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.
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?
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.
This column appeared in the New York Times yesterday, but it was too fabulicious for us to pass up. San Francisco-based author Andrew Sean Greer opines on the sanctity of Sunday routines and gives a Shout Out to one of his favorite political news websites, The Usual Suspects. Thank you, Mr. Greer. We aim to please.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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’.