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Archive for February, 2010

You Will Landscape

The City of San Francisco is considering placing new requirements on property owners for street tree maintenance.

Sunday, February 28th, 2010

At A Newsstand Near You

Since you can’t find it online, Suspects will give you a peek at what Willie Brown and Matier and Ross have to say in today’s Chronicle.  Mr. Brown gives Supervisor Sean Elsbernd credit for taking on Muni reforms, President Obama credit for his healthcare summit, and Oakland City Council member Rebecca Kaplan credit for understanding how to win a citywide race.  He also gives us some insider perspective on Chinese New Year and a welcome-home dinner for Julie Lee.  Meanwhile, Matier and Ross tell us about a strange scuffle between a group of Black Muslims and a former San Francisco policeman at a community meeting and Mayor Gavin Newsom’s declining poll numbers here in San Francisco.

Sunday, February 28th, 2010

Stimulate This

Mayor Gavin Newsom’s three week old local stimulus package appears to be working as the Planning Department sees an increase in building permit applications.

Thursday, February 25th, 2010

The Race for D8

BAR reports on the star-studded cast of candidates vying for Supervisor Bevan Dufty’s District Eight seat on the Board of Supervisors.

Thursday, February 25th, 2010

Limited Fee-Free Offer!

The MTA is waiving the fee for its TransLink cards For a Limited Time Only – which could be a day or a week or a month or 35 days, we simply don’t know – for discounted pass users.  (Hmmmm.  Sympathy swag for raising fares?  Or something else?)  Either way, come and get ‘em while they’re hot!  And while you’re at it, BART over to Oakland and take the AC Transit 12 bus Just Because You Can.

Thursday, February 25th, 2010


The SFBG provides an in-depth analysis of the battle for supervisor in District Ten, the largest and most diverse of the city’s eleven districts.  Let the games begin!

Wednesday, February 24th, 2010


Yes, I’m a geek.  And no, this isn’t political.  But Pi Day?  How cool is that??!!  March 14 marks the 22nd annual celebration at the Exploratorium, complete with science, music and (drum roll, please) PIE.  Fellow math nerds, rejoice!

Wednesday, February 24th, 2010

Coming to a Ballot Near You, Somewhat Soon

The Examiner offers a Quick ‘n Dirty breakdown of the various ballot measures, both local and state, coming to a ballot near you in the next few months.  San Franciscans, you’re getting off easy this go a-round with only seven local measures versus the usual 1,437… or so… Nonetheless, grab a buddy and start studying up!

Tuesday, February 23rd, 2010

I’ll trade that hose for your van gogh

Question: How can a new art gallery on Howard Street possibly help the Fire Department make this city safer?  Sounds like a noodle scratcher, doesn’t it?  Answer:  the department’s recent agreement with the Museum that will swap properties (and provide the City a shiny, brand new fire station).  Rejoice!

Monday, February 22nd, 2010

At A Newsstand Near You

Unfortunately, www.sfgate.com does not have these stories.  But, some of us at Suspects still get the Chronicle delivered at home so we are happy to share.  Today, Matier and Ross cover which former politicians are getting paid Big Money by the California Correctional Peace Officers Association (or the prison guards union, depending on whether you’re feeling colloquial), and news of a Big Endorsement in the District Two Supes race.  Also, Willie Brown writes about Tiger Woods, Gavin Newsom, Dianne Feinstein, Jerry Brown, and how lobbyists are texting Planning Commissioners during meetings.

Sunday, February 21st, 2010

summer sunshine

SF’s Recreation and Parks Department sees the silver lining behind the SFUSD School Board’s cuts to summer school classes, and welcomes kids (and their parents’ wallets) who would otherwise be sitting on their hands this summer to run freely in the park instead.

Friday, February 19th, 2010

On A Hot Tin Roof

The San Francisco LGBT Community Center, Supervisor Bevan Dufty, and Medjool owner Gus Murad are teaming up to explore new zoning opportunities that would expand the center’s commercial capacity, including a new rooftop restaurant (and we all know how electric those are in this town).

Thursday, February 18th, 2010


Several of the city’s shuttered churches are in limbo, and the City’s Planning Department just isn’t sure about how best to use the space.

Wednesday, February 17th, 2010

Ballot Box

The SFBG breaks down the upcoming June election, offering its advice about how best to support the little guy at the polls.  Take that, Corporate America!

Wednesday, February 17th, 2010

Less is More

Mayor Gavin Newsom and local union leaders recently agreed to cut five hundred city jobs, which is much smaller than the proposed cut of 1,500 jobs.  Isn’t this a great city?  Five hundred jobs lost and you aren’t chased out of town with pitchforks.

Wednesday, February 17th, 2010

Public Policy Prognostications

Longtime affordable housing advocate Calvin Welch opines on Mayor Newsom’s efforts to stimulate the economy, encouraging the administration to focus more on the public sector.

Wednesday, February 17th, 2010

She won’t.

It’s official: Senator Dianne Feinstein will not (that’s right: NOT) be running for governor.  Not a big surprise, but I bet that wherever he is, Attorney General Jerry Brown is breathing a sigh of relief.

Wednesday, February 17th, 2010

Critical Mass at 20

Twenty years ago, Critical Mass hit the streets of San Francisco with about 50 participants. Yesterday, the 20th anniversary ride attracted thousands of participants. The Chronicle gives us some background on this local tradition. Wheels up!

Wednesday, February 17th, 2010

Driving Change

Looks like Jimmy’s Old Car Picnic – an event held in Speedway Meadow for many years – needs to find a new location, or it won’t happen at all.  The City and Jimmy are both girding their loins for battle (and who knew the City had loins?), and the folks at Suspects, who like old cars and think they’re cool, hope that some reasonable compromise gets reached…

Tuesday, February 16th, 2010

Recycling Drama

C.W. Nevius dives into the Safeway recycling center eviction and the recent high speed chase of a street cleaning machine in the TL.

Tuesday, February 16th, 2010

And perhaps the Village People will sing at the opening ceremonies?

Nope, this isn’t about the YMCA – it’s about the Navy.  Or an old Navy building, to be exact.  And you all remember that the VP’s sang a song about the Navy, as well as their classic YMCA tune, right?  (OK, I know, I’ve lost everyone under the age of 35.  Damn it.)  Here’s the short form, without the humor: an old Navy warehouse in Hunters Point is being repurposed as a clean-tech hub.  See?  Wasn’t my setup the only fun thing about that item?

Tuesday, February 16th, 2010

What you’re Not Reading Online

Matier and Ross talk about the possibility of another run for Oakland Mayor for Ron Dellums, tell us about who’s gone from working for a guy in Room 200 to working for an exiled Prince from the United Arab Emirates, and more.  Meanwhile, Willie Brown takes a looooooong trip to the Philippines, talks up who’s in what position for next year’s Mayor’s race – and this year’s D6 and D10 races, and more… better buy a paper…

Sunday, February 14th, 2010

empire state of mind

The Chronicle’s editorial staff opines on the implications Newsom and Harris’ victories will have on the national political landscape.

Sunday, February 14th, 2010

Food for Thought

Friday, February 12th, 2010

Chin up young person

Police Chief Greg Suhr and the SFPD release a video targeting LGBT youth, “It Gets Better,” to help them persevere through the challenges these kids face on the daily.

Wednesday, February 10th, 2010