SF Usual Suspects

Archive for February, 2009

We Are Diminished

Former Supervisor Edward Lawson passes away.

Friday, February 27th, 2009

Noticeably Absent

Fully half of the members of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors have trekked out to Washington D.C. to lobby Congress and the federal government for our share of the economic stimulus pie.  However, one City official remains here on the West Coast, just working on his own thing.

Friday, February 27th, 2009

Setting The Green Example

The San Francisco Business Times reports that as city based companies agree to lower greenhouse gas emissions, such reductions could allow San Francisco to serve as a green leader nation-wide.

Friday, February 27th, 2009

Losing An Icon

As the three-story Virgin Megastore on Market Street shuts its doors, the economic slowdown seem be affecting even the largest retail stores in San Francisco.

Friday, February 27th, 2009

The Show Must Go On, Right?

The economic downturn hits even our beloved arts.  The San Francisco Ballet, Opera, and Symphony, and the A.C.T face the music of budget cuts as ticket sales continue to shrink.

Friday, February 27th, 2009

Spare The Watchdog

An Examiner editorial pleads for City officials to spare the Office of Citizen Complaints from the budget knife.

Thursday, February 26th, 2009

No-Foreclosure Zone

Assessor-Recorder Phil Ting writes about the high costs of foreclosures and the steps that must be taken to avoid them in San Francisco.

Thursday, February 26th, 2009

Lawsuit Dismissed

The Examiner reports that a lawsuit against Mayor Newsom filed by a police officer involved in Videogate has been dropped.

Thursday, February 26th, 2009

Immigrant Rights

Supervisors and other City officials gather to hear from residents at a large rally in Mission in support of immigrant rights.

Thursday, February 26th, 2009

For Whom The Bridge Tolls

The Golden Gate Bridge will roll out a toll increase, despite the dissent of a couple of SF Supes.

Thursday, February 26th, 2009

Murky Waters

The Chronicle reports on the battle over who is responsible for the cleanup of the Bay close to the City’s only large power plant.

Thursday, February 26th, 2009

We should all start drinking gin. and using it in our toilets, too.

The City decides we’re using too much water.  Yep, they’re probably right.

Wednesday, February 25th, 2009

so sue me

City Attorney Dennis Herrera threatens to sue Major League Baseball if the A’s are approved to make their move to San Jose, claiming San Jose is Giants’ turf.  It is my strong opinion that black and orange are much more becoming on South Bay residents.  So let’s make the best choice here people, for all of us.

Wednesday, February 25th, 2009

Life Support

In an attempt to keep the Chroicle afloat, the Media Workers Guild explores different opportunities for the paper’s future.

Wednesday, February 25th, 2009

Provide Services – or protect reserves?

Human services – along with everything else! – will be on the chopping block, as the City deals with an unprecedented shortfall.

Wednesday, February 25th, 2009

A new HQ for the SFPD?

The San Francisco Police Department is eyeing a parcel at Third and Mission Rock as the site for their $200 million new headquarters.

Tuesday, February 24th, 2009

Up in Smoke

The SF Weekly takes a look at the fight against a Sunset District cannabis dispensary and sees a double standard.

Tuesday, February 24th, 2009

On the Waterfront

Tuesday, February 24th, 2009

the Odd Couple

She’s a Republican billionaire CEO.  He’s a gelled, liberal Democrat mayor espousing San Francisco Values.  They’re both running for governor and hillarity is sure to ensue.

Tuesday, February 24th, 2009

Castro on the Oscars

In light of Sean Penn’s Oscar win for Milk, the Globe and Mail examines what, if any, political implications may result for the Castro and the gay rights movement statewide.  (Psst, Sean! Loved the speech.)

Tuesday, February 24th, 2009

Lawyers Get Ready

School districts across the state discuss the possibility of suing the state to ensure adequate funding.

Monday, February 23rd, 2009

Making Lemonade – sloooooooowly…

Thirteen percent of City air travel costs are required to go into a fund for carbon offsets.  But when almost all City air travel is Not Happening because, well, the Great We Ain’t Got No Money problem, the fund is floundering as well.  Thirteen percent of seventy-eight cents isn’t much dough…

Monday, February 23rd, 2009

Pelosi’s Politics

The Examiner takes an in-depth look at Congresswoman Pelosi’s political career, and the effects of her increasing importance in Washington on her popularity here at home.

Sunday, February 22nd, 2009

Cash for trash

The San Francisco Department of the Environment takes a look at the costs associated with its recycling program, including a proposal to provide financial incentives to recycle more and waste less.

Sunday, February 22nd, 2009

A Tree Grows in Civic Center

Mayor Newsom is hoping to breathe life back into Civic Center Plaza with cafes, outdoor concerts, and an “environmental sculpture” high up in the trees.

Sunday, February 22nd, 2009