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No, it’s not a fancy dish or a ballet movement. It’s what started a neighborhood battle between a Russian Hill couple and the City. Supervisor Scott Wiener weighs in on the issue and has introduced legislation that might prevent cartouche battles in the future. (And in case you haven’t Googled what a cartouche is yet, you NEED to check out the Ex’s article!)
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/2011/05/san-francisco-officials-want-medallion-removed-russian-hill-home: San Francisco officials want medallion removed from Russian Hill home
If you’ve been keeping up at the state level, you’ll know that there’s been talk of extending a 1 percent statewide sales tax. If that fails? Mayor Lee’s (sort of) got a back up plan. The Examiner gives us the scoop.
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/2011/05/mayor-wants-sales-tax-replaced-if-state-unable-extend-it: Mayor Ed Lee wants sales tax replaced if state is unable to extend it
The Chronicle follows up on yesterday’s article, which filled us in on the City’s sit/lie law and how enforcement is playing out in the Haight. Today, the focus is on those who tend to receive sit/lie tickets – older alcoholics.
http://www.baycitizen.org/blogs/pulse-of-the-bay/police-sit-lie-mostly-ineffective-haight/?utm_source=Newsletters&utm_campaign=f6176ef29b-May_26_Daily_Newsletter&utm_medium=email: Police Official: Sit/Lie Mostly Ineffective in Haight
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/2011/05/san-francisco-police-see-little-change-sit-lie-law-took-effect: San Francisco police see little change since sit-lie law took effect
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/2011/06/sit-lie-results-haight-street-debate: Sit-lie results on Haight Street up for debate
http://www.sfgate.com/news/article/Sit-lie-law-primarily-enforced-in-Haight-3763521.php: Sit/lie law primarily enforced in Haight
http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/Most-SF-sit-lie-tickets-to-older-drunks-3764844.php: Most SF sit/lie tickets to older drunks
OK, perhaps it *is* too complicated for some knuckleheads out there who would rather get on through the back door and then rob and beat the Muni driver with their skateboards. This is redonkulous, and needs to stop. Increase the peace, stupid knuckleheads, or I’ll take you to the zoo.
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/2011/05/violence-against-muni-drivers-spikes: Violence against Muni drivers spikes
…so goes the Union Street Fair. For all you youngsters who preferred the beer gardens to the streets lined with baby strollers and face painting, you’re outta luck this year. The verdict is in and there will be no booze at the fair. And in completely unrelated news, every store in the city seems to have sold out of flasks.
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/2011/05/no-booze-allowed-union-street-fair: No booze allowed at Union Street Fair
Renovations at Dolores Park are at risk of being delayed following a last minute appeal of the $11.5 million bond project, which would create two off-leash dog play areas. Citing child obesity rates, the appellant claims that the space should be for kids to frolic – not pooches.
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/2011/05/supervisor-proposes-new-regulations-dog-walkers: Supervisor Scott Wiener proposes new regulations on dog walkers
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2011/10/19/BA281LJ9O5.DTL: City Insider: Muni will let youths ride free ... if someone pays
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/2011/12/regulations-would-put-short-leash-dog-walking-industry: Regulations would put a short leash on dog-walking industry
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2011/12/12/BAV41MBKHT.DTL: Dog walker regulations considered by S.F.
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/2013/03/city-refines-new-rules-dog-walkers: City refines new rules for dog walkers
http://www.sfchronicle.com/bayarea/article/Dogs-again-at-issue-in-Dolores-Park-redo-4415091.php: Dogs at issue in Dolores Park redo
Though it is TBD whether California’s future high speed rail will be mono or bi or tri-railed, I’m including a tribute to “The Simpson’s” circa 1993 episode because it was awesome. Today’s Ex ventures into what could happen to the Fourth Street exit should one possible speed rail route be executed. Not as bad as what occurred in Springfield, but the plan does conjure up similar images - in the interim.
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/2011/05/high-speed-rail-route-could-rip-interstate-280: High speed rail route could rip up Interstate 280
Following last week’s system failure of the City’s emergency communications technology, Mistermayor wants to know what happened and how we can prevent it from happening again. Sounds like a great idea to me, especially learning that when the system fails, emergency personnel resort to using pens, paper, and radios (like the olden times!).
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/2011/05/san-franciscos-mayor-lee-orders-review-emergency-communications: San Francisco's Mayor Lee orders review of emergency communications
Today’s Examiner gives us the 411 on what Muni is considering in efforts to speed up the overcrowded N-Judah line. Sounds like a great idea, but transit advocates such as N-Judah Chronicles’ (props!) Greg Dewar have doubts about the plan. Read up!
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/2011/05/muni-aims-ease-n-judah-congestion-bus-shuttles: Muni aims to ease N-Judah congestion with bus shuttles
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2011/05/17/BAVM1JGSOL.DTL: City Insider: S.F. likely to win Stow Lake concession ruling
The Chronicle profiles Recreation and Parks Commission President and America’s Cup torchbearer Mark Buell in today’s Sunday edition. Spend the extra change and grab a hard copy. Go ahead – treat yourself.
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2011/05/15/MNJF1H8I59.DTL: Mark Buell, S.F.'s America's Cup fundraiser
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/2011/05/san-francisco-cab-fares-could-hit-new-record: San Francisco cab fares could hit new record
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/2011/05/cab-fares-going-san-francisco-not-much-originally-proposed: Cab fares going up in San Francisco — but not as much as originally proposed
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2011/05/18/MNR81JH831.DTL: City Insider: Cost of riding taxis to go up, and likely up again
http://abclocal.go.com/kgo/story?section=news/local/san_francisco&id=8136641: SFMTA increases SF taxi meter rates
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/2011/08/san-franciscans-could-have-easier-time-catching-cabs-may-have-pay-it: San Franciscans could have easier time catching cabs — but may have to pay for it
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/transportation/2012/02/taxicab-hearings-held-work-toward-fixing-problems-sf: Taxicab hearings held to work toward fixing problems in SF
http://www.sfbg.com/2012/12/04/cab-drivers-lament: Opinion: A cab driver's lament
http://www.baycitizen.org/transportation/story/cab-complaints-climb-san-francisco/?utm_source=Newsletters&utm_campaign=c6f1dde8f6-January_2_Daily_newsletter&utm_medium=email&mc_cid=c6f1dde8f6&mc_eid=9c3d391055: Cab complaints climb in San Francisco
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/transportation/2013/03/san-francisco-cab-industry-looks-mobile-technology-boost-rider-experien: San Francisco cab industry looks to mobile technology to boost rider experience
http://www.sfweekly.com/2013-03-27/news/uber-lyft-sidecar-cabs-sfmta/: Chopped Livery: Start-Ups Revolutionize the Cab Industry
http://www.sfbg.com/2013/04/09/cost-fake-cabs: The cost of fake cabs
http://www.sfchronicle.com/bayarea/article/Taxi-operators-gear-up-for-fight-over-ride-shares-4434104.php: Taxi operators gear up for fight over ride-shares
http://www.sfchronicle.com/bayarea/article/More-taxis-approved-for-SF-4439845.php: More taxis approved for SF
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/transportation/2013/04/more-taxicabs-approved-san-francisco: More taxicabs approved for San Francisco
http://www.sfexaminer.com/sanfrancisco/uber-unveils-new-pricing-model-aimed-at-competing-with-cabs-newer-rivals/Content?oid=2459134: Uber unveils new pricing model aimed at competing with cabs, newer rivals
http://www.sfexaminer.com/sanfrancisco/cab-drivers-hold-noisy-rally-at-city-hall-to-protest-rideshare-companies/Content?oid=2528764: Cab drivers hold noisy rally at City Hall to protest rideshare companies
http://www.sfexaminer.com/sanfrancisco/rideshare-drivers-being-cited-at-sfo/Content?oid=2528750: Rideshare drivers being cited at SFO
http://www.sfchronicle.com/bayarea/article/PUC-outlines-rules-for-ride-sharing-firms-4697150.php: PUC outlines rules for ride-sharing firms, PUC outlines rules for ride-sharing firms
http://www.sfchronicle.com/bayarea/nevius/article/Ride-share-cars-liability-gaps-need-filling-4739307.php: C.W. Nevius: Ride-share cars' liability gaps need filling
http://www.sfexaminer.com/sanfrancisco/training-requirement-also-now-separates-taxis-from-ridesharing-cars/Content?oid=2553929: Training requirement also now separates taxis from ridesharing cars
http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/Uber-slashes-prices-temporarily-in-bid-for-market-5132824.php: Uber slashes prices temporarily in bid for market share
http://www.sfexaminer.com/sanfrancisco/sfmta-expected-to-lose-thousands-under-fee-waiver-to-address-taxi-driver-shortage/Content?oid=2688068: SFMTA expected to lose thousands under fee waiver to address taxi driver shortage
http://www.sfexaminer.com/sanfrancisco/sf-cabbies-closer-to-becoming-an-affiliated-union/Content?oid=2902542: SF cabbies closer to becoming an affiliated union , SF cabbies closer to becoming an affiliated union
The San Francisco Unified School District hopes voters will approve a $531 million bond to renovate (and simply fix) its aging facilities. We’re talking leaky facets, broken windows, and cracked pavement.
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/2011/05/sfusd-looks-upgrade-aging-facilities-new-bond: SFUSD looks to upgrade aging facilities with new bond
With the pragmatism of a (non-practicing) attorney and the creativity of a classically-trained musician, Taylor brings a unique perspective to Barbary Coast Consulting. When he’s not helping guide his clients through the frothy world of San Francisco politics, Taylor can be found either walking his pit bull around the Castro or frantically practicing for an upcoming concert.