SF Usual Suspects

Archive for November, 2008

Party at S.F. General!

After a lengthy rebuild process, the final beam is going to be put into place. While this doesn’t mean construction is finished, it is an important milestone. Like any important milestone it calls for a party, and even Mayor Ed Lee will be there for the party. WARNING TO ALL: champagne and forklifts do NOT mix (you can also add pile drivers, jack hammers, cranes, and nail guns to that list too).

Sunday, November 30th, 2008

Keepin’ It In The Family

The Mayor looks to approve a plan that would bring local, sustainable food to San Francisco. With the new policy comes discussions of alternative energy use and regional food branding.

Sunday, November 30th, 2008

Willie’s World

Willie Brown discusses George Moscone’s legend, Dianne Feinstein’s future political plans, and Black Friday’s success in our slumping economy.

Sunday, November 30th, 2008

Back to the Park

Mayor Newsom’s Project Homeless Connect was the lastest to hit the chopping block of the Budget Committee’s cuts yesterday.

Saturday, November 29th, 2008

Ok, Huddle Up Team

New School Board members will take their seats in January, and will almost immediately face issues such as budget cuts and changes to the school assignment process.

Saturday, November 29th, 2008

Urban Facelift

Ah, Valencia Street. Right there, next to Mission Street, the cultural hub of the Mission District. First floor? $11 Coffee. Second floor? Skinny jeans! And now on the third floor, the place where you get your ironic tattoo. Yes, Valencia Street is changing and Supervisor Campos is investigating whether or not a moratorium on restaurants should be considered, while also making it easier for health services (massage and tattoo, anyone?) to be located on the corridor. As a proud dweller adjacent to Valencia Street, I’ll say this: fewer hipsters, more burritos, please.

Friday, November 28th, 2008

What Will The Mayor Do?

How will the Mayor and the incoming Board of Supervisors get along? If history is any indication…

Friday, November 28th, 2008

As The Days Wind Down to a Dwindling Few

Termed out Supes are busy working to get legislation passed before they lose their titles.

Friday, November 28th, 2008

Bring On The Stimulus

Newly received federal stimulus dollars will be used to conduct repairs on hundreds of public housing units, and prepare Hunter’s View for reconstruction.

Thursday, November 27th, 2008

Bike Up

There will be new bike lanes on a three-block stretch on both Fell and Oak, removing some parking. Cycling and pedestrian advocates were pleased, while some motor vehicle drivers and business owners were not. In related news, paint stripers and people who like the sound of bicycle bells were happy, although people who hate helmets and transportation that involves self-propulsion were displeased.

Thursday, November 27th, 2008

It Is Never Too Early

Potential candidates line up for open supervisoral races in 2010.

Wednesday, November 26th, 2008

Is That A Chain I See?

Supervisor proposes new chain store restrictions for Van Ness Avenue.

Wednesday, November 26th, 2008

We Need A New Deal Too

Bay Guardian writers wonder if San Francisco could benefit from its own New Deal.

Wednesday, November 26th, 2008

You Want To Develop What?

The Bay Guardian takes a swipe at the Redevelopment Agency and the Planning Department for their decision to give the public only 15 extra days to review the draft environmental impact report for the Candlestick development.  If you’re looking for a little light holiday reading, the 4,400 page report is available for public review.

Wednesday, November 26th, 2008

Let The Market Decide

Nonprofit directors will not have limits placed on their salaries by legislation.

Wednesday, November 26th, 2008

Cabs And Muni Buses Living Together

The Board of Supervisors approves a plan to shift oversight of taxis to the Municipal Transportation Authority.

Wednesday, November 26th, 2008

Off the Hook

Following the lead of public libraries, the Planning Department offers amnesty for a limited time to Eastern Neighborhoods property owners not in compliance with the area’s new zoning laws.

Wednesday, November 26th, 2008

Budget Cuts

As tax revenues lag behind previous projections, the city’s Health Commission asks that its programs be spared some of the pain.

Tuesday, November 25th, 2008

Leadership Limbo

Mayor Dellums fills five positions left open in Oakland, nominating Dan Lindheim to the key post of city administrator after Deborah Edgerly’s controversy rocked city government.

Tuesday, November 25th, 2008

Show Me The Money…Quietly

The City files suit against two Public Utilities Commission employees in response to an alleged kickback scheme.

Tuesday, November 25th, 2008

Lights, camera, action!

A new television drama is slated to begin filming in San Francisco this summer and Supervisor Alioto-Pier attempts to extend the City’s current film-incentive program for another three years.

Monday, November 24th, 2008

Dissension in the Ranks

The Examiner reports on a Civil Service Commission hearing to review allegations of wrongdoing in the Police Department.

Monday, November 24th, 2008

We Are Diminished

The lights in San Francisco shine a bit more dimly this morning, as people learn of Barbara Newsom’s passing. Representative to the United Nations, champion of women’s rights, sister-in-law and aunt of a United States Speaker and a San Francisco Mayor, husband to a San Francisco Supervisor, and as Grandma Barbara, founder of the World Explorer’s Club, Barbara strode this earth with confidence, determination, and joie de vivre. Her family is in our thoughts today.

Monday, November 24th, 2008

It’ll Build Character…

San Francisco’s schools are feeling the pinch, and considering cutting back on busing to help conserve some cash. A whole new generation of children will now have the opportunity to complain about walking two miles to school, in the cold, uphill… both ways.

Monday, November 24th, 2008

Congestion Pricing In SF

Monday, November 24th, 2008