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!
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2010/08/30/BAH31F5FD5.DTL&type=newsbayarea: Clay theater to stay open for now
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?
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/Parking-benefits-on-the-way-out-101775898.html: Parking benefits on the way out
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2010/08/30/BAU61F4LNB.DTL&tsp=1: Matier and Ross: Time for Muni drivers to pay to park
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.
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/SFPD-putting-crime-data-to-use-101776098.html: SFPD putting crime data to use
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.)
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/Dennis-Herrera-announces-mayoral-run-101662103.html: Dennis Herrera announces mayoral run, Dennis Herrera announces mayoral run
http://www.ktvu.com/news/24786763/detail.html: City Attorney Herrera Announces Run For SF Mayo
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/blogs/cityinsider/detail?entry_id=71039&tsp=1: City Insider: Dennis Herrera: I'm running for mayor
http://cbs5.com/politics/dennis.herrera.mayor.2.1883432.html: City Attorney Dennis Herrera to run for SF mayor
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…
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/Bright-idea-targets-cab-lights-101527403.html: Bright idea targets cab lights
…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!
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/Shark-sighting-a-sign-of-the-times-101270584.html: Shark sighting a sign of the times
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.
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2010/08/22/BASC1EVQ08.DTL: GOP hopefuls aim high to unseat S.F. Democrats
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2012/03/18/MN9E1NJLF0.DTL: Republicans seek inroads in liberal San Francisco
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.
California 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.
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/Crime-issues-still-vex-library-101134129.html: Crime issues still vex library
http://www.sfexaminer.com/sanfrancisco/sf-main-library-implementing-new-strategies-to-curb-unsavory-behavior/Content?oid=2645140: SF Main Library implementing new strategies to curb unsavory behavior
http://www.sfexaminer.com/sanfrancisco/new-north-beach-branch-library-set-to-open-saturday/Content?oid=2790299: New North Beach Branch Library set to open Saturday
http://www.sfexaminer.com/sanfrancisco/sf-public-school-libraries-dont-go-by-the-book/Content?oid=2825895 : SF public school libraries don’t go by the books
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.
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/Official-behind-shipyard-TI-redevelopment-leaving-City-Hall-101097129.html: Official behind shipyard, TI redevelopment leaving City Hall
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2010/08/20/BAOA1F0E63.DTL&type=newsbayarea: S.F. mayor's top development aide resigns
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2010/08/31/BAJ31F5SFC.DTL: City Insider: Office of Economic and Workforce Development
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.
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/High-tech-boost-for-public-safety-101048834.html: High-tech boost for public safety
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!).
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2010/08/19/MNBG1EVCUE.DTL&type=newsbayarea: Cooler weather means cleaner air for Bay Area
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.
http://ebar.com/news/article.php?sec=news&article=5001: Zoning hampers plans for Castro pot sales
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!
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/Withering-industry-returning-101039204.html: Withering industry returning
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.
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2010/08/17/BAUL1EUPE2.DTL&type=newsbayarea: New requirements for high schoolers to graduate
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/Citys-students-making-the-grade-on-exit-exams-101445419.html: City’s students making the grade on exit exams
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/education/2012/08/students-doing-better-scores-don-t-show-san-francisco-program-impact: Students doing better, but scores don’t show San Francisco program impact
http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/S-F-class-of-14-on-track-to-graduate-4051222.php: 1,900 in SF class of '14 may not graduate
http://www.sfexaminer.com/opinion/editorials/2012/11/sfusd-needs-aid-ensure-teens-graduate-high-school: Editorial: SFUSD needs aid to ensure that teens graduate high school
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.
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/The-Citys-public-defender-costs-soar-100743189.html: The City's public defender costs soar
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.