The City is back with a new plan that may blow a hole in your Bubble Yum. That’s right. In these tough economic times anything can be hit up for a fee. On the heels of the tobacco fee’s success, Mayor Gavin Newsom and the Department of Public Works are exploring a chewing gum fee to keep the city’s streets pristine.
So you’re feeling a bit down? So you need a pick-me-up? Watch this video, and Poof go the blues, I promise. Here’s the backstory – about 175 Canadian students showed up for school, met each other for the first time, learned their parts on the fly, and filmed this wonderful video, lipsynching along to the Black Eyed Peas’ I Gotta Feeling. And they did it in Just One Freaking Take. If this doesn’t make you smile, please check your pulse – if this unfettered ode to joy can’t make you happy, you might just be dead.
City folks and business owners get together to talk about the feasibility and practicality of harvesting wind power in urban San Francisco. No, there won’t be a wind turbine on every block – but Twin Peaks? Treasure Island? Ocean Beach? Sure. (Maybe even on top of City Hall.)
November’s relatively lackluster election has resulted in few political dollars flowing about the town. The Examiner’s Josh Sabatini looks at who’s raised what, what’s getting spent by whom, and why it is what it is.
Donald Fisher, co-founder of the Gap and lifetime San Francisco resident, passed away yesterday. A preeminent businessman and generous philanthropist, Mr. Fisher has left a remarkable legacy in our city and around the world. He will be missed.
Officials at the San Francisco Zoo are questioning how a young man managed to climb into the grizzly bear grotto. Thankfully, neither the man nor the animals were hurt, but a valuable lesson was learned (again): stay away from large animals that can eat you.
Planning Department Smart Fellow Dan Sider has released a report that suggests ways to make things easier and more streamlined for merchants in our commercial corridors. Might these new rules spur new investment by entrepreneurs? We’ll see…
Three Bay Area folks are amongst the newest crop of MacArthur Genius Grant recipients. A computer scientist, a biologist, and an artist have been granted a cool half million bucks with No Strings. (Must be nice to be smart…)
Well, Tom Perkins had a golden opportunity to explain his persecution-of-the-rich comments before the Commonwealth Club on Thursday night. Chronicle columnist C.W. Nevius was there and gives us his impression of the whole affair.
So, just like you, I went to work in a tank top and cutoff denim shorts yesterday, well prepared for the heat wave. But wait – WHAT HEAT WAVE? It was warm, sure – warm-ISH. But not the surface-of-the-sun temperatures we were told to prepare for. Damn You, Meteorologists – I was off trend for fashion yesterday, all because of you! (Picture me shaking my fist at them, please.)
The Ex reports on Supervisor Chiu’s new legislation that would create a BARUD along Broadway from Columbus to Montgomery. You don’t know what a BARUD is? Of course, it’s the Broadway Alcohol Restricted Use District.
SFO unveils its new Climate Passport kiosks, which are equipped with user-friendly touch screens that determine how many pounds of carbon dioxide your trip produced and allows fliers to purchase certified carbon offsets on-site. Revenues will go to reforestation or the SFCarbon Fund.
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.