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News, The Snitch Kim Asks Wiener to Stop Mentioning Her Name During Campaign

Kim Asks Wiener to Stop Mentioning Her Name During Campaign

As far as political races go, the two San Francisco supervisors vying to represent District 11 in the California Senate could not be much closer after the June primary. So it stands to reason both will be pulling no punches…
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News, The Snitch City That Spends Millions Criminalizing Homeless Might Criminalize More Homeless

City That Spends Millions Criminalizing Homeless Might Criminalize More Homeless

Look: San Francisco is rich. It may not necessary feel that way while walking down any number of potholed streets strewn with detritus (and that's a nice euphemism), but S.F. is filthy loaded. We have $9.6 billion in the…
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News, The Snitch Scott Wiener's Camp Blames Jane Kim For George W. Bush

Scott Wiener's Camp Blames Jane Kim For George W. Bush

It continues to be testy between Supervisors Scott Wiener and Jane Kim, the San Francisco City Hall co-workers competing for a job in the state Senate. Having raised twice as much money, Wiener was supposedly the big favorite in…
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News, The Snitch After Uproar, Dolores Park Lawn Reservations Nixed

After Uproar, Dolores Park Lawn Reservations Nixed

You know you’ve touched a nerve when your cause generates two change.org petitions in less than 24 hours. But it appears fans of Dolores Park can rest a little easier — and sit upon the DoPa grass without fear of…
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News, The Snitch Sex Offender Clinic Won't Move Into Duboce Triangle After Neighborhood Protests

Sex Offender Clinic Won't Move Into Duboce Triangle After Neighborhood Protests

The people of Duboce Triangle have spoken, and their NIMBY message is loud and clear: No sex offenders allowed! Sharper Future, a clinic that provides outpatient treatment to sex offenders, had planned to move into 100 Church St. (which…
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News, The Snitch Affordable Housing Delays Mean a Bigger Bill for the Public

Affordable Housing Delays Mean a Bigger Bill for the Public

It will soon be a smidgen easier to build affordable housing in the city. But a thicket of hazards and roadblocks could still potentially snarl affordable housing developers for years. It’s a painful process, but to some in the…
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News, The Snitch Even as City Reportedly Dismantles Homeless Encampments, This Man Vows to Replace Tents

Even as City Reportedly Dismantles Homeless Encampments, This Man Vows to Replace Tents

This morning, a video posted on Facebook purportedly shows a clean-up crew from the Department of Public Works dismantling the homeless tent encampment on San Bruno Avenue. Jordan Buck, who posted the video, noted, “Everyone in the encampment on…
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News, The Snitch "Behemoths of Eviction": Inside the Public Meeting that Made Tech Buses Permanent

"Behemoths of Eviction": Inside the Public Meeting that Made Tech Buses Permanent

With a chorus of “ayes,” the San Francisco Metro Transit Authority’s Board of Directors made the Google Bus — and all of its cousins, great and small — a permanent part of the city landscape. You’d have to be…
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News, The Snitch A Really Dumb Experiment is Happening Out at Ocean Beach

A Really Dumb Experiment is Happening Out at Ocean Beach

An unusual — almost certainly doomed — experiment is happening out at Ocean Beach. As the Richmond District Blog reports, all of the trash cans along the beach's first ⅓ mile have been removed. The National Park Service, which…
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News, The Snitch State Senate Race Gets Interesting With Candidacy of Jane Kim

State Senate Race Gets Interesting With Candidacy of Jane Kim

District 6 Supervisor Jane Kim officially announced her candidacy for state senate this morning, pitting herself against fellow candidate and city supe Scott Wiener. Both are vying for Sen. Mark Leno’s District 11 seat, which includes San Francisco and…
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News, The Snitch Pro-Airbnb Campaign Racks Up Political Endorsements

Pro-Airbnb Campaign Racks Up Political Endorsements

Mayor Ed Lee, Assemblyman David Chiu, and Supervisors Scott Wiener and Mark Farrell have signed on to Airbnb's campaign to defeat a ballot initiative aimed at strictly regulating short-term rentals in San Francisco. The initiative, sponsored by ShareBetter SF, would…
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News, The Snitch Watch: Scott Wiener Shuts Down Fox News Reporter With Heroic Insult

Watch: Scott Wiener Shuts Down Fox News Reporter With Heroic Insult

In many ways, it was a made-for-TV moment. Supervisor Scott Wiener, who only two weeks ago announced his bid for state senate, was ambushed at City Hall on Friday by a Fox News reporter demanding to know if he "showed remorse"…
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News, The Snitch Scott Wiener Is Running for State Senate and Powerful People Support Him

Scott Wiener Is Running for State Senate and Powerful People Support Him

District 8 Supervisor Scott Wiener announced his candidacy for state senate this morning, thus turbocharging one of the city’s busiest but most divisive political careers. Wiener’s advocacy of increased transit funding has endeared him to many voters — and this…
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News, The Snitch Anti-Moratorium Supervisors Propose Delay to Study Impacts

Anti-Moratorium Supervisors Propose Delay to Study Impacts

Opponents of Supervisor David Campos's proposed moratorium on market-rate housing development in the Mission District have a come up with a way to delay consideration of the delay on housing, the San Francisco Business Times reports. Supervisors Mark Farrell…
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News, The Snitch Supervisor Scott Wiener Comes Out About Using Anti-HIV PrEP Pill

Supervisor Scott Wiener Comes Out About Using Anti-HIV PrEP Pill

In an essay published Wednesday on Huffington Post, Supervisor Scott Wiener confessed that he uses of Truvada, a pill that reduces the risk of HIV transmission among its users. Truvada is a pre-exposure prophylaxis, commonly known as PrEP, that can…
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News, Sucka Free City The Sweet That Costs: San Francisco's "Soda Tax" Goes Further Than Soda

The Sweet That Costs: San Francisco's "Soda Tax" Goes Further Than Soda

Coca-Cola is The Pause That Refreshes and The Real Thing. It also turns out to be extremely malleable. For decades it symbolized the Free West of handsome soldiers, white-suited soda jerks, and wholesome bathing beauties; this was the sort of…
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News, Sucka Free City Of Beauty and Utility: Supervisor Wiener Legislates Against Functional Ugliness

Of Beauty and Utility: Supervisor Wiener Legislates Against Functional Ugliness

Like many of his constituents in the Castro District, Supervisor Scott Wiener has an idyllic — even fastidious — vision for San Francisco. He wants to carve away at the wide boulevards that resemble "semi-freeways," install better, brighter signs, and…
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News, Sucka Free City Night Business: Warning Parties Create Roadblocks for Late-Night Transit

Night Business: Warning Parties Create Roadblocks for Late-Night Transit

When Supervisor Scott Wiener called for a Late Night Transportation Working Group to address the dearth of transportation options for people working graveyard shifts, he envisioned a motley battalion coming together for a noble cause. Labor organizers, cab drivers, car-hire…
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News, Your Humble Narrator A Sport and a Pastime: San Francisco Politics Level the Playing Field and Then Ban the Game

A Sport and a Pastime: San Francisco Politics Level the Playing Field and Then Ban the Game

There are, your humble narrator is convinced, parts of McLaren Park no one has ever been to before. Dinosaurs may yet roam within. Jimmy Hoffa could operate a concession hawking ice cream to a mysterious subterranean civilization. Possibilities abound. San…
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News, Letters

SF Weekly Letters October 2-8, 2013

Riding Into the Wind Feature on America's Cup provides insight into San Francisco: I would like to thank writer Joe Eskenazi — and the SF Weekly — for publishing such an in-depth and interestingly (even amusingly) written piece on the…
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