A Dialogue with Mayor Ed Lee About Citywide, Neighborhood Concerns

Ed Lee

In late September, the publishers of several community newspapers and websites met with Mayor Ed Lee and his staff to discuss the city’s affairs. As the publisher of The Ingleside Light, I had the opportunity to pose a few questions to Mayor Lee concerning both citywide and neighborhood issues. Here is a transcript of our dialogue. Alexander Mullaney: How come the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency didn’t take a hint from the Recreation and Park Department and itemize what they wanted to do with the money its asking for in the bond? RPD always passes its bonds by good margins. Continue Reading →

Junipero Serra Elementary School ‘Circled’ By Tech Industry Giving

Circle the Schools (pic 2)

“How do we help everybody in the city succeed?” Mayor Ed Lee asked as he spoke at the Sept. 18 formal launch of sf.citi’s Circle the Schools initiative at Junipero Serra Elementary School. “The secret sauce is not about tax breaks [for tech companies]. That’s only temporary.”

John Kunze, CEO of Xoom, a San Francisco-based money transfer service, had a long-term solution in mind. “We are going to bring our engineers here to help these kids learn how to code,” Kunze said. Xoom is partnered with Junipero Serra Elementary through Circle the Schools, the latest project of sf.citi, a nonprofit philanthropic collaborative of tech companies. Continue Reading →

Urban Action Hub Preparing to Connect Residents to Latest Tech

Lena Carew, founder of Digital Action Hub, in the project’s first home in the Excelsior.

As technology advances, the issue of the “Digital Divide”—where access to the Internet and other computer-related services are limited—becomes even more pronounced. Those in Ingleside and Excelsior who need and want the education to catch up with their tech-savvy peers will now have the opportunity to get assistance from the Digital Action Hub, a new resource opening in this October on a space in the heart of the Excelsior with the backing of City College of San Francisco, Coleman Advocates for Children and other organizations. “It’s really a community space,” founder and coordinator Lena Carew said. “It is not so much about computers and space. It is really about a resource, a way for the community to connect, not just to technology but to one another.” Continue Reading →

Incumbent, Upstart and Flash Gordon Vie for BART Seat

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In this November’s election, 24-year District 8 BART Director James Fang faces two challengers for his seat—newcomer Nicholas Josefowitz, a clean energy entrepreneur, and Flash Gordon, an insurance salesman. To date, this has been one of the most intriguing battles headed to the ballot box. Not simply because of the typical theatrics of San Francisco politics, but because the entire BART system and the Balboa Park BART Station in particular need new ideas and bold action. While Gordon received the Libertarian Party of San Francisco’s endorsement, he has not been advertising nor does he have a campaign website. Josefowitz, a democrat backed by tech money, is the serious contender. Fang, the city’s lone Republican elected official, and his supporters have prevented Josefowitz from attaining the Democratic County Central Committee’s endorsement. The District 11 Democratic Club gave no endorsement for the seat. However, District 11 Supervisor John Avalos and BART Director Tom Radulovich have endorsed Josefowitz. Continue Reading →