SF Usual Suspects

Archive for March, 2009

I’m Watching You!

The Rec and Park Department may soon use funds to install GPS devices in service trucks to keep better track of gardeners across the city.

Tuesday, March 31st, 2009

Best. Museum. Ever.

San Francisco’s favorite (and dare I say only?) hands-on science museum is getting a new home: the waterfront.  Today’s groundbreaking at Pier 15 will mark the official start of construction of the new facility, to the delight of kids – big and small alike.  Yay science!

Monday, March 30th, 2009

Protecting our own

The SFPD and Police Commissioners argue that the force should have access to the high-tech protective gear that can keep them safe from a high-powered assault weapon.

Monday, March 30th, 2009

Paper Trail

The City considers an overhaul of its lobbying law in an attempt to make the practice more transparent.

Monday, March 30th, 2009

Model Boulevard

ChangesWhat’s happening on Octavia Boulevard? Lots. LOTS lots. The Chron’s John King illustrates what’s happening out there, who’s working on it, and why it’s important.

Monday, March 30th, 2009

Take me out to the ballgame…

The Supes consider shifting their April 7 meeting to ten o’clock in the morning so that they can make it to the Giants’ Opening Day.

Monday, March 30th, 2009

Made in the Shade

A proposed 14-story building must contend with the City’s sunlight ordinance, as it has the potential to cast a shadow on the Tenderloin’s Boeddeker Park in the early morning.

Sunday, March 29th, 2009

Design Duplicity?

The Chronicle’s John King considers the Planning Department’s process for selecting the development team for a lot at First and Folsom streets.

Sunday, March 29th, 2009

Losing Jobs

The Examiner reports that the Chronicle may be forced to fire up to 30 employees in addition to those who took voluntary severance packages.

Saturday, March 28th, 2009

Helping Out The Little Guys

Board President Chiu proposes new legislation that will boost opportunities for small businesses to win city contracts.

Friday, March 27th, 2009

Protecting the Bay

PG&E proposes building a barrier near the southeast power plant, to protect the bay from contaminants.  City officials weigh in.

Friday, March 27th, 2009

Not a silver lining, per se, but we’ll take it…

The Treasurer/Tax Collector has offered local businesses with declining payroll expenses an opportunity to lower their pre-payment of payroll taxes.  Thanks, you darn Global Economic Decline – guess you weren’t completely bad after all!

Friday, March 27th, 2009

The Smaller Victims

When parents are evicted, children suffer.  Sure, we all knew that already – but now there’s a study of exactly what happens to the kids.

Friday, March 27th, 2009

Reduce. Reuse. Recycle. Um, *NOW.*

Word is that the City and County will run out of landfill space by 2014.  So go buy a Nalgene, already.

Friday, March 27th, 2009

LGBT Community Center

Marking its seventh year anniversary, the LGBT Community Center finds itself to be an important economic center, but still faces the grim reality of budget cuts.

Thursday, March 26th, 2009

North Beach Incident

An alleged anti-gay incident leaves a North Beach restaurant and the neighborhood’s legacy with the LGBT slightly scarred.

Thursday, March 26th, 2009

Ethics Commission

The SF Bay Guardian – a publication that’s never shy about making its opinion known – discusses What It All Means.  (The What, of course, is the issue of who the new Ethics Commissioner has turned out to be – and who it isn’t.)  The Guardian presents some historical perspective for our consideration, and also makes it clear that it is pretty ticked off with the selection made by the Board of Supervisors.

Wednesday, March 25th, 2009

Spend it!

The Guardian argues for using $25M in one time revenue from the federal government to keep programs of San Francisco’s Human Services Agency and Department of Public Health intact.

Wednesday, March 25th, 2009

Stop and smell the roses ($7, please!)

The Examiner reports that the $7 fee SF visitors have been paying to view the Botanical Gardens may stick around – permanently.

Wednesday, March 25th, 2009

Leave the Light On

The SFPUC is making it easier to report streetlight issues thanks to a slick new app called, StreetLightsSF.

Wednesday, March 25th, 2009

Lights Out

Building owners gear up to buy new T-8 bulbs.  They’ve got until the end of next year, but it’s never too early to start saving the planet…

Wednesday, March 25th, 2009

Earth Hour

Golden Gate Bridge and other iconic landmarks plan some changes for Earth Hour.

Wednesday, March 25th, 2009

TB Study

Findings show that TB levels drop to its lowest levels in years in San Francisco, however, a new wave of patients outside the high risk bracket is putting the Public Health Department on high alert.

Tuesday, March 24th, 2009

A New Neighborhood?

San Francisco planners propose to create a dense transit village in Balboa Park.  Residents and City leaders react.

Saturday, March 21st, 2009

Dark blue

With a large backlog of disciplinary cases, the San Francisco Police Department has become a familiar lightning rod for controversy.  With new Police Commission appointments and legislation on the horizon, one thing is for sure: there will be big changes behind the shield.

Saturday, March 21st, 2009