It was a move that went down easier than a Dr Pepper on a hot summer's day: Supervisor Scott Wiener packaged an alarmingly thorough press release announcing his proposal to levy a tax upon sugary beverages with a big writeup in the Chronicle. Whether San Francisco voters will slurp up a measur ... More >>
San Francisco voters are a forgiving lot. Local politicians can make huge messes, solve them years later -- and reap the credit for tackling the problems of their own making. Over the weekend, Willie Brown offered his advice on how to address one of the most burdensome and unfair rules of Propositio ... More >>
State legislature races occupy a sort of no-man's land between the intensely local city hall elections and the highly covered national ones. Moreover, in a dark blue city like San Francisco, finding policy distinctions between two Democratic candidates often requires a trek into the weeds -- and may ... More >>
Just like not-so-good folks in corporate America manipulated the California tax code to give rich people a boost, the good folks at Portal A manipulated technology help us understand just how bad things are for us and how great things are for the 1 percent. Riffing off all things current -- the Olym ... More >>
San Francisco and its residents can be accused of valuing good intentions over good results. Well, if ever there's a disaster in our fair city, let's hope the recovery can be funded with good intentions. Because locals haven't been interested in donating actual money to the city's Disaster Recovery ... More >>
High FICO score be damned: Your credit is no longer any good at California medical marijuana dispensaries, whose accounts with credit-card processors have been canceled, thanks to pressure from the federal government.Merchant services providers -- the intermediaries between retailers and credit card ... More >>
When we last checked in nearly three weeks ago, supporters and opponents of Proposition 29, which would increase a cigarette tax by $1 per pack, were probably tempted to chain smoke away the nerves from too-close-to-call election results. Now you can dump those ash trays, because the ballot initia ... More >>
Christina Rubke's nomination to fill Bruce Oka's vacated slot on the Municipal Transportation Agency Board may come as a surprise to the city's most ardent Muni-watchers. It should -- she's surprised, too. In a press release announcing the San Francisco lawyer's nomination to the board, Mayor Ed Lee ... More >>
Hey, I support the movement, too! Solidarity!Those grumbling about the caliber of people camping out at Justin Herman plaza can't be thrilled about the latest wave of demonstrators drawn to OccupySF: politicians. Last night a near-quorum of the Board of Supervisors squatted along with the squatte ... More >>
On his swing through the West Coast, President Barack Obama stopped in Silicon Valley today where he answered questions for an hour at LinkedIn's campus in Mountain View. His main focus: Jobs. He deftly turned almost every question from the audience back into a endorsement; for his newly propos ... More >>
Nancy Pelosi/FlickrMayor Lee: ruiner of summer.We love Mayor Ed Lee. The push-broom mustache, the quiet authority, the no-drama way he's run City Hall -- we'd give it five stars on Yelp. So it pains us to say this, but: Mayor Ed Lee is trying to destroy summertime. "San Francisco is fortunat ... More >>
Read the full story on your KindleBusiness leaders in San Francisco are supporting the same legislation that's made economic behemoths such as Amazon.com threaten to leave California. AB155, also known as the Amazon tax bill, passed the Assembly this week and now awaits the state Senate's vote. ... More >>
Tax delinquency: an American traditionNobody likes paying taxes. Granted, not all of us are "angry" enough about them to don a tricorne hat and start ranting about the Nafta Superhighway and the Federal Reserve. But the chunk of money Uncle Sam takes out of your paycheck every two weeks -- not to ... More >>
The people's willThe Economist seems to think so.The venerable newsweekly this week contains a special report, "The People's Will," on the woes of the Golden State. Economist West Coast correspondent Andreas Kluth makes the case that California's expansive system of direct democracy -- and in par ... More >>
Are you FB friends with Obama?After a short and public visit to Facebook in Silicon Valley, President Barack Obama headed up to San Francisco yesterday evening where he drove past the Golden Gate Bridge on his way to the Masonic Center in Nob Hill. "One of the greatest views in the world," ... 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 >>
Gloria In Excelsis Deo!San Francisco isn't getting many financial gifts this holiday season. So it's with great cheer we welcome a recent decision by the California Court of Appeal to throw out a lawsuit challenging the legality of the city's payroll tax. Wait, what's that under the tree? Another ... More >>
Yes, Virginia, she's infected -- with socialism! Health care, undoubtedly, is the subject du jour. We are in the midst of a crescendo of health care coverage so overpowering and unrelenting -- well, it could make you sick. But are we learning anything via the nonstop written and televised coverag ... More >>
S.F.'s employment rate is relatively good, but city leaders can still create more jobs. Here's how.
I now declare this corporation merged...Melding legal principles does not always follow the "You got your chocolate in my peanut butter!" "You got your peanut butter in my chocolate!" path. But humor us, here. In San Francisco, the plaintiffs have made their case in an attempt to overturn Proposi ... More >>
The Smoking GunA few years ago, The Smoking Gun discovered that you could take advantage of custom stamp services and mail your letters affixed with postage depicting the young Unabomber or tyrannical dictators. Now a class action suit in San Francisco district court ponders something more -- are yo ... More >>
The California Employment Development Department released their latest statistics pertaining to unemployment and industry today, and guess what? They are not awesome. California hit a record high of 11.2 percent unemployment in March, which is nearly five points higher than March of last year. San F ... More >>
Travis Bickle, too, had a soft-spot for tax preparationSo, you remember that old Sesame Street game "One of these things is not like the others"? Let's see if you can apply that logic to this ad from Craigslist's "barter" section, in which a San Francisco taxi driver offers to ferry folks around tow ... More >>
Is this what is necessary for Gavin Newsom to deign to speak to David Chiu? Or would a phone call suffice?The "economic forum" Gavin Newsom needed to attend rather than accompany the mayors of San Jose, San Diego, and Los Angeles to Washington, D.C. to stump for federal funds turned out to be this m ... More >>
Why does Gavin Newsom need a backer like the California Urban Issues Project?
What could the IRS possibly have to do with affairs of the heart?
Week of May 14, 2003
Why is Muni in such a hurry to win approval for a blindingly complex, potentially risky, $1 billion plan to privatize the city's rail fleet?
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