In San Francisco, up to three bikes are stolen each hour – egad! This thievery has led to citizen innovation, including a map that visualizes where bikes are reported stolen and “bait bike” stickers that trick thieves into thinking a GPS chip is installed to allow police to immediately start tracking the stolen bike.
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/2013/01/san-francisco-lawmaker-wants-curb-rampant-bike-thefts: San Francisco lawmaker wants to curb rampant bike thefts
http://www.sfchronicle.com/crime/article/As-bicycling-rises-in-popularity-so-does-theft-4673557.php: As bicycling rises in popularity, so does theft
http://www.sfexaminer.com/sanfrancisco/sf-bike-registry-taking-shape-in-effort-to-curb-bike-thefts/Content?oid=2515352: S.F. bike registry taking shape in effort to curb bike thefts
http://www.sfexaminer.com/sanfrancisco/san-francisco-expected-to-set-goal-of-reducing-bike-thefts-by-50-percent-in-5-years/Content?oid=2583105: San Francisco expected to set goal of reducing bike thefts by 50 percent in 5 years
http://www.sfexaminer.com/sanfrancisco/sf-bike-registry-launching-as-police-ramp-up-anti-theft-efforts/Content?oid=2703890: SF bike registry launching as police ramp up anti-theft efforts
http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/S-F-As-bike-thefts-rise-registration-program-5240835.php: S.F: As bike thefts rise, registration program gears up
http://www.sfexaminer.com/sanfrancisco/unclaimed-bikes-could-be-required-to-be-used-for-youth-repair-program/Content?oid=2712763: Unclaimed bikes could be required to be used for youth repair program
http://www.sfexaminer.com/sanfrancisco/fighting-sfs-mobile-bicycle-chop-shops/Content?oid=2816129 : Fighting S.F.’s mobile bicycle chop shops
http://www.sfexaminer.com/sanfrancisco/bike-theft-map-pinpoints-problem-hotspots/Content?oid=2817765: Bike theft map pinpoints problem hotspots
http://sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com/2014/06/09/san-francisco-police-use-gps-to-catch-bike-theives/: San Francisco Police Use GPS To Catch Bike Thieves
The City Insider team reviews the rather huge amount of media publicity that Supervisor Scott Wiener has recently received – cover stories in the Guardian and the Weekly and a significant profile in San Francisco Magazine.
http://www.sfbg.com/2013/01/29/machine: The machine
http://www.sfweekly.com/2013-02-13/news/body-politic-scott-wiener-strips-down-san-francisco-bureaucracy/: Body Politic: Scott Wiener Strips Down City Bureaucracy
http://www.modernluxury.com/san-francisco/story/san-francisco-giant: San Francisco Giant
http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/Scott-Wiener-rides-wave-of-publicity-4288632.php?t=57a6f56d2f: City Insider: Scott Wiener rides wave of publicity
Being smushed up against strangers may be a favorite pastime of twenty-somethings on the club scene, but it’s not exactly what I look for in a bus ride. Seems Muni honchos agree and are focusing their energy and brain power on a solution to the transit system’s overcrowding.
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/transportation/2013/01/packed-vehicles-people-opt-private-cars-sfmta-says: With packed vehicles people opt for private cars, SFMTA says
The idea: remove the stub end of I-280. More of the idea: build housing, retail, potentially eliminate a rail yard and more. As you may imagine, everyone out there is totally cool with the idea and it won’t be met with any opposition. Except, you know, the opposite of that.
http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/Razing-I-280-stub-only-part-of-vision-4227940.php: Razing I-280 stub only part of vision
The Bay Conservation and Development Commission has not only undergone some changes, but the organization isn’t just focused on development anymore… because the ocean is rising. Now, before you flip out and head for dry land, keep this in mind: we have decent surf in San Francisco. I mean, the waves aren’t huge, but they’re fairly consistent. Sure, you need a 4/3 wet suit, but it’s worth it. This doesn’t have a ton to do with the story, but I need someone to surf at Ocean Beach with me.
http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/place/article/Rising-seas-shift-bay-agency-s-mission-4227915.php: Rising seas shift bay agency's mission
The verdict is in.The California Board of Pilot Commissioners has suspended and sentenced the pilot of the ship that struck the Bay Bridge in January to several dozen “observation trips” with his colleagues. If I ever cause $3 million in damage to a public structure, I am more than willing to go on as many observation trips as needed to make up for it.
http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/Bar-pilot-panel-slow-to-act-on-complaint-4226676.php#page-1: Bar pilot panel slow to act on complaint
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/2013/04/disciplinary-decision-expected-ship-pilot-bay-bridge-collision: Disciplinary decision expected for ship pilot in Bay Bridge collision
http://www.sfchronicle.com/bayarea/article/Pilot-error-blamed-on-ship-bridge-crash-4410483.php: Pilot error blamed on ship-bridge crash
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/2013/04/ship-pilot-guy-kleess-who-struck-bay-bridge-could-lose-his-license: Ship pilot Guy Kleess who struck Bay Bridge could lose his license
http://www.sfchronicle.com/bayarea/article/Ship-s-pilot-blamed-for-bridge-crash-4410899.php: Ship's pilot blamed for bridge crash
http://www.sfexaminer.com/sanfrancisco/license-suspended-training-mandated-for-pilot-who-struck-bay-bridge-in-january/Content?oid=2492718: License suspended, training mandated for pilot who struck Bay Bridge in January
http://www.sfchronicle.com/bayarea/article/Bar-pilot-suspended-for-bridge-crash-4641097.php?t=fd5ac8fd32: Bar pilot suspended for bridge crash
City Attorney Dennis Herrera is preparing to settle with and/or name restaurants that aren’t complying with Healthy San Francisco and the health care surcharge.
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/2013/01/restaurants-may-have-pocketed-healthcare-surcharge-funds-warned-sf-city-attorney: Restaurants that may have pocketed healthcare surcharge funds warned by SF city attorney
http://www.sfgate.com/default/article/SF-restaurateurs-dispute-city-allegations-4226670.php: SF restaurateurs dispute city allegations
http://www.bizjournals.com/sanfrancisco/print-edition/2013/02/01/healthy-sf-fight-kitchens-city.html: Editorial: Healthy S.F. fight: Kitchens, City Hall need to chill out
After a week long delay, the Planning Commission is set to vote on the plan to replace Showplace Square’s Concourse Exhibition Center with more than 800 new apartments. And as you might expect, there are some people who are less-than-thrilled with the whole idea.
http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/Plan-to-raze-Concourse-Exhibition-Center-4218424.php: Plan to raze Concourse Exhibition Center
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/2013/01/san-francisco-concourse-demolition-would-create-new-housing-events-would-lose-space: San Francisco Concourse demolition would create new housing but events would lose space
A makeover for Boedekker Park in the Tenderloin is underway. Although used needles and human poop are a kid magnet (just ask mine), the neighborhood will be trading it in for a purty plot to play. It’s proximity to the new Barbary Coast office has my fingers tightly crossed.
http://www.sfweekly.com/2013-01-23/news/boedekker-park-renovations-on-track-in-tenderloin/: Boedekker Park: Its Facelift Could Revitalize the Neighborhood
There’s a controversy brewing over the venerable Irish Cultural Center. Why does this make Suspects? Well, the former head of the San Francisco Republican Party is leading the charge. (And yes, I apologize for the title. The other ones I came up with all had leprechauns in them. Feel free to make a bunch of haggis jokes at this half-Scot, please…)
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/2013/01/members-upset-new-fee-proposed-san-francisco-united-irish-cultural-center: Members upset with new fee proposed for San Francisco United Irish Cultural Center
A measure to create an Airport Facilities Naming Advisory Committee will go before the full Board next week. The Committee will review possible new names for San Francisco’s International Airport, because SFO is so clearly last season.
http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/Campos-wants-Harvey-Milk-s-name-on-SFO-4194091.php: Campos wants Harvey Milk's name on SFO
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/2013/01/sfo-commissioners-wary-about-renaming-hub-after-harvey-milk: SFO commissioners wary about renaming hub after Harvey Milk
http://www.sfgate.com/news/article/San-Francisco-officials-mull-Milk-for-airport-name-4194218.php: San Francisco officials mull Milk for airport name
http://www.sfgate.com/opinion/editorials/article/Don-t-change-airport-s-name-4196841.php: Editorial: Don't change airport's name
http://www.cnn.com/2013/01/15/travel/san-francisco-harvey-milk-airport/index.html: Will San Francisco name airport after slain gay icon Harvey Milk?
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/2013/01/hold-it-harvey-milk-was-occasional-sfo-foe: Melissa Griffin: Hold it: Harvey Milk was an occasional SFO foe
http://www.ebar.com/news/article.php?sec=news&article=68428: Political Notebook: Milk airport idea faces turbulence
http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/Harvey-Milk-airport-a-juicy-squabble-4208439.php: City Insider: Harvey Milk airport a juicy squabble
http://www.sfgate.com/default/article/Obama-enters-the-long-lame-duck-phase-4208437.php: Willie Brown: Obama enters the long lame-duck phase
http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/SFO-renaming-debate-reaches-new-heights-4226332.php: City Insider: SFO renaming debate reaches new heights
http://www.ebar.com/news/article.php?sec=news&article=68532: Campos hosts rally to push Milk airport idea
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/2013/02/supporters-adding-harvey-milks-name-sfo-rally-city-hall: Supporters of adding Harvey Milk's name to SFO rally at City Hall
The San Francisco Newspaper Company – those are the folks that bring you the Examiner, the Weekly, and the Guardian – have named Erin Sherbert the Director of Online News. So if you’ve got some online news, people – now you know who to contact. Just sayin’.
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/2013/01/san-francisco-newspaper-co-names-new-online-director: San Francisco Newspaper Co. names Erin Sherbert new online director
The Metropolitan Transportation Authority board – the folks who oversee Muni and cabs and parking and whatnot – are set to consider approving a new train management system at their meeting today. Because the existing one, according to the Examiner, ain’t quite so hot.
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/transportation/2013/01/muni-s-subway-woes-could-be-solved-modern-network-approval: Muni’s subway woes could be solved with modern network up for approval
Transgender individuals in the Mission have been getting attacked and that is not cool. Although, do you really need me to tell you that hate crimes are not cool? It’s kind of like saying “the state of affairs in Cite Soleil, Haiti are not cool.” I mean, duh.
http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/Cecilia-Chung-transgender-health-advocate-4189493.php: Cecilia Chung, transgender health advocate
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/crime/2013/03/san-francisco-transgender-community-reports-uptick-targeted-violence: San Francisco transgender community reports uptick in targeted violence
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/crime/2013/05/recent-violence-increases-focus-protecting-san-francisco-transgender-community: Recent violence increases focus on protecting San Francisco transgender community
One of the Brown sisters, the famous twins who showed up on TV commercials and became San Francisco icons, has passed away. Her sister Marian fittingly paid tribute to her by sitting at their regular table at a Nob Hill Pizzeria and ordering pizza and a glass of red wine.
http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/Vivian-A-Brown-distinguished-twin-dies-4188316.php#page-1: Vivian A. Brown, distinguished twin, dies
Always a little bit too happy and slightly snarky, Jesse loves to share his amusement with the City by the Bay. When he isn’t waxing poetic about San Francisco, you can find Jesse spotting up for jumpers at Dolores Park, waiting outside the Regency to see Lil’ B the BasedGod (TYBG), or lost somewhere in Las Vegas.