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Archive for December, 2008

Dude, where’s my car?

bag-of-money18Supervisor Wiener has requested a hearing to examine the possibility of eliminating city fees on stolen cars after they get towed.

Wednesday, December 31st, 2008

City Touts Improved 911 Response Times

Folks at the 911 call center and politicians talk about the changes that have led to fewer delays.  Bravo!

Wednesday, December 31st, 2008

Cops, Lawsuits, Oakland Intrigue, Obamamania and a Party at the Mayor’s House

Matier and Ross tell you everything you need to know about that BART shooting, political maneuvering in Oakland, and a party Mayor Newsom is throwing with an intriguingly broad guest list.

Monday, December 22nd, 2008

Bed, Breakfast, and Regulation

If you are a corporation you may find it harder to sign a lease – legislation unanimously passed at yesterday’s Board of Supervisors meeting that condemns “corporate hotelization.” We also learned that you can add “ization” to the end of any word that you like and, somehow, it is still a word. That’s factization for you!

Monday, December 22nd, 2008

Care Not Cash In Court

A Berkeley group sues, saying that Care Not Cash discriminates against the disabled homeless.

Monday, December 22nd, 2008

Willie’s World

Former Mayor Brown comments on the Illinois Governor’s scandal, the party of the year, and his latest conversation with Quincy Jones.

Sunday, December 21st, 2008

Matier & Ross

The duo comments on Chief Fong’s retirement, the 2010 gubernatorial race, Ron Dellums’ next possible job, and more…

Sunday, December 21st, 2008

San Francisco Crime

magnifying-glass7Recent crime stats are out and what some believed to be true is so. Violent crime is down, but property crime is up, especially in the city’s northeast. Of course, we put the obligatory picture of a hand with a magnifying glass on this story. That’s because every good detective knows that all the evidence you need to know is available if you can see things 2x or 3x bigger than before. #sleuth

Saturday, December 20th, 2008

Renters Rights

The Examiner reports on a legal challenge to Proposition M, and what it all means for renters and their landlords.

Saturday, December 20th, 2008

Isn’t That What Christmas Eve Is For?

The Chronicle discusses the number of people who have yet to buy holiday gifts, and the Mayor and Chamber’s efforts to get them shopping. It’s nice to know that I’m not alone in my procrastination.

Saturday, December 20th, 2008

Time For A Throwdown!

Staffers for Supervisors particiapate in the 2nd annual Holiday Treat Throwdown.

Friday, December 19th, 2008

On to the next

Following the recent passage of federal health care and a protest in San Francisco on federal immigration reform earlier this week, Supervisor David Campos weighs in on the importance of modernizing our immigration system and why this should be President Barack Obama’s next agenda item.

Friday, December 19th, 2008

I’m Not So Sure About That Choice

Leaders of the local gay community protest the choice of an evangelical pastor known for anti-gay comments to give the inaugural prayer.

Friday, December 19th, 2008

Griffin On Shuffling Senators Impacting The Governor’s Race, The City’s Busy Attorneys, And Elections

The Examiner columnist discusses the governor’s race, the impact of budget cuts on the City’s attorneys, and whether we should change the name of Election Day to Suggestion Day.

Thursday, December 18th, 2008

No Tacos For You!

A Mission District taco truck is refusing to leave its longtime place of business near O’Connell High School. Can we compromise with daily visits from the Tamale Lady instead?

Thursday, December 18th, 2008

Send Him To Washington, DC

Burnell Holland, former Editor-In-Chief of Usual Suspects, reallyreally wants a job in the Obama administration. You can help him to earn one, just by saying something nice about him. Would you, please? Please please? We invite you to read more about our effort here, and then visit the Burnell For Obamawebsite and do something swell for a guy who has been working his entire life to build up the good karma – and who will work his tail off for the incoming President. Thank you.

Wednesday, December 17th, 2008

Matier & Ross

The duo reports on an unlikely state Supreme Court Case that kicked off this week, the pay cut for Oakland politicians that never was, and recent inductees into the California Hall of Fame.

Wednesday, December 17th, 2008

It’s Everywhere You Want To Be

The SF Weekly reports that U-visas for non-citizen victims of crimes are being issued with hesitation by the SFPD. After the recent experience of the Juvenile Probation Department in shielding immigrants that eventually went on to commit crimes, some might not blame ‘em.

Wednesday, December 17th, 2008

Not So Fast

A hearing on Supervisor Peskin’s proposal to put the kibosh on $35M in planned wage increases for City workers was put on hold yesterday, as the rest of the Board takes some time to marinate in the Mayor’s proposed cuts.

Wednesday, December 17th, 2008

Holey Moley

While much of the City is busy counting beans, the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition is counting potholes and (un)celebrates the identification of number 1000.

Wednesday, December 17th, 2008

Yes, Virginia, There Is A STATA Claus

David Latterman brings some needed order to our chaotic little world as Fall Line Analytics delivers its RCV Analysis of the November 2008 election for your reading pleasure.

Wednesday, December 17th, 2008

Get Out The Vote! (Turns out not so much)

The Chronicle reports on the few and far between who did their civic duty yesterday and headed to the polls to have their say on several propositions.  And they resoundingly said no.

Tuesday, December 16th, 2008

Preservation Plans

The SF Weekly wades into the debate over historic preservation. And even from the title of the article, I think we can guess which side they come down on. “Deeply ugly?” Tell us how you really feel.

Tuesday, December 16th, 2008

Police Analyst posted directly to neighborhood station

Tuesday, December 16th, 2008

Happy Holidays From Barbary Coast

We decided to get environmentally correct with our holiday card this year, and instead of mailing cards to each of you, we hired a minor Internet celebrity to sing you a song. (No, it’s not the Numa Numa guy, or the Chocolate Rain guy, or the laughing baby – but we think you’ll enjoy it, nonetheless.) Please visit the holiday card from the folks who bring you Usual Suspects each morning – and happy holidays! BARBARY COAST HOLIDAY CARD

Monday, December 15th, 2008