First it was Time Magazine looking at what’s happening in our fair city, now it’s the New York Times. Today’s article delves into the growing divide and talks with Mayor Ed Lee about how he is handling it.
http://nation.time.com/2014/01/30/ed-lee-san-francisco-interview/: The Mayor of Resentment City
http://www.nytimes.com/2014/02/25/us/a-mayor-in-the-middle-of-two-san-franciscos.html?_r=0: Mayor in the Middle of Two San Franciscos
Planning Commission Gwyneth Borden will take the helm as Executive Director of the Golden Gate Restaurant Association, replacing Rob Black who has moved on to PG&E. Congrats on the new gig, Commissioner Borden!
http://www.bizjournals.com/sanfrancisco/blog/2014/01/ggra-san-francisco-restaurants-ibm-pge.html: S.F. restaurant association turns to IBM for new executive director
Yesterday, the Board of Supervisors passed legislation to ban employers from asking applicants about their arrest or conviction record until they’ve at least had an interview.
http://www.sfexaminer.com/sanfrancisco/ban-the-box-initiative-on-felony-identifications-gathers-support-ahead-of-supervisors-vote/Content?oid=2688774: ‘Ban the box’ initiative on felony identifications gathers support ahead of supervisors vote
http://www.sfexaminer.com/sanfrancisco/its-time-for-sf-to-ban-the-box/Content?oid=2688733: Editorial: It’s time for SF to ban the box
http://www.sfgate.com/opinion/editorials/article/Ban-the-Box-gives-ex-offenders-chance-to-work-5187128.php: Editorial: Ban the Box gives ex-offenders chance to work
http://www.sfgate.com/default/article/San-Francisco-supervisors-pass-ban-the-box-law-5204942.php: San Francisco supervisors pass 'ban the box' law
The Examiner opines about how San Francisco could be an example for the rest of the country. Then again setting any example for the the rest of our country shouldn’t be too hard. Why, you ask? Because this is a real thing that exists in our country.
http://www.sfexaminer.com/PoliticsBlog/archives/2014/01/27/ed-lee-to-sit-with-first-lady-michelle-obama-at-state-of-the-union: Ed Lee to sit with first lady Michelle Obama at State of the Union
http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/PUC-water-goal-Cut-use-by-10-5181495.php: PUC water goal: Cut use by 10%
http://www.sfexaminer.com/sanfrancisco/sf-can-emerge-as-a-nationwide-example-of-fighting-inequality/Content?oid=2691245: Editorial: SF can emerge as a nationwide example of fighting inequality
Always brilliant, profane, insulting, high and probably drunk, h. brown has advised, harangued, terrorized, crashed on the couch of, character assassinated and admired a generation of San Francisco politicians, staff, consultants and media types. And now he’s leaving. Joe Eskenazi poetically writes up the last San Francisco days of a guy we won’t see the likes of again. Slàinte!
http://www.sfweekly.com/2014-01-22/news/harold-h-brown-tenderloin-halls-of-power-honelessness/: Last Call for Know-It-Alls: The Departure of a Classic Specimen of Old-San Francisco Bon Vivantery
Apple, the little upstart with some big ideas, has successfully navigated the City’s approval process to open a new retail store in Union Square. You know what that means people: tech is finally making its way to San Francisco!
http://www.sfexaminer.com/sanfrancisco/union-trying-to-organize-apple-workers-takes-issue-with-sf-store-design/Content?oid=2683113: Union trying to organize Apple workers takes issue with SF store design
http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/S-F-officials-like-redesigned-Apple-Store-on-5209000.php: S.F. officials like redesigned Apple Store on Union Square
http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/Apple-gets-approvals-for-Union-Square-store-5213129.php: Apple gets approvals for Union Square store
http://www.sfexaminer.com/sanfrancisco/revised-union-square-apple-store-plan-moves-forward/Content?oid=2698674: Revised Union Square Apple store plan moves forward
http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/place/article/Apple-Store-redesign-for-Union-Square-is-more-5215523.php: John King: Apple Store redesign for Union Square is more polished
http://www.sfexaminer.com/sanfrancisco/approval-finalized-for-apples-union-square-store/Content?oid=2733179: Approval finalized for Apple’s Union Square store
http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/nevius/article/Yes-S-F-has-cranks-and-crazies-and-a-big-heart-5003631.php: C.W. Nevius: Yes, S.F. has cranks and crazies - and a big heart
http://www.sfgate.com/default/article/3-stamps-1-envelope-in-1945-add-up-to-mystery-5011271.php: C.W. Nevius: 3 stamps, 1 envelope in 1945 add up to mystery
http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/nevius/article/North-Beach-feast-fulfills-craving-for-community-5017811.php: C.W. Nevius: North Beach feast fulfills craving for community, C.W. Nevius: North Beach feast fulfills craving for community
http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/nevius/article/Chalkboards-in-alley-create-community-5022646.php: C.W. Nevius: Chalkboards in alley create community
http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/nevius/article/Free-Farm-faces-challenges-in-staying-in-S-F-5029027.php: C.W. Nevius: Free Farm faces challenges in staying in S.F.
http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/nevius/article/Artist-exodus-out-of-Dogpatch-5042748.php: C.W. Nevius: Artist exodus out of Dogpatch
http://www.sfgate.com/default/article/Jose-Bolorinos-hit-and-run-victim-in-a-coma-5049450.php: C.W. Nevius: Jose Bolorinos, hit-and-run victim, in a coma
http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/nevius/article/Photography-project-offers-new-views-of-5056556.php: C.W. Nevius: Photography project offers new views of Tenderloin, kids
http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/nevius/article/City-Hall-remains-a-beacon-to-same-sex-couples-5063396.php: C.W. Nevius: City Hall remains a beacon to same-sex couples
http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/nevius/article/S-F-s-urban-coyotes-could-soon-be-shopping-5069940.php: C.W. Nevius: S.F.'s urban coyotes could soon be shopping downtown
http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/nevius/article/Total-techie-takeover-of-Mid-Market-Won-t-happen-5076597.php: C.W. Nevius: Total techie takeover of Mid-Market? Won't happen
http://www.sfgate.com/default/article/A-memory-of-Candlestick-that-we-can-t-shake-5083274.php: C.W. Nevius: A memory of Candlestick that we can't shake, C.W. Nevius: A memory of Candlestick that we can't shake
http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/nevius/article/Winding-trail-of-tension-along-Lombard-Street-5112434.php: C.W. Nevius: Winding trail of tension along Lombard Street
http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/nevius/article/City-seeks-donors-to-lure-more-filmmakers-5119072.php: C.W. Nevius: City seeks donors to lure more filmmakers
http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/nevius/article/S-F-City-of-whine-aficionados-5125895.php: C.W. Nevius: S.F.: City of whine aficionados
http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/nevius/article/Yes-Safeway-can-kick-out-nuisance-recycling-5132819.php#photo-5707764: C.W. Nevius: Yes, Safeway can kick out nuisance recycling center, C.W. Nevius: Yes, Safeway can kick out nuisance recycling center
http://www.sfgate.com/default/article/Red-and-White-Fleet-returns-to-Chinatown-youth-5139803.php: C.W. Nevius: Red and White Fleet returns to Chinatown youth program
http://www.sfgate.com/default/article/S-F-middle-class-housing-bumps-the-poor-5146722.php: C.W. Nevius: S.F. middle-class housing bumps the poor
http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/nevius/article/A-day-of-bliss-by-the-bay-with-few-tourists-5153913.php: C.W. Nevius: A day of bliss by the bay - with few tourists around
http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/nevius/article/San-Francisco-shows-what-not-to-do-about-housing-5160324.php: C.W. Nevius: San Francisco shows what not to do about housing shortage
http://www.sfgate.com/default/article/Tech-troops-not-officers-sent-to-MTA-in-busing-5166726.php: C.W. Nevius: Tech troops, not officers, sent to MTA in busing battle
http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/nevius/article/72-year-old-mom-disabled-son-lost-on-S-F-streets-5173848.php: C.W. Nevius: 72-year-old mom, disabled son lost on S.F. streets
http://www.sfgate.com/default/article/Tom-Perkins-blathering-should-inspire-Google-to-5180327.php: C.W. Nevius: Tom Perkins' blathering should inspire Google to speak up
http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/nevius/article/Softening-law-on-hard-drugs-creates-unlikely-5187071.php: C.W. Nevius: Softening law on hard drugs creates unlikely bedfellows
http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/nevius/article/Will-Google-be-driven-to-react-to-bus-protests-5194451.php: C.W. Nevius: Will Google be driven to react to bus protests?
http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/nevius/article/Let-s-get-back-to-ho-hum-in-nudist-arrests-5201373.php: C. W. Nevius: Let's get back to ho-hum in nudist arrests
http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/nevius/article/HiddenCash-scavenger-hunt-draws-a-Twitter-flock-5508150.php: C.W. Nevius: Hidden Cash scavenger hunt draws a Twitter flock
http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/nevius/article/Nonprofits-must-produce-results-if-they-want-city-5517990.php: Nonprofits must produce results if they want city funding, C.W. Nevius: Nonprofits must produce results if they want city funding, C.W. Nevius: Nonprofits must produce results if they want city funding
http://www.sfgate.com/default/article/Gavin-Newsom-learning-political-lessons-from-Gov-5529148.php: C.W. Nevius: Gavin Newsom learning political lessons from Gov. Jerry Brown
http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/nevius/article/S-F-s-fling-with-America-s-Cup-appears-over-5543343.php: C.W. Nevius: S.F.'s fling with America's Cup appears over
http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/nevius/article/S-F-remains-a-foil-for-intolerance-5551035.php: C. W. Nevius: S.F. remains a prime target for intolerance
http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/nevius/article/Stunning-turn-toward-charging-for-disabled-parking-5568646.php: C. W. Nevius: Stunning turn toward charging for disabled parking
http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/nevius/article/They-re-dead-yet-they-still-get-free-parking-5573353.php: C.W. Nevius: They're dead, yet they still get free parking
http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/nevius/article/So-George-Lucas-goes-to-Chicago-So-what-5579088.php: C.W. Nevius: So George Lucas goes to Chicago? So what?
http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/nevius/article/Dear-far-left-The-mentally-ill-need-Laura-s-Law-5585712.php: C. W. Nevius: Dear far left: The mentally ill need Laura's Law
http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/nevius/article/Camp-counselor-shot-dead-in-front-of-children-5591261.php: Outreach counselor shot dead in front of children, C.W. Nevius: Outreach counselor shot dead in front of children
http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/nevius/article/The-toughest-corner-for-Mid-Market-to-turn-5596718.php: C.W. Nevius: The toughest corner for Mid-Market to turn
http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/nevius/article/Future-uncertain-for-2-recycling-centers-in-S-F-5600790.php: Future uncertain for 2 recycling centers in S.F.
http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/nevius/article/Gritty-Gleneagles-Golf-Course-s-biggest-hazard-5605444.php: C.W. Nevius: Gritty Gleneagles Golf Course's biggest hazard: water bill
http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/nevius/article/S-F-s-curmudgeons-yell-cut-to-filmmakers-5610457.php: C. W. Nevius: S.F.'s curmudgeons yell 'cut!' to filmmakers
http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/Mayor-Ed-Lee-s-Sunday-parking-pitch-blasted-5151465.php: Mayor Ed Lee's Sunday parking pitch blasted
http://www.ktvu.com/news/news/local-govt-politics/muni-fare-hikes-possible-board-mulls-new-sfmta-bud/ndSwB/: Muni fare hikes possible as board mulls new SFMTA Budget
http://www.sfexaminer.com/sanfrancisco/expansion-of-free-youth-muni-proposed/Content?oid=2708646: Expansion of free youth Muni proposed
http://www.sfbg.com/2014/02/25/muni-fare-shakedown: Muni fare shakedown
http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/Plan-would-triple-cost-of-riding-S-F-s-historic-5305166.php: Plan would triple cost of riding S.F.'s historic streetcars
http://www.sfexaminer.com/sanfrancisco/sfmta-proceeds-with-purchase-of-new-electric-trolleys/Content?oid=2730845: SFMTA proceeds with purchase of new electric trolleys
http://www.sfgate.com/opinion/editorials/article/Muni-should-not-raise-F-Market-fare-5316101.php: Editorial: Muni should not raise F-Market fare
http://www.sfexaminer.com/sanfrancisco/muni-fare-evasion-ticket-highlights-contrast-between-transit-agency-and-police-patrols/Content?oid=2752992: Muni fare evasion ticket highlights contrast between transit agency and police patrols
Supervisors Malia Cohen and Scott Wiener join forces to tackle the City’s coordination problem when it comes to dealing with neighborhood blight. Thanks to my irrational fear of clutter and this article’s mention of hoarding, I am feeling slightly nauseous (and claustrophobic).
http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/Easing-S-F-s-plight-in-the-battle-against-blight-5150637.php: Effort eases S.F.'s plight in the battle against blight
Market Street’s “Abortion hurts women” banner campaign has our city’s representatives a little salty. The BoS has put together a resolution that states their opposition to the banners and begins a review process into permitting procedures.
Pictured: The woman who gets her abortion information from a three-word banner. And she is shocked by what she sees!
http://www.sfexaminer.com/PoliticsBlog/archives/2014/01/14/supervisors-introduce-resolution-on-anti-abortion-banners: Supervisors introduce resolution on anti-abortion banners
The Chronicle follows up on the City’s audit of the SFFD’s promotional exam, asking the Department to fix this broken evaluation process. My suggestion for selecting promotions: Eeny Meeny Miny Moe! It’s up to fate that way, so no one can truly be offended.
http://www.sfgate.com/default/article/S-F-audit-Revamp-Fire-Dept-promotional-exam-5136766.php: S.F. audit: Revamp Fire Dept. promotional exam
http://www.sfgate.com/opinion/editorials/article/S-F-Fire-Department-should-redo-its-test-5139807.php: Editorial: S.F. Fire Department should redo its test
So, now publc fountains and bathrooms may need to be closed for the drought. Although, just remember, even though things sometimes look dark, we will always still have sunshine… even on a cloudy day. And that sunshine is your reward for resisting temptation.
http://www.sfexaminer.com/sanfrancisco/construction-related-water-main-breaks-on-the-rise-in-sf/Content?oid=2676146: Construction-related water main breaks on the rise in SF
http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/Major-deficiencies-in-S-F-s-emergency-water-5359008.php#page-1: Major deficiencies in S.F.'s emergency water system
http://www.sfexaminer.com/sanfrancisco/reservoir-plan-gives-the-city-enough-water-if-disaster-hits/Content?oid=2781553: Reservoir plan gives The City enough water if disaster hits
http://www.sfexaminer.com/sanfrancisco/groundwater-will-be-critical-supply-for-drought-and-emergencies/Content?oid=2782947: Op-Ed: Groundwater will be critical supply for drought and emergencies
http://www.sfexaminer.com/sanfrancisco/blending-contaminated-sf-groundwater-with-hetch-hetchy-supply-makes-it-safe-to-drink-experts-say/Content?oid=2779183: Blending contaminated SF groundwater with Hetch Hetchy supply makes it safe to drink, experts say
http://www.sfexaminer.com/sanfrancisco/state-could-limit-citys-longstanding-water-rights/Content?oid=2809768: State could limit city’s longstanding water rights
http://www.sfexaminer.com/sanfrancisco/sf-water-use-decreasing-but-more-savings-needed/Content?oid=2821875 : SF water use decreasing but more savings needed
http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/The-green-lawn-American-staple-or-water-waster-5557038.php: The green lawn: American staple or water waster?
http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/Make-it-a-quickie-S-F-s-sexy-water-campaign-5573892.php: 'Make it a quickie' - S.F.'s sexy water campaign
http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/S-F-to-water-agency-We-need-to-spray-away-our-5616104.php: S.F. concerned about fines for using water to clean streets
http://www.sfexaminer.com/sanfrancisco/airport-parks-not-cutting-water-use-by-10-percent-goal/Content?oid=2850126: Airport, parks not cutting water use by 10 percent goal
Seahawks? Nope. CHICKENS. By announcing that they won’t sell playoff tickets to California addresses, our esteemed competitors to the north indicate that their much-boasted indominability is but a mere facade. A mirage of backdrops and scrims and hastily constructed paper mache. A construct that could crumble like pastry should a few of the Forty-Niner Faithful manage to score seats in Pigeon Stadium.
Boo, Seahawks. Boo on you. May the fleas of a thousand camels infest your undergarments.
http://www.sfgate.com/49ers/article/Seahawks-won-t-sell-tickets-to-California-5136665.php: Seahawks won't sell tickets to California addresses
Earlier this year, Mayor Ed Lee expressed his displeasure with our local library etiquette and yesterday, the Library Commission considered some possible new rules to discourage activities such as bathing in sinks, sexual relations in public, etc. Now, it looks like our libraries are on the right path, or shall I say the freeway to Boring Town.
http://www.sfexaminer.com/sanfrancisco/sf-mayor-calls-for-end-to-bad-and-illegal-behavior-at-main-library/Content?oid=2672832: SF mayor calls for end to bad and illegal behavior at Main Library
http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/S-F-library-proposes-new-code-of-conduct-with-5300570.php#photo-5992029: S.F. library proposes new code of conduct with penalties
http://www.sfexaminer.com/sanfrancisco/sf-library-officials-propose-new-rules-to-crack-down-on-unruly-behavior/Content?oid=2773834: SF library officials propose new rules to crack down on unruly behavior
Our City Attorney Dennis Herrera, who last year tirelessly defended same-sex marriage all the way up to the Supreme Court, was sworn in for his fourth term this week.
http://www.sfexaminer.com/PoliticsBlog/archives/2014/01/08/dennis-herrera-work-involving-middle-class-and-working-families-important-in-coming-years: Dennis Herrera: Work involving middle class and working families important in coming years
San Francisco is not the gayest city in America, according to the Advocate. “Ok, fine,” You say. “Maybe a guy accidentally bumped into another guy in Tulsa, throwing off the whole algorithm. Surely we’re top 3.” Nope. We’re 11th on the list: straighter than Pasadena, St. Louis, and Salt Lake City.
Before you get your knickers in a knot, it’s worth noting that one of the measures is (I’m not making this up) whether the Jonas Brothers held a concert in your city.
http://blog.sfgate.com/cityinsider/2014/01/07/hows-that-the-advocate-names-gay-mecca-san-francisco-the-countrys-11th-gayest-city/#19447101=0: The Advocate names gay mecca San Francisco the country's 11th gayest city
Congrats to Supervisor Campos and his partner Phil Hwang for getting hitched! Even Grumpy Cat got all choked up at the ceremony. On a related note, he may have left you a present under the dessert table.
http://www.sfexaminer.com/PoliticsBlog/archives/2014/01/07/supervisor-david-campos-marries-his-longtime-partner: Supervisor David Campos marries his longtime partner
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.