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Archive for May, 2013

Shadows on Parks

Today, the San Francisco Business Times gives us the scoop on plans to prevent shadows on city parks by a group of unhappy neighbors.

Friday, May 31st, 2013

Rideshare: muni edition

Leap Transit is to Muni, as FedEx is to the US Postal Service. Or at least that’s what the Leap Transit founder, Kyle Kirchoff, is claiming about his new ride-sharing shuttle service that mimics Muni’s 30-Stockton Express.

Friday, May 31st, 2013

Connecting the Community

Cheers to the Friends of Bengal Alley for their work on this staircase and creating a new public plaza for their neighborhood.

Thursday, May 30th, 2013

SF Budget

It’s good news for social service providers – the Mayor isn’t expected to make any cuts to mental health and substance-abuse treatment services in the first-year of his proposed two-year budget.

Wednesday, May 29th, 2013

New Waterfront Park

The Chronicle reports on Rec and Park’s interest to buy a 138-year old wooden boat building on the last parcel of privately owned land on the city’s waterfront. If acquired, the public open space will help connect the city’s planned Blue Greenway, a region-wide Bay Trial.

Wednesday, May 29th, 2013

City Budget

taxcalculatorIn numbers news, the budget was passed early. How did they accomplish such a feat? Budget cops.

Tuesday, May 28th, 2013

Profile #2 – Youth Commissioner Does Good

The Chronicle also profiles San Francisco Youth Commissioner Nicholas Persky, who is using math, research, investigation and a conscience to game the system in the best possible way. This public servant (whose public service doesn’t even get mentioned in the article) is using coupons and loopholes to score Big Truckloads Of Stuff – and then giving most of it away, locally, to our soldiers abroad, and to needy people around the world. [Pause here for a gigantic and citywide round of applause.] And hey, Persky: need an internship? You’re our kind of guy.

Monday, May 27th, 2013

Profile #1: The Rent-Control Champion

The Chronicle profiles Sara Shortt, director of the San Francisco Housing Rights Committee, and her battle to preserve rent-controlled units in San Francisco.

Monday, May 27th, 2013

Matier and Ross

Is it re-election time already?  Has the 2013 NFL season started yet? Will the 49ers make it back to the Bowl without Crabtree?  Apparently the Super Bowl holds all the answers to San Francisco’s political future.

Saturday, May 25th, 2013

Retiree Fund

Proposition A has passed, protecting retiree health funds from being used for other budget items. Upon learning of the approval, supporters were heard shouting “23 skidoo!” and, out of sheer energetic excitement, a few decided to stay up late to watch Matlock reruns.

Wednesday, May 22nd, 2013


Supervisor Campos wants a hearing after revelations that new Muni buses were delivered before the contract was signed. Those dang Amazon drones must have malfunctioned again.

Wednesday, May 22nd, 2013

silencing street performers

New legislation being introduced by Supervisor Scott Wiener would allow the Department of Public Health to cite street performers who are producing too much noise.

Tuesday, May 21st, 2013

We are diminished

William Wilson III, a giant in the realm of the physical transformation of our region, has passed away.

Monday, May 20th, 2013


A legend ends, as Tosca closes. (Though “Tosca” will still be there, in its place, and may even turn out to be fantastic.)

Monday, May 20th, 2013

Park It

A new park! Hooray, right? Well, yes. Kinda… The recent approval of a SoMa park has initiated a debate over the rationale of creating new open spaces when we’re having trouble caring for our existing ones. Now, point me to the monkey bars.

Thursday, May 16th, 2013

zoo pricing

A trip to the San Francisco Zoo is about to cost you a bit more – $2, to be exact.

Tuesday, May 14th, 2013

bike rental expansion

The Board of Supervisors is set to vote on an amendment that would allow a bike rental company to expand into a location in Golden Gate Park.

Tuesday, May 14th, 2013

Peanuts and Hot Dogs

Let’s hope that Local 2 and the folks at Centerplate can work things out.

Sunday, May 12th, 2013

SFMTA & Muni

Tuesday, May 7th, 2013

Not Friends with the Monster

A federal judge has thrown out a lawsuit by the Monster Beverage Corporation against the City of San Francisco, which is investigating the company’s marketing practices to kids. Meanwhile, somewhere in Kansas, a 6 year old slugs his 20oz can of sugar and caffeine goodness and laughs at all those San Francisco liberals.

Tuesday, May 7th, 2013

Rent? Controlled.

Tim Redmond discusses rent control, Karl Marx, and the capitalist system. Thanks, Tim, for encouraging folks to consider political theory when putting current arguments into context. In the spirit of historical political discourse, I would encourage everyone to do some reading about American political history this morning. I’ll get you started. Let’s hit the late 19th and early twentieth century (this is my favorite time period). Please research the following terms: Gilded Age, Tammany Hall, Boss Tweed. Thanks for playing.

Monday, May 6th, 2013

Arts Expansion

The San Francisco Planning Commission gave approval to the California College of Arts to create a special-use district so that it could grow in the coming years.

Sunday, May 5th, 2013


After learning that a handful of commanders in charge of the Asiana crash response never completed federally-mandated disaster training, some of our boys and girls in black will be taking a field trip to lovely Dallas, Texas. I can’t wait to hear their stories about all of Dallas’ top tourist attractions, including the [fill in later], the [there must be something], and, of course, the [is tex-mex an attraction?].

Sunday, May 5th, 2013

Liquor-Licensing & Cameras

Friday, May 3rd, 2013

Don’t make promises you can’t keep

The Chronicle weighs in on the challenges of labor negotiations in a growing economy.

Thursday, May 2nd, 2013