EDITORIAL Are cars more important than people? Is it okay to evict a tenant just to make space for a garage? Should new garages be designed to preserve on-street parking too? Seems like a no-brainer to us. But legislation by Sup. David Chiu that would put some limits on the expansion of garages an increasing problem in Chinatown and North Beach has infuriated some real estate interests, and it's possible that this eminently reasonable bill might fail.
It's a sad statement on San Francisco politics, and the implications go way beyond this one planning measure.
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The Foundation of City College of San Francisco is seeking to shield its financial dealings from public scrutiny under a new agreement that could limit the college district's oversight of fundraising done in its name.Read more »
EDITORIAL Pacific Gas and Electric Co. has found few allies in its effort to halt the spread of public power in California. The Sacramento Bee has come out strongly against PG&E's initiative, Proposition 16 on the June ballot. Los Angeles Times columnists have denounced it. Six Democratic leaders in the California Senate have called for the company to withdraw the measure. Read more »
Film listings are edited by Cheryl Eddy. Reviewers are Kimberly Chun, Michelle Devereaux, Max Goldberg, Dennis Harvey, Johnny Ray Huston, Erik Morse, Louis Peitzman, Lynn Rapoport, Ben Richardson, and Matt Sussman. The film intern is Peter Galvin. For rep house showtimes, see Rep Clock. For first-run showtimes, see Movie Guide. Due to the Presidents' Day holiday, theater information was incomplete at presstime.
Stage listings are compiled by Molly Freedenberg. Performance times may change; call venues to confirm. Reviewers are Robert Avila, Rita Felciano, and Nicole Gluckstern. Submit items for the listings at firstname.lastname@example.org. For further information on how to submit items for the listings, see Picks. For the complete listings, go to www.sfbg.com.
EDITORIAL If Mayor Gavin Newsom is serious about stimulating the San Francisco economy, he ought to start with a basic number that the city's own economist, Ted Egan, passed along to us this week. The number is 2.11 — and Egan says that's the multiplier effect of cuts in local public spending.Read more »
EDITORIAL The Chamber of Commerce, the Mayor's Office, and the San Francisco Chronicle have created, apparently out of whole cloth, a new attack on district elections of supervisors. And although there's no campaign or formal proposal on the table, the new move needs to be taken seriously.
And it's important to understand from the start what this is really about.Read more »