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Saturday, September 19, 2020
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Tag: Economic Inequality

The New York Times fails on equitable cities

The New York Times has been hyping its America We Need series of stories, editorials, and events on future public policy, and the latest one was this afternoon. It...

Biden’s convention: Powerful images, powerful speeches ….

Wednesday night was about fighting back. The speakers took on Donald Trump, with former President Barack Obama – normally the calm, measured voice of moderation – launching what may...

Biden-Harris launches with inspired stories — but no talk of taxing the rich

I watched the dramatic first event with Joe Biden and Sen. Kamala Harris this afternoon. It was inspiring, with powerful personal stories (including Harris’ friendship with Biden’s late son,...

Judge orders Uber, Lyft to treat drivers as employees

San Francisco Superior Court judge Ethan Schulman issued a prohibitory injunction ruling Monday stating that Uber and Lyft must cease classifying employees as independent contractors, as well as ordering...

How Big Philanthropy undermines democracy

I have never believed that Big Philanthropy was the solution to economic inequality. The very, very rich give money to organizations and institutions that either bestow honors on them...

Supes pass Overpaid CEO tax

Tax policy was at the top of the Board of Supes agenda Tuesday. The supes placed on the ballot a new business tax that would shift the burden away from...

Opinion: Action desperately needed for COVID-hit Latino community

Numbers matter. Inequity, by definition, means a lack of fairness or justice. Inequity in practice means 84% of the hospital beds in San Francisco General Hospital for COVID-19 are taken by Latinos,...

Screen Grabs: Great new docs, from global inequality to SF thrash metal

Though the impulse for many during times of stress is to escape into fictional entertainment—or something “stranger than fiction,” like Tiger King—nonfiction can prove just as diverting, and arguably...

It’s easy to find housing in SF — if you’re in the 1 percent

The Chron put the story on the front page of the Sunday paper: There is no housing crisis in San Francisco. It is a good time to be condo shopping...

Unlimited growth doesn’t help the local economy

I went to see Joseph Stiglitz, the Nobel-prize-winning economist, speak at USF last week. Lectures by economists don’t tend to fill up large rooms, but in this case, the...