Tag: San Francisco
Forgive Me if I Don’t Fall Right into Line with the New Fascism

As a San Francisco resident and business owner, I’m wondering—can I trust the health judgments of leaders who let thousands live on the streets in their own filth? And if we are now getting the homeless into shelter, why couldn’t that have happened earlier? Doesn’t their health count? All of a sudden, we are...
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Fear: The Fuel of Government Power

Americans reacting in fear and panic fueled by non-stop media coverage are unfortunately once again calling out to the wrong source for answers. Not only will the answers they get likely exacerbate the dangers of the current crisis, but our society and economy will be collateral damage.

SF Official Arrested for Graft Should Have Been Axed Years Ago

Last month, when the FBI arrested San Francisco Department of Public Works boss Mohammed Nuru, many Bay Area residents breathed a sigh of relief. As Susan Dyer Reynolds noted in Marina Times, Nuru’s ascent started in 1991 when he became second in command at the San Francisco League of Urban Gardeners (SLUG), a nonprofit...
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Will New District Attorney Chesa Boudin “Transform” San Francisco?

Chesa Boudin has gained election as district attorney of San Francisco, beating out Suzy Loftus, favorite of the city’s establishment Democrats and backed by Gov. Gavin Newsom. The victory is not surprising, given the victor’s profile.

Thoughts on Housing Affordability and Homelessness in California

Improving housing affordability will significantly reduce homelessness, but it will not in itself solve the problem.

San Francisco’s Vaping Ban Is Doomed To Go Up in Smoke

Will the ban work? Unfortunately, governmental efforts to reduce or eliminate vices are often spectacular failures.

The Adachi Papers: SF Police Raid Attacks Free Press and Reveals Hypocrisy

With police and public officials alike, California taxpayers should watch what they do, not what they say.

Shampoo, the Sequel

The ban on tiny shampoo will likely provide little if any benefit for the environment.

Do California’s Homeless Need a New Cabinet-Level Position?

More bureaucracy won’t get people off of the streets.

Is the Largest Cost of Federal Regulation Not Measured? Insights from the (Growing) Wells Fargo Bank Scandal

A widely-cited study by W. Mark Crain and Nicole V. Crain estimates the cost of complying with U.S. government regulations at a staggering $2 trillion per year, an amount equal to 12 percent of gross domestic product. Annual compliance costs average about $10,000 per employee. Businesses in the service sector shoulder the biggest burden...
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