http://www.sfexaminer.com/sanfrancisco/bart-budget-outlook-rosier-than-anticipated-but-capital-needs-remain-a-priority/Content?oid=2528806: BART budget outlook rosier than anticipated but capital needs remain a priority
http://www.sfchronicle.com/giants/jenkins/article/Wilson-s-Giants-legacy-heading-south-4696936.php: Wilson's Giants legacy heading south
The Examiner reveals that following the August recess, a hearing on the City’s double-parking policy will take place at the request of Supervisor Scott Wiener. I’m not commenting but … after one bike ride from the avenues to downtown, you’ll quickly notice just how many folks sit in their cars with their hazards on and think it’s OK that they’re blocking the bike lane and/or Muni. It’s almost as painful as Brian Wilson signing with the LA Dodgers … sigh.
http://www.sfexaminer.com/sanfrancisco/sf-official-wants-double-parking-issues-examined/Content?oid=2528720: S.F. official wants double-parking issues examined
The Chron’s John Wildermuth accompanies Balboa Street to the salon, and reports that the package of enhancements that have been ordered up include new streetlights, repaving, bus bulb-outs, bike racks, and – of course – a mani-pedi.
http://www.sfchronicle.com/bayarea/article/Won-t-be-long-now-till-Balboa-Street-makeover-4692477.php: Won't be long now 'till Balboa Street makeover
Hard to believe that there can be a food desert in food obsessed San Francisco but with 73 corner stores in TL selling alcohol? Wow, enough said. You are what you eat so more power to trying to create more healthy options. Yes, I am aware that the photo of bacon to the right may not be sending a healthy message but it’s better than alcohol and cigarettes.
http://www.sfexaminer.com/sanfrancisco/san-francisco-provides-healthy-meals-to-county-jail-inmates/Content?oid=2525623: San Francisco provides healthy meals to County Jail inmates
http://www.sfexaminer.com/sanfrancisco/sf-expanding-access-to-drinking-water-at-schools/Content?oid=2525680: S.F. expanding access to drinking water at schools
http://www.sfexaminer.com/sanfrancisco/sf-aims-to-educate-stores-on-healthy-food-options/Content?oid=2527097: S.F. aims to educate stores on healthy food options
While some new residential developments have been getting flack for their pricing plans, the Chron points out that new developments also bring lots of development fees, which go to things like parks and streetscape improvement. Meanwhile, the Business Times has a cover story on how some developers are fearful that the swinging pendulum of development politics might hit them square in the face.
http://www.sfchronicle.com/opinion/openforum/article/Are-San-Franciscans-addicted-to-rent-control-4678260.php?t=d99e75ae78: Opinion: Are San Franciscans addicted to rent control?
http://www.sfchronicle.com/business/article/SF-s-hottest-rentals-lease-before-they-re-finished-4694292.php: SF's hottest rentals lease before they're finished
http://www.sfexaminer.com/sanfrancisco/nonprofits-in-san-francisco-sound-alarm-over-rent-increases/Content?oid=2567178: Nonprofits in San Francisco sound alarm over rent increases
http://www.sfbg.com/2013/09/24/city-hall-must-address-rising-rents: Editorial: City Hall must address rising rents
http://sfappeal.com/2013/09/vicious-cycle-how-long-can-sfs-renters-continue-to-live-beyond-their-means/: Vicious Cycle: How Long Can SF Renters Continue To Live Beyond Their Means?
http://www.sfgate.com/business/bottomline/article/New-housing-units-in-S-F-are-filling-up-fast-5011308.php: New housing units in S.F. are filling up fast
http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/110-million-windfall-for-San-Francisco-5060340.php: $110 million windfall for San Francisco improvements
http://www.bizjournals.com/sanfrancisco/print-edition/2013/12/13/san-francisco-developers-fear-a-backlash.html: San Francisco developers fear a backlash
The Chron reports that a judge has rejected a challenge by a property-rights group opposed to Plan Bay Area. Plan Bay Area was adopted by regional agencies to guide land-use and transportation by concentrating new housing and jobs in areas served by public transit. (Duh)
http://www.sfchronicle.com/bayarea/article/Plan-Bay-Area-adopted-by-regional-planners-4676169.php: Plan Bay Area adopted by regional planners
http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/Judge-rejects-challenge-to-Bay-Area-land-use-5599182.php: Judge rejects challenge to Bay Area land-use, transit plan
Supervisor David Chiu is not happy with the accused actions of real estate broker WB Coyle, who’s facing 20 something lawsuits for wrongfully evicting tenants and duping investors. Since Coyle’s actions were revealed, the Board has passed legislation that will further protect tenants from wrongful lease terminations and protect investors from shady dealings.
http://www.nbcbayarea.com/news/local/San-Francisco-Real-Estate-Broker-Not-Welcome-in-City-215887761.html: San Francisco Real Estate Broker "Not Welcome" in City
The Examiner describes how San Francisco is thinking outside of the box, and with the help of a $1 million federal grant, is investing in resources to support youth that have suffered adverse childhood experiences.
http://www.sfexaminer.com/sanfrancisco/psychiatric-patients-increasing-in-sf-hospitals-putting-a-strain-on-the-system/Content?oid=2510788: Psychiatric patients increasing in S.F. hospitals, putting a strain on the system
http://www.sfexaminer.com/sanfrancisco/san-francisco-must-address-mental-health-crisis-head-on/Content?oid=2511932: Editorial: San Francisco must address mental health crisis head-on
http://www.sfexaminer.com/sanfrancisco/feds-give-san-francisco-1-million-to-treat-crime-as-mental-health-issue/Content?oid=2586670: Feds give San Francisco $1 million to treat crime as 'mental health' issue
http://www.sfexaminer.com/sanfrancisco/bayview-center-pioneers-approach-to-crime-prevention-by-fighting-stress-in-youths/Content?oid=2643068: Bayview center pioneers approach to crime prevention by fighting stress in youths
Stop, drop, shut ‘em down, open up shop. Sorry, I start quoting DMX any time I see the word DROP. In this case it’s an acronym that stands for Deferred Retirement Option Program and some police offers are getting some serious cash because they were not eligible for the program. That’s how rough riders roll.
http://www.sfexaminer.com/sanfrancisco/san-francisco-police-can-continue-to-cash-out-sick-time-upon-retirement/Content?oid=2508405: San Francisco police can continue to cash out sick time upon retirement
http://www.sfexaminer.com/sanfrancisco/former-sfpd-officers-who-sued-over-retirement-program-set-to-receive-862k/Content?oid=2634618: Former SFPD officers who sued over retirement program set to receive $862K
If neighbors of the aforementioned Bacon Bacon outpost think they know stank, comeonover to Mason Street, my friends. As the Chronicle so aptly reports in this piece, there are smelly issues plaguing much of the city (and apparently mandating adult diapers for all is not on the table as a possible solution).
http://www.sfchronicle.com/bayarea/article/Streets-of-San-Francisco-drenched-in-urine-4658210.php: Streets of San Francisco drenched in urine
Today, your senses will be titillated with this intimate look into a neighborhood dispute over a bacon shop that grabbed the attention of the national media. The skinny, the fat, and the sizzling – the Bay Guardian has the details of what went down. Here’s to hoping soy bacon is introduced on the Bacon Bacon menu… Hey, you don’t have to eat meat to love bacon!
http://www.sfexaminer.com/sanfrancisco/bacon-bacon-given-green-light-to-reopen-in-upper-haight/Content?oid=2508373: Bacon Bacon given green light to reopen in Upper Haight
http://www.sfbg.com/2013/07/16/burning-bacon: Burning Bacon: An inside look at a neighborhood dispute that became an international media feeding frenzy — and it's all about bacon
The Board of Supervisors unanimously approved Board President David Chiu’s flex-time ordinance, making SF the first to pass such legislation.
http://www.sfexaminer.com/sanfrancisco/sf-proposal-to-mandate-flexible-work-hours-for-caregivers-amended-to-address-concerns/Content?oid=2508400: S.F. proposal to mandate flexible work hours for caregivers amended to address concerns
http://www.sfchronicle.com/opinion/editorials/article/S-F-supervisor-s-proposal-means-well-but-is-4662579.php: Editorial: SF supervisor's proposal means well, but is flawed
http://www.sfchronicle.com/bayarea/article/S-F-may-require-job-flexibility-for-caregivers-4678584.php?t=880d808073: SF may require job flexibility for caregivers
http://www.sfexaminer.com/sanfrancisco/chiu-vows-to-enact-flex-time-law/Content?oid=2530044: Chiu vows to enact flex-time law
http://www.sfexaminer.com/sanfrancisco/san-francisco-legislation-for-flexible-family-work-schedules-is-back-in-play/Content?oid=2585042: San Francisco legislation for flexible family work schedules is back in play
http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/S-F-Supervisors-back-flexible-work-schedules-4861312.php: S.F. Supervisors back flexible work schedules
http://www.sfexaminer.com/sanfrancisco/parents-and-caregivers-in-city-may-soon-request-flexible-work-schedules/Content?oid=2595360: Parents and caregivers in city may soon request flexible work schedules
Domestic violence activists Beverly Upton, executive director of the San Francisco Domestic Violence Consortium and Maria Carolina Morales, programs co-director at Community United Against Violence, discuss how the fear of detention or deportation may prevent domestic violence victims and witnesses from coming forward. They speak out in favor of, and ask others to support, Supervisor Aavlos’ proposed “Due Process for All” ordinance.
http://www.sfexaminer.com/sanfrancisco/sf-launches-program-to-help-immigrants-with-naturalization-process/Content?oid=2505331: S.F. launches program to help immigrants with naturalization process
http://www.sfexaminer.com/sanfrancisco/sf-officials-want-city-to-stop-detaining-people-on-federal-immigration-holds/Content?oid=2519169: S.F. officials want city to stop detaining people on federal immigration holds
http://www.sfexaminer.com/sanfrancisco/sf-police-chief-decries-proposal-to-skirt-federal-immigration-detainer-rules/Content?oid=2569337: SF police chief decries proposal to skirt federal immigration detainer rules
http://www.sfexaminer.com/sanfrancisco/san-francisco-looking-into-bike-registry-for-theft-victims/Content?oid=2505297: San Francisco looking into bike registry for theft victims
http://www.sfexaminer.com/sanfrancisco/bike-parking-could-get-boost-as-san-francisco-looks-to-increase-two-wheeled-trips/Content?oid=2511992: Bike parking could get boost as San Francisco looks to increase two-wheeled trips
http://www.sfexaminer.com/sanfrancisco/bike-lockers-could-start-occupying-san-francisco-parking-spaces/Content?oid=2631527: Bike lockers could start occupying San Francisco parking spaces
http://www.sfexaminer.com/sanfrancisco/lack-of-cycling-infrastructure-investment-in-sf-could-impact-popularity-as-transit-mode/Content?oid=2641912: Lack of cycling infrastructure investment in SF could impact popularity as transit mode
A notch of high-up open space is ground zero in a fight between a developer and a neighborhood.
http://www.sfexaminer.com/sanfrancisco/neighbors-still-challenging-proposed-san-francisco-housing-development/Content?oid=2502773: Neighbors still challenging proposed San Francisco housing development
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.