The Barbary Coast team was off from Christmas Eve to New Year’s Day – but here is a recap and a roundup of all the San Francisco political news you missed while you were nogging your egg and jingling your bells. Have you broken all your New Year’s Resolutions yet? (And it’s nice to see you again!)
(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?
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/2011/12/grow-mustache-raise-cash-schools: Grow a mustache, raise cash for San Francisco schools
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.)
http://www.baycitizen.org/pge/story/city-admits-fault-stadium-blackouts/: City Admits Fault in Stadium Blackouts
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2011/12/21/BA7S1MEUQE.DTL: Matier and Ross: Candlestick blackout seen by PG&E chief firsthand
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/2011/12/mayor-wants-vow-pge-issues-won-t-affect-upcoming-49ers-game: Mayor wants vow from PG&E that blackouts won’t affect upcoming 49ers game
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2011/12/23/MNEH1MG2M6.DTL&type=newsbayarea: Changes beginning to ensure power at Candlestick
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.
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/2011/12/strippers-donate-20000-san-francisco-firefighters-toy-drive: Strippers donate $20,000 to San Francisco firefighters' toy drive
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…
http://www.ebar.com/news/article.php?sec=news&article=67261: Occupy Castro activists speak out against supervisor
http://ebar.com/columns/column.php?sec=editorial&article=354: Editorial: A new year for bold ideas
http://www.ebar.com/news/article.php?sec=news&article=67259: Rocky year greets Wiener
http://ebar.com/news/article.php?sec=news&article=67324: Wiener scores four victories, faces fight over Castro plaza rules
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!
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!
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2011/12/15/MNFK1MD40P.DTL: Warren Hellman honored with GG Park tribute
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.
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/2011/12/san-francisco-acts-locally-thinks-globally-foreign-policy-resolutions: San Francisco acts locally, thinks globally with foreign-policy resolutions
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.
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2011/12/09/MNBN1LLJP3.DTL&type=newsbayarea: Jean Quan's crime plan faces obstacles, skeptics
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2012/06/12/MNN51P051K.DTL: Analysis disputes Quan's 100-block Oakland plan
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2012/06/22/MN8Q1P5P4S.DTL: Oakland chief of staff: Quan's crime data wrong
http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/johnson/article/Oakland-Mayor-Jean-Quan-needs-to-get-facts-3662142.php: Oakland Mayor Jean Quan needs to get facts straight
http://www.sfchronicle.com/bayarea/article/Bryan-Parker-to-oppose-Quan-for-Oakland-Mayor-4613255.php: Bryan Parker to oppose Quan for Oakland Mayor
http://www.sfexaminer.com/sanfrancisco/mayor-of-fulton-street-accused-of-being-terrible-landlord-fighting-cops/Content?oid=2482765: 'Mayor of Fulton Street' accused of being terrible landlord, fighting cops
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.
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/bay-area/2011/12/workers-sickly-test-results-prompt-san-francisco-act: Workers' sickly test results prompt San Francisco to act
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.
http://sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com/2011/12/04/kcbs-in-depth-san-francisco-city-issues/: KCBS In Depth: San Francisco City Issues
http://www.sfexaminer.com/blogs/under-dome/2011/12/lee-supporters-gather-raise-funds-pay-mayors-campaign-debt: Lee supporters gather to raise funds to pay off mayor's campaign debt
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/2011/12/lee-face-biggest-challenge-yet-negotiating-salary-contracts: SF Mayor Ed Lee to face biggest challenge yet: negotiating salary contracts
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2011/12/31/BA731MHOFT.DTL&type=politics: Lee has already put his stamp on 2012 - it has a serious face
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2011/12/30/BACD1MHPRM.DTL&type=politics: S.F. Mayor Ed Lee gains 4 years of breathing room
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2012/01/02/BANF1MI9N6.DTL: Ed Lee faces challenges fulfilling campaign pledges
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2012/01/04/EDE11MKADR.DTL: Editorial: S.F. Mayor Ed Lee must confront homeless problem
http://www.sfbg.com/2012/01/03/city-halls-2012-agenda: Editorial: City Hall's 2012 agenda
http://www.ebar.com/news/article.php?sec=news&article=67287: Lee readies for full term
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/2012/01/mayor-ed-lee-looks-future: Mayor Ed Lee looks to the future
http://www.bizjournals.com/sanfrancisco/print-edition/2012/01/06/mayor-puts-supes-in-a-business-state.html: Editorial: Mayor puts supes in a business state of mind
http://www.sfbg.com/2012/01/10/100-percent: The 100 percent
http://www.sfgate.com/opinion/editorials/article/SF-Mayor-Ed-Lee-remains-committed-to-collaboration-2451838.php: Editorial: SF Mayor Ed Lee remains committed to collaboration
http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/matier-ross/article/Rose-Pak-s-power-surges-2449822.php: Matier and Ross: Rose Pak's power surges
http://www.baycitizen.org/blogs/pulse-of-the-bay/ed-lees-inauguration-twitter-saw-it/?utm_source=Newsletters&utm_campaign=2ee73e5315-January_9_Daily_Newsletter&utm_medium=email: Mayor Lee's Inauguration: As Twitter Saw It
http://www.ebar.com/news/article.php?sec=news&article=67310: San Francisco welcomes its 'dragon' mayor
http://www.sfgate.com/default/article/Triumphs-trials-for-S-F-Mayor-Ed-Lee-3705817.php: Triumphs, trials for S.F. Mayor Ed Lee
http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/SF-Mayor-Ed-Lee-s-moves-raises-eyebrows-3709091.php: SF Mayor Ed Lee's moves raises eyebrows
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/2012/07/perjury-claims-might-cap-honeymoon-period-mayor-ed-lee: Perjury claims might cap honeymoon period for Mayor Ed Lee
http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/Ed-Lee-s-cronies-powerful-critics-say-3850848.php: Ed Lee's cronies powerful, critics say
http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/matier-ross/article/Mayor-Ed-Lee-s-job-approval-ratings-slip-3852148.php: Matier and Ross: Mayor Ed Lee's job approval ratings slip
http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/Ed-Lee-s-Year-of-the-Dragon-in-the-hot-seat-4170480.php: Ed Lee's Year of the Dragon in the hot seat
http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-03-26/sf-mayor-rises-from-bureaucrat-to-twitter-s-savior.html: SF Mayor Rises From ‘Bureaucrat’ to Twitter’s Savior
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/2013/03/mayor-ed-lee-seek-housing-project-funds-first-trip-china: Mayor Ed Lee to seek housing project funds in first trip to China
http://www.sfexaminer.com/sanfrancisco/bart-strike-could-unhinge-san-francisco-mayors-well-attended-trip-to-china/Content?oid=2601526: BART strike could unhinge San Francisco mayor’s well-attended trip to China
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.
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/bay-area/2011/11/naked-santas-deck-sf-red-hats-smiles: Naked Santas to deck SF with red hats, smiles
Born and raised in the mean streets of Marin County, Ross appreciates the unique political landscape of the Bay Area. When he’s not helping his clients achieve their goals, he enjoys spending time with his wife and daughters, and occasionally searching for his lost golf ball at a local course.