The Examiner tells the story of one man’s ridiculously difficult time retrieving his car after it had been stolen and then recovered by police in San Francisco. Wait, it gets worse for him. As the man protested the city’s processing fees, the tow company SOLD HIS CAR! The entire episode has caught the attention of Supervisor Scott Wiener, who is looking into the situation.
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2008/12/27/BA9514OEBU.DTL&hw=peskin&sn=002&sc=461: Beware illegal towing firms in San Francisco
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/2012/05/tow-truck-flap-driving-sf-man-crazy: Tow truck flap driving S.F. man crazy
If you are a corporation you may find it harder to sign a lease – legislation unanimously passed at yesterday’s Board of Supervisors meeting that condemns “corporate hotelization.” We also learned that you can add “ization” to the end of any word that you like and, somehow, it is still a word. That’s factization for you!
http://cbs5.com/localwire/22.0.html?type=bcn&item=SF-TOURISM-bagm-: SF: CITY HOPES HOTEL TAX HIKE WILL FUND EFFECTIVE TOURISM MARKETING CAMPAIGN
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/50809982.html: Hotel-tax boon waits on ruling
http://abclocal.go.com/kgo/story?section=news/local/san_francisco&id=7540350: Disagreement over San Francisco hotel tax hike
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/Ballot-stuffed-with-reform-attempts-97912939.html: Ballot stuffed with reform attempts
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2010/07/07/BAFD1EACBP.DTL&type=newsbayarea: City Insider: San Francisco D.A. can't meet stat request
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2012/04/03/BA621NUAMI.DTL&tsp=1http://bit.ly/HVOvwU: Airbnb, other sites owe city hotel tax, S.F. says
http://www.baycitizen.org/taxes/story/airbnb-pay-hotel-tax-san-francisco/: Airbnb Must Pay Hotel Tax in San Francisco
http://www.bizjournals.com/sanfrancisco/print-edition/2012/04/13/sharing-economy-inspires-groups-to.html?page=2: Opinion: 'Sharing economy' inspires groups to say, 'Gimme'
http://www.sfbg.com/2012/05/01/problem-sharing-economy: Collaborative consumption raises complex issues in Bay Area
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/2012/05/airbnb-lee-eager-fix-tax-issues: Airbnb, Lee eager to fix tax issues
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2012/06/13/ED2Q1P0LCC.DTL: Opinion: Airbnb: Beds and breakfasts and S.F. bureaucracy
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/2012/10/legislation-would-crack-down-short-term-corporate-apartment-rentals: Legislation would crack down on short-term corporate apartment rentals
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/2012/10/housing-rule-will-target-short-term-rental-stays: Board approves housing rule that will target corporate hotelization
The Examiner reports that in the first half of 2013, larcenies in San Francisco increased by 22 percent – a much higher jump than was reported by any other major city in California. For those who don’t watch Orange Is The New Black, larceny is a theft without violence or the threat of violence. Violent crime reports in San Francisco were also up in the beginning of 2013.
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2008/12/21/BAL714RIVB.DTL: SFPD Chief Fong's exit comes at crucial time
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2008/12/21/MNB914S34V.DTL: S.F. police chief praised for her integrity
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2008/12/21/MNIQ14SD1J.DTL: Outsider or insider to replace S.F. chief?
http://www.marinij.com/marinnews/ci_11286515: San Anselmo resident possible candidate for San Francisco police chief
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/Rumors_swirl_over_Fong_successor.html: Rumors swirl over Fong successor
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2008/12/23/EDIU14TC2K.DTL: An opportunity to reform SFPD
http://www.sfexaminer.com/opinion/SFPD_needs_new_chief_that_strengthens_department.html: SFPD needs new chief that strengthens department
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2009/01/02/MNEN1515TC.DTL: S.F. struggles to stop, solve killings
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/n/a/2009/01/02/state/n060324S32.DTL&type=newsbayarea: S.F. officials working to cut down on homicides
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/All_eyes_on_police_in_09.html: All eyes on police in ’09
http://www.sfexaminer.com/sanfrancisco/why-did-sf-have-among-highest-increases-in-larceny-in-the-state-in-early-2013/Content?oid=2841407: Why did SF have among highest increases in larceny in the state in early 2013?
Following the recent passage of federal health care and a protest in San Francisco on federal immigration reform earlier this week, Supervisor David Campos weighs in on the importance of modernizing our immigration system and why this should be President Barack Obama’s next agenda item.
http://cbs5.com/localwire/22.0.html?type=bcn&item=SF-IMMIGRATION-RALLY-bagm-: FLEXING PROGRESSIVE MUSCLE, NEW SUPES TURN OUT FOR IMMIGRATION RALLY
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2010/03/24/BA6L1CL1RF.DTL: Immigrants march on Feinstein office for reform
http://cbs5.com/politics/sf.immigration.protest.2.1587757.html: SF protestors seek immigration reform
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2010/03/28/INB61CKBI7.DTL: Opinion: Time to fix immigration system, Campos says
Burnell Holland, former Editor-In-Chief of Usual Suspects, reallyreally wants a job in the Obama administration. You can help him to earn one, just by saying something nice about him. Would you, please? Please please? We invite you to read more about our effort here, and then visit the Burnell For Obamawebsite and do something swell for a guy who has been working his entire life to build up the good karma – and who will work his tail off for the incoming President. Thank you.
The SF Weekly reports that U-visas for non-citizen victims of crimes are being issued with hesitation by the SFPD. After the recent experience of the Juvenile Probation Department in shielding immigrants that eventually went on to commit crimes, some might not blame ‘em.
http://www.sfweekly.com/2008-12-17/news/no-sanctuary/: No Sanctuary
A hearing on Supervisor Peskin’s proposal to put the kibosh on $35M in planned wage increases for City workers was put on hold yesterday, as the rest of the Board takes some time to marinate in the Mayor’s proposed cuts.
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/Peskins_plan_denied_hearing_.html: Peskin’s plan denied hearing
We decided to get environmentally correct with our holiday card this year, and instead of mailing cards to each of you, we hired a minor Internet celebrity to sing you a song. (No, it’s not the Numa Numa guy, or the Chocolate Rain guy, or the laughing baby – but we think you’ll enjoy it, nonetheless.) Please visit the holiday card from the folks who bring you Usual Suspects each morning – and happy holidays! BARBARY COAST HOLIDAY CARD
Always a little bit too happy and slightly snarky, Jesse loves to share his amusement with the City by the Bay. When he isn’t waxing poetic about San Francisco, you can find Jesse spotting up for jumpers at Dolores Park, waiting outside the Regency to see Lil’ B the BasedGod (TYBG), or lost somewhere in Las Vegas.