Opinion

Prop. L puts cars over people

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By Fran Taylor

OPINION Just as climate change most affects people who contributed little or nothing to causing it, pollution and injury from traffic most affect communities least likely to create traffic. Nationally, people of color are four times more likely than whites to rely on public transportation. At the same time, African Americans have a pedestrian fatality rate 60 percent higher than that of whites. For Latinos, that rate is 43 percent higher.Read more »

Money for Muni

Learning the A, B, and Ls of this fall's transportation ballot measures

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STREET FIGHT San Francisco's November ballot is crowded. With 12 local measures and seven state measures, sifting through them can be daunting. Three local measures, Propositions A, B, and L, involve transportation and have great bearing on the city's future.

Not to belittle the other ballot measures, some of which address critical health and housing problems, these three transit-related measures say a lot of how the city is addressing — and failing to address — the need for a sustainable transportation system.

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Privacy, identity, and Facebook

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By Nadia Kayyali

OPINION People are disappearing. At least, that's how it feels on Facebook. Since the suspension of drag queen and activist Sister Roma's account, more and more users (including drag kings and queens, burlesque performers, and trans people) are getting reported. They're either dropping off Facebook, or complying with Facebook's demands — by using "legal" names unrecognizable to their communities.Read more »

Reform BART's approach to labor

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By Christina Olague

OPINION If BART is part of your daily commute, you know how critical a reliable system is to Bay Area working people. If you don't ride BART, all you have to do it think about all the cars that the system keeps off the road every day.Read more »

To the classrooms, Baby Boomers

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OPINION As long as I've been substitute teaching, people have asked what I thought we could do to improve public schools. With all of the classrooms I've been in, they figured I might know something. But I've never had a simple answer for them, because I don't actually think there is a single overriding educational crisis.Read more »

Schools not prisons

Support Prop. 47

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OPINION Jay-Z doesn't usually make political endorsements.

But at a recent concert in Los Angeles, he took the rare and unexpected step of endorsing a California ballot initiative. "California, build more schools, less prisons," he rapped to the crowd, and then encouraged them to all vote yes on Proposition 47.

Jay-Z chose the right issue to speak out about. On an otherwise quiet state ballot, Californians have the opportunity to make history this fall with Prop. 47, also known as the "Safe Neighborhood and Schools Act."Read more »

Wrestling with survivor's guilt in a crazy world

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By Jeanene Harlick

OPINION This is one of the ways you become that person who wants to take his or her life.Read more »

Contending with cars, at the polls and on vacation

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STREET FIGHT San Francisco's politics of mobility devolved into a cesspit this summer. Beginning with Mayor Ed Lee's retreat on Sunday parking meters, purportedly to garner support for his transportation bond and vehicle license fee proposals, Lee's bait and switch ultimately backfired.

Rather than nudge the city's transit finance debate in a sensible, progressive direction, confusion and duplicity by the mayor and some supervisors over parking policy has instead empowered a Tea Party-like faction that's placed a backwards initiative on the November ballot.Read more »

Too many parking tickets in SF

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By David Hegarty

OPINION San Francisco made $87 million in parking citation revenue in 2012; roughly double what the city made off actual paid parking meter revenue.

Let that sink in for a minute.

It's become so hard to park a car in San Francisco that its citizens are paying almost $281,500 a day simply to park, and then they're cited for doing it wrong.Read more »

Public hospitals are too Lean

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OPINION

The San Francisco Department of Public Health is paying Rona Consulting Group, an out-of-state consulting firm, $1.3 million of taxpayer dollars to implement a program called "Lean," allegedly to improve patient services. The "Lean" program is based on the Japanese Toyota automobile production model.Read more »