On Thursday, the Planning Commission voted in favor of an amendment to a 2006 ordinance that would classify financial services companies as “formula retail” where they claim more than 11 locations in the city. So, you’re telling me that San Franciscans might prefer independent specialized organic gourmet cafes to banking institutions? Interesting…
No, NKOTB will not be performing at your local fire station, but excitement over the headline got you here, didn’t it? Now that I have your attention, the Examiner tells us about new additions to the SFFD, replacing four high-ranking officials who recently retired.
For those of us in the spokesperson business, one of the greats has left the stage. Ron Wilson, long-time SFO spokesperson, has passed away. The gold standard for straight facts, Wilson was respected by his bosses, the media, a public eager to hear what was going on with our travel hub, and his colleagues. He’ll be missed, and his ability to get the news out right, quickly, and straightforwardly will be long remembered.
…the Chron wants to influence public policy, as does nearly every newspaper and most media outlets. But they also want to sell lots of papers. How to balance the two? Well, today they run an editorial that is aimed at influencing the Supes as they vote tomorrow on Supervisor David Campos’ legislation surrounding San Francisco’s health care ordinance. However, they’re embargoing the story until tomorrow, so only folks who buy the paper or subscribe on their handy iDevice can see what they have to say today. Good policy? Good marketing? More papers sold? I dunno.
Well, this doesn’t look promising. A new report shows how San Francisco’s affordable housing shortage is getting even more cramped due to a recent influx of ex-prisoners competing for the same living units.
Because it’s overcast, because it’s Sunday, and because we’re on the cusp of the last month of “summer,” I’m deviating from our usual mission over at Suspects and giving the people what they want: BEER. Check out the Chron’s encyclopedic look at the Bay Area’s beer gardens and then head out for some brewskis and brats to help ring in the month of August. Cheers!
Following the tragic crash last week, UCSF will add seat belts to its shuttle buses, winning kudos from our supervisors. Next up, Muni? It would at least give drivers an excuse to make that one extra jerk that would no longer send you flying down the aisle and into an unsuspecting grandma.
The Examiner tells us about a new study that suggests many illegal immigrants have left the City over the years due to the increasing cost of living. Something tells me they are in good company. Supervisor David Campos shares his two cents on the matter.
The SFBG takes a look at the shuttle wars at SFO (no, not the private shuttle wars in Noe Valley – that’s a whole different battle) and how the Big Guys are trying to muscle out the Little Guys. In other words, read up for a lesson in how capitalism works.
Okay, this is just cool. And not just because they compared it to a tanning salon, which makes me giggle. Through a partnership with Tesla, new UV technology is being used to make sure that your tap water is super clean, super bacteria free, and super tasty. Take that, Fiji.
The Examiner’s Editorial Board weighs in with their two cents on the city’s approach to business, sharing their hope that the next mayor (whoever that may be) puts his (or her) money where his (or her) mouth is and starts remedying the situation.
If ex-convicts have an easier time finding a job and housing, will they be less likely to re-offend? That’s the phrasing of the question that the City’s Reentry Council, a panel tasked with helping former felons plant their feet back into society, is choosing to use. I have a feeling that Fox News, however, might go with screencrawls that are written thusly: “SAN FRAN POLS KICK GRANDMAS OUT OF HOUSING IN FAVOR OF RAPISTS” and “ALL FRISCO ARSONISTS PROMISED DAY JOBS.” I’m just sayin’.
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.