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Archive for June, 2011

PSA: Tolls, tolls and more tolls

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!

Thursday, June 30th, 2011

Shop ’til you drop

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.

Thursday, June 30th, 2011

Diversity Rules

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.

Wednesday, June 29th, 2011

Kinda like mall cops?

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.

Wednesday, June 29th, 2011

Vote on me

Today, we get the skinny on three ballot measures proposed by our more progressive supervisors and why the SFBG thinks you should have the opportunity to vote on them come November.

Wednesday, June 29th, 2011

Let’s Get Pinned

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…

Monday, June 27th, 2011

Meeting Jane Morrison

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!

Sunday, June 26th, 2011

student housing

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.

Friday, June 24th, 2011

Straight Shooter

Faux Twitter accounts are making waves in the San Francisco mayor’s race. Is it humor? Cyber-bullying? Creative campaigning? Hmmmm. For now, it’s just fodder for the local New York Times affiliate.

Friday, June 24th, 2011

Fire drill

The Examiner takes a look at how the current budget negotiations at City Hall could impact neighborhood fire stations. And so it begins…

Thursday, June 23rd, 2011

It’s a deal

The Examiner tells us which supervisors played key roles in taking the Care Not Cash measure off your November ballot, and the behind the scenes play-by-play that led to reaching this compromise.

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2011


The Examiner reports on why sheriff candidate David Wong was fired by Sheriff Michael Hennessey last month and what that might mean in the race for the golden badge.

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2011

For the Birds

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.

Monday, June 20th, 2011

Why Tuesday?

The Examiner answers the age-old question, “Why Tuesday?” Apparently, it’s because supporters can’t afford to run the polls on Saturday.

Monday, June 20th, 2011

Hugo’s lost furnitue

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.

Friday, June 17th, 2011

money shuffle

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.

Friday, June 17th, 2011

Tech Savvy

The Mayor fills us in on his plans for incorporating technology into City initiatives in order to increase transparency.

Thursday, June 16th, 2011

Drama, drama, drama

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!

Thursday, June 16th, 2011

It Begins

New Muni chief Ed Reiskin begins his job on Monday with the challenges and expectations equally large.

Thursday, June 16th, 2011

Park Politics

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.

Wednesday, June 15th, 2011

Commissioners, Commissioners everywhere…

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…

Tuesday, June 14th, 2011

Give it to me, baby

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.

Monday, June 13th, 2011

Lobbying reform

The SF Weekly provides a breakdown of Board President David Chiu and City Attorney Dennis Herrera’s proposed lobbying reform legislation.

Saturday, June 11th, 2011

Have Mercy

The head of the Mayor’s Office of Housing seeks a special waiver that would allow him to take a post at Mercy Housing, a nonprofit developer that won several City contracts on his watch.

Friday, June 10th, 2011

Leaving San Francisco

Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom is moving up north to the posh town of Ross and leaving the city where he was Mayor for seven years.

Thursday, June 9th, 2011