The news over the weekend that the city could be left holding the bag for millions the America's Cup Organizing Committee has failed to provide is a revelation in the same sense that it's revelatory that promiscuous couples in horror films tend to be killed off. The very real possibility of San ... More >>
The material everyone wants to have...What are "material changes?" The answer is not immaterial.In tweaking the America's Cup agreement signed off by the Board of Supervisors, the mayor's office was entitled to make changes -- but not material changes.After analyzing the revamped deal, the board' ... More >>
What's it going to cost, Gavin?At a late January America's Cup press conference, Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom said something a bit odd regarding the city's dramatically hammered-out deal to host the race: "We made a lot of promises. A lot of them have been reported. Candidly, a lot of them ha ... More >>
City Budget Analyst Says Question Should Be Put to VotersShould the city's garbage contract go here?Thanks to a 1932 law, for 79 years only one company has been allowed to pick up and transport garbage on San Francisco Streets. In a new report, San Francisco's Budget and Legislative Analyst recom ... More >>
Can San Francisco afford to have this? Being an accountant isn't usually compared to combat soldiering. But, in San Francisco, the city's Budget Analyst's office knows theirs is not to make reply, theirs is not to reason why, theirs is but to do and die. So while the America's Cup Powers That Be ... More >>
Meanwhile, at the Budget and Finance Committee...Supervisor Chris Daly has told SF Weekly he's ready to call off his cannonade against the city's bid to host the America's Cup. The mayor's people are obviously on board. And, finally, two more economic feasibility studies on the cup bid were relea ... More >>
During a lengthy Wednesday hearing regarding the America's Cup -- which was far less thrilling than a yachting race and had far more nautically themed public comment -- the city's budget analyst made an emphatic point. Based on the "Northern Waterfront Alternative" plan which is currently en vogu ... More >>
Onward...A new plan for hosting the America's Cup was today emphatically blessed by Port of San Francisco officials as the best deal the city could get. Yet the city's Budget Analyst warned that even under these "best" terms, the city could still end up giving away some $55 million to billionaire ... More >>
Vincent Van GoghWill the latest report take the wind out of the city's sails? The latest Budget and Legislative Analyst's report analyzing the potential costs and benefits of hosting the America's Cup regatta has finally hit dry land. But, crunching the numbers, the city's numerical mavens still ... More >>
This city knows a bit about being under water...Budget analyst Harvey Rose today defended a report his office released Thursday, which claimed that hosting the America's Cup regatta would lose San Francisco up to $143 million. "I don't think everybody understands. We say there'll be huge benefits ... More >>
Them boats is expensiveEarlier this week we reported that the city's budget analyst was at work on a report to answer the big question: Can you actually make money hosting the America's Cup? The report is out, and, according to the city's official number-cruncher, the answer is no. A resounding n ... More >>
Mayor Gavin Newsom's office will today present the city with its budget for the next fiscal year. Union concessions and months of internal budget-hacking have likely made a potentially calamitous budget merely lousy. Yet, if past years are a guide, here's what will happen: City-funded nonpr ... More >>
Meanwhile, at the Budget and Finance Subcommittee...One day after issuing a performance audit that delivered a black eye to Muni's drivers, management, and board of directors, city budget analyst Harvey Rose showed up at the Board of Supervisors with a massive black eye of his own. Rose, however, ... More >>
Oh bleary eyed passengers on San Francisco's ship of fools:
I have to say I'm getting quite the kick out of my vacation. Last week I went a whole six days without thinking of Sean Elsbernd! Honestly, life is too short to think about Sean Elsbernd. I don't know how he does it.
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Imagine, if you will, that Supervisor Chris Daly is Police Chief Martin Brody. We'll let you figure out who, in this analogy, the toothy fellow behind him is. Examples of Chris Daly behaving boorishly in the Board of Supervisors' chambers and embarrassing even his friends are as myriad as instances ... More >>
Jim HerdMore good news for Muni...This morning, the Chronicle reported that the city's budget analyst, Harvey Rose, released yet another damning report on Muni -- and this only hours before the Supes meet to determine -- this time, definitely! -- if they'll approve the Municipal Transportation Agenc ... More >>
What's really wrong with Muni? For starters, one third of its employees don't show up to work, causing systemwide delays and costing the agency more that $20 million a year in overtime.
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