By: Phil Ting

Sign the petition to save GoSolarSF!This week, a group of San Francisco cleantech companies wrote a letter to the city imploring the continued funding of GoSolarSF. Sunrun, Suntech North America, Carbon War Room, First Solar, The Vote Solar Initiative, SunEdison, Clean Power Finance, Distributed Energy Consumer Advocates and One Block Off the Grid told the city that: “A major impetus in our decision to locate and grow our companies in San Francisco, where we collectively employ over 500 workers, was policy innovations such as the GoSolarSF Program.”

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Reset loves to report good news – and there is potentially the start of some very good news when it comes to upgrading San Francisco’s notoriously expensive and hard-to-hail taxis.

The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency recently broke with precedent and issued “temporary” taxi medallions to address the accurately predicted spike in taxi usage during the US Open golf tournament hosted at the Olympic Club golf course on the far West Side of San Francisco. Read More

Can open data save government money?

By: Kate Maeder

Over the weekend, San Francisco Chief Innovation Officer Jay Nath announced via Twitter that access to real-time transit data resulted in 21.7% fewer SF 311 calls – and at $2 per call – that yielded a savings of over $1 million a year.

Ok, you’re thinking: it’s only $1 million, right? Well, these innovative incremental savings can add up to greater funds for our public schools and vital city services. Read More

PollWatchUSA – a new smart phone app developed at the Personal Democracy Forum’s Civil Society Hackathon, allows any voter to report a polling problem in real time via their phone.For many, voting on Election Day – or filling out an absentee ballot in the weeks leading up to it – is a source of incredible civic pride. You do your research, decide which candidate you align with and fill in the bubble next to their name. Simple enough, right?

Well, not always.

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By: Bernadette Samson

San Francisco the number 5 brainiest city according to Lumos Labs

A few months ago, we were disappointed to find out that San Francisco wasn’t considered the “geekiest city.” Now we have to face the disappointing statistic released by Lumos Labs that claims the San Francisco Bay Area is only number 5 in their list of “brainiest” metropolitan areas!

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By: Kate Maeder

Mayor Ed Lee Announces Next Food Justice Challenge on ImproveSF

At Reset, we’ve often discussed food deserts and their impact on the wellbeing of a community. Smart eating is a key preventive measure to ensure a longer healthy life –
and with diabetes and heart disease and the cost of treating these preventable diseases on the rise, we need to increase access to fresh food and healthier options to more urban families. According to ImproveSF, in the Central Market/Tenderloin neighborhood has:

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By: Karly Huff, Program Coordinator, Commonwealth Club of California

On Monday, June 25, join the Commonwealth Club for a discussion with UCSD Political Science Professor Sam Popkin as he discusses his new book “The Candidate: What It Takes to Win—And Hold—The White House”. Sam Popkin has been a consulting analyst in presidential campaigns, serving as consultant to the Clinton campaign on polling and strategy, to the CBS News election units from 1983 to 1990 on survey design and analysis, and more recently to the Gore campaign. He has also served as consultant to political parties in Canada and Europe and to the Departments of State and Defense.

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Reset San Francisco is always working to activate our innovative community to participate and share their ideas for how to make our city faster, fairer and smarter. That’s why when we heard about New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s contest to incentivize cities to solve urban problems and share their ideas, we knew we had to help spread the word.

We think the City of San Francisco should participate in the Mayors Challenge, don’t you? Email us at and let us know you want to get involved. Let’s make this happen.

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We need to make sure we are doing everything in our power to keep more families in their homes – a process that will be just a little easier if the Foreclosure Fairness Initiative legislation becomes law.By: Phil Ting

When a home falls into foreclosure, everybody loses – the homeowner, the bank, the neighbors and the city.

That’s why we need to make sure we are doing everything in our power to keep more families in their homes – a process that will be just a little easier if the legislation I am proposing, along with Supervisor John Avalos and many others, becomes law. Read More

Starting July 1st, BART will increase fares by 1.4%.Why Are BART Fares Increasing?

Starting July 1, BART will increase fares by 1.4% — an average of five cents per trip. This fare increase is the last in a series of four inflation-based fare increases that started back in 2006.

The 1.4% value was calculated by taking the changes in both national and local inflation and then subtracting 0.5% to account for improvements in BART’s operating efficiencies. Read More

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