Not sure if you heard, but apparently President Obama was in San Francisco yesterday for a fundraiser at the W Hotel. And oh how the times are a-changin’. Instead of cheering supporters rolling out the red carpet, Mr. President was greeted by local protesters who claim to no longer know for what he stands.
Losing something expensive sucks. Losing something expensive with sentimental value sucks even more. So when a few idiots decide it would be fun to steal a $75,000 bell that survived the 1906 earthquake, things are just down right sucky. Learn about what the owners of the bell are doing in hopes to track down the historic item.
The Examiner takes a look at a recent report detailing the dollars spent on change orders to City contracts. (It’s a lot of dollars, by the way.) In their view, we need a whole other kind of change to this process to make sure the money is going where we want it.
Sometimes when writing Suspects, and trying to take a new angle on things, I wonder how Shakespeare would have written a headline. Usually, in my head, it is funny. (But that’s because it’s amusing when I’m barely awake, and not yet caffeinated.) So, my apologies – but yes, this is what Petruchio would have said during the Great Dolores Park Taco Truck Debate of 2011, if he wasn’t all dead and fictional and stuff.
Many people in local politics have an opinion or three about former Senator and Judge, the honorable Quentin Kopp. And I’d venture to say that even those with unfavorable opinions of the gentleman will readily admit that he ain’t shy about sharing his own opinions – and that he’s also a hell of a writer. And today, in the pages of the Examiner, Senator Kopp puts pen to paper in his own inimitable style and sends many scurrying to the dictionary to find out the definitions of boondoggle, garish, vaunted, and promulgated. (Q got 806 out of a possible 800 on his verbal SATs, so the rumors go…)
‘Member that whole Chinatown voter assistance booth brouhaha that captured our attention last October? Well, just because the campaign strategy was a bad idea doesn’t mean it was criminal… according to the office of District Attorney George Gascón.
Student absences hit SFUSD’s pocketbook especially hard, at a cost of about $20 million, or $370 per student. All we’ve gotta do is give these students $369 for showing up to school and laugh our way straight to the bank. Or the McDo’s dollar menu. Either way, Mike Reddy for Mayor 2015!
What do SFUSD and Panem – the fictional country in the Hunger Games – have in common? Well let’s just say may the odds be ever in your favor when it comes to getting your child(ren) into the school of your choice in this town. An Examiner article argues that if the current school assignment system isn’t working for San Franciscans, something should be done to address the issue.
Not here – not if you’re talking about additional express lines, anyway. While the NX-Judah Express got the thumbs up as a permanent line this past Tuesday, it looks like other proposed express lines are just going to have to wait their turn.
An approach to making sure that San Francisco youth are graduating from school? Make sure they’re actually making it to class. On Monday, District Attorney George Gascón and SFUSD Superintendent Carlos Garcia announced a pilot program to keep freshmen in school after noting a connection between truancy and criminal activity.
Ahhhhhh – Monday mornings and Monty Python references always go well together. And some prominent political folks are perhaps wondering whether the unintended, absurd consequences found in most Monty Python sketches might also be in evidence in City politics today, as a bunch of contributions are being found to be illegal, and made by witches. OK, just illegal. But how can we TELL, the people shout? Where are the RULES? Where is the DATABASE? And the City looks at them and says, “If your contributions float, then you are not a witch.” Have I lost everyone under the age of thirty yet? Yep. (Sorry about that.) Read the story in the Chron, please.
The folks at USF and the Bay Citizen continue filling us in on the results of their November race polls. Today, they bring us the DA’s race and the sheriff’s race, and give us some insight on which pension reform measure is leading the pack. And, find out who’s challenging poll results that show Mayor Ed Lee in the lead.
The fate of the “purple building” is still being decided. As a Lakers fan, I must say that I support more buildings in the city being painted purple in reverence for the greatest basketball franchise of all time.
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.