SF Usual Suspects

Archive for March, 2010

Picking Favorites

The Guardian reminds us about the upcoming election with its endorsements of candidates for the Democratic County Central Committee.

Wednesday, March 31st, 2010

In the Weeds

The Weekly examines the relationship between the San Francisco Department of Recreation and Parks and the San Francisco Parks Trust.  My hunch is that they’re pretty tight, no?

Wednesday, March 31st, 2010

Entertainment Talks

Wednesday, March 31st, 2010

Sticky Fingers

The SFUSD Board is dealing with some in-house pilfering and some members aren’t quite sure how to react.

Monday, March 29th, 2010

Where’s Eminem when you need him?

Complaints across the city on the loudness of tour bus guides have been heard loud and clear by City officials, who are looking into ways to turn off the snare in our headphones and pipe down the volume of bus microphones.

Sunday, March 28th, 2010

Interesting how that works out…

In his latest article, New York Times writer Gerry Shih points out an interesting trend going on between San Francisco’s budget deficit and the salaries of those safeguarding its citizens.

Friday, March 26th, 2010

Give it some juice

The San Francisco Business Times reports that Caltrain leaders are ready to approve an environmental review of how best to modernize its railway systems.

Friday, March 26th, 2010

Going Green(er)

According to a recent poll, San Francisco’s commitment to the environment is bringing tourists to the City by the Bay.  Talk about a win-win!

Wednesday, March 24th, 2010

Buckle up for safety!

Today’s SF Weekly includes an in-depth review of some dangerous driving that helps the city’s cabbies make an extra buck.  (WARNING: If you are a frequent flier to or from SFO who regularly takes cabs, you may not want to read this article.  And please buy a BART pass immediately.)

Wednesday, March 24th, 2010

Wi-Fi in the Park

Hey, now! After a somewhat lengthy process to build the network, free Wi-Fi for all is coming to our parks and public plazas next month. Finally, a place to get away from all of this human interaction stuff and experience the wonder of the internets – where no one judges each other.

Wednesday, March 24th, 2010

Conflict of Interest?

Tim Redmond raises questions about a certain Chronicle columnist’s involvement with a local corporation and what that should mean for his relationship with the paper.

Wednesday, March 24th, 2010

Big (I Mean, Really Big) Brother

A retinal scan sounds like something that should be reserved for the doctor’s office, but you may be a step closer to encountering one when you’re next out with da boyz.

Wednesday, March 24th, 2010

Green Taxis

Mayor Gavin Newsom throws down a gauntlet at the Big Apple, saying that our taxicab fleet is becoming greener more quickly than the World’s Biggest Taxicab Centrifuge.  So take THAT, New York!

Tuesday, March 23rd, 2010

Eight Year Old Boys Across San Francisco Cringing In Fear

Their key nemesis – vegetables – will soon be EVERYWHERE, as Mayor Gavin Newsom’s Vegetable Garden Reign of Terror kicks off.  From zucchini to broccoli to peas to those icky green things with the other stuff on them, those horrible, horrible vegetables will be not only on dinner plates, but on roofs of buildings, median strips, and even treehouses!  We’re waiting to hear back exactly what the response will be from Eight Year Old Boys Inc., but we understand the counter-offensive involves Super-Squirters.  (Nope, the eight year old boys are not thinking it through, again.)

Tuesday, March 23rd, 2010

Fees gone wild

Facing severe budget problems, San Francisco City departments across the board look to raise fees on everything from parking to hazardous waste disposal.  Several city business owners are worried that the new fees, some beginning as early as next month, will promptly squeeze the life out of their businesses.

Tuesday, March 23rd, 2010

Going Fast!

The Examiner reports that our supply of high rise condominiums is dwindling rapidly.

Monday, March 22nd, 2010

Reporting in

New reporting laws for city lobbyists hit the books.

Sunday, March 21st, 2010

A little name change

It’s the public’s turn to weigh in on the proposed renaming of Third Street to Willie L. Brown Jr. Boulevard and (with no disrespect to the former mayor, of course) most people think that it’s going to be more trouble than it’s worth.  I think it all comes down to the fact that the T-Willie Brown doesn’t roll off the tongue nearly as nicely as the T-Third.

Saturday, March 20th, 2010

Beautifying the city

The Chronicle reports about how infrastructure projects and street landscaping efforts by the city are already showing results in San Francisco’s Western Addition.

Friday, March 19th, 2010

Coming to a bus stop near you

SFMTA officials report that they may soon be changing the way the agency monitors arrival and departure times on its entire transit fleet.  Current traffic checkers question the accuracy and the changes’ effects on their jobs.

Friday, March 19th, 2010

the wheels on the bus go round and round…for now

Facing a $113 million budget shortfall, SFUSD leaders consider changes in student transportation policies.

Friday, March 19th, 2010

Heir to the Throne

The New York Times’ local crew takes a look at Mayor Gavin Newsom’s possible successors, should he go on to win the race for lieutenant governor.

Wednesday, March 17th, 2010

Looking Under the Hood

Supervisor David Campos takes on Muni, declaring his support for a comprehensive management and performance audit of the agency.

Wednesday, March 17th, 2010

Renegotiations

Some Supervisors are calling out the City’s San Francisco International Airport debt owed to Goldman Sachs and discussing how SF may be able to get a bigger piece of the pie.

Wednesday, March 17th, 2010

Float Like A Butterfly, Sting Like A Bee

Some City officials and park advocates think that the Department of Recreation and Parks got a little too into the St. Patty’s Day spirit last weekend with the construction of a $10K parade float.

Wednesday, March 17th, 2010