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Archive for June, 2012

Cops of the Future

Believe it or not, laptops and other mobile internet devices have arrived at the SFPD. Aside from an uptick in interesting Instagram pics, there’s also been some real benefit for crime fighting.

Saturday, June 30th, 2012

noe news

A grassroots campaign is sweeping through Noe Valley to help turn a church parking lot into a town square. The plan came about because the Noe Valley Ministry needed cash to renovate their church (which happens to be a whopping 126 years old) and instead of having the parking lot sold to a developer (the original plan), local residents decided to take action. Power to the people!

Thursday, June 28th, 2012

Health care for all (still)!

In national, and also very local, news: the Supreme Court has ruled to uphold President Obama’s Affordable Care Act. Even Chief Justice, John Roberts Jr. voted with the majority. News is still rolling in, but here’s what we’ve got so far.

Thursday, June 28th, 2012

Not holy?

Looks like some Nob Hill residents aren’t quite ready to give their blessing to a new condominium project that would replace a vacant church at Larkin and Clay streets. The project goes before the Planning Commission this evening.

Thursday, June 28th, 2012

Keep your hands to yourselves

The Chron digs into the details of Mayor Ed Lee’s new violence prevention program that’s – shall we say – a more “hands-off” approach.

Thursday, June 28th, 2012

China Effect

Political unrest in China has made its way to San Francisco with local members of the Falun Gong spiritual movement conducting demonstrations against the Chinese government. To further highlight the intensity of the conflict, recent assaults on the demonstrators have raised suspicion within the movement.

Tuesday, June 26th, 2012

Talking Tech in SF

How tech savvy is San Francisco? Well, it depends on who you ask.

Tuesday, June 26th, 2012

Boys in Blue

If you’re planning to attend the Giants vs. Dodgers series, please be forewarned: don’t heckle those Dodger fans too hard. Some “fans” in that unfortunate gear may in fact be SFPD officers waiting for you to get out of line. Talk about dedication to your craft!

Tuesday, June 26th, 2012

Measure N

Sorry, Richmond. On Friday, a U.S. District Judge ruled that the City could not require beverage industry reps opposed to a tax-sugary-soft-drinks ballot measure to inform voters that their campaign is funded by out-of-city contributors. So, if you’re looking for that info on campaign mailers from those in opposition to Measure N, I suggest you save yourself the time and help yourself to a non-sugary beverage instead. Mmmmm, refreshing.

Sunday, June 24th, 2012

PRIDE!

Need to know how to celebrate Pride without being a corporate shill? (The real question is, do you need to know anything else? No. Duh.) Well, Oscar Raymundo has you covered.

Sunday, June 24th, 2012

Budget Talk

What do I miss most about 2006? Besides it being the last time we heard anything out of rapper Chamillionaire, it was also the last time I remember the word “budget” being used in conjunction with any other non-soul-crushing term. Well, folks, the news is still not awesome… but it also doesn’t suck that much! San Francisco is still in a deficit, but it’s the smallest shortfall in five years and this means we won’t have to make major cuts. Yay, again, for things not sucking!

Saturday, June 23rd, 2012

The Roof is on Fire

The Chron, Ex, and Biz Times take a closer look at the Pier 29 fire that caused $2 million in damage to the 2013 home of the America’s Cup Village.

Friday, June 22nd, 2012

inspecting the Inspector

Rumors continue to swirl regarding the resignation of the Department of Building Inspection Director, Vivian Day – some are questioning how “voluntary” the departure really was.

Thursday, June 21st, 2012

protection protected?

There appears to be differing opinions coming from some members of the SFPD as whether or not condoms can be used as evidence in cases involving prostitution.

Thursday, June 21st, 2012

Public Safety… On Hold?

A proposed $100 million regional public safety broadband network has been put on hold as federal funding for the project has been partially suspended due to changes in the federal system. In the meantime, please don’t allow any earthquakes or another natural disasters to happen, guys.

Wednesday, June 20th, 2012

Consumer Complications

It appears that a request from City Attorney Dennis Herrera to fund a new consumer protection unit has hit a roadblock due to budget concerns.

Tuesday, June 19th, 2012

WOOF Wins

Although there was that initial stretch to reach the acronym WOOF (Wonderful Opportunities for Occupants and Fidos), the new program is being praised by those involved. Following the graduation of its first class, it seems as though this could be the beginning of many beautiful friendships.

Sunday, June 17th, 2012

Keeping Pace

San Francisco building owners may now be able to finance energy improvements for commercial buildings a little easier, thanks to joining the statewide alliance for the Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) program. A win for the environment and a win for businesses. High five!

Friday, June 15th, 2012

perfect!

Our hats are off to the incredible Matt Cain who threw a perfect game last night for the Giants, as they rolled over the Houston Astros. Today, the city of San Francisco will be a-buzz with “wasn’t that amazing” and “oh holy hell, I celebrated far too much” talk.

Thursday, June 14th, 2012

Major Appeal

Supervisor Scott Wiener hopes to appeal six laws that he considers outdated. One of the laws technically, although not currently being enforced, prevents the Tamale Lady from serving up patrons at Shotwell’s Bar. Here’s my take: you mess with the Tamale Lady, you get the horns. Ole!

Wednesday, June 13th, 2012

Primetime Panhandlers

The ChronicleWatch takes a look at panhandling at the city’s busiest freeway ramps, saying that the issue has not received much attention from Mayor Ed Lee’s administration. Apparently, some locations are quite lucrative with panhandlers making up to $20 an hour.

Wednesday, June 13th, 2012

Cabrillo Park

Renovating a park ain’t simple. You need money, consensus, government help, and vision. Ladies and gentlemen: you got ‘em. Cabrillo Park is renovated!

Sunday, June 10th, 2012

all signs pointing here

Wondering where all the City’s public spaces are? Well, the Planning Commission has you covered with new guidelines for public space signage. Enjoy!

Friday, June 8th, 2012

Choosing sides

In today’s Examiner, an opinion piece takes issue with Supervisor Eric Mar’s support of union members involved in a labor dispute with the de Young and Legion of Honor museums.

Friday, June 8th, 2012

The (unofficial) election results from Tuesday are in!

Hit the link below to get your San Francisco (and technically unofficial) election results, and check out our very own Elections Results page that has the links to all of the news stories on Props A and B. Happy reading!

Wednesday, June 6th, 2012