Mayor Lee (in what seems like his 20th ribbon cutting this week) and U.S. Representative Pelosi commemorated the newly renovated 50 United Nations Plaza, which means hundreds of GSA employees will now be joining us at mid-Market. Can’t wait to party with those guys.
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/Benefit-districts-costly-for-city-105009914.html: Benefit districts costly for city
http://sanfrancisco.bizjournals.com/sanfrancisco/stories/2010/10/18/story10.html: Civic Center considers cleanup tax
http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/Plans-seek-to-add-life-to-Civic-Center-3816978.php: Plans seek to add life to Civic Center
http://www.sfexaminer.com/sanfrancisco/renovation-complete-at-50-united-nations-plaza/Content?oid=2621611: Renovation complete at 50 United Nations Plaza
The November 2010 Usual Suspects election contest is on. Please enter – your guesses are as good as ours, and probably better. The contest runs only through Monday the 18th, so get your entries in quickly…
http://sfusualsuspects.com/november-2010-election-contest/: November 2010 Election Contest
Check out this fantastic time-lapse video of San Francisco knocking down and rebuilding the trolley turn at 30th and Church. (Also probably good for keeping four-year-old boys who love big trucks and earthmovers completely mesmerized for a time.)
http://vimeo.com/15780202: 30th and Church gets WORKED - time-lapse
That chant probably will not be heard outside the Hilton this week – but other, more relevant ones probably will. 850 workers at the Hilton Union Square are outside the hotel with signs and chants, and fill-in workers are inside trying to understand how the coffee machines work.
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/Employees-strike-during-busy-week-104917934.html: Employees strike during busy week
The Chronicle examines the cost of fixing those pesky, transmission-jarring, bicycle-eating potholes around town and that you have the power to make the change come election day. It’s called Proposition AA, and it raises the vehicle registration fee by $10 to pay for road improvements.
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/Street-work-crosses-bumpy-road-104911374.html: Street work crosses bumpy road
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2010/10/16/MNKG1FTG3T.DTL: Prop. AA would raise funds for potholes
Take a look at a map of San Francisco. Did you know that there’s a big Veterans Administration hospital perched up in the upper left hand corner? Don’t be sad – most people don’t know that, either. And as it tries to expand, some nearby residents have weighed in with concerns.
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/VA-hospital-expansion-runs-into-roadblocks-104913464.html: VA hospital expansion runs into roadblocks
Of course you remember the recent saga of Ike’s Place – the super-popular sandwichery that found itself in a running gunbattle with nearby residential neighbors who felt overwhelmed by the sheer number of guests at the eatery. Well, the sandwich guru looks to be approaching better days with the Planning Commission’s approval of a new, permanent storefront across the street from his original location.
http://www.baycitizen.org/food/story/ikes-place-closing-becomes-campaign/: Ike’s Place Closing Becomes Campaign Issue
http://abclocal.go.com/kgo/story?section=news/local/san_francisco&id=7848546: Get ready for a second helping of Ike's
San Francisco’s SoMa neighborhood is once again becoming a hub for tech companies, thanks to their large loft-like spaces and proximity to cool bars. Okay, I added that last one, but I’m sure it didn’t hurt when droves of young bajillionaires were thinking about where to put their offices.
As part of their ongoing comprehensive election coverage, the Chronicle takes an in-depth look at the candidates for the Board of Education. Yup, that’s right, there are other elections beyond the Board of Supes. If you want to learn more about the folks who want to help oversee our public schools, look no further!
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2010/10/12/BALS1FN240.DTL&type=newsbayarea: A look at S.F. Board of Education candidates
In today’s Chronicle, we learn how ranked-choice voting has changed the meaning of endorsements in San Francisco and why some candidates prefer to leave out their endorsement rank if they did not receive the first pick. Are all endorsements created equal? Read up and see what you think.
The Chronicle’s John Diaz examines the trends San Francisco decision-makers make in planting the seed for national policy, as well as which pathways to higher office our local electeds have sought and/or actively seek.
Dear Suspects Readers: Thank you for your patience this morning, as we experienced kinks and mal-links with the Wiley World of Internet Connections. We’re back up and running just in time for you to bring yourselves up to speed with political happenings before your afternoon siesta or during the 7th inning stretch. Thanks for reading!
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/c/a/2011/04/08/MN7F1IRIEK.DTL: S.F. Mayor Lee unveils pension reform proposal
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2011/04/08/EDSG1IT1DF.DTL: Editorial: A start on pension reform
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/2011/04/san-franciscos-mayor-lee-still-formulating-pension-fix-plan: San Francisco's Mayor Lee still formulating pension-fix plan
http://www.baycitizen.org/pensions/story/union-group-produces-long-awaited/?utm_source=The+Bay+Citizen+Daily+Newsletter&utm_campaign=ab1eb012fb-April_15_Daily_Newsletter&utm_medium=email: Union Group Produces Long-Awaited Pension Proposals
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/2011/04/san-francisco-pension-rates-fuel-debate-about-reform: San Francisco pension rates fuel debate about reform
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2011/04/21/BA4Q1J5HMD.DTL: SF mayor urges pension reform to ease budget woes
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/2011/04/city-s-unions-wary-pension-rates-ballot-measure: San Francisco's labor unions wary of potential pension-rate increases
http://www.sfexaminer.com/opinion/op-eds/2011/04/time-san-francisco-pension-reform-now: Jeff Adachi: The time for San Francisco pension reform is now
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2011/04/24/MNA21J4NLC.DTL: S.F. pension reform to be hottest issue on ballot
http://www.baycitizen.org/pensions/story/ed-lees-legacy-rests-pension-issue/2/: Ed Lee's Legacy Rests on Pension Issue
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2011/05/08/MNMD1J7U8O.DTL: SF rethinking annuity for 5-years of service
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/2011/05/pension-reform-injects-life-dull-election-season: Ken Garcia: Pension reform injects life into dull election season
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/2011/05/san-franciscos-mayor-lee-plans-pension-measure-or-without-labor-agreement: San Francisco's Mayor Lee plans pension measure with or without labor agreement
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2011/05/23/BAAK1JJTP1.DTL&type=politics: S.F. Mayor Ed Lee proposes pension-reform measure
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/2011/05/mayor-ed-lee-reveal-pension-plan: Mayor Ed Lee set to reveal pension plan
http://www.baycitizen.org/sf-mayoral-race/story/pension-talks-herreras-dual-role-raises/: In Pension Talks, Herrera's Dual Role Raises Eyebrows
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2011/05/25/BAP31JKEHP.DTL&type=newsbayarea: S.F. Mayor Ed Lee touts pension plan savings
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/2011/05/mayor-s-union-backed-pension-proposal-likely-face-competitor-ballot: Mayor’s union-backed pension proposal likely to face competitor on ballot
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2011/05/25/EDLU1JKDJV.DTL: Editorial: SF City Hall's progress on pensions
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2011/05/25/BA1C1JKDM7.DTL: C.W. Nevius: Tree along Hetch Hetchy pipe route spared for now
http://www.nbcbayarea.com/news/local/Citys-Biggest-Union-Snubs-Consensus-Pension-Reform-122616644.html: City's Biggest Union Snubs Pension Plan
An app to tell you a variety of ways to get from Point A to Point B is in the works, and being developed by your pals at Muni. This will be cool, if it ever comes to fruition. But I think their categories are a little lacking, as I understand them to only include options for Muni, regional transit, Carshare and Bikeshare. All good, admittedly. But what about: skateboarding? Jogging? Carjacking? Segwaying? Moonwalking? (Michael is dead, sure, but this form of perambulation lives on…) Come on, Muni. This is San Francisco. If teleporting isn’t an option *here*, where IS it an option? Get with it!
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/Muni-working-on-app-for-smart-phone-users-104469069.html: Muni working on app for smart-phone users
Anyone with Facebook has already watched this music video of a dedicated Giants fan advocating that we “Don’t Stop Believing” and reposted it and forwarded it to friends because it is so frickin’ awesome! In honor of yesterday’s Philadelphia defeat, Suspects is posting this video for your gloating pleasure. Watch here and enjoy!
http://mlb.mlb.com/video/play.jsp?content_id=12752795&topic_id=8007782&c_id=sf&tcid=fb_video_12752795: Best Giants Moments - 2010
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/Muni-causes-a-Giant-pain-104550419.html: Muni causes a Giant pain
http://www.baycitizen.org/san-francisco-giants/story/big-hurt/: The Big Hurt
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2010/10/11/SPUD1FR7MD.DTL&type=sports&tsp=1: Giants finish off Braves, on to Philly
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/Giants-fans-pumped-for-next-round-104755024.html: Giants fans pumped for next round
http://www.baycitizen.org/san-francisco-giants/story/what-are-we-doing-here/: The "Torture" Continues
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2010/10/13/BACQ1FRT0J.DTL&type=newsbayarea: City Insider: Long may Giants' flag wave
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2010/10/15/SP4L1FTHF4.DTL: Test from the best
http://www.sfexaminer.com/sports/roy-halladay-and-tim-lincecum-do-things-differently-get-same-results-105093099.html: Roy Halladay and Tim Lincecum do things differently, get same results
We all know we’re coming up on 10/10/10, which is either a magical date or a bunch of kaflooey. But whether you think there’s special significance or not, 10 is a special number. If you’ve got about ten minutes (nine, actually), and you want to put your life in some perspective, check out this fascinating video (made way back in ’68!) that looks at our universe in both a macro and a micro fashion. It’s done in a way that will cause you to think… and consider… and perhaps even relax a tiny bit, as you see your place in the universe a bit more clearly. Enjoy!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0fKBhvDjuy0&feature=player_embedded#!: The Power Of Ten
Starting now, big ‘ol cruise ships can plug into San Francisco’s power grid, rather than running their diesel engines when they’re in our port. And perhaps you’ll stop complaining about your power bill now – these guys will run up a $16K bill in about 10 hours. Yeesh!
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2010/10/06/BAPC1FP73N.DTL: Cruise ships gain access to S.F. power grid
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/Greener-power-for-cruise-ships-docking-in-SF-104457019.html: Greener power for cruise ships docking in SF
Always a little bit too happy and slightly snarky, Jesse loves to share his amusement with the City by the Bay. When he isn’t waxing poetic about San Francisco, you can find Jesse spotting up for jumpers at Dolores Park, waiting outside the Regency to see Lil’ B the BasedGod (TYBG), or lost somewhere in Las Vegas.