Fall is in the air of our fine city, which means not only some welcome warmer weather, and slightly shorter days, but this year we have our upcoming mayoral election in November. With 16 candidates and eight local propositions on the ballot, sifting through the maze of campaign literature is a daunting task, but Susan Dyer Reynolds is here to help. This month she asks candidate Mayor Ed Lee five pertinent questions about his views of issues affecting our city. She’ll have even more election information next month to help you at the ballot box.
On another hot topic, our North Beach correspondent Tony Long gives us some straight talk about his view on the proposed Central Subway project and his concerns about skyscrapers and the “Manhattanization” of San Francisco.
Personal property values also continue to be a concern in this economy. John Zipperer in Common Knowledge discusses some political aspects of the housing market, while our real estate writer, Stephanie Ahlberg, assures us it is still a good time to buy. Stephanie also includes a list of haunted properties in the City, so be sure to check out those for some Halloween fun.
Speaking of San Francisco properties, Ernie Beyl writes about a few of his personal architectural favorites, two of which are illustrated by his lovely wife, Joan. In another piece Ernie shares his experience last month at the 54th Monterey Jazz Festival, which included some standout performers.
As always, Bruce Bellingham has some interesting reflections, and in this issue his musing highlights include Jane Fonda, Al Capone, and Elvis Costello.
For you book lovers we’ve got our most recent best-seller list, but also reviews of two intriguing books we’re sure you’ll want to put on your must-read list.
On the food front, readers requested a recipe for an easy pasta alla carbonara and we delivered – plus we’ve included a primer on the key to making the dish a hit (hint: it’s all about the eggs). Plus the Hungry Palate rediscovers a classic restaurant that will make you want to experience Asian fusion all over again.
There’s much more as well, so turn the pages and see what else is in store. And don’t forget to let us know what you think or would like to see in future issues. We always love hearing from you.