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Archive for January, 2011

Ay Chihuahua!

San Francisco’s new regulations covering dog-walkers (permitting, fees, insurance, a cap on the number of dogs that may be walked at once) went into effect on the first of the month. Woof!

Wednesday, January 12th, 2011

Home Sweet Home

The GLBT History Museum finds a home in the Castro and becomes the second museum in the world dedicated solely to gay and lesbian archives and materials.

Wednesday, January 12th, 2011

2011 Committee Assignments

This just in!  The Board of Supervisors Committee Assignments are as follows:

Budget & Finance: Supervisors Chu, Mirkarimi and Kim

Budget & Finance Subcommittee:
Supervisors Chiu and Wiener

City Operations & Neighborhood Services:
Supervisors Avalos, Mar and Elsbernd

Joint City & School District: Supervisors Cohen, Avalos and Chu

Government Audits & Oversight: Supervisors Campos, Farrell and Chiu

Land Use & Economic Development:
Supervisors Mar, Cohen and Wiener

Public Safety: Supervisors Mirkarimi, Cohen and Campos

Rules: Supervisors Kim, Elsbernd and Farrell

Tuesday, January 11th, 2011

Going. Going. Gone…

… off to Sacramento.  Wow.  It’s the end of an era, wouldn’t you say?  After last week’s last minute power play from former Mayor Gavin Newsom, he officially took the oath of office to be California’s 49th lieutenant governor on Monday.

Tuesday, January 11th, 2011

Welcome to the hood

A big-name athletic apparel store is expected to fill an empty storefront on Fillmore Street, but not all of its merchant neighbors will be sending Welcome-to-the-Neighborhood Gift Baskets to the new retailer.  Read up and learn why.

Monday, January 10th, 2011

In the Interim

In this week’s game of musical chairs, former Assistant Chief of Operations and current Interim Police Chief Jeff Godown - who says he’s happy to fill the post temporarily, but not permanently - plans to focus on getting Tasers and academy classes for his force, as well as mapping out security needs for America’s Cup.

Monday, January 10th, 2011

The Final Days

After outgoing Mayor Gavin Newsom’s one week postponement of his inauguration as lieutenant governor, it seems as if he has finally taken care of his unfinished business.  He’s managed to squeeze in a lot for a week, including the interim mayor selection, the Asian Art Museum, a number of commission appointments, and the big DA appointment.

Monday, January 10th, 2011

The Chron on Ed Lee’s “Triumphs and Trials”

updaters, please note – this Ed Lee story block is about him as an Asian-American mayor. keywords – asian american mayor ed lee

Sunday, January 9th, 2011

Center Stage

Chronicle columnist John Diaz opines on the shifting nature of SF politics.

Sunday, January 9th, 2011

Board Prez

Supervisor David Chiu is once again the President of the Board.

Sunday, January 9th, 2011

You’ve gotta fight

The Board of Education certainly has their work cut out for them this year.  With testing and budget problems looming statewide, newly elected member of the Board Michael Kirst says he’s hitting the books and will take on these tough problems and more for our kids.

Friday, January 7th, 2011

Lifting us up

The SF Chamber of Commerce’s Steve Falk optimistically discusses our City’s potential for economic growth in 2011.  What with a new Board of Supervisors, a new mayor, the America’s Cup, and the city still bathing in the Giants post-World Series win, we’ve got a lot to offer in 2011.  And by now we’ve all sufficiently recovered from our New Years Eve, so bring it on 2011!

Friday, January 7th, 2011

Our New(ish) D.A.

The Examiner takes a look at the potential conflicts of interest facing San Francisco District Attorney neé Chief of Police George Gascón.

Thursday, January 6th, 2011

Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes

The Bay Area Reporter takes a look at the changing faces of the city’s LGBT leadership.

Thursday, January 6th, 2011

It Ain’t Over Till… Oh, Wait. It’s Over.

The Chronicle reports on how the city’s liberal wing may have lost a potentially huge opportunity with the departure of Mayor Newsom.

Thursday, January 6th, 2011

Lucky Number Forty-Three

Interim Mayor pick and former City Administrator Ed Lee gets was officially sworn in to his new office yesterday as throngs of people looked on at City Hall.  Big decisions await him in the coming months.

Thursday, January 6th, 2011

Quick like a cat

Despite some of the Supervisors’ best efforts, Mayor Gavin Newsom was still able to sneak in a few appointments before he heads to Sactown on Monday.

Tuesday, January 4th, 2011

cost of street art

SF Weekly looks at how and why the cost of a license to sell art on San Francisco’s streets has risen from $374, in 2003, to $664.

Monday, January 3rd, 2011

Greener pastures

As his swearing in draws ever-closer, the Examiner examines (ha!) the road traveled by (almost former) Mayor Gavin Newsom on his path to becoming the next lieutenant governor of the Golden State.  And yes, they’re already talking about what might be next…

Monday, January 3rd, 2011

So long, farewell

We learn about what the four outgoing members of the Board of Supes will be doing after their last week of duties at City Hall.  (There will be lots of running involved; as in running for mayor and running a bar.)

Sunday, January 2nd, 2011

Never on Sunday

If you are STILL recovering from NYE celebrations and didn’t get a chance to grab a Chron this morning, we’ve got your back.  No word from Matier and Ross today, but Willie Brown tells us about Jerry Brown’s re-entry into Sacramento, a new name pops us for interim mayor of San Francisco, the state of our local football team, walking tours in the Tenderloin, a movie review, and what people reveal to him in their personal letters.

Sunday, January 2nd, 2011