Ever feel guilty for not reading the multiple pages of fine print that are given to you upon the purchase of a new cell phone plan? Well, you no longer have to – thanks to the recently launched Transparency Labs and their creation of the National Fine Print Repository (NFPR). Employees at Transparency Labs are tirelessly reading through dull, jargon-filled contracts – everything from cell phones to retirement accounts – so you don’t have to. Read More
By: Ben Butterworth
The estimated $22 million San Francisco spends annually on cleaning up graffiti could buy plenty of iPhones – and with the release of the Graff City iPhone App, that might not be such a bad idea. The app, which was released earlier this month, allows users to virtually “tag” buildings, sidewalks, cars and pretty much anything else they can think of. This is accomplished through the use of augmented reality software that allows users to add digital information to photographs.
Don’t like how the plain white wall in Potrero Hill looks? Just snap a photo with your iPhone and let your artistic imagination run wild by using the variety of colors and brush effects offered by the Graff City app. Read More
According to the City’s quarterly performance report card, the worst performing Muni bus is the 28L-19th Avenue, with only 42.3 percent on-time performance.
To register to vote in San Francisco, you have to first submit a voter registration form to the San Francisco Department of Elections.
You can pick up a voter registration form at the Department of Elections, the Department of Motor Vehicles, public libraries or post offices throughout San Francisco – but it must be postmarked no later TODAY. Read More
The New America Foundation has released the first comprehensive report about how they see California's local governments using Gov 2.0 technology to connect with the public and improve services. You can read the full report here.
At Reset we agree with the New America Foundation – emerging Gov 2.0 tools can make governments more effective and responsive. The challenge is that the core of Gov 2.0 is a dramatic democratization that many (maybe not even most) politicians are loath to embrace. So what is often sold as Gov 2.0 is really just more of the same old spin delivered through digital channels. Read More
There may not be an app for that yet – but there is an application – which you can fill out to start organizing a Community Benefit District.
What is a Community Benefit District?
In February 2004, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors passed the Community Benefit District Ordinance, and since then, numerous Community Benefit Districts (CBDs) have been formed in San Francisco, including the Noe Valley Community Benefit District, the Fillmore Jazz District and the Fisherman’s Wharf District. Read More
By: Kyle Garrett, Founder 7 Squared Project
When I hear the words “economy” or “entrepreneurship,” I immediately think “community.” A strong community is the hallmark of any thriving economy and the foundation upon which entrepreneurs succeed. Amber Crosby and I formed Seven Summits Productions to help in that process, and together we came up with The 7 Squared Project – a crowdfunded video series that aims to directly connect and engage the San Francisco community with local economic growth.
The 7 Squared Project originally set out to fund and create 14 mini-documentaries (7 about local businesses, 7 about local non-profits and their powerful combination the namesake of the project). Read More
By: Ben Shore
As San Franciscans, we have learned to deal with – if not become immune to – the inefficiencies, expense and unresponsiveness of city government.
From building 10-foot ramps that take months and cost an incredulous $1.1 million (or thereabouts) to taking longer to install a stoplight than it did to build AT&T Park, we are far too familiar with services that we need and want taking forever to come to fruition. Read More
The new Economic Barometer report released today from the San Francisco Controller shows violent crime up sharply in the past few months – just one of the many metrics tracked regularly by the City Controller.
The purpose of the Government Barometer is to share key performance and activity information with San Francisco residents in order to increase government transparency and accountability. The report lists measures in major service areas, such as public safety, health and human services, streets and public works, Muni and public transit, recreation, environment and 311-customer service. Read More
Join Phil Ting and the Reset San Francisco community tonight at The Hub!
Reset San Francisco Founder Phil Ting will host a panel discussion with city officials and the startup community on how the city can help small businesses flourish in the city. The discussion will crowdsource ideas from the community on how City Hall can streamline the process for San Franciscans to start their own businesses, encourage more small business economic development and reduce the friction in the bureaucratic process.
Tonight's event is part of the successful series of community forums organized by Phil Ting’s campaign to Reset San Francisco. Last August, Phil Ting hosted a Muni town hall with the Reset San Francisco community and transportation experts. Nearly 300 San Franciscans came to share their ideas for improving Muni. And this fall, Ting’s campaign is holding nine more Muni town halls throughout the city.
When: Tonight, 6:30pm
Where: The Hub (map)