There ain't no devil, there's just God when he's drunk -- Tom WaitsThe striking thing about assessing San Francisco's big winners and losers emerging from last night's election is that they're often the same people. In District 5, tech investor turned political money man Ron Conway's candidate, Lond ... More >>
San Francisco has recently received some dubious press for coming first on an unenviable list. A study by the group California Common Sense placed the City by the Bay atop its unfunded health care liability list. San Francisco's workforce has amassed $4.36 billion in benefits the city is m ... More >>
At a time when thieves are tearing apart the infrastructure of our city for a few dollars worth of copper, it warrants mentioning that the glistening dome of San Francisco's City Hall is, literally, slathered in gold. Perhaps those who'd like to even the score should aim a little higher. That's the ... More >>
Supervisors Sean Elsbernd and Mark Farrell have proposed measures ending Ranked Choice Voting in San Francisco, while David Campos and John Avalos have proposed allowing even more ranked choices on the ballot. What is the best voting system for San Francisco? Whoever raises the most awareness ... More >>
Last night, SF Weekly broke the news that the city's pension obligation could balloon based on the outcome of a retirement board meeting this morning. Well, it has. The city's contribution to its pension plan might jump by $60 million in the next year alone, adding to San Francisco's already gapi ... More >>
How does this alter the city's financial outlook?Barring an unlikely reversal at a Wednesday meeting, the city's forthcoming pension contribution may swell by $60 million in the next fiscal year alone -- and the city's union workforce will also be forced to contribute millions more than they'd an ... More >>
Embarcadero Center: Occupiers holiday ice show = "disastrous."The Hyatt Regency and Vitale hotels complained of foul camp conditions, "sexual harassment," and an employee getting coffee thrown on him by OccupiersThe 99 percent might wage war with drum circles, slogans, and tent cities, but the 1 ... More >>
Joyce GoldschmidThe namesake for "Hellman Hollow"The wheels of government tend to turn slowly. So the rapidity with which the notion of renaming Golden Gate Park's Speedway Meadow after Warren Hellman became a reality -- two weeks from conception to Board of Supervisors-approved, effective-immedi ... More >>
The new face of pension reform?Mayor Ed Lee announced his long-awaited pension reform proposal today, partnering with Supervisor Sean Elsbernd to introduce an amendment to the city charter that aims to defray San Francisco's mounting liabilities for employees' retirement benefits. Lee's goal all ... More >>
Wasn't Bike to Work day fabulous this year? We certainly saw a lot more cyclists out than usual, and we hope to see them out again on the remaining 364 days until next year. Let's do a quick roundup of the best of the bikes. According to the Chron, the mayor and "almost every member of the Bo ... More >>
This took us literally all afternoon to make.Earlier this week, city supervisors voted 10 to 1 to oppose the Golden Gate National Recreational Area's proposal to severely restrict dog owners from walking their pups off-leash in certain parts of San Francisco, namely Fort Funston and Ocean Beach. ... More >>
Pay raises won't help close the budget gapClosing a multimillion-dollar budget deficit is no easy task -- and handing out raises to elected officials will only make it that much harder. The Examiner reports today that in the face of a $300 million budget crisis, the Civil Service Commission has r ... More >>
We'd buy that for a dollar...As reported earlier on this page, our Board of Supervisors raised $11,000 for Japan -- and did so by doing what it would do anyway. David Chiu was going to ride his bike. Now he gets some company, and $250 goes to disaster relief. Eric Mar was going to go to the Acade ... More >>
Joe EskenaziThe new supes are sworn in. Everyone cheers. The knives come out for presidential voting. Then everyone makes a poignant speech. And everyone cries. You can add another adjective to describe Supervisor David Chiu, the once and future president of the Board of Supervisors: Survivor. Ch ... More >>
Thanks to Prop. 26, expect this to continue. Also, expect San Francisco to stay broke. Today's front-page story in the San Francisco Chronicle highlights a number of hefty "congestion pricing" fees drivers may soon have to shell out for the privilege of driving into the city, or even between cert ... More >>
The city is awash in red ink, thanks to billion-dollar benefit giveaways and our politicians' lack of will.
Lights, camera, actionThe "Fix Muni Now" campaign -- whose Proposition G is reviled among Muni employees -- brought in a highly paid hired gun this weekend: A Muni employee, counter-intuitively. The campaign filmed its first TV spot at a bus stop on Church and 20th. Per Muni bylaws, an agency emp ... More >>
Demon rum lives to fight another day...The Board of Supervisors has just passed the controversial "Charge for Harm" Alcohol fee, which aims to fund the city's detox centers by raising $16-odd million from San Francisco alcohol wholesalers. The proposal stands about as much chance of making it int ... More >>
The Muni drivers' union's attempts at PR have been ... a train wreckAn internal Transportation Workers Union document obtained by SF Weekly contributor Greg Dewar reveals that the union will be seeking injunctive relief against Muni's plan to partially undo May's service cuts this Saturday.You ca ... More >>
If ever a Muni rider -- packed into a sweaty, steaming bus or train in the midst of an interminable delay -- dreamed of taking revenge via the ballot box, oh happy day: Your dreams are coming true. There will be not one but two Muni-related charter amendments on the ballot come November. Sean Els ... More >>
Like this old train, many elements of yesterday's sweeping Muni charter amendment were things we've seen before...The Charter Amendment yesterday introduced by a quartet of progressive supervisors would essentially tear apart the way the Municipal Transportation Agency is run and sew it back toge ... More >>
The Board of Supervisors today approved a resolution calling for a boycott of the state of Arizona -- but how sharp the teeth are of said boycott remains to be seen. The resolution that passed today does a lot of "urging." It encourages -- but does not mandate -- cutting ties with Arizona "to the ... More >>
They'll be boycotting cacti across the bay in Oakland. But not here in San Francisco. Yet.San Francisco's proposed boycott of the state of Arizona drew a national spotlight. But the distinction -- be it positive or negative -- of actually enacting a boycott goes to Oakland, which can add that lau ... More >>
Bryan DemplerTen percent service cuts are the one Muni-related item that's not delayedA transit activist claiming that Muni and the planning department violated state laws by approving service cuts without an environmental review was given the "nice argument, but you lose" treatment moments ago b ... More >>
N-Judah Chronicles/Lauren Oliver -- Used with PermissionA plan that can't fail? Unlike March Against Muni, San Francisco Planning and Urban Research didn't take the streets or wield any bullhorns. Instead, they offered actual solutions to Muni's myriad problems. On Friday, the moderate think tank ... More >>
Look! "Reform"! We've reported a bit on Supervisor Sean Elsbernd's attempts to save the city a modest bundle via pension reform, and the SEIU's attempts to amend the plan via Supervisor Eric Mar. While Mar claimed his amendments wouldn't cost the city any additional money, Elsbernd disagreed -- a ... More >>
There's virtually no government happening this week, and the few meetings scheduled are so pointless that you'd be excused for calling them vanity government. David Chiu just likes to call stuff to order -- and can you blame him? But before I cover this week's vanity meetings to reveal once agai ... More >>
Yes, San Francisco's politics suffers from bouts of dysfunction. But let's face it: The exploits of the boys and girls at City Hall can't hold a candle to the high drama on display in MTV's new blockbuster reality series, Jersey Shore. The show features an eight-count of self-styled "guidos" and "gu ... More >>
If you offer your vote according to which candidate accepted to spend no more than the city's voluntary expenditure ceiling -- there must be some of you -- well, then we've got bad news. You're going to have to do a little more work to figure out who's minding the city's rules and who's potential ... More >>
The excitement stops here. I know ... I know ... that today's the day Gubernatorial Candidate Gavin Newsom releases his budget for San Francisco (a California city he occasionally resides in for campaign purposes). And I know that, when he does, we're all going to die a little. I know. But ... More >>
Fair enough, it was somewhat lost in the glare of our governor -- once caught on film wearing a shirt emblazoned with the sentence "Arnold Is Numero Uno" while smoking a joint and eating a massive piece of cake -- said he's open to debate on marijuana legalization. But, yesterday, a resolution passe ... More >>
San Francisco's Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCo) is the appendix of the city's muniEntriescipal body -- an unnecessary entity serving no obvious or useful purpose. Considering the city is looking at a half-billion-dollar deficit, cutting this useless civic appendage and its $1 million budge ... More >>
By Benjamin Wachs What's that, you say? Didn't Gavin already give a Newsom-isode on the economy? Well, yes, but that was the "Economic Climate." This is the Newsom-isode on "Economic Development." What's the difference? Well, one kind of tells you what Gavin plans to do, and the other kind o ... More >>
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