After four years of austerity, the tide may finally be turning for San Mateo County’s park system.
In early May, the county Board of Supervisors approved seven new positions to fill a leadership void and handle a mounting set of responsibilities. Revenues generated from San Mateo County’s new Measure A sales tax should add millions to the coffers of the county Parks Department, which will help pay for the added personnel. Interim Director Jim Nantell says he’s cautiously optimistic. Read More
To cover rent on a two-bedroom apartment at “fair market value” in South of Market, a San Francisco minimum-wage earner would have to work 7.4 full-time jobs.
That is just one fascinating tidbit from a new interactive map plotting housing affordability in San Francisco. Combining data from Craigslist and PadMapper, the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey and The City’s 2012 $10.24 hourly minimum wage, the map was created by the Department of Public Health’s Program on Health, Equity and Sustainability. Read More
When the news broke last week that the Internal Revenue Service had inappropriately reviewed the tax-exempt status of various far-right groups, an immediate cry went out for heads to roll — and they did, as acting IRS Commissioner Steven T. Miller was ousted Wednesday. It was a natural and rational response to a profound breach of public trust. Read More
In Tuesday’s Board of Supervisors debate over the personal use of furniture, some supervisors took up hours for their own personal use. Read More
In the event of a disaster, The City could be without critical information for weeks, an analysis of a proposed data center lease shows.
The City’s recovery capability for essential information and technology systems after a disaster would “vastly” improve if a proposed two-year, $270,834 agreement with the state’s California Technology Agency for a backup data center in Rancho Cordova is approved, according to city officials. Read More
Creation of new park space in San Francisco was approved Wednesday for South of Market, but not without one city supervisor questioning the wisdom of the addition when there are inadequate resources to care for existing parks.
The City has proposed creating the South of Market West Skatepark and Dog Park in the area north of Duboce Avenue between Valencia, Stevenson and Otis streets on two parcels leased from the state. Read More
Hundreds of on-street parking spaces will be set aside for car-sharing vehicles this fall as part of a city-led effort to reduce private-car ownership in San Francisco.
Companies like Zipcar and City CarShare will be allowed to reserve up to 150 spaces apiece, with another 150 potentially available next year. Wheelz, which specializes in peer-to-peer transactions involving personal vehicles, and Car2Go, a startup that features one-way car trips, could be included later. Read More
Few food items have enjoyed a more surprising recent resurgence than the savory strips of pig fat known as bacon. It is being wrapped around entrees, used to swizzle cocktails, and even serves as a flavor of ice cream.
But now a popular pork-focused restaurant in the Upper Haight must close its doors Friday following months of failed negotiations with neighbors over neighborhood concerns about porcine aroma and grease disposal. Read More
Four years after agreeing to a wage freeze and reduced contributions to their health and retirement plans, BART workers are back at the table for contract talks that appear as though they could be more toxic than in 2009, when there were repeated threats of work stoppages and strikes.
The biggest issues in the contract talks are wages and compensation, including health care and pension contributions. Read More
The young autistic girl found dead Wednesday near her family’s Lake County vacation home was a student at Sunset Elementary School in San Francisco.
Mikaela Lynch, 9, was last seen Sunday in the backyard of the Clearlake home. She was reported missing after walking away from the backyard, where she had been playing with her brother. Read More