The Metropolitan Transportation Commission contemplates a plan to increase the tolls we collect in the Bay Area – and to add 290 miles of express lanes. I still think these “leaders” are going about it wrong – there’s zero mention of hovercrafts and teleportation, which are *clearly* the wave of the future. Come on!
In the face of the California’s reduction in sales tax, Mayor Lee is considering a ballot initiative asking voters to approve a local increase to cover the difference. My shopping habit (ahem, J. Crew) is about to take a major hit.
The SF Weekly examines statewide bill AB 455 and the impact it would have locally right here in SF. Specifically, it would change who appoints members to the Civil Service Commission, from the mayor to split between the Board of Supes and SEIU, which some commissioners think may lead to a less diverse representation.
The debate continues to rage over whether City hospitals should stop using police officers in favor of “outsourced security services” (fancy talk for rent-a-cops) to provide safety services. Some say yes, some say no, but given that it’s an election year, everyone is saying something.
Bowling is making a comeback, and Supervisors Kim and Scott Wiener’s legislation to permit bowling and alcohol would expand the childhood pastime to a more mature patron base. Should this legislation pass, The Dude, Walter and Donny may just be in the alley next to you – never know…
On Sunday, the Chronicle profiled Jane Morrison, the “grand dame” and a true superstar of San Francisco politics in a exclusive print edition piece. Well, lucky for you – the story is now up on the internets. Jane is truly a special lady and we encourage you to read up on all of her hard work!
Looks like student housing will not be taking over San Francisco. Yesterday, the Board of Supervisors approved legislation introduced by Supervisor Scott Wiener to prevent universities from converting rental housing into student housing.
The Bay Area has been the center of attention on many occasions for many different reasons. This time? A report by PRBO Conservation Sciences and San Francisco Bay Joint Venture focuses on our bird population.
Think that place on the corner of Sixth and Mission with all the furniture bolted to the walls looks cool? Yeah, well it’s likely going to be demolished. Never thought I’d be slightly sad to see a large, vacant building be redeveloped. Although, maybe if you arrive at the right time, you could swipe a sofa.
Turns out Mayor Ed Lee’s deal with unions doesn’t quite jive with the SFMTA’s planned budget for the next two years. And by “doesn’t quite jive” I mean that it puts the Agency’s fiscal plan off by $14.6 million. Eesh, I think that may be more then they find in loose change lying around Muni stations.
In today’s episode of “Only in San Francisco,” we have the altogether-too-familiar tale of development vs. neighbors vs. community organizations. And for good measure (because we wouldn’t want you to get bored), we’ve got a little extra drama between members of the BOS. Grab your popcorn, get comfy, and watch it all unfold!
Supervisor John Avalos’ proposed ballot measure to prohibit Rec & Park from leasing out space or instituting new admission fees got some airtime yesterday when a hearing on the topic took place at City Hall. There seem to be some stroooooong opinions on the matter, which the Supe was sure to acknowledge.
CitiReport.com’s Larry Bush gets some space in the Chronicle to chat about his recent review of attendance records for city commissioners. He is not particularly thrilled about what his analysis has found…
Why stick with one when you can have all three? No, it is not Napoleon ice cream of which I speak, though some vanilla, chocolate, and strawberry dessert is sounding pretty good right about now. As of July 1, MTA is raising the price to park, taxi, and take public transit in the city; ’tis a trifecta of fee increases.
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.