Corporations may no longer be able to rent leases for their employees who are here for the short term. BoS President David Chiu is proposing legislation that would stop the aforementioned act. Although, I liked the rotating cast of friendly faces next door, at least there won’t be any more German sports cars parked on my lawn.
San Francisco Public Library Commission President Jewelle Gomez was allegedly caught saying some not-so-nice things about a meeting attendee following his comments in which he made an assassination analogy with regard to her tenure. Lesson here? Microphones are no one’s friend.
After one of their fellow board members was removed for allegedly intimidating Supervisor Eric Mar, five members – all volunteer – of the Richmond Community Police Advisory Board have resigned in protest. The issue, it seems, is that no one, including Mar, seems to believe any intimidation occurred. Hmm, somehow I have a feeling this isn’t the last we’ve heard on this one…
In this week’s edition, the SF Business Times unveils its “Real Estate Deals of the Year” awards. This year’s top winner? Twitter, of course, who snapped up “Deal of the Year” AND “Best Office Lease.” Although, some could argue, Mayor Ed Lee was a winner in all of this as well.
The Chron gives the Metropolitan Transportation Commission a push to bring express lanes to SF and Bay Bridge commuters sooner than the anticipated 2015 date, as the MTC continues to roll out express lanes throughout 570 miles of the East Bay and Silicon Valley.
According to the SF Business Times, San Francisco’s got that “boom boom pow.” (Ok, so perhaps I – not the Biz Times – am responsible for the Black Eyed Peas reference, but a tech boom is a boom is a pow.) It’s looking like the tech sector is once again treating our fair city well. But before we get ahead of ourselves, the Biz Times suggests we sort out a couple tax-related issues.
We have very exciting news to share from Suspects Headquarters: Not one but both of our fine colleagues Alex Clemens and Alexis Smith have welcomed new additions to their families yesterday! First in came Sibley Ingram Smith, weighing in at 8 lbs and 2 oz at 10:56am yesterday morning, shortly followed by Benjamin Prabhakar Mark Clemens, weighing in at 7 lbs 3 oz at 12:46pm. You know we are all about efficiency and teamwork over here at Suspects, and we’re glad to see these new kiddos are following suit. Now, let’s celebrate: A huge congrats to Alexis and Jerry Smith and Priya and Alex Clemens! We can’t wait to meet the little ones!
The San Francisco International Airport is going to pay $7.5 million in order to repair dried up wetlands in the Presidio as part of their plans to improve runways (which include replacing wetlands with landfill near the airport). Indigenous geese, squirrels, and frogs in the Presidio rejoiced at the news and are hoping SFO includes a wet bar or two in the plans.
After a back and forth battle about the safety conditions of Muni’s operations, the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) and the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) might have finally come to a resolution. Nothing like a story about two public agencies getting along to start your Monday off right!
After the Gold Dust Lounge attempted to preserve itself by seeking landmark designation, a few other bars decided to do the same. In related news, I am seeking landmark status for the parking space in front of my house. I am also seeking landmark status for my seats at AT&T Park. Wish me luck.
State Senator Leland Yee is pushing legislation that would expand San Francisco’s tax incentive program aimed at increasing commuters use of public transportation, to the entire Bay Area. The San Francisco ordinance allows workers, at a company of 20 employees or more, to pay for commuting costs with pretax wages. We’re trendsetters, y’all!
Mayor Ed Lee will host a backpack giveaway on Saturday to officially kick off the school year, which will be filled with goodies like pencils (in supply), erasers (in supply), cootie catchers (in demand), and pre-made spit-wads (in demand).
Not everyone is complying with the Health Care Security Ordinance in the same fashion, with some business contributing far less than others. Whatever they do, I am just hoping my scotch eggs come to my table free of infectious diseases.
The Chronicle fills us in on a series of events that led to the approval of Supervisor Scott Wiener’s proposal to streamline restaurant permitting in San Francisco. The Chron said + the Board voted = Woot! Read up to fill in the blanks.
Crime as a whole is down on Muni (yay!), but larceny rates on Muni are up (notsoyay!). In reaction to the rise in mostly mobile device related crime, Muni has started a public service campaign that reminds passengers that people still get mugged, and those who flash $600 devices are even more likely to get mugged.
While legislation signed into law last month by Mayor Ed Lee requires police to obey San Francisco privacy laws while working with the FBI, the law says nothing about work done with the Department of Homeland Security. While the relationship primarily exists to disseminate information, the two departments do share information and there is some concern over how this may circumvent the legislation that was passed. I am just hoping they don’t find about the newspaper I stole from my neighbor on Sunday, sorry Tim!
A good deal of cheddar (that’s green, dough, paper… money) has been set aside to make streetscape improvements on Stockton Street – one of the busiest streets in one of the densest communities in San Francisco. I propose giving every pedestrian a stock prod, it would be helpful and witty.
A nixed air-cargo warehouse deal is now likely to cost the City $7.5 million. Not to fret, fellow San Franciscans, this is basically what happened to me when I tried to build my own air-cargo warehouse.
The Chronicle gives their take on the City and the outdoor sign industry, which they think has taken on the appearance of a cat and mouse game rather than the City consistently fighting The Cases of Illegal Billboards.
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.