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Archive for November, 2010

Muni Check-in

After a fatal accident last week, Muni officials are considering requiring Muni drivers to get a specific route from the central office before heading out to pick up passengers.

Tuesday, November 30th, 2010

What does Prop 26 mean?

The Chron gives us the down-low on how San Francisco’s list of proposed fees might be affected by the state’s passage of Prop 26.

Tuesday, November 30th, 2010

We Are Diminished.

Philanthropist Richard Goldman passes away this morning.  He made the world quite a bit better.  Thank you, Mr. Goldman.

Monday, November 29th, 2010

Folsom Street Makeover

Don’t worry, we’re not talking about the Folsom Street Fair.  17th and Folsom is next in line for a public park, providing they can stay at the top of the list while all the other neighborhoods are clamoring for their fair share of the open space pie.

Monday, November 29th, 2010

How the Grinch Stole Christmas

First, the San Francisco Housing Authority was criticized for not doing enough to collect rent from public housing inhabitants.  Now, they are being criticized for issuing eviction notices so close to the holidays.  While it’s not remotely a win-win situation, financially-strapped tenants who have to come up with rent on the cusp of Christmas are less than pleased.

Monday, November 29th, 2010

Dollars and Sense (or so we hope)

The Examiner takes a look at the financing that got our newest crop of supervisors in the door at City Hall.  Turns out your vote may be worth more than meets the eye, especially out in D10.

Monday, November 29th, 2010

Sunday, Sunday

Matier and Ross tell you about a new name in the Mayoral derby, what’s going on with pot permits across the Bay in Oaksterdam, why Kamala Harris won her race (or did Cooley lose it?), and how to parse a recent statement by the incoming Oakland Mayor.  And Mayor Brown informs you of his movie reviews, naturally – but also why Ace Smith is the man to have in your corner, what Barack Obama should (and should not) do, and tidbits about a half-dozen other topics.

Sunday, November 28th, 2010

Making Life Imitate … well, if not Art, then TV

The Examiner points out that CSI: Butte Falls and Fringe and Hill Street Blues all your other crime shows usually show that lab techs can turn results around in minutes – but the real-life counterpart sometimes drags on a while.  Supervisor Alioto-Pier wants to mandate rules for quickly producing DNA testing results, and her legislation will be voted upon by the full Board of Supervisors today.  Cue the redheaded cop, his sunglasses and a witty line…

Sunday, November 28th, 2010

We Are Diminished

Brennan Newsom has shuffled off this mortal coil, leaving behind friends, family, admirers, and a legendary set of life stories – several of which are well told in the remarkably written Chronicle obituary penned by Brennan’s old friend Warren Hinckle.

Sunday, November 28th, 2010

Listen & Learn

Suspects founder Alex Clemens occasionally shares his wit and political musings with the larger public and this weekend was one such occasion.  Listen in to hear Alex and Chronicle reporter Rachel Gordon opine on what to expect as the Supes select our next mayor.

Saturday, November 27th, 2010

There’s Nothing to See Here…

No, really.  Not a single new San Francisco political news story today (well, aside from C.W. Nevius’ column, which doesn’t appear to be online).  Hopefully, you didn’t plan your day around being entertained by City Hall shenanigans and mayoral succession gossip.   If so, your friends at Suspects offer the following suggestions as an alternative: 1) Get a jump on your holiday decorating – and add a little brandy and eggnog in the mix – it rivals a resolution banning somethingorother almost any day of the week.  2) Head down to Market Street to join the crowds for some serious shopping.  And not just for yourself this time, please. 3) Go back to bed.  Tomorrow there’s bound to be something more interesting going on, which Matier & Ross will no doubt share with us all.

Saturday, November 27th, 2010

Don’t look here

The Examiner fills us in on some unwarranted truck advertisements in and around the Sunset, and why you should shield your eyes from their illegal (and perhaps just that much more enticing) ads.

Friday, November 26th, 2010

Gut check

Whether your belly is still uncomfortably full from your third Thanksgiving serving or you are sitting down to your morning slice of pumpkin pie, take the time to read about how your friends and neighbors spent Thanksgiving helping the less fortunate in the Bay Area.  And how we can all give back the other 364 days in the year.

Friday, November 26th, 2010

Turkey Day!

In celebration of all the glory that is pumpkin pie, turkey and stuffing (oooooh, stuffing!), your friends over at Usual Suspects will be taking a very brief hiatus on Thursday, November 25.  Don’t worry, we’ll be back up and running on Friday morning to make sure you have some political news to go with your leftovers.  And in the meantime, have a wonderful, relaxing, gluttonous, and most of all very happy holiday.

Wednesday, November 24th, 2010

Child Coordination

An audit finds that child care funds went unused in San Francisco while many families were unable to be placed in early childhood care.

Wednesday, November 24th, 2010

Guardian Victory

According to the Chronicle, the Bay Guardian and SF Weekly have settled their differences on “mutually acceptable” terms.  Maybe 2011 is shaping up to be the Year of New Beginnings?

Wednesday, November 24th, 2010

Now, that’s a bargain

Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi has introduced legislation to create a universal one-day pass for admission into several San Francisco sites.

Wednesday, November 24th, 2010

Bottles and Cans and Paper, Oh My!

Tuesday, November 23rd, 2010

Shelter Me

After a particularly wet New Year’s weekend, the debate begins anew about whether or not the new Muni bus shelters actually complete the task they were designed to do: provide shelter.  Some say yes, some say no, and still others say we have bigger fish to fry than a little water.  (Amen.)

Monday, November 22nd, 2010

Leland Yee

Mayoral candidate and Senator Leland Yee has received some disturbing correspondence these last few days after he called for advertisers to pull from Rush Limbaugh’s show once he made some less than appropriate remarks about China.

Sunday, November 21st, 2010

We are diminished

Brother Kelly Cullen, one of the forces behind the Tenderloin Neighborhood Development Corporation, a guy who made the monk’s robes look cool, and a really sweet fellow, passes away.  Untold thousands of lives have been made better because of Brother Kelly’s work, and he will be missed.  And missed and missed and missed.

Sunday, November 21st, 2010

SOMA’s Story

City planners and leaders and developers are anticipating how SoMa is likely to look in coming decades – our warehouse-y/clubby/SRO-y neighborhood is poised for massive change.

Sunday, November 21st, 2010

Never on Sunday

Phil Matier and Andy Ross walk us through some of the dozens of scenarios being considered for Mayor – and mix in what might happen should DA Kamala Harris hold her lead and become AG.  Boldface names?  Harris, Gavin Newsom, David Chiu, Katherine Feinstein, Jim Hammer, Paul Henderson, David Onek… they also examine Jean Quan’s victory party, and what’s what with the SFPD “internal investigation” or lack thereof.  Mayor Willie Brown talks about the interim Mayor situation – focusing primarily on Tom Ammiano and Mark Leno – and also talks up Tom Coates, movie reviews, and ranked choice voting.

Sunday, November 21st, 2010

Getting snippy wit it

The Examiner’s Editorial Board weighs in on ballot measures that did (and did not) make the cut this November, giving two thumbs up to a judge’s decision not to let us vote on foreskin (or lack thereof, natch).

Friday, November 19th, 2010

Can you spell Gough for me?

The SF Weekly takes a look at Police Chief George Gascón’s stance on hiring new police officers and withdrawing from local school programs.  With all of this hiring local workers buzz, one would hope that the police that patrol our streets would be from San Francisco or at least be familiar with the area and not have to GPS their way to the crime spot.

Thursday, November 18th, 2010