Two Examiner articles discuss the SFPUC and our sewer system. How a city deals with the waste water from over 700,000 people (and that doesn’t include work commuters and tourists!) is interesting and complex. Credit goes out to the SFPUC for their efforts. Although, really, it is taking all of my power to not make a poop joke.
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/2012/05/city-making-fixes-it-crafts-pricey-plan-fulfill-its-sewer-pipe-dreams: City making fixes as it crafts pricey plan to fulfill its sewer pipe dreams
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/2012/10/under-fire-sfpuc-points-water-conservation-effort: Under fire, SFPUC points to water conservation effort
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/2013/05/low-flow-toilets-roll-sf: Low-flow toilets on a roll in S.F.
http://www.sfexaminer.com/sanfrancisco/its-a-dirty-job-but-someone-has-to-maintain-san-franciscos-sewer-system/Content?oid=2556572: It's a dirty job, but someone has to maintain San Francisco's sewer system
http://www.sfexaminer.com/sanfrancisco/sfpuc-explores-green-projects-to-lessen-burden-on-sewer-system/Content?oid=2556574: SFPUC explores green projects to lessen burden on sewer system
After much speculation (all of which appeared to be inaccurate), House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi has announced that she will continue to serve in her current role. With that, the Chron pens an editorial about what it means for San Franciscans.
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2012/05/30/MNTQ1OP2BK.DTL: Highlights of Nancy Pelosi's political career
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2012/06/03/MNH01ORI6T.DTL&tsp=1: Nancy Pelosi skilled in art of political warfare
http://www.sfgate.com/opinion/editorials/article/Nancy-Pelosi-stays-on-4038642.php: Editorial: Nancy Pelosi stays on
http://ebar.com/news/article.php?sec=news&article=68257: Pelosi to remain Dem leader
A state bill that would turn all felony drug possession sentences into misdemeanors is receiving support from San Francisco officials. Chief among them being District Attorney George Gascon, who has publicly backed Sen. Mark Leno’s piece of legislation.
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/2012/05/state-bill-soften-drug-sentences-backed-sf-officials: State bill to soften drug sentences backed by SF officials
The Chron takes the occasion of this Sunday to hide a story on Mayor Lee, the Warriors move, and mayoral legacies behind its paywall. Another good reason to plunk down the dough and get yourself a Chron today…
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2012/05/27/MNOF1OMOFT.DTL: Ed Lee working on his legacy: return of Warriors
A contributor to this week’s Bay Guardian has a novel idea for City leaders: she would like local government to allow online ratings of City services through a program like Yelp. Oh yes, I’m quite sure City department heads are eager to welcome all those overwhelmingly positive comments from satisfied San Franciscans.
http://www.sfbg.com/2012/05/22/yelp-city-hall: Opinion: To Yelp at City Hall
California’s prison realignment program sure has local law enforcement getting creative. For instance, the San Francisco Sheriff’s Office is testing out a new, state inmate reentry program with the goal to curb the high rate of repeat offenders.
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2012/05/19/BAJ01OIV61.DTL: Working together on chronic offenders
http://www.sfexaminer.com/sanfrancisco/reentry-facility-seeks-to-reduce-inmate-recidivism/Content?oid=2716324: Reentry facility seeks to reduce inmate recidivism
Muni is adding more cameras to their busses. Nope, not to catch you and your friends and the whacky shenanigans that you get into, but to ticket you for driving or parking in the bus lane! I know, it’s less cool once you get the details.
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/transportation/2012/05/muni-adding-more-traffic-cams-effort-boost-revenue: Muni adding more traffic cams in effort to boost revenue
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/transportation/2012/06/cameras-keep-eye-threats-muni-stations: Cameras to keep eye on threats at Muni stations
Not a lot of new housing was built in San Francisco last year, and that is not a great sign. In fact, some argue that it is a major contributor to sky rocketing rental prices. I get that. As someone whose rent continues to leap year after year I demand that someone build me a house yesterday! (I also demand a Jacuzzi.)
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/2012/05/housing-creation-lagging-even-demand-booms: Housing creation lagging even as demand booms
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2012/05/18/BAQB1OJT6F.DTL: City Insider: New housing slumped in '11
The Examiner reports that the record spending in District 1 did not lead to the ouster of the incumbent.
http://www.sfweekly.com/2012-05-16/news/supervisors-happy-meal-ban-district-1-recology-election/: Progressively Modest: Eric Mar Stays out of the Headlines
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/2012/09/district-1-challenger-david-lee-says-eric-mar-isn-t-doing-his-job: District 1 challenger David Lee says Eric Mar isn’t doing his job
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/2012/09/rival-district-1-candidate-david-lee-questions-eric-mar-backers?utm_source=feedburner+sfexaminer%2FLocal&utm_medium=feed+Local+News&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+sfexaminer%2FLocal+%28Local+News%29feed&utm_content=Google+Rea: Rival District 1 candidate David Lee questions Eric Mar backers
http://www.ebar.com/news/article.php?sec=news&article=68083: Mar for supervisor in District 1
http://www.sfgate.com/opinion/editorials/article/David-Lee-top-pick-for-District-1-3926795.php: Editorial: David Lee top pick for District 1
http://sfappeal.com/news/2012/10/75000-well-spent-bizarre-realtor-funded-hollywood-produced-david-lee-campaign-video-misidentifies-ne.php: Realtor-Funded David Lee Campaign Video Blasted as Homophobic, Slammed By Candidate
http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/Clash-of-visions-in-S-F-District-1-race-3967602.php: Clash of visions in S.F. District 1 race
http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/Video-draws-flak-from-Eric-Mar-s-camp-3967604.php: Video draws flak from Eric Mar's camp
http://sfappeal.com/news/2012/10/neighborhood-schools-late-addition-to-d1-candidate-david-lees-campaign.php: "Neighborhood Schools" Late Addition to D1 Candidate David Lee's Campaign
http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/2-supervisor-races-have-turned-brutal-4005006.php: 2 supervisor races have turned brutal
http://sfappeal.com/news/2012/11/richmond-supervisor-race-breaks-citys-soft-money-records.php: Richmond District Supervisor Race Breaks City's Soft-Money Records
The happenin’ Mission District is having trouble keeping up with the Joneses thanks to having the City’s most restrictive ban on liquor licenses. Supervisors Scott Wiener and David Campos are deciding what to do next.
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/c/a/2012/05/14/MNLA1O7V3B.DTL: Business owners bristle at Mission's liquor laws
How much does it cost to oppose a $1 tax increase per pack of cigarettes? About $40 million. The folks at the Chronicle fill us in on why they support Proposition 29, and what they feel Big Tobacco is doing to dissuade voters from casting a vote in favor of the measure.
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2012/05/12/EDKM1OEMJ8.DTL: Editorial: The industry smoke thickens
http://www.sfexaminer.com/opinion/editorials/2013/05/city-s-garbage-rates-should-go-farther-discourage-waste-production: Editorial: City’s garbage rates should go farther to discourage waste production
http://www.sfchronicle.com/bayarea/article/Less-SF-trash-adds-up-to-higher-garbage-bill-4699254.php: City Insider: Less SF trash adds up to higher garbage bill
http://www.sfexaminer.com/sanfrancisco/new-sf-garbage-collection-rates-take-effect/Content?oid=2530053: New S.F. garbage collection rates take effect
Four San Francisco candidates vying for the open seat in the California Assembly’s 19th District are briefly profiled. These candidates want to be honest, effective, and save money. Which is a bummer, because I guess that means no one is running on the far more interesting “I am spendthrift and of loose and very questionable morals” ticket. Additionally, the Chronicle is endorsing Phil Ting for the Assembly seat.
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/2012/05/budget-cost-savings-primary-focus-race-new-19th-district: Budget, cost savings primary focus in race for new 19th District
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2012/05/11/EDUK1OG9LA.DTL: Chronicle endorses Phil Ting for Assembly
The proposed Chinese Hospital in Chinatown is moving forward in the process after receiving a green light from the Planning Commission yesterday. Next stop, the Board of Supervisors for final approval.
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/2012/05/chinese-hospital-plan-wins-healthy-approval-hase-hospital-project: Chinese Hospital plan wins healthy approval hase of hospital project
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/2012/07/chinese-hospital-project-advances-board-supervisors: Chinese Hospital project advances to Board of Supervisors
http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/Ed-Lee-wants-Mirkarimi-request-rejected-3703754.php: City Insider: Ed Lee wants Mirkarimi request rejected
Before attending a dinner where each plate cost more than a year’s worth of college, POTUS spent some quality time in San Francisco last night. Topics of discussion included immigration reform, a Batkid shout-out, and a back and forth with a heckler.
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2012/05/09/MNMT1OFKOA.DTL&tsp=1: Obama backs same-sex marriage, fires up both sides
http://www.ebar.com/news/article.php?sec=news&article=67699: Political Notebook: CA LGBTs host Obama Fundraisers
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/2012/06/obama-visit-sf-campaign: Obama to visit S.F. for campaign Thursday
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2012/06/06/BA4R1OT8B1.DTL: Matier and Ross: Obama SF stop to include sports, political stars
http://www.sfchronicle.com/politics/article/Tom-Steyer-S-F-activist-to-host-Obama-4404908.php: Tom Steyer, SF activist, to host Obama
http://www.sfchronicle.com/politics/article/Obama-in-San-Francisco-to-raise-funds-4408110.php: Obama in San Francisco to raise funds
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/2013/04/president-obama-arrives-san-francisco-met-protesters: President Obama arrives in San Francisco, met by protesters
http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/Obama-ripped-for-Kamala-Harris-remark-4410791.php: Obama ripped for Kamala Harris remark
http://www.sfchronicle.com/politics/article/Obama-ripped-for-Kamala-Harris-remark-4410791.php: Obama ripped for Kamala Harris remark
http://www.sfgate.com/politics/joegarofoli/article/Obama-visits-S-F-during-his-toughest-times-5008556.php: Obama visits S.F. during his toughest times
http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/matier-ross/article/Batkid-won-t-be-able-to-help-Obama-on-S-F-visit-5008843.php: Matier & Ross: Batkid won't be able to help Obama on S.F. visit
http://www.sfexaminer.com/sanfrancisco/president-touches-on-sf-culture-in-immigration-speech-during-city-visit/Content?oid=2635353: President touches on SF culture in immigration speech during city visit
http://www.sfgate.com/politics/article/Obama-in-S-F-hails-Batkid-pushes-immigration-5010392.php: Obama, in S.F., hails Batkid, pushes immigration reform
There’s a new law in San Francisco that covers those who deal in scrap metal. And it goes into effect today. And after reading the headline for the Chron story, I’m envisioning the utter, wonderous, desk-dancing, New York Post-emulating joy on the face of the editor who worked this Ellen Huet story at the very moment s/he realized that they could plug the word “foil” into the headline. Foil. Like tinfoil. Which is metal. Which is what the story is about. AWESOME.
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/2012/05/proposed-crackdown-scavengers-might-curb-pricey-problem: Proposed crackdown on scavengers might curb pricey problem
http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/S-F-supes-seek-to-curb-metal-theft-4110392.php: S.F. supes seek to curb metal theft
http://www.sfchronicle.com/crime/article/New-S-F-permit-law-may-foil-scrap-metal-thieves-4639616.php: New SF permit law may foil scrap metal thieves
Teachers in San Francisco Unified School District took a preliminary strike vote and the outcome was fairly lopsided in support of striking if contract negotiations do not work out.
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2012/05/08/MNR81ODJE7.DTL: SF teachers set for strike vote amid budget woes
http://www.sfexaminer.com/sanfrancisco/sf-teachers-union-members-support-second-strike-vote/Content?oid=2877643: SF teachers union members support second strike vote , SF teachers union members support second strike vote
http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/S-F-teachers-vote-to-strike-but-not-just-yet-5696702.php: City Insider: S.F. teachers vote to strike, but not just yet, City Insider: S.F. teachers vote to strike, but not just yet
Always a little bit too happy and slightly snarky, Jesse loves to share his amusement with the City by the Bay. When he isn’t waxing poetic about San Francisco, you can find Jesse spotting up for jumpers at Dolores Park, waiting outside the Regency to see Lil’ B the BasedGod (TYBG), or lost somewhere in Las Vegas.