The SFPUC may likely be renamed the CAPUC for all of the non-San Francisco based workers the agency is employing for local projects, leaving many City leaders unhappy that the SFPUC isn’t going local in its hiring process.
But what an audit it is! Perhaps unsurprisingly, the recent audit of the SFMTA takes the agency to task for excessive overtime rules and overly-friendly work rules for Muni drivers, costing the agency over $3 million annually. It turns out the workers can still earn overtime even when they’ve called in sick. So if you don’t find me at camp this summer, I’ll be in the employment line over at the MTA.
Oh Muni, how you toy with my emotions. The SF transit agency reports that it never seriously considered consolidating bus stops to save some cash, leaving riders everywhere to declare, “Why, why, why?!”
Following a growing trend in San Francisco, Supervisor Bevan Dufty became the latest to lift a ban on new restaurants. Now residents and visitors can ask themselves, “Which of the 8,439,071 restaurants in San Francisco do I want to eat at?”
A fight over a proposed mobile phone antenna has been joined – avidly! – at Sixteenth and Dolores. (Ironically, as I try to update Suspects this morning, both my mobile internet card AND my wireless network seem to be croaking.) Ahhhh, will the perfect balance of technology and the rights of the populace to wear tinfoil-free headgear ever be found?
It’s the Sunday Internet Holdback over at the Chron – and what got held back? Matier and Ross cover the Harris/Kelly fight in the Dem primary for AG, where the polls stand in the Whitman/Poisner fight in the Reep primary for Gov, what’s what with Arizona boycott news, and a candidate for Interim Mayor. (A job you undoubtedly didn’t know we didn’t have.) And Willie Brown talks up doorman jokes, the independence of a local pol, what’s what with cabbies, and his personal views on renaming Third Street.
Concerned that there haven’t been enough revenue generators proposed for your November ballot? Have no fear! Two tax measures passed the board yesterday, one that would raise property taxes on the big houses that you plan to marry into one day, and another that would increase hotel room taxes.
The SFUSD is taking a bite out of the federal funding apple as improvements to several institutions are on their way thanks to federal funding options. Hooray! The ten public schools looking to make changes are not getting the money to spend on just anything, though.
If you’ve noticed that Muni has been speedier in the last few weeks: you’re not delusional. Muni tells us that it has, in fact, seen fewer delays in its system in the past six weeks. Now that’s what I call a great holiday gift!
A flurry of activity at ParkMerced is being described (depending on who’s describing it, naturally) as an attempt to clean up the books – or the beginning of mass evictions. Whatever the case may actually be, City Hall’s heard about it and has gotten interested.
The sparring between Public Defender Jeff Adachi and District Attorney Kamala Harris continues over whether or not the DA’s office needs to provide detailed background information for the city’s police officers. This argument has all the makings of great drama: politics, police, campaigns, and courtroom antics. Get comfortable, folks, because this one is far from over!
The Chronicle editorial team gives us its picks for the June 8th election, including yeays or nays for the five state propositions and the seven local ballot measures, as well as its top picks for candidates seeking statewide office.
The Examiner takes a look at just how much free Muni passes that allow Muni operators and their families to ride without payment are costing the SFMTA, and suggest that Muni’s budget may be better off without them hitching free rides.
Mayor Brown complains about the lack of nightlife in North Beach, tells you what happened at a couple parties that you weren’t invited to, makes a recommendation about crime prevention, reviews some movies, and more – while Matier and Ross cover a free speech debate in the stands of the Oakland Coliseum, mull Mayor Dellums’ plans, wonder about nineteen hundred paychecks for San Franciscans being processed by an Arizona company, and more.
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.