Mayor Edwin M. Lee of San Franciso announced the formation of a Sharing Economy Working Group today, the first of its kind in the U.S. and perhaps in the world. The purpose of the working group, "is to take a comprehensive look at the economic benefits, innovative companies and emerging policy issues around the growing 'sharing economy'”. This could catalyze other cities to take similar action.
As one of the epicenters of the emerging sharing economy with companies like Airbnb, Taskrabbit, MeshLabs, Getaround and RelayRides calling it home, San Francisco is uniquely positioned to innovate in the policy realm. “The growing ‘sharing economy’ is leveraging technology and innovation to generate new jobs and income for San Franciscans in every neighborhood and at every income level,” said Mayor Lee. “As the birthplace of this new, more sustainable ‘sharing economy,’ San Francisco must be at the forefront of nurturing its growth, modernizing our laws, and confronting emerging policy issues and concerns
Anyone who’s ever experienced San Francisco’s frigid, un-California-like summer will take comfort in this saying, supposedly uttered by the Huckleberry Finn author and one-time San Francisco resident. But did he ever really say it? I checked in with Jacques Lamarre, director of communications at the Mark Twain House & Museum in New York, who was unable to find any attribution of the quote to Twain. “This does not mean that he didn't say it, because he wrote so many letters, speeches, short stories, and novels,” Jacques says. “Sometimes he would say things conversationally that would be reported or re-quoted by others.” But in the absence of any definitive proof, the story of Mark Twain’s clever remark on the summer in San Francisco is about as probable as a heat wave in July.
March 24, 2012 - August 19, 2012 Dubbed fashion’s enfant terrible, Jean Paul Gaultier launched his first prêt-à-porter collection in 1976 and founded his own couture house in 1997. Emerging as a designer in the 1970s, he developed his own dress codes that reflected the changing world around him. The openly gay Gaultier uses his designs to tackle gender and transgender issues through androgynous, gender-bending styles, meanwhile delving even further into some of the darker areas of the sexual revolution. Always provocative, he addresses issues of multiculturalism by bringing ethnic diversity to the Paris runway. Despite the gritty and sometimes controversial context of his collections, the clothes remain beautiful, superbly crafted with the finest dressmaking and detailing skills.
SFMOMA’s collection of Francesca Woodman prints is on its way out (if you missed them, go this weekend), but the museum’s jet stream of excellent photography will not be abating any time soon. Two new exhibitions, one a retrospective of L.A.
A few years ago, one of the general partners at Trinity Ventures, Dan Scholnick, started floating the idea to his colleagues that the VC firm should expand from its headquarters on Sand Hill Road by establishing a beachhead in San Francisco.
World's tech capital adds 42,000 jobs in 2011, an increase of 3.8 percent compared with the nation's 1.1 percent growth rate, according to a new survey. Read this blog post by Steven Musil on Business Tech.
Designed by Larissa Sand of San Francisco’s Sand Studios, the dispensary is one of the city's most stunning spaces, and now it has won one of California Home + Design’s coveted 2012 Design Awards for Commercial Design. The winners of the annual awards were announced last night as a part of Design SF
Since the Bay Area doesn't have a Vogue or an Elle, local bloggers have been elevated in the public eye to "fashion editor" status, getting hired as stylists by department stores, getting featured in cosmetic ads, and walking the runway in local shows. These scribes don't wear steely glares behind black sunglasses like their old-school East Coast counterparts – they're actually very happy to meet you whether you're wearing Forever 21 or vintage Lanvin.
So here's a little tour of the fashion blogger ecosystem. Danielle Steele recently dissed our city for having bad fashion. I don't think she knew about these ladies.
San Francisco is a ridiculous place where no one will tell you when you have a bad idea. Like today, when its emergency broadcast system is going to belt out I Left My Heart in San Francisco instead of the standard weekly warning.
"There’s an exciting energy brewing at the intersection of 6th and Market in downtown San Francisco. Young entrepreneurs are opening up shop in one of the most poverty-ridden parts of the city. When I asked small business owners if they chose their location based on redevelopment incentives from the city, most of them just laughed. Maybe the funds were there at one time, but the people I talked to settled in the area based on personal motivation."