10 brightest ideas of the week: July 13

The governor signed legislation to make The City’s streets safer after vetoing similar legislation.

Better slow down

1| Fines will increase on a handful of streets in The City.

The details: Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger signed legislation that will increase the fines on the 19th Avenue and Van Ness corridors through The City. The streets — which include 19th Avenue, Park Presidio, Van Ness Avenue and Lombard Street — actually are highways, and have proven dangerous for pedestrians for years.

Show us the money

2| Want to know how much a school district in Texas spends on perks?

The details: The bonuses for teachers and administrators is some of the data that can be found on

texasbudgetsource.com, a new Web site by the Texas Public Policy Foundation. On one easy-to-use Web site, the foundation links to spending data and documents for governments at every level of the Lone Star State.

A new Sunday read

3| The Examiner launches its new Sunday edition.

The details: In its expansion in the local news market, The Examiner has debuted its newest feature for readers — the Sunday edition. The newly designed pages include expanded features, including news from the Web, green news, and the week in photos. This edition brings you recaps from the previous week and an intelligent look at the upcoming week.

A revelation

4| Killer Hans Reiserled authorities Monday to the body of his estranged wife, Nina Reiser.

The details: The move by the former software engineer at first seemed like a selfish move to reduce his sentence, which it probably was. It will also, however, bring closure to the family of Nina Reiser. As the prosecutor said, “Now the family gets to pick the burial site, not the defendant.”

All aboard

5| The high-speed rail route between San Francisco and the Central Valley was finalized.

The details: Not only will the rail route speed passengers from San Francisco to Los Angeles in 2½ hours, it will also make several stops along the Peninsula. Now, voters need to join Schwarzenegger in supporting a nearly $10 billion bond measure in November to help fund construction.

Tell it to the judge

6| A judge invited the public to tell her how to sentence Robert “King of Spam” Soloway.

The details: Soloway could get up to 20 years and a fine of $500,000 for sending an estimated 90 million fraudulent e-mails. So many people signed up that U.S. District Judge Marsha Pechman had to schedule a second day of testimony.

<h3>Unclogging the roadways

7| Metering lights have been a success, and more are planned.

The details: Whether you have to drive on the Peninsula every day or just occasionally, the traffic can be a nightmare. So it is reassuring to hear that metering lights installed on U.S. Highway 101 have led to better commutes, and officials are gearing up to put in more metering lights on 101 and on Interstate Highway 280.

Wheelin’ and dealin’

8| Oakland A’s pitcher Rich Harden was sent to the Chicago Cubs.

The details: The often-injured left-hander was sent packing by the A’s while he was on a good run, which allowed the team to receive several good players in trade. Had the team waited any longer, Harden could have gone on the disabled list again, making him worth less to everyone.

Let the people speak

9| A movement is afoot to repeal the state income tax in Massachusetts.

The details: Tax-reform activists succeeded in getting more than 100,000 signatures required to put an initiative repealing the Massachusetts state income tax on the November ballot. If approved by voters, the measure would repeal the Bay State’s taxes on wages, dividends, interest and capital gains. Nine other states presently have no income tax.

Mooooving ahead

10| Legislation to convert a Cow Palace parking lot cleared a roadblock.

The details: Senate Bill 1527, authored by state Sen. Leland Yee, D-San Mateo-San Francisco, would convert a 13-acre parking lot at the 67-year-old facility into a grocery store and other amenities. The politicians need to wrangle this bill through the state Senate and Assembly, and it would be better to do so sooner rather than later.

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