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News, The Snitch City Prepares to Sell Land at 30 Cents on the Dollar

City Prepares to Sell Land at 30 Cents on the Dollar

"Doing well by doing good" is a notion that always churns up feelings of ambivalence. So does city land-use. And while the city hopes to do good by selling a parcel of land to the Boys and Girls Club for…
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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 Cost-Saving America's Cup Proposal Not Shipshape Yet

Cost-Saving America's Cup Proposal Not Shipshape Yet

The new-and-improved groundwork for hosting the America's Cup in San Francisco appears to take much less of a bite of city finances than the fabulously expensive, nonbinding "term sheet" the city approved in October. Fred Brousseau, a principal at the…
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News, The Snitch America's Cup: No 'Dramatic Swing' in Cost to City in New Report -- It'll Still Cost a Ton

America's Cup: No 'Dramatic Swing' in Cost to City in New Report -- It'll Still Cost a Ton

Last week, the city's budget analyst released an eye-catching report claiming that San Francisco would lose out on hundreds of millions of dollars should it see fit to host the America's Cup regatta on the terms currently before the city.…
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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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News, The Snitch City Audit Slams Muni Labor, Management

City Audit Slams Muni Labor, Management

City's Budget Analyst Harvey Rose released "part one" of a performance audit of Muni today. And, guess what? Muni drivers' self-serving work rules cost the city millions. The agency is drowning in overtime, accounting for just under half of the…
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