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Archive for February, 2014

Water Woes

The SFPUC warns of a potential fiscal crisis following the discovery that a critical piece of its Hetch Hetchy infrastructure needs serious repairs or replacement.

Wednesday, February 26th, 2014

Let Them Have Bikes!

bicycle3The Board of Supes passes legislation that will allow the SFPD to gift recovered, unclaimed bikes to low-income San Franciscans, particularly youth.

Wednesday, February 26th, 2014

Arizona, WTF?

Before the Arizona Governor VETOED a heavily-opposed anti-gay bill yesterday, Mayor Ed Lee made it clear where the City of San Francisco stood on this issue.

Wednesday, February 26th, 2014

Keeping kids in school

pee-chee-frontThe Chronicle shares details on the work of the Public Defender’s Office to help keep kids in school and out of prison through the Legal Educational Advocacy Program.

Monday, February 24th, 2014

the plight of the working poor

ChangesMany leading politicians – including State Senator Mark Leno, Congresswoman Jackie Speier, and Republican gubernatorial candidate Neel Kashkari – are spending time attempting to learn how the lives of the working poor differ from yours and mine. While it’s not a new story, it’s a stark and frightening one. We all could take lessons from today’s article…

Monday, February 24th, 2014

Public Space and Nonprofits

karaoke_logoThe Board of Supervisors are set to vote on a plan that would allow nonprofits to activate plazas and dead spaces in San Francisco. While they mention farmers markets and cultural events as potential options, I am only supporting this if steinhoists and mini-raves are included the plans as well.

Sunday, February 23rd, 2014

Hearing on Showplace

the-chronicle2The Chronicle reports on the Historic Preservation Commission’s upcoming hearing on Showplace, a 330,000-square-foot building on Henry Adams Street.

Sunday, February 23rd, 2014

LGBT Firefighters

firefighter2The Examiner shares some of the challenges Keith Baraka, an openly gay firefighter, has faced while on the job in San Francisco. Also, the Alice B. Toklas LGBT Democratic Club has started applying the pressure for a citywide effort to make the Fire Department more inclusive of the LGBT community.

Sunday, February 23rd, 2014

Build It?

bag-of-money19Supervisor Malia Cohen continues to press the Mayor’s Office to fund the infrastructure needed to support ongoing development in the Eastern Neighborhoods.

Wednesday, February 19th, 2014

Change on the Road of Churches

sf-city-hall11The Chron reports that change is coming to Brotherhood Way as the new 7.7-acre Summit 800 development of $1 million-plus townhomes begins construction.

Tuesday, February 18th, 2014

North Beach Church Scandal

Office chairExaminer reporter Chris Roberts fills us in on the alleged sex scandal at the National Shrine of St. Francis of Assisi, and the backstory of the individual being accused. He also sits down with Monsignor James Tarantino to discuss how the priest’s name has been connected to the alleged scandal.

Sunday, February 16th, 2014

Crash & Burn

A collision last year between an allegedly intoxicated firefighter and a motorcyclist results in a dozen subpoenas for other members of the department.

Wednesday, February 12th, 2014


The Guardian offers up its thoughts on the progress of the progressive agenda: tenants’ rights, wages, height limits, ya know.

Wednesday, February 12th, 2014

Poor work? No problem!

san-francisco-aerial-viewThe Ex reports how a contractor’s poor work history has no bearing on whether or not they receive future City contracts under some apparent version of a clean slate program. Needless to say, that doesn’t sit too well with Supervisor Wiener.

Tuesday, February 11th, 2014

Ocean Ave Buzz

pot-leafSupervisor Norman Yee explores new legislation that would add to the hoops through which a new medical marijuana facility need jump if it wishes to locate nearby another such establishment on Ocean Avenue.

Sunday, February 9th, 2014

Mixing things up in the Bayview

Dee SniderFor the fourth year the Bayview-Hunters Point YMCA is holding their joint Lunar New Year and Black History Month in an effort to continue the ever-improving relationship between communities in the Bayview. I couldn’t think of anything else to say without worrying that I may offend someone… so, I just included a picture of glam rock legend, Dee Snider.

Friday, February 7th, 2014

Meet Me or Not

yes-no-help-buttonsCity Attorney Dennis Herrera says not so fast to the social network app MeetMe which seems to pop up with “alarming regularity” as a factor in sex crimes against children. Be wary out there, the Internet is not all it’s cracked up to be.

Tuesday, February 4th, 2014

Women Candidates Wanted

American flagThe Chron runs an op-ed on how more women running for office will benefit our political discourse.

Monday, February 3rd, 2014

Leading the Way

The drought is causing the City to look at what we might wash our streets with other than potable water. I’d suggest we look at washing them with “portable water,” which is the non-existent phrase I see EVERY TIME the words “potable water” appear in print. EVERY TIME.

Saturday, February 1st, 2014