Despite all the woes of being a small business in San Francisco (HealthySF, insane fees, high rent, strict regulations entitled Yelp reviewers, etc.), working at a mom-and-pop shop in the city is actually a pretty sweet gig, according to a new report. Just in time for Small Business Week, which st ... More >>
If you are a Fitness SF patron, hopefully you've memorized the group exercise schedule, because you won't be able to find them on the gym's website today. Instead, you will find a message on fitnesssf.com: "Dear Fitness SF customer," it begins, white font on a plain, blog-like template. "Fitness ... More >>
Do you ever feel like San Francisco has more and more parking meters to feed? And what about that parking anxiety that bubbles up, making you too nervous to park in a certain neighborhood because you know you will get another ticket you can't afford.Well, you're not alone. Beleaguered drivers have f ... More >>
Since it had the $25K (of your money) to spare, Wells Fargo thought it might help out the Mission District businesses that were completely trashed during Monday evening's Occupy protests. And the bank should, since some might say that mess is technically Wells Fargo's fault. The bank annou ... More >>
Ross Mirkarimi's bag legislation may have just gotten the sackMom. Apple pie. Patriotism. No politician who doesn't wish to receive a crash course in the joys of seeking employment with the private sector will dare find him or herself on the wrong side of these notions -- and the political goals ... More >>
To the uninitiated, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce might sound like a larger version of local chambers of commerce: something like the Elks or the Rotary Club, where dull businesspeople get together for dull meetings to eat rubber chicken and to "network." But the U.S. Chamber is the largest lobb ... More >>
epSos.deIt's summertime, and on a Saturday evening you take your date out to your favorite little Italian restaurant. The breeze is cool, the food is exquisite, and your date is gorgeous. You're thinking, the only thing left that would make this night perfect would be a little jazz music. A ... More >>
What kind of salesman is he?Update: The Bay Area Council voted to endorse Brown's budget proposal. Members called the talk with Brown "tough but refreshing."As a governor, Arnold Schwarzenegger had the star power that could set off a media frenzy every time he blew his nose. And while Gov.Jerry B ... More >>
A dark day for empanadas Thursday's rally at the 24th Street BART station regarding the bevy of disability access lawsuits recently filed against Mission mom-and-pop restaurants didn't start a revolution. There were no signs or chants. Only three reporters and a handful of onlookers even showed u ... More >>
Twenty-seven months after a San Francisco jury levied a gargantuan $16 million judgment against SF Weekly and its parent company for allegedly trying to "injure" the Bay Guardian, the California Court of Appeal heard oral arguments in the case Friday morning. The brief session before a thr ... More >>
Not winning the vote of San Francisco's business community...Despite 30 minutes of face time, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi failed to convince a delegation of San Francisco Chamber of Commerce business leaders to endorse the most important piece of legislation a San Francisco politician has shepherd ... More >>
missionlocal.orgHumphry Slocombe's Jake Godby (left) with chief tweeter Sean Vahey.Two San Francisco-based businesses, ice creamery Humphry Slocombe and messenger bag stalwart Timbuk2, are vying for the honor of "Best Small Business to Follow on Twitter" at the first Bizzies Awards, hosted by ... More >>
Justin Y./YelpJustin Herman PlazaRec and Park informed street-food applicants about which city parks they'd be offered contracts for yesterday. Let's Be Frank's Larry Bain expressed disappointment that the sustainable hot dog company wouldn't be awarded the contract for Dolores Park, but inst ... More >>
Monday, Jan. 11 10:30 a.m. - City Operations and Neighborhood Services committee There is so little going on at this meeting that physicists have yet to quantify an amount this small. 1 p.m. - Land use & Economic Development Committee When local small business ... More >>
Yesterday's contentious SEIU protest at City Hall was both similar to and different from the protests that proceeded it. It was different in that it featured a 14-foot-tall puppet and some sort of altercation with a Native American group. And it was the same in that it probably won't save the job ... More >>
The news at the end of October was devastating for San Francisco: Trauma and Gavin Newsom for Governor were canceled in the same week. It's heartbreaking: Both were expensive pilots with such promising premises. In Trauma, a group of troubled but devil-may-care emergency medical technic ... More >>
People in fields such as petroleum, investment banking, or running chambers of commerce, know what it means to be blessed. They are embedded within industries that love to put on conventions and trade shows. Workers travel to distant cities, check into the Hyatt, mingle with people who went the s ... More >>
Our favorite morsel from the food blogs. Realness on a stick: Bay Area Bites' Thy Tran serves up the most thoughtful take on street food we've seen in a long time. Sure, we can all feel glow-y for August's street food fests, but what would it take to build the teeming, vibrant vendor culture ... More >>
Look who's talkingTwo members of the San Francisco Entertainment Commission are drawing fire from several sources -- including local Democratic Party Chairman and former Board of Supervisors President Aaron Peskin -- for what critics say were ethically dubious efforts to influence the city's Smal ... More >>
Mayor Gavin Newsom: bears striking resemblance to Will ArnettGoogle Maps unveiled their latest project called "Favorite Places" this afternoon at a press conference/meet and greet/smorgasbord inside City Hall. Local business owners, members of the press, and Mayor Gavin Newsom mingled, networked, an ... More >>
A ballot proposition that raised the amount of money San Francisco businesses need to pay their employees before being subjected to city payroll taxes seems to have gone unnoticed by the very people charged with enforcing it -- San Francisco's tax collectors. Last year, voters overwhelmingly approve ... More >>
From a numerical standpoint, the Supes are finally getting their act together. At the beginning of the year, we were lucky if they made it through four meetings a week. Now they're hitting six or seven almost every time. That's the good news. The bad news is that the number of meetings appare ... More >>
Eight years after being swept into office, a once-disorganized band of neighborhood leftists tries to create a citywide political machine.
We respond to the latest ruling in the Guardian's lawsuit against us.
But State Bar may stop attorney using, and possibly abusing, the ADA.
Attorney Tom Frankovich and his disabled clients sue small businesses to make them accessible - and make millions
Gavin Newsom has a plan to clean up the Bayview in five years. If only his programs were working as well as his PR machine.
Week of Wednesday, January 21, 2004
SARS has barely touched S.F. Yet tourists and others are staying away from Chinatown in droves.
Many blacks in Bayview/Hunters Point say they feel ignored by the mayor. In this election, they are returning the favor.
Proposition J promises medical insurance for everyone in San Francisco. It's a laudable goal -- but do you really want Willie Brown doctoring your insurance premiums?
The promise of equal benefits for domestic partners is uncertain under S.F.'s new law
During his first three decades on Sixth Street, Tom McKnight Sr. used his various businesses to educate his children and counsel them in the doctrine of social obligation. Now his son must balance the demands of activism against the realities of commerce
Why do San Francisco emergency workers live so far away?