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  • Supervisor Norman Yee

    Supervisory Norman Yee Surprises Supporters on Police Staffing

    “San Francisco will have a hard time affording the expected increase in police officers’ salaries, benefits, housing credits, equipment, and jails. Remember that the city’s budget and revenue is at an all time high.”

    By George Wooding More...

  • Jerry Cadagan and Lake Merced

    Lake Merced's Champion

    "Jerry Cadagan died suddenly on May 17. A memorial service was held in his honor at the Boathouse of Lake Merced this past June 24"

    By Jonathan Farrell

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  • BEST OF THE NET

    Should Mayors Influence Commissioners?

    “I want elected officials to be accountable for the actions of their appointees, whether they be commissioners or department heads. I don’t see why anyone would prefer shifting the power to set city policies to an appointed commissioner accountable to no one.”

    By Randy Shaw

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  • Let's Get Mickey!

     

    “This $250M bond for affordable housing could have been handled with existing and future city funds if prioritized, without asking taxpayers to pay the bill and cost millions in bond interest payments. But City Hall gets its cake and eats it too… ”

    By John Farrell 

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  • Quentin Kopp

    Ruminations of
    a Former Supervisor

    “…last month that San Francisco’s arrests decreased 42% the last five years, including serious or violent crime arrests, while on the other hand, the first five months of this year serious or violent crime rose 16% and property crimes 20%, including arson, which increased 48% from 2014.”

    By Quentin Kopp

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  • Steve Lawrence

    Easy Come – And It’s Gone

    Now SFPUC wants to jettison competitive bidding in favor or a new method... allows the winner of a contract to be judged not purely on price but 35% on “other factors.” “Quality factors” boil down to how well the bidder will, or promises to, serve the “under-served communities” with social programs.”

    Read More… By Steve Lawrence

  • Toast

    “…Happy wife equals happy life. So far so good.”

    By Henry Wong  

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  • Chief Greg Suhr

    Chief Suhr’s Slurs Fuels SFPD’s Texts Scandal

    Retaliators Keep Their City Jobs

    “…121 cases settled between 2012 and 2015 have cost the City another $12.2 million, including $3.6 million in settlement awards and $8.6 million in City Attorney costs involved during litigation, bringing the total to at least $32.6 million since 2007, and that’s not counting settlement amounts and the City Attorney’s costs for time and expenses for the 66 pending cases that still haven’t been concluded..”

    By Patrick Monette-Shaw  Read More...

  • Crime Report

    Taraval Station JUNE REPORTS

    “NOTE: Crimes are reported as space is available, this is not a complete report, nor is the report online at, but that site is a more complete source.”

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  • Coyote Crossing

    James Corrigan, Forest Hill Extension, snapped this picture of a Coyote at Vasquez and Laguna Honda Blvd. on July 4, 2015.

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    Laguna Honda's Gift Fund


    “Pilfering and mismanagement depleted cash holdings to $185,000 in late 2009. Another $835,000 was frozen in stocks and $543,000 was locked in the interest account. This cash crunch triggered warnings that the Gift Fund was bankrupt. Patient activities like bus-trips were curtailed, yet impermissible expenses for staff perquisites surged.”

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

  • Editorial Opinion

    Bad Apple Alert

    “… its restriction to 100% renewables would make obtaining commercial energy very nearly impossible in the real world—there is no such thing as 100% renewable power.”

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  • muni bus

    MUNI Service Improving?

    “One solution for better MUNI performance has been to limit or restrict service, creating hardships for the elderly, the disabled and the handicapped. Even eliminating bus stops to hospitals is considered an improvement in service.”

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  • Brian Browne

     

    Proposition 218 – The courts are speaking – listen!

    “The Rate Fairness Board is a contradiction in terms. It was never needed...There is no mention of “fairness” in the constitution, just reasonable costs for current services.”

    By Brian Browne More...

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    Religious articles and opinion pieces


    “I was dismayed to see you published Tony Hall’s article “Catholicism Anyone.” His comments are not related to the Westside, nor should they have been published under the byline “Former Supervisor.”

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  • JUNE MEETING of West Of Twin Peaks Central Council (WOTPCC)

    “The June meeting of the West of Twin Peaks Central Council featured updated information on the Balboa Reservoir Project survey, the election of new officers for the 2015-16 term and lots of debate and discussion on “surplus” land in the city ”

    By Mitch Bull More...

  • Kirkham Project

    Kirkham Project: Replace 86 units with up to 460 units

    “ Located near the intersection of 5th Ave. and Kirkham St. in the Inner Sunset District, the Kirkham Heights Apartment complex was built in 1950 and was designed around the car as the primary mode of transport ”

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  • Senior Smarts

    Aging: Macular Degeneration and its Affect on the Eyes

    “More than 3.3 million Americans aged 40 and over are either legally blind (having best-corrected visual acuity of 6/60 or worse (=20/200) in the better-seeing eye) or are low vision (having best-corrected visual acuity less than 6/12 (20/40) in the better-seeing eye). ”

    Anise J. Matteson
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  • JULY-AUGUST 2015

    “Summer Days (Daze?)… although our typical weather in summer is not aligned with what most of the country experiences (thank goodness), the days of summer provide many opportunities to get out into the city and “be a tourist.” ”

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  • Brandon Miller

    3 Ways to Simplify Your Financial Life

    “Are you carrying a credit card balance that is snowballing due to high interest rates? It may be financially advantageous to pay off the cards with the highest interest rates and either close the account or put it away for emergency use only.”

    By Brandon Miller  Read More

  • Remember When?

    Construction of Stonestown Apartment Buildings • July 2, 1949

    “ Newscopy: “A small city is rapidly springing up west of 19th-av, on the shores of Lake Merced. It’s ‘Stonestown,’ 23-million-dollar project of Ellis and Henry Stoneson, and this photo shows the rapid progress being made on the four 10-story apartment houses (in the rear) and the smaller two- and three-story buildings in the foreground.

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