SF Usual Suspects

Archive for October, 2010

Parks and Pop ups

Enter Google search “Rec and Park” –> sfrecpark.org.  Wow!  Nice work Phil Ginsburg and team on the new website.  The homepage looks super snazzy and is easy to navigate.  Plus, according to the Examiner, had you used the search engine days ago,  ads for certain supervisorial candidates (and Cialis) may have popped up.  Rec and Park does not support or oppose these candidates and products and encourages you to visit its new site early and often.

Sunday, October 31st, 2010

Let’s Give ‘Em Something to Talk About

The Bay Citizen’s Editor In Chief Jonathan Weber opines on the most talked about state and local propositions (i.e., pot, energy, and pensions) San Francisco’s electorate must vote on in T minus 2 days – unless you’re an absentee voter who already voted two weeks ago, of course.

Sunday, October 31st, 2010

Bruce Almighty

The Chron interviews San Francisco Bay Guardian publisher and editor Bruce Brugmann to learn what makes him tick, for the inside scoop on the periodical’s ongoing battle with the SF Weekly, its political perspectives, and more.

Sunday, October 31st, 2010

Ooooooooo we love speculation

The BAR analyzes a few scenarios involving Assemblyman Tom Ammiano (Mayor) and State Senator Mark Leno (Mayor or Congressman), and talks about who’s running for DA.

Thursday, October 28th, 2010

Health care in San Francisco

Thursday, October 28th, 2010

Expiration Date

The City hopes that pharmaceutical companies will voluntarily cough up (pun intended) the dollars need to keep San Francisco’s drug disposal program arunnin’. And if they don’t? Legislation of course!

Thursday, October 28th, 2010

Bicycles Required

The Board of Supervisors sets a new transit goal of 20% for bike trips by 2020.  Mount up.

Wednesday, October 27th, 2010

The little alley that could

John King takes a look at a stretch of Linden Alley that has been converted into a very cool urban park, giving us the rundown on how many cooks it took in this kitchen to make it all happen.

Tuesday, October 26th, 2010

Richmond BART

BART Board incumbent James Fang is proposing to extend BART lines to the Richmond to make the area more transit friendly and perhaps residents a little more likely to vote for him next Tuesday.

Monday, October 25th, 2010

Done deal

Mayor Gavin Newsom and Supervisor Michela Alioto-Pier have teamed on legislation to decrease the City’s use of pesticides by (how else?) providing some enticing incentives.
Monday, October 25th, 2010

Murky waterfront

Many Marina residents aren’t going with the flow with Rec and Park’s last minute changes proposed for their waterfront.  District 2 supervisorial candidates, this is your cue!

Monday, October 25th, 2010

Can I buy a vowel?

If it’s “I” as in “independent” or “E” as in “expenditure,” then by all means the answer is YES.  The Chronicle takes another look at IE groups that are influencing November’s ballot throughout California, and the Grey Lady weighs in about how one of our homegrown candidates is trying to use it to his advantage.

Monday, October 25th, 2010

The gift that keeps on giving

As if winning the World Series wasn’t enough, the Giants went on to break another record for San Francisco with the highest number of transit riders, who came into the city to climb fences and stand on their friend’s shoulders to get as close to the Giants’ parade as possible.  If the Giants keep this up, I think I might see an end to our transit budget problems…

Sunday, October 24th, 2010

we are diminished

Mauricio Vela, Bernal Heights neighborhood leader, political activist, and San Franciscan passes away.  We are thinking of him, his friends, and his family today.

Saturday, October 23rd, 2010

Money and Politics

The Bay Guardian takes a look at who is spending big money on campaigns this November and shares its thoughts on what should be done about it.

Friday, October 22nd, 2010

Leader of the Pack

The Bay Citizen gives us their big picture idea on the dynamics between the Democratic County Central Committee and Chairman Aaron Peskin, and what this means for the next group of incoming members of the Board of Supes.

Friday, October 22nd, 2010

The Other Andrew Ross

Political types know Andy Ross, one half of the Chronicle’s reporting duo Matier and Ross.  But there’s another Andrew Ross at the Chron, who mostly inhabits the business pages, and who this morning brings us his take on the Twitter (ahem) Mid-Market payroll tax break, DataSF, and a mythical contraption called a high-speed rail.

Thursday, October 21st, 2010

What She’s Been Up To

Former Supervisor, Treasurer, and PUC General Manager Susan Leal is working on water issues after a stint at Harvard – she sits down with the Chron to talk about her point of view.

Thursday, October 21st, 2010

What’s new with you

The Weekly catches up with former Recreation and Parks General Manager Jared Blumenfeld and reports on the work he’s doing at his new post with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Wednesday, October 20th, 2010

No park for you!

…at least not between the hours of 1 and 5am.  City officials from a variety of departments have been working together (gasp!) to propose legislation that will close Golden Gate Park during certain hours in the hopes of curtailing camping, crime and citations (oh my!).

Tuesday, October 19th, 2010

Breaking the habit

Lincoln Park (the golf course not the band) needs a lot of green to renovate its outdated irrigation system, pro-shop, restaurant…and you name it, it needs upgrading!  As Rec and Park has started a conversation with City officials about how the manager’s month-to-month lease might be fueling the problem, it looks like this one might be played out under the dome and not out on the field.

Monday, October 18th, 2010

Homeward Bound

Mistermayor and Board President David Chiu have offered new amendments to how we create affordable housing in San Francisco (yes, it exists here), proposing to use affordable housing fees to help low and moderate income families make a down-payment on a new home rather than construct additional affordable housing.

Monday, October 18th, 2010


Today, Mayor Gavin Newsom will announce the next batch of Community Challenge Grant recipients who will take to the streets and clean up some much blighted areas of San Francisco that the City does not maintain.  Many thanks to these self starters who are making SF a better place to live!

Monday, October 18th, 2010

Market Street Hostel

Monday, October 18th, 2010

Ad Space

The Board of Supes Government Audit and Oversight Committee has given the budget analyst the green light to conduct a study on the City’s advertising policies.  The take away idea: exactly how much money are ads making for us?

Friday, October 15th, 2010