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Prop E

The Chron tells us all about Prop E and how our City’s elected officials were able to accomplish that oh so rare goal: compromise.

Wednesday, April 18th, 2012

History Repeats

After the Gold Dust Lounge attempted to preserve itself by seeking landmark designation, a few other bars decided to do the same. In related news, I am seeking landmark status for the parking space in front of my house. I am also seeking landmark status for my seats at AT&T Park. Wish me luck.

Monday, March 19th, 2012

New Kid on the block

Okay, so she’s certainly no “kid,” but Commissioner Cindy Wu IS new to the Planning Commission, where she’s already settling in quite nicely – she’s just been elected to serve as vice president. But it appears not everyone is on board with her quick ascension – it’s never easy being the “new kid.”

Friday, February 24th, 2012

One Billion Rising

City officials are throwing their support behind the One Billion Rising for Justice campaign, which is focused on ending violence against women and girls. A coordinated, worldwide event will take place on Valentine’s Day.

Sunday, February 19th, 2012

Buzzes May Be Harshed

The BoS passed tougher restrictions on dispensaries in Excelsior, as well as a request for Planning to review current zoning laws allowing clustering of dispensaries. In the first time anyone in this city has spoken ill of the color green, Supervisor Avalos is quoted saying he thinks “the green zones have created a harmful effect on The City overall.” Does this mean I can stop pretending to compost?

Pictured: My worst nightmare. Also, the contents of that jar by your sink. You’re gross.

Friday, February 10th, 2012

2011 Committee Assignments

This just in!  The Board of Supervisors Committee Assignments are as follows:

Budget & Finance: Supervisors Chu, Mirkarimi and Kim

Budget & Finance Subcommittee:
Supervisors Chiu and Wiener

City Operations & Neighborhood Services:
Supervisors Avalos, Mar and Elsbernd

Joint City & School District: Supervisors Cohen, Avalos and Chu

Government Audits & Oversight: Supervisors Campos, Farrell and Chiu

Land Use & Economic Development:
Supervisors Mar, Cohen and Wiener

Public Safety: Supervisors Mirkarimi, Cohen and Campos

Rules: Supervisors Kim, Elsbernd and Farrell

Tuesday, January 11th, 2011

Going. Going. Gone…

… off to Sacramento.  Wow.  It’s the end of an era, wouldn’t you say?  After last week’s last minute power play from former Mayor Gavin Newsom, he officially took the oath of office to be California’s 49th lieutenant governor on Monday.

Tuesday, January 11th, 2011

Quick like a cat

Despite some of the Supervisors’ best efforts, Mayor Gavin Newsom was still able to sneak in a few appointments before he heads to Sactown on Monday.

Tuesday, January 4th, 2011

O’ bountiful garden

Rec and Park was dubbed the overseer of our city’s locally grown produce with the department officially identified as the coordinator of San Francisco’s thriving Urban Agriculture Program. With more than 36 community gardens and a wait list for more projects – that’s a lotta tomatoes!

Friday, August 13th, 2010

Why? Because you’re ugly.

AT&T and T-Mobile must take some of their fugly antennas down to the ground ’cause they do not adhere with their permits.  In similar news, the Planning Commission postponed a hearing on Supervisor John Avalos’ legislation that would prevent cell phone antennas from being built if they are aesthetically unpleasing, as well as to plant more trees in exchange.

Thursday, August 12th, 2010

Trash Talk

Saturday, August 7th, 2010

Aint Nothing Like A Budget Party

Good vibes abound as City Hall celebrates the passage of a balanced budget.  However, warning signs remain for future years.

Friday, July 30th, 2010

Marching and chanting and grilling, oh my

SF Weekly takes an in-depth look at a local organization that has added a new twist to its protests, the success they are having, and what it all might mean for the City’s labor laws.  Seriously, who couldn’t use a little BBQ on the picket line?

Thursday, July 29th, 2010

Battle Royale

The Board of Supervisors heard testimony on the Avalos/Maxwell resolution condemning the Israeli military’s raid on an aid flotilla.  While the resolution is non-binding, a bazillion people turned out to offer their two cents.  The Very Serious testimony lasted for more than five hours (at two minutes per person) and deputy sheriffs had to keep the peace between those who came to testify.

Wednesday, June 16th, 2010

Service pays

Daddy: What do you want to be when you grow up, Sally?  Sally: I want to be a San Francisco firefighter or cop because they have one of the highest base salaries in all of California and great benefits, respectively, according to a new study I read about in the paper.  Plus, I love kitty cats and climbing things and helping people, and they wear cool boots and hats.  Score!  Daddy: That a girl.

Wednesday, May 26th, 2010

That’s totally taxable

Concerned that there haven’t been enough revenue generators proposed for your November ballot?  Have no fear!  Two tax measures passed the board yesterday, one that would raise property taxes on the big houses that you plan to marry into one day, and another that would increase hotel room taxes.

Friday, May 7th, 2010

Float Like A Butterfly, Sting Like A Bee

Some City officials and park advocates think that the Department of Recreation and Parks got a little too into the St. Patty’s Day spirit last weekend with the construction of a $10K parade float.

Wednesday, March 17th, 2010

Coming to a Ballot Near You, Somewhat Soon

The Examiner offers a Quick ‘n Dirty breakdown of the various ballot measures, both local and state, coming to a ballot near you in the next few months.  San Franciscans, you’re getting off easy this go a-round with only seven local measures versus the usual 1,437… or so… Nonetheless, grab a buddy and start studying up!

Tuesday, February 23rd, 2010

I do declare

Union representatives packed City Hall yesterday as three charter amendments came before the Board of Supervisors that would reduce benefits and wages for some of our City’s workers.

Friday, January 29th, 2010

Local hire plans to go higher

Supervisor John Avalos has proposed a law that would expand the City’s local hire requirements from public projects to private projects on pubic land. Unrelated, the Examiner’s targeted marketing knows that I like Las Vegas. It is very, very hard for me to focus on local hire ordinance when I am being shown large pictures of the Wynn and Encore. In other news, I am now posting Suspects from SFO on my way to Vegas.

Sunday, January 24th, 2010

Well this looks familiar

The Chronicle discusses why Supervisor Michela Alioto-Pier is frustrated that Mayor Gavin Newsom is touting recent business-friendly tax initiatives as his own.

Thursday, January 21st, 2010

Chain Store Wants to Sell Alcohol

Tuesday, January 12th, 2010

Film Commission Drama

The Examiner uncovers new details surrounding a recently resigned San Francisco film commissioner who’s being accused of improper behavior.

Tuesday, December 29th, 2009

Revenue measures: Not On the ballot

The Chron’s Heather Knight talks with politicians and other leaders about why this November’s ballot holds exactly zero of the various revenue proposals that were floated earlier this year.

Tuesday, October 27th, 2009

Keepin’ it local

The Chronicle weighs in with its opinion on legislation under consideration by the Board of Supervisors that would send $150K to disaster victims in Asia.  Their take?  We have needs, too.  Keep the money closer to home.

Monday, October 19th, 2009