After 99 years, the Tenderloin YMCA will close today. A new Y is on the docket within the next few years, and the current building is slated to become low income housing. While we look forward to the changes, we’ll miss all the Y had to offer. Thanks for providing nearly a century of service to the neighborhood!
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/Tenderloin-Y-bid-a-somber-goodbye-49472737.html: Tenderloin Y bid a somber goodbye
Longtime political activist and Local Good Guy Nathan Purkiss wore the tips off his fingers recently, as he typed up a history of the Alice B. Toklas LGBT club. Lots of good information, pictures, and stories can be found within – Nathan did a great job on this. Whether you’re a student of San Francisco politics in general, or gay politics in particular, it’s an important read.
http://www.alicebtoklas.org/~aliceb/index.php/alice-history: A History of the Alice B. Toklas Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Democratic Club
The San Francisco Public Library’s recent amnesty program resulted in some pretty interesting excuses for not returning local library books on time. Some guy even claims that his fell into the Hudson River after he landed a plane there. Imagine that!
http://www.mercurynews.com/news/ci_12619790: SF library fee waiver lures lax back to the stacks
The draft Japantown Better Neighborhood Plan gets some airtime during a Board of Supervisors Budget Committee hearing. Of course, Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi kills our buzz with a reminder that there’s not a lot of excess cash lying around to make these sorts of things come to fruition. Spoilsport.
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/Big-changes-urged-for-Japantown--48571962.html: Big changes urged for Japantown
The Examiner explores a new pilot program between the SFPD, merchants, and community members to make neighborhoods safer and cops more accessible to those in need. Hint: This project involves a small electronic device that people often feel naked leaving home without.
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2009/06/17/ED0E18908B.DTL: Editorial: Police chief starts off with political capital
http://www.ebar.com/news/article.php?sec=news&article=4014: New SFPD chief pledges a diverse command
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/New-top-cop-hits-ground-running-52926887.html: New top cop hits ground running
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2009/08/11/BA1C196LRO.DTL: C. W. Nevius: S.F.'s new top cop runs up against politics
http://www.ebar.com/news/article.php?sec=news&article=4127: New S.F. police chief discusses plans
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/Gascon-urges-more-creative-ideas-53372682.html: Gascón urges more ‘creative ideas’
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/Reform-goals-set-to-change-face-of-SFPD-53519102.html: Reform goals set to change face of SFPD
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/Police-plan-to-harness-power-of-the-text-to-fight-crime-53635837.html: Police harness power of text to fight crime
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2009/08/22/BASI19C4BG.DTL: S.F. police chief's 2nd swearing in draws crowd
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/Outsiders-help-boost-SFPDs-public-face-55569137.html: Outsiders help boost SFPD’s public face
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2009/08/28/BAUG19ENBA.DTL&type=newsbayarea: City Insider: Arizona police aid training
The San Francisco Police Department and others in City government point out that while people still get shot here in the City of St. Francis (note to gangbangers – St. Francis was NOT strapped), a higher percentage of people than usual are surviving their gunshot wounds. Yay – sort of, right? Right? Um, yeah. Yay.
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/Shootings-in-San-Francisco-not-as-deadly-48040292.html: Shootings in San Francisco not as deadly
After the City of Oakland sued its own pension program, and won, it now looks to retired police officers to recoup funds ruled overpaid since 2008. Hmmm… Who wants to ask retired police officers to pay back some of their pension funds? Anyone? Anyone?
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2009/06/14/BA5H186I43.DTL: Oakland leaders' alternative to Dellums budget
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2009/06/09/BARI183DJB.DTL: Chip Johnson: Budget woes have Oakland mulling bankruptcy
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2009/06/12/BAD7185TPA.DTL: Chip Johnson: Oakland council to offer more budget cuts
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2009/06/19/BA8U18A336.DTL: Chip Johnson: Oakland police needs to give in budget talks
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2009/06/28/BABQ18EOD4.DTL: 10% cut in Oakland police budget proposed
Back in San Francisco after nearly a decade as a congressional staffer in Washington, D.C., Amber is excited to bring her creative ideas and savvy communications skills to the wild west of Bay Area politics. Outside of her love for progressive issues and campaigns, Amber is an avid gardener and loves brewing and drinking beer.