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Archive for February, 2013

Chamber Reaction

Well, that didn’t take too long… The Chronicle reports on the reaction to the Chamber of Commerce’s proposed tweaks to City Hall. The two items really catching people’s attention: the proposed changes for introducing new City legislation, and contracting out for services.

Thursday, February 28th, 2013

Sequestration Strikes Again

When I try to understand this whole sequestration thing going on in Washington, I feel like I’m back in fourth grade trying to understand long division. Apparently, in addition to a bunch of other undesirable impacts, the budget impasse is going to cause delays at SFO. What’s next? No more helicopter dates on the Bachelor franchise? Oy vey.

Wednesday, February 27th, 2013

Prop 30 props up schools

The bad? More than 100 teachers will receive preliminary layoff notices next month (this doesn’t mean they are immediately let go). The good? If not for Prop. 30, hundreds more notices would be sent out. So, remember, send your kids to school with a shiny red apple for their hard-working teacher… or, if you can afford it, just send them to school with a $30 million School Improvement Grant. And hey, at least their ride to school on Muni will be free.

Wednesday, February 27th, 2013

District 4

katy-tang-official-photoThe San Francisco Business Times reports on Supervisor Katy Tang’s new plan for housing in the Sunset neighborhood. Her “Sunset District Blueprint” would allow for an additional 1,300 housing units and add density to a neighborhood that historically has seen little new construction for several decades.

Tuesday, February 26th, 2013

Food Truckery

Supervisor Scott Wiener’s legislation surrounding food trucks is expected to head to the full Board of Supervisors next week. One issue still being debated – how far the trucks must park from schools. What I want to know is whether or not this will increase or decrease the clustering of hipsters. What? It’s a serious issue, people.

Tuesday, February 26th, 2013

transit taxes

Two transportation-related tax measures that could wind up on the ballot in November 2014 would bring in a whopping $790 million over the next 10 years; however, that still wouldn’t be enough to cover the city’s transit improvement needs – which will be roughly $3.1 billion in the same amout of time. Man, getting around ain’t cheap!

Tuesday, February 26th, 2013

Ammo be gone

San Francisco’s ban on possessing high-capacity ammunition has been challenged in a new lawsuit by the NRA. I think we all saw that one coming…

Thursday, February 21st, 2013

Park Problems

A report detailing the maintenance scores of all parks in the City system was release by the Controller’s Office this week. It seems that parks in Districts 10 and 11 frequently ranked lower on the list and that strikes some as a bit unfair, and perhaps unsurprising.

Thursday, February 21st, 2013

And then there was Muni

The price of metered parking close to Giants games is going up significantly this year. And just in case you were thinking about taking that ferry from Marin to the game, those prices are going up also.

Wednesday, February 20th, 2013

Fixing transportation locally and regionally

Mayor Ed Lee has put together a task force with an ambitious goal of addressing persistent transit issues in San Francisco and the Bay Area. If I had a magic wand and a big pile of cash, I’d hand them over to the Smart People on the panel (Chiu Metcalf Nolan Wiener, to start) to help them make change, because DAMN it would be a good thing if they were successful.

Tuesday, February 19th, 2013


PG&E Is looking to tie customer rates closer to costs. Given all of my bad urban agrictultural jokes today, I decided not to make a grow house reference. Except I just did. Oh well. YOLO.

Tuesday, February 19th, 2013

The San Francisco Giants

Tuesday, February 19th, 2013

Flight – but the kind without Denzel Washington

You may have played on the old fighter jet in Larson Playground, but kids today haven’t had the same opportunity. The jet hasn’t been there since ’93, but another one is on the way, thanks to D4 Supe Carmen Chu, her legislative colleague Cammy Blackstone, and an entire herd of other folks who helped bring it to fruition.

Tuesday, February 19th, 2013

Bikes on BART

Starting on Monday, bicyclists will have a one-week trial run to take their bikes on BART any time of the day. And, yes, I also mean that 8:00am train from Pittsburgh-Bay Point.

Tuesday, February 19th, 2013

Nurses United

A strong showing of nurses demonstrated their opposition to the Keystone XL oil pipeline by marching across the Golden Gate Bridge yesterday.

Monday, February 18th, 2013

Thugged out to cub scout

Supervisor David Campos has developed a plan that would help young people leave gangs. Fortunately, they wouldn’t be excluded from joining any San Francisco political clubs!

Sunday, February 17th, 2013

Lock the Doors

So there are crazy people and then there are Crazy People. Thankfully, someone falling into the latter category was nabbed before he could do real harm to state Senator Leland Yee.

Friday, February 15th, 2013

Shake what yo momma gave ya

City Hall was but one site of the annual V-Day dance mob meant to raise awareness of violence against women. I mean, is there really any better way to empower females than the Electric Slide? I think not.

Friday, February 15th, 2013


San Franciscans may soon get an actual response the next time they yell “TAXI!” as industry performance standards have been adopted by the City. Now, if we can only find a way to regulate the pungent odors inside the vehicle.

Thursday, February 14th, 2013

But I Summer in San Tropez

The Bay Guardian writes about how several new condominium projects remain empty during a significant part of the year because they are owned by rich individuals who only spend part of the year in San Francisco.

Wednesday, February 13th, 2013

Updates from the Planning Department

The San Francisco Planning Department hired Gil Kelley, who starts as the Director of Citywide Planning on Monday.  Mr. Kelley will oversee long-term city planning and policies.

Wednesday, February 13th, 2013

You read Suspects…

…so you almost certainly read other hyper-local sites, too. The Chron writes up what it’s like to run one of these operations – the rewards (not monetary) and tribulations alike…

Tuesday, February 12th, 2013

SFPUC Allegations

The SFPUC is about to settle a lawsuit alleging sexual harassment by some of its managers. Either this is just a bad year for the SFPUC, or they’re working very hard on material for a TV drama series.

Monday, February 11th, 2013

Persons at Work (on Schools)

Bayview residents are threatening  to protest and possibly prevent the construction of the new Willie L. Brown Jr. Middle School if the school district doesn’t agree to hire local residents for the work. And we all know, there is nothing better than Men (and women!) at Work.

Monday, February 11th, 2013

Single-use bags begone!

Another win is reported for plastic bag ban advocates. California’s appeals court has upheld San Francisco’s ban on single-use plastic bags, with the ruling to serve as a precedent for future cases.

Sunday, February 10th, 2013