Tough Times for Big City Mayors

Posted May 24, 2016 by

What do the mayors of San Francisco, New York City, Chicago, Seattle, Los Angeles and other major U.S. cities have in common? All face rising public criticism over unaffordable housing, decaying transportation, rising homelessness, police shootings, inequality, and a perceived
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Enhanced Drug Sentences: Repealing an Injustice

Posted May 24, 2016 by Judith Lewis Mernit

On April 25 state Sen. Holly Mitchell (D-Los Angeles) presented her case in Sacramento for the Repeal Ineffective Sentencing Enhancement (RISE) Act, a bill to roll back a 1985 law extending jail terms for certain repeat drug offenders. The new
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A Letter to Bob Dylan on his 75th birthday

Posted May 24, 2016 by Joseph O'Connor

You’re part of the soundtrack to my life: a wintry walk on Dún Laoghaire pier with my first girlfriend, a voice in a student bedsit at dawn, then a presence from a car radio late at night as I drive
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To the Editor…

To the Editor…

Posted May 23, 2016 by ANH LE

Subject:  RE President Obama’s Visit to Vietnam President Obama’s visit to Vietnam heralds Vietnam’s and the U.S.’ further healing between both nations. The tragic Vietnam War killed untold millions of Vietnamese and more than 58,000 Americans, unleashed bombardments by B-52’s
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SF’s Big Rent Control Loophole

Posted May 23, 2016 by

As San Francisco works to prevent tenant displacement, a big loophole in its Rent Ordinance remains: the ability of new owners (and speculators) to obtain a 7% Operating & Maintenance (O&M) rent increase solely by virtue of buying the property.
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The Problem With “Infrastructure Week”

Posted May 23, 2016 by Angie Schmitt

You may have noticed that it’s “Infrastructure Week” in America — a time where engineering and construction industry groups beat the drum for more money, using big numbers and images of collapsing bridges. You can follow the dialogue on Twitter.
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826 Valencia Promotes Fresh Vision for Tenderloin

Posted May 19, 2016 by

New Tenderloin Center Offers Innovative Cultural Space The latest example that San Francisco’s Tenderloin is steadily improving comes today as the nationally acclaimed 826 Valencia writing program opens its Tenderloin Center. Combining a writing program for kids with the King
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Lucas Museum Better Fits Mid-Market

Posted May 19, 2016 by

San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee and Supervisor Aaron Peskin have joined forces seeking to convince George Lucas to open his museum on Treasure Island. Peskin said “the museum could give Treasure Island a heart and a destination,” a sentiment I
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