Today, 70 teachers and 35 other public school employees will receive layoff notifications. If this year is anything like recent ones, though, almost all those employees will have their jobs back by the time school is back in session. The layoffs have become something of an annual rite of summer v ... More >>
Last week, the U.S. Treasury Department officially labeled MS-13 a transnational criminal organization. No other American-born street gang has earned that distinction, which has previously been given to groups like the Yakuza in Japan and the Zetas in Mexico.The classification speaks to the gang's s ... More >>
Welcome to the hub of American prosperity. Yesterday, the Census Bureau released the results from the 2011 American Community Survey, and in the competition for Wealthiest City in America, the Bay Area snagged gold and silver. San Jose took the top spot, with a median income of $76,593 and San Fra ... More >>
The news that another $60 million has been whittled off the city's projected budget deficit could be considered cause for revelry. But don't break out the pointy hats just yet. For one thing, the city is still $170 million in the hole based on the current calculations -- much less than before but ... 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 >>
Caroline on Crack/FlickrNational Painkiller Day Where: Smuggler's Cove, 650 Gough (at McAllister), 869-1900 When: Mon., Apr. 18, 5 p.m.-2 a.m. Cost: $9-$22 per Painkiller (2-8 oz. of rum) The rundown: Tax day can be painful -- at least for those with less inventive tax lawyers on the payroll ... More >>
A done deal As Supervisor John Avalos so bluntly put it: "The big boys won out today."Needless to say, Avalos ain't happy that his fellow supervisors approved a controversial tax-break deal that would surely keep Twitter from bolting San Francisco. SF Weekly previously reported on the deal, ... More >>
National Public Radio is good. Very good. They entertain us with such shows as This American Life, inform us with Morning Edition, and drop some musical knowledge on All Songs Considered. But the United States House of Representatives doesn't feel the same way: today it voted to cut off government f ... More >>
Technologically active againWhen former Mayor Gavin Newsom left City Hall, his staid YouTube addresses that people had grown accustomed to went right with him. But Newsom's hiatus from YouTube was short-lived. Just barely a month as the state Lieutenant Governor, Newsom sent out his first video a ... More >>
Remember all that hard stuff Mayor Ed Lee has to do? Deal with unraveling labor agreements, balance a creaking budget, and scrub hair gel stains off of low-hanging lighting fixtures and the tops of chairs? Well, he'll have to do it with upwards of $26 million less than he thought he would. On Tue ... More >>
Don't fire up the boats yet...The new-and-improved groundwork for hosting the America's Cup in San Francisco appears to take much less of a bite of city finances than the fabulously expensive, nonbinding "term sheet" the city approved in October. Fred Brousseau, a principal at the city's Budget A ... More >>
The lady and the bear have been waiting a long time...Following an all-night session of wheeling and dealing -- and a record 100-day impasse -- the state senate moments ago approved a budget for California. Details on the budget -- and the most recent impasse -- are forthcoming; it closes a $19 b ... More >>
Will Tom Ammiano's latest marijuana legislation puff, puff, pass? Everybody knows California is broke, and those same everybodies know that thar's a gold mine waiting to be unearthed -- when and if the state starts taxing adult-use recreational marijuana (everybody *could* also be wrong, but ... More >>
San Francisco voters say 'Bah Humbug' to new taxes, poll claims...A poll commissioned by the San Francisco County Transportation Authority revealed that city voters are in no mood to pay the taxes the Board of Supervisors will likely today move to place on the ballot -- where voters will eventual ... 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 >>
Yesterday we reported that nearly eight of every 10 tax forms received by the IRS by early April was sent electronically. This put members of the United States Postal Service in the position of another blue-uniformed figure with little to do: The Maytag repairman. With the late-evening Tax Night ... More >>
Tim Redmond thinks our debate on Forum tomorrow should be "fun." But I'm bored with his line of argument already. Because the truth is that we're reached a point in the "how much does San Francisco spend per capita?" debate where reasonable people can disagree. And at that point, debating th ... 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 >>
Not a disaster, no -- but not 'King of the World' either...The nation's paper of record launched its new Bay Area section today to compete with San Francisco's paper of record. So how does the Times' San Francentric coverage measure up? Well, let's just say the Times is no Chronicle. And, bel ... 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 >>
Compassion Family MinistriesYes, Grasshopper... Money grows on killa trees.Things are smoking on the marijuana front, and I'm not just talking about the ringing cash registers at newly emboldened dispensaries statewide. Time after time this week, the media brought together money and marijuana in pub ... More >>
Nobody expects Phil Ting!Tomorrow morning, assessor Phil Ting will be arguing in front of the San Francisco Appeals Board that the Catholic Church owes San Francisco up to $15 million in transfer taxes -- one of the largest tax bills in the city's history. The hearing will be held at 1 South Van Nes ... More >>
An investigator who exposed dishonest savings and loan regulators in the '80s re-encounters an old rival in the latest banking crisis.
Muni's bogus tax shelter and theGuardian's bogus lawsuit.
Week of Wednesday, August 3, 2005
Journalism has a lot of problems, but too many of them are manifestations of a sycophantic attitude toward the big-e Establishment
A high-rise condo boom in San Diego may show the way out of a statewide housing and sprawl problem
Delays and mismanagement endangered a $20 million federal reconstruction grant for North Beach Place. So the Housing Authority tried to speed the project up -- by tricking longtime, elderly residents into leaving.
President Bush says he's serious about cracking down on money laundering by terrorists. San Francisco's experience suggests otherwise.
Bay Area motorists pay the highest gas prices in the state
The rise of hidden taxes in the Jordan era
For 25 years, Harvey Ross has rooted out the waste and lies of politicians and bureaucrats. But some say he's too lost in the line items to see the big picture