10 worst ideas of the week: July 13 

A move by The City could leave our drinking water and transit prone to mischief.

Needed SFPD officers yanked

1| Muni and the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission no longer will have police officers overseeing security.

The details: The SFPUC oversees the system that delivers our water from Hetch Hetchy, and Muni provides transit for residents. These two vital services should receive proper security. The cuts will not even save the Police Department any money, since the positions were being paid for by Muni and the SFPUC.

The power to censor the Internet

2| A Congress member wants to limit where officials can post content.

The details: Rep. Michael Capuano, D-Mass., the chairman of the Congressional Commission on Mailing Standards, wants his panel to decide at which video Web sites Congress members can post "official content." He also wants to "certify" acceptable Web sites. Next up: Congress certifies "acceptable" voters?

iFrenzy

3| The latest incarnation of the iPhone hit stores.

The details: Apple’s newest piece of technology had people lining up to buy it, but the hype was a little too much. Sure, the new phone has faster download speeds and will work on AT&T’s third-generation network, but there are some catches. The new iPhone is cheaper, but service fees will end up costing you more during the first two years.

Up, up and away

4| Tax would hike prices at San Francisco International Airport.

The details: A proposed parking tax by San Mateo County would cause already-high prices for parking at SFO to increase even more. Since the airport is technically in unincorporated San Mateo County, the plan would ding travelers who are already paying more for airline ticket prices and extra luggage fees.

Dipping into controversy

5| Plan to take money from public finance fund causes a furor.

The details: There will probably be enough money for candidates running for public office if San Francisco borrows from a $5 million fund, but the plan could set a bad precedent. Critics of the plan point across the Bay to Oakland, where the city dipped into a public financing plan but never replenished it.

Watch his mouth

6| The Rev. Jesse Jackson caught making comments about Barack Obama.

The details: Jackson whispered to a guest during a TV program that "Barack’s been talking down to black people," adding that he wanted to castrate the Illinois senator. The comment, heard because Jackson was wearing a microphone, has highlighted a rift between the two men.

Fair trade?

7| The Warriors signed free-agent forward Corey Maggette to a five-year, $50 million contract.

The details: This is what the Warriors got to replace Baron Davis? While Davis can be laughed at for opting out of a $17.8 million paycheck and then getting double-crossed by Elton Brand, Maggette is not the type of player that will keep the Warriors at the playoff-contending level fans have grown to love the previous two seasons.

The writing on the wall

8| Nutrition information could be provided to diners.

The details: San Francisco recently was sued for its law requiring chain restaurants to provide nutrition information on menus. One week after the lawsuit was filed, San Mateo County officials moved forward to institute their plan for chain restaurants to provide the information. The language of the ordinance was modeled nearly verbatim on the San Francisco law.

Using stimulus checks — for, uh, porn

9| Some adult-video sites have seen an increase in business after the economic stimulus checks were sent out.

The details: The Adult Internet Market Research Company reported many members’ Web sites have seen sales rise in the weeks since the checks hit the mail. A survey at one of the members’ sites showed that 32 percent of respondents said they either signed up or renewed their membership because of the stimulus check. "Getting more people to buy porn was probably the last thing Bush had on his mind when he came up with his ‘stimulus package,’ but we’ll take it," said Jillian Fox, a spokeswoman for LSGmodels.com.

Sign, sign, everywhere a sign

10| So-called sign woman takes message to the street.

The details: Estrella Benavides has been sued by two Peninsula cities for having signs on her homes, and now she has rigged up a bike contraption to broadcast her messages on a busy street corner. Benavides said she is on the corner with her messages because she has no money and she wants God to save her and return her children to her who were taken

by the government.

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