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Safe streets have emptied my emergency department — we should keep them - The San Francisco Examiner

Safe streets have emptied my emergency department — we should keep them - The San Francisco Examiner

By Dr. Stephen GamboaI was at my church picnic in Golden Gate Park in April 2019 when I heard someone yelling for help. As an emergency physician, I’m always ready to respond to any disaster major or minor, so I ran to see if I could assist. A young woman had been riding her bike on John F. Kennedy Drive when she was struck by a U-Haul truck using the park as a shortcut. She was conscious but hurting; likely a broken arm and a concussion. I helped stabilize her and called emergency medical services. As she was loaded into the ambulance, it occurred to me how upsetting it was that someone...

Apr 19
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Safe-sleeping sites meet demands of San Franciscans’ top post-COVID priority - The San Francisco Examiner

Safe-sleeping sites meet demands of San Franciscans’ top post-COVID priority - The San Francisco Examiner

COVID-19 worsened what was already an untenable street homelessness crisis in our city’s neighborhoods. And the residents I’ve been hearing from over the last 13 months have been unequivocal: addressing that crisis must be City Hall’s top post-pandemic priority.That’s why I have authored legislation called A Place for All to establish a network of temporary safe sleeping sites to guarantee a secure, well-managed location for every person experiencing homelessness to sleep. A Place For All — which will have its first hearing before a Board of Supervisors committee this Wednesday — does three...

Apr 20
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Now is a great time to pilot Free Muni - The San Francisco Examiner

Now is a great time to pilot Free Muni - The San Francisco Examiner

By Dean PrestonTransit ridership is at a historic low, fare revenue has plummeted, and people are fearful of riding Muni because of COVID-19. With lines suspended and riders nervous, Muni is a fraction of its former self. Car usage on the rise. To say the future of Muni is uncertain would be an understatement.We must take bold steps to meet our Transit First mandate and bring public transit back strong. That means ramping up service, investing in operators and making Muni free. We must do all three. Fortunately, with renewed federal investments, we can do just that.Free Muni is a key part...

Apr 1
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My 40+ year fight with SF museums over street safety in Golden Gate Park - The San Francisco Examiner

My 40+ year fight with SF museums over street safety in Golden Gate Park - The San Francisco Examiner

By David MilesI was in Golden Gate Park this weekend with my family and after a year of hell, I felt a twinge of normalcy and joy. And then I remembered — right now there is a group of highly skilled professional lobbyists working backroom deals with city politicians to kill this amazing beautiful refuge in The City.“Gaslighting” is a form of psychological abuse where a person or group makes someone question their sanity, perception of reality, or memories. These are the tactics being used by Supervisor Shamann Walton as he posts his opinion “Closing JFK Drive in Recreational Redlining.’I...

Mar 31
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Closing JFK Drive is recreational redlining - The San Francisco Examiner

Closing JFK Drive is recreational redlining - The San Francisco Examiner

The history of redlining in America has impacted communities of color for decades. San Francisco is no exception. The recent special order to close off John F. Kennedy Drive in Golden Gate Park is an example of recreational redlining: the discriminatory practice of denying public recreation and access to people of color and people with disabilities. If the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency and San Francisco Recreation and Park Department continue this closure beyond the stay-at-home order (which has already been lifted), they will be responsible for preventing communities that...

Mar 27
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Recommitting to Transit First in San Francisco - The San Francisco Examiner

Recommitting to Transit First in San Francisco - The San Francisco Examiner

A Muni bus drives in the red bus and taxi only lane at 16th and Mission streets.(Emma Chiang/2016 Special to S.F. Examiner)By Scott FeeneySan Francisco’s Transit First policy just turned 48 years old. Passed by voters in 1973, it reads like an urbanist’s wish list, unabashedly calling for limited street space to be prioritized for walking, biking and transit. Cars and parking are only mentioned in order to explicitly call out as less important and to be discouraged.Yet the Transit First policy has become a punchline among advocates because of its obvious incongruity with how our city...

Mar 23
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Don’t sacrifice car-free JFK for museum parking - The San Francisco Examiner

Don’t sacrifice car-free JFK for museum parking - The San Francisco Examiner

By Marcel E. MoranOf all the difficult decisions facing San Francisco during the pandemic — from mandated shelter-in-place to looming budget cuts — perhaps the easiest one was closing a section of JFK Drive in Golden Gate Park to cars. Almost overnight, the 1.5 mile stretch of road was transformed from an unsafe, car-clogged entrance to a citywide gathering space for runners, walkers, families with children, cyclists, and everyone in between. Not only have weekends meant throngs of park-goers enjoying the absence of vehicles speeding, idling, and fighting over parking spots, but also...

Feb 23
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San Francisco’s families cannot wait any longer for schools to reopen - The San Francisco Examiner

San Francisco’s families cannot wait any longer for schools to reopen - The San Francisco Examiner

Parent advocacy group Decreasing the Distance staged a protest march from City Hall to offices of the San Francisco Unified School District.Samantha Laurey/Special to SF ExaminerBy Seth Brenzel, Dheyanira Calahorrano, Meredith Willa Dodson, Yvette Edwards and Lorin YinSan Francisco Unified School District is in crisis. Despite recent assertions by commissioners Gabriela López and Alison Collins that safe reopening is a priority, the Board of Education and the District have not fulfilled their responsibility to care for their more than 50,000 students, which include the youngest and most...

Feb 17
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The Board of Education’s narrow definition of diversity is an embarrassment - The San Francisco Examiner

The Board of Education’s narrow definition of diversity is an embarrassment - The San Francisco Examiner

The Board of Education debated the nomination of Seth Brenzel (left side, middle row) at a meeting on Feb. 9, 2021. (Examiner screenshot)By Catie Arbona and Gary McCoyWhile the San Francisco Board of Education tells us that representation matters, last Tuesday’s decision to reject Seth Brenzel for a vacancy on the Parent Advisory Committee demonstrated their hypocrisy loud and clear. Their misguided fumbling toward a goal of diversity deeply overshadowed the merits of a qualified LGBTQ candidate put forward unanimously by the very advisory committee he would serve.For decades, the LGBTQ...

Feb 15
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We cannot let a vocal minority block affordable housing in the Sunset - The San Francisco Examiner

We cannot let a vocal minority block affordable housing in the Sunset - The San Francisco Examiner

By Maelig MorvanA few years ago, I noticed something that did not make sense: there were pretty much no below-market-rate homes in my neighborhood, the Sunset District. BMR units are what is often referred to as “affordable housing,” which is restricted to folks at certain income levels who would be priced out of the City with higher rents or mortgage payments. So I began trying to understand why.When I scratched the surface is when I started agitating for abundant housing on the west side of San Francisco.There are three main reasons why affordable housing does not get built on this side...

Feb 13
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