As Chick-fil-A opens Bay Area locations, they also get a stern warning from San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee stating that they are close enough. I’ll say it before and I’ll say it again: if you love chicken sandwiches, but don’t want all that bigotry and poorly veiled homophobia, head over to Bakesale Betty in Oakland. Trust me, all the scrum-diddly-umptiousness of a fried chicken sandwich without all the hate.
http://www.latimes.com/business/money/la-fi-mo-san-franciso-mayor-to-chickfila-keep-out-20120726,0,4169780.story: San Francisco is the third city to tell Chick-fil-A: Keep out
http://www.bizjournals.com/sanfrancisco/morning_call/2012/08/chick-fil-a-gets-cold-bay-area-reception.html: Chick-fil-A gets cold Bay Area reception
Well, this is definitely one way to get yourself noticed in a crowded political race. However, threatening a public official – as this individual did to District Attorney George Gascon – will only get you into some real trouble.
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/2012/07/man-who-threatened-district-attorney-george-gasc-n-facebook-pleads-guilty: Man who threatened District Attorney George Gascón on Facebook pleads guilty
Remember when Richmond looked at eminent domain as a means to free people who were underwater on their mortgages? Well, now San Francisco is considering it too. I always thought eminent domain was used to build roads and stuff, but I am excited to see that it has other uses. Can we use eminent domain to finance my next trip to Vegas or get me that Nissan GT-R I have been waiting for? Get started here. KTHXBAI.
http://www.baycitizen.org/housing/story/mortgage-bailout-proposal-san-francisco/: SF company's mortgage bailout plan relies on municipal seizures
http://www.bizjournals.com/sanfrancisco/print-edition/2014/07/18/san-francisco-eminent-domain-foreclosures.html: Will Wells Fargo lock out S.F. Mayor Ed Lee next?
The Board of Supervisors have placed a measure on the ballot that will allow San Franciscans to take a position on the issue of corporate personhood. One Chronicle columnist is not too happy about it. This is given the fact that while Exxon Mobile and, dare I say, Chick-Fil-A benefit from corporate personhood laws, so do the ACLU and Planned Parenthood. I don’t know what San Franciscans will end up choosing, but I do know I don’t have to worry about chicken sandwiches. Bakesale Betty has my back (and they only make contributions to my tummy).
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/2012/07/campaign-laws-could-go-ballot: Campaign laws could go on ballot
http://www.sfgate.com/opinion/saunders/article/S-F-supes-support-some-free-speech-3735631.php: S.F. supes support (some) free speech
Alright, Maverick, if you are the uninitiated then you should know that for quite some time the Pacific Rod and Gun Club has been fighting their impeding eviction from their site at Lake Merced. It now looks like they are going to have to prove that they are the best use for the site. If we are going to switch up the site’s use let’s stick with the theme and re-use the site as Fighters Weapon School, aka… Top Gun. What do you say, Goose?
http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/S-F-pulls-trigger-on-gun-club-lease-3711674.php: S.F. pulls trigger on gun club lease
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/2012/07/gun-club-told-vacate-lake-merced-after-78-years: Gun club told to vacate Lake Merced after 78 years
http://www.sfgate.com/default/article/Rod-Gun-Club-gets-2nd-shot-at-survival-3785694.php: City Insider: Rod & Gun Club gets 2nd shot at survival
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/2012/08/soil-contamination-tying-lake-merced-gun-club-lease: Soil contamination tying up Lake Merced gun club lease
http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/Gun-club-s-eviction-delayed-indefinitely-3868418.php: City Insider: Gun club's eviction delayed indefinitely
http://www.sfexaminer.com/sanfrancisco/sf-gun-club-city-water-agency-must-clean-up-pollution-state-agency-orders/Content?oid=2456741: S.F. gun club, city water agency must clean up pollution, state agency orders
http://www.sfexaminer.com/sanfrancisco/historic-sf-gun-club-fighting-to-dodge-eviction/Content?oid=2843560: Historic SF gun club fighting to dodge eviction
Two employees at this San Francisco department (you probably haven’t heard of it, but it handles 911 calls) are tentatively in line for a $762K settlement for retaliation, gender discrimination and harassment. Yikes!
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/2012/07/san-francisco-may-pay-762k-emergency-dispatcher-harrassment-gender-discrimination-laws: San Francisco may pay $762K for emergency dispatcher harrassment, gender discrimination lawsuit
Following up on the San Francisco Appeal’s report, the Chron describes how former District 11 hopeful Leon Chow has withdrawn from the supervisor’s race over questions pertaining to his residency.
http://sfappeal.com/news/2012/07/questionable-residency-voting-registration-history.php: Questionable Residency, Voting Registration History for Supervisor Hopeful Leon Chow
http://sfappeal.com/news/2012/07/following-residency-questions-candidate-for-district-11-supervisor-withdraws-from-race.php: Following Residency Questions, Candidate For District 11 Supervisor Withdraws From Race
http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/Leon-Chow-bows-out-of-SF-supervisor-race-3739273.php: City Insider: Leon Chow bows out of SF supervisor race
When was the last time you drank out of a water fountain? Let’s be honest, it’s usually gross and not worth the effort. Most of the time you have to practically make out with the fountain and the stream is barely a trickle. Luckily, San Francisco high school students may be spared from this inhumane and awkward plight thanks to Sup. Eric Mar and Commissioner Matt Haney. SFUSD is also stepping its game and launching a pilot program to improve school lunches.
http://www.sfgate.com/news/article/SF-considering-ways-to-curb-plastic-water-bottles-3704123.php: SF considering ways to curb plastic water bottles
http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-501363_162-57471666/sf-considering-ways-to-curb-plastic-water-bottles/: SF considering ways to curb plastic water bottles
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/2013/01/despite-years-talk-san-francisco-still-mulling-ban-plastic-water-bottles: Despite years of talk, San Francisco still mulling ban on plastic water bottles
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/2013/03/fight-over-water-bottles-federal-parks-comes-san-francisco: Fight over water bottles in federal parks comes to San Francisco
http://www.sfchronicle.com/science/article/Parks-encouraged-to-turn-to-tap-water-4387072.php: Parks encouraged to turn to tap water
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/2013/03/national-park-bottle-ban-has-detractors: National park bottle ban has detractors
http://www.sfexaminer.com/sanfrancisco/san-francisco-supervisor-looks-to-shrink-plastic-water-bottle-availability/Content?oid=2556478: San Francisco supervisor looks to shrink plastic water bottle availability
http://www.sfexaminer.com/sanfrancisco/supervisor-proposal-seeks-to-ban-plastic-water-bottle-sales-on-sf-property/Content?oid=2647698: Supervisor proposal seeks to ban plastic water bottle sales on SF property
http://nation.time.com/2013/12/17/san-francisco-may-be-first-major-city-to-ban-plastic-water-bottles/: San Francisco May Be First Major City to Ban Plastic Water Bottles
http://www.forbes.com/sites/realspin/2014/01/02/the-five-most-ridiculous-government-bans-of-2013/: The Five Most Ridiculous Government Bans Of 2013
http://www.sfexaminer.com/sanfrancisco/revised-plastic-water-bottle-ban-proposal-up-for-vote/Content?oid=2712799: Revised plastic water bottle ban proposal up for vote
http://www.sfexaminer.com/sanfrancisco/supporters-to-hold-tap-water-challenge-prior-to-board-vote-on-water-bottle-ban/Content?oid=2720264: Supporters to hold Tap Water Challenge prior to board vote on water bottle ban
http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/S-F-supervisors-back-ban-on-sale-of-plastic-5289089.php: S.F. supervisors back ban on sale of plastic water bottles
http://www.sfexaminer.com/sanfrancisco/sf-leaders-look-to-expand-access-to-drinking-water-at-public-schools/Content?oid=2811250: SF leaders look to expand access to drinking water at public schools
http://www.sfexaminer.com/sanfrancisco/sf-schools-cook-up-a-new-approach-to-the-cafeteria-experience/Content?oid=2835224: SF schools cook up a new approach to the cafeteria experience
http://www.sfexaminer.com/sanfrancisco/expand-water-access-in-sf-schools/Content?oid=2835185: Expand water access in SF schools
Reviews from folks living in tiny, micro-apartments are starting to roll in (well, they are today via the Chron) and thus far, the tenants seem to be happy. Having lived in NYC for the better part of a decade, I’ve lived in my fair share of shoe boxes, so I think I’ll pass on the micro approach. But I do applaud those migrating to the new city dwelling opportunities!
http://abclocal.go.com/kgo/story?section=news/local/san_francisco&id=8731153: SF supes to vote on micro-apartment proposal
http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/nevius/article/Tiny-condos-not-for-the-small-minded-3705856.php: C.W. Nevius: Tiny condos not for the small-minded
http://www.sfgate.com/default/article/Micro-apartments-next-for-S-F-3706648.php: Micro-apartments next for S.F.?
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/09/27/us/micro-unit-apartment-proposal-divides-san-francisco.html?_r=0: San Franciscans Divide Over Pint-Size Apartments
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/development/2012/10/san-francisco-decide-if-it-wants-micro-apartments: San Francisco to decide if it wants micro-apartments
http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/Micro-apartment-plan-may-face-limits-4038467.php: 'Micro-apartment" plan may face limits
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/development/2012/11/planning-commission-rejects-cap-micro-apartments: Planning commission rejects cap on ‘micro-apartments’
http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/Planning-board-OKs-micro-apartments-cap-4042559.php: City Insider: Planning board OKs micro-apartments cap
http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/S-F-supervisors-back-micro-apartments-4055493.php: S.F. supervisors back micro-apartments
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/2012/11/tiny-homes-only-nudist-could-love: Melissa Griffin: Tiny homes that only a nudist could love
http://www.sfgate.com/opinion/editorials/article/Micro-apartments-a-tiny-housing-advance-4060342.php: Editorial: Micro-apartments a tiny housing advance
http://www.sfgate.com/business/article/Micro-apartment-developments-on-rise-in-S-F-4951775.php: Micro-apartment developments on rise in S.F.
The Board of Supervisors President, Supervisor David Chiu, will be re-nominating Planning Commissioner Kathrin Moore, but not Commissioner Hisashi Sugaya, opting to nominate ex-head of the Duboce Triangle Neighborhood Association Dennis Richards. Also, here is a picture of Yanni.
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/2012/07/city-hall-insider-may-be-tapped-replace-popular-commissioner: City Hall insider may be tapped to replace popular commissioner
http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/Mirkarimi-hearing-resumes-next-week-3700705.php: City Insider: Mirkarimi hearing resumes next week
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/2012/07/board-supervisors-clashes-over-planning-board-selection: Board of Supervisors clashes over planning board selection
http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/S-F-supes-OK-tax-reform-measure-3752100.php: S.F. supes OK tax-reform measure
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/2012/07/antonini-prevails-after-commission-pick-debate: Antonini prevails after commission pick debate
http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/Luxury-condo-referendum-OKd-for-ballot-3755766.php: City Insider: Luxury-condo referendum OKd for ballot
http://www.sfexaminer.com/sanfrancisco/decision-remains-up-in-air-for-planning-commission-nominations/Content?oid=2796555: Decision remains up in air for Planning Commission nominations
http://www.sfexaminer.com/sanfrancisco/one-longtime-sf-planning-commissioner-may-be-out-as-another-keeps-her-seat/Content?oid=2854863: One longtime SF planning commissioner may be out as another keeps her seat , One longtime SF planning commissioner may be out as another keeps her seat
The largest civil fine for building code violations has been assessed ($800,000) and we are all asked to remember that housing doesn’t mean just four walls and roof… and it definitely does not mean the prevalence of sewage and mold.
http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/Ex-S-F-worker-turned-landlord-to-pay-record-fine-3694748.php: Ex-S.F. worker-turned-landlord to pay record fine
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/2012/07/landlord-pay-800k-violations: Landlord to pay $800K for violations
http://www.ktvu.com/news/news/crime-law/officials-announce-sfs-largest-ever-settlement-hou/nPqBc/: Officials announce SF's largest-ever settlement for housing code violations
A recent grand jury report noted that the recent construction boom could provide funding to reform operations at the Department of Building Inspection. Whether these recommendations will go anywhere, we shall see.
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/2012/07/san-francisco-immersed-construction-boom: San Francisco immersed in construction boom
http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/Construction-and-hiring-rebounding-4415492.php: Construction - and hiring - rebounding
http://www.sfchronicle.com/bayarea/article/SF-s-building-boom-brings-change-to-city-4469660.php: SF's building boom brings changes to city
http://www.sfexaminer.com/sanfrancisco/with-construction-boom-sfs-building-department-has-money-to-help-improve-report-says/Content?oid=2498558: With construction boom, S.F.'s building department has money to help improve, report says
The Bay Citizen takes a look at a report on the City’s Human Rights Commission, and some interesting tidbits behind who wrote it.
http://www.ebar.com/news/article.php?sec=news&article=67851: City hit by suit from ex-HRC staffer
http://www.baycitizen.org/government/story/authors-neutrality-questioned-human/?utm_source=Newsletters&utm_campaign=649ed901ec-August_15_Daily_Newsletter&utm_medium=email&mc_cid=649ed901ec&mc_eid=a89495e0ec: Author’s neutrality questioned in Human Rights Commission report
Steve Falk of the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce pens an opinion editorial that gives a positive outlook for our local economy as well as points out the important decisions ahead for the Board of Supervisors.
http://www.sfexaminer.com/opinion/op-eds/2012/07/keep-city-focused-jobs-economy: Opinion: Keep city focused on jobs, the economy