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.
http://ebar.com/news/article.php?sec=news&article=5121: Breaking: Walker to leave the bench
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2010/09/30/BAA01FLT0R.DTL&type=newsbayarea: Judge who struck down Prop. 8 to retire
http://www.baycitizen.org/courts/story/judge-who-struck-down-prop-8-retire/: Judge Who Struck Down Prop. 8 to Retire
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!
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/Guiding-a-transforming-neighborhood-104054234.html: Guiding a transforming neighborhood
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2010/10/03/BAA71FN0LI.DTL&type=newsbayarea: District 10 candidates face diverse challenge
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2010/10/27/BAAG1G0QA8.DTL: San Francisco's wide-open District 10 race
http://www.baycitizen.org/labor/story/local-hiring-key-issue-sf-district/: Local Hiring Key Issue in SF District 10 Race
There are not a ton of happy stories that come from the City’s housing projects in Sunnydale and this is no exception. It looks as if prior to a deadly fire that took the lives of two, a request was made to fix broken fire detectors in the unit.
http://www.sfbg.com/politics/2010/09/28/life-and-death-sunnydale: Life and death in Sunnydale
http://www.sfexaminer.com/sanfrancisco/public-housing-resident-requested-smoke-detectors-fixed-before-fatal-fire/Content?oid=2855067: Public housing resident requested smoke detectors fixed before fatal fire
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!)
http://www.sfbg.com/2010/09/28/dollars-or-sense?page=0,0: Dollars or sense?
As the headline of this article would indicate, the Guardian’s Steven Jones is making some pointed accusations about the close relationship between Tenderloin Housing Clinic’s Randy Shaw and the Mayor’s Office.
http://www.sfbg.com/2010/09/28/test-tenderloin?page=0,0: The test of the Tenderloin
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…
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2010/09/28/MN4B1FHHAT.DTL: Concern over San Francisco commission vacancies
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.
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/16th-St-presents-transit-pickle-103907974.html: 16th St. presents transit pickle
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.
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/Truckers-targeted-in-damage-control-fee-103839734.html: Truckers targeted in damage-control fee
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!
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/Trashy-streets-remain-a-problem-103839724.html: Trashy streets remain a problem
The Chron’s Heather Knight reports that some members of the Democratic Country Central Committee are upset with BART Director James Fang and his use of their “no endorsement” vote in his campaign literature.
http://www.baycitizen.org/elections-2010/story/last-elected-republican-faces-test/: San Francisco's Last Elected Republican Faces Test
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2010/10/24/BAM91G0A67.DTL: 2 of BART's directors face challengers in race
http://www.sfgate.com/default/article/Milk-club-Dems-line-up-with-soda-industry-on-5708260.php: Milk club Dems line up with soda industry on sugary-drink tax, Milk club Dems line up with soda industry on sugary-drink tax
http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/BART-Director-James-Fang-angers-S-F-Democratic-5729216.php: BART Director James Fang angers S.F. Democratic committee, BART Director James Fang angers S.F. Democratic committee
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.
http://www.baycitizen.org/education/story/audit-calls-revamping-sf-special-ed/: Audit Calls for Revamping SF Special Ed Program
http://www.baycitizen.org/education/story/report-sf-school-district-violated-laws/?utm_source=Newsletters&utm_campaign=5abf654a43-May_3_Daily_Newsletter&utm_medium=email: Report: SF School District Violated Special Education Laws
http://www.baycitizen.org/education/story/state-investigate-sf-school-districts/?utm_source=Newsletters&utm_campaign=6bb5535f88-October_18_Daily_Newsletter&utm_medium=email&mc_cid=6bb5535f88&mc_eid=7370779869: State to investigate SF’s handling of special education services
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.
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/Struggling-SF-schools-draw-attention-103590004.html: Struggling SF schools draw attention
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…
http://www.sfweekly.com/2010-09-22/news/who-cares-about-gas-lines-worry-about-killer-cellphone-radiation/: Who cares about gas lines? Worry about killer cellphone radiation
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.
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/Survey-shows-lowest-satisfaction-with-Muni-since-2001-103505649.html: Survey shows lowest satisfaction with Muni since 2001
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.