Index
Wednesday
Oct292014

POLITICS/EDUCATION (Bay Area): City College of San Francisco: "S.F. City College's accreditation trial begins with future on line"; "Dramatic testimony shakes up City College of San Francisco trial" ....

***Long-awaited trial, accreditation, City College of San Francisco....

* San Francisco Chronicle:  "S.F. City College's accreditation trial begins with future on line"

* San Francisco Chronicle:  "Dramatic testimony shakes up City College of San Francisco trial"

Wednesday
Oct292014

POLITICS/EDUCATION: Los Angeles Unified School District: "LAUSD travel spending suspended after Deasy's final credit card bill arrives" ....

* Daily News:  "LAUSD travel spending suspended after Deasy's final credit card billl arrives" - From the DN:

Los Angeles Unified this week suspended all out-of-town travel and off-campus training as well as the former superintendent’s credit card.

According to the district, John Deasy’s final charge came Saturday at a Hilton hotel in Milwaukee, where he put $189.92 on his district-issued American Express card while representing LAUSD at the Council of Great City Schools’ fall conference, which ran Wednesday through Sunday. After the school district disclosed that it had canceled the card, spokeswoman Monica Carazo said in an email that Deasy’s travel expenses will be reimbursed by the Wasserman Foundation, a philanthropic educational organization.

The card was suspended “because it was his last trip,” Carazo said in a written statement. Carazo did not expand on her statement nor specify when it was decided that it would be his last trip. Deasy did not return calls to his cellphone or an email seeking comment.

Newly installed Superintendent Ramon Cortines sent an email Monday to the district’s 644 campuses announcing that all out-of-town conferences and off-campus training are suspended until Jan. 30. “There are critical issues that must be addressed now to guarantee student success. These challenges require the focus and attention of all school and office-based staff members,” Cortines wrote.......................

Wednesday
Oct292014

LOCAL GOVERNMENT (Bay Area): San Francisco City Hall, commentary (Matier & Ross): "State Sen. Mark Leno considers challenging S.F. Mayor Ed Lee" ....

* San Francisco Chronicle (Matier & Ross):  "State Sen. Mark Leno considers challenging S.F. Mayor Ed Lee" - From the Chronicle:

Tech tensions between the public and City Hall have popular state Sen. Mark Leno considering a run for mayor next year — even if it means taking on incumbent Ed Lee.

For years, the former San Francisco supervisor-turned-assemblyman — and soon to be termed-out state senator — has had his eye on succeeding longtime Rep. Nancy Pelosi. But the combination of his age, 63, and Pelosi’s dogged determination to recapture the House speakership are not working in Leno’s favor. At the same time, there has been a growing drumbeat among locals unhappy with the changes wrought under Lee’s tech-friendly policies.

Plus, there was a citywide poll in April that showed Leno as the only prospective candidate running ahead of Lee, 40 to 36 percent, in a face-to-face matchup in November 2015. Leno also had a 57 percent favorable rating, compared with Lee’s 45 percent, according to the survey of 400 voters by pollster Jim Moore. The poll’s margin of error was five percentage points.

“A lot of people are asking, and I’m listening,” Leno said this week when we asked him about a possible run. Nowhere was that more evident than at Willie Brown’s annual pre-election breakfast Monday at the Fairmont, attended by Lee and hundreds of other guests — and where Leno was button-holed by a half-dozen people urging him to run....................

Tuesday
Oct282014

LOCAL GOVERNMENT: Public parking spaces, for-profit parking apps: "California cities putting the brakes on some for-profit parking apps" ....

* Los Angeles Times:  "California cities putting the brakes on some for-profit parking apps" - From LAT:

For sheer vexation behind the wheel, it's tough to top driving repeatedly around the block in quest of parking only to have another motorist slide into a just-vacated spot as you pull around the corner.

Three digital entrepreneurs from Rome thought they had a solution: Their MonkeyParking app allows a driver who is leaving a parking space to alert other motorists nearby and cede the spot — for a price.

In the brave new "sharing economy" world, parking apps — variations of which are operating in New York, Baltimore and Chicago — might seem the next logical step beyond car services such as Uber and Lyft and rental sites such as Airbnb and Vacation Rentals by Owner. But California cities have been moving aggressively to keep some parking apps off the grid, contending that individuals and companies should not be allowed to profit by, effectively, auctioning off taxpayer-owned parking places......................

Tuesday
Oct282014

LOCAL GOVERNMENT (Bay Area): San Francisco, Mayor Ed Lee signature, Airbnb legislation: "Mayor signs law regulating Airbnb -- and that could mean a ballot fight" ....

***Following up on most recent earlier item noted here (San Francisco, Mayor Ed Lee, Sen. Dianne Feinstein -- Airbnb)....

* San Francisco Chronicle:  "Mayor signs law regulating Airbnb -- and that could mean a ballot fight" - From the Chronicle:

With two quick strokes of a pen on Monday, Mayor Ed Lee legalized the use of Airbnb and other short-term home rentals in San Francisco, a landmark and perhaps short-lived move in a city weighted by a housing crunch.

Even as Lee — backed by 20 short-term rental hosts and the legislation’s author, Board of Supervisors President David Chiu, signed it into the law — protesters being kept at bay by sheriff’s deputies were holding a mock memorial ceremony for the “death of San Francisco’s neighborhoods” outside the mayor’s office door.

Opponents, concerned that precious rental housing will be converted for more lucrative vacation use,  are organizing a ballot initiative to curtail Airbnb rentals drastically in San Francisco. They plan to bring the issue to voters next year, when Lee faces re-election. “We’re definitely going to the ballot in 2015,” said Dale Carlson, a PR professional who joined with housing activist Calvin Welch and former Planning Commissioner Doug Engmann to craft the initiative. “The only question is whether we go with what we have now, or something else.”

Depending on how the measure is crafted, it could earn the support of one of Lee’s most famous backers, U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, who has publicly voiced her disapproval of the legislation Lee signed.

Lee was hustled from the signing ceremony by aides and didn’t take questions from reporters, including a shouted one about Feinstein’s opposition...........................