If negotiations this weekend aren’t successful, 2,500 Oakland city workers including employees with public works, parks and recreation, libraries, after-school programs and parking enforcement are expected to strike on Monday. This is in addition to the BART and AC Transit employees who have said they would walk off the job Monday if an agreement is not made over their contracts. I’m crossing my fingers, arms, and toes – please, please, please let all sides be satisfied with agreements made this weekend!
http://www.sfchronicle.com/bayarea/article/Oakland-city-workers-to-strike-on-Monday-4637160.php: Oakland city workers to strike on Monday
Guys? Remember that time? At Zeitgeist? When we were having those beers and Dave was telling that joke and Mary was singing and everything was so sunny and funny and perfect and we couldn’t stop laughing? Guys? And then the sun went down and we were hungry but wanted to stay there, because it was such an epic day and we didn’t want to change it up? And then it got even epic-er, when the Tamale Lady showed up and everybody gave her a standing O and we got to have another beer along with the Most Perfectly Timed Yummy Tamales ever? Guys? Remember? Guys?
Guys, it’s time to help the Tamale Lady go legit. She needs a kitchen so that future generations of San Franciscans can experience the same tamale nirvana we did. Please check out her Indiegogo campaign (linked below) and kick in the cost of a tamale or five.
Yes, by the way, Barbary Coast is serving as her pro-bono consultant. And while our work is free, If she eventually decides to pay us in tamales, that’s cool too.
So guys? Make a donation, please, so we can all get back on the delivered-to-your-barstool Tamale Train. Thanks, guys.
http://www.sfexaminer.com/sanfrancisco/alcoholism-increasing-among-san-franciscans/Content?oid=2459128: Alcoholism increasing among San Franciscans
http://www.sfexaminer.com/sanfrancisco/fans-can-help-open-tamale-lady-eatery/Content?oid=2484454: Fans can help open 'Tamale Lady' eatery
http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/viva-la-tamale-lady: Viva La Tamale Lady!
http://insidescoopsf.sfgate.com/blog/2013/06/27/tamale-lady-launches-community-campaign-for-her-own-brick-and-mortar-shop-in-the-mission/: Tamale Lady launches community campaign for her own brick and mortar shop in the Mission
http://abclocal.go.com/kgo/story?section=news/local/san_francisco&id=9154850: San Francisco's 'Tamale Lady' starts online fundraising campaign
http://www.ktvu.com/news/news/local/tamale-lady-launches-fundraising-campaign-start-re/nYX9J/: Tamale Lady launches campaign to start restaurant
Did you know paintball guns are not legal in San Francisco? More over, did you know that jaywalking is not legal?? (I mean, we all know jaywalking isn’t legal, but I figure if we all just keep pretending we don’t know that then it is cool to keep doing it.)
http://www.sfweekly.com/2013-06-26/news/paintball-guns-jaywalking-downtown-state-laws-preemption/: Paint it Gray: The Ambiguous Legal Territory of Jaywalking and Paintball Guns
What do you do with a pedestrian bridge that has outlived it’s usefulness? Easy! You turn it into a railroad-style nightclub. Well, that would be my solution anyway. This is also why no one lets me make big decisions.
http://www.sfexaminer.com/sanfrancisco/unused-sf-walkway-over-street-becomes-blight-but-city-wont-remove-it/Content?oid=2480859: Unused S.F. walkway over street becomes blight, but city won't remove it
Under a new project proposal, the Ferry Building could get three new piers and ferry gates and the current pedestrian area could see some sprucing-up. Thus far, the projected changes are not expected to hamper the offering of vegan donuts in the Ferry Building (since I know that’s what you all are concerned about anyways).
http://www.sfexaminer.com/sanfrancisco/expansion-of-ferry-building-planned-to-add-more-bay-travel/Content?oid=2478682: Expansion of Ferry Building planned to add more Bay travel
A new report out by Budget Analyst Harvey Rose takes a look at the City’s fleet of cars and whether or not its meeting the Healthy Air and Clean Transportation Ordinance (HACTO). Spoiler alert: we maaaaay not be following the ordinance to a tee.
http://www.sfexaminer.com/sanfrancisco/sf-appears-to-be-skirting-intentions-of-vehicle-reduction-ordinance/Content?oid=2478640: S.F. appears to be skirting intentions of vehicle reduction ordinance
Supervisor Eric Mar has taken pen to paper – via the Examiner – to make the case for State bill AB 667 which would require an economic impact analysis for large retail projects that receive public subsidies.
http://www.sfexaminer.com/sanfrancisco/increase-accountability-for-economic-development-subsidies/Content?oid=2478665: Opinion: Increase accountability for economic development subsidies
The mosh pit-style scene of tourists bumping into one another along Fisherman’s Wharf is a staple in our city. However, some recent City pedestrian upgrades to Jefferson Street might alleviate some of this bottle-necking.
http://www.sfchronicle.com/bayarea/article/New-Jefferson-Street-a-dream-for-walkers-4613262.php: New Jefferson Street a dream for walkers
Nope. This Cheney won’t pump your face full of lead while quail hunting. Rather, this is the story of Mike Cheney, a Muni mechanic, whistle blower, and hydraulic power engineer. Just like the other Cheney… wait. No. He isn’t just like the other Cheney. This is Mike Cheney, or MC, as I just decided to call him 15 seconds ago.
http://www.sfweekly.com/2013-06-19/news/mike-cheney-muni-sailwing-san-francisco-examiner/full/: Mr. Fix-It: A Mechanic Turns from Trying to Save Muni to Trying to Save the World
The Ex reports on the results of an audit requested by Supervisor David Chiu to look into the City’s workforce development programs. $69 million was spent last year helping residents find jobs but Harvey Rose suggests that the City may want to track the outcomes of that funding.
http://www.sfexaminer.com/sanfrancisco/san-francisco-looks-to-boost-economic-interests-in-latin-america/Content?oid=2468872: San Francisco looks to boost economic interests in Latin America
http://www.sfexaminer.com/sanfrancisco/effectiveness-of-san-franciscos-local-workforce-aid-unknown/Content?oid=2605309: Effectiveness of San Francisco’s local workforce aid unknown
Mayor Ed Lee honored Muni bus driver Felicia Anderson for her swift, steady action following an on-bus shooting earlier this month. So if you ever needed a reminder to be polite to your bus driver (read: say thank you), this should serve as that reminder.
http://sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com/2013/06/17/muni-driver-honored-for-taking-sf-shooting-victim-to-hospital/: Muni Driver Honored For Taking SF Shooting Victim to Hospital
http://www.nbcbayarea.com/news/local/SF-Mayor-Honors-Muni-Driver-Who-Drove-Shooting-Victim-to-Hospital-211928151.html: SF Mayor Honors Muni Driver Who Drove Shooting Victim to Hospital
The US Postal Service’s plan to erect rows of postboxes along Market Street was shot down by the City. Apparently, some folks were not too keen in having a structure that brings flashbacks of their high school gym locker right on the City’s most iconic thoroughfare… Go figure.
http://www.sfchronicle.com/bayarea/place/article/Wall-of-postboxes-gets-seal-of-disapproval-4604223.php: John King: Wall of postboxes gets seal of disapproval
Stephen Buel discusses the future of the San Francisco Bay Guardian after the departure of Tim Redmond and promises to continue the paper’s progressive legacy. Also, Steven T. Jones and Rebecca Bowe discuss the specific circumstances that took place that caused Redmond’s departure. In return, I promise to unilaterally make fun of everyone from all political spectrums, despite the fact there is no major news of retirement — nor public interest — regarding what is going on at Suspects to spur my promise.
http://www.bizjournals.com/sanfrancisco/news/2013/06/14/report-tim-redmond-out-as-sf-bay.html: Longtime editor Tim Redmond ousted at SF Bay Guardian
http://www.sfbg.com/2013/06/19/end-era-not-legacy: The end of an era, but not of a legacy
http://www.sfbg.com/politics/2013/06/18/guard-story-behind-bay-guardian%E2%80%99s-new-ownership-and-departure-editor-publisher-t: On Guard: The story behind the Bay Guardian’s new ownership and the departure of Editor-Publisher Tim Redmond
Mayor Ed Lee and New York City Mayor Bloomberg are joining together to host a pair of technology summits to discuss innovation and local government. Tech nerds and policy wonks – now that sounds like a party.
http://www.sfchronicle.com/technology/article/Tech-summit-is-brewing-4601947.php: Tech summit is brewing
http://www.sfexaminer.com/sanfrancisco/ed-lee-michael-bloomberg-announce-tech-summits/Content?oid=2463587: Ed Lee, Michael Bloomberg announce tech summits
http://www.latimes.com/business/technology/la-fi-tn-sf-and-nyc-declare-truce-agree-to-cohost-tech-summit-20130614,0,1418573.story: San Francisco and New York call truce, will co-host tech summit
http://www.mercurynews.com/business/ci_23463973/mayors-san-francisco-new-york-announce-tech-summits: Mayors of San Francisco, New York announce tech summits
Bam. Just like that, the Western Span has a new name.
http://www.sfchronicle.com/bayarea/article/Bay-Bridge-may-carry-Willie-Brown-s-name-4599233.php: Bay Bridge may carry Willie Brown's name
http://www.nbcbayarea.com/news/local/Lawmakers-Want-Bay-Bridge-Named-After-Willie-Brown-211478641.html: Lawmakers Want Bay Bridge Named After Willie Brown
http://www.sfchronicle.com/opinion/editorials/article/Name-Bay-Bridge-after-Willie-Brown-No-4601260.php?t=5578166aed: Editorial: Name Bay Bridge after Willie Brown? No.
http://www.sacbee.com/2013/06/17/5501617/the-buzz-bay-bridges-western-span.html: The Buzz: Bay Bridge's western span to be named for Willie Brown?
http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/matier-ross/article/Plan-to-name-part-of-Bay-Bridge-for-Brown-hits-4776644.php: Matier and Ross: Plan to name part of Bay Bridge for Brown hits bump
http://www.sfexaminer.com/sanfrancisco/progressive-trio-object-to-browns-name-on-bridge/Content?oid=2564116: Former supervisors object to Brown’s name on bridge
http://www.sfgate.com/opinion/editorials/article/Willie-Brown-Bridge-Wrong-man-wrong-time-4784422.php: Editorial: Willie Brown Bridge? Wrong man, wrong time
http://www.sfbg.com/2013/09/03/forget-willie-brown-bay-bridge: Editorial: Forget the Willie Brown Bay Bridge
http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/Public-often-ignores-officially-designated-names-4800575.php: Public often ignores officially designated names
http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/matier-ross/article/Jerry-Brown-opposes-renaming-span-for-Willie-Brown-4803448.php: Matier and Ross: Jerry Brown opposes renaming span for Willie Brown
http://www.mercurynews.com/politics-government/ci_24063951/bay-bridge-span-against-gov-jerry-browns-wishes: Bay Bridge span, against Gov. Jerry Brown's wishes, set to be renamed
http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/johnson/article/Naming-things-after-politicians-is-risky-business-4809982.php: Chip Johnson: Naming things after politicians is risky business
http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/matier-ross/article/Span-named-for-Willie-Brown-but-no-signs-may-go-4810468.php: Matier and Ross: Span named for Willie Brown, but no signs may go up
http://www.sfgate.com/default/article/Big-names-to-help-rechristen-Bay-Bridge-span-for-5219746.php: Matier and Ross: Big names to help rechristen Bay Bridge span for Willie Brown
http://www.sfexaminer.com/sanfrancisco/willie-brown-says-hes-humbled-by-bay-bridge-naming-honor/Content?oid=2701938: Willie Brown says he’s humbled by Bay Bridge naming honor
http://abclocal.go.com/kgo/story?section=news/local/san_francisco&id=9427730: New Willie Brown signs unveiled on Bay Bridge's western span
http://www.nbcbayarea.com/news/local/Willie-Brown-Bridge-Western-Span-of-Bay-Bridge-Officially-Takes-Name-of-Former-SF-Mayor-Willie-Brown-244966641.html: Western Span of Bay Bridge Officially Takes Name of Former SF Mayor Willie Brown
http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/matier-ross/article/S-F-police-go-beyond-duty-to-help-homeless-family-5225960.php: Matier and Ross: S.F. police go beyond duty to help homeless family
http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/Willie-Brown-Bridge-now-open-5226203.php: Willie Brown Bridge now open
This Bay Guardian opinion piece argues that the currently legal deferral of neighborhood impact fees by developers should come to an end. I have nothing to say about the deferral, but I did find a picture of Bling-Bling Puppy for you.
http://www.sfbg.com/2013/06/11/developers-should-pay-time: Opinion: Developers should pay -- on time
The Chron gives us the scoop on legislation that’s expected to be introduced by Supervisor Scott Wiener that would allow property owners who retrofit their buildings to add in-law units.
http://www.sfbg.com/2013/06/11/mr-mayor-stop-supporting-tax-cheats: Editorial: Mr. Mayor: Stop supporting tax cheats
http://www.bizjournals.com/sanfrancisco/print-edition/2013/10/11/airbnb-sees-light-some-cities-states.html?page=all: Airbnb sees light; some cities, states still in the dark
http://www.sfbg.com/2013/10/08/airbnb-says-its-hosts-should-pay-taxes: AirBnB says its hosts should pay taxes
http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/Airbnb-s-swank-digs-reflect-growth-but-5175734.php: Airbnb's swank digs reflect growth, but controversy grows
http://www.sfexaminer.com/sanfrancisco/sf-landlords-could-face-legal-fight-over-rentals-on-airbnb-other-services/Content?oid=2722068: SF landlords could face legal fight over rentals on Airbnb, other services
http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/S-F-in-law-units-law-clears-Planning-Commission-5295635.php: S.F. in-law units law clears Planning Commission
http://www.sfexaminer.com/sanfrancisco/proposal-to-legalize-in-law-units-in-the-castro-moves-forward/Content?oid=2726002: Proposal to legalize in-law units in the Castro moves forward
http://www.sfexaminer.com/sanfrancisco/increasing-housing-without-building-more-in-sf-is-a-sensible-approach/Content?oid=2729695: Editorial: Increasing housing without building more in SF is a sensible approach
http://www.sfgate.com/realestate/article/S-F-in-law-units-may-emerge-from-shadows-via-5312544.php: S.F. in-law units may emerge from shadows via proposed law
http://www.sfexaminer.com/PoliticsBlog/archives/2014/03/31/supervisors-set-to-vote-on-construction-of-new-in-law-units-in-the-castro: Supervisors set to vote on construction of new in-law units in the Castro
http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/S-F-supervisors-vote-to-bring-in-law-units-out-5368656.php: S.F. supervisors vote to bring in-law units out of shadows
http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/Pilot-program-in-Castro-to-allow-more-in-law-units-5405016.php: Pilot program in Castro to allow more in-law units
http://www.sfgate.com/default/article/Idea-would-allow-new-in-law-units-during-seismic-5742670.php: Idea would allow new in-law units during seismic work, Idea would allow new in-law units during seismic work
As our East Bay neighbor is going through its own economic boom, Lake Merritt continues to be one of the star attractions that is bringing new residents and businesses over to the other side of the Bay.
http://www.sfchronicle.com/bayarea/article/Oakland-celebrates-Lake-Merritt-revival-4590228.php: Oakland celebrates Lake Merritt revival
http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/Oakland-s-Lake-Merritt-drawing-new-residents-5752202.php: Oakland's Lake Merritt drawing new residents, pushing up rents, Oakland's Lake Merritt drawing new residents, pushing up rents
Marcus Books, the oldest black bookstore in the United States, has reportedly been evicted, though its impact on San Francisco is one we won’t soon forget.
http://www.sfexaminer.com/sanfrancisco/marcus-books-on-the-brink-of-closure/Content?oid=2449806: Marcus Books on the brink of closure
http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/Iconic-San-Francisco-bookstore-closer-to-being-5032726.php: Iconic San Francisco bookstore closer to being saved
http://www.sfexaminer.com/sanfrancisco/1-million-by-feb-28-needed-to-keep-marcus-books-in-fillmore/Content?oid=2641787: $1 million by Feb. 28 needed to keep Marcus Books in Fillmore
http://www.sfbg.com/2013/12/10/investors-needed-save-marcus-books: Investors needed to save Marcus Books
http://www.sfexaminer.com/sanfrancisco/marcus-books-supporters-remain-hopeful-despite-falling-short-of-fundraising-goal/Content?oid=2768364q: Marcus Books Supporters Remain Hopeful Despite Falling Short Of Fundraising Goal
http://www.sfexaminer.com/sanfrancisco/marcus-books-reportedly-evicted/Content?oid=2793504: Country’s oldest black bookstore evicted
The SF Weekly has some words about free wi-fi. Words you could go sit in Union Square and download. Probably.
http://www.sfexaminer.com/sanfrancisco/free-wi-fi-coming-to-market/Content?oid=2447708: Free Wi-Fi coming to Market
http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/S-F-rolls-out-3-miles-of-free-Wi-Fi-along-Market-5067616.php: S.F. rolls out 3 miles of free Wi-Fi along Market Street
http://www.sfexaminer.com/sanfrancisco/free-wi-fi-debuts-on-market-street-today-more-projects-expected-mid-2014/Content?oid=2650768: Free Wi-Fi debuts on Market Street today; more projects expected mid-2014
http://www.sfexaminer.com/sanfrancisco/free-wi-fi-open-to-anyone-with-mobile-device-laptop-along-market-street/Content?oid=2651540: Free Wi-Fi open to anyone with mobile device, laptop along Market Street
http://www.sfweekly.com/2014-01-22/news/wi-fi-mid-market-smartphones-theft/: Phone Jack: The Promise of a Wi-Fi City is Beset by Analog-Era Problems
Yes this park project took three years. Sure, permits were challenged twice. Yep, there was an online petition. But the majority of the Lafayette Park revamp is nearly complete AND within budget. I’d raise a toast, but drinking in order to celebrate the opening of a children’s playground is kind of creepy.
http://www.sfchronicle.com/bayarea/place/article/Lafayette-Park-revamp-spurs-heap-of-ideas-4577068.php: Lafayette Park revamp spurs heap of ideas
http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/nevius/article/1-dissenting-voice-holds-up-park-upgrade-3736021.php: Nevius: 1 dissenting voice holds up park upgrade
Back in San Francisco after nearly a decade as a congressional staffer in Washington, D.C., Amber is excited to bring her creative ideas and savvy communications skills to the wild west of Bay Area politics. Outside of her love for progressive issues and campaigns, Amber is an avid gardener and loves brewing and drinking beer.