By: Guest Blogger Miriam E. Marks

Vote Yes on Props 30 and 38The state budget crisis has put an enormous strain on public education. In 2011, CA colleges saw average tuition for in-state students increase 98.3 percent from five years before. Financial burdens worsen general poor education trends – California is nearly last in statewide rankings of per-pupil spending and the number of counselors per student, while also boasting the highest student to teacher ratio in the country.

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October is National Bullying Prevention and Awareness Month

By: Evan Brown

October is National Bullying Prevention and Awareness Month, part of the growing recognition of what has been labeled an epidemic by education and psychology professionals. From the success of the film “Bully” to the It Gets Better campaign to random acts of speaking out, the country is waking up to the damage caused when people become the targets of unchecked harassment and abuse. Read More

Get out the vote youth voter registration effortsBy: Danielle Winterhalter

For young people in San Francisco, political discussions and activist opinions aren’t rare. They can be so prevalent in fact that we easily forget we live in a little bubble of cultural exposure, tech and booming industry.

But a recent study from the PEW Research Center bursts our preconceived political bubble. Read More

By: Dwight Smith

City College of San Francisco's new campus in ChinatownAfter years of construction, City College of San Francisco finally opened the doors of its newest campus a few weeks back. Located in Chinatown at Kearny and Washington streets this state of the art building will serve 7,500 students previously studying at smaller sites leased from churches and SFUSD. According to the San Francisco Chronicle, “Residents of Chinatown have been requesting better facilities since 1994.”

A Valuable Community Resource

The opening of this Chinatown/North Beach Campus is a gesture of CCSF’s mission to provide San Francisco’s diverse pool of residents of all ages and backgrounds with a gateway to higher education opportunities. Read More

SF Planning Department shining example of Gov 2.0.

By: Dwight Smith

The SF Planning Department’s Property Information Map has recently been identified by Harvard’s Ash Center as one of 111 Bright ideas in Government.

Property Information Map

The Property Information Map provides real-time data regarding any address in the city, including everything from planning information for a specific site, to recent sales prices and permit data. And it gets better. Read More

The city of San Francisco wants to make plastic bags a thing of the past

By: Evan Brown

The day has arrived: Plastic bags in SF are a thing of the past… mostly.

If you somehow hadn’t heard, just plain forgot, or were understandably confused by the only-just-concluded wrangling in court and thought it was already here, be advised that San Francisco’s ban on plastic bags for all but a few types of businesses takes effect today. All petroleum-based disposable bags are getting the sack by 2013.

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Presidential Debate is a great opportunity to watch Obama and Romney face off while mingling with other San Francisco volunteers and surprise guests.With the November election fast approaching, we’re keeping our eyes open for ways that San Franciscans can get involved. And although civic participation in California is becoming easier than ever, it’s important to reach voters in swing states and those still undecided. So whether you want to remind constituents of their choices in November or help citizens exercise their right to vote, it’s a great time to get the word out! Read more.


By: Miriam E. Marks

Californians are quickly taking advantage of Online Voter Registration and the tremendous convenience it offers.

Last week, in a move that that is a true poster child of Government 2.0, California residents were officially able to complete their voter registration forms online. Californians are quickly taking advantage of the new system and the tremendous convenience it offers. Read More

Roominate is a toy that channels basic math, science, and engineering skills towards a fun and creative design project for young girls.By: Hayley Solarz

In the San Francisco Bay Area, we’re proud of our technological ingenuity and growing tech industry. Yet unfortunately, we’re all too aware of the gender gap that still pervades the science and tech fields.

Three young entrepreneurs experienced firsthand how women were systematically underrepresented compared to their male counterparts – and they decided to do something about it. Enter Roominate, a toy that channels basic math, science, and engineering skills towards a fun and creative design project for young girls. Read More

By: Kate Maeder and Miriam E. Marks

Mayor Lee announced that San Francisco will be the Code For America host city in 2013.On September 20, government innovation enthusiasts packed the Code For America national headquarters in San Francisco for the Presidential Innovation Fellows Open House. They joined SF Mayor Ed Lee, who recently proclaimed October “Innovation Month” in San Francisco, the Mayor’s Chief Innovation Officer Jay Nath, and U.S. Chief Technology Officer Todd Park. Read More

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