Chief U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker, known for striking down the State’s ban on same-sex marriage, announced that he will be resting his gavel by year’s end. Whether it comes from his harshest critics or biggest fans, something tells me he won’t have a hard time finding a farewell party.
The District 10 race is dissected by the Chronicle and all that is left is one big mess for political prognosticators, while the Bay Citizen discusses local hiring and why it’s become the hot issue in the race with less than one week out. So, read up!
The Guardian paints a heartwrenching story of some of what’s happening in San Francisco’s Sunnydale housing project – once again illustrating that no, your problems probably aren’t REALLY as bad as you thought they were. Read with caution – it’s a sobering story.
The Guardian bemoans the cost of housing in San Francisco, and endorses the idea that the City should build a plan to make sure that folks of all income levels should be able to live here. (Which certainly shouldn’t be too much trouble – we should have that polished off by noon, leaving enough time to solve the Middle East conflict by cocktail time!)
The Guardian goes for a long walk with Randy Shaw, considering various plans and plots to enhance the hope for the folks who live in one of San Francisco’s most beleagured neighborhoods – and the possibilities of hand-in-hand consequences that other people don’t want so much…
Folks seem to be up in arms about some less-than-full rosters on a few key City Commissions. The Mayor’s office says it’s no big deal. Meanwhile, I’m having trouble getting my Sea Lion Feeding Permit because the Farralones Islands Oversight Commission hasn’t met for, um, 38 years. So it would be nice if that was fixed, because a hungry Sea Lion is a pissed off Sea Lion…
The 48th Annual Muni Cable Car Bell Ringing Contest took place without the cable car gripmen and conductors, who boycotted the event. Are we witnessing the birth of a confusing new battleground in San Francisco’s complex and ever-shifting War On Fun?
The lack of transit routes in the growing Mission Bay neighborhood is prompting the SFMTA to implement plans to reroute a bus so it goes through the area. Unfortunately, with Caltrain also pushing forward plans of their own in the same hood, this might not be an easy one.
Supervisor Michela Alioto-Pier is done subsidizing truck drivers who ignore warning signs and find themselves stuck on the city’s hills. Yes, they really are that steep and no, your 18-wheeler can’t make it up the hill. (Or back down, for that matter.) And if you try, prepare to cover the costs of getting your big rig outta there.
What happens when you take lots of litterbugs and an ever-dwindling City budget and put ‘em together? Dirty streets. Despite the Department of Public Works’ best efforts, San Francisco has a trash problem. As in: we have a lot of it and we’re not putting it where we’re supposed to. Pick up after yourselves, people!
The Chronicle covers BART Board incumbents James Fang and Carole Ward Allen’s challengers for their seats on November 2 and why the competition is so great for a seat where pats on the back are so few and far between.
However, your friends at Usual Suspects are here to give you a peek at today’s Chronicle. In today’s paper, Matier and Ross tell us about Mayor Gavin Newsom’s movement away from new healthy food laws, an interesting political ad, and the battle of Bud versus bud. Meanwhile, Willie Brown gives us his perspective on the race for District Two supervisor, advice for Jerry Brown, the political power of Bill Clinton, restaurant and movie reviews, and more.
Stemming from reports earlier this year, the California Department of Education said it will look into whether or not the San Francisco Unified School District denied access to summer school for special needs students in an effort to curb costs.
In response to below average test scores, student activity participation, and truancy, the San Francisco Unified School District has decided to put its foot down. The SFUSD is setting up “superintendent zones” which aim to provide a greater level of student and teacher development and provide extra support to the little buggers that need it the most.
SF Weekly takes a look at the issue of killer cell phones and the antennas that emit the aforementioned death rays. Turns out that we’re way more risk averse about things that likely won’t kill us while we ignore things (like, I dunno, cars and gas lines) that most definitely will. I’m not sure if should be more or less worried after reading this article…
Muni officials look for a silver lining in the latest results of their most recent ridership survey of the happitude and gruntledness of their patrons, given that it’s at its lowest level since 2001. But, in fairness, we should point out that the satisfaction rate is MUCH higher than it was in 1863, when Muni suffered an average of more than three head-on donkey collisions each month, and an audit discovered that all Muni’s light rail vehicles were actually made of cardboard and poorly manufactured by drunken, out-of-work gold miners. So there’s that.
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.