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Archive for October, 2010

Running with scissors

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.

Friday, October 15th, 2010

Contest time – who wants to win $500?

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…

Thursday, October 14th, 2010

heh heh heh

Fan of the jam band Phish?  Hate the jam band Phish?  Passionately neutral on the topic of the jam band Phish?  If any of these fit you, enjoy what’s attached.  It might strike a (heh) chord.

Thursday, October 14th, 2010

live in Noe/Mission/Glen Park/Twin Peaks?

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.)

Thursday, October 14th, 2010

“2, 4, 6, 8, Suspects Headlines ain’t that great!”

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.

Thursday, October 14th, 2010

Expensive potholes

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.

Thursday, October 14th, 2010

VA Hospital

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.

Thursday, October 14th, 2010

Sandwiches are political, too.

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.

Thursday, October 14th, 2010

It lacks a certain je ne sais quoi

The SF Weekly columnist gives us his take on the De Young Museum and the problems it faces in bringing significant exhibits to San Francisco.

Wednesday, October 13th, 2010

Lawyers Smoke it

As the great Peter Tosh once sang, the fight to legalize marijuana in California is creating utopian dreams for some and dystopian nightmares for others.

Wednesday, October 13th, 2010

Mom, I got a 64

San Francisco gets a “fair” score of 64 for the quality of its roads and all it has to do is borrow $48 billion to get them up to a “good” score of 70.

Wednesday, October 13th, 2010

Silicon Valley v2

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.

Tuesday, October 12th, 2010

Board of Ed

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!

Tuesday, October 12th, 2010

I’m endorsed! (number omitted.)

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.

Monday, October 11th, 2010

What’s Next?

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.

Sunday, October 10th, 2010


San Francisco voters will elect whether or not to raise the real estate transfer tax on properties worth $5 million or more under Proposition N.

Sunday, October 10th, 2010

D8 race

The four candidates face off in yet another debate – this time at the Harvey Milk Civil Rights Academy.

Thursday, October 7th, 2010

District 10

The Chronicle tells us who their “sweet” pick for District 10 Supervisor is.

Thursday, October 7th, 2010

Props C and D – Pension Showdown

The results are in and it appears that Proposition C is headed towards victory while Proposition D is losing.

Thursday, October 7th, 2010

Getting Around Town

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!

Thursday, October 7th, 2010

Don’t Stop Believing

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!

Thursday, October 7th, 2010

Put it all in perspective

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!

Thursday, October 7th, 2010

That’s a mighty big – and wet! – Nissan Leaf…

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!

Thursday, October 7th, 2010

Kaiser’s Big Stand

The biggest labor vote in decades is happening as Kaiser healthcare workers decide whether to stay with their current union or change ranks to a newly formed union under their old boss.

Wednesday, October 6th, 2010

Calling All Democrats

Aaron Peskin, the chairman of the Democratic County Central Committee, authors a piece in the Guardian asking all local Democrats to put their differences aside and get out the vote this November.

Wednesday, October 6th, 2010