Mayor Gavin Newsom’s revised business tax plan focused on credits for new hires was shot down by the Board’s Budget and Finance Committee yesterday. The Examiner reports that even Supervisor Sean Elsbernd, who frequently allies himself with the Mayor’s proposals, offered his skepticism and dissenting vote. Sorry dude. Maybe next time?
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/Overhaul-of-San-Francisco-business-tax-eyed-83171912.html: Overhaul of San Francisco business tax eyed
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/Tax-break-proposals-move-closer-to-hearing-83413637.html: Tax break proposals move closer to hearing
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2010/02/02/BA621BRHHN.DTL: City Insider: Muni budget raises issue
http://www.kcbs.com/Mayor-Newsom-Fights-on-for-Tax-Measure/6270414: Mayor Newsom Fights on for Tax Measure
http://www.sfbg.com/entry.php?entry_id=9722&catid=4: Editor's Notes: The payroll tax may sound awful but suspending it won't create a single new job
For those who didn’t pick up a Chronicle today, here is what you missed: Phil Matier and Andy Ross’ coverage of BART Board President James Fang’s proposed fare rollback, a $360 a year parcel tax in Oaktown, what attorney John Burris has been doing for people with complaints against the Oakland Police Department, why the San Francisco Tenants Union is shocked (and pretty upset), and pot-growing permits in Oakland. Plus, we get Willie Brown’s $0.02 on former United States Department of Agriculture worker Shirley Sherrod’s recent resignation, movie reviews, and more.
SFPD Chief George Gascon sure plans to. During a Friday press conference, the City’s top cop revealed his new year’s resolution, albeit a little late but it’s worth the wait, to reduce San Francisco’s major and violent crimes by 20 percent in 2010. (Some of us resolve to exercise five days a week, eat more mangos, or to travel the world, and that seems like a big deal.) Kudos to the chief for his determination!
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/Gascon-Violent-crime-in-2010-will-be-down-20-percent-83083322.html: Gascon: Violent crime in 2010 will be down 20 percent
Newsom wants to reevaluate how San Franciscan’s elect our Supervisors, and thinks we should return to city-wide elections that aren’t based on districts. Just think, we could all be one big happy family!
http://www.kcbs.com/SF-Mayor-Ponders-Return-to-City-Wide-Supervisor-El/6238849: SF Mayor Ponders Return to City-Wide Supervisor Elections
Everyone who was ever an introspective youth takes a moment today to consider the passing of J.D. Salinger. No, he had nothing to do with San Francisco politics – but almost all of us found something personal and meaningful in his well-crafted words. RIP, Holden Caulfield.
http://www.cnn.com/2010/SHOWBIZ/books/01/28/salinger.obit/index.html?hpt=T1: Author J.D. Salinger dead at 91
Like everything else in San Francisco, City Hall is going green. Solar panels will be laid on the building’s roof in the first step to turn Civic Center into a sustainability district. Don’t worry, the building will retain its historic character. The panels won’t be visible – unless you’re up on the roof, of course.
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/City-Hall-solar-wonderland-moves-forward-54896342.html: City Hall solar wonderland moves forward
Larry Brinkin, a San Francisco gay rights advocate who’s being charged with possessing and distributing child pornography, is back in court today.
http://www.ebar.com/news/article.php?sec=news&article=4511: Pioneering SF HRC staffer retiring
http://www.sfgate.com/crime/article/S-F-gay-rights-advocate-arrested-over-child-porn-3662138.php: S.F. gay rights advocate arrested over child porn
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/crime/2012/06/child-porn-arrest-gay-rights-activist-stuns-san-francisco: Child porn arrest of gay rights activist stuns San Francisco
http://www.baycitizen.org/crime/story/veteran-human-rights-advocate-arrested/?utm_source=Newsletters&utm_campaign=240ef14e6f-June_27_Daily_Newsletter&utm_medium=email&mc_cid=240ef14e6f&mc_eid=a89495e0ec: Charges delayed after child pornography arrest of human rights advocate
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/crime/2012/09/brinkin-pleads-not-guilty-six-felony-count: Brinkin pleads not guilty to six felony counts
http://www.ktvu.com/news/news/crime-law/sf-lgbt-activist-charged-six-counts-child-pornogra/nSMts/: SF LGBT activist charged with six counts of child pornography
http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/Rights-advocate-denies-child-porn-charges-3897114.php: Rights advocate denies kid porn charges
http://www.sfexaminer.com/sanfrancisco/gay-rights-advocate-accused-of-child-pornography-charges-back-in-court/Content?oid=2682647: Gay rights advocate accused of child pornography charges back in court
Depending on who you ask, Pier 27 will cost the city money or make it money. One deciding factor – how many weddings will be held there. (Someone call the Bachelor series, quick. And you’re welcome for that free marketing advice.)
A June bond is generating controversy over the proposed development of a forensic sciences center that would not require the traditional competitive bidding process. Some Supes are on board while others have their doubts. Let the debate begin!
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/Bond-would-skirt-bid-process-82661282.html: Bond would skirt bid process
The Chron’s John King muses on various ideas being floated to fill lots awaiting developer action (which means, f’reals, that we’re waiting for an economic recovery). Various greening and cleaning ideas abound – which will come to fruition?
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2010/01/26/MNDV1BKUM4.DTL: John King: Myriad ideas to fill void of empty lots
Supervisor John Avalos has proposed a law that would expand the City’s local hire requirements from public projects to private projects on pubic land. Unrelated, the Examiner’s targeted marketing knows that I like Las Vegas. It is very, very hard for me to focus on local hire ordinance when I am being shown large pictures of the Wynn and Encore. In other news, I am now posting Suspects from SFO on my way to Vegas.
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/Mayors-jobs-program-to-digitize-library-books-82522997.html: Mayor's jobs program to digitize library books
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2010/02/01/BUG81BQTGL.DTL&type=business: Andrew S. Ross: Newsom 'excited' at federal funding prospect
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/Businesses-complain-about-footing-OT-tab-for-Jobs-Now-84934872.html: Businesses complain about footing OT tab for Jobs Now
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/Future-of-citys-Jobs-Now-hinges-on-further-stimulus-88988707.html: Future of city’s Jobs Now hinges on further stimulus
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/Washington-politics-holding-up-funding-for-JobsNow-97284619.html: Washington politics holding up funding for JobsNow
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/Jobs-now-unemployment-later-98898649.html: Jobs now, unemployment later
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/Park-workers-may-lose-jobs-101856303.html: Park workers may lose jobs
http://www.sfexaminer.com/opinion/Examiner-Editorial-Hands-on-program-The-City-needs-to-keep-102019668.html: Editorial: Hands-on program The City needs to keep
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/City-ramps-up-try-to-save-JobsNow-from-federal-axe-102124004.html: City ramps up try to save JobsNow from federal axe
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/City-tries-last-ditch-effort-to-save-jobs-102503269.html: City tries last-ditch effort to save jobs
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2010/09/22/BUJ21FHU94.DTL: Newsom steps in as Jobs Now cash dries up
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/Newsom-takes-another-stab-at-saving-city-jobs-103585559.html: Newsom takes another stab at saving city jobs
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2011/04/12/BARE1IUENA.DTL: S.F. doubles hiring subsidy to cut welfare rolls
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/2011/09/san-francisco-picks-hiring-tab-revives-jobs-now-program: San Francisco picks up hiring tab, receives Jobs Now program
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2012/03/28/MNLA1NPK9N.DTL&type=newsbayarea: S.F. local-hire law passes 1st 'test,' backers say
http://www.baycitizen.org/labor/story/most-workers-sf-construction-jobs-live/: Hispanics Could Be Disproportionately Affected by Local Hire Law
http://www.sfexaminer.com/sanfrancisco/sf-local-hire-mandate-expected-to-extend-to-private-development-on-public-land/Content?oid=2816934: SF local hire mandate expected to extend to private development on public land
The Examiner reports that Supervisor Chis Daly’s charter amendment to establish a zero tolerance policy for firefighters found drinking on the job failed to gain enough support to make the June ballot.
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/Amendment-on-drunken-firefighters-rejected-82336087.html: Amendment on drunken firefighters rejected
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2010/01/21/BAEF1BLJGV.DTL: City Insider: Mayor rips Obama II
The Board of Supervisors has asked the GGNRA to revisit their plan for on-leash and off-leash restrictions at Funston, Ocean, and Crissy (as well as other places) – and there’s nothing like a dog-related issue to get people barking.
Born and raised in the mean streets of Marin County, Ross appreciates the unique political landscape of the Bay Area. When he’s not helping his clients achieve their goals, he enjoys spending time with his wife and daughters, and occasionally searching for his lost golf ball at a local course.