By: Phil Ting

California is now the first state in the nation to enact a sweeping set of foreclosure laws designed to protect responsible homeowners with the passage and signing of the Homeowner Bill of Rights.For hundreds of thousands – perhaps millions – of Californians, the fear of losing their home due to foreclosure has been an everyday reality.

But, with a stroke of Governor Jerry Brown’s pen last week, their fear turned to cautious hope.

Thanks to the advocacy of Attorney General Kamala Harris, Speaker John Perez, Senate leader Darrell Steinberg, State Senators Fran Pavley, Mark Leno and Mark DeSaulnier and Assemblymembers Mike Eng and Mike Feuer, California is now the first state in the nation to enact a sweeping set of foreclosure laws designed to protect responsible homeowners with the passage and signing of the Homeowner Bill of Rights. Read More


By: Skylar Zhang, Reset San Francisco Intern

San Francisco's Tech Ascent

When most people think of California’s tech industry, they often think of Silicon Valley and the huge technology corporations it houses - Google, Apple, Cisco Systems, etc. The Wall Street Journal reported in May that approximately 211,000 people work in tech-related jobs in the San Jose Metropolitan area, a number that far overshadows San Francisco’s 94,100 workers. Read More

 


By: Isabella Jaye

San Franciscans are lucky enough to live in a city famous for fine dining and innovative cuisine. Iso Rabins, founder of ForageSF, is trying to take that reputation one step further by creating a space where everyone from aspiring professional chefs to home cooks can come together and try out new ideas in a building that houses beer brewing equipment, a meat curing room, a rooftop garden and office space. Read More


By: Hayley Solarz

With the help of social media, you can think of 2012 as the Year of the Voter. Ordinary citizens have more and more power in the democratic process thanks to new tools like tweet your congressperson and the recently announced, but not yet launched, I’m Voting feature on Facebook. But social media’s impact extends beyond just your Twitter followers or Facebook friends. At Reset, we believe that new technology has the potential to spur major cultural changes – by making politics more social, by lending people access to tools that help them navigate the political process, and by allowing them to more effectively hold government accountable. Read More


By: Abby Bobé

With so much tech talk surrounding mergers, IPOs, and exits taking place in the Bay Area and the valley, it is hard to imagine there are children living in the shadows of tech industries like Google, Apple and Facebook who lack access to the Internet and use of electronic devices like a computer or a laptop. Yet here in the Bay Area there are many neighborhoods that lack the resources to provide each child with the access to such devices. Read More


The new UberX service launching this week will offer rides with an eco-friendly Prius fleet.Reset regulars know we follow transit issues closely, and we have reported frequently on San Francisco’s taxi system, both the many broken elements and the few bright spots.

Now here comes tech start-up Uber to directly challenge San Francisco’s regulated taxi system with a new service that comes closer to the city’s existing taxi rates. Read More


This summer, art and science make for a spectacular sight on top of the Golden Gate Bridge. In commemorating the bridge’s 75th anniversary, UC Berkeley space scientists have installed two heliocasts on the Golden Gate towers, reflecting sunlight around different locations throughout the Bay Area. Read More


We hope you have a fun and safe Independence Day, celebrating our nation’s 236th birthday in classic San Francisco fashion, whether by having a picnic in Dolores Park with friends, a BBQ at home with neighbors and family, or watching the fireworks from Coit Tower or Ghirardelli Square. If you’re still at a loss for how to spend Independence Day, you could head over to the Exploratorium. Admission is free today and on the first Wednesday of every month!


Hope everyone has a safe and fun day! Feel free to email us your favorite photos of the day to: info@resetsanfrancisco.org!

 

Happy Fourth of July

 


By: Tanay KothariThe city’s solar energy incentive program, GoSolarSF, co-founded by City Assessor-Recorder Phil Ting, has encouraged more people to install clean solar energy in their homes and businesses.

As a city that pioneers green technology growth, San Francisco has taken steps in recent years to ensure that this energy doesn't go to waste.

The city’s solar energy incentive program, GoSolarSF, co-founded by City Assessor-Recorder Phil Ting, has encouraged more people to install clean solar energy in their homes and businesses. Since GoSolarSF began in 2008, the number of buildings in the city with solar panels has more than quadrupled, solar companies have relocated to San Francisco, and hundreds of new jobs have been created.  Best of all, the program has actually helped the city gain new revenue. Read More


Starting Sunday, July 1, Muni launches an all door boarding policy that should speed up service.

Here’s some more good news from the Municipal Railway – starting tomorrow (Sunday, July 1), Muni launches an all door boarding policy that should speed up service.

Particularly since the wide spread adoption of the Clipper Card system , many of Muni’s hard pressed drivers have already allowed riders to board from both doors. Now it will become standard policy. Read More


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