What it all adds up to: Love, loss and life in 2016

I’ve never kept a daily journal. I’ve tried during my various travels to keep one, but it never lasts very long. I’ve just never had the discipline for it.


Having a column is almost like having a weekly journal, though. I can go back and see what I wrote about each week, and it gives me insight into where my head was at the time. Considering that 2016 is mercifully almost over, I figured it would be a perfect opportunity to look back at my nearly 52 articles for the San Francisco Examiner this year and see what it adds up to …

This year started as a battle against Mayor Ed Lee and all he stands for. Between being embarrassed at his own inauguration and the fact that he pushed downtown’s homeless population around just so the NFL could throw a $5 million party, much of what I wrote in the first few months took aim directly at him. There’s even an article titled “Ed Lee is turning San Francisco into a Dickens novel.” I have a feeling he doesn’t like me very much.

San Francisco’s homelessness epidemic was inextricably tied to much of my critique of the mayor. In February, I teamed up with the Coalition on Homelessness, and we organized a huge protest against the way The City was treating our unhoused neighbors. The Tackle Homelessness protest happened at Super Bowl City, and thousands of people turned out to support us. Many of the pieces I wrote at the beginning of the year acted to galvanize people to get involved and then, afterwards, assess how it all played out. Suffice to say, we didn’t solve…

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