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Open Government: Building Trust and Civic Engagement

(1) Comments | Posted March 27, 2014 | 12:02 PM

By Gavin Newsom and Zachary Bookman

Daily life has become inseparable from new technologies. Our phones and tablets let us shop from the couch, track how many miles we run, and keep in touch with friends across town and around the world - benefits barely possible a decade ago.

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Reinvesting in California's Postsecondary Education

(1) Comments | Posted December 6, 2013 | 12:48 PM

It's time for a new direction for higher education in California.

The shift is long overdue. We were once the leader, the model in higher education that every other state looked at and strived to be. But those times have changed, and not at all for the better.

As it...

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Behind the Times: Government Missing Out on Technology Innovation

(16) Comments | Posted November 21, 2013 | 11:45 AM

Technology is our present and future.

It permeates every aspect of life from how we connect with each other, to the way businesses run. But government is increasingly lagging behind. You don't need to look past the last few weeks of headlines to see that government is failing to leverage...

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The New Normal: America Desensitized to Gun Deaths, Politicians Paralyzed by Gun Lobby

(2027) Comments | Posted September 19, 2013 | 8:30 AM

We had another mass shooting this week, this time in our nation's capital, and have heard nary a peep from any leaders about how we address mental illness and gun violence in America. Beyond the death of 12 victims and the mentally disturbed shooter, the tragedy of Monday's incident at...

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Time for California to Decriminalize, Tax & Regulate Marijuana

(194) Comments | Posted April 22, 2013 | 6:27 PM

It is time for California to decriminalize, tax and regulate marijuana and decide who sells it, who can buy it legally, and for how much. When California became the first state to approve medical marijuana, we led the nation on progressive drug policies, and now it is time to lead...

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The Problem With Victoria's Secret's Marketing

(37) Comments | Posted April 5, 2013 | 8:36 PM

Recently we were shocked, like thousands of other parents, to see Victoria's Secret's "Bright Young Things" advertisement for their PINK line of underwear.

It's not that thongs meant for young women emblazoned with phrases like "Call Me" and "Feeling Lucky?" are entirely shocking coming from Victoria's Secret, but...

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Honoring the True Principles of the Boy Scouts

(81) Comments | Posted December 10, 2012 | 5:50 PM

When Ryan Andresen was six years old, he did what many young boys do: he joined the Boy Scouts of America. For the next 12 years, Ryan was an exemplary scout, earning badges and climbing the ranks of the Boy Scouts.

Recently Ryan completed all the requirements to earn the...

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It's About Time: Democratic Party Should Adopt Marriage Equality in Platform

(158) Comments | Posted April 5, 2012 | 7:40 PM

Eight years ago, San Francisco took a stand against discrimination. We decided it was time to stop treating our friends, our neighbors, and our co-workers differently because of whom they loved. I have never regretted that decision, but I remember the backlash well -- the attacks and the criticism that...

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Regaining California's Leadership Role as America's Opportunity Capital

(204) Comments | Posted August 22, 2011 | 4:18 PM

Senator John F. Kennedy used to roast the Eisenhower Administration's overly-rosy economic forecasts by comparing them to "a policeman bending over a body in the alley and saying cheerfully, 'Two wounds are fatal. The other one is not so bad'."

As a small business owner and Lieutenant...

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Putting Americans Back to Work: Congress Should Extend Emergency Jobs Fund

(122) Comments | Posted September 3, 2010 | 2:57 PM

For the nearly 15 million unemployed Americans who seek the dignity of work and pride of a paycheck, a jobless economic recovery is no recovery at all.

As the Mayors of San Francisco, California, and Providence, Rhode Island, we know intimately that cities are grappling with this reality as...

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The People -- and the Shame -- Behind Our Food

(44) Comments | Posted April 23, 2010 | 3:31 PM

Our current culture has an unprecedented awareness of food and its source. Organic, locavore, sustainable, free-range, farm-raised: these have all become household terms. We pay more attention than ever before to what goes into our shopping carts and into our stomachs. Food has even become a major source of entertainment:...

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Independent Financial Guidance Key to Making Americans "Financially Fit"

(8) Comments | Posted March 9, 2010 | 9:53 AM

When you trace the roots of the record-busting foreclosure rate and the havoc that has wrought on the American economy over the last few years, San Francisco's mailboxes probably don't come to mind as a logical starting point. But they should.

Those mailboxes are where major...

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Sharing Innovative Solutions to America's Problems

(9) Comments | Posted February 23, 2010 | 6:44 PM

As leaders in our nation's capitol continue to talk about health care reform, in California premiums keep rising and millions remain uninsured. Health insurers in our state and across the country face scrutiny for unjustifiable premium increases. Thousands more are now likely to lose their coverage.

Cities...

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An Open Challenge on Jobs to the Republican Leadership

(102) Comments | Posted February 19, 2010 | 6:30 PM

Repeating a lie over and over doesn't make it true. But if you listen to Republicans on the subject of job creation and the federal stimulus package, it's obvious they don't understand that or care.

Newly-elected Massachusetts Senator Scott Brown (R) recently declared that the American Recovery & Reinvestment Act...

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Renew a Federal Stimulus Program That's Creating Local Jobs Now

(77) Comments | Posted February 11, 2010 | 3:09 PM

Despite hopeful signs that the worst of our nation's economic crisis is behind us, unemployment rates across the nation remain stubbornly high. In California, December payrolls were down another 40,000 jobs and at 12.4%, our joblessness rate remains among the highest in the country. For the millions of Californians who...

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An Alternative to Payday Lenders

(56) Comments | Posted January 22, 2010 | 12:25 AM

We've all seen them. Neon signs advertising fast cash and instant money on so many street corners in our low-income neighborhoods. In the United States, there are more than 23,000 of these payday lending loan stores, more than Starbucks and McDonalds combined.

But, it wasn't until I truly delved into...

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A San Francisco Landmark Goes Green

(6) Comments | Posted December 11, 2009 | 7:38 PM

Today, the most famous building in San Francisco is also one of the most environmentally friendly in the country. The Transamerica Pyramid building has achieved a LEED Gold certification.

Even in these difficult economic times, green building is taking off in San Francisco, thanks to our aggressive green...

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Art Brings Life Back to San Francisco Business Districts

(3) Comments | Posted December 8, 2009 | 5:46 PM

With our great views, amazing food, easy access to spectacular natural terrain and a rich and vibrant cultural scene, the quality of life in San Francisco has long been considered to be one of the best in the country. But like many cities around the country, we too are feeling...

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A Local Stimulus Program that Works

(76) Comments | Posted December 4, 2009 | 12:26 PM

Nearly two years after America entered into a recession, joblessness continues to plague our working families. California, the largest economy in the United States, reported an unemployment rate of 12.5 percent last month.

Yesterday, in our nation's capitol President Obama convened a job summit with business leaders to find...

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Shake the System

(27) Comments | Posted October 13, 2009 | 1:57 PM

You can't build a new house on a cracked foundation. If we're going to put California back on the leading edge, we have to fix our broken system.

Right now, our government is an opaque system of special interest-driven constitutional amendments, archaic legislative rules, and complex ballot initiatives that...

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