SF Usual Suspects

Archive for January, 2009

Condo Conversion

After six years of trial, the Fillmore Center will not be converted into condos. I am very supportive of those who were both supportive of this and unsupportive of this, but now, I must go back to being indifferent.

Saturday, January 31st, 2009

It’s Been A Dry Winter

In the wake of San Francisco’s budget deficit and the continued woes to follow in 2009, Supervisor Daly proposes using the city’s $98 million rainy fund, while others on the Board are not so excited about the proposition.

Saturday, January 31st, 2009

Don’t call it a comeback

According to the Examiner, two Tenderloin “massage” parlors that have run into previous legal trouble are trying to reopen as a “bathhouses.” While the ending of these stories seem happy, many nearby residents claim that illicit activities are still taking place.

Friday, January 30th, 2009

Listen to the music

Economic benefits and being a good neighbor are important. But I think the Examiner just wants to rock, man. And that’s why the paper offers up its endorsement for the City’s contract extension with Outside Lands.

Friday, January 30th, 2009

The Political Notebook

The Bay Area Reporter gives us the latest on the re-election of Rafael Mandelman to the Harvey Milk LGBT Democratic Club presidency, the potential run for District 6 Supervisor by Jim Meko in 2010, and Mark Leno chairing the upcoming Capitol’s Legislative LGBT Caucus.

Thursday, January 29th, 2009

Tough decisons

The Examiner covers how the SFPD is planning to cut $37 million from its budget during the next fiscal year to help offset the citywide deficit.

Thursday, January 29th, 2009

Community Justice Center

C. W. Nevius takes yet another look at what’s going on at the Community Justice Center.

Thursday, January 29th, 2009

Past, Present, Future

SF Weekly columnist Benjamin Wachs reports on the high-profile, hush-hush meeting between former Mayor Willie Brown and Board President David Chiu.

Wednesday, January 28th, 2009

Gone Fishing…

Wednesday, January 28th, 2009

What About the Little Guys?

The Small Business Commission gets two new big business appointees, stirring complaints that City Hall is not representing the interests of small businesses in these troubled economic times.

Wednesday, January 28th, 2009

Closing The Gender Gap

City Attorney Dennis Herrera files suit against gender rating practices which allow health insurance companies to charge women more for health care coverage. You’re telling me we get paid less and we have to pay more?!

Wednesday, January 28th, 2009

Counting The Numbers

The City counts the homeless population in order to qualify for federal funds, however, homelessness advocates criticize that the process may have left out key components of the population.

Wednesday, January 28th, 2009

Never Mind

The City will NOT hold a special election in June, after all.  But July?  August?  Perhaps.

Wednesday, January 28th, 2009

In case you weren’t depressed already

The MTA Board will attempt to address a nearly $100M budget deficit that is projected for the coming fiscal year. Chances are Muni service won’t improve in the face of this formidable task.

Tuesday, January 27th, 2009

June Gloom

The Controller’s Office releases a report outlining how the City might bring in additional revenues through new or increased taxes, but elected officials are still divided on whether or not a June special election to address the issue is a good idea.

Tuesday, January 27th, 2009

Community Policing

Supervisor David Campos introduces legislation to more clearly define community policing to include traditional concepts: foot patrols, community advisory boards, and Twitter – of course.

Monday, January 26th, 2009

Dude, where’s my dragon pipe?

The Board of Supervisors passes legislation that bans new head shops on Haight Street for three years.

Monday, January 26th, 2009

Dude, Where’s My Permit?

The Chronicle discusses improvement made in the permitting process for San Francisco’s pot clubs.

Monday, January 26th, 2009

Imagine the bus in 2035!

The public is asked to weigh in on several large scale transportation projects in the city that will change the way we travel.

Sunday, January 25th, 2009

The Verdict Is In

Birthday PartyThe Tenderloin’s Community Justice Center celebrates its fifth birthday, having won over some of its earlier skeptics and been so successful that there is now a Veterans Justice Center. The rager that will — without a doubt — be taking place to celebrate the birthday, is pictured on the right (one party balloon per guest… because nothing says “fun” like balloons [also, nothing says "fun" like putting the word "fun" in parenthesis]).

Saturday, January 24th, 2009

Here Comes the Judge

San Francisco gets a new Superior Court Judge.  Congratulations, Judge Chan.

Saturday, January 24th, 2009

UnFairmont?

The Business Times glances over at Nob Hill and the changes afoot with the Fairmont’s failed proposal to condo-ize some of the rooms in the landmark hotel, and just what that means for the entire neighborhood.

Friday, January 23rd, 2009

Legal Delays

A judge rules that implementation of recently passed Prop M must be delayed until he rules on legal challenge.

Friday, January 23rd, 2009

Student Expulsions

The school district sees a considerable increase in the number of students who are kicked out of school.

Friday, January 23rd, 2009

How Much Would Clint Eastwood Have Paid?

The Police Department adds new fees to recoup costs for providing security for film shoots.

Friday, January 23rd, 2009