SF Usual Suspects

Archive for May, 2010

Hire me! I live and drink (water) here!

The SFPUC may likely be renamed the CAPUC for all of the non-San Francisco based workers the agency is employing for local projects, leaving many City leaders unhappy that the SFPUC isn’t going local in its hiring process.

Monday, May 10th, 2010

this is an audit, this is only an audit

But what an audit it is!  Perhaps unsurprisingly, the recent audit of the SFMTA takes the agency to task for excessive overtime rules and overly-friendly work rules for Muni drivers, costing the agency over $3 million annually.  It turns out the workers can still earn overtime even when they’ve called in sick.  So if you don’t find me at camp this summer, I’ll be in the employment line over at the MTA.

Monday, May 10th, 2010

J/K!

Oh Muni, how you toy with my emotions.  The SF transit agency reports that it never seriously considered consolidating bus stops to save some cash, leaving riders everywhere to declare, “Why, why, why?!”

Monday, May 10th, 2010

Tell me what’s your flava

Following a growing trend in San Francisco, Supervisor Bevan Dufty became the latest to lift a ban on new restaurants.  Now residents and visitors can ask themselves, “Which of the 8,439,071 restaurants in San Francisco do I want to eat at?”

Monday, May 10th, 2010

Don’t zap me, man

A fight over a proposed mobile phone antenna has been joined – avidly! – at Sixteenth and Dolores.  (Ironically, as I try to update Suspects this morning, both my mobile internet card AND my wireless network seem to be croaking.)  Ahhhh, will the perfect balance of technology and the rights of the populace to wear tinfoil-free headgear ever be found?

Sunday, May 9th, 2010

All The News That Fits But Is Just Printed

It’s the Sunday Internet Holdback over at the Chron – and what got held back?  Matier and Ross cover the Harris/Kelly fight in the Dem primary for AG, where the polls stand in the Whitman/Poisner fight in the Reep primary for Gov, what’s what with Arizona boycott news, and a candidate for Interim Mayor.  (A job you undoubtedly didn’t know we didn’t have.)  And Willie Brown talks up doorman jokes, the independence of a local pol, what’s what with cabbies, and his personal views on renaming Third Street.

Sunday, May 9th, 2010

Wake Up and Smell the Explosives

Police Chief George Gascón sees the recent bombing attempt in NYC as a warning sign for our fair city.

Saturday, May 8th, 2010

Temporary Hiccups

In today’s editorial, the Business Times questions the sticking power of legislation limiting the amount of restaurants in a neighborhood passed by the Board of Supervisors.

Friday, May 7th, 2010

Crime lab redux

The crime lab story continues to have journalistic legs as some labeling mistakes continue to haunt the lab.

Friday, May 7th, 2010

That’s totally taxable

Concerned that there haven’t been enough revenue generators proposed for your November ballot?  Have no fear!  Two tax measures passed the board yesterday, one that would raise property taxes on the big houses that you plan to marry into one day, and another that would increase hotel room taxes.

Friday, May 7th, 2010

Multiple choice

The SFUSD is taking a bite out of the federal funding apple as improvements to several institutions are on their way thanks to federal funding options.  Hooray!  The ten public schools looking to make changes are not getting the money to spend on just anything, though.

Friday, May 7th, 2010

Dude, where’s my bus?

If you’ve noticed that Muni has been speedier in the last few weeks: you’re not delusional.  Muni tells us that it has, in fact, seen fewer delays in its system in the past six weeks.  Now that’s what I call a great holiday gift!

Friday, May 7th, 2010

Stop hurting us!

According to a new study by the Bay Area Council, the Bay Area economy is hurting from state level troubles.  Thanks a lot, Sacramento.

Thursday, May 6th, 2010

Bring on the moolah

With 25 airlines leasing at SFO, the City will be receiving at least $323 million in the next 10 years.  Cha-ching!

Thursday, May 6th, 2010

Bienvenido, 3rd & Mission

John King discusses the proposed condominium project at 3rd and Mission and the possible impacts it might have.

Thursday, May 6th, 2010

Close, But No Cigar

A flurry of activity at ParkMerced is being described (depending on who’s describing it, naturally) as an attempt to clean up the books – or the beginning of mass evictions. Whatever the case may actually be, City Hall’s heard about it and has gotten interested.

Thursday, May 6th, 2010

SUV, Compact, or Economy?

The SF Weekly reports on how one SFO car rental service may be Hertzing your bottom line.

Wednesday, May 5th, 2010

Feliz Cinco de Mayo!

Happy Cinco de Mayo!  Check out event listings in today’s media circuits for festivities taking place around the Bay.

Wednesday, May 5th, 2010

Law and Order

The sparring between Public Defender Jeff Adachi and District Attorney Kamala Harris continues over whether or not the DA’s office needs to provide detailed background information for the city’s police officers.  This argument has all the makings of great drama: politics, police, campaigns, and courtroom antics.  Get comfortable, folks, because this one is far from over!

Tuesday, May 4th, 2010

Open your textbooks

Monday, May 3rd, 2010

The Chronicle Decrees:

The Chronicle editorial team gives us its picks for the June 8th election, including yeays or nays for the five state propositions and the seven local ballot measures, as well as its top picks for candidates seeking statewide office.

Monday, May 3rd, 2010

RIde, Ride, Ride

The Examiner takes a look at just how much free Muni passes that allow Muni operators and their families to ride without payment are costing the SFMTA, and suggest that Muni’s budget may be better off without them hitching free rides.

Monday, May 3rd, 2010

WE READ THEM BECAUSE YOU CAN’T. (WITHOUT A SUBSCRIPTION, ON THE INTERNET, ANYWAY, UNTIL TUESDAY.)

Mayor Brown complains about the lack of nightlife in North Beach, tells you what happened at a couple parties that you weren’t invited to, makes a recommendation about crime prevention, reviews some movies, and more – while Matier and Ross cover a free speech debate in the stands of the Oakland Coliseum, mull Mayor Dellums’ plans, wonder about nineteen hundred paychecks for San Franciscans being processed by an Arizona company, and more.

Sunday, May 2nd, 2010