SF Usual Suspects

Archive for November, 2009

What Would Chiu Do?

On Sunday, the Chronicle offered an in-depth look at Board of Supes’ President David Chiu.

Monday, November 30th, 2009


The San Francisco Unified School District prepares to implement an environmental master plan, which will help reduce the carbon footprint of our public schools.

Monday, November 30th, 2009

Bunk mates

San Francisco’s housing regulations are always a hot topic, and today we dive into student designated housing and the policies and rules that are in place. With rental prices as high as they are, the City is looking into how we can make sure these kiddos aren’t rationing their Cup of Noodles.

Monday, November 30th, 2009

Desk Duty

A backlog of SFPD disciplinary cases has taken a number of officers off the street and left the Department in the hole while covering their $5M in salaries and benefits each year.

Monday, November 30th, 2009

Dance Party? NOT!!!

The Guardian reports that SFPD is raiding house parties and seizing DJs’ laptops.  Talk about a party foul.

Wednesday, November 25th, 2009

Happy 75th (and one day), Golden Gate Bridge!

Today, we get all the juicy deets on the festivities for the Golden Gate’s birthday party yesterday, including the fireworks and the fog, as well as who showed and the new paint job She wore. All in all, it was a day none will forget.

Wednesday, November 25th, 2009

SEIU protest

The SFPD reports that eighteen SEIU employees were arrested after a protest at Market and Hayes.

Tuesday, November 24th, 2009

“You’re Going To Love This Or You’re Going To Hate This”

Ten days ago, Suspects shared that several Muni lines will be eliminated while others will be reduced starting December 5.  For those of you who take the 7 Haight or 20 Columbus or the N Judah on the weekends (in some portions), you now have two days and two days only to say your good-byes.  Giddyup!

Tuesday, November 24th, 2009

Ensuring the flow

Did you know that the Public Utilities Commission has declared a state of emergency to make sure that San Franciscans continue to get their water?  While that declaration wasn’t widely covered on October 23, it’s been in place for a while, and contractors are hard at work repairing a gigantic pipe that brings half of our town our water.

Tuesday, November 24th, 2009

Good Morning America! (a really, really early GMA, that is…)

On December 3, Good Morning America will broadcast from San Francisco, and pre-dawn Union Square activity will be at a fever pitch.  Coffee and many layers of sweaters are highly advisable, if you’re making the trek…

Tuesday, November 24th, 2009

Ten Fingers and Four Toes

The Examiner counts the number of vacant storefronts between Embarcadero and Fifth Street and considers what type of tenants, if any, we might see there in the future.

Monday, November 23rd, 2009

Running on Empty

The Department of Building Inspection begins enforcement of a new law that requires owners of vacant properties to register their buildings, or face financial and legal penalties.

Monday, November 23rd, 2009

We are diminished

Former San Francisco Fire Commissioner Jim Jefferson died of a heart attack on Monday while en route to meet with Oakland decision-makers about the Oakland Airport Connector.  Our deepest condolences to his family, and we thank him for his service to the Bay Area community.

Wednesday, November 18th, 2009

wave goodbye…

…as Newsom Crime Czar Kevin Ryan hands in his resignation, right on the heels of spokesperson Nate Ballard’s “hasta la vista” of yesterday.  So, City Hall insiders: who’s next?

Tuesday, November 17th, 2009

Let’s make a deal

The Examiner reports on Mayor Gavin Newsom’s latest negotiations with local labor leaders representing the 17,000 City employees to be fired and rehired, and when an agreement may be struck.

Tuesday, November 17th, 2009

Nate Ballard: exeunt, stage right

Nathan Ballard, Mayor Gavin Newsom’s spokesperson and shadow since early 2007, has scheduled his departure from City Hall for February 2010.  Everyone has an idea about What This Means.  Everyone, as usual, is probably partially right and partially wrong – but BOY do we love our speculation…

Monday, November 16th, 2009

Smoke ‘Em if you Got ‘Em

Watch out you nicotine lovers, the City’s looking at new ways to limit the amount of tobacco sales permits it doles out. And if there’s one thing I know: Stephen Dorff will not stand for this.

Monday, November 16th, 2009

What’s $36M Between Friends?

The Department of Public Health wants to request over $36M from the feds.  On Tuesday, the Board of Supes will vote to give them that authority.

Monday, November 16th, 2009

Water World

Operations for the water system used by the San Francisco Fire Department for fighting fires has become the responsibility of the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission, saving the SFFD some much needed cash.   While some commissioners were previously opposed to the plan, the money saved and June’s bond measure to fix the water system proved enough to calm their concerns.

Monday, November 16th, 2009

Open For Business

The Chronicle takes us on a tour of the renovated Metreon, which opened to the public on Saturday. Read up and then make your way over to SOMA to check it out.

Thursday, November 12th, 2009

To gift or not to gift

Mayor Lee has requested that the City Attorney’s office look into the policy that allows elected officials to receive free event tickets to say the 49ers’ games. Will our electeds still receive freebees after the Niners take off to Santa Clara? Will the policy come to a halt before then? Only time will tell.

Thursday, November 12th, 2009

Christmas in November!

It’s official: with the opening of the ice rinks in Union Square and the Embarcadero Center, the holidays have officially begun.  And yes, it takes some pretty impressive technology to keep the ice frozen here in sunny (?) California.

Thursday, November 12th, 2009

One for the City, one for me. One more for the City, TWO for me.

A City audit of a Port parking lot indicates that some Bad Deeds Might Have Been Done.  The alleged deed-doers say that the audit is flawed and that they’re blameless.  But more than a half million dollars isn’t where it’s supposed to be.  This one will get uglier before it gets fixed…

Tuesday, November 10th, 2009

Red means stop. Green means look around carefully and then run for your life.

A nationwide survey of cities has found that crossing the street in San Francisco is so dangerous that … oh, crap.  We’re too late.  You just got hit by a Buick.  Sorry about that.

Tuesday, November 10th, 2009

Show Me the Money

Board President David Chiu thinks it’s a good idea to take some moolah from the California Emergency Management Agency.

Monday, November 9th, 2009