Rebecca Bowe

Legal foes invited to weigh in on healthcare policy

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A few years ago, the Golden Gate Restaurant Association lost a legal battle it waged over the employer mandates in the city's landmark Health Care Security Ordinance, a universal healthcare program that has provided safety-net services for the city's uninsured since its passage in 2006, partially through the Healthy San Francisco program.Read more »

The case of the missing mural box

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Several observers in the blogosphere have pointed out that a utility box painted by San Francisco muralist Mona Caron was removed without warning, and replaced with a “boring box.” Read more »

Corporate welfare boom: SF's business tax breaks jump to $14.2 million annually

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Business tax breaks instituted by San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee and other corporate-friendly local politicians to stimulate growth in tech, biotech, and cleantech, diverted roughly $14.2 million from city coffers in 2012, records show. That's a staggering increase from 2011, when the city’s corporate welfare programs amounted to roughly $4.2 million.Read more »

How far will $10 an hour stretch in 2016?

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Earlier this week, just as media reports pointed out that America’s wealthiest 1 percent did better in 2012 than almost any other year in history, Gov. Jerry Brown came out in favor of a bill that would raise the state minimum wage to $10 an hour by 2016.Read more »

Senate OKs Bay Bridge name change, lawsuit seeks to overturn it

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The California Senate gave its blessing to the rename the western span of the Bay Bridge after former San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown on Sept. 12, blatantly disregarding mounting local opposition to the proposal. Since ACR 65 is a nonbinding resolution, Gov. Jerry Brown cannot veto it even though he went on record earlier this week saying the 77-year-old bridge should keep the same name it’s always had.

San Francisco Sens. Mark Leno and Leland Yee both voted in favor of the resolution.Read more »

Proposal to rename Bay Bridge draws controversy

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The proposal to rename the western span of the Bay Bridge after former San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown is generating more controversy as it hurtles through the approval process in Sacramento, where lawmakers are staring down a Sept. 13 deadline before the legislative session ends.Read more »

Alerts

Important happenings for the week of Sept. 11-17
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A wrap-up of important local news from the week that was

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Exploratorium layoffs raise questions

A round of recent layoffs at the Exploratorium in San Francisco has taken the museum staff by surprise and sparked questions about the institution's focus, an unexpected turn of events on the heels of the institution's splashy reopening at its refurbished 330,000 square foot facility along The Embarcadero.Read more »

Where's my car?

Here's what happens when your car gets stolen in San Francisco

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By Rebecca Bowe

rebecca@sfbg.com

There's a great scene in The Big Lebowski that my friend reminded me of when I lamented that the San Francisco Police Department didn't seem to care that my car had been stolen.

Of course they don't, silly, this friend responded with a hearty laugh. It's like when The Dude asks a Los Angeles cop whether there are any "leads" on the whereabouts of his stolen car (along with the briefcase full of money inside).Read more »

Questions raised by staff cutbacks at the Exploratorium

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A round of recent layoffs at the Exploratorium in San Francisco has taken museum staff by surprise and sparked questions about the institution’s focus going forward, an unexpected turn of events on the heels of the institution’s splashy reopening at its refurbished 330,000 square foot facility along The Embarcadero.Read more »