SF Usual Suspects

Archive for June, 2009

Thanks for 99 great years

After 99 years, the Tenderloin YMCA will close today.  A new Y is on the docket within the next few years, and the current building is slated to become low income housing.  While we look forward to the changes, we’ll miss all the Y had to offer.  Thanks for providing nearly a century of service to the neighborhood!

Tuesday, June 30th, 2009

That was then, this is now

On the verge of his retirement, the Examiner interviews the City’s highest-ranking Asian firefighter, and a man who many credit with increasing Asian recruitment into the SFFD.

Monday, June 29th, 2009

Chain Gang

The San Francisco Business Times considers the impact of Prop G, the ordinance passed in 2006 that restricts the entrance of new formula retail in San Francisco.

Friday, June 26th, 2009

In the Brown?

The Board of Supervisors’ Budget and Finance Committee votes to reduce the Fire Department’s budget by $6M.

Friday, June 26th, 2009

Back On Track – the Guardian’s Take

The Bay Guardian discusses what it sees as the issues with the recent kerfluffle over Back On Track.

Tuesday, June 23rd, 2009

Name Game

The City College Board of Trustees reacts to Chancellor Don Griffin’s proposal to name classes after donors who are willing to pony up $6K.

Monday, June 22nd, 2009

Get some learnin’ in ya.

Longtime political activist and Local Good Guy Nathan Purkiss wore the tips off his fingers recently, as he typed up a history of the Alice B. Toklas LGBT club.  Lots of good information, pictures, and stories can be found within – Nathan did a great job on this.  Whether you’re a student of San Francisco politics in general, or gay politics in particular, it’s an important read.

Monday, June 22nd, 2009

SummerSummerSummerSummerSummer!

Welcome to Summer, gang.

Monday, June 22nd, 2009

Do. Not. Screw. Around. With. Tattoo. Artists. (Seriously.)

Even though tattoo artists look tough, can withstand pain, and they know people in biker gangs, the City is raising their annual fees by about twelve times.  Oh dear – the City is going to get taken out behind the gym at lunch and is gonna get WHUPPED, unless the City gets a new, big friend.

Monday, June 22nd, 2009

Come Back Now, Ya Hear?

Just make sure that there are enough invites to go around.

Monday, June 22nd, 2009

Supervisor Mar

The Examiner profiles Supervisor Eric Mar and his family, and the path he took to get to City Hall.

Sunday, June 21st, 2009

One Damp Dewey Decimal

The San Francisco Public Library’s recent amnesty program resulted in some pretty interesting excuses for not returning local library books on time.  Some guy even claims that his fell into the Hudson River after he landed a plane there.  Imagine that!

Friday, June 19th, 2009

At least we have a plan

The draft Japantown Better Neighborhood Plan gets some airtime during a Board of Supervisors Budget Committee hearing. Of course, Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi kills our buzz with a reminder that there’s not a lot of excess cash lying around to make these sorts of things come to fruition. Spoilsport.

Friday, June 19th, 2009

We are diminished

Former BAR reporter and public relations pro Allen White passes away.

Thursday, June 18th, 2009

Walkies Are So Last Year

The Examiner explores a new pilot program between the SFPD, merchants, and community members to make neighborhoods safer and cops more accessible to those in need.  Hint:  This project involves a small electronic device that people often feel naked leaving home without.

Thursday, June 18th, 2009

Stand In Solidarity

The Bay Area’s Iranian community comes out in droves to protest the recent election.

Wednesday, June 17th, 2009

The Next Mayor

The Chronicle explores the level of awareness San Franciscans have about the upcoming mayor’s race and its candidates. So, is our super-informed, politically active population tuned-in? Notsomuch.

Wednesday, June 17th, 2009

You Will Need To Add A Few Zeroes To That

The Redevelopment Agency rejects the only two complete bids for site close to the new Transbay Terminal.

Wednesday, June 17th, 2009

Planes, Trains & Automobiles

Pending a vote by the Board of Supervisors, SFO employees may no longer have to flip the extra $2.50 to get to work.  Rejoice!

Tuesday, June 16th, 2009

Will you take an IOU?

San Francisco property owners owe the City approximately $55M in delinquent taxes.  Turns out we could kinda use the extra cash this year, so don’t be surprised if the Tax Collector comes a knockin’.

Tuesday, June 16th, 2009

Case Closed?

City Hall’s continuous budget debate focuses on cuts to the Tenderloin’s Community Justice Center, which handles low level crimes.

Tuesday, June 16th, 2009

Bad news: you got shot. Good news: you’re alive.

The San Francisco Police Department and others in City government point out that while people still get shot here in the City of St. Francis (note to gangbangers – St. Francis was NOT strapped), a higher percentage of people than usual are surviving their gunshot wounds.  Yay – sort of, right?  Right?  Um, yeah.  Yay.

Monday, June 15th, 2009

Power to the people

State Senator Mark Leno requests that the California Public Utilities Commission explore PG&E’s history of blackouts in San Francisco.

Monday, June 15th, 2009