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Atherton: Obama's New Sugar Daddy

Back in April, the grossly rich town of Atherton sent President Obama the bill for his April 4 fundraising trip to the Peninsula community. When the president told Atherton where the town could shove its bill, city leaders then tried to shake down the homeowners who hosted the president. They even went as far as threatening to place a lien on the homes. But after five months of trying to stick someone else with the bill, the town has decided to STFU already and pay the tab itself. The town says it reluctantly shelled out an extra $8,000 for additional police services to deal with the president's visit. "We sent invoices to the White House, to the Secret Service, to the DNC and the residents," City Manager George Rodericks told CBS News. Altherton finally realized it was responsible for the tab since, by law, someone has to inform the party hosts before the party begins that they're responsible for footing the bill for extra police — and nobody did. Lesson learned.

Nursing BART's Hangover

Well, you survived the five-day Bay Bridge closure, and now your commute is back on track, hopefully. The same cannot be said for BART, which could barely withstand the extra 380,000 trips from passengers who relied on the 24-hour service to get around town during the Bay Bridge blackout. And now, BART is paying for it. The transit agency's oldest-in-the-nation rail cars cranked out an extra 235,000 miles during those five days. Now, more than a dozen rail cars have been forced out of service for some much-needed maintenance, according to BART. This is why BART can't run 24/7 — the trains cannot party all night long, even if you can. Also, BART says, track crews need a chance to work on the system when trains aren't running through the night. When cost projections were initially developed, the residents who voted to approve BART supported a transit system with limited hours. Back in the days, BART was even closed on weekends, giving Bay Area partygoers nowhere else to puke and pee except in their own damn car.

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