SF Usual Suspects

Archive for September, 2009

As long as he doesn’t get to use the fax machine…

The Guardian wonders what a Department of Public Works contractor is doing with a City office and email address.

Wednesday, September 30th, 2009

Bring on the Towers

People are talking about the City’s plans for the Transit Center District, including John King and the Chronicle’s Editorial Board.

Wednesday, September 30th, 2009

Attention Gum Addicts

The City is back with a new plan that may blow a hole in your Bubble Yum.  That’s right.  In these tough economic times anything can be hit up for a fee.  On the heels of the tobacco fee’s success, Mayor Gavin Newsom and the Department of Public Works are exploring a chewing gum fee to keep the city’s streets pristine.

Wednesday, September 30th, 2009

The answer, my friends, is blowin’ in the wind…

City folks and business owners get together to talk about the feasibility and practicality of harvesting wind power in urban San Francisco.  No, there won’t be a wind turbine on every block – but Twin Peaks?  Treasure Island?  Ocean Beach?  Sure.  (Maybe even on top of City Hall.)

Tuesday, September 29th, 2009

Lack of excitement = lack of funding

November’s relatively lackluster election has resulted in few political dollars flowing about the town.  The Examiner’s Josh Sabatini looks at who’s raised what, what’s getting spent by whom, and why it is what it is.

Tuesday, September 29th, 2009

Art is good

The Excelsior neighborhood is getting a new cultural center at Geneva and San Jose avenues, much to the delight of local residents and elected officials alike.

Monday, September 28th, 2009

There Goes My Big Break

San Francisco was on the cusp of landing its first television drama to be filmed here since Nash Bridges. Now, the plug has been pulled on Trauma.

Monday, September 28th, 2009

We are Diminished

Donald Fisher, co-founder of the Gap and lifetime San Francisco resident, passed away yesterday.  A preeminent businessman and generous philanthropist, Mr. Fisher has left a remarkable legacy in our city and around the world.  He will be missed.

Monday, September 28th, 2009

Lions and tigers and bears, oh my!

Officials at the San Francisco Zoo are questioning how a young man managed to climb into the grizzly bear grotto.  Thankfully, neither the man nor the animals were hurt, but a valuable lesson was learned (again): stay away from large animals that can eat you.

Sunday, September 27th, 2009

Home Sweet Home

Friday, September 25th, 2009

Fires Don’t Wait

A new report by the San Francisco Fire Department shows that response time is unequal in different parts of the city.

Thursday, September 24th, 2009

helping the homeless

It’s behind a paywall but the Wall Street Journal has a piece on Bevan Dufty, the city’s homeless czar.

Thursday, September 24th, 2009

I promise to put soda in all the drinking fountains

Is Supervisor Dufty’s recent interest in Muni a sign of his eventual mayoral race platform?  The SF Weekly thinks so.

Wednesday, September 23rd, 2009

Keep it Clean, Folks.

The Department of Rec and Parks and the SFPD team up to address illegal drinking, unpermitted events, fights, and other generally unsavory activity going on at Dolores Park.

Wednesday, September 23rd, 2009

Improving our Neighborhood Commercial Districts

Planning Department Smart Fellow Dan Sider has released a report that suggests ways to make things easier and more streamlined for merchants in our commercial corridors.  Might these new rules spur new investment by entrepreneurs?  We’ll see…

Tuesday, September 22nd, 2009

Wheels off the ground

The SFMTA has found a way to incentivize ramp-taxi drivers to pick up passengers with disabilities, or as the Examiner describes them, “customers their vehicles are designed to serve.”

Pictured: The last time I asked my boss for incentives to do my job.

Tuesday, September 22nd, 2009

Geniuses Amongst Us

Three Bay Area folks are amongst the newest crop of MacArthur Genius Grant recipients.  A computer scientist, a biologist, and an artist have been granted a cool half million bucks with No Strings.  (Must be nice to be smart…)

Tuesday, September 22nd, 2009

Hedge Fun

bag-of-money19Well, Tom Perkins had a golden opportunity to explain his persecution-of-the-rich comments before the Commonwealth Club on Thursday night. Chronicle columnist C.W. Nevius was there and gives us his impression of the whole affair.

Tuesday, September 22nd, 2009

BART police

The Chronicle spends some time on the question of the BART police force – as in, should it even be a thing?

Tuesday, September 22nd, 2009

Broadway Liquor

The Ex reports on Supervisor Chiu’s new legislation that would create a BARUD along Broadway from Columbus to Montgomery. You don’t know what a BARUD is? Of course, it’s the Broadway Alcohol Restricted Use District.

Monday, September 21st, 2009

Dry clean or green clean?

Local dry cleaners are seeking more time from the Department of the Environment to make the switch to more environmentally friendly cleaning practices.

Saturday, September 19th, 2009


Congratulations are in order to Mayor Gavin Newsom and Jennifer Siebel Newsom on the arrival of their little girl, Montana Tessa.  Mazel tov!

Friday, September 18th, 2009

Boarding Terminal Green

SFO unveils its new Climate Passport kiosks, which are equipped with user-friendly touch screens that determine how many pounds of carbon dioxide your trip produced and allows fliers to purchase certified carbon offsets on-site.  Revenues will go to reforestation or the SFCarbon Fund.

Friday, September 18th, 2009

City Fleet & CarSharing

sf-city-hall9The Chron gives us the deets on a proposal that’s expected to be introduced by Supervisor Mark Farrell aimed at phasing out “nonessential” vehicles in San Francisco’s city fleet.

Thursday, September 17th, 2009

Open for business

Positive economic news? No need to clean your glasses, this story is real and ready to make you optimistic. According to a recent report from the Controller’s Office, tourism is close to being back up to its pre-recession numbers. Those crazy, map packed and camera wielding Iowans might just be the ones to raise our revenues. So the next time you see a tourist, help them turn their map right side up and offer directions. Represent and make San Francisco proud.

Thursday, September 17th, 2009