Recap of 2015 Code for America Summit

“Government is not the solution to our problem. Government is the problem.” There, I did it. This may be the first time a Berkeley grad started a blog post by quoting Ronald Reagan. Yet, it encapsulates the general sense I took away from the Code for America Summit last week. Don’t worry, this isn’t a doom and gloom post. […]

Can Jerry Brown Save The World?

    Jerry Brown was livid. The four term governor is not used to losing. Last week he had to swallow the bitter pill of defeat when a central part of his environmental legislation, SB 350, was taken out. The abandoned provision called for a 50% reduction in petroleum use by 2030. That part of […]

Can Affordable Housing and New Subways Ease San Francisco’s Growing Pains?

Being on the cutting edge of the technology industry, along with being just a gorgeous place to live, has lead to flocks of new residents migrating into the city . According to Plan Bay Area, the city is growing at a pace of approximately 10,000 new residents per year. By 2040, this amounts to an additional […]

Should the Homeless be Kicked Out of SF’s Embarcadero?

  I would guess that San Francisco mayor Ed Lee probably didn’t sleep much the night before he made this announcement: “They are going to have to leave.” This was directed to the city’s homeless population that have settled in the Embarcadero area. The reason for kicking them out? The Embarcadero, and specifically Justin Herman […]

Going Out With a Bang: Three Big Issues to Close the California Legislative Year

This week marks the return of our elected officials to Sacramento for a four week sprint through some of the most important issues currently facing the state. Will they be able to pull it off? Read below to learn about what’s facing our legislators. First up: the state’s crumbling transportation infrastructure. As you may have noticed while […]

A Little Less Direct Democracy: Raising the Fee to File an Initiative

  As residents of California, one election day tradition we all get to look forward to is voting on at least a couple ballot initiatives. Ballot initiatives are where we, the citizens, decide on specific policies the state should adopt. Known as direct democracy, the practice is meant to empower average people to propose and […]

Can Congress Fix the Drought?

It’s a saying you’ve probably heard quite a few times now amidst the coverage of California’s drought, but it’s worth reiterating – whisky’s for drinking, water’s for fighting. My guess is our elected representatives will probably appreciate a cocktail by the time Congress decides on a drought relief bill for the state. There are currently […]

Local and Congressional Action in the Wake of Kate Steinle’s Death

It has now been almost a month since 32 year old Kathryn Steinle was shot and killed as she walked along San Francisco’s Pier 14. To recap the series of events, quickly following the shooting authorities arrested and charged Juan Francisco Lopez-Sanchez, an undocumented immigrant with multiple drug related felonies to his name, as well […]

Should Congress Approve The Iran Nuclear Deal?

Man, a lot of talk about Iran lately, huh? But just what exactly is going on right now? Let’s see if I can break it down for ya – Last week Secretary of State John Kerry, along with representatives from five other nations (Germany, France, Britain, Russia, and China), emerged from negotiations with Iran with […]

Vote: Should SF limit Airbnb rentals to 60 days per year or 120?

The debate over short term rentals in San Francisco comes to a head this Tuesday, the 14th, when the San Francisco Board of Supervisors will decide on two amendments to the city’s largely toothless Airbnb law. The hardline supervisor David Campos wants the board to limit the number of days a homeowner can rent out […]