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Publisher’s View: Climate

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What do you do when, decades into a relationship that you’ve molded your entire life around, you discover your bond is toxic? Bad for you, and bad for everyone around you.  Especially the children.  California has entered the acceptance stage of the “carbon crises,” moving well past denial, though pockets of anger and depression continue…

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Publisher’s View: Revitalization

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Dogpatch, Mission Bay, and Potrero Hill know about being knocked down, pushed to the ground, staying there for years before climbing back up, head held high. For the last third of the 20th Century, as the industrial age and wartime winds that created portside prosperity faded, these neighborhoods, economically dependent on the waterfront, suffered high…

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Publisher’s View: Wildlands

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California is blessed with an abundance of open spaces, protected in different fashion by a quilt of public and private entities.  The federal government controls roughly half of all Golden State lands, under the jurisdiction of the U.S Forest, National Park, and Fish and Wildlife services, among other agencies.  About three percent is owned by…

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Publisher’s View: Affordable Decarbonization

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California faces a conundrum. We want to radically reduce greenhouse gas emissions (GHG), principally by replacing fossil fuels used in transportation and buildings with electricity generated by renewable energy. Yet, the state’s electricity prices are among the country’s highest and still rising.   Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) customers pay roughly 80 percent more per kilowatt-hour…

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Publisher’s View: Districts

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Sad to say, we’ve drifted into a world in which this editor of a half-century old neighborhood newspaper feels a twinge of fear when contemplating writing about redistricting municipal supervisorial districts. To characterize the debate over how best to right size district lines in the face of population changes as “heated” would be akin to…

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Publisher’s View: The Theranos Dilemma

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Last month Elizabeth Holmes was found guilty of defrauding investors out of a boatload of cash by falsely claiming that her company, Theranos, would transform blood testing with technology that relied on just a tiny sample pricked from a patient’s finger. The centrality of blood in this tale of greed, hubris, and by-gum-I’m-going-to-change-the-world-with-two-straws-and-a-rock – along…

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Publisher’s View: Climate

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The federal government has finally joined the State of California in a spirited effort to vastly reduce anthropogenic discharges that are fostering a hotter, drier, planet. The state and fed plan to forestall the worst effects of human-induced climate change by squeezing fossil fuels out of our electricity system within the next 15 years, deploying…

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Publisher’s View: Convenience

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“You got a mortgage without meeting with anyone in person,” my brother-in-law, Harvey, asked, incredulously.  “From a bank you’ve never been to?” It was the end of the 20th Century.  I was buying my first property, an exhausted two-flat building on Kansas Street.  I’d found a low-interest rate mortgage with HSBC by paging through the…

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Publisher’s View: Generosity Pandemic

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The Population Bomb, written by Stanford University Professor Paul R. Ehrlich and his wife, Anne Ehrlich, in 1968, predicted that overpopulation-induced global famines would boil up well before the end of the 20th Century.  At the time Earth had 3.5 billion inhabitants. Since then population has doubled, to 7.8 billion.  While there have been localized…

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Publisher’s View: April Fools’…!?

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Over the years I’ve periodically encountered cheek kissers; people whose preferred greeting consists of a series of puckered lipped head maneuvers. When I was younger the kissers were usually someone’s girlfriend, a “glamourous” White girl from Seattle or Los Angeles who pronounced “Nicaragua” as if ordering a fancy cocktail and blurted out “Guatemala” so that…

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