While CitiApartments has agreed to a settlement for mistreating tenants at their various properties around town, people are still not pleased with the situation. And who can blame them? I, too, would be PO-ed if my utilities kept shutting off for no reason.
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/2011/03/notorious-landlord-must-pay-big-or-leave-business: CitiApartments owner must pay big or leave San Francisco business
According to PETA, quite a bit. The animal rights organization has requested that San Francisco’s Tenderloin neighborhood be renamed something that refrains from evoking a butcher, cow, steak, the HOPR, or pretty much anything else related to meat (mmmmm, meat). In the words of one local resident, whose wit made me laugh out loud despite the early hour, “What, am I going to say, ‘Yo, I’m headed down to the Mixed Salad?’” Amen, brother.
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/2011/03/wheres-beef-peta-wants-san-francisco-rename-tenderloin: Where's the beef? PETA wants San Francisco to rename Tenderloin
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2011/03/30/BA1K1ILVQU.DTL&type=newsbayarea: City Insider: Yellow Pages vote delayed
With the federal funding tap expected to run dry, Mayor Lee and Supervisors Carmen Chu and John Avalos introduced a resolution, asking the Obama Administration and Congress to limit cuts to a minimum – well aware less money from the Feds means less money for social and community programs at home. Let’s hope our national representatives don’t just let us eat cake.
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/2011/03/7m-federal-funding-cuts-hit-jobs-housing-child-programs-san-francisco: $7M in federal funding cuts to hit jobs, housing, child programs in San Francisco
From the halls of 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place to the terminals at San Francisco International Airport, Peter Nardoza was a lifelong public servant, dedicating his life to making the City by the Bay a better place to live, work, and visit. His kindness and generosity of spirit will be sorely missed. Peter’s memorial service will be held April 21 at 5 p.m. at City Hall’s North Light Court.
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=%2Fc%2Fa%2F2011%2F03%2F28%2FBAD01IIEHK.DTL: Peter Nardoza, former Dianne Feinstein aide, dies
Some Alamo Square residents have had quite enough of tour buses hauling gawking tourists around the neighborhood without paying their fair share, and have suggested the SFMTA charge buses to fund local area improvements.
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/2011/03/alamo-square-neighbors-look-charge-tour-buses: San Francisco Alamo Square neighbors look to charge tour buses
With over 100 cops expected to hang up their hats by the end of the year, the SFPD is working to find quarters, dimes, and even nickels under couch cushions to restore funding for training programs. Members of our Board of Supes weigh in.
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/2011/03/san-francisco-police-seek-academy-funding-replace-departing-cops: San Francisco police seek academy funding to replace departing cops
You’ll have to pony up the three dollars at the newsstand to read this article today. The Chronicle reports that a number of candidates who are running to be the next mayor of San Francisco have been raising and spending money in creative ways.
The Chronicle columnists are at it again. Matier and Ross tell us about the proposed payments for the outgoing BART General Manager, Twitter’s tax breaks, Attorney General Kamala Harris at the border, Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom in Presidio Heights, and Mayor Ed Lee’s perspective on frogs and snakes. Meanwhile, Willie Brown tells us about Terminal 2 at SFO, downtown construction, a dinner honoring Bill Russell in Oakland, a California Shakespeare Festival fundraiser, the Barry Bonds trial, the local winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award, two movie reviews, and dinner with Mayor Ed Lee.
We now have technological data on our city’s poop problem. (Is there an app for that?) Next steps, more toilets in the TL. Although, some people think the toilets are just a means for people to commit crime. The ancient Romans did a lot of things well — what if we did toilets like they did (pictured)? Sure, it would be akward at first, but think of all the great conversations we could have.
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/2011/02/tenderloin-residents-fed-people-using-streets-their-toilet: Tenderloin residents fed up with people using streets as their toilet
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2011/02/24/BA7A1HT5SD.DTL&tsp=1: C.W. Nevius: No wonder Tenderloin needs public toilets
http://sfpublicpress.org/news/2011-03/road-waste-are-food-service-providers-really-to-blame-for-feces-in-the-tenderloins-stre: Are food service providers really to blame for human waste in the Tenderloin’s streets?
http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/S-F-takes-data-driven-approach-to-poop-5621384.php#photo-6595749: S.F. has new data-driven solution to old S.F. problem: human excrement
http://www.sfexaminer.com/sanfrancisco/sf-opens-public-sanitation-stations-to-curb-street-waste/Content?oid=2850738: SF opens public sanitation stations to curb street waste
From the halls of 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place to the terminals at San Francisco International Airport, Peter Nardoza was a lifelong public servant, dedicating his life to making the City by the Bay a better place to live, work, and visit. His kindness and generosity of spirit will be sorely missed. A memorial service will be held this Thursday, April 21 at 5pm in City Hall’s North Light Court.
http://www.ebar.com/news/article.php?sec=news&article=5583: Former airport official Peter Nardoza dies
After finding that several of its students were not actually San Franciscans, the SFUSD takes a long, hard look at its definition of “resident,” coming up with a new set of regulations aimed to keep the fibbers out of the classroom.
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/education/2011/03/border-abuse-leads-changes-san-francisco-board-education: Border abuse leads to changes by San Francisco Board of Education
We usually don’t post obituaries when someone transitions to the other side who is not a local political player; however, for Velvet Brown/Martha/Cleopatra/Queen of Diamonds, we made an exception. Screen siren Elizabeth Taylor passed yesterday at the age of 79. Thank you, Ms. Taylor, for your years of glamour, entertainment, Hollywood gossip, and contributions to the arts.
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/n/a/2011/03/23/state/n062159D25.DTL: Film legend Elizabeth Taylor dies at 79 in LA
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/03/24/movies/elizabeth-taylor-obituary.html?_r=1&hp: Elizabeth Taylor Dies at 79
http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/obituaries/screen-legend-elizabeth-taylor-dies-at-age-79/2010/09/21/ABPFCYIB_story.html: Elizabeth Taylor dies; screen legend was 79
http://www.latimes.com/news/obituaries/la-me-elizabeth-taylorlong-20110324,0,6948132.story: Elizabeth Taylor, legendary actress, dies at 79
Tired of the Game of “Psych!” Board President Chiu introduces legislation to regulate bioterrorism detection devices after concerns were raised that such contraptions are not tested or adhere to standard requirements, causing public alarm and oodles of money when they go off unnecessarily.
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/2011/03/bioterrorism-detectors-raise-many-issues: San Francisco officials fear false alarms from bioterrorism detectors
The Bay Guardian shines a spotlight on the issue of San Francisco’s working class moving to the East Bay. The paper echoes this belief in an editorial that SF is losing much of its diversity and creativity because of its lack of affordable housing options.
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/2011/03/san-francisco-becoming-child-free-zone-youth-population-declines: San Francisco becoming a child-free zone as youth population declines
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/development/2011/03/san-francisco-neighborhoods-have-changed-faces-over-last-two-decades: San Francisco neighborhoods have changed faces over two decades
http://www.bizjournals.com/sanfrancisco/print-edition/2011/06/24/disappearing-kids-illustrate-san.html?page=all: Editorial: Disappearing kids illustrate San Francisco family flight
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/2012/03/family-flight-san-francisco-topic-supervisors-hearing: Family flight from San Francisco topic of supervisors hearing
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2012/03/09/MNQ91NI428.DTL: Families' exodus leaves S.F. whiter, less diverse
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/education/2012/03/supervisors-consider-how-retain-families: Supervisors consider how to retain families
http://www.sfbg.com/2012/04/10/san-franciscos-loss: San Francisco's loss
http://www.sfbg.com/2012/04/10/flight-san-francisco: Editorial: The flight from San Francisco
Positive economic news? No need to clean your glasses, this story is real and ready to make you optimistic. According to a recent report from the Controller’s office, tourism is close to being back up to it’s pre-recession numbers. Those crazy, map packed and camera wielding Iowans might just be the ones to raise our revenues. So the next time you see a tourist, help them turn their map right side up and offer directions. Represent and make San Francisco proud.
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/2011/03/hotel-labor-rifts-threaten-tourism-dollars: Hotel worker strikes threaten tourism dollars in San Francisco
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/2012/01/tourism-brings-san-francisco-sunny-news-gloomy-fiscal-climate: Tourism brings San Francisco sunny news in gloomy fiscal climate
A lot of people were hit by cars last year. So, Supervisor Scott Wiener is proposing legislation to change that. My first proposal? Turn everyone into cyborgs. Cyborgs don’t get hurt when they are hit by cars.
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/2011/03/momentum-builds-pedestrian-safety-san-francisco: Momentum builds for pedestrian safety in San Francisco
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2011/04/10/BA5H1IT5PV.DTL: S.F. pedestrian safety is goal of committee
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/development/2013/06/pedestrian-safety-law-package-takes-step-ahead-sf: Pedestrian safety law package takes step ahead in S.F.
A major deal between Lennar and two Chinese companies appears to have fallen apart amid reports that the Chinese companies were looking for increased control over the developments at Hunters Point Naval Shipyard and Treasure Island. Not a problem, Lennar. There’s gotta be some young tech entrepreneur who’s got a cool $1.7 billion lying around, awaiting investment. Because all of their capital is liquid…right?
http://www.baycitizen.org/development/story/alleged-cover-environmental-risks/1/: Emails Reveal Alleged Cover-Up of Environmental Risks at Hunters Point
http://www.baycitizen.org/development/story/judge-no-development-polluted-shipyard/?utm_source=Newsletters&utm_campaign=66962bac0d-July_13_Daily_Newsletter&utm_medium=email: Judge: No Development of Polluted Shipyard Land until Cleanup Is Done
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/2011/07/bulk-hunters-point-development-plan-upheld-judge: Bulk of Hunters Point development plan upheld by judge
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/2011/09/hunters-point-project-clears-court-hurdle: Redevelopment of San Francisco's Hunters Point clears court hurdle
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/2012/12/china-development-bank-begin-building-20000-new-san-francisco-homes: China Development Bank to begin building 20,000 new San Francisco homes
http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/matier-ross/article/S-F-China-development-deal-falls-apart-4427448.php: S.F.-China development deal falls apart
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887323741004578417051859843598.html: Chinese Housing Loan Plan Collapses
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/development/2013/04/lennar-loan-deal-china-bank-falls-apart-leaving-san-francisco-developments: Lennar loan deal with China bank falls apart, leaving San Francisco developments searching for money
Do you know what the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission is responsible for? I do – but according to the Examiner, it’s because I’m a geek. So in efforts to draw attention of the SFPUC outside of the geek community, the agency is revamping its image with a new logo (which to me, looks like a raindrop AND a lightning bolt).
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/2011/03/sfpuc-looks-gain-attention-rebranding: SFPUC looks to gain attention with rebranding
One national retailer with 1700 stores seems to be flying under the local radar in our chain store wars. Could it be the pantaloons rouge that they have on sale? Or are we just tired of Daly City having all the fun?
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/development/2011/03/san-francisco-showing-little-opposition-target-stores: San Francisco showing little opposition to Target stores