You may have heard that federal funding for the Jobs Now! -- the program that allows employers to pay workers with federal stimulus dollars -- expired Friday, waiting for Congress to pass a bill to renew the program. While employers nationwide expected they'd have to let go employees hired under ... More >>
$1.9 million to study lil' old me? Scientist says he's putting people to work -- and compiling vital environmental dataEarlier this month, Republican Senators Tom Coburn (whom you haven't heard of) and John McCain (whom you have) fired off a 74-page compendium of what they claim are the most wast ... More >>
Program's implosion leaves San Francisco with millions to spend and nothing to buy.That was fast...As City Hall struggles to close a $483 million budget gap, bureaucrats a block away at the San Francisco Department of the Environment are faced with the opposite quandary: They must figure out how ... More >>
Forget about Sharp Parks endangered frogs and snakes. The real problem with the golf course is its enormous cost to the city.
Celebrate good times -- BART and Muni won the lottery!Public transit advocates are all but dancing in the aisles of public transit following a ruling that yanked $70 million in federal funding away from the controversial Oakland Airport Connector and led to moribund local transit agencies being s ... More >>
What will it take to derail BART's half-billion dillar planned extension to Oakland Airport? How about the price quadrupling while the anticipated ridership dropped by two-thirds? Nope. How about the predicted commute time actually being slower than the existing shuttle system? Nope. Well, how ab ... More >>
The regional Metropolitan Transportation Commission moments ago voted to stay the course, applying $70 million in endangered federal funds not to the Bay Area's moribund transit agencies but a controversial, half-billion dollar proposed BART extension to Oakland Airport. "Closer than I thought, b ... More >>
The community groups whose advocacy led to the federal government threatening to withhold $70 million from a planned BART connector to Oakland Airport moments ago made their case that the project is a costly boondoggle that does nothing for the poor and minority communities living near the airport ... More >>
Despite having been accused of deceptive business practices by the attorney general, former students, and ex-employees, Corinthian Colleges are getting millions in federal stimulus dollars.
spiffydamnpoodle/FlickrIt's so like that.If you've been hungry for meat lately, indulge your fleshy appetites at a pair of prix-fixe offerings. First, another Pig Booze dinner goes off tonight between 5 and 10 p.m. at Orson (508 Fourth St. at Bryant, 777-1508). Wallow through a pork belly ... More >>
That paragon of quality news reporting, Fox, ran a story on its Web site today about two local arts organizations that received federal stimulus funding for "...Saturday night 'pervert' revues and the airing of pornographic horror films at art houses in San Francisco." The two organizations ... More >>
You sure you want to claim credit for that Web site, sir? So, we were perusing Gavin Newsom's Gubernatorial Web site the other day, to see what issues he'd be pushing if he were mayor of San Francisco. The part where the copy claims that Newsom used his experience running a burgeoning wine empire ... More >>
Daniel KramerT. Boone PickensAs Texas oil tycoon T. Boone Pickens hits San Francisco tonight in his ongoing tour promoting a curtailing of foreign oil imports and a bolstering of domestic clean energy (in which he is invested to the gills), a long, strange article about Pickens' long, strange trip h ... More >>
A transportation activist points to inefficient and costly projects like the Central Subway.
Funkin for free: Del Taking a cue from President Obama, our own beloved Hiero hero Del the Funky Homosapien has recorded his own stimulus address. "As we all know, funk is depleting rapidly in America," he says, describing the current musical and cultural crisis affecting this country. "Ther ... More >>
Truly, Obama can be used to sell anythingBarack Obama's stimulus package may or may not cure what ails this nation. But the other Barack Obama stimulus -- a windfall of presidential merchandising for hucksters of all races, creeds, and colors -- has been a truly American spectacle. When it comes to ... More >>
Did stimulus really help them?Washington's elected officials and punditocracy have of late been consumed in hashing out the shape of an economic stimulus package. While no love has been lost between Republicans and Democrats in the pit fight over the bill's final shape, both sides say they recognize ... More >>
Sen. Orrin Hatch's depiction of a Chronicle staff meetingLook, I've been to the San Francisco Chronicle's newsroom. I used to work there when the place was called the Examiner. Now that was a few years back, but I can tell you this: No one wore love beads. Everyone wore a shirt. And the only ones ge ... More >>
Mayor Gavin Newsom has identified projects requiring more than than $1 billion in funds from the projected federal stimulus package, citing worthy money pits such as downtown transit; upgrading the city's water system; airport upgrades; and building sidewalks and sewage ditches at the former Hunters ... More >>
How support for a modest condo project should give us all hope for the city's future.