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 of luminaries. We’re talking about our public figures, the recognized experts in their fields (from science to the arts), and the local notables that make the Bay Area what it is. SFGate has reached out to a number of these personalities, and we’re very excited to have so many of them contributing to our Web site. They add to the diversity of local voices and opinion on our site and will deepen the connection that we have with our community.

Photo by vanz on Flickr

Recently we were notified that City Brights was to be discontinued, so I bid a fond farewell to my dear City Brights family.

*tear* *sniffle* *tear*

I am bummed for a couple of reasons. Sure, it gave me a place where I could shill projects and causes that I support, but, more importantly, City Brights was a place for me,  One of THOSE Christians, to be a public expression of faith that is often absent from the public view and engage with local folks about issues large and small: faith, parenting, politics and life in The City. The ending of this blog removes a valuable local connection between San Franciscans of all stripes and I am disappointed that SFGate has chosen to discontinue it. I will miss the numerous electronic and face-to-face interactions with folks who found the blog of great value and a way to connect around issues that many San Franciscan’s care about.

But . . . I think I’ll survive 😉

Now that my final SFGate entry has been posted, I shall deal with change and adapt to new blogging patterns. I’ll probably post a little more on this blog with local San Francisco happenings, so a pre-emptive apology to those not from San Francisco. And for those SFGate readers who have found their way here, welcome, I hope you’ll dive in here as much as you did over on SFGate.

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 is important about today’s San Francisco Election.

Much to my surprise I am a “Pissed Off Voter” as I align greatly with this voters guide put out by the League of Young Voters. I have no affiliation with them, but want offer some kudos for dropping their guide at one of my favorite cafes. I ended up agreeing with all of their positions on propositions and appreciated their attempt at providing some nuance to some of items. Any voter guide that has “Yes, but . . .” or “No, but . . .” as their response understands that nothing is as simple as the doorhangers and radio commercials would like us to believe. Good peeps so be sure to gives some social media love:  Facebook, Twitter and tumblr.

So here it goes, 2012 San Francisco Voter Guide according to Bruce:

  • Washington – I generally vote along party lines, for as much as I appreciate individuals who bring new ideas, I think that the nature of Washington politics requires a consolidated common vision. At this point in our political climate, the overall Democratic platform still most resonates with me. And yes, that makes me somewhat of a conservative in San Francisco. Seriously.
  • YES on Proposition 28, Term Limits: I have always felt that term limits were foolish, reactionary and short-sighted. When they first passed in CA, the fear was that lobbyists would then have more power over the long term. Ding Ding Ding. I say if a politician is not doing a good job, vote them out. Not far enough for me, but Prop 28 is a step in the right direction.
  • YES on Proposition 29, Cigarette Tax Increase: One dollar more money to buy cigarettes: deterrent and fund generator. Big time Yes.
  • NO on Proposition A, Recycling Contracts: This was a “No, But . . .” for me as well. Voting no with the knowledge that we have a great recycling program in San Francisco and there are probably better ways to improve the process.
  • YES on Proposition B, Coit Tower Usage: I was pretty ambivalent about this one and am not big on voting on statements that have no legal teeth. That said, I am voting yes just to make sure that decision makers know that there is a general vibe out there about how public space is used.
  • Democratic County Central Committee: You are on your own, though if you want a few names depending on your district: John Avalos, Leah Pimentel, David Campos, David Chiu and Eric Mar. Lots of other good folks, but you’ll have to read our ballot for more.

I think that’s it. Make sure you get out and vote vite vote vote!