Articles Posted in the Opinion Category

  • Gonzalez Being Considered for Interim Mayoral Post?

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    Gonzalez Being Considered for Interim Mayoral Post?

    There’s good reason Gonzalez is being considered for the interim post: Gonzalez has the highest vote totals in a race for San Francisco mayor without winning, narrowly losing to Newsom in 2003 with 119,329 votes to Newsom’s 133,546 votes.

  • Time for Immediate Repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell Policy

    By Ralph E. Stone May 28, 2010 I applaud yesterday’s vote by the U.S. House of Representatives to repeal the 1993 “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy that allows homosexuals to serve in the military on…

  • Newsom’s Lie on Sit/Lie

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    Newsom’s Lie on Sit/Lie

    And as for SFPD Chief Gascon, who is Newsom’s wingman on this caper, even he is careful not to admit that police enforcement of loitering laws is the solution to many of the problems being raised. No, instead, Gascon is now a politician in a taxpayers’ funded uniform, endorsing candidates and going along with Newsom’s sham like former Prime minister Tony Blair went along with George Bush’s pack of lies over weapons of mass destruction in Iraq.

  • Daly Analyzes Candidates Responses to Progressive Primary

    Daly Analyzes Candidates Responses
    to Progressive Primary

    I see three basic categories of candidates in this race. Let’s start with the candidates who are not Progressives. Clearly they will criticize the Progressive Primary, just as they will criticize progressive values and issues. I am confident that any of our progressive candidates can handle any downtown candidate in a one-on-one debate. It’s easy enough to contrast downtown’s disdain for a progressive “litmus test” while they actively support their own litmus test for rent control! Sorry, but that doesn’t fly in the tenant-rich neighborhoods of D6. As for the downtown establishment, they are smart to attack the Progressive Primary. Their visions of sneaking away with the District 6 seat are quickly dissipating!

  • “Iran was not what we had thought”

    Although the relentless and incessant spates of mainstream media’s psychological warfare have turned Iran into a hazardous and insecure region in the eyes of global public opinions, thousands of Western tourists “take the risk” of traveling to Iran each year to behold in person the concealed and withheld realities of the peaceful and magnificent Iran which a hawkish leader had idiotically categorized as a part of the so-called “Axis of Evil”.

  • Can California Afford an $11.1 Billion Water Bond?

    California now has the lowest credit rating of any state in the nation, just above junk bond status. One major problem is the rise in California’s debt-service ratio (DSR). That is, the ratio of annual general fund debt–service costs to annual general fund revenues and transfers. This is often used as one indicator of the state’s debt burden. The higher it is and more rapidly it rises, the more closely bond raters, financial analysts and investors tend to look at the state’s debt practices, and the more debt–service expenses limit the use of revenues for other programs. According to the California Legislative Analyst’s Office, debt servicing is projected to comprise 9 percent of general fund revenues by the end of 2014-15.

  • New Mayor and District Attorney Visit Prog Supes

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    New Mayor and District Attorney Visit Prog Supes

    The first time I met Aaron Peskin, I stood him up. It worked out though. I was supposed to meet him at Wild Awakenings coffee shop on McAllister down the street from City Hall. He’d just been elected to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors and I liked the cut of his jib and wanted to interview him, but I got delayed at a press conference where Jim Reid was announcing the filing of his papers to recall Mayor Willie Brown. It was January 2001. Luckily I ran into Aaron on the sidewalk as I hurried tardily to our meeting. We talked about Willie Brown and how I wanted him gone. Peskin told me off-the-books that he wanted Willie gone too.