Archive for January, 2009
The San Francisco Housing Authority has settled a lawsuit and will now allow public housing tenants to bear arms. Golly, thanks NRA!
S.F. Housing Authority agrees to let tenants own guns
Guns allowed in public housing units Wednesday, January 14th, 2009
SFO rolls out a new incentive program to lure you into renting green.
SFO Offers Incentives For Renting Hybrid Cars
Save some green by renting green at airport
Want to Save Money at SFO? Rent Greener Cars Wednesday, January 14th, 2009
Our new Board visits the Mayor in his home, and everyone gets along swimmingly – and then much of our new Board celebrates the acendancy of three Asian American Supervisors. Pity the poor schedulers at City Hall – everything is double-booked!
City Insider: Lovefest with a view as Newsom hosts new Board of Supervisors at his home Tuesday, January 13th, 2009
City homicide detectives are running up against overtime restrictions, and people are worried that murder investigations will suffer. What to do?
Overtime cap crimps some S.F. homicide probes Tuesday, January 13th, 2009
The cash-strapped MTA backs off, at least temporarily, from forcing Muni workers to pay for their parking.
City puts brakes on car privileges
City employee parking privileges to be revoked
City Insider: Muni workers spared parking costs for now
Muni workers keep parking perks — for now Tuesday, January 13th, 2009
SF Weekly takes a look at BART’s plans for an increased police presence following a string of recent incidents on board the trains. A special thanks to YouTube for their contributions to this story.
BART official calls for chief, general manager to resign
Matier and Ross: Much went wrong before BART shooting
Report exposes BART cops’ mistakes
Assemblyman says he'll sponsor oversight of BART police
Report reveals a troubled BART police force
Matier and Ross: Bay Bridge welding woes lead to China trip
BART promises changes for police force
Train patrol: BART plans increased police presence Tuesday, January 13th, 2009
The Mayor joins a long-simmering political battle with well-drawn lines – and his suggestion that we should consider auctioning taxi medallions will likely reignite the debate about How Best To Serve Taxi Customers.
Mayor proposes auctioning S.F. taxi medallions Tuesday, January 13th, 2009
The Chronicle reports that a new study commissioned by the Board of Supervisors shows that new cameras installed in high crime areas are producing mixed results.
S.F. spy cameras no help in violent crime Monday, January 12th, 2009
The Examiner concurs with Mayor Newsom’s efforts to cut City cell phone costs.
City cell phone bills balloon
Editorial: Mayor makes the right call in targeting cell-phone bills Monday, January 12th, 2009
A new budget proposal by Supervisor Daly targets highly paid city managers for budget cuts.
Newest budget cut target: Highly paid city managers Monday, January 12th, 2009
Parking impacts of bus lanes less than feared Monday, January 12th, 2009
Discussions are taking place to make Muni rail lines move more quickly in certain areas.
Muni Metro lines may speed up Monday, January 12th, 2009
Mayor Newsom continues his possible gubernatorial run by planning an event in Los Angeles.
SF Mayor Newsom to make Peninsula visit
Newsom, Villaraigosa rivalry growing? Sunday, January 11th, 2009
In his Sunday column, Mayor Brown covers a large number of items, although I’ll leave you with this tidbit — he nominates Condoleezza Rice as the next Commissioner of the NFL.
Willie Brown: Feinstein establishes her turf
Willie Brown: Blagojevich makes a play worthy of Joe Montana
Willie Brown: If Feinstein's in, Dem rivals should bow out
Willie Brown: Good cop, bad cop - that's Obama and Pelosi
Willie Brown: Obama should have dropped Daschle more quickly
Willie Brown: Sen. Abel Maldonado pulls off a political coup
Willie Brown: Schwab to Obama: Add 6 million jobs
Willie Brown: No word on street before plan to rename 3rd
Willie Brown: Assault weapons have no place on streets
Willie Brown: Battle over high-speed rail station site
Willie Brown: The week that was: Giants, Gavin and Gore
Willie Brown:Dinner with Rush Limbaugh
Willie Brown: Auction brings in $3 million to fight poverty
Willie Brown: Lawmakers sharpening their budget axes
Willie Brown: Bush-Gore legal pair push gay marriage suit
Willie Brown: How green was my garbage can
Willie Brown: From one ayatollah to another
Willie Brown: Obama's courtiers a royal pain for NAACP
Willie Brown: Schwarzenegger stepped in a pile of politics
Willie Brown: Steve Westly may run for governor again
Willie Brown: East Bay election could affect governor's race
Willie Brown: Attacks from right, left kick health plan along
Willie Brown: Sen. Kennedy drew on S.F.'s Green Machine early
Willie Brown: Hey, lighten up on Obama
Willie Brown: Chances are high pot measure will pass
Willie Brown: Water issue could sink state Dems in 2010
Willie Brown: After Nobel, what's next for Obama - sainthood?
Willie Brown: Photo op was order from the White House
Wille Brown: 5,000 bid final farewell to Donald Fisher
Willie Brown: Don't deal out old political hand Dianne
Willie Brown: Pelosi exhibits leadership, protects colleagues
Willie Brown: Newsom back in the swing of things
Willie Brown: What was Tiger thinking? That's not his job
Willie Brown: Pelosi's vocal cords give out, Newsom's in gear
Willie Brown: Insurance firms big winners in health care bill
Willie Brown: Can the House save health care reform?
Willie Brown: Homeland security chief takes responsibility
Willie Brown: Republicans don't vote for gay speaker
Willie Brown: Money in California politics is out of control
Willie Brown: Dems must shift focus from health care to jobs
Willie Brown: Time for Obama to lower his profile
Willie Brown: Fiorina's ad does little to shake up Campbell
Willie Brown: Party time in Manila during sister-city visit
Newsom, Feinstein and Tiger take center stage
Willie Brown: Spotlight on Muni pay - big payoff for Elsbernd
Willie Brown: If he runs, Newsom worries who will get his job
Willie Brown: Lieutenant governor's race could be tight
Willie Brown: Why I'm sure Pelosi has the health care votes
Willie Brown: Why Condoleezza Rice is a Republican
Willie Brown: 15 million reasons not to cross Larry Ellison
Willie Brown: Tea Party may win fringe hearts, not elections
Willie Brown: The Yanks set San Francisco hopping
Willie Brown: North Beach like a night at a museum
Willie Brown: At the Fairmont, ashes to ashes, but then ...
Willie Brown: JazzFest gala seating offers highs and lows
Willie Brown: Sean Penn puckers up for Haitian quake relief
Willie Brown: World will be watching our governor's race
Willie Brown: Jerry Brown will keep S.F. Dems at arm's length
Willie Brown: Shanghai's World Expo a stunning achievement
Willie Brown: S.F.'s finest throw party for Russian leader
Willie Brown: Some will go off regardless of Mehserle outcome
Willie Brown: Pension reform, budget ideas for Schwarzenegger
Willie Brown: Governor's low ratings at odds with box office
Willie Brown: Shirley Sherrod long a thorn in Ag Dept.'s side
Willie Brown: Democrats, Republicans mingle in Bohemian Grove
Willie Brown: Jerry Brown, get your nerd on
Willie Brown: If Cup comes, slips will be worth a fortune
Willie Brown: Ex-rock star Obama needs to come down to earth
Willie Brown: Palin's resurgence - here's how she did it
Willie Brown: Sophisticated operation at Harborside pot club
Willie Brown: San Francisco Opera tops a festive week
Willie Brown: Bad news for Jerry Brown: few undecided voters
Willie Brown: Race for Alioto-Pier's seat gets heated
Willie Brown: Meg Whitman's handling of maid is real problem
Willie Brown: Brown needs to watch mouth before final debate
Willie Brown: Feinstein endorsement what counts in District 2
Willie's World: Arnold Schwarzenegger spins his legacy into gold
Willie Brown: Chinese translations of names popping up on ballot
Willie Brown: More losers than winners from election
Willie Brown: Tom Ammiano leading interim mayor contender
Willie Brown: Campaign manager is California Dems' ace in hole
Willie Brown: Obama in trouble on many fronts as 2012 nears
Willie Brown: George Shultz's star-studded 90th birthday party
Willie Brown: E-mail for Gov. Brown's cut-rate bash turns to spam, Willie Brown: Gascon's swearing-in - a sign of things to come?
Willie Brown: Ed Lee the best pick - noted here 1st
Willie Brown: Sarah Palin heightens appreciation of Barack Obama
Willie Brown: Kamala Harris a two-time winner at King breakfast
Willie Brown: Deal on state redevelopment agencies in the works
Willie Brown: Budget crisis hits state bodyguards
Willie Brown: List of S.F. mayor wannabes keeps growing
Willie Brown: John Boehner - dry eyed - at the Daily Grill
Willie Brown: Jerry Brown won't challenge teachers union
Willie Brown: Save Ed Lee's job, or he'll have to run for mayor
Willie Brown: Republican lawmakers who work in fear of Tea Party
Willie Brown: Brown unlikely to sway GOP on tax extension
Willie Brown: SFO high-flying terminal has taste of Union Square
Willie Brown: Gov. Jerry Brown in a mess without deal with GOP
Willie Brown: Donald Trump makes GOP lineup look like cast party
Willie Brown: Bad week for former S.F. sports heroes
Willie Brown: Obama's St. Regis breakfast included a protest
Willie Brown: Trump, your turn to prove you're a real American
Willie Brown: Hall of Famers gather to salute Willie Mays' 80th
Willie Brown: Bay to Breakers under foot
Willie Brown: Arnold Schwarzenegger is only human
Willie Brown: He's only human, Part II - Schwarzenegger defense
Willie Brown: Sarah Palin and Donald Trump share a pizza
Willie Brown: Muni drivers being upset is an old story in S.F.
Willie Brown: Unpaid state lawmakers may want some payback
Willie Brown: Tying pay to budget may lead to knotty problem
Willie Brown: Newsom wants sleep at home not House seat in Marin
Willie Brown: Michele Bachmann gaining ground
Willie Brown: Dennis Herrera cast-off gets 2nd chance with Dufty
Willie Brown: Black congressional representation topic No. 1
Willie Brown: S.F. Giants, AT&T Park - best scene in town
Willie Brown: Best way to get S.F. votes is to pound the streets
Willie Brown: Jerry Brown pulls rug out from under Gavin Newsom
Willie Brown: Online retailers seek lobbyist to fight tax bill
Willie Brown: Dianne Feinstein needn't worry about poll results
Willie Brown: Black men defending President Obama in minority
Willie Brown: Steve Jobs memories: How Apple SF store came to be
Willie Brown: Imagine: Herman Cain GOP vice president nominee
Willie Brown: Ed Lee's No. 1 spot may not add up on election day
Willie Brown: Jean Quan, frustrating everyone, must take charge
Willie Brown: Joe Montana throws support to Ed Lee
Willie Brown: Ed Lee's decision to run came down to golf bet
Willie Brown: Rose Pak gives thanks for Ed Lee victory
Willie Brown: Public favors leaders from outside political world
Willie Brown: Herman Cain's love life is the talk of Beijing
Willie Brown: The Cubans know how to treat tourists right
Willie Brown: Occupy protesters picking on wrong targets
Willie Brown: Reassessing predictions about 49ers, Obama
Willie Brown: Ed Lee's week has rough start, finishes with party
Willie Brown: Mirkarimi losing ground in court of public opinion
Willie Brown: Giants are favored, but Lord seems to prefer 49ers
Willie Brown: S.F. is place to be for Lunar New Year
Willie Brown: 49ers' NFL loan moves team closer to Santa Clara
Willie Brown: Jerry Brown tax plan has competition
Willie Brown: SF supes not ready for prime time - or late night
Willie Brown: America's Cup sinks dreams of developing SF piers
Willie Brown: Gavin Newsom a daunting political figure in state
Willie Brown: Ed Lee facing moment of truth in Mirkarimi case
Willie Brown: In election year, Mirkarimi will find few allies
Willie Brown: Ross Mirkarimi needs cash in struggle to keep job
Willie Brown: Feinstein headed for smooth ride to re-election
Willie Brown: Ed Lee's lack of political experience is showing
Willie Brown: Political consultant Jack Davis back on S.F. scene
Willie Brown: A few tips for getting to the top in S.F. society
Willie Brown: Jerry Brown, Molly Munger should unite on tax plans
Willie Brown: Obama's same-sex marriage support not 'evolved'
Willie Brown: Fashion prices getting as rich as Facebook
Obama's re-election campaign - the thrill is gone
Willie Brown: Prop. 29 will win, cigarette smuggling will rise
Willie Brown: Obama critics have it wrong - fundraising a must
Willie Brown: U.S. Open fans, golfers party after rounds
Willie Brown: Gay Pride Parade the political event of the season
Willie Brown: Greg Suhr won't let stop and frisk happen in SF
Willie Brown: Governor on right track with high-speed rail push
Willie Brown: Portraits of SF mayors show who's boss
Willie Brown: Commerce on a roll - not just food trucks
Willie Brown: Incumbents uneasy over political changes
Willie Brown: Central Subway a fast track to chaos
Willie Brown: Brown twins deserve San Francisco's help
Willie Brown: Dialogue clogs up Ross Mirkarimi case
Willie Brown: This year's GOP model lacks interest
Willie Brown: Eastwood's act caught GOP off guard
Willie Brown: Bill Clinton proves doubters wrong again
Willie Brown: Giants games - where old friends meet
Willie Brown: Obama could face October surprise
Willie Brown: Presidential debate will be telling
Willie Brown: Surprising payback from panhandler
Willie Brown: Mirkarimi de facto progressive leader
Willie Brown: Obama makes late push for black voters
Willie Brown: Mayor Lee, bury hatchet over sheriff case
Willie Brown: Parades of S.F. champs a regular event
Willie Brown: Next up for Jerry Brown - Prop. 13
Willie Brown: Economic gauge - the holiday party count
Willie Brown: Texting while partying
Willie Brown: Honor Moscone, Milk on their birthdays
Willie Brown: Prop. 13 reform will take clever moves
Willie Brown: Ed Lee helps keep Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl
Willie Brown: On Plan B, Boehner's leadership failed
Willie Brown: 'Fiscal cliff' deal-making? How shocking
Willie Brown: Jerry Brown is king - for a while
Willie Brown: Obama enters the long lame-duck phase
Willie Brown: Stirring speech was governor at his best
Willie Brown: Bay Bridge will be worth officials' fight
Willie Brown: S.F. Giants - heroes with heart
Willie Brown: Chinese New Year a respite from politics
Willie Brown: New terminal spectacular gateway to S.F.
Willie Brown: Bay Bridge light show brings out crowd
Willie Brown: Breakfast, conversation with Alvarez
Willie Brown: Beijing is a world away from Peking
Willie Brown: Ed Lee at his best during trip to China
Willie Brown: PR is the biggest problem for Bay Bridge
Willie Brown: Dems didn't give all for background checks
Willie Brown: George Lucas may share art collection
Willie Brown: S.F. vs. Miami in Super Bowl bidding
Willie Brown: Levi's Stadium a perfect fit for Niners
Willie Brown: Obama let the IRS pot boil too long
Willie Brown: Rich stake out high ground in tower row
Willie Brown: Signs that Mid-Market area is taking off
Willie Brown: Summer: Time for tourists, street fairs
Willie Brown: Our government listens to us. We're unhappy
Willie Brown: Defining marriage dates to fight in '70s
Willie Brown: Gavin Newsom did change world - like it or not
Willie Brown: Public worker unions need to work on their PR
Willie Brown: A pitch to Obama: Mays merits Medal of Freedom
Willie Brown: New UC chief would be wise to meet students 1st
Willie Brown: When Warriors travel to China, Ed lee will follow
Willie Brown: BART talks in need of a grown-up at the table
Willie Brown: Gov. Brown needs to get a BART deal on track
Willie Brown: No one's providing a challenge to Hillary Clinton
Willie Brown: Is Gov. Brown thinking of binding arbitration law?
Willie Brown: Goodbye to Candlestick Park from Rome?
Willie Brown: Newsom cut Bay Bridge chain with torch - not teeth
Willie Brown: Some good could come out of renaming bridge span
Willie Brown: George Gascón reinvents himself since arriving in SF
Willie Brown: Meeting with legislators offers hope about state
Willie Brown: GOP split makes Pelosi more powerful than ever
Willie Brown: 'High-level' BART talks can take unexpected turns
Willie Brown: BART missed big chance to help unions save face
Willie Brown: BART management off tracks on bargaining
Willie Brown: High-tech Bay Bridge light show burns midnight oil
Willie Brown: Winners and losers in 8 Washington project's fall
Willie Brown: Where are the bold Democrats? Obama needs them
Willie Brown: Techies must nip growing scorn in bud
Willie Brown: An apology to Obama for city's bad behavior
Willie Brown: How Central Valley farmers aided antiapartheid vote
Willie Brown: Transit unions' image took a wrong turn
Willie Brown: Seems like old times - Gov. Brown for president?
Willie Brown: 49ers luminaries party as the team bids farewell
Willie Brown: All eyes on new mayors in N.Y., Detroit
Willie Brown: Governor paying down state's debt
Willie Brown: Drought will force Jerry Brown to put hold on delta tunnels
Willie Brown: Gavin Newsom grabs spotlight at State of the State address
Willie Brown: As Miller, Waxman leave Congress, Democrats lose the force
Willie Brown: We have ourselves to blame for S.F.'s unsafe streets
Willie Brown: Are public-employee unions toxic to their candidates?
Willie Brown: Managing to dress up a ban on casual clothes
Willie Brown: Oakland Mayor Jean Quan stands good chance of re-election
Willie Brown: Mission Bay fire brings long development fight to mind
Willie Brown: Calif. Sen. Yee's suspension a bid to quickly cleanse Capitol
Willie Brown: S.F. needs new transportation - motorized pedicabs?
Wille Brown: 50 years after sit-ins some things unchanged
Willie Brown: Let's everybody calm down about the Leland Yee ruckus
Willie Brown: How about inviting the Raiders to cross the bay?
Willie Brown: Donald Sterling case forces us to confront racism
Willie Brown: What Warriors need is a salesman, not a preacher
Willie Brown: S.F. is missing out on lights, cameras and action
Willie Brown: Lombard residents take wrong turn keeping tourists away
Willie Brown: Remembering Bay Area's Vasconcellos, Petroni and Angelou
Willie Brown: Maya Angelou memorial to be hosted at Glide church
Willie Brown: Tea Party upset in House may bag a top spot for nice guy
Willie Brown: Run, Hillary, run: You've come a long way
Willie Brown: What's with the American public giving a 'fail' to the chief?
Willie Brown: World Cup finale festivities will be grand spectacle
Willie Brown: Levi's Stadium opening leaves ties to S.F. behind
Wiilie Brown: Willie Brown aide too sharp to be caught in FBI sting
Willie Brown: Schwarzenegger hasn't terminated action-hero career
Willie Brown: Gavin Newsom ought to debate Neel Kashkari if governor won't
Willie Brown: Notes on the McCartney concert: spiffy Stick, stuck fans
Willie Brown: In Ferguson, the new face of the civil rights movement, In Ferguson, the new face of the civil rights movement
Willie Brown: Tech companies to play big role in 2016 Clinton campaign, Willie Brown: Tech companies to play big role in 2016 Clinton campaign
Willie Brown: 49ers' Harbaugh takes page from old Raiders playbook, Willie Brown: 49ers' Harbaugh takes page from old Raiders playbook
Willie Brown: NFL needs new face to get character back in the game, Willie Brown: NFL needs new face to get character back in the game Sunday, January 11th, 2009
Supervisor Campos calls for a City Hall hearing to look at racial profiling at traffic stops.
New supervisor to drive hearing on racial profiling Sunday, January 11th, 2009
The Chronicle’s tag team discusses the timing of Obama’s cabinet picks, positive sentiments between the Mayor and the Board President, Condi’s return to Stanford, a missing face in the BART drama, and much more.
Matier and Ross: Obama team acts fast to change subject Sunday, January 11th, 2009
Newly elected Supervisor John Avalos is appointed to chair the Budget and Finance Committee. Someone’s got their work cut out for them.
Freshman supervisor to chair S.F. budget panel Saturday, January 10th, 2009
The MTA has released its 2009 Climate Action Plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions throughout the Muni system. Your bus may be late, but at least it’s environmentally friendly.
MTA releases draft of 2009 Climate Action Plan Friday, January 9th, 2009
The Planning Commission has approved a proposal to redevelop the Pagoda Palace Theater into condos and a Mexican restaurant. Just what North Beach needs: more tequila.
Pagoda Palace Theater redevelopment approved Friday, January 9th, 2009
The Examiner reflects on the legacies of soon-to-be Supervisor Eric Mar and Mark Sanchez as members of the Board of Education.
Board members leave legacy of ‘social justice’ Thursday, January 8th, 2009
The Mayor’s plans for a Friday fete at his home for the incoming Board of Supes is still on, despite criticism from government transparency advocates.
Sunshine-law advocates cast wary eye at Newsom shindig Thursday, January 8th, 2009
Logical, fair budget plan doesn't stand chance (Opinion) Thursday, January 8th, 2009
Despite the lack of a veto-proof coalition, the Board of Supervisors votes to strip the Community Justice Center of its funding.
Board strips justice center of $1 million Wednesday, January 7th, 2009
The Examiner takes a look at why Muni is lacking a sufficient number of light-rail drivers and how it’s costing San Francisco’s taxpayers and transit riders in the process. But what’s at the real heart of the problem? Budget cuts, budget cuts, and more budget cuts.
Muni catching 50 percent more fare evaders
Fare evasions still high in San Francisco as Muni loses $19M in 2010
Muni staffing shortage means shuttles at cost of San Francisco taxpayers Wednesday, January 7th, 2009
Opinion: Sac Bee columnist Weintraub discusses last month’s mayoral marathon of a speech on the state of our humble town. People are still talking about it?
Daniel Weintraub: Newsom assesses his city - warts and all Wednesday, January 7th, 2009
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With a background including psychology, public affairs, and – yes – even performing arts, Alia has a keen understanding of how people think and move. When she’s not working tirelessly for causes she cares about, you can find Alia watching SFGovTV (seriously, she does this), catching every musical that sweeps through the bay, or trolling the city for vegan friendly goods.