SF Weekly takes a look at the issue of killer cell phones and the antennas that emit the aforementioned death rays. Turns out that we’re way more risk averse about things that likely won’t kill us while we ignore things (like, I dunno, cars and gas lines) that most definitely will. I’m not sure if should be more or less worried after reading this article…
http://www.sfweekly.com/2010-09-22/news/who-cares-about-gas-lines-worry-about-killer-cellphone-radiation/: Who cares about gas lines? Worry about killer cellphone radiation
San Francisco to the federal government: You got served!! In the effort to improve pipeline safety, City Attorney Dennis Herrera filed a lawsuit on Tuesday to force U.S. regulators to provide better oversight on California’s pipeline system. The Chron and Ex provide the details.
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/San-Bruno-blast-may-change-planning-code-103260149.html: San Bruno blast may change planning code
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2011/07/14/BABA1KA5FJ.DTL: S.F. threatens suit over PG&E, calls regulation lax
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/bay-area/2011/07/san-francisco-intends-sue-regulators-over-lax-pipeline-regulation: San Francisco intends to sue regulators over lax pipeline regulation
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2012/02/14/MNKU1N7J3D.DTL: S.F. sues to force feds to improve pipeline safety
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/bay-area/2012/02/sf-sues-feds-over-lax-pipeline-oversight: SF sues feds over lax pipeline oversight
…with a strong emphasis on SHARKS. Nope, this isn’t political, but in today’s public service announcement (and because it’s a fairly slow news day), your friends at Usual Suspects want to warn you that sharks have been sighted here in the Bay Area, off Ocean Beach. If you’re out there trying to take advantage of the last few days of summer, be careful!
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/Shark-sighting-a-sign-of-the-times-101270584.html: Shark sighting a sign of the times
In the days of advanced technology, it’s about time that our public safety systems are brought up to speed. Yesterday, our City received a whopping $50 million from our friends in Washington to increase communication efficiency between departments in the event of a major disaster.
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/High-tech-boost-for-public-safety-101048834.html: High-tech boost for public safety
Bringing the case to the U.S. Attorney General, the San Francisco Police Officers Association holds William Ayers and his wife, Bernadine Dohrn, responsible for the 1970 Park Station bombing that killed Sgt. Brian McDonnell.
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2009/03/11/BATK16DHA4.DTL&type=news: S.F. police union accuses Ayers in 1970 bombing
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/Police-union-targets-60s-radical-41132907.html: Police union targets ’60s radical
With increased fatalities along the Caltrain tracks, the Bay Citizen discusses the issue from the perspective of the Caltrain engineers who are often unable to stop the trains and the last to see the victims alive.
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/Shoe-exhibit-intends-to-show-grief-of-GG-Bridge-suicides-40831012.html: Shoe exhibit intends to show ‘grief’ of G.G. Bridge suicides
http://www.insidebayarea.com/sanmateocountytimes/localnews/ci_12743969: Safety task force forming after surge in deaths on Caltrain tracks
http://www.baycitizen.org/transportation/story/engineers-death-tracks-means-horrifying/: For Engineers, a Death on the Tracks Means Horrifying Memories
San Francisco saved some money after adopting legislation that cut overtime hours in several City departments in 2008. The Chronicle reports that public safety officers are the top overtime filers, and the Examiner explores if and when these caps are being enforced today.
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/City_works_overtime_to_cut_costs.html: City works overtime to cut costs
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/High-ranking-fire-officials-burn-through-overtime-53009617.html: High-ranking fire officials burn through overtime
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2009/08/12/MNOO19739H.DTL&tsp=1: S.F. slashes big payouts for overtime
Following years of the debate, the Golden Gate Bridge District has approved a plan to add a suicide deterrent system to the Bridge.
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2008/09/28/BAOK137E4N.DTL: Shoes represent Golden Gate Bridge suicides
http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/Golden-Gate-Bridge-suicide-barrier-closes-in-on-5583169.php: Golden Gate Bridge suicide barrier closes in on approval
http://www.sfexaminer.com/sanfrancisco/public-perception-of-golden-gate-bridge-suicides-shifting-as-barrier-funding-looms/Content?oid=2835144: Public perception of Golden Gate Bridge suicides shifting as barrier funding looms
http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/Golden-Gate-Bridge-going-to-get-suicide-nets-5585482.php: Golden Gate Bridge board OKs $76 million for suicide barrier
School Board President and D9 candidate Mark Sanchez joins neighbors in the Mission to address the broken street lights that they feel is compounding violence in the community.
http://cbs5.com/local/mission.district.shootings.2.811746.html: Newsom Troubled After Yet Another Mission Shooting
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2008/09/07/BACF12PDOI.DTL: New shooting in Mission District - man injured
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/Violence_continues_with_Western_Addition_slaying.html: Violence continues with Western Addition slaying
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/Mission_district_residents_on_edge.html: Mission district residents on edge
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/SF_students_plan_violence_protest_at_City_Hall.html: S.F. students plan violence protest at City Hall
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/Police_plan_heavy_patrols_in_Mission_this_weekend.html: Police plan heavy patrols in Mission district this weekend
http://www.sfbg.com/entry.php?entry_id=7116&catid=&volume_id=317&issue_id=396&volume_num=42&issue_num=51: Violence in the Mission is increasing — but immigrants are less likely to want to talk to the police
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/Light_at_end_of_Mission_violence.html: Light at end of Mission violence?
The Examiner takes a look at the next phase of the Great Streets Program, which will target a stretch of Divisadero in the Western Addition. Local merchants express their excitement about the proposed changes, tempered with some concern that mom and pop shops will suffer.
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/A_new_look_for_Valencia_Street.html: A new look for Valencia Street
http://www.sfbg.com/entry.php?page=2&entry_id=8862&catid=4&volume_id=398&issue_id=440&volume_num=43&issue_num=42: Making great streets
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/Rehab-aims-to-boost-Divisadero-57972997.html: Rehab aims to boost Divisadero
With the pragmatism of a (non-practicing) attorney and the creativity of a classically-trained musician, Taylor brings a unique perspective to Barbary Coast Consulting. When he’s not helping guide his clients through the frothy world of San Francisco politics, Taylor can be found either walking his pit bull around the Castro or frantically practicing for an upcoming concert.