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  • Smash & Grab

    City's Streets Are Littered in Glass

    “One critical activity we need help on is our Court Watch — watching trials on burglaries and a recent kidnapping — so the judges know we care.”

    By George Wooding More ...

  • 25 Years Later:

    Alioto's Landmark Anti-smoking Laws

    “Restaurant owners feared a loss in revenue with the indoor-smoking ban, but statistics proved otherwise. Restaurant sales improved by 22 percent after the ban because people who avoided smoke were now dining out.”

    By Tony Taylor More ...

  • Proposed St. Luke's Closure Endangers Everyone

    CPMC's Shameless Patient Dump

    “...what happened to the options for persons who need neighborhood-based or local options to 24/7 [skilled] nursing care," Benson Nadell testified to the Health Commission … Nadell is the program director of San Francisco's Long-Term Care Ombudsman program.”

    By Patrick Monette-Shaw Read More ...

  • Quentin Kopp

    Ruminations

    “…the city of only 20,000 residents (Santa Clara) is trying to collect over $1,800,000 for police services since the sorry stadium opened in 2014. Meanwhile, the 49ers demand a $4,500,000 rent reduction for a stadium built principally with public funds after proponents represented it would not cost taxpayers a red cent… ”

    Quentin Kopp
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  • Safe Injection Sites:

    Neither Drug Dens nor Roads to Recovery

    “Tents, trash, feces, disorder and despair. Shooting up, nodding out or freaking out on sidewalks strewn with discarded needles. This April alone, City crews swept 17,511 syringes...”

    By Dr. Derek Kerr & Dr. Maria Rivero Read More ...

  • Smart housing policy: public input and the environment

    “The costs associated with dealing with the pollution will fall on taxpayers and local governments, instead of on the responsible parties.”

    By Kathy Howard & Susan Vaughn Read More…

  • Water Woes: Power Hour

    “Considered a key step to achieving a 100% renewable city by 2030 is CleanPowerSF's SuperGreen … said to supply 100% renewable electricity to your home or business today. Does it really?”

    By Steve Lawrence

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  • Nitrates and "Blended" Water

    “ Nearly every chemical standard in force today incorporates a ten to 100-fold safety factor to ensure that sensitive members of the population are adequately protected … nitrate is a precursor compound in the formation of N-Nitroso compounds, many of which are human carcinogens.”

    By Glenn Rogers More ...

  • Bloat in Patronage Hiring

    Mayor's Hiring Spree Escalates

    “ Taxpayers deserve an explanation why Lee's hiring binge hasn't been audited, or when the hiring might stop.”

    By Patrick Monette-Shaw Read More ...

  • Parkmerced Tenants Briefed on Housing Rights

    “ … increase in vacant units at Parkmerced. Keeping units vacant could reduce the number of rent-controlled tenants moving into the new units, thereby allowing more market rate rentals.”

    By Dr. Derek Kerr More...

  • In the Autumn of Life, Step-It-Up

    “Assuring a home, or rental properties, transfers to a lineal decedent's title at a parent's death can preserve the parents' Prop 13 property tax rate. This alone can make a San Francisco home more affordable for heirs.”

    By Lou Barberini

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  • SEPTEMBER 2017

    “Autumn leaves?... Our "Summer" break here at the Observer has been fast and furious, with a quick July trip up to the Russian river.”

    Publisher Mitch Bull knows what's going on around the City.

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  • Brandon Miller

    Right Time for Social Security?

    “…deciding when to start collecting benefits can be a puzzle, and the solution is different for everyone. You can claim Social Security as early as age 62, or delay it until your 70th birthday.”

    By Brandon Miller

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  • Scam Alert!

    August Crime Reports

    Our police are on the lookout for crime in the district.

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  • Local Author Matt Richtel at the BookShop West Portal

    “As society changes we are introducing things that are a mismatch with us as humans."Things like 'multi-tasking.' Our human brains just are not built that way, despite the popularity of the concept.”

    By Jonathan Farrell Read More ...

  • Health Matters

    5 Foods for Micro-circulation

    “ Anyone with numbness or tingling pain in their extremities can tell you just how important these tiny blood vessels are.”

    By Sharone Franzen
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  • Dental Health: Surviving Oral Surgery

    “There may be a reader who is preparing for an appointment or convalescing from an extraction who can benefit from this article in the series of articles on dental health..”

    Anise J. Matteson Read More ...

  • Remember When?

    Sunnyside Powerhouse

    Sunnyside Powerhouse with Turrets and Chimney on Monterey Boulevard | Circa January 1904 Published by permission of the SFMTA Photo Library

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