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!
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2011/06/30/BABK1K4CJO.DTL: Higher Bay Area bridge tolls, transit fares Friday
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2011/09/04/BA5K1KV7CP.DTL&type=newsbayarea: Transit officials' toll lane plan less ambitious
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.
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/2011/06/mayor-ed-lee-seeks-san-francisco-sales-tax-hike-californias-rate-falls: Mayor Ed Lee seeks San Francisco sales tax hike as California's rate falls
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.
http://www.sfweekly.com/2011-06-29/news/labor-paycheck-seiu-ab-455-joe-eskenazi/: Labor Union May Be Able to Set City Manager Paychecks
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.
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/2011/06/san-francisco-mayoral-hopefuls-reject-private-guards-hospitals: San Francisco mayoral hopefuls reject private guards at hospitals
http://www.sfbg.com/2011/06/28/dont-privatize-public-safety: Opinion: Don't privatize public safety
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2011/06/29/BA0C1K4CNU.DTL: Debate flares on S.F. cops doing hospital security
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…
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/2011/06/new-mission-district-bowling-alley-pins-hopes-san-francisco-supervisors: New Mission district bowling alley pins hopes on San Francisco supervisors
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!
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2011/06/26/MNR61JJQ07.DTL&ao=all: Jane Morrison a tireless campaigner at 91
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.
http://www.bizjournals.com/sanfrancisco/print-edition/2011/06/24/relief-ahead-for-citys-student.html: Relief ahead for city’s student housing shortage
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2012/02/25/BAMI1NC85T.DTL: S.F. seeks to clarify rules for student housing
http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/Supervisors-put-CPMC-on-slow-track-3752096.php: City Insider: Supervisors put CPMC on slow track
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/education/2012/07/board-restricts-ability-convert-student-housing: Board restricts ability to convert 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.
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/2011/06/bird-safe-building-standards-taking-flight: Bird-safe building standards taking flight in San Francisco
http://abclocal.go.com/kgo/story?section=news/local/san_francisco&id=8351654: SF considers bird-friendly building codes
http://articles.sfgate.com/2011-07-11/bay-area/29760049_1_bird-safety-building-projects-planning-department: S.F. considers rules for bird-safe architecture
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/09/15/nyregion/making-new-yorks-glass-buildings-safer-for-birds.html?_r=1: A City of Glass Towers, and a Hazard for Migratory Birds
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2011/10/03/ED1V1LCPRR.DTL: S.F. supes take unnecessary flier on bird safety
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2011/10/18/BA2J1LITJM.DTL: State of the Birds report focuses on Bay Area
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.
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/2011/06/checkout-time-near-san-franciscos-hugo-hotel: Checkout time is near for San Francisco's Hugo Hotel
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/development/2013/03/low-income-housing-project-moving-forward-site-iconic-defenestration: Low-income housing project moving forward at site of iconic “Defenestration”
http://www.sfchronicle.com/bayarea/article/Defenestration-hotel-faces-demolition-4407746.php: 'Defenestration' hotel faces demolition
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.
http://www.sfexaminer.com/opinion/op-eds/2011/06/employers-need-sf-s-cooperation-health-care: Op-ed: Employers need SF’s cooperation on health care
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/2011/08/loophole-remains-san-franciscos-controversial-health-care-law: Loophole remains in San Francisco's controversial health care law
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2011/08/02/BA0R1KIGBQ.DTL: S.F. supes shoot down fix in health care loophole
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/2011/09/sf-health-fund-loophole-targeted: San Francisco health fund loophole is targeted
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2011/09/13/BA121L477R.DTL: City Insider: S.F. D.A. contenders slam rival Gascon
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/2011/09/health-law-plan-appeals-san-francisco-businesses: Health law plan appeals to San Francisco businesses
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/2011/09/san-francisco-pension-reform-threatened-health-law-battle: San Francisco pension reform threatened by health law battle
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2011/09/28/ED7L1LAQ5F.DTL: Editorial: Right cure for shortcoming of S.F. Health Care law
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2011/10/01/BA3B1LBVH5.DTL: Closing SF health care loophole debate heats up
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/2011/10/san-francisco-officials-compete-change-health-fund-rules: San Francisco officials compete to change health fund rules
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/2011/10/health-care-vote-puts-sf-mayor-ed-lee-tight-spot: Heath care vote puts San Francisco mayor Ed Lee in tight spot
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2011/10/04/BACJ1LDF28.DTL: Ed Lee to veto S.F. health care funds measure
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2011/10/05/BAN41LDUU0.DTL&type=politics: SF task force to tackle health care law loophole
http://www.bizjournals.com/sanfrancisco/print-edition/2011/10/14/healthy-san-francisco-fever-rises.html: Healthy San Francisco fever rises
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2011/10/13/BAO71LHGMH.DTL: City Insider: Lee looks for health funds compromise
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2011/10/20/ED081LJQ1A.DTL: Editorial: S.F. mayor should veto health-care measure
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/2011/10/mayor-ed-lee-signs-first-veto-legislation-amending-healthy-sf: Mayor Ed Lee signs first veto on legislation amending Healthy SF
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2011/10/27/ED4B1LMJS3.DTL: Editorial: S.F. mayor wisely vetoes health care adjustment
http://www.bizjournals.com/sanfrancisco/news/2011/10/27/sf-ed-lee-vetoes-worker-health-measure.html: S..F. Mayor Ed Lee vetoes worker health-fund measure
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2011/11/02/BAPR1LPAEB.DTL: City Insider: Mayor Ed Lee backs Malia Cohen's health care fix
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/bay-area/2011/11/san-francisco-nears-compromise-employer-health-funds: San Francisco nears compromise on employer health funds
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2011/11/16/BAOG1LVNJJ.DTL: City Insider: Supes support fix for health care law
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/bay-area/2011/11/employee-health-fund-debate-may-go-san-francisco-voters: Employee health fund debate may go to San Francisco voters
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2011/11/23/BAVO1M2U9T.DTL: City Insider: Lee signs law closing loophole
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/2011/11/san-francisco-health-accounts-growing: San Francisco health accounts growing
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/2012/02/saving-san-francisco-wealth-health: Saving San Francisco wealth with health
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/2012/03/unions-counter-request-concessions-talk-raises: Unions counter request for concessions with talk of raises
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/2012/03/city-employees-decry-wage-cuts: City employees decry wage cuts
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2012/04/30/MNRL1O9P71.DTL&type=newsbayarea: Key calls for SF mayor: worker pay, business taxes
http://www.sfexaminer.com/news/2012/04/engineering-union-city-make-key-contract-deal: Engineering union, city make key contract deal
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/2012/04/seiu-flexing-muscles-san-francisco-contract-talks: SEIU is flexing muscles in San Francisco contract talks
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/2012/04/union-members-rally-san-francisco-city-hall: Union members rally at San Francisco City Hall
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2012/05/03/BAH71OD340.DTL: Union's contract sets stage for SF to lock up more
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/transportation/2012/06/mayor-s-wage-hike-pact-labor-may-deal-14m-blow-sfmta: Mayor’s wage hike pact with labor may deal a $14M blow to SFMTA
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!
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/2011/06/familiar-san-francisco-story-development-conflict-heightens: A familiar San Francisco story: development conflict heightens
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.
http://www.sfbg.com/2011/06/14/editors-notes: Opinion: Selling off the Department of Recreation and Parks
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/2011/06/sf-parks-advocates-worried-citys-open-spaces-will-become-less-public: SF parks advocates worried city's open spaces will become less public
http://www.sfexaminer.com/sports/columnists/2011/06/vote-keep-petty-politics-out-our-parks-system: Ken Garcia: Vote to keep petty politics out of our parks system
http://www.sfexaminer.com/opinion/2011/07/purists-want-san-francisco-rec-and-park-pull-cash-trees: Editorial: Purists want San Francisco Rec and Park to pull cash off trees
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/2011/07/san-francisco-ballot-measure-s-language-questioned: San Francisco ballot measure could ban picnics, weddings in parks
http://www.sfbg.com/2011/07/12/parks-inc: Parks Inc.
http://www.sfbg.com/2011/07/12/state-park-closures-raise-difficult-issues: State park closures raise difficult issues
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2011/07/15/BA691KB401.DTL: Hearing on Avalos' ballot measure on S.F. park fees
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/2011/07/making-nonsense-san-francisco-ballot-process: Melissa Griffin: Making nonsense of San Francisco's ballot process
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…
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2011/06/13/EDJF1JSEV6.DTL: Opinion: San Francisco commissioners missing in action
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.
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/2011/06/price-muni-passes-taxis-parking-rise: Price of San Francisco muni passes, taxis, and parking to rise
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.