Posts Tagged ‘San Francisco’

Minimum wage activists set sights on L.A.

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014

The concerted push for higher minimum wages in California has spread from the East Bay to Los Angeles. On the heels of a recently approved $15 minimum wage in Seattle, advocates for dramatically increased hourly wages sensed an opportunity to select a fresh target. That's where L.A. comes in. Or...

LA and SF dogfight over transport visions

Tuesday, July 15th, 2014
great streets

In San Francisco, a bus project over a decade in the making finally receives its massive environmental impact report. In Los Angeles, the mayor announces his first executive directive, launching a "Great Streets" program. It's a tale of two cities -- and two visions of the future of urban planning. ...

Minimum wage jumps to $9 an hour

Thursday, July 3rd, 2014

Here's what the minimum wage does: it destroys tens of thousands of jobs to increase the pay of tens of thousands of other jobs. It does this by increasing government coercion over our lives even more than it already does. So nothing good can come from the new $9 per hour California minimum wage ...

San Fran = Rwanda

Monday, May 19th, 2014

San Francisco is by far the most liberal city in the United States. In the 2012 election, it voted 83 percent for Democratic President Obama and 13 percent for Republican Mitt Romney. So one would think that SF would have the least "income inequality" of any city in America. Income inequality is...

Mass transit for poor frowned on in Bay Area

Thursday, May 8th, 2014
ba

There's plenty of research that shows that bus rapid transit is far the most cost-effective type of mass transit, with a flexibility that's particularly helpful to the less affluent. This is from a Reason Foundation study released in January about the shortfalls of the traditional, rail-centric appr...

Surprising new study scores California sprawl

Tuesday, April 8th, 2014
Smart Growth America

  A new national study is making waves for the way it ranks California cities. No matter how pleasant the weather, residents and visitors alike have complained for decades about sprawl. Highways jam with cars. Convenience stores and strip malls occupy block after block. It's hard to walk to see ...

Faulconer election won’t stop ‘Los Angelization’ of San Diego politics

Monday, February 10th, 2014

On Tuesday, San Diego voters will decide between two City Council members in a special election to fill the remaining 33 months of the mayoral term of disgraced, resigned Bob Filner. The early conventional wisdom was that the clear favorite was Republican Kevin Faulconer, 47, the longest-serving ...

Anti-Google ‘terrorism’ endorsed by editor for S.F.-based Salon

Saturday, January 25th, 2014

The increasingly militant targeting of tech workers in the Bay Area now has a champion: an assistant news editor for the San Francisco-based online magazine Salon. Here's a sample of Natasha Lennard's astonishingly glib endorsement of "terrorism" targeting Google workers and presumably any other tec...

Google buses vs. San Fran govt.

Thursday, January 23rd, 2014
Google buses vs. San Fran govt.

You would think San Francisco's government would applaud Google for the company's private buses, which whisk employees around the city. The buses reduce congestion and pollution in the City on the Bay, two big goals of the city government. When you go to S.F., you notice that all the cabs are req...

$4.4 billion headache solved. How? Chronicle has no explanation

Monday, October 7th, 2013
innumeracy

Members of the media's aversion to math -- especially to explaining how numbers work when explaining spending decisions in public policy -- is hard to miss. For years, few stories by California journalists on pensions and retirement benefits really dug into the numbers. So when the pension tsun...