I like saying that in the mid-90s, Al Gore invented the Internet, and shortly thereafter, I invented Usual Suspects. Sort of. But here's what happened: Usual Suspects was started on the back of a napkin in 1995. It became a blast fax later that year. Then it became an email in '96, and a website shortly thereafter. And Monday, May 30 will mark the date of the final Usual Suspects produced by the Barbary Coast Consulting team.
Before I founded Barbary Coast, before I met Priya, and before we had Casey Rose and Benjy, I started Suspects. It was my first baby, in a way. And now it's all grownded up and should move out of my house and go get a job.
After twenty-one years (!) of aggregating San Francisco political news in one place for the political chattering class, it's time to quench the flame. There are other tools available to web denizens who seek to track politics today. Given the various feeds and alerts and such available to us all, Suspects is Cutting Edge No More.
It's been a hell of a run - I'm grateful to all my compatriots at Barbary Coast Consulting who've assisted with Suspects over the years. I hope they've found some small amount of professional satisfaction in the opportunity to hone their editing and diplomatic and writing-under-time-pressure skills. (Manifested thusly: guzzling coffee whilst desperately trying to find the right way to rephrase the ad hominem attacks found in the news stories in a way that wouldn't bring us angry phone calls.)
Thank you, political folks. It's been a privilege to bring you the headlines for 21 years. Let's do it for another month, shall we?