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Archive for October, 2013

picking sides

An editorial in today’s SFBG says that a battle is a-brewing over the future of San Francisco, and it’s rallying its troops.

Wednesday, October 30th, 2013

a science experiment on market

San Franciscans will soon be noticing some unique structures along Market Street. No, a Banksy spinoff has not hit SF. Those are just science and technology innovations that are a part of the Living Innovation Zone. You can check out the first exhibit, “Whispering Dishes,” at Yerba Buena Lane and Market St. Enjoy!

Wednesday, October 30th, 2013

CPMC Groundbreaking

Construction of a new CPMC campus at Van Ness and Geary is now underway – starting with the demolition of the old Cathedral Hill Hotel.

Wednesday, October 30th, 2013

Extending the Red Carpet

Danny Glover will be in San Francisco this weekend for a rally to support proposed film-TV tax credit legislation in our state. Assembly Members Marc Levine and Rob Bonta and Supervisors David Chiu and Mark Farrell will also be on hand to advocate for improving the tax incentives currently offered to lure the film industry to California. Organizers support the California Film and Television Job Retention and Promotion Act, or Assembly Bill 1839, which overhauls the current incentive program. The bill passed the Assembly 76-0 last month and heads for a Senate vote later this summer.

Wednesday, October 30th, 2013

Mission: Impossible

A five-story Mission condo development got smacked around by the Board of Appeals when the board granted a boatload of appeals to the Planning Commission’s 2012 approval. Because I don’t want to find another picture for this story, lets just say these developers butter get creative. There is no margarine for error here.

Tuesday, October 29th, 2013

Fired firefighter fighters

Fifteen firefighters’ pocketbooks are now considerably heavier after a jury awarded them $3.7 million in an age discrimination suit against the SFFD. Is this about replacing them with Ryan Gosling in the annual Hot for Fire calendar? C’mon, that’s just good business. Especially when something like this exists. Keep fighting the good fight Silicon Valley programmers.

Tuesday, October 29th, 2013

Law Sans Voter

Another day, another story about how y’all didn’t vote. Well, most of you. Turns out registered voters living near the site of the doomed 8 Washington project came out in droves. Although the NIMBYs beat the PIMBYs (Please In My Back Yard), at least they weren’t IGWLOSVUIVETBIPMIMBYs (I’m Gonna Watch Law & Order SVU Instead of Voting Even Though the Booth Is Pretty Much In My Back Yard).

Monday, October 28th, 2013


The Ex discusses the development of JusticeMobile, the SFPD’s crime reporting app also known as the “Bat Computer” – how cool is that? We also get details on how much sf.citi was involved in the app’s creation.

Sunday, October 27th, 2013

San Francisco Health Benefits

The Examiner discusses San Francisco’s unfunded liability when it comes to health benefits.

Sunday, October 27th, 2013

Mayor Lee and the Death Star

The Chron reports that Mayor Lee will be the first mayor in the country to pledge to respond to Change.org petitions that are signed by a certain number of San Franciscans. The program is called Decision Makers and it will allow signers to comment directly on the responses from the Mayor. Any bets on how this idea turns out?

Thursday, October 24th, 2013

Children’s Fund

Children painted handsThe Chronicle reports on Supervisor Avalos’ plans to expand the Children’s Fund, a property tax set-aside for children’s programs, to include transitional age youth. We also get details on the Mayor’s plans to reauthorize the Fund at the ballot box this November.

Tuesday, October 22nd, 2013

That’s one Tang-y district

District Four Supervisor Katy Tang was just sworn in for her first elected term. Someone high-four her for me. You see what I did there?

Monday, October 21st, 2013

Port of Oakland work stoppage

Even though they are not members of a union, truckers at the Port of Oakland are conducting a work stoppage to protest unfair working conditions.

Monday, October 21st, 2013

Changes on 24th Street

The Ex covers the evictions of long time merchants along the 24th Street corridor and the efforts of the Our Mission No Eviction Coalition to preserve small businesses.

Sunday, October 20th, 2013

Goverment Shutdown

Thankfully, the government shutdown is behind us so we can now focus on another costly and debilitating situation (thanks BART!). Still, the effects of the recent Washington showdown had some pretty big impacts locally and in today’s Examiner, we learn what it meant for the operator of the Alcatraz Ferry service.

Friday, October 18th, 2013

For those that like good news…

A complex and difficult story of how San Francisco’s Behavioral Health Court assisted in turning a life around. (There’s a cameo by a San Francisco politician, too.)

Monday, October 14th, 2013

San Francisco General Hospital and Lynne Spalding

Stethoscope isolatedFollowing the death of patient Lynne Spalding, a set of recommendations was developed to improve security at SF General.

Friday, October 11th, 2013

influencing sf

The SFBG takes a look at those who influence the City’s decision-makers and how they do it in a special investigation piece.

Wednesday, October 9th, 2013


The City Center now has new life in it – a lot of new life, actually – as Target has officially opened up its doors in the long, ghost-town like shopping area at Geary and Masonic. The new store will provide around 350 jobs and is sure to draw in lots of local shoppers (including me…many times over).

Wednesday, October 9th, 2013

Meditating Mirkarimi

San Francisco Magazine gives us a snapshot of the meditation program Sheriff Mirkarimi introduced to the City’s San Bruno jail, while also describing how the Sheriff remains in “political limbo.”

Wednesday, October 9th, 2013

SPUR’s Agenda for Change

BMW OracleSPUR releases their “Agenda for Change” to help guide the Bay Area to a better place.

Monday, October 7th, 2013

A Great American Neighborhood

The American Planning Association has named Chinatown as a Top 10 Great Neighborhood for this year.

Monday, October 7th, 2013

Gambling? Here?

casablanca6We are shocked – SHOCKED! But fear not: cops and Supervisor Avalos shoo the last remaining gambling parlors out of the commercial corridor. No official word yet on whether Claude Rains was involved in the shut-down effort…

Sunday, October 6th, 2013

Suspects Upgrade

Friends – we’re upgrading our server over the weekend, so there won’t be a Saturday update. However, all of Saturday’s and Sunday’s local political news will be here waiting for you on Sunday. See you then…

Friday, October 4th, 2013

Parking Tax

The ever transit-minded Supervisor Scott Wiener is looking into ways to close loopholes that have allowed parking operators to dodge the City’s parking tax. But this isn’t just good for the City’s coffers, the program would also allow the operators to keep more revenue. Do you ever wonder if the Supervisor dreams about transportation planning?

Wednesday, October 2nd, 2013