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Dogs, Laws and Tempers

January 24th, 2011

San Francisco has to be the dog capital of the world, even more so than Paris. If you have a dog, you know that  our pals have very few places that they can run free. Personally, I’ve had quite a few confrontations with the rangers that patrol Ocean Beach. I just don’t get why dogs need to be leashed at all times everywhere. Again, Golden Gate Recreation Area wants to take away more of the already limited areas that our dogs can run free. When these draconian changes are proposed, the Golden Gate Recreation Area is required to have public hearings to gain approval. They have decided that this time that they don’t want the usual slug fest between dog-owners and non-dog owners that usually take place during these hearings. Instead they are hosting “open houses.” Hmm, wonder what will that look like? I  may have to go to one to find out for myself.  -Julie


New Mortgage Assistance Program

January 11th, 2011

Five of the biggest lenders (Chase, GMAC, Bank of America, Citi Mortgage, and Wells Fargo) are participating in a Mortgage Assistance Program for unemployed homeowners. We thought you’d like to know about this if you or a friend needs some needed help from the government.  Read more about it here. – Patty

Coming in 2012 – An All New Cesar Chavez Street

January 7th, 2011

Cesar ChavezThink Divisadero Street or Valencia Street… the same overhall is being planned for Cesar Chavez Street this year and work is expected to be completed by the Summer of 2012.  Six lanes will become four and over 300 trees will line the center divide.  The goal of the $28.4 million makeover is to slow traffic, provide easier pedestrian and bike access, and improve the aesthetic of the area.  Read more about the approved plans here.

Should the government be in the business of promoting home ownership?

January 5th, 2011

There is some talk(too much) in the Congress and Senate about eliminating government mortgage “subsidies”. By subsidies they are referring to eliminating Freddie Mac and Fanny Mae and, if that’s not enough, eliminating the mortgage tax deduction. The assumption of the former is that the public will slowly be”weaned” off Freddie and Fanny (government subsidy) and that private sector will step up. I wouldn’t hold my breath for that to happen. Banks do not take the long view, they do not care about sowing the seeds for the future economic health of this country, which is historically tied to the ability and access of hard working citizens to own their own homes.  The dream and ultimate actualization of  home ownership is one of the tacit tenets that keeps this diverse, chaotic, and enormous country on even remotely the same page.

Check out this article from the New York Times on January 4.