As Katherine Feinstein wraps up a stellar career as a San Francisco Superior Court Judge, she is leaving the door open for a future run for public office. And one thing is certain with Feinstein, name ID will not be an issue.
http://www.sfgate.com/politics/article/Katherine-Feinstein-retiring-as-judge-4133538.php#photo-3918734: Katherine Feinstein retiring as judge
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/2012/12/katherine-feinstein-set-leave-san-francisco-superior-court-post: Katherine Feinstein set to leave San Francisco Superior Court post
Mayor Ed Lee has directed his City departments to improve the process of public construction contracting in order to increase efficiency and avoid payment conflicts with vendors. Seems easy, right?
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/development/2012/12/mayor-ed-lee-issues-directive-reform-san-francisco-construction-projects: Mayor Ed Lee issues directive to reform San Francisco construction projects
It’s one of those San Francisco places that is just so San Francisco… and it looks like it will stay that way for ever and ever and ever and ever and ever. With a Wednesday vote of the Historic Preservation Commission, the Duboce Park neighborhood will be on its way to landmark status.
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/2012/12/san-franciscos-historic-duboce-park-neighborhood-could-be-landmarked: San Francisco's historic Duboce Park neighborhood could be landmarked
Good news for CCSF Trustee Chris Jackson: he gets to have his re-election certified despite the recent campaign finance paperwork issues.
http://www.sfgate.com/default/article/CCSF-trustee-in-danger-of-losing-seat-4106836.php: CCSF trustee in danger of losing seat
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/education/2012/12/ccsf-trustee-chris-jackson-under-fire-failing-file-campaign-finance-reports: CCSF trustee Chris Jackson under fire for failing to file campaign finance reports
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/2012/12/sean-elsbernd-way-out-chris-jackson-trips-way: Melissa Griffin: As Sean Elsbernd is on way out, Chris Jackson trips on way in
The SF District Attorney’s Office asks Twitter to tattle regarding the social media activity of two users with supposedly key roles in a Columbus Day protest that took an unsavory turn.
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/crime/2012/12/san-francisco-district-attorney-subpoenas-twitter-feeds-columbus-day-riot-case: San Francisco District Attorney subpoenas Twitter feeds in Columbus Day riot case
When City officials got wind of a cutting-edge budgeting practice that creates a new avenue for public participation, you better believe they were all over it like my 2-year-old on a PB&J. Participatory budgeting will make its San Francisco debut in D3 this coming year. Start working on your wishlist!
http://sfpublicpress.org/news/2012-12/san-francisco-to-pilot-participatory-budgeting: San Francisco to Pilot Participatory Budgeting
Usually when you preform a service that takes longer and costs more money than other, more convenient forms of transportation you don’t expect to be regulated as much as other… oh, wait, this is San Francisco; you should definitely expect the regulation. The funny thing? Apparently it kind of works.
http://www.sfweekly.com/2012-12-05/news/port-of-san-francisco-highly-regulates-pedicabs/: Pedicabs: A Highly Regulated Industry -- in One Neighborhood
The Examiner covers a story on the bicycle lanes in Golden Gate Park – those lanes that are between a mid-street row of parked cars and the sidewalk. You know, those lanes that make you do a double-take when you see them first?
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/2012/12/new-cycling-path-helps-reduce-speeds-golden-gate-parks-jfk-drive-concerns-linger: New cycling path helps reduce speeds on Golden Gate Park's JFK Drive, but concerns linger
Henry Alvarez was fired last year from his job as head of the SF Housing Authority, so he opened a Southern comfort food restaurant in Berkeley. We learn today that his restaurant closed and new owners are already in the space.
http://www.sfgate.com/default/article/Suit-calls-S-F-housing-head-bully-racist-4084464.php#page-1: Suit calls S.F. housing head bully, racist
http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/S-F-housing-chief-hit-by-more-claims-4088519.php: S.F. housing chief hit by more claims
http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/Poking-fun-at-absurd-rentals-5360251.php: Poking fun at absurd rentals
We’re having a big month. The Barbary Coast team is moving our offices, a couple of us are out on maternity and paternity leave, and there are some holidays you might have heard about. So we’ll be back on January 2 with all the big stories from the break.
With a background including psychology, public affairs, and – yes – even performing arts, Alia has a keen understanding of how people think and move. When she’s not working tirelessly for causes she cares about, you can find Alia watching SFGovTV (seriously, she does this), catching every musical that sweeps through the bay, or trolling the city for vegan friendly goods.