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.
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.
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.
Katy Tang talks about $4 toast and housing in the Sunset. Can we just be clear about something here? Can I be honest with you? That $4 toast is actually pretty good. I mean, not like I have had it or something. But maybe I know someone, who knows someone, that talked to someone, who has a great uncle that was twice removed that met a guy who used to know his neighbor that had a friend who potentially tried the toast… and that person had good things to say. But I have never tried it. Too fancy for my taste.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
With the pragmatism of a (non-practicing) attorney and the creativity of a classically-trained musician, Taylor brings a unique perspective to Barbary Coast Consulting. When he’s not helping guide his clients through the frothy world of San Francisco politics, Taylor can be found either walking his pit bull around the Castro or frantically practicing for an upcoming concert.