Rebecca Bowe

What’s the hidden message of @HiddenCash?

|
()

What are we to make of @HiddenCash, the “anonymous social experiment for good,” created by a wealthy Bay Area man who has told media he just wants to put a smile on people’s faces?

The anonymous donor, who reportedly made his fortune in real estate, has been leaving envelopes stuffed with cash around the Bay Area (and more recently in Los Angeles), posting context clues on Twitter, and watching the social-media fueled treasure hunt unfold as wildly excited winners dash to the cash and swoon, all to mainstream media’s delight.Read more »

No Wall on the Waterfront wins big, Chiu prevails in Assembly race by slim margin

|
()

Developers looking to build high-end luxury condos on the waterfront lost big last night. 

Proposition B, backed by a campaign committee known as No Wall on the Waterfront, won handily with a 19 percentage point lead at the polls. 

At the Yes on B campaign party at Sinbad's, former Mayor Art Agnos described the outcome as a win for the people of San Francisco.Read more »

LIVE June election coverage UPDATED

|
()

Follow the San Francisco Bay Guardian tonight [Tue/3] as we cover the 2014 Primary Election live! 

A war on the waterfront is brewing, with Proposition B set to decide if voter approval should be required for increases in height limits for waterfront development, an issue we've long covered. Additionally, tonight's primary will set the tone of the David Chiu vs. David Campos Assembly race.Read more »

Ethics complaint says chair of DCCC deliberately tried to confuse voters

|
()

NOTE: This post has been updated from an earlier version.

Right down to the wire, a complaint filed with the San Francisco Ethics Commission today [Tue/3] – election day – alleges that Democratic County Central Committee elected chair Mary Jung authorized phone calls that were meant to deliberately confuse voters on Proposition B.

The ballot measure, which would require voter approval for waterfront height limit increases, is officially backed by a committee called “No Wall on the Waterfront, Yes on B.”Read more »

Wanted PR consultant Ryan Chamberlain in FBI custody

|
()

San Francisco Police Department Officers took San Francisco political insider and PR consultant Ryan Chamberlain into custody on June 2 in the area around Crissy Field, media outlets are reporting. Read more »

Meet the people who are getting forced out of San Francisco

|
()

The Anti-Eviction Mapping Project has come out with a number of visualization projects in the past year to document the trend of eviction in San Francisco, where rents have reached absurdly high levels and landlords have a greater incentive to oust longtime tenants.Read more »

Fool me once...

San Francisco wastes money on contractors with subpar performance records

|
()

rebecca@sfbg.com

As any job seeker knows, it's tough to compete for a desirable gig if you can't point to a solid track record. You might think this would be especially true for city contractors who stand to make a killing on lucrative construction projects.

Take, for instance, a $283.2 million San Francisco Public Utilities Commission contract awarded to perform an absolutely essential service: making seismic and hydraulic retrofits to water-treatment units.Read more »

Cash backwards

Ten things San Francisco should fund -- and 10 things it shouldn't -- to create a fair, equitable, and forward-thinking city budget

|
()

news@sfbg.com

San Francisco is moving into the heart of city budget season, with the Board of Supervisors Budget and Finance Committee holding detailed budget hearings over the next month to modify the $5.9 billion budget that Mayor Ed Lee introduced on May 1. Lee's budget had a $66.7 million shortfall in the General Fund for the coming year, which he needs to close with a revised budget by June 1, as well as a $133.4 million budget hole the following fiscal year.Read more »

Uber vs. SFO: Will Mayor Lee take sides?

|
()

NOTE: This post has been updated from an earlier version.

 Police at the San Francisco International Airport have been cracking down lately on unauthorized drivers working for Uber and other app-based “rideshare” companies. Drivers have been stopped and warned that it’s not legal to operate at the airport without required permits. But three rideshare companies have banded together to fight back – and now they’re trying to get Mayor Ed Lee to intervene on their behalf. Read more »

Bernal blows up

PG&E's unresponsiveness and history of sloppy recordkeeping raise concerns about construction near its pipelines

|
()

rebecca@sfbg.com

When Herb Felsenfeld and his wife, Gail Newman, look out the window of the Bernal Heights home they've lived in for more than 30 years, they see a vacant hilly lot grown in with tall grass, stretching up in the direction of nearby Bernal Heights Park.

The surrounding area has become quite popular. Earlier this year, real estate firm Redfin crowned Bernal Heights the nation's No. 1 "hottest neighborhood," its desirability ranked using "a combination of big-data analysis and real-life human experience," according to the company blog.Read more »