Congratulations to Suspects founder Alex Clemens and his lovely wife Priya on the arrival of their bouncing baby girl, Casey Rose Bali Clemens. Casey came into this world at 2:23 am Saturday morning and we have reports that both parents are doing well. And at present, we are doing our best to intervene in Alex’s ill-advised plan to take Casey home from the hospital on a Segway.
…because just like potato chips, they’re addictive. I’ve sat on this until Saturday, because I didn’t want to kill several days of productivity by posting this on a Tuesday. But GOOD LUCK – it’s harder than it looks, it’s intriguing, it makes you want to know more about What Happened, and, as a bonus, you get to confront your own deep-seated prejudices. (And you get to feel lucky that you’re not these people.) Enjoy your Saturday!
http://www.thesmokinggun.com/time-waster/match-assault-arrestee-their-alleged-weapon-3: Friday Photo Fun Game
Out of all the teachers in San Francisco, only 2% fall short of the Best Teacher Ever category. Or so says last year’s teacher evaluations that are providing a glossy look at teacher performance instead of getting to the meat of the issue.
http://www.baycitizen.org/education/story/rethinking-evaluations-when-almost-every/?utm_source=The+Bay+Citizen+Daily+Newsletter&utm_campaign=0911bbb354-Jan_21_Daily_Newsletter&utm_medium=email: Rethinking Evaluations When Almost Every Teacher Gets an ‘A’
District Attorney George Gascon has asked our former DA and current state Attorney General Kamala Harris to return from Sacramento to prosecute a case about a cop shooting. Given his (very recent) past role as police chief, he’d rather sit this one out than be perceived as having a conflict of interest.
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/crime/2011/01/defense-lawyer-may-ask-gascon-step-aside-cop-shooting-case: Gascon’s flip from cop to prosecutor raised as an issue in shooting case
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=%2Fc%2Fa%2F2011%2F01%2F20%2FMN201HCAU1.DTL: D.A. seeks predecessor's help in police shootings
A report by San Franciscans for Clean Government, a newly formed group, claims that almost half of the money donated in travel gifts to city officials over the past two years came through groups associated with Chinatown leader Rose Pak.
http://www.baycitizen.org/politics/story/pak-gives-chiu-receives-most-travel/: Pak Gives, Chiu Receives Most Travel Gifts
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2011/01/19/BA8P1HARDK.DTL&tsp=1: City Insider: SF pension costs jump $20 million
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2011/01/20/BA6N1HBPIU.DTL&type=newsbayarea: City Insider: Golden Gate Park landmark proposal pondered by panel
A Muni operator who was caught texting while presumably driving may be kicked to the curb after finding out that Jamie’s boyfriend’s sister-in-law Mary’s friend Becky’s brother also got a job at Muni. Watch out for him.
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/transportation/2011/01/muni-derailments-raise-concern-about-potential-injuries-damage: Muni derailments raise concern about potential injuries, damage
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/transportation/2011/02/san-franciscos-muni-blasted-safety-inaction: San Francisco Muni blasted for inaction over pervasive safety problems
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2011/02/25/MNU81HU8S2.DTL: SF Muni made many safety violations, PUC finds
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/transportation/2011/02/state-agency-catches-san-francisco-muni-drivers-sleeping-speeding-snack: State agency catches San Francisco Muni drivers sleeping, speeding, snacking
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2011/03/02/ED171I1D8R.DTL: Editorial: Muni management failing at safety
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2011/03/05/BA7T1I493C.DTL&tsp=1: Muni disputes state report on safety violations
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/transportation/2011/03/muni-operators-calling-expansion-safety-regulation-include-buses: Muni operators calling for expansion of safety regulation to include buses
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/transportation/2011/04/texting-may-cost-san-francisco-muni-driver-s-job: Texting may cost San Francisco Muni driver’s job
In today’s friendly public service announcement, we bring you the news of the various Martin Luther King Day events throughout the Bay Area. For those of you who are lucky enough to have the day off, rest up and enjoy!
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2011/01/17/BANB1H9OED.DTL&type=newsbayarea: Martin Luther King Day events in Bay Area
It’s going to be a long day for Nat Ford. Not only will he be meeting with the MTA Board about his next steps, but the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority (who almost hired him) is reopening its search for a new chief (though he’s still in the running). To keep us entertained until we learn what will finally happen to Mr. Ford, the Examiner gives us the rundown on the MTA chief’s achievements (and some things San Franciscans are not so proud of).
http://www.nbcbayarea.com/news/local-beat/Like-His-Customers-Muni-Head-Not-Going-Anywhere-113869504.html: Like His Customers, Muni Head "Not Going Anywhere"
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2011/03/02/BAGJ1I1NVE.DTL&type=newsbayarea: City Insider: Muni boss may learn about D.C. job today
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2011/03/06/BA7T1I4CJO.DTL&type=newsbayarea: If transportation agency chief leaves, new hire under the gun
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/transportation/2011/03/muni-chief-nathaniel-ford-may-be-leaving-real-time: Muni chief Nathaniel Ford may be leaving for real this time
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2011/03/16/BACU1ID66G.DTL: Nathaniel Ford facing uncertain future with Muni
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/transportation/2011/03/dc-transit-agency-likely-passing-ford: DC transit agency likely to pass on hiring SFMTA's Nathaniel Ford
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/transportation/2011/03/sfmta-chief-might-still-land-dc-job: SFMTA chief Nathaniel Ford might still land DC transit job
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/transportation/2011/03/san-francisco-muni-chief-nathaniel-ford-would-leave-legacy-mixed-result: San Francisco Muni chief Nathaniel Ford would leave legacy of mixed results
In just a few short weeks, our new mayor has proved to be quite the world traveler. First he was in China when all the drama started to go down, and now he’s off to Washington for the Conference of Mayors. Safe travels!
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=%2Fc%2Fa%2F2011%2F01%2F17%2FBAMK1H98SI.DTL: Ed Lee, new S.F. mayor, heading to Washington
The big vote is expected today on where exactly our new district boundaries will fall, and most local electeds are a-okay with the new coloring book proposed for San Fran – considering the alternatives and that the city could have become less “odd” than we already are.
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=%2Fc%2Fa%2F2011%2F01%2F17%2FBAAU1H8P10.DTL: S.F. supervisors prepare for redistricting battle
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/2011/06/redistricting-will-test-alliances: Redistricting will test alliances
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2011/06/23/BARQ1K1V7G.DTL: SF redistricting task force gets 3 more nominees
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/2011/07/redistricting-worries-san-franciscos-gay-leaders: Redistricting worries San Francisco's gay leaders
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2011/07/08/BAEI1K8964.DTL: Ed Lee names 3 to supervisor redistricting panel
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/2011/07/redistricting-may-split-sf-down-middle-add-marin-pelosis-district: Redistricting may split SF down the middle, add Marin to Pelosi's district
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/2011/07/redistricting-pressure-now-redrawn-maps-allay-san-francisco-politicians-fears: Redistricting pressure off for now as redrawn maps allay San Francsico politicans' fears
C. W. Nevius is the latest journalist to take on the question of Question Time. The necessity of these monthly “events” in their current form can surely be debated, but I must say that from my perspective, that of the “political observer,” Question Time is about as much fun as, say, chopping up old books, pouring milk on them, and eating them as if they were a tasty, nutritious cereal.
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/2011/01/ed-lee-will-be-first-sf-mayor-undergo-question-time: Ed Lee will be first SF mayor to undergo question time
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2011/02/08/BAAT1HKF6M.DTL: Supes' plan to question mayor removes spontaneity
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2011/04/11/BA9Q1IT2RD.DTL: S.F. Mayor Ed Lee set to answer board's questions
http://sfappeal.com/news/2011/04/no-surprises-as-mayor-lee-faces-board-of-supes-pre-submitted-questions.php: No Surprises As Mayor Lee Faces Board Of Supes' (Pre-Submitted) Questions
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2011/04/12/MNT51IV5KF.DTL: City Insider: Question time loses a bit in translation
http://www.sfbg.com/2011/08/09/we-need-real-question-time-mr-mayor: Editorial: We need a real question time, Mr. Mayor
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/2012/09/board-questions-value-question-time: Board questions the value of 'question time'
http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/Plan-to-boost-car-sharing-at-new-housing-3857980.php: City Insider: Plan to boost car-sharing at new housing
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/2012/09/supervisor-vows-reform-question-time: Supervisor vows to reform question time
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/2012/10/avalos-looks-wake-sleepy-question-time-bringing-public: Avalos looks to wake up sleepy question time by bringing in the public
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/2012/10/mayor-ed-lee-defends-format-question-time: Mayor Ed Lee defends format for question time
http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/Julian-Davis-defiant-on-groping-report-3954657.php: City Insider: Julian Davis defiant on groping report
http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/nevius/article/It-s-yawn-question-time-at-the-supes-4153325.php: C. W. Nevius: It's (yawn) 'question time' at the supes
What does Chronicle columnist Carl Nolte have to say about the significance of Ed Lee becoming Mayor and David Chiu continuing as President of the Board? Well, you’ll have to wait until Tuesday to find out as the Chron continues to play coy with its online readers.
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=%2Fc%2Fa%2F2011%2F01%2F15%2FMNDK1H92HI.DTL: Carl Note: Ed Lee, Jean Quan, David Chiu signify change
A pilot program has launched in the Sunset and Richmond district that should help businesses become ADA compliant. Which is good, because everyone should have access… except skeezy lawyers who sue businesses on behalf of the ADA (while representing nobody) only to then extort money out of the business until they’re run into the ground. Oh, me? Bitter? No, I’m not bitter.
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=%2Fc%2Fa%2F2011%2F01%2F13%2FBU4O1H8M9O.DTL: San Francisco to help merchants on disabled access
http://www.kqed.org/a/kqednews/RN201101131704/a: S.F. To Help Businesses Respond to ADA Complaints
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/2011/09/chiu-proposal-could-curb-costly-ada-disability-access-lawsuits: Chiu proposal could curb costly ADA disability access lawsuits in San Francisco
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/2012/05/ada-complaints-san-francisco-cause-legal-headaches-businesses: ADA complaints in San Francisco cause legal headaches for businesses
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/2012/11/new-program-aims-help-san-francisco-businesses-become-ada-compliant: New program aims to help San Francisco businesses become ADA compliant
Felony charges have been made against six current and former SFUSD employees for the misuse of $15 million in grant funding. These charges include grand theft, falsifying documents, perjury, and forgery for wrongfully diverting funds. News sources reporting the incident reveal where the $15 million went, who benefited, and what lies ahead for the accused.
http://www.baycitizen.org/education/story/after-scandal-sf-schools-chief-vows/: After Scandal, SF Schools Chief Vows Reform
http://www.bizjournals.com/sanfrancisco/print-edition/2013/02/01/richard-carranza-tackles-sf-school.html: Richard Carranza tackles S.F. school challenges
http://www.sfchronicle.com/crime/article/6-charged-with-stealing-SF-school-funds-4515540.php: 6 charged with stealing SF school funds
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/crime/2013/05/sf-schools-officials-accused-embezzlement-and-fraud: S.F. schools officials accused of embezzlement and fraud
http://blogs.sfweekly.com/thesnitch/2013/05/_district_attorney_george_gasc_1.php: San Francisco School Employees Charged With Embezzling $15 Million of Your Money
It’s official: the holidays end tomorrow. In a public service announcement from your friends at Usual Suspects, if you’re hanging on to that Christmas tree in the hopes that more presents will magically appear, tomorrow is THE LAST DAY to dispose of it. So say goodbye to Santa, put away the ornaments, and rush over to your nearest Walgreens, which is inevitably already stocked for Valentine’s Day.
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/2011/01/friday-last-day-dispose-christmas-tree-san-francisco: Friday is last day to dispose of Christmas tree in San Francisco
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.