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Archive for May, 2010

Cow Palace

Monday, May 31st, 2010

Bison Business

The Examiner team reports on the Recreation and Parks Department’s decision to renovatate of the home of the city’s remaining bison population and why they may lose a generous donation because of the delay.

Sunday, May 30th, 2010

Using Plastic? That’ll cost you

Despite paying some of the highest cab fares in the country, the SFMTA is exploring tacking on a 75 cent surcharge with every swipe of your credit card.

Sunday, May 30th, 2010

The Daly Show

Carolyn Tyler and C.W. Nevius each eke out one last “Chris Daly Lacks Decorum” story thanks to his performance at Tuesday’s Board meeting.

Friday, May 28th, 2010

Trust me, it will only hurt for a second

KTVU covers the battle between the Mayor and the Board regarding Project Homeless Connect.  Insiders predict morning fog and skirmishes, followed by afternoon sun and horsetrading.

Friday, May 28th, 2010


The next time you take your dog to the park, don’t just expect other puppy playmates.  The Chronicle gives us the scoop on the new furry friends joining us in the city.  Let’s just say “ruff, ruff” isn’t really their thing.

Friday, May 28th, 2010

Take It To The Bank

Today marks the first day of the City’s one-of-a-kind college savings plan, designed to help kids with challenging financial situations save some cash for college.  First finger-painting, then recess, then Accounting 101.  All in a day’s work!

Friday, May 28th, 2010

Political Notebook

This week in the Bay Area Reporter’s Political Notebook, we learn about renaming a stretch of street in the TL after trans preformer Vicki Marlane, the adequacy of the San Francisco’s LGBT Aging Policy Task Force report, and EQCA’s endorsement of Betty Yee. 

Thursday, May 27th, 2010

What’s in a name?

Supervisor Bevan Dufty has introduced a resolution to re-name the 17th Street Pedestrian Plaza in honor of San Francisco Patrol Special Police Officer Jane Warner.  Members of the community agree that this would be a fitting recognition for her many years of service to the neighborhood.

Thursday, May 27th, 2010

Picking up the tab

The caseload over at the public defender’s office is up over 30% from last year, and with that increase comes a need for more dollars (and sense, but that’s another story for another day).  The City has agreed to release reserve funds to help pick up the tab but also wants a more detailed report about the cases coming in the door.

Thursday, May 27th, 2010

Hot town, summer in the city

With August fast approaching, it’s official: summer is here!  And what comes with summer?  The beach!!  (Yeah, yeah, I know, it’s cold and foggy and windy in the summer, but a girl can dream…)  The Chronicle takes a look at which beaches are safe for swimming and which fall into the “look, but don’t touch” category.

Thursday, May 27th, 2010

Service pays

Daddy: What do you want to be when you grow up, Sally?  Sally: I want to be a San Francisco firefighter or cop because they have one of the highest base salaries in all of California and great benefits, respectively, according to a new study I read about in the paper.  Plus, I love kitty cats and climbing things and helping people, and they wear cool boots and hats.  Score!  Daddy: That a girl.

Wednesday, May 26th, 2010

When it rains…

Even more criminal cases in San Francisco are under the microscope after it was discovered that one of the coroner’s toxicologists has an, ummm, questionable past.  First the drug lab, now this… and so the criminal justice saga continues.

Wednesday, May 26th, 2010

Rush: He’s Toxic. Gore: He’s Brilliant.

Bay Area activist Van Jones is back on the scene, and back in town.  Everyone remember the media firestorm about eight months ago?  That was an amazing – and speedy – illustration of how Things Get Done when everyone’s reading claims and attacks from the same playbook.  (Even when the playbook is largely invented.)  It’s called message discipline, people.  Check it out.  And Van?  Welcome home.

Tuesday, May 25th, 2010

Take. Your Drugs. NOW.

Supervisor Michela Alioto-Pier suggests that many issues of homelessness might be solved with laws allowing government to force mentally ill people to take their meds.  (And are you one of the people who thinks this is going to quietly roll through the San Francisco legislative process?  Then you need some meds.  Stat.)

Tuesday, May 25th, 2010

It’s all for the kids

San Francisco is joining many school districts throughout the Bay Area by asking voters to approve measures that secure cash for schools.  San Francisco County’s measure?  Spend a little to protect kids from fires and earthquakes (wait, we have those here?).  To the ballots we go!

Monday, May 24th, 2010


In the print-only department, we have Willie Brown and Matier and Ross.  M&R cover the Tesla/Toyota/NUMMI deal, Whitman v. Poisner, Paul McCartney and raising dough for bakeries – and Willie Brown talks Whitman v. Poisner, what a former member of the Board of Supes is doing at City Hall, upcoming Supe races, parties and events, and more.  Grab a paper, get a Kindle subscription, or wait until Tuesday for all the details…

Sunday, May 23rd, 2010

Power Play?

The Chronicle uncovers a common thread in several of the measures we’ll see on San Francisco’s June ballot.

Saturday, May 22nd, 2010


red-fire-truck-23441288984875bbpIf a change in policy is approved, the SFFD may soon allow fire fighters to wear portable cameras in some instances. So the next time you call 911, try to throw on some pants – just in case.

Friday, May 21st, 2010

Give a little, get a little

As funding to San Francisco’s public schools has been slashed here and cut there, Supervisor Bevan Dufty scaled back the plan to give San Francisco School Board Members a full-time salary (and pension) by 50%, and the Board of Supes voted Tuesday to send the measure to the June ballot.

Friday, May 21st, 2010

Step Up and Pee in the Cup!

With the SFPD crime lab scandal not yet in the past, police officers will be testing narcotics themselves.  ‘Twill be interesting to see how this pans out.

Friday, May 21st, 2010

Sue! Sue! Sue!

Did your 401K turn into a 201K during the Wall Street Meltdown?  Are you pissed and want your fair share?  Well, you are not alone.  The San Francisco Redevelopment Agency joined a lawsuit against some of the nation’s largest financial firms in hopes of reclaiming millions of dollars to fund future city projects.

Thursday, May 20th, 2010

Soccer To Me

Soccer is one of the fastest growing sports along the West Coast – and San Francisco is no exception.  Whether you like what some call fútbol or not, Rec and Park will be displaying the acclaimed World Cup games on a massive, jumbo screen outside of City Hall for free, thanks to some very generous fans and players of the sport.  Play ball! (Whoops.  Wrong game…)

Thursday, May 20th, 2010

Eye on the prize

With anything that could be construed as a tax a red flag for many voters across the state, the Bay Guardian speculates that perhaps Mayor Gavin Newsom isn’t as supportive of some local charter amendments that could raise revenues for SF because the statewide voters he is also trying to woo might not approve of a taxing LTG.

Wednesday, May 19th, 2010

Money doesn’t grow on trees… or does it?

It’s official: out-of-towners will now have to pay up to seven buckaroos to enter Golden Gate Park’s Botanical Gardens.  Residents, fear not.  You can still smell the roses for free.

Wednesday, May 19th, 2010