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Archive for October, 2009

Newsom: what’s next?

Chron columnist Nevius and Ex columnist Garcia look at the reasons behind Newsom’s departure from the race, and offer their ideas about what might be next.

Friday, October 30th, 2009

Prop E

The Examiner gives us the lowdown on Prop E, which would prohibit any increase in the amount of general advertising on the City’s street furniture.

Friday, October 30th, 2009


In a guest column in today’s Chronicle, Jennifer Friedenbach reviews the state of the city’s homeless problem under Mayor Newsom and reveals what she hopes will change under the new administration (whoever that may be).  Elsewhere, the SF Public Press weighs in on the debate with their $0.02.

Thursday, October 29th, 2009

Headed to the Polls

Get your election rundown here on Usual Suspects!  Find out who is running, what measures are being considered, and what the pundits are saying.

Wednesday, October 28th, 2009

Not So Fast…

The Guardian takes issues with some of the decisions by our new Police Chief.

Wednesday, October 28th, 2009

Picking Up the Pace

The Guardian urges the PUC to implement community choice aggregation before a June ballot measure could undermine the program.

Wednesday, October 28th, 2009

Little by little

Okay, I’m officially obsessed with bridge building.  Seriously, how does it all work?  And yes, I realize that I could actually take the time to learn the answer to that question, but I’d much prefer to sit and watch our city’s newest bridge be constructed whilst marveling at the wonder of it all from afar.  Next up?  The 4 million pound, 101.7-foot-long iconic white tower, which should be in place by Christmas Eve.  They have to lift it 400 feet above the water in order to set it into place.  I mean seriously, how cool is that?

Wednesday, October 28th, 2009

Revenue measures: Not On the ballot

The Chron’s Heather Knight talks with politicians and other leaders about why this November’s ballot holds exactly zero of the various revenue proposals that were floated earlier this year.

Tuesday, October 27th, 2009

Bigger is better

Let’s face it, San Francisco is unlike any other place in the US, and our views on governance are no different. So, while some cities are actively cutting staff to deal with debts, we’re looking at a surplus and City Hall is hiring.

Tuesday, October 27th, 2009

The ins and outs of Prop A

Prop A succeeds at the ballot box.

Monday, October 26th, 2009

Only in San Francisco?

A local man attempts to make his home an official museum, and works with a local Supervisor to have it declared a special use. Among the items in his collection are a 3-foot replica of the Transamerica building made out of condom boxes. Just wanted to give you an idea of what we were talking about here.

Sunday, October 25th, 2009

Are these free?

The Art in Storefronts program is brought to Market Street as part of an effort to bring change to blighted areas in the city. I just wanted to bring some of the art home with me.

Saturday, October 24th, 2009

Bad Memories

Today’s San Francisco-focused New York Times column reflects on the Halloween of 2006.

Friday, October 23rd, 2009

Sparks Flying

The Chronicle gives us a comprehensive story about our city’s first transgender department head and current candidate for District Six supervisor.

Wednesday, October 21st, 2009

Gimme Your Lunch Money

State inspectors are holding back reimbursements to SFUSD for a federally subsidized lunch program because they say that the rules are not being followed.

Wednesday, October 21st, 2009

Your Rates Are Taking Me Higher and Higher. Like I’ve Never Been Lifted Before.

The Ex reports that consumers are doing such a stellar jobs conserving water after umteen years being in a State of Emergency For Drought, that utility companies are left with no choice than to reward rate payers with higher rates.  Congratulations.  You’ve won!

Tuesday, October 20th, 2009


The City gets its tail whupped by some spectacularly aggressive rainfall yesterday.  Muni Metro drowns, freeway entrances temporarily close, sewer grates clang and shudder, some Excelsior residents build an ark and round up some animals – you know, all the normal stuff.  Thanks, Mother Nature!  Come back soon!

Tuesday, October 20th, 2009

Keepin’ it local

The Chronicle weighs in with its opinion on legislation under consideration by the Board of Supervisors that would send $150K to disaster victims in Asia.  Their take?  We have needs, too.  Keep the money closer to home.

Monday, October 19th, 2009

Wait, these things use water?

Funds to spruce up Golden Gate Park will be used to renovate four fountains in the park that stopped working several years ago. I hope that doesn’t mean the pigeons will start using them as their personal bathtubs again.

Saturday, October 17th, 2009

Obama Rama

We get all the insider scoop on First Lady Michelle Obama’s appearance in the Bay Area yesterday, without the cost of a high roller ticket and with the opportunity to use silverware at our leisure.

Thursday, October 15th, 2009

I don’t have any quarters left!

As a pilot project extending meter hours to Sunday is set to begin, the MTA looks to the Board of Supervisors to gauge their opinions.

Wednesday, October 14th, 2009

Safe & Secure

With the anniversary of September 11 this weekend, the City continues to build up its own homeland security that the feds have appropriated some serious cash for and that Police Chief George Gascón has put into place to help us all sleep better at night.

Tuesday, October 13th, 2009

Lost And Found

Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson gets his suit stolen and we offer him 49er tickets and a stay at the Fairmont. I’ll have you know that I wasn’t offered so much as a free Muni ride when that lady stole my wallet at Crocker Galleria… I’m just sayin’.

Tuesday, October 13th, 2009

Do As I Say, Not As I Do

The Chronicle juxtaposes Mayor Gavin Newsom’s efforts to pass Prop H – which governs campaign contributions to local electeds by City contractors – and some of the checks he’s collected in support of his gubernatorial run.

Tuesday, October 13th, 2009

Happy Columbus/Indigenous Peoples/Canadian Thanksgiving Day!

Monday, October 12th, 2009