One Chron reporter walks us through the many disturbing acts and realities that took place in 2009. Always “the glass is half full” type of gal, I hope this can only mean that 2010 will bring Peace on Earth, Goodwill Toward Men – or, at least, relative to the previous year, right?
Hear Ye, Hear Ye, Bay Area Revelers: Both BART and Caltrain are extending their hours of operation, offering bridge and tunnel folk a safe ride home from the myriad of parties you are sure to attend this New Year’s Eve (and early morn). Additionally, the Chron provides a nifty list of government services and agencies that will be observing the first day of 2010, and those that will not. (Sorry in advance to those of you who were dead set on getting a new driver’s license photo the day after.)
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/BART-extends-service-for-New-Years-Eve--80377802.html: BART extends service for New Year's Eve
Although San Francisco’s homicide rate is higher than this time last year, the SFPD reports that the figure is still much lower than it has been over the past five years. I like the optimism, but if I were you I’d still lock your door at night and practice some serious Judo chops.
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2009/12/30/MNIG1B1NGJ.DTL&tsp=1: Homicides plummet inexplicably in S.F.
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/Homicide-tally-registers-dramatic-drop-80321857.html: Homicide tally registers dramatic drop
http://www.ktvu.com/news/22084779/detail.html: Newsom Touts Sharp Drop In SF Crime In 2009
http://www.sfexaminer.com/opinion/Examiner-Editorial-San-Francisco-streets-are-finally-less-bloody-80857052.html: Editorial: San Francisco streets are finally less bloody
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/Murders-are-up-from-09-95835454.html: San Francisco homicide numbers are up from ’09
http://www.kcbs.com/bayareanews/S-F--s-Murder-Rate-up-30-Percent/7410505: S.F.'s Murder Rate up 30 Percent
As we near the end of 2009, the Examiner takes a look at the important stories looming on the horizon in 2010. On their list: sanctuary policy, parking meters, steroids, the Bay Bridge, and elections, elections, elections. If it all seems overwhelming, never fear – Usual Suspects will keep you in the loop!
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/Heres-looking-at-you-2010-Whats-sure-to-capture-attention-80141567.html: Here's looking at you, 2010: What's sure to capture attention
With health benefits and pensions a static staple in transit workers’ contracts, the Examiner reports there is little wiggle room to lean out the $8 billion debt the Bay Area’s transit agencies are accumulating over the next quarter century.
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/c/a/2009/12/28/MNGD1B84BR.DTL: Supe seeks to halt Muni operators' $3,000 bonus
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2010/01/06/EDNG1BDUC1.DTL: Opinion: Muni drivers didn't get 'bonuses'
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/bay-area/2011/02/bay-area-transit-workers-benefits-premium-service-cuts-continue: Bay Area transit workers' benefits at premium as service cuts continue
Today’s public service announcement: for all you holiday revelers, Bay Area transit agencies will stay open late (and Muni will be free!) on New Year’s Eve to help ensure that you get home safely. A little worse for the wear, perhaps, but safely.
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/Transit-agencies-offering-special-service-for-New-Years-Eve--80111512.html: Transit agencies offering special service for New Year’s Eve
Some people celebrate Christmas with eggnog by the fire, but here in San Francisco a group of die-hard cyclists commemorated the holiday with a ride down Market Street. Some even disrobed for this month’s Critical Mass, adding a little unexpected holiday cheer for the tourists observing the ride. Let’s hope there were some well-placed Santa hats to keep everyone warm…
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2009/12/26/BAMA1B9PON.DTL: Critical Mass' naked spirit rides on
In an attempt to raise revenue and (finally!) balance the City’s budget, Mayor Gavin Newsom is proposing two new initiatives: a condo conversion fee and selling permits to drive taxis. Needless to say, both are controversial. Let the debate begin!
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/Budget-fixes-up-for-debate-79959522.html: Budget fixes up for debate
http://www.sfbg.com/entry.php?entry_id=9563&catid=4: Editorial: The Next Budget Battle
At last! San Francisco’s abandoned Chihuahuas are off to the Big Apple. And lest you think it wasn’t worth the wait, their trip included a red carpet, first class tickets and “chi-mosas.” Quite frankly, I’ve never been this jealous of a dog.
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2009/12/23/BAG01B86CQ.DTL: City Insider: Chihuahuas' flight delayed
SFPD Chief George Gascón is on the hook for $27K he spent on a consultant who helped him evaluate the Department before taking over as Top Cop. And in this budget environment where it’s hard to find a buck-two-fifty, methinks this might present the Chief with a few problems.
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/Chief-on-the-hook-for-consultant-79962097.html: Chief on the hook for consultant
The Chronicle reports on the four gentlemen who used to work on Mayor Gavin Newsom’s gubernatorial campaign, and who now have jobs in San Francisco City Hall. Various folks talk about the resumes of the new guys, about the folks who they replaced, and about whether or not having campaign staffers working in government is a Good Idea.
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/c/a/2009/12/22/MN1G1B6J2S.DTL: Campaign loyalists now in Newsom's inner circle
On Tuesday, Board President David Chiu introduced legislation to strike a bunch of fees from the books. They include such high grossing events as funeral processions, ring-toss operations, and Wild West shows. Now, this is stimulus…..
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/Officials-work-to-reduce-small-business-fees-79876032.html: City could slash small business fees
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2010/01/06/BALP1BE2EE.DTL&type=newsbayarea: S.F.'s bid to wipe out some extra business fees
Remember the ordinance that requires warnings on mobile phones? Lots of attorneys and judges are fighting about it now. For the more legally-minded of you, the Recorder allows you some insight into How The Process Is Going.
http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2009/12/21/earlyshow/health/main6004977.shtml: Cancer Warning Labels for Cell Phones?
http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-sf-cell23-2009dec23,0,3959642.story: San Francisco considering cellphone warnings, San Francisco considering cellphone warnings
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2010/01/26/BAS91BNCM3.DTL: City Insider: Supes to consider cell phone labels
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/Cell-phone-radiation-plan-upgraded-93750184.html: Cell phone radiation plan upgraded
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/c/a/2009/12/15/MNHJ1B49KH.DTL: Newsom backs radiation labels on cell phones
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2010/05/25/BANC1DJTBK.DTL: City Insider: Sit/lie campaigning off to running start
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/City-Hall-Watch-Cell-phone-sellers-ordered-to-disclose-radiation-risk-96448429.html: City Hall Watch: Cell phone sellers ordered to disclose radiation risk
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2010/06/15/MNIT1DVPKE.DTL&tsp=1: Supes back posting of cell phone emission levels
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2010/06/28/BURC1E66K3.DTL&type=business: Wireless industry retaliates against S.F. law
http://sanfrancisco.bizjournals.com/sanfrancisco/stories/2010/06/28/daily67.html?surround=lfn: Newsom signs phone radiation warning law
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2010/07/23/BA2C1EJ47C.DTL: Wireless industry group sues over S.F. law
http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5j-WvumdLYOmghNoOa6hfKay0hfMAD9H4UCK00: Phone group sues San Francisco over radiation law
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/2011/10/sf-cellphone-radiation-label-debate-reaches-courtroom: SF cellphone radiation label debate reaches courtroom
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2011/10/04/BADJ1LCVVQ.DTL: City Insider: Cell phone trade group to sue over radiation signs
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2011/10/20/BA9V1LK818.DTL: City Insider: Cell phone dealers could be off hook
http://abclocal.go.com/kgo/story?section=news/local/san_francisco&id=8399741: San Francisco delays cellphone radiation stickers
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/2011/10/sf-cellphone-warning-law-zapped-federal-judge: SF cellphone warning law zapped by federal judge
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/2012/08/san-francisco-cellphone-law-set-appeals-court-battle: San Francisco cellphone law set for appeals court battle
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/2012/08/retiree-health-costs-weigh-san-francisco: Melissa Griffin: Retiree health costs weigh on San Francisco
http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/Court-blocks-S-F-warning-on-cell-phones-3854826.php: Court blocks S.F. warning on cell phones
http://www.law.com/jsp/ca/PubArticleCA.jsp?id=1202575923652: S.F. Says It Deserves Some Respect from Ninth Circuit
By unanimous vote, James Fang is elected to serve his third term as president of BART’s Board of Directors. Hints of what’s to come during Fang’s third year as the head of BART? You’ll be able to take a ride on the new connector to the Oakland airport in a brand new train car, and stop at new stations in Livermore and Fremont. Ah, the best years are ahead of us.
http://abclocal.go.com/kgo/story?section=news/local/east_bay&id=7177084: James Fang elected BART board president
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/Fang-elected-BART-board-president-79568607.html: Fang elected BART board president
Early returns indicate that the City’s seismically unstable affordable housing units will likely remain on shaky ground. The Earthquake Safety Bond, Prop A, doesn’t look to have the two-thirds majority it needs to get the cash. Thousands of ballots still need to be counted, so it ain’t over just yet.
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/Earthquake-preparation-bond-for-652M-headed-to-city-voters-79380602.html: Earthquake preparation bond for $652M headed to city voters
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2009/12/16/BAU51B4SVK.DTL: City Insider: Security-costs bill held till '10
http://www.kcbs.com/SF-Earthquake-Bond-Likely-on-June-Ballot/6229832: SF Earthquake Bond Likely on June Ballot
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/City-Hall-Watch-Earthquake-bond-makes-June-ballot-85166832.html: City Hall Watch: Earthquake bond makes June ballot
http://www.ktvu.com/bartshooting/22652362/detail.html: SF Supes Send $412 Million Earthquake Bond Measure To June Ballot
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2010/02/24/BAA01C61VN.DTL: City Insider: Daly votes against quake-safety bond
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/Earthquake-safety-bond-measure-narrowly-defeated-106659424.html: Earthquake-safety bond measure narrowly defeated
Back in San Francisco after nearly a decade as a congressional staffer in Washington, D.C., Amber is excited to bring her creative ideas and savvy communications skills to the wild west of Bay Area politics. Outside of her love for progressive issues and campaigns, Amber is an avid gardener and loves brewing and drinking beer.