Bryan Cohen

Freedom of Information: Virtual meeting

Open government laws prohibit online official discussions, but they've happened anyway
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Forget smoke-filled rooms and paper shredders — today's government officials can elude public scrutiny from the comfort of their own e-mail accounts, conducting virtual meetings to do the public's business.

To curb such activity, provisions in both the Brown Act (the state law governing open meetings) and the San Francisco Sunshine Ordinance have been interpreted as prohibiting the use of electronic communication between members of policy bodies. Read more »

Muni's makeover

Officials found residents citywide were most concerned with reliability in the system
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GREEN CITY San Francisco's streets are some of the most congested in the nation, our gasoline prices are reaching record highs, and parking is both scarce and expensive (particularly given the rising cost of parking tickets). Read more »

Beyond beds

Mayor's Office stalls legislation to create standards of care for homeless shelters
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What do army barracks, prisons, hospitals, and dog pounds have in common? They all have minimum and legally enforceable standards of care, something absent in San Francisco's homeless shelters. Legislation to fix that problem now appears to be shaping up as the latest political skirmish pitting fiscally conservative Mayor Gavin Newsom against progressives on the Board of Supervisors.

The Board of Supervisors' Budget and Finance Committee met Feb. Read more »

No shelter from the budget storm

Buster's Place, the city's main 24-hour homeless drop-in center, faces closure
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Arriving at the steps of Buster's Place on a cold night is a familiar, comforting act for many of the city's chronic homeless people. Or rather, it was until recently, when a sign was posted informing clients the facility will be closing its doors for the first time in almost a year.

Buster's Place, the only centrally located 24-hour drop-in center in San Francisco, is on the chopping block to meet the demands of one of the city's most drastic midyear budget cuts in recent history. Read more »

Climate change teach-in

Green pathways out of poverty was just one topic discussed
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GREEN CITY For Van Jones, going green is not just about buying a Prius, putting a solar panel on a vacation home, or purchasing groceries at Whole Foods, which he calls Whole Paycheck. Read more »