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Don’t police the pot docs

April 29, 2014
 By Ahimsa Porter Sumchai OPINIONSenate Bill 1262 was introduced in the California Senate on Feb. 21 by veteran legislator Lou Correa. It is a...

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...

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...

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...

Reduce sex trafficking by addressing demand

March 25, 2014
 By Ellyn Bell and Minouche Kandel OPINIONMany people know that the Bay Area is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the US....

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

End poverty and create wealth with public banks

January 14, 2014
 By Ken Walden OPINION How would you like to increase your spending power by 10 times (or more), relieve student debt by more than...

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...

Dutch show how SF cycling could grow

December 24, 2013
 By Dara Colwell OPINION During rush hour, seeing the intersection at Weesperzijde and Meester Treublaan in Amsterdam would make a San Franciscan gasp. As...

The Unconstitutional Truth about the Presidio

December 17, 2013
 By John Farrell  OPINION When Congress established the Presidio Trust in 1996, it wanted to ensure its financial stability. Congress believed taxing private tenants...

Mandela’s greatest legacy

December 10, 2013
 By Roni Krouzman Since my teenage years, I have looked to the anti-apartheid movement as clear evidence that humanity — when it comes together...

Development must protect the arts

December 3, 2013
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...

Why I’m resigning from the City College board

November 26, 2013
By Chris Jackson When I worked for the state legislature, a member once told an overly ambitious guy that there are those who get...

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

November 19, 2013
 By Matt Haney Proposition 30 was a big deal: It raised over $6 billion a year by increasing taxes on the wealthy, balanced the...

Build a Jonestown memorial

November 12, 2013
 By Court Haslett OPINION Five years after the Federal Building in Oklahoma City was decimated and 168 people perished, the Oklahoma City National Memorial...

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...

Fight back to save your home

October 29, 2013
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...

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....

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'...