SF Usual Suspects

Archive for January, 2009

Arf?

The Rec and Park Department considers requiring a license for professional dog-walkers in the city, but those in the industry question whether they are the right department.

Thursday, January 15th, 2009

First Day of School….Board

In this week of firsts, the Chronicle reports on the first meeting of the newly configured San Francisco Board of Education.

Wednesday, January 14th, 2009

The State of the Board

The Bay Guardian takes a look at the new Board of Supervisors and, not surprisingly, has a suggestion or two.

Wednesday, January 14th, 2009

Ting to Church: Pay Up

San Francisco Assessor Phil Ting slaps the Archdiocese of San Francisco with the second largest tax bill of its kind.  Church seeks divine intervention on appeal.

Wednesday, January 14th, 2009

Guns and Public Housing

The San Francisco Housing Authority has settled a lawsuit and will now allow public housing tenants to bear arms.  Golly, thanks NRA!

Wednesday, January 14th, 2009

Rent a Hybrid, SFO Pays You

SFO rolls out a new incentive program to lure you into renting green.

Wednesday, January 14th, 2009

Supes, Cocktail parties, and Conversation

Our new Board visits the Mayor in his home, and everyone gets along swimmingly – and then much of our new Board celebrates the acendancy of three Asian American Supervisors.  Pity the poor schedulers at City Hall – everything is double-booked!

Tuesday, January 13th, 2009

Sherlocks and time clocks

City homicide detectives are running up against overtime restrictions, and people are worried that murder investigations will suffer.  What to do?

Tuesday, January 13th, 2009

Dude. Where’s my car?

The cash-strapped MTA backs off, at least temporarily, from forcing Muni workers to pay for their parking.

Tuesday, January 13th, 2009

Police presence

SF Weekly takes a look at BART’s plans for an increased police presence following a string of recent incidents on board the trains.  A special thanks to YouTube for their contributions to this story.

Tuesday, January 13th, 2009

Taxi reform

The Mayor joins a long-simmering political battle with well-drawn lines – and his suggestion that we should consider auctioning taxi medallions will likely reignite the debate about How Best To Serve Taxi Customers.

Tuesday, January 13th, 2009

Cameras Beware

The Chronicle reports that a new study commissioned by the Board of Supervisors shows that new cameras installed in high crime areas are producing mixed results.

Monday, January 12th, 2009

Hanging up

The Examiner concurs with Mayor Newsom’s efforts to cut City cell phone costs.

Monday, January 12th, 2009

Managers Beware

A new budget proposal by Supervisor Daly targets highly paid city managers for budget cuts.

Monday, January 12th, 2009

Bus Rapid Transit

Monday, January 12th, 2009

The Need For Speed

Discussions are taking place to make Muni rail lines move more quickly in certain areas.

Monday, January 12th, 2009

Mayor To Make Rounds In Villaraigosa Country

Mayor Newsom continues his possible gubernatorial run by planning an event in Los Angeles.

Sunday, January 11th, 2009

Willie’s World

His Williness feels bad for Leland, and maybe he has a point – fundraising SUCKS.

Sunday, January 11th, 2009

Who Is Getting Pulled Over?

Supervisor Campos calls for a City Hall hearing to look at racial profiling at traffic stops.

Sunday, January 11th, 2009

MATIER AND ROSS

The Chronicle’s tag team discusses the timing of Obama’s cabinet picks, positive sentiments between the Mayor and the Board President, Condi’s return to Stanford, a missing face in the BART drama, and much more.

Sunday, January 11th, 2009

Playing In The Big Leagues

Newly elected Supervisor John Avalos is appointed to chair the Budget and Finance Committee. Someone’s got their work cut out for them.

Saturday, January 10th, 2009

Everyone’s Going Green

The MTA has released its 2009 Climate Action Plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions throughout the Muni system.  Your bus may be late, but at least it’s environmentally friendly.

Friday, January 9th, 2009

Ole!

The Planning Commission has approved a proposal to redevelop the Pagoda Palace Theater into condos and a Mexican restaurant.  Just what North Beach needs: more tequila.

Friday, January 9th, 2009

History Lesson

The Examiner reflects on the legacies of soon-to-be Supervisor Eric Mar and Mark Sanchez as members of the Board of Education.

Thursday, January 8th, 2009

Fight For Your Right To Paaaaaaarty

The Mayor’s plans for a Friday fete at his home for the incoming Board of Supes is still on, despite criticism from government transparency advocates.

Thursday, January 8th, 2009