So I will, of course, be paying you in quarters. (Why this fit of pique, you ask? Well, the Assessor-Recorder’s office is about to raise the fee to file certain real estate documents from a whopping $2 to an even more whopping $3. Hmph.) Let’s slowly count out twelve quarters, whilst glaring, shall we? One … two … three …
Complaints across the city on the loudness of tour bus guides have been heard loud and clear by City officials, who are looking into ways to turn off the snare in our headphones and pipe down the volume of bus microphones.
Today’s SF Weekly includes an in-depth review of some dangerous driving that helps the city’s cabbies make an extra buck. (WARNING: If you are a frequent flier to or from SFO who regularly takes cabs, you may not want to read this article. And please buy a BART pass immediately.)
Their key nemesis – vegetables – will soon be EVERYWHERE, as Mayor Gavin Newsom’s Vegetable Garden Reign of Terror kicks off. From zucchini to broccoli to peas to those icky green things with the other stuff on them, those horrible, horrible vegetables will be not only on dinner plates, but on roofs of buildings, median strips, and even treehouses! We’re waiting to hear back exactly what the response will be from Eight Year Old Boys Inc., but we understand the counter-offensive involves Super-Squirters. (Nope, the eight year old boys are not thinking it through, again.)
Facing severe budget problems, San Francisco City departments across the board look to raise fees on everything from parking to hazardous waste disposal. Several city business owners are worried that the new fees, some beginning as early as next month, will promptly squeeze the life out of their businesses.
It’s the public’s turn to weigh in on the proposed renaming of Third Street to Willie L. Brown Jr. Boulevard and (with no disrespect to the former mayor, of course) most people think that it’s going to be more trouble than it’s worth. I think it all comes down to the fact that the T-Willie Brown doesn’t roll off the tongue nearly as nicely as the T-Third.
SFMTA officials report that they may soon be changing the way the agency monitors arrival and departure times on its entire transit fleet. Current traffic checkers question the accuracy and the changes’ effects on their jobs.
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.