One Chron reporter walks us through the many disturbing acts and realities that took place in 2009. Always “the glass is half full” type of gal, I hope this can only mean that 2010 will bring Peace on Earth, Goodwill Toward Men – or, at least, relative to the previous year, right?
Hear Ye, Hear Ye, Bay Area Revelers: Both BART and Caltrain are extending their hours of operation, offering bridge and tunnel folk a safe ride home from the myriad of parties you are sure to attend this New Year’s Eve (and early morn). Additionally, the Chron provides a nifty list of government services and agencies that will be observing the first day of 2010, and those that will not. (Sorry in advance to those of you who were dead set on getting a new driver’s license photo the day after.)
Although San Francisco’s homicide rate is higher than this time last year, the SFPD reports that the figure is still much lower than it has been over the past five years. I like the optimism, but if I were you I’d still lock your door at night and practice some serious Judo chops.
So we’re about to wrap up the Decade Of Fear, thank goodness. But wait – how best to commemorate the end of the best year of this awful decade? The cracked evil geniuses at JibJab know how. Check out this lovely little summary video of What Took Place in 2009 – and let’s sail onward into 2010 with a new attitude!
Today’s public service announcement: the State of California has nearly $6 billion (yup, that’s right: billion) in unclaimed property just waiting to be recovered. The Sacramento Bee takes a look at which local officials are owed a piece of the pie, and offers instructions to see if there’s any cash with your name on it. How’s that for a post-Christmas surprise?!?
As we near the end of 2009, the Examiner takes a look at the important stories looming on the horizon in 2010. On their list: sanctuary policy, parking meters, steroids, the Bay Bridge, and elections, elections, elections. If it all seems overwhelming, never fear – Usual Suspects will keep you in the loop!
With health benefits and pensions a static staple in transit workers’ contracts, the Examiner reports there is little wiggle room to lean out the $8 billion debt the Bay Area’s transit agencies are accumulating over the next quarter century.
Today’s public service announcement: for all you holiday revelers, Bay Area transit agencies will stay open late (and Muni will be free!) on New Year’s Eve to help ensure that you get home safely. A little worse for the wear, perhaps, but safely.
Some people celebrate Christmas with eggnog by the fire, but here in San Francisco a group of die-hard cyclists commemorated the holiday with a ride down Market Street. Some even disrobed for this month’s Critical Mass, adding a little unexpected holiday cheer for the tourists observing the ride. Let’s hope there were some well-placed Santa hats to keep everyone warm…
In an attempt to raise revenue and (finally!) balance the City’s budget, Mayor Gavin Newsom is proposing two new initiatives: a condo conversion fee and selling permits to drive taxis. Needless to say, both are controversial. Let the debate begin!
At last! San Francisco’s abandoned Chihuahuas are off to the Big Apple. And lest you think it wasn’t worth the wait, their trip included a red carpet, first class tickets and “chi-mosas.” Quite frankly, I’ve never been this jealous of a dog.
SFPD Chief George Gascón is on the hook for $27K he spent on a consultant who helped him evaluate the Department before taking over as Top Cop. And in this budget environment where it’s hard to find a buck-two-fifty, methinks this might present the Chief with a few problems.
For all you last minute holiday shoppers out there, the Chronicle and the Bay Guardian have a few helpful suggestions about where to get the best (and most affordable) presents in San Francisco. T-minus two days until Christmas, people! (Not that I’m counting…)
Some clever folks put together an insidery retrospective of the year, using Google Wave. Check it out below. And by the way, I do have a few Google Wave invitations left over, and you want to be invited (and you know me – or can prove you’re a loyal Suspects reader), email me and I’ll send you an invitation. (First come, first served…)
The Chronicle reports on the four gentlemen who used to work on Mayor Gavin Newsom’s gubernatorial campaign, and who now have jobs in San Francisco City Hall. Various folks talk about the resumes of the new guys, about the folks who they replaced, and about whether or not having campaign staffers working in government is a Good Idea.
On Tuesday, Board President David Chiu introduced legislation to strike a bunch of fees from the books. They include such high grossing events as funeral processions, ring-toss operations, and Wild West shows. Now, this is stimulus…..
Remember the ordinance that requires warnings on mobile phones? Lots of attorneys and judges are fighting about it now. For the more legally-minded of you, the Recorder allows you some insight into How The Process Is Going.
With the pragmatism of a (non-practicing) attorney and the creativity of a classically-trained musician, Taylor brings a unique perspective to Barbary Coast Consulting. When he’s not helping guide his clients through the frothy world of San Francisco politics, Taylor can be found either walking his pit bull around the Castro or frantically practicing for an upcoming concert.