SF Usual Suspects

Archive for February, 2011

Taking a stand

The SF Bay Guardian takes a turn at assessing BoS President David Chiu’s platform for mayor.

Monday, February 28th, 2011

Cuts and More Cuts

San Francisco teachers are worried that the latest round of education cuts may be the most severe.

Monday, February 28th, 2011

A small request

Due to a miscalculation in the current budget, the Sheriff’s Department is asking for a little bit of help. I guess I’ll leave “little bit” up to your discretion, considering the request is for an extra $6.4 million. And with the alternative being lay-offs, I can’t imagine this ending pretty.

Sunday, February 27th, 2011

He Donezit

Former City College Chancellor Philip Day receives five years of probation for misusing funds.

Sunday, February 27th, 2011

I <3 Mayor Lee

You might think that a mayor who isn’t seeking reelection would make the kinds of decisions that would piss people off.  Strangely enough, Mayor Ed Lee pushes an ambitious agenda and continues to make friends along the way.  [On Monday in hard copy and today on the Internets] John Cote of the Chronicle evaluates Mayor Lee’s political capital as a future mayoral candidate, seeking the opinion of – oh, I don’t know – just the Founder of SF Usual Suspects and long-time political strategist Mr. Alex Clemens for his humble tea leaf reading.

Sunday, February 27th, 2011

Fiscal Fighting

The faculty of San Francisco State commissioned a report that says that the university is spending too much money on administrative costs.

Saturday, February 26th, 2011

Crossing Bridges

Oakland City Attorney John Russo is considering crossing the creek into Alameda and becoming the City Manager of the island community.

Saturday, February 26th, 2011

When you have to go

It’s Muni Trivia Tuesday! Here you go…”If there is a concern about a restroom costing $170,000, I have to ask how much does it cost for The City in workers’ compensation costs for renal failure of an operator?”

Friday, February 25th, 2011

Winner Winner Chicken Dinner

Although we’ve all already seen the results, George Gascón officially claims victory as the city’s new District Attorney.

Thursday, February 24th, 2011

Political diversity

The Bay Area Reporter takes a look at one community that is not well-represented at City Hall, and hazards a guess about what the impacts might be if that were to change.

Thursday, February 24th, 2011

Covering Coke

The fate of the Coke billboard saga in Bernal Heights might be determined during today’s Board of Supervisors meeting, as Supervisor David Campos is expected to announce the course of action for the historical sign.

Wednesday, February 23rd, 2011

I choose you

Current sheriff Mike Hennessey announces his pick for his successor in this week’s Bay Guardian. And let me tell you, the man doesn’t seem to have anything bad to say about his choice!

Wednesday, February 23rd, 2011

A New Choice

We learn that the Mayor’s deputy chief of staff Cristine DeBerry will be joining the District Attorney’s Office as the new chief of staff.  And while this is already an important post to fill, some are saying that District Attorney George Gascón made this selection extra carefully.

Wednesday, February 23rd, 2011

Chris Daly for Mayor?

Chris Daly may be serving cocktails and tapping kegs these days, but he has not said “sayonara” to politics completely.  The former Supervisor is considering tossing his hat into the mayoral ring if his progressive brethren sit it out.

Monday, February 21st, 2011

Happy President’s Day!

Whether you are commemorating President’s Day by taking the day off or venturing into work, the Chron reports on which government offices are closed, transit schedules, and parking protocol today to get you where you need to go timely (and ticket-free).

Monday, February 21st, 2011

Making the Grade

Several candidates for a recent SFPD captain’s exam cry foul, alleging that one of the test’s graders unfairly tutored a group of test-takers.

Sunday, February 20th, 2011


Sunday’s Chronicle, as always, includes various musings from former Mayor Willie Brown and Matier & Ross. But today, the common theme is pension politics.

Sunday, February 20th, 2011

Election results … and repercussions …

The race for mayor is over – long live the race for mayor! OK, that doesn’t quite work as well as it does when you say “king.” But in any event, the race, in our rear-view mirror, has lots of people talking: the Ex about who might be appointed to the D5 Supe seat, the Chron’s John Diaz on the winners and losers, the Ex again about the notable moments and people they saw in this race, Matier and Ross run down the money angles, and more. Read up!

Sunday, February 20th, 2011

Wholey Moley

Whole Foods celebrates the grand opening of it’s new store in the Haight.

Sunday, February 20th, 2011

A New Sheriff in Town

After 31 years in office, Sheriff Michael Hennessy is ready to move on.

Saturday, February 19th, 2011

Making the parks more green

In order to get more out of the City’s parks, the Dept. of Rec and Park is proposing to add a few fees to raise some green.  Who’s at the top of the list?  Everyone’s favorite topic of the hour (dog walkers) and everyone’s least favorite topic of the hour, especially on a Friday (exercise boot camp classes).

Friday, February 18th, 2011

Candidate Yee

In today’s Bay Guardian, Mr. Tim Redmond attempts to put his finger on who mayoral candidate and State Senator Leland Yee really is.

Thursday, February 17th, 2011

One neighborhood group’s art…

…is another neighborhood group’s public nuisance.  The BAR takes us behind the scenes to a recent battle over a proposed mural on Polk Street.  For now, the score is Polk Street 1, Castro 0.  (And in a small-scale case of this phenomenon, the picture above was helpfully labeled “art,” whereas I think it looks like cotton candy.  So there you have it.)

Thursday, February 17th, 2011

I’ll hold it

In further proof that mom was always right, you really, really should go before you leave the house. Today, we learn that the City’s public restrooms have apparently been doubling as a scenic place for drug users and people looking for sexy time to frolic, leaving the restrooms in a less than desirable state for it’s more typical use.  Read on and plug your nose.

Thursday, February 17th, 2011

Cracking down

A handful of smoke shops that were allegedly selling crack pipes and encouraging illegal drug use, suggesting there really are other uses for a crack pipe than a nice centerpiece vase, settled yesterday. City Attorney Dennis Herrera’s lawsuit will prohibit the sales and secure some serious penalties for those who continue to do so.

Thursday, February 17th, 2011