A Review of the Neighborhood Social Media Site Nextdoor.com

I may have mentioned www.nextdoor.com in the past, but I wanted to hold off on my recommendation until I actually used it for a bit. If you have not heard of Nextdoor, it is essentially a private social media site that is made up of your ACTUAL neighbors. Weird right? Yes, a way to interact with [Read More…]

John Avalos’ Statement on the Impact of the Mirkarimi Decision

This past week the Board of Supervisors of San Francisco voted to reinstate Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi after Mayor Lee’ attempt to remove him from office for official misconduct. Mirkarimi has previously plead guilty to misdemeanor false imprisonment in connection to an incident in which he grabbed and bruised his wife’s arm. As you can imagine, there has [Read More…]

Bummed by the End of SFGate’s “City Brights” Blog

What seems like a million years ago – actually just three years – I was asked to be part of a new blogging group on SFGate, the online presence for the San Francisco Chronicle. The description of this new endeavor, The City Brights Blog, was: We live in an area that has more than its share [Read More…]

Apparently I am a San Francisco “Pissed off Voter” . . . Sort Of.

  Now I know that some people value the idea that people can vote and people need not know how they voted, but being the transparent blogging fool that I am with just a smidge of influence in some areas, I am going to go ahead and share how I voted and what I think [Read More…]

Happy 75th Birthday Golden Gate Bridge – A Poem

  For the record, we will not be going to the big party on the Golden Gate Bridge to celebrate its 75th Birthday. While I am sure it will be great fun, it’s going to be crazy crowded. We are your typical San Francisco locals: it took us 14 years to visit Alcatraz, our kids [Read More…]

Latifundialization and the Future of Occupy Wall Street

This post originally appeared on www.reyes-chow.com. This past weekend on the heels of the raid of the 101 California Occupy SF encampment, I and other members of the faith community attended a rally in support of the ongoing presence of Occupy San Francisco.  Held right in the middle of Market Street in front of the Federal Reserve Building, there [Read More…]

My San Francisco: Labor Day March and Rally

Yesterday being Labor Day and all, what a better way to remember and celebrate labor in the United States than a good old fashioned union action? Yeah, I know that many struggle with unions these days, but I am one of those who believes that working people, middle-class and those who do not occupy the [Read More…]

My San Francisco: The Excelsior

With this post, I am beginning a new series called “My San Francisco” where I will periodically share pictures from events and districts around San Francisco.  There is a little more info here, but suffice it to say that I am not trying to provide a comprehensive look into any gathering or neighborhood, but rather to [Read More…]

Three Affirmations for the San Francisco Unified School District

This weekend families in San Francisco will begin receiving school enrollment notifications for the 2011-2012 school year.  We went through this stressful time about nine years ago with our first child as we entered the public school system and are now going through it again as the same child enters the high school process. For [Read More…]

New Shoes and the First Day of School

It is hard to believe that today is first day of school.  I have to admit that I wept just a tad as I dropped my “babies” – now 2nd, 4th and 8th grades – off at school this morning.  We are at a wonderful public school here in San Francisco and as we wandered onto the playground, the energy [Read More…]