A grassroots campaign is sweeping through Noe Valley to help turn a church parking lot into a town square. The plan came about because the Noe Valley Ministry needed cash to renovate their church (which happens to be a whopping 126 years old) and instead of having the parking lot sold to a developer (the original plan), local residents decided to take action. Power to the people!
In national, and also very local, news: the Supreme Court has ruled to uphold President Obama’s Affordable Care Act. Even Chief Justice, John Roberts Jr. voted with the majority. News is still rolling in, but here’s what we’ve got so far.
Looks like some Nob Hill residents aren’t quite ready to give their blessing to a new condominium project that would replace a vacant church at Larkin and Clay streets. The project goes before the Planning Commission this evening.
Political unrest in China has made its way to San Francisco with local members of the Falun Gong spiritual movement conducting demonstrations against the Chinese government. To further highlight the intensity of the conflict, recent assaults on the demonstrators have raised suspicion within the movement.
If you’re planning to attend the Giants vs. Dodgers series, please be forewarned: don’t heckle those Dodger fans too hard. Some “fans” in that unfortunate gear may in fact be SFPD officers waiting for you to get out of line. Talk about dedication to your craft!
Sorry, Richmond. On Friday, a U.S. District Judge ruled that the City could not require beverage industry reps opposed to a tax-sugary-soft-drinks ballot measure to inform voters that their campaign is funded by out-of-city contributors. So, if you’re looking for that info on campaign mailers from those in opposition to Measure N, I suggest you save yourself the time and help yourself to a non-sugary beverage instead. Mmmmm, refreshing.
What do I miss most about 2006? Besides it being the last time we heard anything out of rapper Chamillionaire, it was also the last time I remember the word “budget” being used in conjunction with any other non-soul-crushing term. Well, folks, the news is still not awesome… but it also doesn’t suck that much! San Francisco is still in a deficit, but it’s the smallest shortfall in five years and this means we won’t have to make major cuts. Yay, again, for things not sucking!
A proposed $100 million regional public safety broadband network has been put on hold as federal funding for the project has been partially suspended due to changes in the federal system. In the meantime, please don’t allow any earthquakes or another natural disasters to happen, guys.
Although there was that initial stretch to reach the acronym WOOF (Wonderful Opportunities for Occupants and Fidos), the new program is being praised by those involved. Following the graduation of its first class, it seems as though this could be the beginning of many beautiful friendships.
San Francisco building owners may now be able to finance energy improvements for commercial buildings a little easier, thanks to joining the statewide alliance for the Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) program. A win for the environment and a win for businesses. High five!
Our hats are off to the incredible Matt Cain who threw a perfect game last night for the Giants, as they rolled over the Houston Astros. Today, the city of San Francisco will be a-buzz with “wasn’t that amazing” and “oh holy hell, I celebrated far too much” talk.
Supervisor Scott Wiener hopes to appeal six laws that he considers outdated. One of the laws technically, although not currently being enforced, prevents the Tamale Lady from serving up patrons at Shotwell’s Bar. Here’s my take: you mess with the Tamale Lady, you get the horns. Ole!
The ChronicleWatch takes a look at panhandling at the city’s busiest freeway ramps, saying that the issue has not received much attention from Mayor Ed Lee’s administration. Apparently, some locations are quite lucrative with panhandlers making up to $20 an hour.
And for this Sunday morning, please change your shoes, turn your TV (manually – no remote!) to PBS, sit with your legs crossed, and take a gentle walk down memory lane with our favorite educator – remixed for today, but gently. (T-Pain is nowhere to be found on this lovely recording.)
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.