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 »
We've now been able to independently confirm what the Chronicle reported a couple hours ago: Mayor Gavin Newsom has asked for the resignation of all the city's department heads, senior staff, and appointees to city boards and commissions, although Newsom reportedly told them he will only accept some of them. 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.
I was a bit startled to see the supplement called "Spaces" fall out of my SF Weekly today; it's a slick, 16-page fluffer for the real estate industry, complete with an ad for Vanguard Properties on the cover.
Even by the standards of shameless ad supplements, this is pretty low; selling the cover of anything to an advertiser is considered pretty shoddy form. Read more »
The grand experiment in electricity deregulation appears to be in collapse around the country, according to the New York Times. Oddly enough -- or perhaps not oddly enough -- the one state that still seems to be sticking with this disastrous program is California.
Want a decades-old Oakland bakery uncomfortably linked to a litany of alleged violent and sexual felony criminal charges? It’s yours for just $900,000.
Oh yeah, it’s been shut down by the health department, too.
A trustee for Your Black Muslim Bakery’s Chapter 7 federal bankruptcy has hired a real-estate broker for the seemingly impossible task of selling the business, according to court records filed in Oakland last week. Read more »