Posts Tagged ‘San Francisco’

Rents in San Francisco Like A Whipping Post At 725 FICO Street

May 7, 2014

How tight is San Francisco’s housing market? So tight that the landlord of a rent-controlled apartment building at 312 Fillmore Street has sent a memo to his existing tenants, telling them they must show they have an annual income of at least $100,000 and a FICO credit score of at least 725. Or else…what? The memo (which describes itself as “informational”) doesn’t say. Local housing and tenants’ rights experts tell ABC News they are in no doubt what such memos are meant to accomplish: They’re supposed to scare the heck out of tenants, on the chance that ones unaware of their rights will vacate. Landlords want old tenants out so that they charge new ones higher rent, explains Delene Wolf, executive director of the San Francisco Rent Board. She tells ABC News she has specialized in local rent control issues for 30 years. But, she says, “I have never seen rents like this–not even during the dotcom boom. A teeny 1-bedroom can go for $4,000 a month.” The bidding-up of rents she calls a frenzy. The market, she says, “is amazing–but not in a good way.”

Rents at Fillmore Street like a Whipping Post.

 

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San Francisco Airport First To Have Yoga Room, Airport Security Says Its A Stretch

January 31, 2012

Just cleared airport security and in need of a little deep breathing and stretching relaxation?

San Francisco Airport has opened what it calls a first of its kind yoga room, and while it’s not quite a mountaintop in Tibet, airport officials say the low lights, and soothing blue walls aim to afford travelers, stressed out or sanguine, an oasis of calm in which to flex, twist and decompress.

“As far as we know it’s the first (yoga room) at an airport anywhere in the world,” said Michael C. McCarron, director of community affairs for the airport.

He said the idea for the room, in the newly refurbished Terminal 2, came from a passenger suggestion at an open house. It joins the Berman reflection room, a space intended for silence and meditation located before Terminal 2 security.

The architects, Gensler Design, set the lights low and warm in contrast to the light, bright concourse, according to a statement, and a floating wall was constructed to symbolize “a buoyant spirit and enlightened mind. ”

Gensler Design added that of course, there are still challenges with where to locate the metal detectors.

San Francisco Looking To Ban Infant Circumcision, Avoiding Cuts In The Private Sector

February 22, 2011

Self-described “civil rights advocates” say that a ballot proposition to ban circumcision is on track for gathering signatures, meaning that San Franciscans may vote on the measure this November.

The proposed law is being spearheaded by local resident Lloyd Schofield, according to the San Francisco Examiner.

It’s part of a national push to end the procedure, which some say is steeped in tradition but poses risks and has little medical benefit. The American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Medical Association do not recommend routine circumcision.

Getting on the ballot is the easy part — only about 7,000 signatures are required. Once it’s there, advocates will have to convince voters that snipping off body parts is a bad idea.

San Francisco politics attempting to reduce cuts in the private sector.

San Francisco Bans Happy Meals, The Clown Is Not Going To Like This

November 3, 2010

San Francisco has banned the Happy Meal, on the day of the return of the McRib no less. The San Francisco Board of Supervisors on Tuesday passed an ordinance requiring meals that included toys with their purchase to meet specific nutritional guidelines. The vote, achieved with a Gavin Newsom veto-proof majority of 8-3, effectively bans the Happy Meal. They hope will force fast-food chains such as McDonald’s to make their children’s meals healthier or stop selling them with toys. Supervisors say the law would make San Francisco the first major city to take this action to combat childhood obesity.McDonald’s has said the law threatens business and restricts parents’ ability to make choices for their children. The clown is not happy..

And The Golden Hookah Goes To….Cyborg Pirate Ninja Jesus

October 22, 2010

The Golden Hookah is the symbolic token that CNSNews.com confers on government agencies that win our “What Were They Smoking Award” for outrageous government spending. CNSNews.com presents the award weekly to a component of government that has distinguished itself in taking the hard-earned money of taxpayers and sending it up in smoke.

Inspired by CNSNews.com stories that exposed federal grants used to subsidize research on hookah smoking in Syria and Jordan, the “Golden Hookah” symbolizes how a prodigal government squanders the taxpayers’ money on outrageous, unconstitutional and unconscionable programs.

CNSNews.com presents this week’s “Golden Hookah” to the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) for distributing $1.4 million in special economic “stimulus” grants to 37 “arts” organizations located in the City of San Francisco. Money for the grants was slipped into the $787-billion economic “stimulus” law that President Barack Obama signed in February 2009.

One grant recipient in San Francisco claims credit for fostering the success of a group that puts on a live performance it describes as an experience in which “ethno-cyborgs create slow motion emblematic tableaux variants” and “some performers feel inclined to eroticize political violence.”

The Bluest City in the Bluest State is Tired Of Being In The Red. City Pensions Cut

June 14, 2010

City of San Francisco voters approved changes to the  city employment retirement benefits.  Proposition D approved the roll back of city employee bensions  by a vote of 77.8 percent. It will increase retirement contributions by new public safety employees and reduced pensions for all new city workers to address future pension shortfalls.

The bluest city of the  bluest  state has finally determined current spending for public employees is unsustainable. All quite in the news..

City Employees Ordered to Leave Their Heart and Money in San Francisco

April 28, 2010