SF Usual Suspects

Archive for September, 2010

The latest in the entertainment wars

As Supervisor David Chiu’s legislation requiring party promoters to register with the City, the owners of Cafe Cocomo decide a certain kind of music won’t be served up at their club any more.  In related news, Tupac and Biggie were nonplussed.

Wednesday, September 22nd, 2010

And here they are

After weeks of waiting, refreshing the SF Department of Elections results page every 10 minutes, looking for lost ballots (which ended up in a pond), sleepless nights, and emotional breakdowns, we finally know who the four new members of the Board of Supes are.  But do you really know them?  The SF Bay Guardian sits down with the four new Supervisor-elects and sets the record straight: what do they plan to address in Room 200?

Wednesday, September 22nd, 2010

Newsom dissects the stimulus

ABC7′s Carolyn Tyler has video of Mayor Gavin Newsom’s comments about a slice of the federal stimulus package, culled from a Chron endorsement interview.  Said comments apparently made their way across the country to the White House Briefing Room (apparently through a series of tubes, out of which I am reliably informed that the Interwebs are built) so that Obama’s Press Secretary Robert Gibbs could shrug and grin and say “ehhhhh, no big deal.”  Check it out!

Wednesday, September 22nd, 2010

How much is too much?

In efforts to generate revenue for SFO, a plan has been put forward to increase advertisements at the popular spot.  How much advertising is too much advertising?  The Chron tells us more.

Tuesday, September 21st, 2010


Some BART officials think a little more advertising could go a long way to raising some cash for the transit agency.  Which means you will have to exercise even more restraint from buying that iPad that has been staring you in the face all week.  Good luck!

Tuesday, September 21st, 2010

Wal-Mart in San Francisco?

Tuesday, September 21st, 2010

Thursday with Barbara

The BAR chats with Barbara Garcia to talk about the Affordable Care Act and San Francisco nonprofits. It’s not the shortest read, but an interesting one. Then again, if you expected a chat about the ACA and our city’s nonprofits to be brief… you should probably move.

Tuesday, September 21st, 2010

SF hospital projects move forward

Monday, September 20th, 2010

One man’s art…

…is another man’s canvas.  Literally.  Public art projects throughout the city are falling victim to art of a different kind, and city officials and art aficionados alike are scrambling to remove the graffiti.

Monday, September 20th, 2010

An alternative to Craigslist

The San Francisco Unified School District is considering building dorms… er, affordable housing… for its teachers in the hopes of encouraging them to stay in the city for more than the average three to five years.  Just think, you could live AND work with all your colleagues!  Sounds like a reality show in the making, eh?

Monday, September 20th, 2010

Problematic Pipeline

San Francisco to the federal government: You got served!! In the effort to improve pipeline safety, City Attorney Dennis Herrera filed a lawsuit on Tuesday to force U.S. regulators to provide better oversight on California’s pipeline system. The Chron and Ex provide the details.

Monday, September 20th, 2010

Yet another reason to rent

A group of below-market-rate homeowners is suing the City after they’ve discovered the program doesn’t work quite how they expected.  Turns out they can’t sell their home for nearly as much money as they’d like, or even pass them on to their higher-income kids.  Isn’t there some sort of saying about always reading the fine print…?

Monday, September 20th, 2010

Please Visit

The San Francisco Convention and Visitors Bureau reports that the number of business travelers to San Francisco has steadily declined.

Sunday, September 19th, 2010

I Said A Clip Clop, The Clippie, The Clippie, To The Clip Clip Clop, A You Don’t Stop

BART reports that the Clipper card’s oddities are really conveniences  – depending on how one looks at it…

Sunday, September 19th, 2010

Only in Print

For those of you who don’t get the Sunday Chronicle delivered to your doorstep, I’ve got some news for you.  In this Sunday’s edition, Matier and Ross tell us about how California Democrats are mobilizing for the upcoming electon, Lieutenant Governor Abel Maldonado’s personal flight patterns, the big Oracle party, and the BART light rail connector to Oakland airport.  Meanwhile, Willie Brown discusses the shrinking number of undecided voters in the governor’s race, more on the Jerry Brown-Bill Clinton flap, a visit with Al Sharpton, Supervisor Michela Alioto-Pier’s next political move, a dinner with Assembly Speaker John Perez, and a big thumbs up for “The Tillman Story” and “The Town.”

Sunday, September 19th, 2010

Labor Laws

The Examiner reports that hundreds of businesses are violating labor laws, primarily restaurants.  Pretty unsavory…

Saturday, September 18th, 2010

You sell what now?

In response to a North Beach market’s non-compliance with Planning Department permits, Mayor Gavin Newsom has assembled a task force to investigate claims that business owners are not disclosing what they should really be selling.

Thursday, September 16th, 2010

“Moooommmmmmm! Suspects is annoying me today! There’s virtually no snarky commentary! I’m disgruntled!”

OK, it’s unlikely that any of you actually said exactly that.  (Most of our readers dropped out of grade school and probably don’t know how to pronounce big SAT words like ‘disgruntled,’ or even what they mean.)  But perhaps some of you noticed that most of the big stories of the day are commentary-free on this foggy Wednesday morning.  The headlines are there, sure – but where’s the quick, caffeine-fueled repartee that we’re used to from Libby and her gang of merry pranksters?  Well, almost all of you know that Suspects is written by a crew of folks who are not only elbows-deep in politics every single dingle day, but also work as advocates at Barbary Coast Consulting.  And since we want Suspects to be a good resource for our entire political chattering class, and not a place we use just to pimp out the views of our clients, we’ve got a set of rules we follow when the media writes a story on a project we’re paid to work on, and those rules call for us to pretty much shut up.  Curious to learn more about our self-imposed gag rule?  *Click here*.  And thanks for reading…even when there ain’t much to read…but we promise the links work, so go forth and click away…

Wednesday, September 15th, 2010

Any publicity is good publicity, you know…

The San Francisco Bay Guardian decides it’s time to talk about both kinds of residency requirements (you know, both what the actual laws on the books say, and What They Believe Should Be Required) – and the Weekly also goes into depth about one particular candidate who’s running for D10 Supervisor.

Wednesday, September 15th, 2010

Ramp It Up

Remember the wheelchair ramp that the BoS approved to have installed in its chambers? Well, the good news is that it’s FINALLY being installed.  But of course, with every piece of good news comes a piece of bad news.  We learn that the construction and installation process is expected to take up to 10 weeks and force the Board to meet off-site (for a high price!).

Tuesday, September 14th, 2010

For Whom the Carpool Lane Tolls

Anyone, it turns out, if you’re willing to pay!  The Bay Area is about to get its first express lane later this week when the carpool lanes on I-680 are opened up to any driver willing to plunk down a few bucks – or pick up strangers on the way to work the old fashioned way, of course.

Monday, September 13th, 2010

There’s no place like home, unless your home has lead

alamo-square3It seems as if there are very elevated levels of lead in some of San Francisco’s older housing projects. Lead is dangerous. I would know. When I was in 6th grade, Mikey Manetti stabbed me in the shoulder with a lead pencil and it really hurt. All is well though because I gave him a charlie horse and then told him that he smells bad and his mom dresses him funny. (Seriously though, lead poisoning is not a joke — let’s hope we come to a safe resolution soon.)

Monday, September 13th, 2010

Data dump

Yesterday, the Government Audit and Oversight committee put their support behind a law that would require City departments to provide all information to be posted on the Internets.  Data lovers: start your mouses (or smartphone apps)!

Monday, September 13th, 2010

Bells and Whistleblowers

In the wake of some high profile political scandals in our state, the Assembly unanimously approved a bill providing whistleblower protections to legislative staff members. It’s headed to the State Senate.

Sunday, September 12th, 2010

Paying Your Respects

The San Francisco Fire Department honors their colleagues who were lost during attacks on the World Trade Center nine years ago.

Sunday, September 12th, 2010