Mayor Gavin Newsom’s revised business tax plan focused on credits for new hires was shot down by the Board’s Budget and Finance Committee yesterday. The Examiner reports that even Supervisor Sean Elsbernd, who frequently allies himself with the Mayor’s proposals, offered his skepticism and dissenting vote. Sorry dude. Maybe next time?
For those who didn’t pick up a Chronicle today, here is what you missed: Phil Matier and Andy Ross’ coverage of BART Board President James Fang’s proposed fare rollback, a $360 a year parcel tax in Oaktown, what attorney John Burris has been doing for people with complaints against the Oakland Police Department, why the San Francisco Tenants Union is shocked (and pretty upset), and pot-growing permits in Oakland. Plus, we get Willie Brown’s $0.02 on former United States Department of Agriculture worker Shirley Sherrod’s recent resignation, movie reviews, and more.
SFPD Chief George Gascon sure plans to. During a Friday press conference, the City’s top cop revealed his new year’s resolution, albeit a little late but it’s worth the wait, to reduce San Francisco’s major and violent crimes by 20 percent in 2010. (Some of us resolve to exercise five days a week, eat more mangos, or to travel the world, and that seems like a big deal.) Kudos to the chief for his determination!
Newsom wants to reevaluate how San Franciscan’s elect our Supervisors, and thinks we should return to city-wide elections that aren’t based on districts. Just think, we could all be one big happy family!
Everyone who was ever an introspective youth takes a moment today to consider the passing of J.D. Salinger. No, he had nothing to do with San Francisco politics – but almost all of us found something personal and meaningful in his well-crafted words. RIP, Holden Caulfield.
Like everything else in San Francisco, City Hall is going green. Solar panels will be laid on the building’s roof in the first step to turn Civic Center into a sustainability district. Don’t worry, the building will retain its historic character. The panels won’t be visible – unless you’re up on the roof, of course.
Depending on who you ask, Pier 27 will cost the city money or make it money. One deciding factor – how many weddings will be held there. (Someone call the Bachelor series, quick. And you’re welcome for that free marketing advice.)
A June bond is generating controversy over the proposed development of a forensic sciences center that would not require the traditional competitive bidding process. Some Supes are on board while others have their doubts. Let the debate begin!
The Chron’s John King muses on various ideas being floated to fill lots awaiting developer action (which means, f’reals, that we’re waiting for an economic recovery). Various greening and cleaning ideas abound – which will come to fruition?
The Examiner reports that Supervisor Chis Daly’s charter amendment to establish a zero tolerance policy for firefighters found drinking on the job failed to gain enough support to make the June ballot.
In an attempt to raise revenues, the New York Times will start charging users for the majority of their online content in 2011. This will likely have reverberations for newspapers throughout the country — though I’d like to think this move is reflective of the Chronicle’s recent decision to limit its Sunday online content. You know what they say: as goes the San Francisco Chronicle, so goes the New York Times!
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.