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.
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.
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.
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…
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.
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.
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.
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.)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.