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The GrowSF Report: The Golden Toilet
PLUS: Brooke Jenkins defends small business
What You Need To Know
Here’s what happened around the city for the week of October 17, 2022:
- The Golden Toilet
- SF is boycotting 30 states
- Cotopaxi closes due to rampant theft rings
- It takes 255 days to hire a city worker
- Brooke Jenkins defends small business
The Golden Toilet
Noe Valley has fought for ages to get a public restroom in its town square. They had cause to celebrate when they learned they would finally get one. Then it immediately turned into a WTF moment when they learned the price tag would be $1.7 million and take more than 2 years to complete due to the city’s lengthy planning, design, review, public outreach, community input, and permitting processes.
Sorry, kid. I know you’ve got to go, but have you considered the context of the urban environment?
The commode kerfuffle is just one recent example of a city bureaucracy so overly complicated and enamored of process that nothing seems to get done.
If these little matters — picking a trash can, hiring a worker, creating a curb extension — take this long, how will the city ever solve its much larger problems? How will it comply with the state’s mandate to build 82,000 new units of housing in eight years?
It’s time to fix the bureaucracy. We must press our elected officials to get rid of the red tape and lengthy processes so we can move our city forward again.
SF is boycotting 30 states
San Francisco has a policy to boycott businesses in
A competent board of supervisors would end this practice tomorrow. We know it's not working. We don't need to waste time on analysis, just fix it.
Cotopaxi closes due to rampant theft rings
Cotopaxi Founder Davis Smith announced that they would close the store in Hayes Valley due to rampant theft and fear for safety of their workers. Beat officers have recently been pulled out of Hayes Valley due to staffing shortages and we’re seeing an increase in crime.
Let’s not forget that Supervisor Dean Preston—whose district includes Hayes Valley—was the lone dissenter in passing the city’s budget because of the increase in police spending. We need a board of supervisors that takes our safety seriously.
It takes 255 days to hire a city worker
The SF Chronicle reported on the dire staffing shortages facing the city. San Francisco has 4,800 unfilled vacant positions hampering its ability to deliver services and start new programs.
The city spends a median of 255 days to hire a permanent city worker. That timetable runs from when the city approves a new position to when the new employee starts work.
We have the money, we have candidates for vacancies, but it takes almost a year to hire anyone in San Francisco. For the city to survive, we have to fix the bureaucracy. Give people jobs, not waiting lists.
Brooke Jenkins standing up for small business
Thank you Brooke Jenkins for standing up for small businesses that are victims of these fraudulent lawsuits!
Your Action Plan
Now that you know what’s happening, help us shape what happens next:
Vote for competent people to fix San Francisco
You have your ballot and your GrowSF voter guide. Now vote like your city depends on it!
Here are our most important endorsements for this November:
District 6 Supervisor (SOMA, Mission Bay): Matt Dorsey
District Attorney: Brooke Jenkins
School Board: Ann Hsu, Lainie Motamedi, Lisa Weissman-Ward
Volunteer with the Yes on J and Affordable Homes Now campaigns
WHEN: Saturday, October 22 at 10:00 a.m.
WHERE: Richard Gamble Memorial Park @ Carl & Cole
Celebrate San Francisco
There’s a lot to love about our city. Here’s what makes it great:
Cool new whale breaching JFK Promenade!
And we hear there’s a pop up beer garden close by!
Dancing in the street
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Free dance fitness Saturdays at 11 a.m. in the Panhandle with Kenny! This looks like so much fun!
Remix all the hits from the 80s to today! The 2022 theme is Sandcastle Remix. Each team will pick a sandcastle theme highlighted from the past 40 years to remix in a fresh, new way!
Watch the teams build their sandcastles this Saturday, October 22, from 11 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. with live DJs on Ocean Beach at Balboa Street.
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