SF Usual Suspects

Archive for May, 2008

Probably The Most Important Story Ever

A covert, underground lobbying movement including some of San Francisco’s top power brokers – and, not coincidentally, connoisseurs of the delectable lunchtime options found at Los Compadres Taco Truck – results in this Leah Garchik article – and word on the street is that late Friday, this City Hall institution was granted a reprieve and can stay in its current location, one block south of City Hall. Viva Los Compadres!

Saturday, May 31st, 2008

Breaking Down the Budget

The Guardian takes a look at the breakdown of City jobs that were eliminated and added over the course of the past ten years.

Saturday, May 31st, 2008

Earthquake Preparedness

Mayor Newsom is looking to require private-property owners to
seismically retrofit their buildings and ensure the safety of San
Franciscans during the next big earthquake.

Friday, May 30th, 2008

Grants Up For Grabs

The Community Challenge Grant Program begins accepting proposals again
today, giving residents and neighborhood groups an opportunity to
beautify their part of the city.

Friday, May 30th, 2008

To The Greater Good

The Examiner discusses the additional pay for the City’s top elected
officials, which they gained from Proposition C in 2006.

Friday, May 30th, 2008

Y’all Come Back Now, Ya Hear?

Despite the horrible economy, the Convention and Visitors Bureau says that we had sixteen point four MILLION visitors last year.  Please remember – these people are why we can afford Muni and our health care system, so don’t make fun of their accents, and if they’re staring at a map, stop and ask if they need help finding something.  (And then send them in the RIGHT direction, damnit.)

Friday, May 30th, 2008

But What Happens if the Monkey Taunts Me First?

A San Francisco official is proposing legislation that will increase fines for taunting animals at the zoo or trying to enter their habitat.  It seems to me that trying to enter an animal’s zoo habitat may result in the ultimate fine.

Friday, May 30th, 2008

Dime Baggies

The ten cent disposable bag is now a requirement at local stores and some folks are still unhappy about it. Meanwhile, the Chron’s Editorial Board says that reusable bag giveaways should be focused on lower income residents.

Friday, May 30th, 2008

Chain Store Ban

The Chron reports on the possible impact that a chain store ban,
recently proposed by Supervisor Ammiano, may have on the City’s
planning process.

Thursday, May 29th, 2008

Proposition E

The Examiner discusses Proposition E, which will decide how much power
the Mayor will have with appointing members to the SFPUC, at a time
when the commission has several major projects in the works.

Thursday, May 29th, 2008

Matier & Ross

Trash can cops will now issue warnings instead of $100 fines to first-time offenders for leaving garbage cans on the street after pick up and Mayor Newsom postpones his debut on Air America due to his travels to Israel and New York.

Thursday, May 29th, 2008

Hospital Bond

Voters may be asked to consider a bond measure this November that would rebuild San Francisco General Hospital.

Thursday, May 29th, 2008

Limos Under Fire

Supervisor Sandoval introduces legislation to crack down on illegally operating limos in the city.

Thursday, May 29th, 2008

On the Town

The Governor visited San Francisco yesterday to talk some green.

Thursday, May 29th, 2008

Political Notebook

The BAR discusses how Superior Court Judge Thomas Mellon is affiliated
with the same-sex marriage ruling, and reviews the LGBT candidates in
the upcoming primaries.

Thursday, May 29th, 2008

Is It Too Late To Put In My Application?

The City is close to hiring a full time worker to plan an alternative
to the past Halloween celebrations in the Castro.

Thursday, May 29th, 2008

The Video

A federal judge allows a complaint to move forward against top city
officials from an officer involved in producing a controversial
training video.

Thursday, May 29th, 2008

Oh, That’s Shiny

The BAR covers the unveiling of the bust of Harvey Milk at City Hall.

Thursday, May 29th, 2008

Legal Eagles

Thanks to one of our readers, we have found some solid commentary on the race for Superior Court Judge.

Wednesday, May 28th, 2008

Historic Headache

The Chronicle takes a look at what historic preservation means to
homeowners hoping to make upgrades to their properties in San Francisco.

Wednesday, May 28th, 2008

Exeunt, Stage Left…

A genius, auteur, visionary, performer, director, and Important Person in the World of Film – shuffles off this mortal coil. Sydney Pollack, who made you laugh, made you think, made you feel – (and if he hasn’t done this as of yet please ask Netflix to send you Tootsie, Michael Clayton, The Player, and Out of Africa). We are, as a culture, diminished.

Wednesday, May 28th, 2008

Same Goal, New Era

The Chronicle profiles a new wave of national African American leadership, many of whom were born and bred in the Bay Area.

Wednesday, May 28th, 2008

Honoring Our Fallen Veterans

Families, elected officials, and war veterans gather to honor the memory of lost loved ones.

Wednesday, May 28th, 2008

How Much Did They Give Us

City funding for a variety of AIDS programs may likely be spared from the budget cuts this year.

Wednesday, May 28th, 2008

New work rules: Thirty-eight cents an hour, with every other Saturday off

Our Mayor, Supervisors, Selectmen, Town Criers, Stablemaster, and Master of the Public Stocks all will be suffering salary decreases this year.  Thanks a lot, King George.  It’s stuff like this that leads to revolution…

Wednesday, May 28th, 2008