Some of the most difficult construction on the Bay Bridge begins this Thursday night. For those of you who are planning on taking a road trip to celebrate the long weekend, better find an alternate route.
The last surviving brother in the Kennedy political dynasty and one of the most influential senators in history, U.S. Senator Edward M. Kennedy (D-Massachusetts) - our nation’s touted “Liberal Lion” – dies in Hyannis Port after a long battle with a brain tumor. Our nation is better because of him and he will be terribly missed.
The two-day Outside Lands Music and Arts Festival concluded yesterday as the sun finally decided to grace us with its presence. There was music, dancing, food, perhaps a beer or two, and fun was had by all. ‘Til next year!
The Chronicle reports on a cadres of committed volunteers who successfully restored 16 horseshoe pitching courts in Golden Gate Park. How did they do it? Through sweat and assistance from the Recreation and Park Department and the Department of Public Works. Come fall, it’s tourney time!
Whole Foods gets the official go-ahead from the San Francisco Planning Commission to move forward with a shiny new store (not to mention residential units). A plethora of shmancy cheese and impossibly perfect grapes are on the horizon…
…and just down the hall, the Board of Supervisors’ Land Use and Economic Development Committee will vote on legislation proposed by Supervisor Eric Mar that would make it much more difficult to evict families with young children.
More or less, that’s what Chief George Gascón and Mayor Gavin Newsom are saying about Compstat, in a press conference held yesterday. Waitaminnit – I thought Friday press conferences were where you dumped BAD news, not touted good … perhaps Newsom and Gascón were trying to make sure the super-villains in the Legion Of Doom didn’t hear about their successes, thereby avoiding a counter-attack on 850 Bryant?
Next Tuesday, the Board chamber will not only be filled with people just returning from vacay, but a few feline and canine friends might also be making an appearance. And by feline and canine friends, I actually mean the folks who are trying to open a chain pet store in the city. (Are animals even allowed in the chamber?)
Debra Stein – advocate, strategist, organizer, world traveler and well-regarded fixture on the San Francisco political scene, passes away at 48. Our thoughts are with Jeff and her family at this difficult time.
But in any event, you’re not going to be able to get it out of your head. Please enjoy the original and a remix version of the smash underground hit “Combination Pizza Hut and Taco Bell” by hip-hop deconstructionists Das Racist. Nope, it’s not about politics – it’s about bringing the silly. Tenuous San Francisco connection: one half of the duo is San Francisco-born Victor Vasquez. Turn up your speakers and enjoy – and yes, you will start dancing in front of your computer at about 0:45 of the Wallpaper Remix version of this song…
With the pragmatism of a (non-practicing) attorney and the creativity of a classically-trained musician, Taylor brings a unique perspective to Barbary Coast Consulting. When he’s not helping guide his clients through the frothy world of San Francisco politics, Taylor can be found either walking his pit bull around the Castro or frantically practicing for an upcoming concert.