And not for the public schools they are (supposedly) working for, but for themselves. At the moment, members get $500/month (this amount was set in 1972) and they are proposing to increase it to roughly $40,000 annually, about what a first-year teacher makes.
SF State has a $32 million deficit and with state and education funding quickly drying up, the university is facing a monetary crisis. To this end, the school created the 12-member University Planning Advisory Council [UPAC], who released a report today detailing the possible steps SF State would need to take to ease their financial woes.
Just when you thought the political antics of the new year had settled, city politicos have gone ahead shaken things up again. They are trying to redraw supervisors’ districts. This means, for example, that if you live in a progressive stronghold like the Mission (Dictrict 9) and the district boundary was altered to include a more conservative neighborhood, then the chances of a more liberal supervisor getting elected from that region would be diminished. This scheme could profoundly change the city’s political climate.
The Republican National Committee has ousted the hot mess that is Michael Steele and has picked Wisconsin GOP Chairman Reince Priebus (how exactly does one pronounce that?). The first task on his agenda? Bad-mouthing some liberals. The second? Raising some much-need dough for the RNC, which is still $21 million in debt from the 2010 elections. Good luck with that.
City administrator Edwin Lee was officially sworn in as San Francisco’s interim mayor on Tuesday afternoon.
Lee was unanimously approved by the Board of Supervisors to replace Gavin Newsom, who assumed his new post as the state’s lieutenant governor on Monday.
In a shocking turn of events, Arizona Democratic Congresswoman, Gabrielle Giffords, was shot point blank in the head at public event this morning by suspect Jared Lee Loughner who is now in custody. The congresswoman is in critical condition after undergoing surgery at the University Medical Center in Tucson. However, one of her aides has died along with six others, including a 9-year old girl and the federal judge John Roll.
Board of Supervisors President David Chiu is aiming high. He wants to be mayor and he’s not going to let something like the District Attorney’s job (recently vacated by Kamala Harris who is now the Attorney General of California) get in his way. He had put in his name in the hat of top contenders for the position, but he has since removed himself from the pile. What the hell is going on and is our city’s political power structure completely crumbling to the ground like a badly played game of Jenga?
It’s on like Donkey Kong! Just when you thought that outgoing Supervisor Chris Daly couldn’t get any more ridiculous, he goes on and does something like this. At last night’s Board of Supes meeting, Daly lost his mind over the impending appointment of Ed Lee, a city administrator, as interim mayor. Take a look for yourself.