“The senators rushed through the auditor’s presentation because they wanted to get to the big, dramatic issue of the new Bay Bridge. But the auditor’s report was an excellent example of how impossible it is to fire anyone in the civil service who does something that actually warrants that response.”
Government accountability can be hard [Ex]

“Companies like Zipcar and City CarShare will be allowed to reserve up to 150 spaces apiece, with another 150 potentially available next year. Wheelz, which specializes in peer-to-peer transactions involving personal vehicles, and Car2Go, a startup that features one-way car trips, could be included later.”
Car-share parking coming curbside [Ex]

“Four years after agreeing to a wage freeze and reduced contributions to their health and retirement plans, BART workers are back at the table for contract talks that appear as though they could be more toxic than in 2009, when there were repeated threats of work stoppages and strikes.”
BART labor talks start amid heated discussions of pay, benefits [Ex]

“Due to budgetary constraints, San Francisco planners working on the redesign of Castro Street in the heart of the city’s gayborhood have, for now, cut from the proposal such things as rainbow crosswalks, sparkle treatments in the concrete, and embedding gay historical factoids in the sidewalks.”
Rainbow crosswalks, gay factoids cut from Castro Street project [BAR] [Curbed] [Castro Biscuit]

“The crosswalk would be on the west side of the intersection, crossing Fell. Currently that is the only one of the four potential crossings that lacks a crosswalk.”
New Crosswalk Proposed For Fell and Gough [Hayeswire]

“To rectify this situation, and give Friscophiles their daily dose of SF history porn, a trio of local designers have created San Francisco Transit History–an interactive website that details every major development in the history of the city’s public transportation network with a bevy of photos.”
Check Out Muni Through The Years [HuffPo]

“The First Amendment doesn’t just protect popular speech, and Muni was duty-bound to accept these ads. In fact, the first three ad campaigns noted above offered the rare win-win-win for all involved: City politicos enjoyed the risk-free opportunity to righteously decry ‘hate speech’; the group placing the ads basked in the publicity it sought to obtain; and the city’s Human Rights Commission got all the money to fund a study on the effects of Islamophobia.”
Muni “Savages” “Jihad” Etc. Battling Mideast Bus Ads Fund Pending Study [Weekly]

the author

Eve Batey is the editor and publisher of the San Francisco Appeal. She used to be the San Francisco Chronicle's Deputy Managing Editor for Online, and started at the Chronicle as their blogging and interactive editor. Before that, she was a co-founding writer and the lead editor of SFist. She's been in the city since 1997, presently living in the Outer Sunset with her husband, cat, and dog. You can reach Eve at eve@sfappeal.com.

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