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.
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.
The Examiner reports that fewer citations were handed out to SF voters (and drivers) when Prop B was in the mix, but now all is back to normal with Prop B off the table and you faking tears and telling the officer you have tummy troubles…don’t ask.
The BAR sits down with Dr. Mitch Katz, Director of San Francisco’s Department of Health to talk national health care reform and how it will affect patient care in San Francisco. This is important stuff, folks. Read up!
We at Suspects send our best wishes to Melman Bentley Hinckle, who passed away after a brief bout with lymphoma. During his life, this much-beloved basset hound went to more cocktail parties than you did, enjoyed lots of canapes (some of which fell on the floor, but many of which were just flat-out stolen from tables), and never met a rope line he couldn’t charm his way past. Our condolences to Linda and Warren.
The latest victims of the budget crisis are our city’s recycling centers, which may face layoffs or even closures in the wake of financial difficulties. And just when I was getting the hang of all the different colored bins…
The City’s anti-graffiti efforts are about to enter the 21st century. A new computer program will allow residents to upload photos of illegal tags, leading to more arrests and less tagging on buildings near you. (Unless you give permission, in which case it’s art. You know what they say: one man’s art is another man’s graffiti.)
San Francisco Assessor-Recorder Phil Ting warns residents of a property tax scam arriving in a mailbox near you. CliffsNotes version: if you get an official looking document asking for $180, don’t fill it out. Instead, head down to City Hall for the same services… for free!
With the pragmatism of a (non-practicing) attorney and the creativity of a classically-trained musician, Taylor brings a unique perspective to Barbary Coast Consulting. When he’s not helping guide his clients through the frothy world of San Francisco politics, Taylor can be found either walking his pit bull around the Castro or frantically practicing for an upcoming concert.