In an opinion piece in today’s Examiner, the transit unions voice their opinions about Muni’s contract negotiations. And as you might expect, they don’t have very nice things to say about their employer. Read on!
Congratulations to Suspects founder Alex Clemens and his lovely wife Priya on the arrival of their bouncing baby girl, Casey Rose Bali Clemens. Casey came into this world at 2:23 am Saturday morning and we have reports that both parents are doing well. And at present, we are doing our best to intervene in Alex’s ill-advised plan to take Casey home from the hospital on a Segway.
…because just like potato chips, they’re addictive. I’ve sat on this until Saturday, because I didn’t want to kill several days of productivity by posting this on a Tuesday. But GOOD LUCK – it’s harder than it looks, it’s intriguing, it makes you want to know more about What Happened, and, as a bonus, you get to confront your own deep-seated prejudices. (And you get to feel lucky that you’re not these people.) Enjoy your Saturday!
Out of all the teachers in San Francisco, only 2% fall short of the Best Teacher Ever category. Or so says last year’s teacher evaluations that are providing a glossy look at teacher performance instead of getting to the meat of the issue.
District Attorney George Gascon has asked our former DA and current state Attorney General Kamala Harris to return from Sacramento to prosecute a case about a cop shooting. Given his (very recent) past role as police chief, he’d rather sit this one out than be perceived as having a conflict of interest.
A report by San Franciscans for Clean Government, a newly formed group, claims that almost half of the money donated in travel gifts to city officials over the past two years came through groups associated with Chinatown leader Rose Pak.
A Muni operator who was caught texting while presumably driving may be kicked to the curb after finding out that Jamie’s boyfriend’s sister-in-law Mary’s friend Becky’s brother also got a job at Muni. Watch out for him.
In today’s friendly public service announcement, we bring you the news of the various Martin Luther King Day events throughout the Bay Area. For those of you who are lucky enough to have the day off, rest up and enjoy!
It’s going to be a long day for Nat Ford. Not only will he be meeting with the MTA Board about his next steps, but the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority (who almost hired him) is reopening its search for a new chief (though he’s still in the running). To keep us entertained until we learn what will finally happen to Mr. Ford, the Examiner gives us the rundown on the MTA chief’s achievements (and some things San Franciscans are not so proud of).
In just a few short weeks, our new mayor has proved to be quite the world traveler. First he was in China when all the drama started to go down, and now he’s off to Washington for the Conference of Mayors. Safe travels!
The big vote is expected today on where exactly our new district boundaries will fall, and most local electeds are a-okay with the new coloring book proposed for San Fran – considering the alternatives and that the city could have become less “odd” than we already are.
C. W. Nevius is the latest journalist to take on the question of Question Time. The necessity of these monthly “events” in their current form can surely be debated, but I must say that from my perspective, that of the “political observer,” Question Time is about as much fun as, say, chopping up old books, pouring milk on them, and eating them as if they were a tasty, nutritious cereal.
What does Chronicle columnist Carl Nolte have to say about the significance of Ed Lee becoming Mayor and David Chiu continuing as President of the Board? Well, you’ll have to wait until Tuesday to find out as the Chron continues to play coy with its online readers.
A pilot program has launched in the Sunset and Richmond district that should help businesses become ADA compliant. Which is good, because everyone should have access… except skeezy lawyers who sue businesses on behalf of the ADA (while representing nobody) only to then extort money out of the business until they’re run into the ground. Oh, me? Bitter? No, I’m not bitter.
Felony charges have been made against six current and former SFUSD employees for the misuse of $15 million in grant funding. These charges include grand theft, falsifying documents, perjury, and forgery for wrongfully diverting funds. News sources reporting the incident reveal where the $15 million went, who benefited, and what lies ahead for the accused.
It’s official: the holidays end tomorrow. In a public service announcement from your friends at Usual Suspects, if you’re hanging on to that Christmas tree in the hopes that more presents will magically appear, tomorrow is THE LAST DAY to dispose of it. So say goodbye to Santa, put away the ornaments, and rush over to your nearest Walgreens, which is inevitably already stocked for Valentine’s Day.