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San Francisco wastes money on contractors with subpar performance records

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rebecca@sfbg.com

As any job seeker knows, it's tough to compete for a desirable gig if you can't point to a solid track record. You might think this would be especially true for city contractors who stand to make a killing on lucrative construction projects.

Take, for instance, a $283.2 million San Francisco Public Utilities Commission contract awarded to perform an absolutely essential service: making seismic and hydraulic retrofits to water-treatment units.Read more »

Cash backwards

Ten things San Francisco should fund -- and 10 things it shouldn't -- to create a fair, equitable, and forward-thinking city budget

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San Francisco is moving into the heart of city budget season, with the Board of Supervisors Budget and Finance Committee holding detailed budget hearings over the next month to modify the $5.9 billion budget that Mayor Ed Lee introduced on May 1. Lee's budget had a $66.7 million shortfall in the General Fund for the coming year, which he needs to close with a revised budget by June 1, as well as a $133.4 million budget hole the following fiscal year.Read more »

Bay Guardian Community Forum! Bikes, buses, and budgets: How to create the transportation system San Franciscans need

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Join the San Francisco Bay Guardian as we explore the current swirl of challenges and initiatives that will determine how people get around San Francisco. We'll discuss transportation funding measures recently placed on the fall ballots this year and in 2016, big ideas such as tearing down I-280 and taking a Bay Bridge deck for bikes and buses, and the gap between political rhetoric and realities on the street along with a panel of key experts and activists. This is a free community event, and attendees will be entered into a raffle for an A2B electric bicycle, with a winner selected at the end of the event. Read more »

Making sausage: Airbnb helped write its own regulations

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Documents obtained by the Bay Guardian show the active role that Airbnb played in helping craft the legislation by David Chiu that would regulate and legalize the company's activities in San Francisco.Read more »

Renting isn't sharing

Share conference outlines the possibilities and pitfalls for a new economy at the crossroads

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steve@sfbg.com

Last week's two-day Share conference in San Francisco came at an auspicious moment for companies that define themselves as part of the new "sharing economy," which ranges from peer-to-peer services and products brokered online to various cooperative ventures designed to minimize resource consumption.Read more »

No real answers at question time

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NO REAL ANSWERS AT QUESTION TIME

At last week's Board of Supervisors meeting, Mayor Ed Lee showed up for Question Time, that scintillating moment when the city's top-ranking official reads off a written response to a pre-submitted question. Despite knowing in advance that District 1 Sup. Eric Mar would ask him how much he was considering raising the minimum wage, Lee still didn't fully answer.Read more »

Desegregate our schools

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By Matt Haney

OPINION

Sixty years after the landmark Supreme Court decision Brown v Board of Education, we face the shocking reality that our nation's schools are more racially and economically segregated today than they have been in more than four decades.

The vast majority of public school students attend schools where students look like them and share their socioeconomic background. Even areas where significant progress has been made are experiencing resegregation, including here in San Francisco.Read more »

Neighborhood papers tell the story of SF

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By Jessica Lipsky

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Before many San Francisco residents traded their newspaper subscriptions for Internet media, a dozen monthly papers covered the beat of the city's distinct neighborhoods. Nine of these papers, whose heyday came with radical changes in the '70s and '80s, are being digitally archived by local historical organization Found SF.Read more »

Bernal blows up

PG&E's unresponsiveness and history of sloppy recordkeeping raise concerns about construction near its pipelines

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rebecca@sfbg.com

When Herb Felsenfeld and his wife, Gail Newman, look out the window of the Bernal Heights home they've lived in for more than 30 years, they see a vacant hilly lot grown in with tall grass, stretching up in the direction of nearby Bernal Heights Park.

The surrounding area has become quite popular. Earlier this year, real estate firm Redfin crowned Bernal Heights the nation's No. 1 "hottest neighborhood," its desirability ranked using "a combination of big-data analysis and real-life human experience," according to the company blog.Read more »

Fast food workers strike in the Bay Area and worldwide

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Bay Area fast food workers who walked out and picketed their stores last year are set for a repeat performance in their battle against the house that Big Mac built, timed to debut right as the Guardian hits the streets. And this strike is also set to expand.Read more »