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News, Sucka Free City Vapid Transit: City Transit Agencies' Office Digs Don't Come Cheap

Vapid Transit: City Transit Agencies' Office Digs Don't Come Cheap

Last week, the Board of Supervisors took the initial steps to place a $500 million bond on the ballot in hopes city voters will generously tap themselves to rehabilitate our shambolic transit system. Also in the works is a plan…
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City Hall's $700,000 Ramp Will Actually Cost $1.1 Million

Last week, the Chronicle ran a piece itemizing the costs of the $700,000, 10-foot ramp to the president's dais within the Board of Supervisors' chambers. While it's good to run a story periodically reminding San Franciscans that we are spending…
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News, The Snitch America's Cup: Ball Is Now in City Attorney's Court

America's Cup: Ball Is Now in City Attorney's Court

What are "material changes"? The answer is not immaterial.In tweaking the America's Cup agreement signed off by the Board of Supervisors, the mayor's office was entitled to make changes -- but not material changes.After analyzing the revamped deal, the board's…
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News, The Snitch America's Cup: Gavin Newsom's Changes to Deal 'Could Be Very Significant'

America's Cup: Gavin Newsom's Changes to Deal 'Could Be Very Significant'

At a late January America's Cup press conference, Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom said something a bit odd regarding the city's dramatically hammered-out deal to host the race: "We made a lot of promises. A lot of them have been reported.…
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News, The Snitch Should City's Garbage Contract Be Trashed?

Should City's Garbage Contract Be Trashed?

City Budget Analyst Says Question Should Be Put to VotersShould the city's garbage contract go here?​Thanks to a 1932 law, for 79 years only one company has been allowed to pick up and transport garbage on San Francisco streets. In…
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News, The Snitch Ross Mirkarimi Asks Budget Analyst to Make Sure America's Cup Deal Isn't Costing Extra

Ross Mirkarimi Asks Budget Analyst to Make Sure America's Cup Deal Isn't Costing Extra

Following the approval of the America's Cup deal, Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi pledged to follow up with budget reports that would analyze whether the mayor's office has made any tweaks to the deal that would cost taxpayers extra money. On Tuesday,…
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News, The Snitch America's Cup: Daly, Newsom, Number-Crunchers On Board. Race Organizers Are Not.

America's Cup: Daly, Newsom, Number-Crunchers On Board. Race Organizers Are Not.

Supervisor Chris Daly has told SF Weekly he's ready to call off his cannonade against the city's bid to host the America's Cup. The mayor's people are obviously on board. And, finally, two more economic feasibility studies on the cup…
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News, The Snitch America's Cup: City Still Crunching Numbers on 'Doomed' Deal

America's Cup: City Still Crunching Numbers on 'Doomed' Deal

Being an accountant isn't usually compared to combat soldiering. But, in San Francisco, the city's Budget Analyst's office knows theirs is not to make reply, theirs is not to reason why, theirs is but to do and die. So while…
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News, The Snitch America's Cup: How City Would End Up On the Hook for $55 Million

America's Cup: How City Would End Up On the Hook for $55 Million

During a lengthy Wednesday hearing regarding the America's Cup -- which was far less thrilling than a yachting race and had far more nautically themed public comment -- the city's budget analyst made an emphatic point. Based on the "Northern…
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News, The Snitch America's Cup: Budget Analyst Says It'll Still Lose City $101 Million

America's Cup: Budget Analyst Says It'll Still Lose City $101 Million

The latest Budget and Legislative Analyst's report analyzing the potential costs and benefits of hosting the America's Cup regatta has finally hit dry land. But, crunching the numbers, the city's numerical mavens still predict the race would put San Francisco…
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News, The Snitch America's Cup: Chris Daly Admits Some May Support City's Race Bid Just Because He Doesn't

America's Cup: Chris Daly Admits Some May Support City's Race Bid Just Because He Doesn't

Last week, the city's budget analyst released an in-depth report claiming San Francisco would lose up to $143 million if it hosted the America's Cup regatta based on the offer currently on the table. Budget Analyst Harvey Rose stressed to…
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News, The Snitch America's Cup: 'Not One Cent' In Private Funding Guaranteed

America's Cup: 'Not One Cent' In Private Funding Guaranteed

Budget analyst Harvey Rose today defended a report his office released Thursday, which claimed that hosting the America's Cup regatta would lose San Francisco up to $143 million. "I don't think everybody understands. We say there'll be huge benefits --…
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News, The Snitch Gavin Newsom to Present City Budget Today

Gavin Newsom to Present City Budget Today

Mayor Gavin Newsom's office  will today present the city with its budget for the next fiscal year. Union concessions and months of internal budget-hacking have likely made a potentially calamitous budget merely lousy. Yet, if past years are a guide,…
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News, The Snitch Who Gave City's Budget Analyst That Wicked Black Eye?

Who Gave City's Budget Analyst That Wicked Black Eye?

One day after issuing a performance audit that delivered a black eye to Muni's drivers, management, and board of directors, city budget analyst Harvey Rose showed up at the Board of Supervisors with a massive black eye of his own.…
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Bunco Squad

A phalanx of suits from the San Francisco Police Department sat in two middle rows, among them a deputy chief, two lieutenants, and a handful of functionaries armed with binders. Watching, off to the side, were the city's controller and…
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Rewarding Failure

In mass transit, beauty is being on-time, and being on-time is beauty. And that is all you need to know to understand why San Franciscans hate the Municipal Railway. Hating Muni has become a chronic condition in San Francisco because…
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Letters

The Nerve Dear S(tupid) F(ucking) Weekly: Read your review of Engine 88's new record in your stupid rag (Recordings, May 17). Firstly, I can't believe that you failed to notice Tom Barnes is the highlight of that band, not the…
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Dollars Without Sense

This time each year, San Francisco politicians smear on the grease paint to stage their painfully predictable -- yet perversely amusing -- public drama: The Balancing of the City Budget. Lacking the talent or motivation to re-imagine their roles, the…
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