El Camino Real came of age when car-based travel seemed like the inevitable route to the future. But after the construction of U.S. Highway 101 and Interstate 280, the Peninsula artery came to occupy an awkward place. It’s a swift-moving, multilane boulevard that acts neither as a local road nor commuter thoroughfare. Read More
The proliferation of private workplace shuttles, which take thousands of cars off the road but often conflict with Muni vehicles, is getting the serious attention of city officials, who hope to regulate the services within the coming months. Read More
Those labor savings from Muni’s historic contract negotiations with its operators union might not be so historic after all. Read More
Despite working under a contract that explicitly bars strikes, Muni’s transit operators might vote to authorize one if their ongoing labor negotiations reach an impasse.This Friday, the Transport Workers Union Local 250-A, which represents 2,200 drivers and conductors, will begin a weeklong vote that could authorize a strike. If approved, the initiative would let union President Rafael Cabrera call a strike, while not necessarily assuring that one is imminent. Read More
After being named mayor in January, Ed Lee pledged that reining in skyrocketing pension costs would be his top priority. He backed a consensus approach that would have the buy-in of labor groups in the hope that such a plan could avoid a fierce and costly battle at the ballot box.
But with a May 24 deadline looming to submit a pension charter amendment for November, the mayor and labor leaders still find themselves far apart on some issues. Read More
San Francisco has been home to innovative tech startups such as Twitter and Zynga — the gaming company behind hits “Farmville” and “Mafia Wars” — that have fueled the social media revolution. But now that those companies are growing at fast paces, keeping them in San Francisco has become harder than ever. Read More
San Francisco’s black exodus is continuing at breakneck speed, and its Latino population is growing slowly as California’s soars. Meanwhile, Asians now make up fully one-third of The City’s population, gaining steadily on the non-Hispanic white population.
Click on the photo to the right to see more census data. Read More
CBO Director Douglas Elmendorf
Greg Farrington, executive director of the California Academy of Sciences (I guess I made him look a little Dick Cheneyish)