It was a bad year for Jesus. His most fanatical followers just couldn't seem to keep their dicks out of trouble: a minister who was part of the religious right power circle someone who routinely condemned gay marriage, gay sex, and homosexuality in general was caught getting erotic massages from a gay hooker. Read more »
Every time I have a problem with my cable TV service, I'm reminded how much I hate Comcast and why the city ought to be running its own municipal cable system.
The latest saga: a couple days ago, late in the afternoon, I was hanging out with my kids, and I noticed that we'd lost the signal on the TV. Yes, I am a terrible parent the kids don't need to watch TV at all, certainly not in the afternoon on a weekday. Read more »
The line between campaign consultant and lobbyist has always been far too fuzzy -- but now the Center for Public Integrity has issued a report on how the revolving door can lead to terrible public policy. Read more »
I grew up in the 1960s, the era of elementary school bomb drills and "duck and cover." I thought we'd gone beyond all of that, but apparently not: i just received from the federal Department of Health and Human Services a "Wallet guide for the media" called "Preparing for terrorism and other public health emergencies." It folds out into a nice handy tip sheet on what to do if we're attacked by mustard gas, nerve gas, antrax or a number of other awful things. Read more »
San Francisco is spending $250,000 to create an economic development plan, and that's probably a good thing. The city's economy is changing; development pressure is threatening small businesses and light industry; local people can't find jobs; and more and more residents are working out of town — it's exactly the sort of situation that calls for some intelligent planning.
The current project, sponsored by the Mayor's Office, is the result of a ballot measure approved two years ago that requires the city to measure the economic impact of policy decisions. Read more »