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Archive for May, 2011

The Usual Suspects political mail project v2011

As we’ve done from time to time in years past, Suspects is collecting and displaying this election season’s political documents in one handy, centralized location. We need your help to make sure everyone sees all the puff pieces, hit pieces, slate cards, walk pieces, door hangers, and (new this year!) television ads – so click here to find out how to get your favorite candidate’s mail into our database.

Tuesday, May 31st, 2011

Movin’ will cost ya

The moving costs for four SFUSD schools are raising the eyebrows and dropping the jaws of a number of City officials.

Tuesday, May 31st, 2011

It all started with a cartouche

No, it’s not a fancy dish or a ballet movement. It’s what started a neighborhood battle between a Russian Hill couple and the City. Supervisor Scott Wiener weighs in on the issue and has introduced legislation that might prevent cartouche battles in the future. (And in case you haven’t Googled what a cartouche is yet, you NEED to check out the Ex’s article!)

Tuesday, May 31st, 2011

The Future of Our Sales Tax

If you’ve been keeping up at the state level, you’ll know that there’s been talk of extending a 1 percent statewide sales tax. If that fails? Mayor Lee’s (sort of) got a back up plan. The Examiner gives us the scoop.

Tuesday, May 31st, 2011

Marching Orders

The SFUSD school board granted teachers an extension to obtain PE credentials to teach JROTC and extended the program for another two years in some district schools.

Sunday, May 29th, 2011

Cap(sizing) development

The San Francisco Business Times shares their view on the city’s development cap. Summary: They are not fans of the development cap. Executive Summary: Boo, development cap.

Sunday, May 29th, 2011

Cases Dismissed

A judge in San Francisco dismissed several criminal cases at the request of the District Attorney because of the credibility of testimony from one particular police officer.

Saturday, May 28th, 2011

Tase Me Bro

Following the recommendation of the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives, BART gets approval to purchase Tasers for every officer on its police force.

Friday, May 27th, 2011

Stand Up. Sit Down. Fight, Fight, Fight!

The Chronicle follows up on yesterday’s article, which filled us in on the City’s sit/lie law and how enforcement is playing out in the Haight. Today, the focus is on those who tend to receive sit/lie tickets – older alcoholics.

Thursday, May 26th, 2011

Get on through the front door. Swipe your clipper. sit down. not complicated.

OK, perhaps it *is* too complicated for some knuckleheads out there who would rather get on through the back door and then rob and beat the Muni driver with their skateboards.  This is redonkulous, and needs to stop.  Increase the peace, stupid knuckleheads, or I’ll take you to the zoo.

Thursday, May 26th, 2011

As goes Bay to Breakers…

…so goes the Union Street Fair. For all you youngsters who preferred the beer gardens to the streets lined with baby strollers and face painting, you’re outta luck this year. The verdict is in and there will be no booze at the fair. And in completely unrelated news, every store in the city seems to have sold out of flasks.

Wednesday, May 25th, 2011

Doggie Drama

Renovations at Dolores Park are at risk of being delayed following a last minute appeal of the $11.5 million bond project, which would create two off-leash dog play areas. Citing child obesity rates, the appellant claims that the space should be for kids to frolic – not pooches.

Wednesday, May 25th, 2011

Mean Streets

Today, in light of the manslaughter charges against a San Francisco cyclist, our friends down south weigh in on the turf war that seems to be a-brewin’ over our sacred streets.

Wednesday, May 25th, 2011

Ethics and Entanglements

The Ex tells us about a recent campaign fundraiser invite that a lobbyist sent to his distribution list and why that certain invite might be raising more than a few eyebrows.

Friday, May 20th, 2011


Though it is TBD whether California’s future high speed rail will be mono or bi or tri-railed, I’m including a tribute to “The Simpson’s” circa 1993 episode because it was awesome.  Today’s Ex ventures into what could happen to the Fourth Street exit should one possible speed rail route be executed.  Not as bad as what occurred in Springfield, but the plan does conjure up similar images - in the interim.

Thursday, May 19th, 2011

Drowning in debt

Assessor-Recorder Phil Ting and CA Reinvestment Coalition’s Kevin Stein take an in-depth look at the foreclosure crisis facing the Bay Area and what our local politicians can do about it. Read up!

Wednesday, May 18th, 2011

Community courts

The Bay Area Reporter covers District Attorney Gascón’s announcement that he will be setting up community courts in the Mission and Bayview to help deal with misdemeanors.

Wednesday, May 18th, 2011


Police Chief Greg Suhr and Mayor Lee announce the City’s first special victims unit that combines several units within the department.

Wednesday, May 18th, 2011

System Review

Following last week’s system failure of the City’s emergency communications technology, Mistermayor wants to know what happened and how we can prevent it from happening again.  Sounds like a great idea to me, especially learning that when the system fails, emergency personnel resort to using pens, paper, and radios (like the olden times!).

Tuesday, May 17th, 2011

N it to Win it

Today’s Examiner gives us the 411 on what Muni is considering in efforts to speed up the overcrowded N-Judah line. Sounds like a great idea, but transit advocates such as N-Judah Chronicles’ (props!) Greg Dewar have doubts about the plan. Read up!

Tuesday, May 17th, 2011

Mission Playground

Monday, May 16th, 2011

Sunday Teaser

The Chronicle profiles Recreation and Parks Commission President and America’s Cup torchbearer Mark Buell in today’s Sunday edition.  Spend the extra change and grab a hard copy.  Go ahead – treat yourself.

Sunday, May 15th, 2011

Wanted: Taxi Drivers

Sunday, May 15th, 2011

The Unbreakable Bond

The San Francisco Unified School District hopes voters will approve a $531 million bond to renovate (and simply fix) its aging facilities.  We’re talking leaky facets, broken windows, and cracked pavement.

Sunday, May 15th, 2011

Art Under Attack?

Despite the passage of Prop H in 2004, music and art programs are taking a hit in San Francisco public schools.

Friday, May 13th, 2011