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Time for a carbon tax

EDITORIALFor this week's Green Issue, our cover story ("Save the world, work less") looks at how our economic system is accelerating climate change, proposing that we slow down and work less. It's a fun...

Rising tide of plutocracy

EDITORIAL The pace of life under late capitalism seems to be speeding up these days, and so too have the bad news developments and warnings of impending doom come at a more rapid clip,...

SF’s culture of corruption

In many ways, San Francisco hasn't changed. It's still the old Barbary Coast, ruled by capitalist thugs and corrupt politicians, only with glossy modern spin

“Sharing economy” should share its wealth

EDITORIALThe valuation of San Francisco-based technology companies has been skyrocketing, with Airbnb reaching a reported $10 billion last week, Uber at about $3.5 billion, and Twitter's market capitalization just shy of $30 billion.But in...

Feinstein, Pelosi, and NSA/CIA spying

EDITORIAL Two of the most powerful members of Congress — Sen. Dianne Feinstein and Rep. Nancy Pelosi — are from San Francisco. They've each spent much of their long tenures in Congress serving on...

Lee must pay for his promises

EDITORIALMayor Ed Lee has made a lot of promises to San Franciscans, but he has been unwilling to pay for them with money from the city or his wealthy backers, transforming these statements in...

Create more police accountability

EDITORIAL"Our department is shaken," Police Chief Greg Suhr said last week when federal indictments of six cops who had been menacing and taking advantage of poor people were unsealed (see "Crooked cops," page 13)....

Tech must support Ellis reforms

EDITORIALSan Francisco is facing an eviction crisis, a reality that politicians of all ideological stripes have finally begun to address. It was good to see our two best representatives to the California Legislature introduce...

The Goldies: What we’re fighting for

EDITORIAL If you want to understand what we at the Bay Guardian and activists from the broader progressive movement mean when we say that we're fighting for the soul of San Francisco, just peruse...

Higher wages and tenants’ rights, for the win

As we document in this week's cover story, a citywide coalition has sprung up to fight for tenants' rights in the face of mounting evictions and soaring rents, and momentum on this issue is...

Guns, gods, and government

EDITORIAL Humans tend to believe that we're smarter than we really are. It's a problem that can be exacerbated by concentrations of wealth and technological expertise, which can cause some people to believe they...

City ignores public on bus plan

EDITORIAL San Francisco's tech bus saga has proven to be a source of fascination to national and international media outlets. Blockades of Google, Apple, and Facebook shuttles have fueled the narrative that the city...

What “Google bus” really means

EDITORIAL In recent years, "Google bus" has become a term that encompasses more than just the shuttles that one corporation uses to transport its workers from San Francisco down to the Silicon Valley. It...

Start the mayor’s race now

EDITORIALWe hope you enjoyed last week's cover package, "The Rise of Candidate X," a parable about politics and the media in San Francisco. While it was clearly a fantastical tale, it also had a...

Jesus was a socialist

EDITORIAL Christmas Day, here in the city of St. Francis, seems like a fine time to look at Jesus Christ, what he advocated, and what his legacy is today. Because this traditionally Catholic city has...

Defining problems and shaping solutions

EDITORIAL Our attitudes and ideologies shape how we see the world. How we define the problems and challenges we face in San Francisco and other Bay Area cities shapes the menu of solutions that...

Tech leaders must engage their critics

EDITORIAL It's time for San Franciscans to have a public conversation about who we are, what we value, and where we're headed. In the increasingly charged and polarized political climate surrounding economic displacement, the...

A new holiday tradition: workers’ rights

The holiday season has officially started, and if you're any kind of American, you know what that means. Hordes of wild-eyed shoppers have descended upon us.If early morning stampedes at chain retailers and other...

We give thanks

EDITORIAL We offer a lot of criticism here on the Guardian's editorial page, which is probably inescapable given the obvious failures of our political and economic systems to address the needs of the people...

Single-payer is the cure

EDITORIAL We're sorry to see all the problems surrounding President Obama's Affordable Care Act, which has made some important improvements to the country's healthcare system, such as helping those with preexisting conditions get coverage...

Reduce California’s prison population

EDITORIAL California must reduce its prison population — as federal judges have been ordering for years to address severe overcrowding and substandard health care — and it should use this opportunity to completely reform...

The next election

EDITORIAL This week's dismal election in San Francisco is a symptom of deeper problems in our political system, both here and across the country. It isn't voter apathy that caused what is expected to...

Join the movement

EDITORIAL San Francisco is headed for a showdown. Those who see the city as primarily a place to make money and who want to leave its fate to the mercy of market forces are...

Lessons of the BART standoff

EDITORIAL BART and its unions reached a tentative deal on new contracts late Monday (10/21) night, the next day restoring service that had been disrupted by the second four-day strike this year. Now, it's time...