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.
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.)
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.)
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.