SF Usual Suspects

Archive for April, 2010

It’s Just Lunch

Los Angeles City Councilwoman Janice Hahn, who is also running for lieutenant governor, came to San Francisco yesterday to have lunch with a local Supervisor.

Friday, April 30th, 2010

Just Not Here

A cadre of Marina groups is up in arms over a proposed housing project for young adults who were formerly foster children.

Friday, April 30th, 2010

Mello Out

In an effort to get the wrecking ball rolling, so to speak, Mayor Newsom floats the idea of a city-wide Mello-Roos district to help developers pay local impact and development fees.

Thursday, April 29th, 2010

Bring on the Lab Coats!

Supervisor Michela Alioto-Pier proposes an extension of the City’s tax break for biotech companies that choose to make San Francisco their home.

Thursday, April 29th, 2010

Mission (Partly) Accomplished

Mayor Newsom announces that San Francisco has suceeded in reaching the first of its carbon emissions goals, reducing them to seven percent below 1990-levels.  Next up?  The BIG goal of knocking another 13 percent off of that by 2012.

Thursday, April 29th, 2010

Dime Bag For Your Thoughts?

The SF Weekly offers its $0.02 on SFPD’s buy-busting and the impact it has on the City’s courts and overtime pay.

Wednesday, April 28th, 2010

Liar Liar Pants on Fire…

… or up to 500 clams if Supervisor Daly gets his way.  The District 6 Elected introduced legislation to make it illegal to tell a lie on city streets.

Wednesday, April 28th, 2010

SFBG’s 2010 Endorsements

The SF Bay Guardian issues its endorsements for the June 2010 primary election just in time for absentee ballots to hit a mailbox near you.  If you have moved, changed your name, or need to re-register, May 24 is the last day to register to vote.

Wednesday, April 28th, 2010

Slumber Party in the Park

The Board of Supervisors delayed a vote on the much-discussed park curfew proposal because police Chief Greg Suhr had to leave before the issue was brought to the floor. I suppose the police business doesn’t always run according to schedule (and, in fairness, neither do the Board’s meetings).

Tuesday, April 27th, 2010

Raising Arizona

More than a dozen San Franciscans gathered downtown after a federal court ruled against several provisions in Arizona’s controversial immigration law.  The feds feel the heat as Arizona prepares to appeal.  All the while, California state legislators are opining on how this all impacts baseball.

Tuesday, April 27th, 2010

Frisbee golf!

A proposed disc-golf course in McLaren Park has some neighbors up in arms while others just can’t wait to get on the course, with Rec and Parks acting as the referee.  Let the games begin!  (Or not, depending on how it all shakes out.)

Monday, April 26th, 2010

School shortfall

According to a recent report out of UC Berkeley, the San Francisco Unified School District is sitting on a gold mine: its 200 buildings and 9 million square feet of open space.  In order to help reduce their deficit, the School Board will consider renting out the space to community groups.  Just think, the next time your community meeting runs long, you just might be able to color or finger-paint to pass the time.  Sounds like a win-win to me!

Monday, April 26th, 2010

Show me the money

According to the Chronicle, a whopping 33% of City employees earned over $100,000 last year, which begs the question: where can I sign up?

Monday, April 26th, 2010

WHAT You’re not reading

Willie Brown talks about the Yankees coming to town, what people think of folks named Maldonado and Pelosi, and more. Matier and Ross cover a ticket-fixing investigation, the aforementioned Mr. Maldonado, and what happened after the 555 Washington vote.

Sunday, April 25th, 2010

Saved

One program that won’t be a casualty of the City’s budget crisis? The Transgender Economic Empowerment Initiative. The Los Angeles Times gives us the scoop on how much the program will receive and what the program is comprised of.

Thursday, April 22nd, 2010

D.C. Here We Come!

We love it when others admire our fair city’s innovative programs like Bank on San Francisco.  Especially when the adoration is coming from the White House.

Thursday, April 22nd, 2010

Save your receipts!

Supervisor Michela Alioto-Pier calls for a hearing to kick off overdue audits of several City departments.

Thursday, April 22nd, 2010

Propositions everywhere!

The Bay Guardian discusses the slippery slope voters should be made aware of before deciding on Propositions 16 and 17 this June and the clever tactics supporters are using to promote the measures.

Wednesday, April 21st, 2010

meter made

Santa Claus may be off-duty, but PG&E’s SmartMeters are coming to town.  Despite City Attorney Dennis Herrera’s petition to halt the installation of the controversial tracking system in San Francisco, the California Public Utilities Commission determined that the meters that monitor household gas and electric consumption are smart enough.

Wednesday, April 21st, 2010

chasing cars

The SF Weekly chronicles why one local parking garage owner is crying foul over SFMTA’s decision to start its search for someone to manage the city’s six most lucrative parking garages.

Wednesday, April 21st, 2010

Mar: Save Louis’

During yesterday’s Board of Supervisors meeting, District 1 Supervisor Mar introduced a resolution intended to send a stern message to officials at the Golden Gate National Recreation Area.

Wednesday, April 21st, 2010

Diner’s Choice

In light of the recent rezoning of Upper Fillmore, the Wall Street Journal takes a look at the results of various citywide attempts to use eateries (and drinkeries) to spur economic growth.

Tuesday, April 20th, 2010

Major bummer

Efforts by several club owners and nightlife enthusiasts to hold the first Mega Block Party in a stretch of North Beach were squashed by local officials who were concerned about the safety of patrons.  The cancellation left many wondering, “Where’s the Party At?”

Tuesday, April 20th, 2010

On your mark, get set…

…go!  San Francisco’s instant-runoff voting system is upheld in federal court.  May all of our voices continue to be heard, and may the best candidate win!  Gotta love election season.

Tuesday, April 20th, 2010