An Open Letter Re: Encampment Fire on Octavia

Dear San Francisco Agencies: RE: Encampment Sets Fire on Octavia We’re bypassing the step of sending in another email or letter to describe our outrage; it’s apparent that emails don’t yield any response or action these days. Worth noting, our Co-Founder Richard Johnson sent this text regarding the fire: Supervisor Preston, Captain Yep & Kyle this fire happened today around … Read more

San Francisco’s Approach to Addiction Recovery is Unequipped

Our friend and top addiction recovery advocate Tom Wolf hit the nail on the head with his recent post in Hope Street Coalition. Please take a read and pass along. The more attention and advocacy we get on this subject the better. San Francisco is trying to address its addiction crisis with more street outreach, safe sleeping sites, and street-crisis … Read more

The Only Way to House ALL People Living on the Street

(Today, Tomorrow, & Forever) Opinion by George P. Denny Editor’s Note: The views expressed in this commentary are the author’s own and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of HVSafe. You’ll meet all kinds of people if you live in San Francisco long enough, but it may take a lifetime to find someone who actually supports our … Read more

A Take on Recent Merchant Breakins in Hayes Valley

A recent post in Public Comment SF about merchants being hit hard with breakins made our eyes roll a tad due to the outspokenness of a few chairmen of the Hayes Valley Neighborhood Association (HVNA). Side note, we think it’s unfortunate the piece did not carry the view of small businesses on the corridor, but we recognize timing isn’t always … Read more

Formula Retail Chain Trader Joe’s in Hayes Valley?

The impact of bringing Formula Retail Chain Trader Joe’s to Hayes Valley is not being taken lightly by many long term businesses in the neighborhood, many of whom have shaped the character of the merchant corridor. Even more relevant to this topic is many of them have not been included in any of the discussions regarding Trader Joe’s. Here are … Read more

An Ode to the Black Moderate: The Savior of America

Opinion by George P. Denny Editor’s Note: The views expressed in this commentary are the author’s own and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of HVSafe. I grew up with great envy for the directness of speech and thought I saw in Black American culture, in part because of how different it was from the standards of … Read more

Just Questions, To Begin

Opinion by George P. Denny Editor’s Note: The views expressed in this commentary are the author’s own and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of HVSafe. Dear Neighbors, So, how does it feel to love San Francisco? Take this question in any direction you want, over whatever general period of time you have felt this way. What … Read more