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?
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.
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…
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.)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
With the pragmatism of a (non-practicing) attorney and the creativity of a classically-trained musician, Taylor brings a unique perspective to Barbary Coast Consulting. When he’s not helping guide his clients through the frothy world of San Francisco politics, Taylor can be found either walking his pit bull around the Castro or frantically practicing for an upcoming concert.