Another Budget Boondoggle: the 311 Call Center

Posted June 24, 2009 by Paul Hogarth

If 311 is San Francisco’s phone number for “non-emergencies,” why does it have to be available 24 hours a day? In June 2008, City Controller Ben Rosenfield wrote a memo that showed 91% of 311 calls are made between 7:00
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Chronicle’s Unfair Hit on Kamala Harris

Posted June 24, 2009 by Randy Shaw

The San Francisco Chronicle was not content criticizing San Francisco District Attorney and Attorney General candidate Kamala Harris for operating a jobs program for undocumented immigrants who had committed crimes; the paper’s website linked the article to a press release
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Supes Pass Rent Laws Despite Veto Threat

Posted June 24, 2009 by Paul Hogarth

The Board of Supervisors passed three pro-tenant measures yesterday, sponsored by Chris Daly and designed to help renters facing tough times. The measures: (a) allow tenants to take on unrelated roommates, (b) limit “banked” rent hikes to 8% a year
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Arnold and Gavin: Opposing “Share the Pain” Budgets

Posted June 23, 2009 by Paul Hogarth

San Francisco’s budget battle between the Mayor and Board of Supervisors bears a strange resemblance to what’s going on in Sacramento. Democrats in the state legislature have proposed a budget that “shares the pain” – which includes a tax on
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