The unique voice that is Mr. Smith over at the Weekly weighs in again with a very Thomas Paine-y proposal – no, not a column in favor of the French Revolution, but rather a column riddled through and through with Common Sense. His suggestion? People who pilot bicycles, and those who drive cars, should OBEY THE LAW and STOP SCREWING WITH OTHERS. Cops should fine or arrest people who continue to disobey the law and screw with others, no matter their wheels. And, because we are good at predicting the future, please watch this space in coming days to read about bicyclists and motorists pillorying Smith for his idiocy, and saying that it’s not THEM that’s causing the problem – it’s the OTHER guys. (We’re kinda predictable that way, here in San Francisco.) Mr. Smith? Thank you for this calm, thoughtful column. Bravo.
http://www.sfweekly.com/2010-06-30/news/path-to-civility/: Matt Smith: Path to Civility
The City is working to create a sting operation to nab bicycle thieves. Some Come Steal Me bicycles, already outfitted with some secret transponders, will be left in a few fun places that are already hotbeds of Bike Thievin’ Activity, and when nature takes its course, the cops will show up and tote Mister Stealing Man off to the pokey. And we know you don’t care what we think about things – we just summarize the news – but FYI, Suspects Likes This. (Yep. We’re not worried about pissing off the all-powerful Bike Stealing Lobby. The hell with them.)
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/Bicycle-stings-use-high-tech-gear-97449954.html: Bicycle stings use high-tech gear
In today’s paper edition of the Chronicle, Matier and Ross tell us about the image conscious Russian President, the race for Abel Maldonado’s former seat, discussions in Oakland to avoid police layoffs, and the booing of Jamarcus Russell at a boxing match. Meanwhile, Willie Brown gives us his opinion about the Medvedev visit, the Sister City trip to Shanghai, Sarah Palin’s staying power, and Walter Shorenstein.
Local green businesses are up in arms about a series of ballot initiatives that could negatively impact the industry and environment. And being the green city that we are, San Francisco is ready to join in the fight. (In an eco-friendly way that involves a lot of recycling, of course.)
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/Green-sector-fights-to-keep-pollution-law-97037489.html: Green sector fights to keep pollution law
Okay, so maybe it’s more like “foggy town,” but regardless, summer is here. And with summer comes an annual spike in crime throughout the city. This year both the SFPD and City Hall are bracing for it to be worse than usual thanks to that darn global economic crisis.
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/Crime-in-The-City-to-heighten-for-summer-97037399.html: Crime in The City to heighten for summer
In today’s BAR, SF Pride officials admit that the organization’s finances are in a dismal state, but we all know the first step to solving a problem is admitting that you have one. Keep calm and carry on, says Pride organizers, and let’s get moving on Pride 2011.
http://ebar.com/news/article.php?sec=news&article=4867: Pride turns 40!
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2010/06/26/MNEB1E3V06.DTL&type=newsbayarea: S.F. Pride parade at 40: Gays no longer outlaws
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2010/06/27/BA3L1E5JCQ.DTL&type=newsbayarea: Pink triangle heralds Pride preparations
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/Pink-Triangle-placed-atop-Twin-Peaks-for-SF-Pride-97234634.html: Pink Triangle placed atop Twin Peaks for SF Pride
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2010/06/28/MN091E5U1K.DTL&type=newsbayarea: Pride Parade hits middle age, goes mainstream
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/Thousands-sport-Sunday-best-to-celebrate-Prides-40th-year-97285319.html: Thousands sport Sunday best to celebrate Pride’s 40th year
http://www.ebar.com/news/article.php?sec=news&article=4888: Crowds celebrate 40 years of SF Pride
http://www.ebar.com/news/article.php?sec=news&article=4984: SF Pride appears troubled
http://ebar.com/news/article.php?sec=news&article=5063: SF Pride has $99,000 deficit
http://www.ebar.com/news/article.php?sec=news&article=5089: Dufty expresses concerns about SF Pride issues
http://www.ebar.com/news/article.php?sec=news&article=5105: Pride director's future in doubt
http://ebar.com/news/article.php?sec=news&article=5148: Andre quits SF Pride
http://www.ebar.com/news/article.php?sec=news&article=5168: Controller's review sought for Pride
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2010/10/21/MNCG1FUPT9.DTL&tsp=1: S.F. Parade regroups after director's resignation
http://www.ebar.com/news/article.php?sec=news&article=5183: Online Extra: Political Notes: D8 supe candidates back SF Pride audit
http://www.ebar.com/news/article.php?sec=news&article=5251: SF Pride begins regrouping
http://www.ebar.com/news/article.php?sec=news&article=5308: SF Pride furloughs staff; co-chair resigns
http://ebar.com/news/article.php?sec=news&article=5315: Turmoil roils SF Pride
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/2010/12/pride-parade-organizer-financial-hole: Pride parade organizer in financial hole
http://www.ebar.com/news/article.php?sec=news&article=5336: City report blasts SF Pride
http://www.ebar.com/news/article.php?sec=news&article=5356: SF Pride admits errors, moves ahead
A new ruling by the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals says San Francisco jailhouse guards can once again sue the City for its policy of barring male deputies from the women’s jail. The city failed to show that its 2006 policy of sex discrimination was undisputedly necessary or that alternatives might not be available.
http://www.sfbg.com/2010/06/22/danger-zone: Danger Zone
http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/Alameda-County-jail-s-pregnancy-test-policy-focus-5523839.php: Alameda County jail's pregnancy test policy focus of suit
http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/S-F-jail-guards-suit-over-women-s-lockup-5596716.php: S.F. jail guards' suit over women's lockup reinstated
And in related news, the sun came up in the East this morning. No, but seriously – Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi has suggested that the 72-year old contract that locks in the City’s fees for our power franchise be changed, and the Guardian editorializes that that’s a good idea. Read up.
http://www.sfbg.com/2010/06/22/how-sf-can-get-50-million-year-pge: Opinion: How SF can get $50 million a year from PG&E
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/2011/02/san-franciscos-efforts-public-power-fizzle-again: San Francisco's efforts for public power fizzle again
Under proposed measures meant to reduce the skyrocketing Golden Gate Bridge Highway and Transportation District’s budget shortfall (apparently these are quite common), the days of cruising over the landmark with your friends and into the city without paying toll may be over, among other changes. Oh, the humanity!
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/GG-Bridge-district-works-to-balance-budget-96774574.html: GG Bridge district works to balance budget
With unemployment numbers hovering around ten percent and the city struggling to create new business opportunities, local economists and San Francisco think tank SPUR are calling for the creation of an economic development center to encourage job growth.
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/Business-outreach-revived-to-promote-The-CIty-96775354.html: Business outreach revived to promote The City
In the print edition of the Chronicle, Matier and Ross tell us about mass police layoffs in Oakland, Supervisor Alioto-Pier’s fight to keep her District 2 seat, several police unions getting together, and more. Meanwhile, Willie Brown tells us about the Shanghai World Expo, the future exposure of Meg Whitman, the past exposure of Carly Fiorina, and gives us a few new movie reviews.
SFBG gives us the deets on a solution that’s been proposed to bridge our town’s hunger and healthy food gap.
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2010/06/20/BAAO1E1M7R.DTL&type=newsbayarea: S.F. weighs fees to close budget gap
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/City-targets-junk-food-trash-with-cleanup-fee-96858749.html: City targets junk-food trash with cleanup fee
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/2012/09/supervisor-eric-mar-wants-healthier-food-options-san-francisco: Supervisor Eric Mar wants healthier food options in San Francisco
http://www.sfbg.com/politics/2014/04/14/proposed-food-voucher-pilot-program-could-feed-thousands-hungry-san-franciscans: Proposed food voucher pilot program could feed thousands of hungry San Franciscans
With a background including psychology, public affairs, and – yes – even performing arts, Alia has a keen understanding of how people think and move. When she’s not working tirelessly for causes she cares about, you can find Alia watching SFGovTV (seriously, she does this), catching every musical that sweeps through the bay, or trolling the city for vegan friendly goods.