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  Engardio, Joel
NameJoel Engardio
San Francisco, California , United States
Born Unknown
Last ModifedRBH
Aug 16, 2012 11:28pm
InfoMy San Francisco life started in 1998 at age 25 when I came here to work as a journalist.

Covering the city’s robust and ribald political scene provided a learning curve that was baptism by fire. While most everyone in San Francisco is a Democrat, there are a million shades of blue with as many views. It’s what makes politics here so interesting and maddening.

San Francisco is quite a story. I wrote about a kaleidoscope of passions -- and at times, craziness -- in more unique neighborhoods than 49 square miles should be able to hold.

Yet the longer I wrote about the city, the more I wanted to be a part of it.

I could see why so many different interests hold San Francisco so dear. It’s a place where everyone can create a little piece of paradise.

The sum of those parts should benefit everyone. But the benefits can be lost when groups guard their pieces at the expense of the city as a whole.

From my vantage point as a journalist -- observing, analyzing and considering each angle -- I could see the city is full of good people with good intentions.

I could see the promise of San Francisco becoming a more welcoming, livable, functional and sustainable place. It is possible for our patchwork to fit together as one seamless quilt.
A few years ago I wrote an essay for the NPR This I Believe radio and book series that said,
“We may not be each other’s cup of tea, but tolerance lets a variety of kettles peacefully share the stove.”

We’re good at tolerance in San Francisco. But perhaps with more perspective, we can experience what the larger quilt has to offer.

If we are open to ideas that consider the entire city’s well being, it could make our individual patches all the more comfortable.

Getting there requires leaders who can educate, negotiate and inspire -- always with patience and understanding.

This is my goal.



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