Happy Holidays! Barbary Coast will be off from today until we return on January 2nd as we relax with family and friends for the holidays. We hope you all have an enjoyable time and we look forward to new political adventures in 2014.
To help you with any potential Suspects withdrawal, I’ve included links to a couple of holiday musical gems, including one of my all time favorite Christmas duets featuring David Bowie and Bing Crosby. Peace on Earth indeed.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hEvGKUXW0iI: Mele Kalikimaka!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DiXjbI3kRus: Bing & David Bowie throw down with some holiday spirit
A tree adorned with lights and ornaments was removed from Haight Street. Why? Because fun is dead. That’s why. Or it was a hazard or something. Whatever it is, I want the people who picked up the tree to take a long hard look at the tree on the right of this story block. He is coming for you.
…and he is pissed.
http://www.sfexaminer.com/sanfrancisco/humbug-ashbury-haight-street-christmas-tree-removed/Content?oid=2654509: Humbug-Ashbury? Haight street Christmas tree removed
I know what you think about the Marina – calm, tranquil and maybe even slightly yuppie compared to the rest of the City. Guess again. The Chron reports on the sheer chaos (fighting, screaming, yelling and even spitting!) happening on Marina Boulevard between dog walkers, pedestrians, runners, bikers, joggers and anyone else willing to step into the ring to enjoy those fantastic views of the Golden Gate Bridge. Can’t afford that $75 ticket to Arcade Fire? Then grab a blanket, get on the 22 and take some friends and a six-pack to enjoy some old fashioned people behaving badly down in the Marina.
http://www.sfchronicle.com/bayarea/article/Neighbors-call-Marina-path-a-free-for-all-5076589.php: Neighbors call Marina path a free for all
The SF Weekly deconstructs the Public Utility Commission’s advertising campaign, wherein the PUC highlights the contributions of folks who actually shovel sh*t all day long. (And we learn that poop jokes in English don’t automatically translate into other languages, which is vaguely reassuring about humanity as a whole, in a way.) And because Jesse Feldman and Mike Reddy are currently having a non-sequitur Suspects War, I’ll contribute by adding a picture of me updating Suspects this morning to this story block.
http://www.sfweekly.com/2013-12-11/news/public-utilities-commission-sewers-toilets/: Crap Advertising: The City Launches a Campaign to Teach Us What a Sewer Is
Ex-convicts looking for a clean slate may get their wish through new legislation from Supervisors Jane Kim and Malia Cohen. The proposal would ban a box on job applications that ask whether or not you’ve been convicted of a crime.
http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/Push-to-ban-crime-box-on-job-applications-expands-5049663.php: Push to ban crime box on job applications expands
http://www.sfexaminer.com/sanfrancisco/sf-businesses-could-ban-the-box-on-ex-felon-identifications/Content?oid=2646148: SF businesses could ‘ban the box’ on ex-felon identifications
An ethics reform package (no second jobs for Supervisors, fewer loopholes) is being put on hold until the November ballot. I don’t want to suggest the Supervisors may actually be the Superfriends, but can we really take that chance?
http://www.sfgate.com/politics/article/Petition-seeks-ban-on-2nd-jobs-for-supervisors-5046912.php#page-1: Petition seeks ban on 2nd jobs for supervisors
http://www.sfgate.com/opinion/editorials/article/S-F-supervisor-moonlighting-ban-a-burden-5049533.php: Editorial: S.F. supervisor moonlighting ban a burden
http://www.sfexaminer.com/PoliticsBlog/archives/2014/01/14/ethics-reform-proponents-push-for-november-ballot-measure: Ethics reform proponents push for November ballot measure
San Francisco is helping start ups that rely on government data. Government. Data. I don’t think the joining of any two words has ever been so dorky. I am pretty much giving a swirly to the next person I see and taking their lunch money.
http://www.bizjournals.com/sanfrancisco/print-edition/2013/12/06/san-francisco-helps-civic-startups.html: San Francisco gives leg up to civic startups
I cannot add any more substance, depth, or intellectual reflection to the poetic choir that has been mourning the loss of Nelson Mandela. Fortunately, both the Examiner and Chronicle take a look at Mandela’s impact on the Bay Area.
http://www.sfgate.com/politics/joegarofoli/article/What-Nelson-Mandela-meant-to-the-Bay-Area-5039220.php: What Nelson Mandela meant to the Bay Area
http://www.sfexaminer.com/sanfrancisco/bay-area-naacp-chief-amos-brown-reflects-on-time-spent-with-nelson-mandela/Content?oid=2642950: Bay Area NAACP chief Amos Brown reflects on time spent with Nelson Mandela
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A civil grand jury says that San Francisco government is failing to be open and ethical enough. Okay, I have a killer idea: how about we offer financial incentives for people to be more ethical — the more ethical you can prove you were, the more you get! Yep, solid idea. I impress myself. I actually just gave myself a high five.
http://www.sfexaminer.com/sanfrancisco/lobbying-suit-filed-against-ex-official/Content?oid=2641809: Lobbying suit filed against ex-official
http://www.sfgate.com/opinion/editorials/article/S-F-lobbying-laws-due-for-tightening-5046459.php: Editorial: S.F. lobbying laws due for tightening
http://www.sfgate.com/default/article/San-Francisco-sues-former-Supervisor-Michael-Yaki-5034890.php: San Francisco sues former Supervisor Michael Yaki
http://www.sfweekly.com/2013-12-18/news/lobbyists-bundling-fundraising-campaign-rules/: Bundles of Joy: City Lobbyists Eat Fundraising Rules for Breakfast
http://www.sfexaminer.com/sanfrancisco/sf-open-government-and-ethics-oversight-broken-report-says/Content?oid=2838264: SF open government and ethics oversight broken, report says
What’s a website on San Francisco politics without a discussion of San Francisco’s long-standing and beloved pirate radio station? Read what the Weekly has to say about a group of wonderfully subversive folks who’ve been bringing you Super-Unregulated Ear Fodder for years.
http://www.sfweekly.com/2013-12-04/news/community-radio-bff-fm-mutiny-radio-radio-valencia-pirate-cat-radio/: Beyond the Dial: Pirate Radio Packs Up and Moves to the Unregulated Wilderness of the Internet
Changes are a comin’ to Central SoMa with new zoning changes being proposed by City planners. Mixed-use development? Yep, you guessed it. And now, cue the next round in the nightlife vs. housing debate.
http://www.sfexaminer.com/sanfrancisco/sf-explores-an-ecodistrict-idea-for-south-of-market/Content?oid=2638706: SF explores an ecodistrict idea for South of Market
http://www.sfexaminer.com/sanfrancisco/sf-planners-propose-zoning-changes-street-reconfigurations-for-central-soma/Content?oid=2639889: SF planners propose zoning changes, street reconfigurations for central SoMa
In part 2 of her look at the mean streets of San Francisco, Chronicle reporter Heather Knight gets into the perceptions of pedestrians in the City and a vote on the School Board about the soda tax ballot measure.
http://www.sfgate.com/default/article/S-F-s-power-elite-and-who-waits-in-the-wings-5024639.php: S.F.'s power elite - and who waits in the wings
http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/Resolution-Let-s-all-be-nicer-on-San-Francisco-5156188.php#page-1: Resolution: Let's all be nicer on San Francisco streets
http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/Walkers-just-add-to-perils-on-San-Francisco-5175542.php: Walkers just add to perils on San Francisco streets
Born and raised in the mean streets of Marin County, Ross appreciates the unique political landscape of the Bay Area. When he’s not helping his clients achieve their goals, he enjoys spending time with his wife and daughters, and occasionally searching for his lost golf ball at a local course.