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Archive for September, 2010


Today, the San Francisco Superior Court ruled in favor of City Attorney Dennis Herrera’s effort to curb gang violence in Visitacion Valley.

Thursday, September 30th, 2010

Spruce Up

The Chron examines the Department of Public Works’ Spruce Up by Sun Up program, which aims to alert property owners and merchants if their properties aren’t as tidy as they should be.

Thursday, September 30th, 2010

Vaughn is….gone?

Chief U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker, known for striking down the State’s ban on same-sex marriage, announced that he will be resting his gavel by year’s end.  Whether it comes from his harshest critics or biggest fans, something tells me he won’t have a hard time finding a farewell party.

Wednesday, September 29th, 2010

the perfect “10″….candidate, that is

The District 10 race is dissected by the Chronicle and all that is left is one big mess for political prognosticators, while the Bay Citizen discusses local hiring and why it’s become the hot issue in the race with less than one week out.  So, read up!

Wednesday, September 29th, 2010

The right to vote

The Chronicle examines the issues behind Proposition D – to allow non-citizens to vote for School Board races - and endorses, “No.”

Wednesday, September 29th, 2010

Life and death in Sunnydale

There are not a ton of happy stories that come from the City’s housing projects in Sunnydale and this is no exception. It looks as if prior to a deadly fire that took the lives of two, a request was made to fix broken fire detectors in the unit.

Wednesday, September 29th, 2010

Where shall we all live? Tree forts, perhaps?

The Guardian bemoans the cost of housing in San Francisco, and endorses the idea that the City should build a plan to make sure that folks of all income levels should be able to live here.  (Which certainly shouldn’t be too much trouble – we should have that polished off by noon, leaving enough time to solve the Middle East conflict by cocktail time!)

Wednesday, September 29th, 2010

Relationship Status

sf-city-hall11As the headline of this article would indicate, the Guardian’s Steven Jones is making some pointed accusations about the close relationship between Tenderloin Housing Clinic’s Randy Shaw and the Mayor’s Office.

Wednesday, September 29th, 2010

Like Tumbleweeds Blowing Through A Commission Room

Folks seem to be up in arms about some less-than-full rosters on a few key City Commissions.  The Mayor’s office says it’s no big deal.  Meanwhile, I’m having trouble getting my Sea Lion Feeding Permit because the Farralones Islands Oversight Commission hasn’t met for, um, 38 years.  So it would be nice if that was fixed, because a hungry Sea Lion is a pissed off Sea Lion…

Wednesday, September 29th, 2010

How do you sing “Clang Clang Clang Goes The Trolley” When the trolley operators don’t show up?

The 48th Annual Muni Cable Car Bell Ringing Contest took place without the cable car gripmen and conductors, who boycotted the event.  Are we witnessing the birth of a confusing new battleground in San Francisco’s complex and ever-shifting War On Fun?

Wednesday, September 29th, 2010

Clash of the transit agencies

The lack of transit routes in the growing Mission Bay neighborhood is prompting the SFMTA to implement plans to reroute a bus so it goes through the area.  Unfortunately, with Caltrain also pushing forward plans of their own in the same hood, this might not be an easy one.

Tuesday, September 28th, 2010

Fixing SoMa

The Examiner gives us the scoop on the San Francisco Redevelopment Agency’s efforts to solve the existing problems in the SoMa.

Tuesday, September 28th, 2010

Free legal advice

For absolutely zero dollars in legal fees, San Francisco will receive free counsel on selecting an interim mayor – if we need to, that is.

Tuesday, September 28th, 2010

Proposition H

The Chronicle takes a look at Proposition H: what it’s all about, who’s for it, and who’s against.  It turns out that there is some good old fashioned politicking behind this one.  Surprise, surprise.

Monday, September 27th, 2010

Ticketing trucks

Supervisor Michela Alioto-Pier is done subsidizing truck drivers who ignore warning signs and find themselves stuck on the city’s hills.  Yes, they really are that steep and no, your 18-wheeler can’t make it up the hill.  (Or back down, for that matter.)  And if you try, prepare to cover the costs of getting your big rig outta there.

Monday, September 27th, 2010

Lots of Litterbugs

What happens when you take lots of litterbugs and an ever-dwindling City budget and put ‘em together?  Dirty streets.  Despite the Department of Public Works’ best efforts, San Francisco has a trash problem.  As in: we have a lot of it and we’re not putting it where we’re supposed to.  Pick up after yourselves, people!

Monday, September 27th, 2010

Nonprofit Needs

San Francisco’s nonprofits and nonprofit workers need help and are pursuing it. Maybe the guy(s) pictured can lend some help.

Sunday, September 26th, 2010

BART race

bart5The Chron’s Heather Knight reports that some members of the Democratic Country Central Committee are upset with BART Director James Fang and his use of their “no endorsement” vote in his campaign literature.

Sunday, September 26th, 2010

Not Everything is Free on Sundays

However, your friends at Usual Suspects are here to give you a peek at today’s Chronicle.  In today’s paper, Matier and Ross tell us about Mayor Gavin Newsom’s movement away from new healthy food laws, an interesting political ad, and the battle of Bud versus bud.  Meanwhile, Willie Brown gives us his perspective on the race for District Two supervisor, advice for Jerry Brown, the political power of Bill Clinton, restaurant and movie reviews, and more.

Sunday, September 26th, 2010

The King will not be forgotten

Burger King has joined their cohorts from Mickey D’s in charging 10 cents for their Happy Meal toys.

Saturday, September 25th, 2010

Special needs

Stemming from reports earlier this year, the California Department of Education said it will look into whether or not the San Francisco Unified School District denied access to summer school for special needs students in an effort to curb costs.

Friday, September 24th, 2010

in the zone

In response to below average test scores, student activity participation, and truancy, the San Francisco Unified School District has decided to put its foot down.  The SFUSD is setting up “superintendent zones” which aim to provide a greater level of student and teacher development and provide extra support to the little buggers that need it the most.

Thursday, September 23rd, 2010

hat: Tossed

Harold Miller plans to officially announce his candidacy for mayor today, adding another voice and viewpoint to the crowded mayoral race this November.

Wednesday, September 22nd, 2010

Can you hear me now?

SF Weekly takes a look at the issue of killer cell phones and the antennas that emit the aforementioned death rays.  Turns out that we’re way more risk averse about things that likely won’t kill us while we ignore things (like, I dunno, cars and gas lines) that most definitely will.  I’m not sure if should be more or less worried after reading this article…

Wednesday, September 22nd, 2010

Muni satisfaction survey results: Ummmmm – notsomuch.

Muni officials look for a silver lining in the latest results of their most recent ridership survey of the happitude and gruntledness of their patrons, given that it’s at its lowest level since 2001.  But, in fairness, we should point out that the satisfaction rate is MUCH higher than it was in 1863, when Muni suffered an average of more than three head-on donkey collisions each month, and an audit discovered that all Muni’s light rail vehicles were actually made of cardboard and poorly manufactured by drunken, out-of-work gold miners.  So there’s that.

Wednesday, September 22nd, 2010