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!
http://www.sfexaminer.com/sanfrancisco/sf-rolls-out-innovation-zones-with-whispering-dishes/Content?oid=2615079: SF rolls out 'innovation zones' with whispering dishes
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.
http://abclocal.go.com/kgo/story?section=news/local/san_francisco&id=9305951: Supe proposes extending SF's film rebate program
http://www.sfexaminer.com/sanfrancisco/sf-looks-to-expand-perks-for-web-film-productions/Content?oid=2616994: S.F. looks to expand perks for Web film productions
http://variety.com/2014/film/news/danny-glover-heads-san-francisco-rally-for-sweetened-state-film-tv-credits-1201216727/: Danny Glover Heads San Francisco Rally for Sweetened State Film-TV Credits
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.
http://www.sfexaminer.com/sanfrancisco/mixed-use-development-proposed-at-mission-bart-plaza-site/Content?oid=2614258: Mixed-use development proposed at Mission BART Plaza site
http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/City-sets-new-limits-on-planned-Mission-condos-5063282.php: City sets new limits on planned Mission condos
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.
http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/Jury-finds-age-bias-in-S-F-firefighters-test-4934101.php: Jury finds age bias in S.F. firefighters' test
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).
http://www.sfexaminer.com/sanfrancisco/low-voter-turnout-expected-for-light-san-francisco-election/Content?oid=2613659: Low voter turnout expected for light San Francisco election
http://www.sfgate.com/politics/article/San-Francisco-election-Low-turnout-expected-4955015.php: San Francisco election: Low turnout expected
http://www.sfexaminer.com/sanfrancisco/low-turnout-in-sfs-off-year-election/Content?oid=2620759: Low turnout in SF’s off-year election
http://www.sfexaminer.com/sanfrancisco/sf-voter-turnout-light-except-in-areas-near-8-washington-proposal/Content?oid=2621472: S.F. voter turnout light, except in areas near 8 Washington proposal
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.
http://www.sfgate.com/default/article/Weighing-benefits-of-Twitter-deal-with-S-F-4929365.php: Weighing benefits of Twitter deal with S.F.
http://www.sfexaminer.com/sanfrancisco/twitter-ipo-highlights-big-money-friction-in-san-francisco/Content?oid=2622158: Twitter IPO highlights big money friction in San Francisco
http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/S-F-tech-companies-civic-image-at-stake-as-5065669.php#page-1: S.F. tech companies' civic image at stake as backlash grows
http://www.sfexaminer.com/sanfrancisco/mayor-ed-lee-to-lunch-with-tech-leaders-on-challenges-facing-sf/Content?oid=2650778: Mayor Ed Lee to lunch with tech leaders on challenges facing SF
http://www.bizjournals.com/sanfrancisco/blog/2013/12/salesforce-sfciti-ron-conway-ed-lee.html?page=all: Tech group announces effort to tackle city problems
http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/More-protests-over-tech-employees-buses-5083275.php: More protests over tech employees' buses
http://www.sfexaminer.com/sanfrancisco/protesters-swarm-tech-worker-shuttle-buses-in-oakland-sf/Content?oid=2655001: Protesters swarm tech worker shuttle buses in Oakland, S.F.
http://www.sfexaminer.com/sanfrancisco/tech-lobby-sfciti-rolls-out-plan-to-address-issues-in-san-francisco/Content?oid=2655171: Tech lobby sf.citi rolls out plan to address issues in San Francisco
http://www.sfgate.com/default/article/Listening-to-the-many-sides-in-the-great-tech-5085000.php: Listening to the many sides in the great tech debate
http://www.sfgate.com/default/article/High-tech-coalition-seeks-to-ease-tensions-in-S-F-5085053.php: High-tech coalition seeks to ease tensions in S.F.
http://www.sfexaminer.com/sanfrancisco/sfciti-looks-to-become-more-than-a-lobby-for-local-tech/Content?oid=2667767: sf.citi looks to become more than a lobby for local tech
http://www.sfexaminer.com/sanfrancisco/justicemobile-app-development-process-calls-into-question-sfciti-involvement/Content?oid=2678645: JusticeMobile app development process calls into question sf.citi involvement
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?
http://www.sfgate.com/news/article/Ed-Lee-agrees-to-respond-to-Change-org-petitions-4921322.php#page-1: Ed Lee agrees to respond to Change.org petitions
The 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.
http://www.sfexaminer.com/sanfrancisco/whats-next-for-our-investments-in-san-franciscos-children/Content?oid=2608928: Opinion: What’s next for our investments in San Francisco’s Children?
http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/Avalos-seeks-to-expand-S-F-s-landmark-Children-s-5436778.php: Avalos seeks to expand S.F.'s landmark Children's Fund
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.
http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/nativeson/article/24th-Street-is-hot-and-so-are-protests-4910459.php: 24th Street is hot, and so are protests
http://www.sfexaminer.com/sanfrancisco/24th-street-merchants-seek-help-in-keeping-longtime-businesses-in-changing-neighborhood/Content?oid=2638723: 24th Street merchants seek help in keeping longtime businesses in changing neighborhood
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.
http://www.sfexaminer.com/sanfrancisco/government-shutdown-costs-alcatraz-tour-company-3-million/Content?oid=2606001: Government shutdown costs Alcatraz tour company $3 million
http://www.sfexaminer.com/sanfrancisco/san-francisco-parks-visitors-most-affected-by-us-government-shutdown/Content?oid=2595446: San Francisco parks, visitors most affected by U.S. government shutdown — and fire trucks too
http://www.sfchronicle.com/bayarea/article/Park-goers-poor-will-be-first-hurt-by-shutdown-4857709.php#/0: Park-goers, poor will be first hurt by shutdown
Following the death of patient Lynne Spalding, the family has filed a legal claim against the City.
http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/Police-baffled-how-hospital-patient-got-in-4885716.php: Police baffled how hospital patient got in stairwell
http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/New-measures-at-S-F-General-after-patient-death-4889340.php: New measures at S.F. General after patient death
http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/S-F-General-worker-had-reported-a-woman-in-4909031.php: S.F. General worker had reported a woman in stairwell
http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/S-F-General-made-4-search-requests-attorney-says-4928023.php: S.F. General made 4 search requests, attorney says
http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/Report-of-stairwell-body-witness-disputed-4955353.php: Report of stairwell-body witness disputed
http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/Deputies-missed-stairwell-in-Lynne-Spalding-search-4961644.php: Deputies missed stairwell in Lynne Spalding search
http://www.sfexaminer.com/sanfrancisco/some-san-francisco-hospital-security-performed-by-low-level-officers/Content?oid=2622161: Some San Francisco hospital security performed by low-level officers
http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/Dehydration-delirium-cited-in-Lynne-Spalding-s-5063065.php: Dehydration, delirium cited in Lynne Spalding's death
http://www.sfgate.com/default/article/Lawyer-of-S-F-dead-woman-s-family-lashes-out-at-5065537.php: Lawyer of S.F. dead woman's family lashes out at report
http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/How-S-F-General-lost-track-of-Lynne-Spalding-5122645.php: How SF General lost track of Lynne Spalding
http://www.sfexaminer.com/sanfrancisco/sf-general-makes-patient-safety-security-changes-after-missing-patients-death/Content?oid=2686892: SF General makes patient safety, security changes after missing patient's death
http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/S-F-General-Sheriff-s-Dept-blamed-in-Lynne-5197170.php: S.F. General, Sheriff's Dept. blamed in Lynne Spalding death
http://www.sfexaminer.com/sanfrancisco/sf-general-hails-discovery-of-latest-missing-patient-as-new-procedures-begin-to-be-implemented/Content?oid=2694805: SF General hails discovery of latest missing patient as new procedures begin to be implemented
http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/Lynne-Spalding-s-family-moves-toward-lawsuit-5289391.php: Lynne Spalding's family moves toward lawsuit
http://www.sfexaminer.com/sanfrancisco/spalding-family-to-announce-claim-against-sf/Content?oid=2721300: Spalding family to announce claim against SF
http://www.ktvu.com/news/news/local-govt-politics/ucsf-completes-review-sfgh-security-following-lynn/nfNXy/: UCSF completes review of SFGH security following Lynne Spalding’s death
http://www.sfexaminer.com/sanfrancisco/report-highlights-security-recommendations-at-sf-general/Content?oid=2751943: Report highlights security recommendations at SF General
http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/Family-suing-over-death-in-S-F-General-stairwell-5676541.php : Family suing over death in S.F. General stairwell
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).
http://www.sfgate.com/business/bottomline/article/Western-Addition-on-Target-for-shopping-revival-4879499.php: Western Addition on Target for shopping revival
Sheriff Mirkarimi came to the Board of Supervisors this week with a proposal that would have given more people the chance to use electronic ankle bracelets instead of remaining in jail before their trial. The Examiner reports that the tense Board hearing “seemed to open up old wounds,” as nearly all the supervisors still in office who voted to have Mirkarimi removed also opposed this proposal.
http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/Ross-Mirkarimi-shunned-by-many-political-insiders-4880455.php: Ross Mirkarimi shunned by many political insiders
http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/Mirkarimi-re-election-a-question-of-who-supports-4879984.php: Mirkarimi re-election a question of who supports him
http://modernluxury.com/san-francisco/story/the-sheriff-limbo: The Sheriff in Limbo
http://www.sfexaminer.com/sanfrancisco/inmate-proposal-by-sf-sheriff-ross-mirkarimi-shot-down-seemingly-for-political-reasons/Content?oid=2858027: Inmate proposal by SF Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi shot down seemingly for political reasons
Things are getting to the “I’m mad as hell and I’m not gonna take it anymore!” status for Supervisor Avalos, who has been trying to padlock a gambling cafe in the Excelsior since April.
http://www.sfexaminer.com/sanfrancisco/san-franciscos-pure-play-gambles-on-legality-of-online-poker-site/Content?oid=2597312: San Francisco's Pure Play gambles on legality of online poker site
http://www.sfexaminer.com/sanfrancisco/complaints-mounting-against-excelsior-internet-sweepstakes-cafes-where-gambling-proliferates/Content?oid=2617026: Complaints mounting against Excelsior ‘Internet sweepstakes cafes’ where gambling proliferates
http://www.sfexaminer.com/sanfrancisco/police-tell-last-sf-gambling-cafes-to-close/Content?oid=2756998: Police tell last SF gambling cafes to close
http://sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com/2014/08/08/san-francisco-supervisor-losing-patience-with-excelsiors-internet-gambling-cafes/ : San Francisco Supervisor Losing Patience With Excelsior’s Internet Gambling Cafes
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…
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?
http://www.sfexaminer.com/sanfrancisco/changes-eyed-for-san-francisco-parking-tax-ordinance-to-collect-more-money/Content?oid=2595284: Changes eyed for San Francisco parking tax ordinance to collect more money
Missed last week’s hearing that examined the SFPD’s treatment of cyclists? Not to worry, the SFBG has a report for you.
http://www.sfexaminer.com/sanfrancisco/san-francisco-bicycle-coalition-set-for-police-hearing-on-bike-collisions/Content?oid=2595290: San Francisco Bicycle Coalition set for police hearing on bike collisions
http://www.sfbg.com/politics/2013/10/01/sfpd-targets-bikes-hearing-its-anti-cyclist-bias: SFPD targets bikes before hearing on its anit-cyclist bias
http://www.sfbg.com/2013/10/08/supervisors-examine-anti-cyclist-bias-sfpd: Supervisors examine anti-cycling bias at SFPD
With a background including psychology, public affairs, and – yes – even performing arts, Alia has a keen understanding of how people think and move. When she’s not working tirelessly for causes she cares about, you can find Alia watching SFGovTV (seriously, she does this), catching every musical that sweeps through the bay, or trolling the city for vegan friendly goods.