So … your bike got stolen. (Sorry. I feel you.) And either you don’t know that the SFPD have collected it, or you haven’t claimed it for one reason or another. Well, rest assured that its happy little two-wheeled soul will be fully employed under a plan proposed by Supervisor John Avalos. Unclaimed bicycles will be used to give transportation options to poorer families who can’t afford them themselves. (Unclaimed AMC Pacers, on the other hand? Still scheduled to be heartlessly crushed by large machines.)
The City Insider team reviews the rather huge amount of media publicity that Supervisor Scott Wiener has recently received – cover stories in the Guardian and the Weekly and a significant profile in San Francisco Magazine.
Being smushed up against strangers may be a favorite pastime of twenty-somethings on the club scene, but it’s not exactly what I look for in a bus ride. Seems Muni honchos agree and are focusing their energy and brain power on a solution to the transit system’s overcrowding.
The idea: remove the stub end of I-280. More of the idea: build housing, retail, potentially eliminate a rail yard and more. As you may imagine, everyone out there is totally cool with the idea and it won’t be met with any opposition. Except, you know, the opposite of that.
The Bay Conservation and Development Commission has not only undergone some changes, but the organization isn’t just focused on development anymore… because the ocean is rising. Now, before you flip out and head for dry land, keep this in mind: we have decent surf in San Francisco. I mean, the waves aren’t huge, but they’re fairly consistent. Sure, you need a 4/3 wet suit, but it’s worth it. This doesn’t have a ton to do with the story, but I need someone to surf at Ocean Beach with me.
The verdict is in.The California Board of Pilot Commissioners has suspended and sentenced the pilot of the ship that struck the Bay Bridge in January to several dozen “observation trips” with his colleagues. If I ever cause $3 million in damage to a public structure, I am more than willing to go on as many observation trips as needed to make up for it.
After a week long delay, the Planning Commission is set to vote on the plan to replace Showplace Square’s Concourse Exhibition Center with more than 800 new apartments. And as you might expect, there are some people who are less-than-thrilled with the whole idea.
A makeover for Boedekker Park in the Tenderloin is underway. Although used needles and human poop are a kid magnet (just ask mine), the neighborhood will be trading it in for a purty plot to play. It’s proximity to the new Barbary Coast office has my fingers tightly crossed.
There’s a controversy brewing over the venerable Irish Cultural Center. Why does this make Suspects? Well, the former head of the San Francisco Republican Party is leading the charge. (And yes, I apologize for the title. The other ones I came up with all had leprechauns in them. Feel free to make a bunch of haggis jokes at this half-Scot, please…)
The payroll tax is out but what will it cost to complete the switcharoo to a tax on gross receipts? Well, $2.57M to start (and then a chunk of change each year as the transition to the new system moves ahead).
A measure to create an Airport Facilities Naming Advisory Committee will go before the full Board next week. The Committee will review possible new names for San Francisco’s International Airport, because SFO is so clearly last season.
The San Francisco Newspaper Company – those are the folks that bring you the Examiner, the Weekly, and the Guardian – have named Erin Sherbert the Director of Online News. So if you’ve got some online news, people – now you know who to contact. Just sayin’.
The Metropolitan Transportation Authority board – the folks who oversee Muni and cabs and parking and whatnot – are set to consider approving a new train management system at their meeting today. Because the existing one, according to the Examiner, ain’t quite so hot.
Transgender individuals in the Mission have been getting attacked and that is not cool. Although, do you really need me to tell you that hate crimes are not cool? It’s kind of like saying “the state of affairs in Cite Soleil, Haiti are not cool.” I mean, duh.
One of the Brown sisters, the famous twins who showed up on TV commercials and became San Francisco icons, has passed away. Her sister Marian fittingly paid tribute to her by sitting at their regular table at a Nob Hill Pizzeria and ordering pizza and a glass of red wine.