SF Usual Suspects

Archive for May, 2009

About time

City Hall has entered the twenty-first century and now provides WiFi for its visitors.  Well, at least in one corner of the building.  Hey, change takes time, people.

Friday, May 29th, 2009

Rose colored glasses

The results of the SFPUC’s longawaited study are in: SF’s compost is no more toxic than other form that you could buy at the store.  Nonetheless, not everyone thinks the results are telling the full story.  In the meantime, please enjoy the compost stories below and the pretty roses to your right to help you get through them.

Friday, May 29th, 2009

And where have you been?

Supervisor John Avalos is calling for stricter privacy protections for those who use Clipper cards. Apparently there’s a whole lot of personal and travel data that’s stored on card accounts over a seven year period. (Insert Big Brother comment here.)

Thursday, May 28th, 2009

Wouldn’t You Like To Know

Rumors are flying about who may or may not run for local political office in the next few election cycles.  We thought we’d perpetuate a few of them by creating a page devoted to our favorite of all name games.  Check out our Upcoming Races page to see what we’ve heard.  We expect that you’ll also tell us what we’ve missed and what we have exactly wrong.

Wednesday, May 27th, 2009

Chamber girds for battle

The San Francisco Chamber of Commerce announces plans to expand and strengthen its political action committee, preparing for potential battles in November.

Wednesday, May 27th, 2009

Skyline Scuffle

John King examines the City’s Downtown Plan and how it impacts the politics behind a new development proposed for 555 Washington.

Tuesday, May 26th, 2009

Indiscrete Mathematics

The Chronicle considers the Mayor’s job creation efforts in the city at the same time public sector positions are being cut.

Tuesday, May 26th, 2009

Sugar Sugar

The Guardian investigates the list of supporters who’ve signed on to oppose the proposed Sugary Beverage Tax.

Monday, May 25th, 2009

POA Posters

Beating Mayor Newsom to the punch, the POA creates posters for Muni vehicles that publicize the reward for information relating to several of the city’s unsolved homicide cases.  Unfortunately, the police union forgot to clear its plan with MTA, so the posters have yet to actually see the side of a bus.

Friday, May 22nd, 2009

That’ll Cost Ya

Under a new proposal, developers hoping to build in the neighborhood of the Transbay Terminal would have to pay up to an additional $35 per square foot in fees to the City.

Friday, May 22nd, 2009

Proposition 13 – Back On The Table

tom-ammianoThe Chron reports that Assm. Tom Ammiano’s bill to close a loophole in Prop. 13 is compelling an unusual mix of bipartisan support.

Bill to close Prop. 13 loophole gets rare mix of support (Chronicle) 05/20/2014


Thursday, May 21st, 2009

Saving Public Television

The Board of Supervisors passes an ordinance requiring cable providers to pony up funds to keep public access television viable in San Francisco.

Thursday, May 21st, 2009

Trash Talk

Trash offenders and litterbugs beware!  The Department of Public Works is fining businesses who fail to clean up their garbage.  People, we’re serious.  Clean it up!

Thursday, May 21st, 2009

But You Promised

Our Mayor shows his displeasure with the Governor’s plan to borrow money from counties to help deal with the state deficit.

Thursday, May 21st, 2009

Oh, But That Was Such A Nice Kragen Store

The San Francisco Planning Commission will consider a project in the Balboa Park area that would replace an auto parts store with housing and possibly a grocery store.

Thursday, May 21st, 2009

Penny for your thoughts

Tim Redmond of the San Francisco Bay Guardian opines on recent activities at the Board of Supervisors.

Wednesday, May 20th, 2009

The highest bidder

A ballot measure introduced by Supervisor Bevan Dufty revisits the idea of selling the rights to rename Candlestick Park.  Of course, this assumes that the Niners continue to play there…  Keep reading the next post for more developments.

Wednesday, May 20th, 2009

Charter Amendments

In an attempt to alleviate the budget crisis, members of the Board of Supervisors have introduced a slew of charter amendments that address the City’s bottom line.  Depending on how they fare at the Board, voters could have the chance to weigh in on everything from overtime pay to the length of the budget cycle.

Wednesday, May 20th, 2009

Pick up your butt

The Board’s Budget and Finance Committee has approved Mayor Newsom’s proposed 33 cent tax on cigarettes.  The price hike could hit shelves as early as October 1, providing San Francisco smokers yet another reason to quit.

Tuesday, May 19th, 2009

Gun Lawsuit

The NRA files a lawsuit against the City’s law restricting the storage of handguns.

Tuesday, May 19th, 2009

Pay your fare share

In yet another attempt to close Muni’s budget gap, Supervisor Dufty advocates for an increase in fines levied against riders who do not pay their fare.

Monday, May 18th, 2009

Count ‘Em

Mayor Gavin Newsom asks the Board of Supes to consider a resolution that would urge federal agencies in charge of the 2010 Census to recognize same-sex couples.

Friday, May 15th, 2009

A Bike and Gay Friendly Town

Heather Knight reveals which politicos did and did not hop on two wheels for yesterday’s Bike to Work Day.  Plus, San Francisco is honored by Gay.com for being the best domestic travel destination.

Friday, May 15th, 2009

Holla back y’all

Think we’re done with the budget battles?  Think again.  The Guardian reports that SEIU 1021 has launched a campaign to reverse pay cuts for City medical staff and nurses, arguing that these cuts disproportionately impact women and communities of color.

Friday, May 15th, 2009

Gav the Builder

Mayor Gavin Newsom commandeers a bulldozer at the groundbreaking for the SFPUC’s new water treatment plant near Tracy.

Friday, May 15th, 2009