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Archive for August, 2013

PG&(L)E(GAL) Troubles

City Attorney Dennis Herrera has filed a lawsuit that alleges PG&E owes San Francisco millions of dollars. I don’t really have the energy for more hip hop related posts about money (see my post to the right), which is definitely the direction I would head in here. Instead, just enjoy this short lists of slang synonyms for money: cash, cheddar, gouda, stacks, cabbage, bones, bread, clams, dead presidents, ducats, greenbacks, lettuce, loot, scratch, shekels, simoleons, and yards.

Monday, August 26th, 2013

Give My Regards to Broadway

house12Broadway (just exiting the tunnel into Chinatown) may be undergoing some serious streetscaping. Which is good, because right now people exit the tunnel going about 90mph. We should put something there that would slow San Francisco drivers down… maybe a kale shake shack?

Saturday, August 24th, 2013

Renewable City

The Examiner reports that the San Francisco government infrastructure runs entirely on renewable energy. Now, how do you get greener than that?

Thursday, August 22nd, 2013

behind the curtain

An editorial in this week’s SFBG blames political corruption for the breakdown in some key city projects and institutions.

Wednesday, August 21st, 2013

family flight

San Francisco is losing a lot of families. How do we solve this problem? I am not sure, but if we can trade in the hipsters for them, I am all for it.

Wednesday, August 21st, 2013

Traffic, congestion, and speed…

Tuesday, August 20th, 2013

New Jail for SF?

Police badgeSF Weekly shares details on a proposed new jail for our town, as well as the elected officials who are stacking up for and against the proposal.

Saturday, August 17th, 2013

Waxing Rhapsodic

The Fong family is closing the Wax Museum today after 50 years in business. Not to fret, the San Francisco Dungeon and Madame Tussaud’s are on the way.

Thursday, August 15th, 2013

Techies Teaching

istock_000016205501xsmallSFUSD superintendent Richard A. Carranza pens a piece in today’s Ex, revealing how techies are helping to transform teaching in the classroom and urges for the investment to continue. 

Wednesday, August 14th, 2013

Let there be light!

ChangesSupervisor Wiener secures funding for the city to upgrade its streetlights from the Mayor’s Office and the SFPUC.

Wednesday, August 14th, 2013

This Cracks Me Up

So, maybe DPH supported giving out free crack pipes? Maybe it would keep people more safe… or maybe it would be seen solely as the City supporting drug use. I don’t know. I mean, why do people even do drugs? NyQuil is cheap and legal.

Tuesday, August 13th, 2013

Hillary Clinton drops by and says howdy

San Francisco was the venue for a policy speech by Hillary Clinton, the will-she-or-won’t-she frontrunner for the 2016 Democratic nomination for President.

Monday, August 12th, 2013

Massaging legislation

The Board of Supervisors unanimously approved legislation created by District Four Supervisor Katy Tang that will crack down harder on prostitution taking place in massage parlors. Also, here’s a heads up for all of you: real massage parlors do not have locked metal gates, exterior security cameras, and red-lit windows. Brothels do.

Friday, August 9th, 2013

Get a clue, Russia!

Senator Leno is leading the charge on a resolution that formally condemns Russia for recently imposed laws against people who identify as LGBT. The proposal goes even further, urging California to stop future retirement system investments in the country. Also, the Chronicle suggests that boycotting Russian infused libations, instead of the Olympics, might be the better way to go…

Friday, August 9th, 2013

Violence Task Force

blank reporters notebook with pencilThe Examiner reports on last week’s news conference where Supervisor Malia Cohen called for a “cease-fire” in District 10 and annouced plans to convene a task force to address violence and shootings in the area. A couple candidates challenging Supervisor Cohen in the upcoming November election also chime in. 

Thursday, August 8th, 2013

Pedestrian Safety

look-both-ways7In an effort to increase pedestrian safety, a local school is using a life-size simulation, complete with an inflatable car, to teach students good safety habits early on.

Life-size street simulation teaches elementary students pedestrian safety (Examiner) 5/20/2014

Thursday, August 8th, 2013

You’ve gotta B Kidding me

The libertarian Reason Foundation gave SFUSD a fatty B on their operations, while reserving the coveted A grade for Oakland Unified School District. Noted brown-noser OUSD was recently seen bringing a holiday bundt cake to the Foundation, while SFUSD never fully recovered from that day it called the Foundation “mom” in class.

I was going to tell a joke about sodium and hydrogen right now, but NaH.

Wednesday, August 7th, 2013

Office Space

changes7Just when you thought the porn industry was here to stay in the Mission, Kink.com discusses reverting the historic S.F. Armory back to traditional office space. If those walls could talk…

Wednesday, August 7th, 2013

Chapter One: Asbestos

Bayview ramps up its campaign against hauling companies and contractors who dump hazardous waste (20,000 tons worth last year!) on street corners. Agents participating in the sting are equipped with “a low-light video camera, Red Bull energy drinks and podcasts of ‘This American Life.’” Only in San Francisco would we fight broken glass with Ira Glass.

Tuesday, August 6th, 2013

Tenderloin Parks

christmas-tree-smilingThe Chron’s J.K. Dineen turns his focus to the addition of parks in the Tenderloin. Opening soon is Boedekker Park, which is in the final stages of a $8.5 million renovation. Next up will be Civic Center Plaza – or the stretch where my usual City Hall power walk goes into serious effect.

Sunday, August 4th, 2013

George Gascon

The Chronicle provides a glimpse into the life of District Attorney George Gascon and some of the obstacles he has tackled along the way.

Sunday, August 4th, 2013

The Tree War has begun

If you thought the battle for the Assembly 17 seat this year between the two Davids was about housing, gentrification, evictions or even the Warriors arena, you’d be wrong. For those really in the know, it’s about trees. I’m not sure if Latterman has ever analyzed the voting patterns of the tree folk on the Westside but according to some, it could be the deciding factor for who gets to go to Sacramento.

Thursday, August 1st, 2013