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On Tuesday night, the President gave his annual "State of the Union" address to Congress and the nation. In it, he argued for the need to "win the future" and invest today to reap the benefits tomorrow. He took a strong stance and placed an emphasis on education that no other president seems to have before him. The idea that chasing fame should take a back seat to graduating high school, let alone college, is not revolutionary, but something that often politicians are afraid to state outright.
America’s Cup is coming to San Francisco! Mayor Ed Lee is setting up a committee to smooth out the logistics of the race and the details are falling into place. All this attention on our great city has got me thinking about what I would do to prepare San Francisco – to make SF a city I would be proud to show off to the world.
As human beings, we are naturally flawed. Thus, products of our humanity will be inherently imperfect. Yet, what separates us as a superior being is that we never stop striving for improvement.
We are in a financial crisis – there is no doubt about that. But when we begin searching the pockets of our basic city workforce for spare pennies, I wonder where this is all heading.
Last Tuesday - January 18th - the Municipal Transportation Agency stalled a proposal to begin charging parking fees for MUNI employees to park their cars while at work. The specifics included a $55 fine for workers who park at work instead of purchasing the new $80 monthly permit fee.
The future of San Francisco is at a crossroads while Governor Jerry Brown’s proposal to eliminate redevelopment agencies and enterprise zones threatens city plans and projects. Just recently, City Hall approved a multi-million dollar redevelopment project at Hunter’s Point - which promised to create hundreds of new jobs, affordable housing and improved infrastructure for the neighborhood. It seems like once again we’re back at the drawing board, waiting for the green light.
The new appointment of Edwin Lee as San Francisco’s new mayor brings new excitement to the City. Mr. Lee is the first Asian-American Mayor of San Francisco, and now has the opportunity to make concrete steps in his 30-year fight for the rights of immigrants and the Asian-American community at large.
December 17, 2010
Just when you think things can’t get worse in California comes the worst fiscal idea yet from Sacramento – selling off landmark state buildings to plug a fraction of this year’s budget gap, then turning around and renting the space at a premium from the state’s new landlords.