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Why I Choose to Raise My Family in San Francisco

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I choose to raise my family in San Francisco, and specifically Potrero Hill, because of the shared commitment to making the Hill better for everyone who lives here.  In every part of our lives, my family has found a welcoming community. I’d heard the neighborhood legend of families coming together years ago to keep Daniel Webster…

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Fight On!

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The up swelling of post-election demonstrations – in Golden Gate and Dolores parks, and throughout the Bay Area and nation – shows how we can coalesce with one voice and that we can fight for what we want if we put our minds to it. We can’t let the election of Donald Trump be the…

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Why I Choose to Raise My Family in San Francisco

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The result of the presidential election brought home my reasons for wanting to raise my kids in a densely populated urban environment like San Francisco:  diversity, diversity, diversity.  Socio-economic, racial, ethnic, cultural and gender identity diversity.  Parenting is a tough job wherever you reside.  We all make decisions in attempts to make that job a…

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OP-ED: Municipal Transportation Agency has Failed San Francisco

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The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency’s (SFMTA) plan for traffic was to make it disappear. That plan has failed miserably.  SFMTA doesn’t appear to have a Plan B, other than to ignore the public and blame us for their failure. It’s time for them to disappear. Since SFMTA laid the thermoplastic red carpet on Mission…

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View Election Recommendations

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With 25 local measures, 17 state initiatives, and many, many candidates, voters need a decision framework, or guiding philosophy, to render thoughtful ballot decisions.  One approach is to group measures into like categories, and apply a consistent thought process throughout, deviating only when there’s compelling reasons to do so.  Here’s ours, limited to local measures…

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OP-ED New Islais Creek Bus Facility Not Living Up to its Promise

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This year, the long planned main building of San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency’s bus facility is under construction on Islais Creek’s north shore.  When Muni conceived of the project, its then project manager approached Friends of Islais Creek – which for 30 years has worked with other community groups to create public activity spaces along…

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OP-ED City Can’t be Trusted to Protect Neighborhood Interests Related to NavCenter

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There’s general agreement that homelessness is one of San Francisco’s highest priority concerns, and that homeless individuals should be treated fairly, humanely, and with dignity. Few people choose to be homeless; that’s why the services San Francisco Housing Opportunity, Partnerships, and Engagement (HOPE) offers are so important. A key component of those amenities is operating…

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OP-ED The Eastern Neighborhoods Plan has Failed Us

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In the late-1990s, before the dot-com bubble burst, San Francisco’s eastern neighborhoods faced many of the same issues as today:  rapid gentrification and displacement.  In Potrero Hill and Dogpatch real estate investors gobbled up industrial sites made valuable by 1988 Live-Work legislation that was supposed to help artists, instead displacing them, along with small businesses…

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OP-ED Vote NO on Proposition B

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The Potrero Hill Democratic Club recommends voting against Proposition B on this month’s ballot.  Proposition B would extend and augment the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department’s guaranteed portion of the annual City budget—the measure’s proponents claim it would add $1 billion over the next thirty years—with no accountability outside the department itself. While the…

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View Election Recommendations

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Proposition A, Public Health and Safety Bond:  No. Proposition B, Recreation and Open Space Fund:  No.  Proposition C, Charter Amendment, Affordable Housing Requirements:  Yes! Proposition D, Office of Citizen Complaints Investigations:  Yes. Proposition E, Paid Sick Leave:  Yes. Measure AA, San Francisco Bay Clean Water, Pollution Prevention and Habitat Restoration Program:  Yes. Proposition 50, Suspension…

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OP-ED San Francisco’s Budget Out of Control

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Over the past several years the City has flourished.  Tax revenues have increased substantially, as tourism and development has boomed, changing neighborhood character.  The Mayor’s fiscal year (FY) 2015 budget of almost nine billion dollars is one billion dollars more than it was just two years ago.     In good times government programs and…

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OP-ED: Proposition F: Fix the Airbnb Mess

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City Hall asserts it’s protecting neighborhoods from short-term residential rentals to tourists, like those offered by Airbnb. It claims it’s protecting the availability and affordability of scarce housing.  I wholeheartedly disagree. City Hall passed legislation that’s so weak that every independent analysis reached the same conclusion: the current law is unworkable and unenforceable. These tourist…

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OP-ED: Too High?

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The San Francisco Giants want to transform a 28-acre industrial site located on Port property, currently used as a surface parking lot for baseball games, into a mixed-use $1.6 billion development, featuring waterfront parks; 1,500 rental units, 40 percent of which would be affordable; retail and 1.5 million square feet of office space; a parking…

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Op-Ed: Mission Bay Loop Deserves Another Look

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Despite multiple rounds of discussions with the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA), citizens’ concerns about the proposed location for the T-Line turn-around – Mission Bay Loop – have been largely dismissed. The loop is still planned for the route originally contemplated in 1999. Construction is scheduled to start in the coming month.  Moving forward…

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