SF Usual Suspects

Archive for August, 2009

Imposters in our midst

The MTA Board will vote tomorrow on an amendment that will make it easier to penalize the city’s illegitimate taxi drivers.

Monday, August 31st, 2009

Major detour

Some of the most difficult construction on the Bay Bridge begins this Thursday night.  For those of you who are planning on taking a road trip to celebrate the long weekend, better find an alternate route.

Monday, August 31st, 2009

Lost and Found

The Examiner takes a look at what happens to the property that’s left on BART, and it turns out that all those lost cell phones have a financial benefit for the agency.

Monday, August 31st, 2009

Lavish Libraries

A report from the SF Controller’s Office states that the Department of Public Works did not do a good job of controlling costs for a library branch rebuild.

Friday, August 28th, 2009

The Little Cars That Couldn’t

San Francisco’s natural gas-powered traffic vehicles are having a difficult time maneuvering around some of our hilly terrain.

Friday, August 28th, 2009

The Amazing Race

With City Treasurer Jose Cisneros and City Attorney Dennis Herrera each running unopposed this fall, we’re prepared for a snoozer of an election.

Thursday, August 27th, 2009

The Apology

Members of the local Muslim community applaud the recent apology from Police Chief George Gascon.

Thursday, August 27th, 2009

EDWARD KENNEDY (1932-2009)

The last surviving brother in the Kennedy political dynasty and one of the most influential senators in history, U.S. Senator Edward M. Kennedy (D-Massachusetts) - our nation’s touted “Liberal Lion” – dies in Hyannis Port after a long battle with a brain tumor.  Our nation is better because of him and he will be terribly missed.

Wednesday, August 26th, 2009

Rock On!

The two-day Outside Lands Music and Arts Festival concluded yesterday as the sun finally decided to grace us with its presence.  There was music, dancing, food, perhaps a beer or two, and fun was had by all.  ‘Til next year!

Tuesday, August 25th, 2009

What, no Esperanto?

The City opens the doors to a new elementary school, helping to address increasing kindergarten enrollment in San Francisco public schools and teaching the kids Cantonese along the way.

Tuesday, August 25th, 2009

Bringing Horseshoeing Back. Yea!

The Chronicle reports on a cadres of committed volunteers who successfully restored 16 horseshoe pitching courts in Golden Gate Park.  How did they do it?  Through sweat and assistance from the Recreation and Park Department and the Department of Public Works.  Come fall, it’s tourney time!

Wednesday, August 19th, 2009

Whole Lotta Love

Whole Foods gets the official go-ahead from the San Francisco Planning Commission to move forward with a shiny new store (not to mention residential units).  A plethora of shmancy cheese and impossibly perfect grapes are on the horizon…

Tuesday, August 18th, 2009

Staying put

…and just down the hall, the Board of Supervisors’ Land Use and Economic Development Committee will vote on legislation proposed by Supervisor Eric Mar that would make it much more difficult to evict families with young children.

Monday, August 17th, 2009

“It works.”

More or less, that’s what Chief George Gascón and Mayor Gavin Newsom are saying about Compstat, in a press conference held yesterday.  Waitaminnit – I thought Friday press conferences were where you dumped BAD news, not touted good … perhaps Newsom and Gascón were trying to make sure the super-villains in the Legion Of Doom didn’t hear about their successes, thereby avoiding a counter-attack on 850 Bryant?

Monday, August 17th, 2009

This is my ninth sick day this semester

The San Francisco Unified School District is using technology to help teachers track attendance and inform parents when their kids are playing hooky.

Monday, August 17th, 2009

Use of Force

SF Weekly profiles Doug Cameron, whose work with the San Francisco Police Department around use of force issues has spanned decades.

Monday, August 17th, 2009

Checking in?

The Unite Here Local 2 and hotel management courtship continues with an organized protest yesterday in front of the Hyatt, and some serious he said/she said debates on who’s not being treated fairly.

Friday, August 14th, 2009

Where She At Now?

CultureMap Houston brings us up to date with the happenings surrounding former San Francisco political operative and woman about town, Laura Spanjian.  Howdy, Laura!

Thursday, August 13th, 2009

Hold on to Your Squeaky Toys

Next Tuesday, the Board chamber will not only be filled with people just returning from vacay, but a few feline and canine friends might also be making an appearance.  And by feline and canine friends, I actually mean the folks who are trying to open a chain pet store in the city.  (Are animals even allowed in the chamber?)

Thursday, August 13th, 2009

We are diminished

Debra Stein – advocate, strategist, organizer, world traveler and well-regarded fixture on the San Francisco political scene, passes away at 48.  Our thoughts are with Jeff and her family at this difficult time.

Wednesday, August 12th, 2009

Dude, That’s My Park

The Chronicle reports on the progression of state Senator Mark Leno’s SB792, and how local groups are helping shape Candlestick Point State Recreation Area’s future.

Tuesday, August 11th, 2009

Save the Trees

In this week’s episode of CSI: Golden Gate Park, the Chronicle looks at the tragic situation of Monterey pines and cypresses being decapitated in the park.

Monday, August 10th, 2009

Dollars and Sense

The Examiner profiles the Mayor’s incoming budget director, Greg Wagner, who will officially assume the post at the end of the month.

Monday, August 10th, 2009

Crime (Fighting) Pays Afterall

As former Police Chief Heather Fong retires, a bunch of dolla, dolla bills follow.

Thursday, August 6th, 2009

Shhhh. We’re Busy Lobbying.

The SF Weekly reports on the case of lobbyists not fulfilling their local reporting requirements while advocating for more government secrecy in San Francisco.

Wednesday, August 5th, 2009