The Examiner team reports on the Recreation and Parks Department’s decision to renovatate of the home of the city’s remaining bison population and why they may lose a generous donation because of the delay.
The next time you take your dog to the park, don’t just expect other puppy playmates. The Chronicle gives us the scoop on the new furry friends joining us in the city. Let’s just say “ruff, ruff” isn’t really their thing.
Today marks the first day of the City’s one-of-a-kind college savings plan, designed to help kids with challenging financial situations save some cash for college. First finger-painting, then recess, then Accounting 101. All in a day’s work!
This week in the Bay Area Reporter’s Political Notebook, we learn why some Bay Area congressmen are speaking out against US Attorney Melinda Haag, who might have a difficult time debating Supervisor Scott Wiener if they choose to run in the next District 8 election, and why Supervisor Wiener is sporting glasses these days.
Supervisor Bevan Dufty has introduced a resolution to re-name the 17th Street Pedestrian Plaza in honor of San Francisco Patrol Special Police Officer Jane Warner. Members of the community agree that this would be a fitting recognition for her many years of service to the neighborhood.
The caseload over at the public defender’s office is up over 30% from last year, and with that increase comes a need for more dollars (and sense, but that’s another story for another day). The City has agreed to release reserve funds to help pick up the tab but also wants a more detailed report about the cases coming in the door.
With August fast approaching, it’s official: summer is here! And what comes with summer? The beach!! (Yeah, yeah, I know, it’s cold and foggy and windy in the summer, but a girl can dream…) The Chronicle takes a look at which beaches are safe for swimming and which fall into the “look, but don’t touch” category.
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.
Even more criminal cases in San Francisco are under the microscope after it was discovered that one of the coroner’s toxicologists has an, ummm, questionable past. First the drug lab, now this… and so the criminal justice saga continues.
Bay Area activist Van Jones is back on the scene, and back in town. Everyone remember the media firestorm about eight months ago? That was an amazing – and speedy – illustration of how Things Get Done when everyone’s reading claims and attacks from the same playbook. (Even when the playbook is largely invented.) It’s called message discipline, people. Check it out. And Van? Welcome home.
Supervisor Michela Alioto-Pier suggests that many issues of homelessness might be solved with laws allowing government to force mentally ill people to take their meds. (And are you one of the people who thinks this is going to quietly roll through the San Francisco legislative process? Then you need some meds. Stat.)
Dude, there are great white sharks in the Bay. After much speculation that these less than furry friends have been swimming our murky waters, surfers and researchers conclude that they have indeed been surfacing by a swimmer near you. Wait…brah, what’s that behind you…
San Francisco is joining many school districts throughout the Bay Area by asking voters to approve measures that secure cash for schools. San Francisco County’s measure? Spend a little to protect kids from fires and earthquakes (wait, we have those here?). To the ballots we go!
In the print-only department, we have Willie Brown and Matier and Ross. M&R cover the Tesla/Toyota/NUMMI deal, Whitman v. Poisner, Paul McCartney and raising dough for bakeries – and Willie Brown talks Whitman v. Poisner, what a former member of the Board of Supes is doing at City Hall, upcoming Supe races, parties and events, and more. Grab a paper, get a Kindle subscription, or wait until Tuesday for all the details…
SFFD doesn’t have enough ambulances, so, next time you need one for a medical neccesity, they may send one from a private company. And hey, if there are no ambulances available, just send me a taco truck. Sure, I may be bleeding out… but tacos.
As funding to San Francisco’s public schools has been slashed here and cut there, Supervisor Bevan Dufty scaled back the plan to give San Francisco School Board Members a full-time salary (and pension) by 50%, and the Board of Supes voted Tuesday to send the measure to the June ballot.
Did your 401K turn into a 201K during the Wall Street Meltdown? Are you pissed and want your fair share? Well, you are not alone. The San Francisco Redevelopment Agency joined a lawsuit against some of the nation’s largest financial firms in hopes of reclaiming millions of dollars to fund future city projects.
Soccer is one of the fastest growing sports along the West Coast – and San Francisco is no exception. Whether you like what some call fútbol or not, Rec and Park will be displaying the acclaimed World Cup games on a massive, jumbo screen outside of City Hall for free, thanks to some very generous fans and players of the sport. Play ball! (Whoops. Wrong game…)
With anything that could be construed as a tax a red flag for many voters across the state, the Bay Guardian speculates that perhaps Mayor Gavin Newsom isn’t as supportive of some local charter amendments that could raise revenues for SF because the statewide voters he is also trying to woo might not approve of a taxing LTG.
Alexis is a native of the Bay Area and holds a Master’s degree in Public Policy from the University of Chicago. While her interest in San Francisco political news may be second to her passion for Hollywood gossip, she’s a junkie for it through and through. Alexis is a mom to two girls, though she exerts her nagging skills on a much larger population. In the infrequent instance that she finds herself with some free time, Alexis enjoys trolling the Alameda Antiques Faire and watching the UFC.