Curtis Aaron leaves his house at 9 a.m. and drives to work as a recreation center director for the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department. He tries to leave enough time for the trip; he's expected on the job at noon.
Aaron lives in Stockton. He moved there with his wife and two kids three years ago because "there was no way I could buy a place in San Francisco, not even close." His commute takes three hours one way when traffic is bad. He drives by himself in a Honda Accord and spends $400 a month on gas.Read more »
Allow me to postulate a few axioms that will help define the way we think about housing in San Francisco and put our cover story this week in context. Some of these laws are easily provable with existing data; the others, I admit, are loaded with political values. So be it.
Axiom number one: There are already too many rich people in San Francisco.
Socioeconomic diversity is essential to a healthy urban environment. Read more »
I was talking the other day to the mayor's chief political advisor, Eric Jaye, who thinks we should endorse his client for reelection. "Gavin Newsom," he told me, "is the most progressive mayor in San Francisco history."
Well, I haven't been here for all of them, but in my 25 years or so, the competition hasn't been terribly stiff. Newsom vs. Dianne Feinstein? That's a no-brainer. Newsom vs. Frank Jordan? Uh, what was the question again? Newsom vs. Willie Brown? Read more »
In theory, the San Francisco city Planning Commission gets to decide who runs the department, but in practice, it's up to the mayor -- who has announced today that the new Planning Director will be John Rahaim, who now holds that same job in Seattle. Rahaim has apparently informed the folks in Seattle that he's accepted the job, although I don't think the commission has formally offered it to him. Read more »
Here's a pretty good summary timeline I particularly love Ambassador Ryan Crocker's discussion of "post-kinetic environments" -- which are places that have been leveled by the U.S. military and thus are no longer threats.
I've been listening to Gen Petraeus go on and on and on, and it's stunning: He keeps talking about Iran and Al Qaeda. I'm having a very bad flashback here .... The whole message seems to be, things are getting better, the surge is working, and now we need to "defeat AL Qaeda" and (gasp) deal with Iran.
When he talked about the threat of Iran, one woman stood up in the chamber and shouted "That's a lie." She was quickly removed.