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Don’t police the pot docs

 By Ahimsa Porter Sumchai OPINIONSenate Bill 1262 was introduced in the California Senate on Feb. 21 by veteran legislator Lou Correa. It is a medical marijuana bill designed to regulate physicians, dispensaries, and cultivation sites...

Stop the eviction of Benito Santiago

OPINIONI attended a rally in support of eviction fighter Benito Santiago as he battles to keep his home of more than 30 years from the clutches of real estate investment company Vanguard Properties. Vanguard...

A farewell to tech

 By Hanna Johnson  OPINION When people hear that I'm bidding farewell to the tech industry — a career that appears to be gaining momentum at a salary that allows me to sustain myself in...

Appeal to the Giants

 By John Farrell OPINION We all love our 2010 and 2012 World Champion Giants and wish them all the best in 2014. But I also want to see the team do right by San...

Reduce sex trafficking by addressing demand

 By Ellyn Bell and Minouche Kandel OPINIONMany people know that the Bay Area is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the US. What most people do not know is that the FBI...

Last chance for Marcus Books, part of SF’s black history

OPINIONIt's taken decades, but the Mahattanization of San Francisco is nearly complete: The immigrants, artists, and natives who built the City and gave it its unique flavor can no longer afford to live here.With...

Soda tax is social justice issue

Eric.L.Mar@sfgov.org, John.Avalos@sfgov.org, tom@tomammiano.comOPINIONWe are fighting for a soda tax because public health leaders have sounded the alarm that sugary drinks are a serious threat to our public health. Now is the time to get the...

Bogus chain store study ignores small biz benefits

OPINIONEarlier this month, San Francisco's Office of Economic Analysis waded into the debate over whether the city should beef up its policy restricting the spread of chain stores. In a new study, the OEA...

Suspension reform isn’t so simple

OPINION I wish I could get behind the current campaign to limit public school suspensions ("Suspending judgment, 12/3/13).The intent is honorable. Any additional attention to the plight of black kids within our schools is...

The trouble with compromise

"It takes no compromise to give people their rights... It takes no money to respect the individual. It takes no political deal to give people freedom. It takes no survey to remove repression." --...

H. Brown: Goodbye to all that, we hope

OPINION While we mourn the tamping down of the fiery progressive idealism that characterized City Hall in the early 2000s, we celebrate the departure of that era's dated man-warrior posturing. Last week proved a...

End poverty and create wealth with public banks

 By Ken Walden OPINION How would you like to increase your spending power by 10 times (or more), relieve student debt by more than 90 percent, increase Social Security benefits, lower taxes, increase pay...

Preserve existing rental housing

San Francisco's housing affordability crisis has become the main threat to the livability of the city for hundreds of thousands of residents. One glimmer of hope came last month, as the Board of Supervisors...

Dutch show how SF cycling could grow

 By Dara Colwell OPINION During rush hour, seeing the intersection at Weesperzijde and Meester Treublaan in Amsterdam would make a San Franciscan gasp. As cars move forward, cyclists continually pedal past, undisturbed by traffic—20,...

The Unconstitutional Truth about the Presidio

 By John Farrell  OPINION When Congress established the Presidio Trust in 1996, it wanted to ensure its financial stability. Congress believed taxing private tenants impeded the Trust's financial stability, so it enacted provisions within...

Mandela’s greatest legacy

 By Roni Krouzman Since my teenage years, I have looked to the anti-apartheid movement as clear evidence that humanity — when it comes together and stands bravely and prays with its heart and sings...

Development must protect the arts

By Stephanie Weisman OPINION Recently, the Bay Guardian ran an article critical of The Marsh theater's position on the condo development proposed for 1050 Valencia St. (see "Street Fight: Driving us crazy," 11/12). It...

Why I’m resigning from the City College board

By Chris Jackson When I worked for the state legislature, a member once told an overly ambitious guy that there are those who get into politics to be someone and those who get into...

After Prop 30, What’s Next? Reform Prop 13.

 By Matt Haney Proposition 30 was a big deal: It raised over $6 billion a year by increasing taxes on the wealthy, balanced the state budget, and allowed our K-12 and higher education systems...

Build a Jonestown memorial

 By Court Haslett OPINION Five years after the Federal Building in Oklahoma City was decimated and 168 people perished, the Oklahoma City National Memorial was dedicated to the victims. On Sept. 12, 2011, 10...

Why I oppose closing our parks

OPINION I have great respect for Recreation & Park General Manager Phil Ginsburg, my colleague Sup. Scott Wiener, and my constituents and friends who support the parks closure legislation. I certainly share their concerns...

Fight back to save your home

By Tommi Avicolli Mecca and Fred Sherburn-ZimmerOPINION The good news from San Francisco these days is that tenants are fighting back in a big way to save their homes. Speculators and investors intent on...

Vote “no” on everything

All this year's candidates are unopposed incumbents, which is lame. It's a sign of an unhealthy democracy that we don't even have a choice. Why isn't anyone running? The citywide races on this ballot...

Justice for cyclists

OPINIONIt was heartbreaking to hear their stories.Sarah was hit while riding her bike. Then she was wrongly faulted for the collision, despite multiple witnesses' testimony and photo evidence to the contrary. A police officer...