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Archive for January, 2011

Girl Power!

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.

Saturday, January 22nd, 2011

I Dare You To Try Just One…

…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!

Saturday, January 22nd, 2011

chickity-check yo self before you wreck yo self

With Chinese New Year approaching on February 3, local electeds are making sure business owners are well equipped to report crimes in case some celebrations get out of hand.

Friday, January 21st, 2011

Grade A

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.

Friday, January 21st, 2011


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.

Thursday, January 20th, 2011

The Gift of Travel

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.

Wednesday, January 19th, 2011

What’s Next?

The Bay Guardian dissects the November election, the selection of Mayor Ed Lee, the state of progressives, and the political backdrop for 2011.

Wednesday, January 19th, 2011

Make your mark

This week, the Historic Preservation Commission will discuss plans for making Golden Gate Park an official landmark.  But careful, being a landmark can have more implications than you think…

Tuesday, January 18th, 2011

Let’s Talk Safety

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.

Tuesday, January 18th, 2011


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!

Monday, January 17th, 2011

So, what’s next?

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).

Monday, January 17th, 2011

Where in the world…?

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!

Monday, January 17th, 2011

Color me silly

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.

Monday, January 17th, 2011

Where There’s Smoke

Mayor Ed Lee pays a visit to the victims of a recent Chinatown apartment building fire.

Sunday, January 16th, 2011

Question Time

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.

Sunday, January 16th, 2011

Wouldn’t Ya Like to Know…

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.

Sunday, January 16th, 2011

Off to the White House

Mayors Ed Lee (San Francisco) and Jean Quan (Oakland) are heading back East to a state dinner hosted by President Barack Obama (United States) in honor of President Hu Jintao (China).

Saturday, January 15th, 2011

Enabling not disabling

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.

Friday, January 14th, 2011

Stealing from Schools

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.

Thursday, January 13th, 2011

Shelter Me

The BAR takes a look at the plans for a homeless shelter designed specifically for the city’s LGBT community.

Thursday, January 13th, 2011


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.

Thursday, January 13th, 2011

Changing of the Guard

The BAR weighs in on the happenings over at City Hall.  Which, if you’ve been under a rock or living on a deserted island somewhere, have been many.

Wednesday, January 12th, 2011

Did someone just get called the M-word?

Board President David Chiu makes his picks for committee assignments and there are already rumblings about the new power dynamics at the Board.

Wednesday, January 12th, 2011

Paint it Back

If you can’t beat them, let them paint.

Wednesday, January 12th, 2011

Ay Chihuahua!

San Francisco’s new regulations covering dog-walkers (permitting, fees, insurance, a cap on the number of dogs that may be walked at once) went into effect on the first of the month. Woof!

Wednesday, January 12th, 2011