SF Usual Suspects

Archive for April, 2009

Deblightification

With numerous construction projects stalled due to the economic climate, the Mayor’s Office seeks to encourage developers and property owners to convert blighted construction sites in waiting to interim park-like spaces for playing.

Thursday, April 30th, 2009

Mergers & Acquisitions

A new report commissioned by the Mayor urges struggling San Francisco nonprofits to merge.

Thursday, April 30th, 2009

City tech

While most can agree that the City’s utilization of technology is not up to par, not everyone agrees with how the public safety communication systems should be fixed.

Thursday, April 30th, 2009

Report Card

The City asks its residents to grade delivery of services.  Residents oblige.  Hijinks ensue.

Thursday, April 30th, 2009

Gleaming the Cube

Skaters, rejoice! Plans to build a skate park in the South of Market are finally moving forward after a preliminary lease agreement was reached. Rollerbladers, there’s nothing to see here for you. Move along, please.

Wednesday, April 29th, 2009

110 Embarcadero

The proposed building at 110 Embarcadero is finding itself in the middle of a union battle: the past versus the present.

Wednesday, April 29th, 2009

Keep Calm and Carry On

The City’s emergency center is reduced to standby mode as all confirmed cases of swine flu in San Francisco have tested to be mild.

Wednesday, April 29th, 2009

Swine Flu Boon?

The swine flu may be sending people on high-alert, but it’s also sending unexpected tourism by way of San Francisco.

Wednesday, April 29th, 2009

Earning The “F” Grade

While the City earns high marks in ozone pollution standards, it fails the American Lung Association’s particle pollution standards.  Being green ain’t that easy.

Wednesday, April 29th, 2009

H2O

The San Francisco Public Utilities Commission is expanding the Discounted Rain Barrel Program (yes, we have a Discounted Rain Barrel Program) to help capture rain water that can eventually be used as potable water.  A new partnership will expand the program to the city’s schools, helping to reduce our impact on the environment and teach those kiddies a thing or two.  Win/win, eh?

Wednesday, April 29th, 2009

Taking on Twitter

Ken Garcia offers his take on Newsom’s new Twitter habit, and the ramifications it may have for his campaign.

Tuesday, April 28th, 2009

Unfilled beds

A pending settlement over unclaimed hospital beds could cost the Department of Public Health a fair bit of change.  Just what we need in this economy, more money going out the door.

Tuesday, April 28th, 2009

Big bingo bucks

Supervisor Bevan Dufty’s legislation that increases the prize money available to charitable bingo games in San Francisco is up for a vote next Monday before the City Operations and Neighborhood Services Committee.

Tuesday, April 28th, 2009

It’s just a matter of safety

The Examiner discusses how the SFPD is working to increase safety in the public housing structures of San Francisco.

Monday, April 27th, 2009

Angela Alioto and the National Shrine of St. Francis of Assisi

newspaper22Chris Roberts persuaded the Examiner to give him PLENTY of ink to write this mini-novella about former Supervisor and Mayoral candidate Angela Alioto, and the controversial shrine she and others have worked on for years.

Sunday, April 26th, 2009

Mr. SPUR

The Examiner profiles Gabriel Metcalf.

Sunday, April 26th, 2009

A Friend Indeed

The MTA and Friends of the Cable Car Museum both want ownership of the museum’s historic cars transferred to the City, but there are a few other topics on which the organizations disagree.

Saturday, April 25th, 2009

In The Club

After three hours of debate, no action was taken on the potential new law to limit unruly nightclubs.  The issue is back on the table next month.

Friday, April 24th, 2009

Battle Of The Digits

The Mayor defends the City’s 311 call center service against those who favor a regional 511 program.

Friday, April 24th, 2009

I’m Smarter Than You!

One gubernatorial candidate challenges another to an interesting test of smarts.

Friday, April 24th, 2009

Folsom and Dore – holding their breath…

Will these popular gay street fairs take place?  The BAR’s political columnist takes a look behind the curtain, as organizers hope to gain permission.

Thursday, April 23rd, 2009

Hey. How green are you, and all your neighbors?

Now the answer to that pressing question can be known, San Franciscans.  Our City rolls out a new tool that allows us to do our own research and find out.

Thursday, April 23rd, 2009

Progress!

Despite the statewide increase in student dropout rates, San Francisco is proud to say that it is seeing a gradual decrease in dropouts at its schools.

Thursday, April 23rd, 2009

Fight!

The San Francisco Democratic Party Unity Luncheon becomes the focal point for a conflict over the future of development in San Francisco.  Yep – the “Unity” Luncheon.  Oh irony – how cruel thy sting!

Thursday, April 23rd, 2009

“Broken” is a pretty serious word. Damn.

The SF Weekly reports on the politics of the Police Commission, how it’s broken, and the need for reform.

Thursday, April 23rd, 2009