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.
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.)
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2009/09/29/MNAO19U159.DTL: San Francisco tilts toward wind power
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.
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/Money-train-skips-The-Citys-November-election-62497067.html: Money train skips The City’s November election
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.
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2009/09/27/BAR419TK7H.DTL: Donald Fisher, Gap co-founder, dies
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/Donald-Fisher-co-founder-of-Gap-Inc-dies-at-age-81-62235477.html: Donald Fisher, co-founder of Gap Inc. dies at age 81
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB125408495328144473.html?mod=WSJ_hpp_sections_business: Don Fisher, Founder Of Gap, Dies at 81
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.
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2009/09/26/BAD419TDPQ.DTL: Man sneaks into grizzly exhibit at S.F. Zoo
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2009/09/27/BAR419TJHS.DTL&tsp=1: Zoo has no idea how man got into bear grotto
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/Man-who-climbed-into-zoo-bear-enclosure-identified-62241457.html: ‘Zombielike’ zoo trespasser keeping quiet in jail
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…
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/Businesses-bound-by-red-tape-60133762.html: Businesses bound by red tape
The SFMTA has found a way to incentivize ramp-taxi drivers to pick up passengers with disabilities, or as the Examiner describes them, “customers their vehicles are designed to serve.”
Pictured: The last time I asked my boss for incentives to do my job.
http://www.sfexaminer.com/opinion/columns/ken_garcia/60130852.html: Ken Garcia: Plan to add more parking meters is wrongheaded
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/Passionate-pleas-on-parking-policy-65114687.html: Passionate pleas on parking policy
http://www.sfbg.com/entry.php?entry_id=9335&catid=4: We want free parking!
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/Some-city-workers-abusing-parking-perks-69034067.html: Some city workers abusing parking perks
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/Parking-meter-plan-strikes-a-nerve-78379007.html: Parking meter plan strikes a nerve
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2010/09/07/BAR71FA5ME.DTL&tsp=1: S.F. adding parking meters in premium districts
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/Parking-revenue-shifts-into-high-gear-102411759.html: Parking revenue shifts into high gear
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2010/10/07/MNDL1FPEEL.DTL&tsp=1: S.F. parking meter rates, fines among priciest
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/2011/10/new-fluctuating-parking-meter-rates-ready-take-effect-san-francisco: Variable parking meter rates ready to take effect in San Francisco
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/transportation/2011/11/plans-increase-parking-fees-are-revving-san-francisco: Plans to increase parking fees are revving up in San Francisco
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/2011/12/parking-app-allows-remote-payments-san-francisco-meters: Parking app allows remote payments at San Francisco meters
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/transportation/2012/01/parking-meters-might-take-new-directions-san-francisco: Parking meters might take new directions in San Francisco
http://www.sfbg.com/2012/01/24/pay-park: Pay to park
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/transportation/2012/01/outcry-delays-new-meters-5000-san-francisco-parking-spots: Outcry delays new meters for 5,000 San Francisco parking spots
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/c/a/2012/01/31/MNON1MUVMT.DTL: S.F. plan to install new parking meters on hold
http://www.sfbg.com/2012/01/31/parking-war: Editorial: The parking war
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/transportation/2012/03/parking-meters-speeding-toward-mission-bay-area: Parking meters speeding toward Mission Bay area
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/transportation/2012/03/sunday-parking-meters-free-muni-low-income-youth-part-sfmta-budget: Sunday parking meters, free Muni for low-income youth part of SFMTA budget, Sunday parking meters, free Muni for low-income youth part of SFMTA budget
http://www.baycitizen.org/transportation/story/sunday-parking-meters-balance-budget/: Prepare to Pay for Parking on Sundays
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2012/03/29/MN9T1NS9FR.DTL: S.F. eyes ending free parking meters on Sundays
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/c/a/2012/03/30/MN9T1NS9FR.DTL: S.F. eyes ending free parking meters on Sundays
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2012/04/02/EDTH1NSJ2N.DTL: Editorial: A few words on parking meters: Never on Sunday
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/transportation/2012/04/sunday-parking-meters-may-drive-away-sales: Sunday parking meters may drive away sales
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/n/a/2012/04/18/state/n052730D88.DTL&type=newsbayarea: SF Muni board approves Sunday meters
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/transportation/2012/04/muni-approves-sunday-meter-enforcement: Muni approves Sunday meter enforcement
http://www.sfexaminer.com/opinion/op-eds/2012/04/san-francisco-transportation-agency-looking-wrong-direction-meter-extension: Opinion: San Francisco transportation agency looking in wrong direction with meter extension
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2012/06/10/BAM51OUH46.DTL: SF parking meter plan inches ahead with assessment
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/transportation/2012/06/17m-sfmta-budget-gap-may-hit-parkers-pocket: $17M SFMTA budget gap may hit parkers in pocket
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/transportation/2012/06/sfmta-looking-streamline-permitting-process-out-town-vehicles: SFMTA looking to streamline permitting process for out-of-town vehicles
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/2012/07/sfmta-looking-boost-revenue: SFMTA looking to boost revenue
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/transportation/2012/07/street-sweepers-may-ticket-illegal-parkers: Street sweepers may ticket illegal parkers
http://www.sfgate.com/giants/article/Parking-plan-puts-squeeze-on-Giants-fans-3739425.php: Parking plan puts squeeze on Giants fans
http://www.sfgate.com/default/article/Next-plan-parking-meters-at-SF-Zoo-3745283.php: Next plan: parking meters at SF Zoo
http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/SF-parking-plan-s-message-Transit-first-3767449.php: SF parking plan's message: Transit first
http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/Mirkarimi-wants-hearing-after-election-3854831.php: City Insider: Mirkarimi wants hearing after election
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/transportation/2012/11/proposal-revived-add-new-parking-meters-eastern-san-francisco-neighborh: Proposal revived to add new parking meters in eastern San Francisco neighborhoods
http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/S-F-begins-charging-for-Sunday-parking-4171368.php: S.F. begins charging for Sunday parking
http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/S-F-board-panel-mum-on-Alvarez-issues-4222884.php: City Insider: S.F. board panel mum on Alvarez issues
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/transportation/2013/01/san-francisco-start-ticketing-expired-sunday-parking-meters: San Francisco to start ticketing for expired Sunday parking meters
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/transportation/2013/01/san-francisco-s-first-day-sunday-meter-ticketing-nets-nearly-1800-citat: San Francisco’s first day of Sunday meter ticketing nets nearly 1,800 citations
http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/Nudists-to-protest-Friday-stripped-down-4241149.php: City Insider: Nudists to protest Friday - stripped down
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/transportation/2013/05/parking-meter-expansion-sf-neighborhoods-subject-hearing: Parking meter expansion in SF neighborhoods subject of hearing
http://www.sfexaminer.com/sanfrancisco/sfmta-parking-meter-buy-delayed-over-concerns-about-expansion/Content?oid=2624825: SFMTA parking meter buy delayed over concerns about expansion
http://www.sfexaminer.com/sanfrancisco/sfmta-board-to-consider-electronic-hailing-system-for-taxis/Content?oid=2630006: SFMTA board to consider electronic hailing system for taxis
http://www.sfexaminer.com/sanfrancisco/sfmta-board-approves-taxi-incentives-for-serving-wheelchair-users/Content?oid=2670420: SFMTA board approves taxi incentives for serving wheelchair users
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…)
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2009/09/22/BAQ019QG0Q.DTL&tsp=1: 2 scientists, 1 artist named MacArthur fellows
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.
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2009/09/22/BUPT19P73N.DTL&tsp=1: Perkins pays $9.35 million for shell with a view
http://www.sfexaminer.com/sanfrancisco/tom-perkins-kleiner-perkins-caufield-and-byers-founder-addresses-war-on-the-1-percent-comments/Content?oid=2705216: Tom Perkins, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers founder, addresses "war on the 1 percent" comments
http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/nevius/article/Tom-Perkins-sorry-for-Kristallnacht-jab-but-5236809.php: C.W. Nevius: Tom Perkins sorry for 'Kristallnacht' jab, but stays feisty
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.
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/Legislation-aims-to-crack-down-on-stores-selling-smoking-devices-59958512.html: Legislation aims to crack down on stores selling smoking devices
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/2012/10/proposed-legislation-seeks-limit-bars-along-lower-polk-street: Proposed legislation seeks to limit bars along Lower Polk Street
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/2013/02/residents-supporting-proposed-bar-ban-polk-street-ask-nob-hill-new-las-vegas: Residents supporting proposed bar ban on Polk Street ask, 'Is Nob Hill a new Las Vegas?'
http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/Polk-Street-neighbors-seek-to-limit-bars-4305155.php#photo-4243090: Polk Street neighbors seek to limit bars
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/2013/03/polk-street-bar-ban-could-be-approved-soon: Polk Street bar ban could be approved soon
http://www.sfchronicle.com/bayarea/article/Polk-St-bar-limit-proposal-delayed-4401533.php: Polk St. bar limit proposal delayed
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/2013/04/ban-approved-new-bars-along-portion-polk-street: Ban approved for new bars along portion of Polk Street
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/transportation/2013/04/revised-options-polk-street-exclude-bike-lanes-gain-support-merchants: Revised options for Polk Street that exclude bike lanes gain support from merchants
http://www.sfexaminer.com/sanfrancisco/polk-street-market-permitted-to-sell-alcohol-despite-recent-restrictions-in-area/Content?oid=2473521: Polk Street market permitted to sell alcohol despite recent restrictions in area
http://www.sfexaminer.com/sanfrancisco/proposal-would-ban-some-new-liquor-businesses-on-broadway-in-north-beach/Content?oid=2707880: Proposal would ban some new liquor businesses on Broadway in North Beach
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.
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2009/09/17/MNO719OQN8.DTL: New kiosks at SFO first to sell carbon offsets
http://www.sfexaminer.com/sanfrancisco/car-share-companies-eye-a-piece-of-the-curb/Content?oid=2177209: Car share companies eye a piece of the curb
http://www.sfexaminer.com/sanfrancisco/new-green-initiative-could-put-you-in-a-bmw/Content?oid=2202794: New green initiative could put you in a BMW
http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/BMW-revs-up-car-sharing-parking-in-S-F-3802472.php: City Insider: BMW revs up car sharing, parking in S.F.
http://www.sfexaminer.com/sanfrancisco/sierra-club-opposes-san-francisco-parking-space-proposal/Content?oid=2320130: Sierra Club opposes San Francisco parking space proposal
http://www.sfexaminer.com/sanfrancisco/city-carshare-says-more-than-half-its-fleet-is-green/Content?oid=2642945: City CarShare says more than half its fleet is green
http://www.sfexaminer.com/sanfrancisco/hundreds-of-sf-parking-spots-could-be-reserved-for-car-sharing-companies/Content?oid=2759086: Hundreds of SF parking spots could be reserved for car-sharing companies
Positive economic news? No need to clean your glasses, this story is real and ready to make you optimistic. According to a recent report from the Controller’s Office, tourism is close to being back up to its pre-recession numbers. Those crazy, map packed and camera wielding Iowans might just be the ones to raise our revenues. So the next time you see a tourist, help them turn their map right side up and offer directions. Represent and make San Francisco proud.
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/Reelin-in-the-tourists-59574017.html: Reelin' in the tourists
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/Number-of-visitors-to-the-The-City-fell-last-year-87295187.html: Number of visitors to the The City fell last year
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/Travel-industry-event-in-SF-stresses-tourism-recovery-95391624.html: Travel-industry event in S.F. stresses tourism recovery
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/2011/05/san-francisco-seeks-wow-travel-agents: San Francisco seeks to wow travel agents
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/2012/01/tourism-brings-san-francisco-sunny-news-gloomy-fiscal-climate: Tourism brings San Francisco sunny news in gloomy fiscal climate