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!
http://www.sfgate.com/business/bottomline/article/Noe-Valley-church-is-site-of-parking-lot-project-3668188.php: Noe Valley church is site of parking-lot project
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.
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/06/29/us/supreme-court-lets-health-law-largely-stand.html?_r=1&hp: Supreme Court Lets Health Law Largely Stand
http://www.sfgate.com/health/article/Court-upholds-individual-mandate-in-health-care-3670019.php: Supreme Court upholds health-care law
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.
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/2012/06/condo-proposal-irks-neighbors-nob-hill: Condo proposal irks neighbors in Nob Hill
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.
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/2012/06/china-conflict-spreads-san-francisco: China conflict spreads to San Francisco
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!
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/2012/06/undercover-sfpd-cops-dodgers-gear-big-series: Undercover SFPD cops in Dodgers gear for big series
http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/Hospital-deal-hits-snag-on-future-of-St-Luke-s-3662139.php: City Insider: Hospital deal hits snag on future of St. Luke's
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.
http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/S-F-declines-to-take-lead-on-curbing-soda-sales-3658064.php: S.F. declines to take lead on curbing soda sales
http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/johnson/article/Richmond-measure-would-tax-sugary-sodas-3794725.php: Chip Johnson: Richmond measure would tax sugary sodas
http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/Judge-rules-on-Richmond-soda-tax-mailers-3849119.php: Judge rules on Richmond soda tax mailers
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!
http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/Some-S-F-nonprofits-ask-city-for-9-million-more-3657031.php: Some S.F. nonprofits ask city for $9 million more
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/2012/06/it-s-down-wire-san-francisco-s-budget: It’s down to the wire for San Francisco’s budget
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.
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/2012/06/regional-public-safety-broadband-network-hold: Regional public safety broadband network on hold
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.
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2012/06/17/BABN1P1EGB.DTL: City Insider: Tongues wag over puppy plan
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2012/06/13/MNAR1P0P93.DTL: SF tries to curb panhandling with puppies, stipends
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/n/a/2012/06/13/state/n052815D55.DTL: SF to unleash puppies-for-panhandlers program
http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/Dufty-Lee-aren-t-so-different-after-all-3676212.php: City Insider: Dufty, Lee aren't so different after all
http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/matier-ross/article/PETA-pans-S-F-plan-on-panhandlers-pups-3709081.php: Matier and Ross: PETA pans S.F. plan on panhandlers, pups
http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/WOOF-Wide-smiles-and-wagging-tails-3884854.php: Woof: Wide smiles and wagging tails
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!
http://www.bizjournals.com/sanfrancisco/print-edition/2012/06/15/san-francisco-joins-lending-program.html?page=all: San Francisco joins lending program for PACE
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.
http://www.sfexaminer.com/sports/teams/giants/2012/06/giants-cain-pitches-mlbs-22nd-perfect-game: Giants' Cain pitches MLB's 22nd perfect game
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2012/06/13/SPD01P1C1C.DTL&tsp=1: Matt Cain throws perfect game as Giants win 10-0
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!
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2012/06/13/BA3N1P0TO2.DTL: SF Supervisor Wiener proposes repealing 6 old laws
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.
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2012/06/13/MNAR1P0P93.DTL: SF to unleash puppies-for-panhandlers program
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!
http://www.sfelections.org/results/20120605/: Local Unofficial Results
Back in San Francisco after nearly a decade as a congressional staffer in Washington, D.C., Amber is excited to bring her creative ideas and savvy communications skills to the wild west of Bay Area politics. Outside of her love for progressive issues and campaigns, Amber is an avid gardener and loves brewing and drinking beer.