I recall their first run at them in the late 90s. They leagues loved it for the TV rights bidding wars, but in the end people were just trained to get TV sports from ESPN. 15 more years of that and 2-4 ESPN Channels in most homes ... they can make a dent and slowly grow a share if they make better TV ... but they… » 7/18/14 12:44pm Friday 12:44pm

0% chance of happening. But since we don't legally start over Tim, if Silicon Valley is willing to take on most of the state's existing bond debt, closing the current gaps between all current pension fund values and total liabilities going forward, 40-65% of the state's prisoners, and a hard cap on % of water you'll… » 7/17/14 5:40pm Thursday 5:40pm

The folks upset about the changes to the prices and culture of SF have two choices: (1) oppose the inevitable change, dig your feet in with unreasonable demands, and get steam rolled for almost nothing; or (2) get politically feasible goals, push for those, and actually make SF better. You aren't getting your old… » 7/17/14 12:15pm Thursday 12:15pm

The odds of this getting through a state approval that just doesn't draws lines but actually divvies up CA's water, assets, and liabilities (pensions, prisons populations predominantly in "central CA", ect.) forever between 6 proposed states AND wins federal approval to jump the state total to 55 is less than zero. … » 7/15/14 12:06pm 7/15/14 12:06pm

A good point is raised here regarding public bankruptcy. If municipalities that knowingly failed to fully fund their obligations for many years and later decide they want to stop providing obligated services and adjust retirement obligations, they should be treated like a person in bankruptcy. A person could keep… » 7/10/14 1:00pm 7/10/14 1:00pm

Sure. Acting right now to shore up a short term problem and later creating, implementing, and maintaining a long term strategy that thoughtfully and logically addresses the objectives and realities of both the region and the US has worked swimmingly for 50+ years, right? » 6/23/14 3:43pm 6/23/14 3:43pm

The implementation of program — that logically balances the issues of group mass transit, the public fisc, the overall public good(s) at issue, cost efficient code enforcement, and the anger by a portion of city that, mostly lawful application of the Ellis act, has raised the cost of living in the city – was delayed… » 6/23/14 3:20pm 6/23/14 3:20pm

Kevin Montgomery and Hamilton Nolan are both tapped into the massive income inequality issues we face and are coming at this from a good place. Not all authors on a site or sister site need to have the same viewpoint. Hamilton has long said folks that can afford to will move into the urban core of America's cities,… » 6/12/14 2:59pm 6/12/14 2:59pm

This picture shows the craziest thing about San Quentin. It's on the water in the Bay Area. Even with the massive cost of demolition, the state could construct a replacement prison in the central valley, sell San Quentin, and use the profits for schools, high speed rail, or some other public good. Or just not… » 6/11/14 11:53am 6/11/14 11:53am

Your local force had machine guns in storage before and after this program. Many SWAT vehicles are heavily armored. So this story becomes federal government gave excess large armored vehicles to police departments, who decided they have enough storage space to keep one around for something like a catastrophic riot… » 6/09/14 4:13pm 6/09/14 4:13pm

I'm a 37 year old card carrying liberal, anti-inequality person, former bay area resident. I get the macro why people are upset. But, the anger on this issue and the google bus is not coherent. If not mass transit, it's at least a private ride share start up. That's not in of itself a bad thing. In most cities… » 6/03/14 6:26pm 6/03/14 6:26pm

I think the show and this story did a nice job explaining the carbon sweet spot needed for anyone to survive. I think folks should focus more on this broad point and fairly conservative micro explanations. Hate to say it, I don't think a lot of people in the US are going to embrace change to save Maldives or even… » 6/02/14 1:00pm 6/02/14 1:00pm