Today’s Stories (Last updated May 31, 11:54 AM)

May
31
Changes Ahead ... tomorrow.
by Alex Clemens
On June 1, the RFK Democratic Club will take over the responsibility for updating Usual Suspects. 

I'm excited about becoming a loyal reader of Suspects, rather than one of the folks ... more
On June 1, the RFK Democratic Club will take over the responsibility for updating Usual Suspects. 

I'm excited about becoming a loyal reader of Suspects, rather than one of the folks who writes it every day. For the past 21 years, I've tried to keep it an unbiased and ad-free resource for all the political junkies in town, and those who have become expats but like keeping up with the Tales of Their Old City.

I'm grateful to all my Barbary Coast colleagues who, over the past thirteen years, have joined me in the constant effort required to get it up and running early every day so that it could serve as a useful resource for its readers. I'm grateful to all those who sent in friendly notes pointing out where we missed things, and I'm grateful to the folks in the local media who supported what we were doing and gave us such great material to aggregate.

And I'm grateful to the RFK Club folks, who have made it clear that they're interested in making sure you continue to get what you need from Suspects, as they understand its value.

It's tough to send my twenty-one year old baby out into the real world to go live with a new set of roommates, but I'm excited nonetheless. So my final thank you is to you, our loyal reader. I'm grateful that eight hundred or so of you stop by each day to nose around and see what's what. I hope you'll keep that tradition alive.

Most sincerely, and with gratitude,

- Alex Clemens more
May
31
Toney Chaplin
by Alex Clemens
The Examiner runs a biography of San Francisco Acting Police Chief Toney Chaplin. Lots of stuff in here I hadn't seen before; worth a read.
The Examiner runs a biography of San Francisco Acting Police Chief Toney Chaplin. Lots of stuff in here I hadn't seen before; worth a read. more
Interim S.F. police chief boasts stellar track record
Examiner (05/31/2016)
May
31
Costs of Housing and Caring For the Homeless
by Alex Clemens
Emily Green breaks it down, but here's the tl;dr: it's expensive.
Emily Green breaks it down, but here's the tl;dr: it's expensive. more
SF health care costs spike, then fall, after housing homeless
Chronicle (05/31/2016)
May
31
Politics and Money
by Alex Clemens
The Examiner's Joe Fitz Rodriguez follows the money. (Which is generally a fun pursuit.)
The Examiner's Joe Fitz Rodriguez follows the money. (Which is generally a fun pursuit.) more
Ron Conway, Big Tech drop thousands into sleepy SF election
Examiner (05/31/2016)
May
31
Political Roundup
by Alex Clemens
Nevius explains why Christine Falvey is leaving the Big Chair as Mayor Lee's mouthpiece, what's going on in the State Senate race, and how cops and robbers are playing a sophisticate... more
Nevius explains why Christine Falvey is leaving the Big Chair as Mayor Lee's mouthpiece, what's going on in the State Senate race, and how cops and robbers are playing a sophisticated game of cat and mouse. more
Christine Falvey leaving as Ed Lee’s spokeswoman
Chronicle (05/31/2016)
May
31
Water, Water Everywhere...
by Alex Clemens
...or is it? Conor Johnston breaks it down for you.
...or is it? Conor Johnston breaks it down for you. more
San Francisco’s underground river
Examiner (05/31/2016)
May
31
Presidential Politics in the Bay
by Alex Clemens
Democratic contender Bernie Sanders visits the Presidio for a Memorial Day service, and a church and the Dubs game across the Bay.
Democratic contender Bernie Sanders visits the Presidio for a Memorial Day service, and a church and the Dubs game across the Bay. more
Crowd fills Presidio for somber Memorial Day ceremony
Chronicle (05/31/2016)
Sanders packs Oakland pews, backs Warriors
Chronicle (05/31/2016)
May
31
San Francisco: Ground Zero for Climate Change Talks
by Alex Clemens
Everyone's coming here to save the world, and to show off their tools to save the world. Yay!
Everyone's coming here to save the world, and to show off their tools to save the world. Yay! more
Climate change strategy sessions move from Paris to San Francisco
Chronicle (05/31/2016)
May
31
Politics and Personalities in Oakland
by Alex Clemens
A litigant in a suit against an Oakland Councilmember (and the City of Oakland as well) seems poised to take over a site and create green jobs. Lots of drama; lots of decline to comm... more
A litigant in a suit against an Oakland Councilmember (and the City of Oakland as well) seems poised to take over a site and create green jobs. Lots of drama; lots of decline to comment action as well. more
Oakland council on track to provide land to ex-Panther suing city
Chronicle (05/31/2016)
May
31
Chain Stores on Polk
by Alex Clemens
Neighbors and City Hall are abuzz over a proposal to move Whole Foods into the old Lombardi's on Polk, and the chain store ban that would scotch the idea.
Neighbors and City Hall are abuzz over a proposal to move Whole Foods into the old Lombardi's on Polk, and the chain store ban that would scotch the idea. more
Neighbors spar over proposal to ban chain stores on Polk Street
Examiner (05/31/2016)
Nov
07
Supervisor Races 2016 - candidates thus far...
by Alex Clemens

D1 – Sherman D’Silva, Sandra Lee Fewer, Richie Greenberg, Jason Jungreis, Brian Larkin, David Lee, Jonathan Lyens, Marjan Philhour, Andy Thornley
D3 – Aaron Peskin, Kimberly Terca, Jason Zeng
D5 – London Breed, Joseph Elford, Dean Preston
D7 – Norman Yee, Joel Engardio, Alexander Lee, Ben Matranga, Michael Young
D9 – Joshua Arce, Iswari Espana, Darcel Jackson, Edwin Lindo, Melissa San Miguel, Hillary Ronen
D11 – Kimberly Alvarenga, Francisco Herrera, Ahsha Safai

(Incumbents in bold.)

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D1 – Sherman D’Silva, Sandra Lee Fewer, Richie Greenberg, Jason Jungreis, Brian Larkin, David Lee, Jonathan Lyens, Marjan Philhour, Andy Thornley
D3 – Aaron Peskin, Kimberly Terca, Jason Zeng
D5 – London Breed, Joseph Elford, Dean Preston
D7 – Norman Yee, Joel Engardio, Alexander Lee, Ben Matranga, Michael Young
D9 – Joshua Arce, Iswari Espana, Darcel Jackson, Edwin Lindo, Melissa San Miguel, Hillary Ronen
D11 – Kimberly Alvarenga, Francisco Herrera, Ahsha Safai

(Incumbents in bold.)

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Today’s Suspects Updater
Alex Clemens
Alex misses the late 1990s, when he’d update Suspects with the aid of a Commodore 64 and plenty of espresso. (Nowadays, he uses his iPad 8S and intravenous Ensure.)

In the Past Week…

May
30
Matier and Ross
by Alex Clemens
The duo cover the Ethics Commission's fine of the DA and a couple of his staffers, and the fundraising opportunity that some intrepid supporters of the former Police Chief created ou... more
The duo cover the Ethics Commission's fine of the DA and a couple of his staffers, and the fundraising opportunity that some intrepid supporters of the former Police Chief created out of thin air. more
Gascón pleads ignorance of the law in staff campaign-cash call
Chronicle (05/30/2016)
May
30
Housing, politics, and the Board of Supervisors
by Alex Clemens
Katy Tang pens an op-ed in the Examiner laying out differences between her plans for housing and those of fellow Supervisor Aaron Peskin.
Katy Tang pens an op-ed in the Examiner laying out differences between her plans for housing and those of fellow Supervisor Aaron Peskin. more
Build affordable housing the right way
Examiner (05/30/2016)
May
30
Mailing Mixup - wrong ballots?
by Alex Clemens
The Examiner explores whether the Registrar has sent out the wrong kind of ballots to over a thousand voters, and whether the fix-up matches the mix-up.
The Examiner explores whether the Registrar has sent out the wrong kind of ballots to over a thousand voters, and whether the fix-up matches the mix-up. more
1,400 ballots incorrectly mailed to San Francisco voters right before election
Examiner (05/30/2016)
May
30
San Francisco State
by Alex Clemens
The fight over the departure of an employee and the closing of a building continues.
The fight over the departure of an employee and the closing of a building continues. more
SFSU attorneys ordered to release Science Building scandal emails
Examiner (05/30/2016)
May
29
Matier & Ross
by Taylor Jordan
SF's political power duo discuss The Giants, Jane Kim flipping her Presidential endorsement, and the Academy of Art flipping dorms into classrooms. 
SF's political power duo discuss The Giants, Jane Kim flipping her Presidential endorsement, and the Academy of Art flipping dorms into classrooms.  more
Matier & Ross: Giants ask SF for tax break on AT&T Park, say value has fallen
Chronicle (05/29/2016)
May
29
Berning San Francisco
by Taylor Jordan
The Examiner discusses how when Bernie spoke in SF earlier this month people were listening!
The Examiner discusses how when Bernie spoke in SF earlier this month people were listening! more
In San Francisco, Bernie Sanders’ message makes believers out of the skeptics
Examiner (05/29/2016)
May
29
SFPD Officer ID'd
by Taylor Jordan
The officer involved in the fatal shooting that led directly to Chief Suhr's removal has been identified .
The officer involved in the fatal shooting that led directly to Chief Suhr's removal has been identified . more
SFPD sergeant identified in woman’s fatal shooting
Chronicle (05/29/2016)
May
28
C.W. Nevius
by Anne Moriarity
C-Dubs pauses for a look at Low-key Ed Lee's five years as mayor. Polished and charismatic, he is not, but Nevius argues he's doing alright. I think it's due time MC Hammer weighs in.
C-Dubs pauses for a look at Low-key Ed Lee's five years as mayor. Polished and charismatic, he is not, but Nevius argues he's doing alright. I think it's due time MC Hammer weighs in. more
Low-key Ed Lee gets criticism from all sides
Chronicle (05/28/2016)
May
28
Arts & Homelessness Ballot Measure
by Anne Moriarity
A coalition of advocates have filed a ballot initiative that would set aside funding for arts and homelessness in San Francisco. Nicole Derse is running the measure's campaign, which... more
A coalition of advocates have filed a ballot initiative that would set aside funding for arts and homelessness in San Francisco. Nicole Derse is running the measure's campaign, which would appear on the November ballot. more
Arts, homeless advocates file SF ballot measure for more funding
Chronicle (05/28/2016)
May
28
Teacher Next Door
by Anne Moriarity
Update on the Teacher Next Door home loan program: it's not working. Started in 2007 by then-Mayor Gavin Newsom, the well-intentioned program gives $20,000 loans to SFUSD teachers to... more
Update on the Teacher Next Door home loan program: it's not working. Started in 2007 by then-Mayor Gavin Newsom, the well-intentioned program gives $20,000 loans to SFUSD teachers to buy a home. The problem: $20,000 doesn't cut it in today's housing market. more
$20,000 home loans for SF teachers find few takers
Chronicle (05/28/2016)
May
28
Hillary in Oakland. Again.
by Anne Moriarity
Secretary Clinton campaigned in Oakland again yesterday, talking housing, affordability, and employment at the Home of Chicken and Waffles in Jack London Square. 
Secretary Clinton campaigned in Oakland again yesterday, talking housing, affordability, and employment at the Home of Chicken and Waffles in Jack London Square.  more
Hillary Clinton sits down to talk issues at Oakland waffle house
Chronicle (05/28/2016)
May
28
In Willie's Words
by Anne Moriarity
Willie weighs in on Clinton's strategy, rescue dogs, the new Apple store, Ryan Gosling, Nob Hill bars, and traffic cops. 
Willie weighs in on Clinton's strategy, rescue dogs, the new Apple store, Ryan Gosling, Nob Hill bars, and traffic cops.  more
Clinton’s edge on Sanders: reliable voters
Chronicle (05/28/2016)
May
28
The Glory Days of Rincon Hill
by Anne Moriarity
The Chron looks back to the mid-19th Century, when Rincon Hill was home to San Francisco's fancy pants folks.
The Chron looks back to the mid-19th Century, when Rincon Hill was home to San Francisco's fancy pants folks. more
When S.F.’s rich and famous lived atop Rincon Hill
Chronicle (05/28/2016)
May
27
On Guard
by Ross Guehring
The Examiner's Joe Fitz Rodriguez takes a deep dive into Airbnb's recent donations and how he thinks it impacts DCCC decision-making. Meanwhile, looks like he's patented a new dance ... more
The Examiner's Joe Fitz Rodriguez takes a deep dive into Airbnb's recent donations and how he thinks it impacts DCCC decision-making. Meanwhile, looks like he's patented a new dance move. more
Airbnb money turns SF Democrat blue into sickening green
Examiner (05/27/2016)
May
27
Sayonara Styrofoam?
by Ross Guehring
Could styrofoam packaging in San Francisco be going the way of the Dodo bird? It looks possible as the plan picks up steam. Meanwhile, lovers of bubble wrap anxiously hope for an inf... more
Could styrofoam packaging in San Francisco be going the way of the Dodo bird? It looks possible as the plan picks up steam. Meanwhile, lovers of bubble wrap anxiously hope for an influx of product to pop. more
SF’s proposed Styrofoam ban picks up support amid industry opposition
Examiner (05/27/2016)
May
27
Masonic Makeover
by Ross Guehring
A major effort to enhance safety and reduce speed along Masonic Avenue is underway. Neighbors have been organizing and it looks as though $26 million in changes are a comin'.
A major effort to enhance safety and reduce speed along Masonic Avenue is underway. Neighbors have been organizing and it looks as though $26 million in changes are a comin'. more
$26 million plan to slow speeding traffic on SF’s Masonic Avenue
Chronicle (05/27/2016)
May
27
Consequences
by Ross Guehring
Mayor Lee has openly expressed his belief that the police officer involved in the latest Bayview shooting must be disciplined. An investigation into the fatal incident is still under... more
Mayor Lee has openly expressed his belief that the police officer involved in the latest Bayview shooting must be disciplined. An investigation into the fatal incident is still underway. more
Lee sees ‘consequences’ for SFPD officer in fatal shooting
Chronicle (05/27/2016)
May
27
Blame Game
by Ross Guehring
With the recent escalation of lower level property crimes, many folks are looking for the root cause. Mayor Lee believes that some of the blame should be on overly lenient judges.
With the recent escalation of lower level property crimes, many folks are looking for the root cause. Mayor Lee believes that some of the blame should be on overly lenient judges. more
SF Mayor Lee points at judges in property crime spike
Chronicle (05/27/2016)
May
26
Sourcing Food
by Amber Shipley

The key quote from SFUSD Board of Ed President Matt Haney: “We spend millions of dollars a year on food service. We want to know where our food is coming from and who we’re spending

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The key quote from SFUSD Board of Ed President Matt Haney: “We spend millions of dollars a year on food service. We want to know where our food is coming from and who we’re spending our money with.”

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SFUSD wants its food suppliers to fork over meal sources
Examiner (05/26/2016)
May
26
Greg Suhr >> Toney Chaplin
by Amber Shipley
The SF Weekly gives us more on former Police Chief Greg Suhr on the outs, Acting Police Chief Toney Chaplin on the ins.
The SF Weekly gives us more on former Police Chief Greg Suhr on the outs, Acting Police Chief Toney Chaplin on the ins. more
Can Toney Chaplin Change the Culture of SF Police?
SF Weekly (05/26/2016)
The People's Cop
SF Weekly (05/26/2016)
May
26
Broke Ass Stuart on Dolores Park
by Amber Shipley
Broke Ass Stuart takes on what's happening at Dolores Park.
Broke Ass Stuart takes on what's happening at Dolores Park. more
Dolores Park fiasco a microcosm of San Francisco
Examiner (05/26/2016)
May
26
San Francisco's Small Businesses
by Amber Shipley

Approval of Prop. J last November initiated the creation of the Legacy Business Registry and Historic Preservation Grant, meant to provide financial assistance to keep the city's "le

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Approval of Prop. J last November initiated the creation of the Legacy Business Registry and Historic Preservation Grant, meant to provide financial assistance to keep the city's "legacy" businesses open. The Board of Supervisors held a hearing last week on impementation of the initative. 

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Supes hear small business owners' concerns
The Bay Area Reporter (05/26/2016)
May
26
Getting Judgey
by Amber Shipley
The Ex reviews the local race for San Francisco Superior Court.
The Ex reviews the local race for San Francisco Superior Court. more
Three local lawyers vying for judgeship
Examiner (05/26/2016)
May
25
Sanctuary Compromise
by Jason Overman
The Board of Supervisors and Sheriff Vicki Hennessy came to a compromise Tuesday on changes to San Francisco's Sanctuary City policies, which became controversial after last year's P... more
The Board of Supervisors and Sheriff Vicki Hennessy came to a compromise Tuesday on changes to San Francisco's Sanctuary City policies, which became controversial after last year's Pier 14 homicide. more
SF supervisors OK compromise sanctuary city legislation
Chronicle (05/25/2016)
Supervisors, sheriff reach agreement over sanctuary city law
Examiner (05/25/2016)
May
25
Matier & Ross
by Jason Overman
Red-Carpet Rose should be her name, if her convoy as she returned to San Francisco yesterday means anything. But more interesting than the Rolls-Royce and SFPD escort on hand was pro... more
Red-Carpet Rose should be her name, if her convoy as she returned to San Francisco yesterday means anything. But more interesting than the Rolls-Royce and SFPD escort on hand was probably the interesting mix of political folks on hand. In other news, 17 groups co-penned an open letter thanking former Chief Greg Suhr's service (and questioning his exit). Oh, and in a total shocker, and the governor endorsed Attorney General Kamala Harris in her senatorial bid. (No, that one's not terribly shocking.) more
City Hall crowd rolls out red carpet for Rose Pak’s royal return
Chronicle (05/25/2016)
May
25
Bernie Sanders Backs Jane Kim
by Jason Overman
Presidential candidate Senator Bernie Sanders must believe in that old saying 'all politics is local,' because he got involved in San Francisco politics Tuesday afternoon as he annou... more
Presidential candidate Senator Bernie Sanders must believe in that old saying 'all politics is local,' because he got involved in San Francisco politics Tuesday afternoon as he announced his endorsement for Supervisor Jane Kim in her bid for state Senate. more
Sanders backs Jane Kim in state Senate race, and dollars roll in
Chronicle (05/25/2016)
May
25
Keeping it 100. (Percent.)
by Jason Overman
Supervisor Aaron Peskin pens an op-ed on how he believes San Francisco can "do density right."
Supervisor Aaron Peskin pens an op-ed on how he believes San Francisco can "do density right." more
Opinion: Density done right - The 100 percent affordable alternative
Examiner (05/25/2016)
May
25
Coming to a Ballot Near You
by Jason Overman
The Board of Supervisors has until July 26 to make decisions around what measures go to the ballot for voter approval in November. Among those being considered: creating a job called... more
The Board of Supervisors has until July 26 to make decisions around what measures go to the ballot for voter approval in November. Among those being considered: creating a job called the 'public advocate,' the creation of a government agency oversight commission, a Realtors-sponsored modification to the definition of below-market-rate housing, changes to appointment power of SFMTA directors, the establishment of a 'dignity fund,' a homeless fund, a transportation fund, new requirements for tree maintenance, and renaming the Office of Citizen Complaints as "IPOD." That's it. (I think. I think that's it. It's probably not.) more
Public Advocate post among bevy of charter amendments introduced for November ballot
Examiner (05/25/2016)