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Archive for August, 2010

Never on Sunday

Not picking up a Chronicle today?  Here is what you’ll be missing: Phil Matier and Andrew Ross give us the scoop on the race between Mayor Gavin Newsom and current Lieutenant Governor Abel Maldonado, why our state didn’t receive any “Race to the Top” education funds, how Oakland Mayoral hopeful Jean Quan is doing in the polls, what state senators are doing about red-light cameras catching drivers, and the Police Officers Association’s recent endorsement.  Also, Willie Brown tells us what “Sista Sarah” Palin has been up to, everything we need to know about political fundraisers, who he ran into at the St. Regis last week (HINT: his first name rhymes with “rob” and his last name rhymes with “villain”), what movie we should be watching, and which Peter Pan characters just got hitched.

Sunday, August 15th, 2010

It’s A Double Dutch Affair

The Examiner reports that the quintessential yellow school buses are the most recent casualty of the San Francisco Unified School District’s budget woes.  Looks like Frankie Smith will have more “Izzie Izzie Izzay” friends on the Double Dutch Bus as a result.  (If you aren’t a funkoholic, or just haven’t had your morning jilt of caffeine yet, click here.)

Saturday, August 14th, 2010

Missing the Boat

The ferry workers continue to strike, and according to the Chron, 13 bus drivers also called out sick on Friday. It might be time to bust out your kayaks!

Saturday, August 14th, 2010

O’ bountiful garden

Rec and Park was dubbed the overseer of our city’s locally grown produce with the department officially identified as the coordinator of San Francisco’s thriving Urban Agriculture Program. With more than 36 community gardens and a wait list for more projects – that’s a lotta tomatoes!

Friday, August 13th, 2010

We Are Diminished

Our deepest condolences go out to the friends, family, and community of Ed Moose, philanthropist and restaurateur extraordinaire.  The owner of San Francisco’s iconic Washington Square Bar & Grill, he will be remembered and savored for years to come for his contributions to the city’s foodie culture.

Friday, August 13th, 2010

Congratulations to Alexis and Jerry Smith – and welcome, Storey Smith!

Everyone at Barbary Coast is tickled pink with the news that Storey Smith has made a grand appearance!  Mom and Dad are overjoyed, surrounded by family and love, and taking a long-deserved break from work to spend some time with their little bundle of joy.  With lots of love from all of us at Barbary Coast, enjoy your time off, Alexis – and we can’t wait to meet your daughter!  xoxoxoxoxoxoxo!

Thursday, August 12th, 2010

The sun also rises in San Francisco

Well, apparently.  It was just announced that San Francisco will host the new HBO film Hemingway, expected to draw in famous attractive people (hello there, Clive Owen) and create 800 new local jobs.  SF can look like Cuba and Florida, right?  Hopefully this means the city will finally warm up!

Thursday, August 12th, 2010

Castro Crime

Recent violent crimes in the Castro district have some up in arms about why so many people are bearing arms.  While some think this is what’s to be expected from an active community at night, others are saying the violence has gotten out of hand.

Thursday, August 12th, 2010

Why? Because you’re ugly.

AT&T and T-Mobile must take some of their fugly antennas down to the ground ’cause they do not adhere with their permits.  In similar news, the Planning Commission postponed a hearing on Supervisor John Avalos’ legislation that would prevent cell phone antennas from being built if they are aesthetically unpleasing, as well as to plant more trees in exchange.

Thursday, August 12th, 2010

shot in the dark

Supervisor Michela Alioto-Pier introduced legislation that would monitor the sales of ammunition in the city.  Critics say that Alioto-Pier’s legislation may make the City vulnerable to a lawsuit (again).

Wednesday, August 11th, 2010

Acts of violence

We get an update on what the San Francisco Police Department has discovered about the recent killing of a German tourist which took place earlier this month.

Tuesday, August 10th, 2010

Extra! Extra!

The Chronicle takes a look at the importance of local neighborhood papers.  Here in San Francisco, we’ve got a ton of ‘em, each with their own unique niche.  If you’ve never read your local news, pick up a copy of the BayView, Western Edition, Potrero View, etc. – or visit the online links located right here on Suspects!

Monday, August 9th, 2010

The pen is mightier than the sword

The Examiner gives us the inside scoop about the little-known (but very important!) Ballot Simplification Committee, whose sole responsibility is to wordsmith the propositions that end up on a ballot near you.

Monday, August 9th, 2010

No bones about it

Come August 18, the Police Commission will review the division of the SFPD whose task is to evaluate and punish bad behavior on the part of our furry friends.

Monday, August 9th, 2010

Beans, beans, the magical fruit…

The City is looking at a proposal to turn food waste into (yup, you got it) gas.  But questions remain about whether or not this is really the most environmentally friendly use of the 2.5 million pounds (!) of discarded animal fat the city collects each week.

Monday, August 9th, 2010

For Your Eyes Only…

…only if you have a print subscription to the Chron, that is… Willie Brown calls Jerry Brown a nerd, talks about NoPaTableGate, and makes some funnies.  And either Matier and Ross are on vacation, or their column didn’t get uploaded to my Kindle – I’m doing the Suspects update from the Beverly Hilton (no, not poolside, sadly), and if Phil and Andy had Important Things To Say today, I can’t find ‘em…

Sunday, August 8th, 2010

Everyone who is *NOT* running for the Board, please raise your hand.

(Because there are only three or four of you.)  The Chron’s opening line gives me pause – are all the candidates drunk? “A staggering 51 candidates are vying…” – and given what a massive headache it is to be on the Board, perhaps that’s accuracy in journalism at work!  So: Carmen Chu wins.  That’s for sure.  District Two may have Supervisor Alioto-Pier in the mix.  Districts Six and Ten each have 7,291,843 candidates running, which should be interesting.  And Suspects will be covering all the action from here to November … and beyond …

Sunday, August 8th, 2010

Baseball and politics

The Bay Area Reporter looks at the impact of the World Series on the D6 race.  (It’s true, it’s true – the World Series hasn’t affected the D4 race in the LEAST, unless you count the fact that Cammy Blackstone is basically levitating these days.)

Sunday, August 8th, 2010

Bocce Ball – The Untold Story

A plan to turn a patch of grass at Justin Herman Plaza into two bocce ball courts has caught the attention of those who would rather use the grounds for another type of play.

Saturday, August 7th, 2010

Trash Talk

Saturday, August 7th, 2010

We Are Diminished

Civil rights attorney, and public health and gender equity activist Joannie Chang passed this week of cancer.  Our condolences go out to her friends, family, and community.  San Francisco is better because of her dedicated work.  She will be dearly missed.

Friday, August 6th, 2010

They’re back!

After a short black-out period (due to lack of funding), the Muni Ambassadors program is back and ready to serve.  Stretched throughout the southeastern section of the city, the ambassadors are expected to serve the community until at least June 2011.

Friday, August 6th, 2010

Booker T

The Mayor’s Office of Housing plans to add on affordable housing units near the Booker T. Washington Community Center site, leaving many neighbors asking why upgrading the facility isn’t as easy as one-two-three.  With the Planning Commission set to review the project today, we can all expect another busy day at City Hall!

Thursday, August 5th, 2010

Deplete your fleet

The City is looking to reduce the number of cars in its fleet by 5% annually, beginning with cars that are over twelve years old.  Upsides: fewer greenhouse gas emissions, less fiscal waste, more oversight of vehicle usage.  Downside: that City-owned 1979 Ford Pinto that made its drivers so popular with the ladies has got to go.

Thursday, August 5th, 2010

Hot water

What do you get when you mix a charter school, the SFUSD, and a lack of communication?  If you guessed dysfunction, you are right.  Several members of the public are livid over relocation plans that seemed to slip past everyone, including the SFUSD and Board of Education members themselves.  So this is what kids learn in school…

Wednesday, August 4th, 2010