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Archive for December, 2011

Rent Control at Midtown?

The Ex reports that things are heating up in the Western Addition as residents of the Midtown Park Apartments have asked the Rent Board whether or not rent control applies to their units.

Friday, December 23rd, 2011

New Digs

The Chronicle gives us an update on an important initiative that aims to get families off the street and into homes. Truly, a good cause.

Friday, December 23rd, 2011

Movember is over, but who doesn’t love a good mustache all year round?

(For those of you who aren’t familiar with Movember, I strongly advise you get yourself up to speed.) This morning, we learn about the very hairy efforts that folks at El Dorado Elementary School are making in order to raise money for the Visitacion Valley school. No, this may not exactly be related to San Francisco politics, but seriously, who doesn’t love a good mustache?

Friday, December 23rd, 2011

Blacked out

We get the scoop on what happened at the Niners/Steelers game on Monday and what Mayor Lee is asking from PG&E. (And when I say “what happened”, I obviously mean the black out, not the way the Niners kicked the Steelers’ butts – although that was pretty freakin’ awesome.)

Friday, December 23rd, 2011

Dancing for Tots

The Examiner reports on an effort of some well-meaning “dancers” who donated a significant sum of money to the San Francisco firefighters’ toy drive. No word yet on who took on the task of counting all those $1 bills.

Thursday, December 22nd, 2011

District 8 Spotlight

The Bay Area Reporter gives props (is it still cool to say that?) to Supervisor Scott Wiener for getting four of his measures passed by the Board of Supervisors this week. But wait!! A new fight looms over the Supervisor’s proposed regulations for Harvey Milk and Jane Warner plazas. This could get interesting…

Thursday, December 22nd, 2011

Sheriff’s last rounds

The Examiner profiles outgoing Sheriff Michael Hennessey. After 32 years, there’s much to reflect on.

Wednesday, December 21st, 2011

Missing the holidays already? Here’s a song from your friends at Usual Suspects and Barbary Coast…

Merry Christmas, happy Chanukah, joyous Kwaanza, and a celebratory Festivus to you all. (And happy birthday, while we’re at it.) The hard-working elves at Barbary Coast Consulting, along with an assist from Iman Crosson, the absolutely spectacular Obama impersonator, have put together a video for your holiday consumption. We hope you enjoy it … ho ho ho!

Monday, December 19th, 2011

Honoring Warren Hellman

We get a recap about the tribute concert for the phenomenal Warren Hellman.

Monday, December 19th, 2011

In the Mix

The Examiner takes a look at the city’s Mission District and its changing, though diverse, residents.

Sunday, December 18th, 2011

Hats off to Mr. Hellman

The Rec and Park Commission voted yesterday to rename Golden Gate Park’s Speedway Meadow to Hellman Hollow in honor of Mr. Warren Hellman, who has worked for years to provide support to the City, and of course, puts on the amazing Hardly Strictly Bluegrass festival every year for the last 10 years. Cheers!

Friday, December 16th, 2011

Entering international

The Examiner takes a look at how the BoS has treated some recent international issues, and what some Supervisors, political consultants, and a very familiar face around this office have to say about that.

Thursday, December 15th, 2011

Job-Killers Be Gone

Guess who’s a fan of Mayor Ed Lee’s new ballot initiative that would require any legislation proposed by the Board of Supervisors to first pass a job-killing sniff test? The Examiner, that’s who!

Wednesday, December 14th, 2011

Mayor’s Race Heats Up

The election is still a few years away but the Mayor of Fulton Street seems to be having some problems that may hurt his chances citywide.

Friday, December 9th, 2011


Last month, a bunch of City workers got free health screenings (out of a trailer, I might add). And the results? Let’s just say they wouldn’t make Dr. Oz very proud. Read up on what the City is planning to do to address the issue.

Friday, December 9th, 2011

Let’s Hear it for the Home Team

The Chron’s sports editor (plus Willie, Matier, and Ross) weighs in on the musical chairs playing out with Bay Area sports franchises.

Friday, December 9th, 2011

placating the plaza

Today’s Chron looks at the more recent troubles at Harvey Milk Plaza and what the community, activists, and City officials are doing to help make the plaza truly for the people.

Thursday, December 8th, 2011


The SFMTA issues bonds totaling $170 BigOnes to help pay for City garage fix-ups, Muni system improvements, and a wee bit of refinancing on existing agency debt.

Thursday, December 8th, 2011

F#@& This

The Sacramento News and Review does a feature on Democratic chairman John Burton and his colorful use of the English language.

Wednesday, December 7th, 2011


The Examiner reports on how a BART strike could derail the 76-person delegation to China due to the absence of the trip’s “centerpiece and key attraction,” Mayor Lee. It goes without saying that Lee, as a seasoned centerpiece, would look fantastic next to your Williams Sonoma place settings this Thanksgiving.

Monday, December 5th, 2011

Mr. Operator

Muni drivers had the chance to select new leaders last week after their current reps opted not to run for re-election, and have a new leader representing its operators. Read up!

Monday, December 5th, 2011

Niners Winning

The home team gets it done.

Monday, December 5th, 2011


Regulars at the Golden Gate Park golf course wait anxiously as potential changes that may come to their beloved 9 hole course are debated. Expect a decision in a couple months.

Sunday, December 4th, 2011

Santa baby

So…this isn’t exactly political and I might actually get my wrists slapped, but it’s Friday! And I think everyone needs a little fun news and holiday cheer this morning – especially since we’re talking about NAKED SANTAS. Apparently, a really brave man is hoping set a world record by organizing the “most naked Santas in one place” at this year’s Santacon. Yup, you read that correctly. Naked. Santas. My advice to all naked santas: make sure you get a good liquid blanket on you. It’s gonna be breezy.

Friday, December 2nd, 2011


Mid-Market’s Renoir Hotel has a new owner, and they’re fancy. Spurred by Mayor Ed Lee’s commitment to the area, the Kor Group, a Los Angeles-based developer, has acquired the aging hotel with plans yet to be told.

Thursday, December 1st, 2011