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Archive for August, 2010

Dial H for Help

The Examiner reports that domestic violence calls are on the rise here in San Francisco, begging the question: what can we do to help?

Monday, August 30th, 2010

Lights, camera, action!

For those of you who like old movies (and even older movie houses), never fear: Fillmore Street’s Clay Theater has been designated an historic theater and will be saved from the chopping block.  If you need a subtitle fix, come on down!

Monday, August 30th, 2010

Perking Up Pier 70

As we learn more about the plans to revitalize Pier 70 with housing, shops, restaurants, and manufacturing, we find that mixed use developments have colorful renderings (you know, because the building’s are color-coded depending on use).

Monday, August 30th, 2010

Transit first, for reals this time

After years of never having to feed the meter, City employees are facing the same fate as the rest of us: they will now have to pay to park.  I wonder how popular the City’s transit first policy will be over at City Hall and down at Muni today?

Monday, August 30th, 2010

Number crunchers

Borrowing a page from their friends in New York, the San Francisco Police Department is making better use of crime data to help them, well, fight crime.  The department’s new Bay Area Regional Information Crime Center takes a look a where the most criminal behavior is occurring and then beefs up foot patrols in response.  Sounds like a good (if somewhat obvious) plan to me: Better Data + More Cops = Less Crime.

Monday, August 30th, 2010

The Wall Street Journal Glances In Our Direction, and spies one Dennis J. Herrera

The staid newspaper from back east takes a look at the mayoral ambitions of Dennis Herrera, our fair city’s City Attorney – calling him a leading candidate for the post, and detailing his political and civic history in San Francisco.  (We’d post a picture of Dennis along with this item, but he hasn’t sent us his official campaign photo just yet – and we’re not going to poach the WSJ’s line drawing, because that would get us in trouble.)

Friday, August 27th, 2010

Turning over a new leaf (or not)

Due to financial struggles, the LGBT nonprofit New Leaf has announced that it will be shutting down in October.  The BAR tells us about the fate of the organization’s programs and services.

Thursday, August 26th, 2010

San Francisco LovEvolution

Thursday, August 26th, 2010

Mission Bay housing

The San Francisco Redevelopment Agency is leading efforts to build 150 low-income units in the Mission Bay neighborhood, which is expected to break ground in 2012.

Thursday, August 26th, 2010

Turn off the lights

I don’t know about you, but I’ve had enough of cabs that turn on their “for hire” lights when they really aren’t “for hire.”  Thanks to the SFMTA, a proposal has been submitted to create a new tattletale lighting system that will help signify whether a cab is actually available.  Maybe I can finally stop wailing my arms and screaming “TAXI” at every “for hire” light that goes by…

Thursday, August 26th, 2010

More than just crime

We learn that the recent acts of violence conducted at a number of popular spots in San Francisco might be taking a toll on our tourism industry.

Thursday, August 26th, 2010

Charter me this

San Francisco’s historic street cars may become more than just a trip down memory lane as the SFMTA looks to expand routes and even charter services to raise some much needed cash for the agency.

Tuesday, August 24th, 2010

Seals and sea lions and sharks, oh my!

…with a strong emphasis on SHARKS.  Nope, this isn’t political, but in today’s public service announcement (and because it’s a fairly slow news day), your friends at Usual Suspects want to warn you that sharks have been sighted here in the Bay Area, off Ocean Beach.  If you’re out there trying to take advantage of the last few days of summer, be careful!

Monday, August 23rd, 2010

Republican Rally

The Chronicle takes a look at the Republican Party’s efforts in San Francisco, where we don’t usually roll out the red carpet for the Grand Ol’ Party. Grab your popcorn and get comfy, because this election is going to be an interesting one to watch.

Monday, August 23rd, 2010

Sunday, Sunday

The Chronicle’s exclusive Sunday edition includes, as always, an insightful column from Mayor Willie Brown.  He covers topics ranging from redevelopment funds to hamburgers, and everything in between. Matier & Ross are behind today’s pay wall as well, with details of a six-figure protection plan for one tree on Telegraph Hill and commentary on Senator Leland Yee’s latest death threats.

Sunday, August 22nd, 2010

Back to (Which) School

The esteemed columnist at the Chronicle takes a hard look at what it means for some parents to volunteer at their child’s elementary school.

Friday, August 20th, 2010

A Sweet Place to Read

school-books5California has the worst ratio of teacher-librarians to students in the entire country, but San Francisco is a stunning exception. I would like to give a rare shout-out to SF hipster culture for bringing back librarian glasses. I don’t know if they have prescription lenses, or if you read, but it seems like a step in the right direction.

Friday, August 20th, 2010

Next in line

Michael Cohen, the Director of the Mayor’s Office of Economic and Workforce Development, whose work includes the Hunter’s Point Shipyard project, the Transbay Terminal and the ongoing redevelopment of Treasure Island, is leaving City Hall.  It is, indeed, an end of an era.

Thursday, August 19th, 2010

Faster!

In the days of advanced technology, it’s about time that our public safety systems are brought up to speed.   Yesterday, our City received a whopping $50 million from our friends in Washington to increase communication efficiency between departments in the event of a major disaster.

Thursday, August 19th, 2010

Seriously baby, it’s cold outside

Proving that I am not a complete wimp, the Chronicle reports that these are in fact unseasonably (yes, even for San Francisco) cold times.  But the fact that we have all been shivering through August means that we do have consequently cleaner air and September is expected be nice and toasty (fingers crossed!).

Thursday, August 19th, 2010

Do you smell that?

The BAR reports on the plans for a medical cannabis dispensary to open its doors in the Castro that have recently come to a halt due to the area’s zoning.  Even still, Supervisor Bevan Dufty and many residents think the project wouldn’t be half bad.

Wednesday, August 18th, 2010

Made in San Francisco

Mayor Gavin Newsom is trying to increase the number of tags that can proudly state products were manufactured in San Francisco.  The City will gain some cash; you will gain some clout by wearing Nike made in San Francisco instead of China.  Sounds like a win win!

Wednesday, August 18th, 2010

Making grades: take 2012

The Ex’s Editorial team thinks it’s time to dip into the City’s rainy day fund to provide the SFUSD with some extra cash so they can offer additional classes to the nearly 2000 high school students who aren’t set to graduate in 2014.

Tuesday, August 17th, 2010

Masonic Makeover

Following unanimous approval from the SFMTA Board of Directors, Masonic Avenue will be transformed into Masonic Boulevard. Sounds so much more elegant, doesn’t it?

Monday, August 16th, 2010

You have the right to a (very expensive) attorney

Costs are on the rise over at the Public Defender’s Office thanks to an increase in cases and a decrease in staff avability.  The result?  Paying über-expensive private attorneys to help out.  The Examiner takes a look at the ins and outs of the situation and what the mayor is doing to help foot the bill.

Monday, August 16th, 2010