The Chronicle takes a look at the unusually high number of homicides in San Francisco and Oakland this year (seriously, people, it’s only January!) and what folks at City Hall and the Hall of Justice are planning to do about it.
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2011/01/29/MNMR1HEJT4.DTL&tsp=1: Homicides in first month of new year alarming
Want to know what Mayor Lee is up to this weekend? It’s not a secret, thanks to a public calendar that is proving to be more detailed and readily available than either of his predecessors. The media and staunch Sunshine Ordinance advocates seem to agree: happy happy, joy joy.
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2011/01/29/BAVG1HEPG0.DTL&tsp=1: A tale of 2 mayors makes style points
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2011/02/21/BATE1HQ73R.DTL&tsp=1: S.F. City Hall, Ed Lee usher in era of civility
http://www.sfbg.com/2011/02/22/meet-new-boss: Meet the new boss
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/2011/02/ed-lee-sheds-more-light-mayoral-activities: Ed Lee sheds more light on San Francisco mayoral activities
Corporations may no longer be able to rent leases for their employees who are here for the short term. BoS President David Chiu is proposing legislation that would stop the aforementioned act. Although, I liked the rotating cast of friendly faces next door, at least there won’t be any more German sports cars parked on my lawn.
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/2011/01/it-s-still-rent-over-buy-san-francisco: It’s still rent over buy in San Francisco
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2011/08/11/MND91KLCIE.DTL&type=newsbayarea: S.F. apartment rent rises as vacancy rates fall
http://www.baycitizen.org/columns/scott-james/how-rent-control-subsidizes-super-rich/: How Rent Control Subsidizes San Francisco's Super-Rich
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2012/02/26/EDUA1NC2G1.DTL: Editorial: San Francisco in search of affordable housing - but for whom?
http://www.baycitizen.org/columns/scott-james/more-sf-builders-opting-not-include/?utm_source=Newsletters&utm_campaign=fdba520680-March_9_Daily_Newsletter&utm_medium=email: More SF Builders Opting Not to Include Affordable Housing
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/03/18/us/path-for-san-francisco-housing-aid-runs-into-tangle-of-interests.html: Path for a Housing-Aid Plan Runs Through a Tangle of Competing Interests
http://www.baycitizen.org/housing/story/many-arguments-no-agreements-affordable/: Many Arguments, No Agreements on Affordable Housing
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2012/03/22/MNJG1NJON9.DTL: S.F. apartment construction boom around the corner
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/2012/03/tweak-apartment-law-could-free-more-housing-san-francisco: Tweak to apartment law could free up more housing in San Francisco
Today, we learn about the Chinatown Community Development Center and how it has helped some of our Supes get into office, and how it will continue to help local residents through two new development projects coming to a street near you.
http://www.bizjournals.com/sanfrancisco/print-edition/2011/01/28/chinatown-cdc-readies-105m-in-housing.html: Chinatown CDC readies $105M in housing
Word on the street is that San Francisco’s own Roberta Achtenberg is headed to Washington to serve on the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, the first openly gay person to be appointed. Our best wishes are with Ms. Achtenberg as she tackles this next challenge in her long and illustrious career in public service. Just don’t forget us little people back at home!
In case you weren’t aware (because I sure wasn’t), eating and drinking are currently not allowed on BART. But now that the agency is planning to transform its stations into retail hubs, we might see more food and drink items being carried on trains. So what does this mean for the existing eating and drinking ban? Not much, at least according to SF Weekly.
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/transportation/2011/01/bart-may-add-retail-vendors-stations: BART may add retail vendors to stations
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=%2Fc%2Fa%2F2011%2F01%2F27%2FBAE41HF9KA.DTL: BART may allow more businesses at stations
http://www.sfweekly.com/2011-02-09/news/bart-eating-drinking-tickets-fines/: Most BART Riders Escape Tickets for Eating and Drinking
In this week’s cover story, the SF Weekly takes a look at the City’s payroll. What they find might surprise you, unless you’re a City worker who has been spending a lot of time recently underwater or at an elevation greater than thirty feet, in which case you know exactly how much money can be made in government work.
http://www.sfweekly.com/2011-01-26/news/premium-pay-san-francisco-city-workers-bonuses-budget-wages/: Premium pay nets city workers millions in bonuses for just doing their jobs
http://www.sfweekly.com/2011-01-26/news/premium-pay-san-francisco-city-employees-bonuses/: Six unexpected things S.F. city employees receive bonuses for
Attention J-Church passengers: good news (well, sort of)! The SFMTA has listened to citizens’ complaints and is seriously looking into improving the on-time performance of the trains. Now, wouldn’t that be nice!
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=%2Fc%2Fa%2F2011%2F01%2F25%2FBAKI1HE8R1.DTL: Scott Wiener seeks better service on Muni J-Church
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/transportation/2011/03/sfmta-looks-improve-j-church-service-evenly-timed-trains: Muni looks to improve J-Church service with evenly timed trains
According to the number crunchers over at the San Francisco Unified School District, they could be facing a budget shortfall of up to $20 million this year. That’s a lot of number two pencils (333,333,333 to be exact, if you’re buying them on Amazon, and yes I did the math) so let’s hope that the nice folks in Sacramento find it in their hearts to help us out a little bit.
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/education/2011/01/sfusd-could-be-facing-20m-shortfall-next-school-year: San Francisco school district could be facing $20M budget deficit
…the Examiner reminds us why it’s wonderful to be a San Franciscan, especially when the thermometer is inching ever closer to 70 degrees in January. Ladies, get out those bikinis and gentlemen, I want to see some short shorts, because this Thursday is gonna be a scorcher! (Well, at least in San Francisco terms.)
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/2011/01/warm-january-reminds-san-franciscans-why-we-live-here: Warm January reminds San Franciscans why we live here
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2011/01/27/MN601HE6JR.DTL&type=newsbayarea: Don't fret about Calif. dry spell, enjoy weather
With all this rain, water must really be on the mind because it sure is in the news! The Chron reports that the SF Public Utilities Commission is looking for new and innovative ways to actually use the land atop neighborhood reservoirs. No, you aren’t having a senior moment, this is not a new idea, but one on which the PUC is hoping for more cooperation from neighbors and water officials this go around. Cue the kumbaya!
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2011/01/23/BADG1H950L.DTL: San Francisco: Francisco Reservoir's fate debated
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2012/03/01/MNT81NC78J.DTL: In cramped S.F., more uses sought for reservoirs
City Hall rolled out the welcome mat, inviting a delegation of Chinese commerce, trade officials and business leaders to San Francisco, in an effort to further spur investment in San Francisco industries.
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/development/2011/01/time-groundbreaking-draws-near-hunters-point-shipyard: Time for groundbreaking draws near for Hunters Point shipyard
http://www.bizjournals.com/sanfrancisco/print-edition/2011/04/29/hunters-point-shipyard-construction.html: Hunters Point Shipyard construction set for July
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/2012/05/bayview-housing-may-welcome-families-14: Bayview housing may welcome families by ’14
http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/matier-ross/article/Eliana-Lopez-will-testify-if-SF-buys-ticket-3665229.php: Matier and Ross: Eliana Lopez will testify - if SF buys ticket
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702304458604577489062449154168.html: China in Talks With U.S. Home Builder
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/2012/06/chinese-cash-may-fuel-san-francisco-housing: Chinese cash may fuel San Francisco housing
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/2012/07/san-francisco-welcomes-china-investment-delegates: San Francisco welcomes China investment, delegates
Always a little bit too happy and slightly snarky, Jesse loves to share his amusement with the City by the Bay. When he isn’t waxing poetic about San Francisco, you can find Jesse spotting up for jumpers at Dolores Park, waiting outside the Regency to see Lil’ B the BasedGod (TYBG), or lost somewhere in Las Vegas.