The race to represent the Sunset District at City Hall is in full sprint mode, with incumbent Gordon Mar hoping to fend off challenger Joel Engardio in the Nov. 8 election.
Lately, newsracks that used to carry numerous newspapers and magazines have been removed from city streets – putting a serious dent in the distribution of those publications, including the Richmond Review and Sunset Beacon newspapers.
The process of closing park roads was done with the verbal order of Phil Ginsburg, the general manager of the SF Recreation and Park Department, who was granted that authority under the city charter in the late 1800s.
About 15 years ago, a longtime Richmond District resident named Pat Swendsen sent me a column written by syndicated columnist Ann Landers. She said: “Dear Paul, this is so important it should not be lost in the archives. Hope you can use it.”
When politicians go sideways, due to corruption, malfeasance or gross incompetence, the people have a right to recall them. That right was established and incorporated into the State Constitution more than 100 years ago.
The plot thickens as those with few ethical standards and a lack of a moral compass seize the reins of government to exploit and undermine the democratic process. Oh, and there’s treachery too.
In January, the San Francisco Sunshine Ordinance Task Force determined that Rec. and Park’s, and its General Manager Phil Ginsburg’s, actions were in violation of numerous laws concerning governmental transparency and the release of public documents.
Wow, I’ve never seen the residents of the Sunset District so fired up as they are over the continuing closure of the Upper Great Highway.
Paul Kozakiewicz, former editor and publisher of the Richmond Review and Sunset Beacon newspapers, created the first issue of the Sunset Beacon with co-founder Christopher B. Rivers 30 years ago this month.
Our merchants provide the products and services we need to live good and fulfilling lives. They are the lifeblood of our community.
Paul Kozakiewicz urges residents to patronize local businesses now that San Francisco has flattened the curve.
Paul Kozakiewicz, former publisher and editor of the Richmond Review and Sunset Beacon newspapers, was recognized by the SF Board of Supervisors for his 30-year career in local journalism.
As former co-editor and publisher of the Sunset Beacon, I want to congratulate Paul Kozakiewicz on three amazing decades of service to the communities of the Richmond and Sunset Districts.
I have had the privilege of covering the west side of San Francisco for the past 30 years, meeting many of the great people who make this part of the City such a great place to live. Now, it is time to pass the torch to a new leader.
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