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Archive for April, 2013

Polk Street

Is Bad Boy Polk going to become more like its northern neighbor? Maybe, thanks to the creation of a community benefit district. (Although, now where am I going to find meth, Taco Bell, and a seedy motel all on the same corner? Oh yeah — essentially all of Stockton.) [JK, Stockton is awesome.] {Okay, Stockton is not awesome, I lied.}

Tuesday, April 30th, 2013

Water for Wheels

An innovative plan to convert old Muni buses into mobile showers for the homeless is making moves – money continues to be raised, City agencies are on board, and sketches of the shower filled buses have been released. The wheels are in motion to provide a sense of “dignity one shower at a time” starting this March!

Monday, April 29th, 2013

Still Mulling Manning

The Examiner’s Oscar Raymundo reports that there is still tension on the SF Pride Board over the retraction of Chelsea Manning from the Pride Parade. Too bad this isn’t something that a cocktail at Harvey’s can’t solve. Mainly because I want to go have a cocktail at Harvey’s… at 5:30 in the morning.

Saturday, April 27th, 2013


Mayor Ed Lee spent yesterday in Baltimore to fulfill the day of service he wagered with the city’s Mayor, Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, in advance of the Superbowl. Unfortunately, they couldn’t find time to squeeze in beers with Jimmy and Bunk.

Saturday, April 27th, 2013

Bart safety

The BART Police Department recently announced plans to heighten security on trains and in stations, making my mother – among others – feel much better.

Friday, April 26th, 2013

Tracking BART

Would you take another BART train if you knew it was less crowded? BART thinks you will. Their website now provides estimates on how packed a train is, or is not. Because, it seems, people don’t take my approach and just get on the last possible train to make it to their destination in time…

Friday, April 26th, 2013

Crime in the City

Feeling safer these days? Nothing like sorting through arrest and crime data to get your day started, kudos to Chief Suhr for the Casablanca reference.

Friday, April 26th, 2013

Mom, Apple Pie and Cable Cars

Just ’cause they’re iconic doesn’t mean they don’t cost money – and is it the right kind of money, asks Joe Eskenazi of the SF Weekly?

Wednesday, April 24th, 2013

Greyhound Therapy?

City Attorney Dennis Herrera demands that Nevada reimburse San Francisco for $500,000 for the medical care, housing and other services that his office believes were provided to 500 indigent psychiatric patients in Nevada who were given one way bus tickets to the City since 2008.

Tuesday, April 23rd, 2013

411 on 420

More than $15,000 will have been spent on cleaning up the gathering of 15,000 participants on Hippie Hill in Golden Gate Park last weekend.

Monday, April 22nd, 2013

Doobie Day

snoopSan Francisco has some serious pot smokers. If you can’t control them, get them a sponsor. That’s the latest proposal from some local leaders on how to better manage the tribal gathering on 4/20. Dude, can you imagine if those crazy kids from San Rafael had decided to start smoking at 4:40? What would we do? That makes my head spin. Pass the free Doritos.

Friday, April 19th, 2013

Idle Wild

Remember how you used to let your hot-rod (read: Trans-Am [re-read: Volvo]) idle before school senior year so that it would purr? Well, it seems like Muni is doing that too. The difference being that your Trans-Am didn’t cause as many noxious fumes as 56,000 cars. Well, actually, maybe it did.

Friday, April 19th, 2013

phones for all

A new program strives to put cell phones in the hands of those who may not usually be able to afford them.

Friday, April 19th, 2013

Transit and Prop A

The Examiner releases an editorial that supports reallocating funding from Prop A, approved by voters in 2007, to support transit.

Thursday, April 18th, 2013

Open Space for Noe Valley

Noe Valley may be getting a new “town square,” which would be a public open space. Which is funny, because I would’ve assumed that Noe Valley’s town square would be one of those wine-bar-bikram-yoga-studio-daycare-whole-foods-type-places. Because, you know, there are a lot of those.

Thursday, April 18th, 2013

Labeling Cellphones

Matier and Ross discuss why local officials are likely to give up the fight against requiring cellphone makers to provide labels on the potential dangers of phone usage.

Wednesday, April 17th, 2013

Doling it Out

The City has shelled out more than $11 million in settlements in employee lawsuits since 2007. That about sums up this article.

Tuesday, April 16th, 2013

Middle-Class Jobs

notepadThe Bay Guardian assesses a recent press conference held by House minority leader Nancy Pelosi and Mayor Ed Lee regarding House Democrats’ Middle Class Jumpstart initiatives. 

Tuesday, April 16th, 2013

Battle over Wage Cuts

SEIU 1021, the City’s largest public employee union, is railing against a proposal to cut the wages of future hires in positions that are often filled by women.

Tuesday, April 16th, 2013

Parking Restrictions, Please

Say what? Alamo Square neighbors are pleading with the City to impose parking registration fees and permits in their heavily condensed streets. Oh wait, I get it now.

Tuesday, April 16th, 2013

Gun Control

The Juvenile Probation Department is proposing to arm some of its officers. Not everyone is excited by this proposition.

Monday, April 15th, 2013

Where’s the money?

The Examiner takes a look at how money from Proposition A in 2007 has been spent.

Monday, April 15th, 2013

Neighbor(hood)s with Benefits

Do you like the Mid-Market CBD? I bet you do! Well, it’s getting bigger. Plus, they are creating a Community Benefit District in North Beach as well. I mean, people still have to vote on this and all the sort of junk, but hey, it’s still exciting. (Right? Everyone gets jazzed up for Community Benefit Districts, don’t they? Do people still say “jazzed up?” Also, I’ve included a picture of a tiger for your enjoyment. You’re welcome.)

Saturday, April 13th, 2013

Trash Talk

A new trash rate proposal aimed at lowering the amount of overall waste a family/person/household produces is being discussed today. The change would make disposal a bit more pricey…hence the incentive to reduce waste.

Friday, April 12th, 2013

Progress Park

The Chron reports on how a small but dedicated group of Dogpatch and Potrero Hill neighbors brought Progress Park to life, Margaret Mead would be proud.

Friday, April 12th, 2013