SF Usual Suspects

Archive for July, 2010

Moving On Up

Mayor Gavin Newsom may still hold the keys to Room 200, but the way things are shaping up, he’ll gladly hand them off to his successor.

Friday, July 30th, 2010

Aint Nothing Like A Budget Party

Good vibes abound as City Hall celebrates the passage of a balanced budget.  However, warning signs remain for future years.

Friday, July 30th, 2010

Farewell Transbay – and now what’s next?

Mayor Gavin Newsom puts on his Social Worker Outreach hat and does some retail, one-on-one hard-selling of transitional housing to some homeless Transbay Terminal holdouts.

Friday, July 30th, 2010

Marching and chanting and grilling, oh my

SF Weekly takes an in-depth look at a local organization that has added a new twist to its protests, the success they are having, and what it all might mean for the City’s labor laws.  Seriously, who couldn’t use a little BBQ on the picket line?

Thursday, July 29th, 2010

Gets better with age

The Examiner covers the cost of growing old in San Francisco, as well as the limited housing options for the city’s senior population which is projected to double in the next 20 to 25 years.

Thursday, July 29th, 2010

Protease Inhibitors for $1000, Alex

Candidates vying to represent Districts 6, 8, and 10 on the Board of Supervisors engaged in an extensive Q & A session about HIV/AIDS in relation to afforable housing, prevention and education, and employment last week.  Read this Bay Area Reporter article to learn how the candidates measured up on awareness and innovation.

Thursday, July 29th, 2010

Keeping it green

Message to all Recreation and Parks employees: if you get hurt, keep on working.  What may sound like cruel, intensive labor is actually the City’s plan to reduce workers’ comp claims.  Aflac!

Tuesday, July 27th, 2010

Too close for comfort

A slew of Golden Gate Bridge upgrades may force bicyclists and pedestrians to be a little nicer to each other when traveling across the landmark.

Tuesday, July 27th, 2010

Valet tax

Today, Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi will try to push forward legislation increasing the valet tax rate in San Francisco.  According to estimates, the move will likely generate tens of millions in city revenue.

Tuesday, July 27th, 2010

Park It

SFpark has completed its much awaited parking spot census, which finds that only 10% of our public on-street parking spaces are metered.

Tuesday, July 27th, 2010


The Chron gives us the skinny on Proposition G, including who’s for it, who’s against it, and why your vote matters on November 2.

Monday, July 26th, 2010

Naptime Made Easy

Downtown San Francisco will get its first medical marijuana facility, despite concerns about its proximity to two childcare centers.

Monday, July 26th, 2010

Stow Lake Saga

With a lawsuit still pending, Stow Lake is making way (for now) for a new operator, new boats, and new cash money for improvements.

Friday, July 23rd, 2010

Going the Extra Miracle Mile

Thursday, July 22nd, 2010

Three and out?

Mayor Gavin Newsom calls Board of Supervisor meetings “political theater,” offering to wear a luchador mask at the Tuesday meetings if Proposition C is approved in November.  Supervisor Chris Daly, one of the measure’s biggest proponents (not to mention one of Mistermayor’s biggest rivals) tells us that the calls to have Newsom attend meetings isn’t personal, but what the people want.

Wednesday, July 21st, 2010

Tax debate

Tuesday, July 20th, 2010


Given the difficult economic times and child care services around San Francisco waning, members of the Archdiocese of San Francisco are up in arms about newly proposed legislation that would give the Board of Supes control over the closure of the city’s child care centers.

Tuesday, July 20th, 2010

What’s in Store?

You say vacant storefront, I say…….computer?!?  The Mayor’s Office of Workforce and Economic Development is looking into the idea of tracking chronically vacant storefronts digitally and connecting them with potential business owners.

Monday, July 19th, 2010

Working it Out

The unemployment rate in San Francisco inches upwards after local census workers conclude their censusing and jump back on to the Craiglist job boards.

Monday, July 19th, 2010

Four Wheel Respect

The City takes a look at the preservation of Van Ness Avenue’s potentially historic, auto-centric buildings.

Monday, July 19th, 2010

Transbay Terminal & Tax District

Today, Matier and Ross give us a little history on how the vision for the Transbay Terminal was born.

Monday, July 19th, 2010

City College of San Francisco

school-books5More on City College from the Examiner: it’s one of two of California’s 69 community colleges with sworn officers who aren’t armed. As you can imagine, there are folks on either sides of this issue with very strong opinions about police officers and guns.

Monday, July 19th, 2010

And All That Jazz

Despite being billed as a Jazz Preservation District, Lower Fillmore may lose out to the Mission on a new jazz club considering opening a venue in San Francisco.

Monday, July 19th, 2010

Wreck and Park

Supervisor Michela Alioto-Pier introduces legislation that would require background checks on any would-be parking lot operators in San Francisco.

Monday, July 19th, 2010

Instant Attraction

The Examiner covers the Castro Community Benefit District and highlights its successful Business Attraction Program, which aims to keep the neighborhood’s vacancy rates at an all-time low.

Sunday, July 18th, 2010