Last week, while I was blogging about my five days on a $4.50-a-day food stamp budget, I alluded a few times to a bill currently in Congress to cut the SNAP budget by $40 billion. The House of Representatives is expected to vote Thursday on the Nutrition Reform and Work Opportunity Act, which, if pa ... More >>
There's a bunch of bargaining chips currently being passed back and forth between President Obama and House Speaker John Boehner as they seek to reach a budget deal before the county slides down the much-feared Fiscal Cliff. Perhaps the most notable involved tax rates for the wealthy: generally sp ... More >>
Karl Wilder is not your typical chef. He doesn't spend his days cooking up fantastic gourmet food -- he has taken the food stamps challenge, which means for the past month and a half, Wilder has limited himself to a budget of $1.33 per meal and struggles daily to balance nutrition and calorie ... More >>
Karl WilderThanksgiving in August When: August 27, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Where: St. Luke's Church Cost: As much canned/preserved food as you can afford. It's Thanksgiving...in August! At least that's what chef Karl Wilder is planning. In a 12-hour cook-a-thon, Wilder hopes to raise money for the ... More >>
Nat "Pro Shop" FordMuni boss Nat Ford on Monday praised Barack Obama for including $200 million in spending for the controversial Central Subway rail project as part of the president's federal budget proposal."The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency applauds President Barack Obama's pro ... More >>
Yes, we still can The day after Speaker of the House John Boehner called President Barack Obama's budget plan a job killer, the White House announced the president will be making a West Coast swing through the San Francisco Bay Area to address the one thing we really, really need: jobs.The White ... More >>
You may recall our July cover feature on young undocumented immigrants waiting for the DREAM Act, a bill that would give illegal immigrants who go to college or serve in the military a path to citizenship. At the time the story came out, many advocates predicted that Democrats would lack the ball ... 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 >>
Federal scrutiny could threaten funding for the Central Subway boondoggle.
Jim HerdWoosh -- gone?Mayor Gavin Newsom and his public transit chief Nat Ford had the chance to hold an elaborate groundbreaking earlier this month for the $1.6 billion Central Subway light rail project. But a letter from a top federal transportation bureaucrat suggests the festivities may ... 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 crux of a Constitutional lawsuit...Last week we reported on a lawsuit filed in San Francisco federal court by an octet of inmates charging they were being price-gouged at Pelican Bay prison in the far north of California. We noted that the e-filing of the case, sadly, didn't include the actua ... More >>
But no one loves pricey coffeeAs hard-liners say, "you do the crime, you do the time." But if you feel you're getting ripped off by paying too much for prison coffee -- to quote Doug Llewelyn, "You take 'em to court." Eight inmates at Pelican Bay State Prison in Crescent City in the far north of ... 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.
They didn't have to worry about car manufacturersCalifornia has been called a place where dreams come true. Perhaps it's more accurate to say that our state is a land where grotesque fantasies become reality without causing anyone to blink. The elected leader of California's 37 million residents is ... More >>
A transportation activist points to inefficient and costly projects like the Central Subway.
Nobody's saying David Rhodman is perfect. He used to be a cocaine addict, says his public defender, Carmen Aguirre, and he's got a few crack and cocaine-related charges from the early 90's on his record. There was also a felony robbery in 1995, which resulted in a strike on Rhodman's recor ... 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 >>
Where's Gavin? Far from San Francisco. Far from our problems. Today the Board of Supervisors begins the nails-on-chalkboard, surgery-sans-anesthetic, Adam Sandler Film Festival-painful process of adopting hundreds of millions of dollars in budget cuts. Gavin Newsom won't be there. Not that the mayor ... More >>
Madam Speaker says she wants to tame pork-barrel spenders. Takes one to know one.
The Defense Department hires a New Economy futurist to help fight terror. Don't you feel safer already?
Federal investigators clear AIDS prevention programs of wrongdoing -- and then reinvestigate them
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A federal audit reveals the waste and mismanagement that ruined a once-promising minority aid program
Environmental activists adopt a new strategy -- playing the race card
For more than a decade, three different mayors have let one man dole out government jobs to alleged murderers, crack dealers, and other serious felons. The question, obviously, is why.
Ignore Davis, Fang, O'Donoghue, and Roselli; here's how renovating Laguna Honda could save taxpayers $500 million
Residents of a downtown loft tell you where to get off