required (yet) at Laguna Honda, all patients and their families are being interviewed for discharge and this is causing a lot of stress.
Too bad no one saw this coming......oh, a group of doctors from Laguna Honda did.Read More ...
Addicts Housed with Frail Elderly—What Could Possibly Go Wrong?
Turmoil and Crackdown at Laguna Honda
State Health inspectors diagnosed “Substandard Quality of Care.” Records showed the disarray was more dire than LHH publicly disclosed.Check it out
Breed's Policing Numbers Don't Add Up
SFPD Discloses Staffing Shortfall
You can flood the Tenderloin with officers, but if you do not have the officers to sustain the effort, you will not see sustained results.Check it out
Time for Clear Thinking Re: Lowell Admissions
If you don't take academic success into account, what would happen to those students who do not meet basic proficient levelsCheck it out
Biomonitoring Finds Toxins in Hunters Point Residents
HP Biomonitoring was awarded a $50,000 grant from CalEPA to create a live and virtual “Community Window on Environmental Exposures””Check it out
Why I Oppose Boudin Recall
They would have us believe he’s responsible for the statistical rise in crime that’s occurred since the pandemic. Research, however, suggests otherwise...Check it out
Rethinking the Recall Process
Over time, those special interests have proven adept at using the same “peoples protections” to further their own interests. Recalls are expensive, and a few of San Francisco’s bitterest billionaires buy low-turnout elections when they disagree with the voters...Check it out
People are Leaving San Francisco
41% of companies allow employees to relocate permanently to any state freely, while companies that do not allow the employees to relocate elsewhere represent only 5%.Check it out
Lowell Students Pull All-nighter—but not to study
Drum roll please. They have raised about $29,000!Check it out
Quentin's Recommendations / June 7 Ballot
From Prop A to Prop H there's more on the ballot than the DA Recall.Check it out
UCSF Expansion Plans Under Submission as Judge Considers Arguments
Knowing that either way he rules, an appeal is likely, Alameda Court Judge Frank Roesch weighs the evidence.Check it out
Restoring Confidence in SF Schools
...there are issues that can unite us.. We all want to support our educators who have been doing the hard work every day despite a pandemic and political feud.Check it out
International Dark Skies Week
San Francisco Needs to Address Light Polution
In Pittsburgh a new ordinance makes it the first major American city to adopt lighting standards addressing light pollution.Check it out
A great beginning that ran into WWI
St. Francis Wood and the Planned Garden Residences
36 Garden Residence neighborhoods were planned only St. Francis Wood was actually built.Check it out
Chaos at the Redistricting Task Force
Could the motivation behind all of this be to create such a god-awful divisive plan and create so much anger that the voters would just throw up their hands and get rid of it altogether?Check it out
Medicaid & Medicare threaten payments...
Laguna Honda: Overdoses
Medicaid or MediCal covers 96.5% of LHH patients, the City’s General Fund – aka tax-payers – would then foot the bill. The deadline is April 14th.Check it out
San Franisco's Cancer Necklace
Taylor minced no words … the results of her 1995 investigation displeased health officials and influenced her decision not to publish significant findings, “I was convinced there was something thereCheck it out
Hooray! New Way to Help Kids Read
Each student is tutored three times a week primarily outside of school time via an online, collaborative learning platform that offers intervention through guided reading lessons, gamification, and assessments.Check it out
Mysterious Subversion of Oversight at SFPUC
A catastrophic rate disaster shows SFPUC's ingenious ability to evade culpability. They take full responsibility for lowering the water usage...Check it out
Redistricting Goes Off the Rails
Chair Townsend's Solution to African-American Population Decline Will Likely Result in a Lawsuit Redistricting's latest map has everyone on edge, scrambling to find out who their new Supervisor will be.Check it out
Garbage, Redistricting & Gas Taxation
Three new Board of Education commissioners were appointed last month by Mayor London Breed who promises implicitly that SFUSD will somehow conquer a budget deficit of over $125,000,000.Check it out
Westside Public Safety Forum
Too Much Crime — Not Enough Cops?
What had Taraval Station done about the unprecedented rise in burglaries in 2021? There were 620 — a 29% increase over the previous year.Check it out
Redistricting's Final Battlelines
District 7 reclaims Forest Knolls, Twin Peaks, Midtown Terrace, the Woods and Miraloma Park from District 8 as well as all of Lakeshore and Merced Manor from District 4, but loses ground entirely in the Inner Sunset.Check it out
A New Admission Process for Lowell High School
Lowell high school's merit-based admission policy is perfectly legal. We’ve looked at the language of the law, the history of the law and the intent of the law. We've done our homework.Check it out
Vote for Campos, Not Haney
The Assembly District 17 Run-Off
Haney garnered 34,174 votes compared to Campos’ 33,448 votes — a difference of only 726 votes. The April 19 run-off election couldn’t be a tighter race.Check it out
Homelessness and the Mental Health Housing Crisis
As additional funding for supportive housing services through programs like Project Home Key become available, radical reform of board and care programming and funding will be necessary to maintain and expand this crucial resource.Check it out
Retreat from Sea Level Rise is Avoidable
Coastal Commission Takes a Wrong Turn — City Defers
The Port will spend billions to protect Bayside property but not a dime to protect Ocean Beach.Check it out
Redistricting: Drawing the Battle Lines in District 7
SF has had some surprising changes since the current lines were drawn in 2011 — they could change which Supervisor represents us.Check it out
Banning Cars from JFK is Exclusionary
Civil rights laws have been enacted to protect people who are being denied equal access and opportunity. The closure is a violation of the ADA and California disability rights laws.Check it out
Happy Birthday PTA!
The PTA can be traced right to San Francisco and the founding of the Mother’s Clubs in 1897. It has become the largest child advocacy organization in the nation.Check it out
War, Worries & Waste
Donald Trump, disregards 42,000,000 Ukrainians by lauding Putin’s “genius” in invading Ukraine. I urge readers to divest themselves of any reverence or respect for Trump, a draft-dodger, who could demolish the Republican Party.Check it out
Labor Union Sues City for Corruption and Retaliation
Union Lawsuit Reveals "City Family" Backroom Maneuvers
Why does the FBI manage to unearth City Hall corruption, while our watchdog agencies; the Controller’s Whistleblower Program, Ethics Commission and City Attorney’s Office cry “What happened?Check it out
Father, Advocate, Humbug
When an elder dies, a library burns to the ground Old African Proverb.Check it out
SFMTA's Continuing MUNI Problems
… instead of looking seriously into what could be done to solve the coupling problem … henceforth the trains operating in the subway would be only one and two cars long.Check it out
Rate Payers Get a Time-Out
A short respite or calm before the storm?
... SFPUC says 50% rationing could be required. Environmental groups contest that judgment. But if anything like that threatens imminently, you can bet costs will rise and fast. Rates follow.Read More ...
SF: Be a Role Model for Children
One of the most important parenting roles is to model the behavior you want your children to follow. If you bully, your children will think its ok.Check it out
The Growing Pacific Plastic Patch
Limit plastic used in wrapping done by on-line shopping? Since the pandemic, online shopping has created 29% more waste in landfills which can end up in our oceansCheck it out
Open JFK DriveRead More ...
Ten percent of SF housing is vacant, a new report shows
More than 40,000 housing units that are sold but never occupied has soared in the past five years, suggesting that letting developers build freely doesn't really help the crisis.Check it out
Hey DPH—Where Did You Dump Our Seniors?
Hint: the software is not the problem
The Health Dept. continues to flout the open records laws. Our seniors deserve better.Check it out
Black History Month Special
Cancer Alley … At Hunters Point Shipyard
... infant mortality rates in BVHP (were) twice as high as the rest of San Francisco and one of the highest in the state, a cluster of infant deaths were detected in the shipyard region.Check it out
School Board Recall and Beyond
The failure to properly prepare all students, particularly Black/African American students, is the main culprit. While the lottery may increase diversity, it also increases the number of students at Lowell who are struggling.Check it out
His Dell laptop stopped working after a BIOS update. Does he deserve a refund?Read More ...
School Board Member MoligaRead More ...
Rec & Parks' Bikes Only Events?Read More ...
SFPUC's Self-serving BureaucratsRead More ...
Shipyard Development, Mired in Problems, Continues to Pay Off for Willie Brown
Newly unearthed public records show that the developers paid more than $1.3 million during 2020 to Brown and two partnersCheck it out
Recology's About Face
In 2020 SF was paying $59.70 per garbage bin to Recology while San Mateo ratepayers (under competitive bidding) $24.93 per month...Check it out
School Board: Moliga is a Keeper
...an ever-growing disparity between our community and others — 73% of our Pacific Islanders live in low-income housing, the unemployment rate is nearly 22%.Check it out
The First Step: Admit There's a Problem
... the efforts to clean up the Tenderloin are pushing homeless, especially the mentally ill and drug addicted, into other neighborhoods and making the problem worse all over the CityCheck it out
Can SF Keep Hetch Hetchy?
If they want to override the current cost criteria ... jack up the rates ... they must seek voter approval. The SFPUC has not done that ...Check it out
SFPUC: Controllers Audit Reveals Compromised Bid Process
Most contractors lagged in delivering community benefits and submitting required progress reports. And, once a contract ended, undelivered benefits were not recoverable. SFPUC had no policies to monitor compliance.Check it out
Things that Go Screech in the Night
Ideally, police can stop “sideshows” before they happen with intel from undercover officers and by monitoring social media accounts that announce where sideshows will be. That was not evident in West Portal & 30th/Lawton incidentsCheck it out
State Assembly: A Leader Needed
Why I'm supporting David Campos ...
San Franciscans can avoid spending more millions on a run-off election in March. Cast your vote for Campos. (Don’t let Ron Conway’s “dark money” buy himself another election!”)Check it out
Park Road Closures
Ginsburg, working with the SF Bicycle Coalition and Walk SF, have banned cars on JFK Drive and the Upper Great Highway during the pandemic. Plans are being made make the bans permanent ...Check it out
Persistent Corruption, Incompetence & Some Good News
Despite City Hall corruption, Supervisors ignore Recology’s garbage monopoly...a year has passed with a minor refund of rate overcharges thanks to Controller Ben Rosenfield...Check it out
The Sunset is Fired Up!
There are procedures for closing a major highway, and that includes an Environmental Impact Report — how much more pollution would be caused by rerouting up to 20,000 vehicles a day through stop and go traffic ...?Check it out
Transform the Great Highway
Drivers ... good news for you: the vast majority of streets are dominated by cars! You can drive on all the roads, which is why a radical change is necessary.Check it out
Senior Housing on Laguna Honda's Toxic Sites
Developers found ways to bypass environmental review of Cortese List sites granting “common sense” exemptions — evading Public Resources Code §21084.Check it out
SF Parks Alliance Records Subpeonaed
More Fallout from the SkyStar Wheel Deal
The vendor was selected on a sole source basis for a one-year term ... due to the limited time to accomodate a community event date in April 2020 ...Check it out
CEQA Protects Us From Special Interests’ “Big Lie”
A sustained campaign, led by polluting industries, real estate developers, etc, has repeatedly and falsely claimed California’s environmental law is fueling the housing crisis.Check it out
Why I'm Supporting the Board Recall
The Board devoted more attention to changing the names of school buildings than accepting a safety coordinator to return safely to those buildings.Check it out
My seven-year-old grandson has discovered searching for family names on google. He pridefully shared a picture of his dad ...then said he looked up other family members ...Check it out
Unregulated Investor-owned Utilities
If they are declared private utilities, the SFPUC has a problem. The 1913 Raker Act and the 1940 Supreme Court confirmed: Tuolumne water may not be sold to non-municipal customers.Check it out
“Housing Galore—if you're a millionaire...
Where’s the Affordable Housing?
Two years after the 2019 Affordable Housing Bond passed—No progress status reports, or annual or quarterly reports to MOHCD or the Supervisors?Check it out
Yes on School Board Recall
This school board wanted to rename Abraham Lincoln, Dianne Feinstein, Roosevelt and Washington for racism and miscellaneous injustices...Check it out
A Walk Along the 'Great Parkway'
We have one coastline; we should prioritize this safe place to recreate and be with neighbors—not a redundant roadway separating the neighborhood from the coast to save drivers a couple minutes.Check it out
Saved by the Recalls & a Rebate
On February 15 voters will have the opportunity to recapture the Board of Education ... elected officials who display lack of fealty to the law...Check it out
Re-Open JFK Drive
Letter to the Editor Bring Back the Compromise!Read More ...
Dumping Patients Out-of-County
Moving physically - or mentally-challenged patients is clearly detrimental to their health...leaving fragile patients stranded, miles away from their families and friendsCheck it out
SFPUC: Lavish Dining on the Public Dime
..income disclosures serve to identify and deter potential conflicts of interest, pay-to-play deals and bribes ... But something was omitted – the lavish cost of the banquet at the Old Skool Café.Check it out
SFPUC - From Corruption to Conflagration
Their plan—use the earthquake bond money to upgrade antiquated and fragile drinking water mains, is the reason expansion of the high-pressure hydrants cannot be completed before mid-century.Check it out
Rate Hikes & Murky Politics
Does the City care what your rates are? The Commission recently passed a resolution to guide Herrera. It lacks anything about keeping rates as low as possible.Read More ...
EPA Reveals US pollution is unequally distributed — clusters known as “sacrifice zones"
The major “Sacrifice Zone” of cancer causing petrochemical emissions in the San Francisco Bay Area are the Martinez and Richmond oil refineriesCheck it out
Today's Meth Fuels Homelessness
Homelessness is so grueling that getting high brings welcome relief. When the high wears off, a dysphoric “crash” ensues along with a craving for more meth.Check it out
Drought Is Still With Us
With less water in the rivers, the temperature increases, killing salmon and allowing the green scum called algae bloom that can make water toxic to humans and fish.Check it out
MUNI’s Phony Survey in Play
You’re on your own. What are all those bright Berkeley grads at their SFMTA desks doing?Check it out
Too Many Kids Can't Read
Learning to read doesn’t happen naturally — it has to be taught. Years of scientific research have revealed a great deal about how reading develops.Check it out
Expedia screwed up—Left us stranded and now won't refund my money!Read More ...
MUNI's Phoney Survey
This is how red herrings work ...
You already know what you want to do. And you have already been told, loudly, that riders want — and need — all their old routes back in operation. Soon. Not months from now. Therefore, the phoney survey.Check it out