SF Usual Suspects

Archive for June, 2008

I Would Have Loved To Have Been At The Happy Hour Where This One Was Dreamed Up

Some intrepid San Franciscans are gathering signatures to “honor” President Bush in a unique fashion. They’re well on their way to qualifying for the ballot…

Tuesday, June 24th, 2008

Now We’ll All Have to Gossip Around … The Sink?

Mayor Newsom leads an effort at the U. S. Conference of Mayors to phase out bottled water in many cities.

Tuesday, June 24th, 2008

A Villaraigosa Visit

The Chronicle reports on the buzz around the guest list for LA Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa’s re-election bid fundraiser in San Francisco tonight.

Tuesday, June 24th, 2008

Milk Money

An editorial in this week’s SFBG looks at the effort of many parents across the city to raise funds for their local public schools, and how these good intentions can sometimes only heighten the disparity between the “haves” and “have nots.” Meanwhile, speaking of funding, a new contract for SF’s teachers hinges on two tax measures that will go before voters in November.

Monday, June 23rd, 2008

Police Academy Classes

The Chron discusses a Supervisor’s plan to cancel two upcoming Police Academy classes, as Newsom’s office and the Police Officers Association weigh in.

Monday, June 23rd, 2008

New Plan For Fourth Street

A new plan for Fourth Street would line the thoroughfare with new high-rises from downtown to Mission Bay.

Monday, June 23rd, 2008

Defining Roles

Members of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) gather to discuss the roles of gays and lesbians in the church.

Sunday, June 22nd, 2008

The Power of Parks

The development of two new parks in the city help to make the neighborhoods around them come alive.

Sunday, June 22nd, 2008

Back in the Courtroom

After the challenge to keep it off the ballot was denied, Californians will vote on a same-sex marriage ban in November.

Saturday, June 21st, 2008

Mayor on the Move

Our peripatetic mayor’s travel schedule is examined.

Saturday, June 21st, 2008

MUNI Heads Back to the Bargaining Table

MUNI mangement and transit union representatives head back to the negotiating table to hash out a contract.

Saturday, June 21st, 2008

The Big One hits Golden Gate Park

This free, two day event focusing on community building and sustainability kicks off today near the Children’s Playground in Golden Gate Park.

Saturday, June 21st, 2008

Cracking the Case

City officials express frustration with San Francisco’s low homicide clearance rate, which currently stands at 38 percent.

Friday, June 20th, 2008

Crab, Sourdough, Petroleum?

bay-bridge11Not if the Environment Commission has anything to say about it. Though the Port hasn’t seen crude oil shipments since the 1960′s, a resolution passed Thursday urges the Port to close its docks to any future possibility of carrying fossil fuels.

Friday, June 20th, 2008

Spare the Air!

This may be the last day riders receive a free ride on a Spare the Air day.

Thursday, June 19th, 2008

Just a Phone Call Away

The Weekly reports on staffing changes at the City’s 311 Customer Service Center.

Wednesday, June 18th, 2008

Pride in the Produce

The Chronicle continues its discussion of the changes proposed for the farmers market at U.N. Plaza.

Wednesday, June 18th, 2008

Tax talk

In today’s Examiner, Steve Falk pens a piece in support of Mayor Ed Lee’s tax plan.

Wednesday, June 18th, 2008

The San Francisco and Santa Clara 49ers

Santa Clara gets the Niners, but we get Paul McCartney. Not a bad deal if you ask me.

Tuesday, June 17th, 2008

Oh, You Work Here Too?

The Chron weighs in on an idea that never quite leaves our public consciousness – the SFPD hiring a bunch of civilian investigators to free up armed officers to hit the streets.  It’s in Gascon’s budget – will it come to pass?

Tuesday, June 17th, 2008

Up in Smoke

Restrictions on smoking in San Francisco continue to creep into new territory with a ban on lighting up at outdoor public events and a requirement for landlords to report in on the number of smoking units in their buildings.

Tuesday, June 17th, 2008

Won’t You Be My Neighbor?

Amidst federal budget cuts, the historic Presidio Fire Department may have to rely on a mutual aid agreement with the City to ensure proper support in the case of future fires.

Monday, June 16th, 2008

Making an Impact

Styrofoam has been banned in City restaurants and eateries since November 2006 and, as a result, the amount of litter caused by the material is down one third from last year.

Monday, June 16th, 2008

Matier & Ross

The duo discusses the do’s and don’ts of “I do,” Wilkes Bashford’s new display, a lucky dog, and more.

Sunday, June 15th, 2008

As I Recall…

A Supe hopes voters will decide in November that it should be more difficult to recall a member of the Board.

Saturday, June 14th, 2008