Photo by Allan Berube, from the collection of Gayle Rubin
by JIM MEKO
In his role as chair of Budget and Finance, former Supervisor Chris Daly was rather blunt when the Planning Department came before his committee looking for money: you’re not gonna see one dime of this funding until you listen to the community and start cooperating with them.
Harsh? They deserved it. Continue reading
Supervisor Jane Kim
With only a handful of credible opponents, Jane Kim collected the lion’s share of the votes cast to win a second term representing District 6 on the Board of Supervisors. Kim received 6,121 votes to Jamie Whitaker’s 1,049 and Michael Nulty’s 1,032. Topping 50% in the initial count, ranked choice voting was unnecessary.
The race between Supervisors David Chiu and David Campos stands at 51%-48%, far too close to call with tens of thousands of votes uncounted. Department of Elections Director John Arntz said he expects to count all the ballots by next week.
by BRAD PAUL
As you know, I’ve worked on housing issues in SF for almost 40 years and I’ve never seen things this bad, for both low-income and middle class families. That’s why I urge you to Support Prop G, the proposed anti-speculation tax, this November. Continue reading
This YouTube memorial video was posted on October 30, 2014 (click here).
by JIM MEKO
Robin Reichert, the proprietor of the Paradise Lounge at 11th and Folsom Street dating back to 1981, has passed away. No word as to the cause of death but survivors of the new wave revelry of that era are already making plans for a memorial service to be held on December 1 at the site of the former Transmission Theater next door. Continue reading
AAU expansion plans
The Academy of Arts University, much more a real estate consortium than an educational institution, is finally about to release its Institutional Master Plan. A hearing at the Planning Commission is scheduled for December 10. Their current facilities and expansion plans will finally come under the scrutiny of the city. For years the AAU illegally converted office space to institutional facilities and bought up much of the affordable housing supply in low income parts of the city to be used as student housing. The Academy’s own system of mass transit links together their network of facilities throughout the city. Continue reading
[Every time an important election rolls around, Denise D’Anne, former co-president of the Harvey Milk LGBT Democratic Club, sends out her recommendations. Although I don’t always agree with her (for example, I’m voting yes on E and F on November 4), her analysis of each measure this time around is particularly sound and sane].
from DENISE D’ANNE
“One wonders who spends their waking hours devising these convoluted ballot measures. And who has the patience and the time to wade into these ballots?” Ms. D’Anne asks. “Where are the jobs, housing, health and transportation measures that support all our citizens not special interests and greedy corporate overlords? Please, spare us your pain!” Her local and statewide ballot initiative recommendations are as follows:
from JAMIE WHITAKER
Candidate for District 6 Supervisor
The City’s leaders are prioritizing the profits of developers yet again (big surprise since they’re major political money contributors, right?). Please watch this news clip about the excessive numbers of nighttime construction noise permits that San Francisco’s Dept. of Building Inspections keeps approving with no regard for the impacts of sleep deprivation on all of our safety (sleepy drivers make for more accidents on the roads) and particularly the health, safety, and well-being of directly affected neighbors: Video | NBC Bay Area
There is an agenda item on this topic on Monday at San Francisco City Hall, Room 263 starting at 1:30pm – see Item 5: Hearing – Night Noise Permits in Residential Areas.
While most of us will be earning our mortgage payment at jobs and unable to attend, if this issue affects you in a major way, you’d better take time off to go testify and make public comment to ask the City to stop harassing and harming your health with the excessive issuance of nighttime noisy construction permits.
Will you sign this petition? Click here. Stop DBI’s Approvals of Harrasment with Excessive Night Construction Noise Permitting.