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Archive for July, 2011

Fillmore Funk

The Examiner takes a look at the economic challenges facing the Fillmore district.

Sunday, July 31st, 2011

Keepin’ it local

On Thursday, the Planning Commission voted in favor of an amendment to a 2006 ordinance that would classify financial services companies as “formula retail” where they claim more than 11 locations in the city. So, you’re telling me that San Franciscans might prefer independent specialized organic gourmet cafes to banking institutions? Interesting…

Friday, July 29th, 2011

Not So Fast

The move by the Metropolitan Transportation Commission into San Francisco is deemed legal by a State agency, but that does not shield it from some critics.

Thursday, July 28th, 2011

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Thursday, July 28th, 2011


No, NKOTB will not be performing at your local fire station, but excitement over the headline got you here, didn’t it? Now that I have your attention, the Examiner tells us about new additions to the SFFD, replacing four high-ranking officials who recently retired.

Thursday, July 28th, 2011

We’ve got a Commission for that

The SF Weekly takes a critical look at San Francisco’s large number of city commissions and questions whether all of them are really necessary.

Wednesday, July 27th, 2011

Giant Addition

AT&T block.

Tuesday, July 26th, 2011

Unleash the Veggies!

Lotsa support is expected for a proposed Grocery Outlet in Visitacion Valley at the project’s Planning Commission hearing today.

Monday, July 25th, 2011

We are diminished

For those of us in the spokesperson business, one of the greats has left the stage. Ron Wilson, long-time SFO spokesperson, has passed away. The gold standard for straight facts, Wilson was respected by his bosses, the media, a public eager to hear what was going on with our travel hub, and his colleagues. He’ll be missed, and his ability to get the news out right, quickly, and straightforwardly will be long remembered.

Monday, July 25th, 2011

So on the one hand…

…the Chron wants to influence public policy, as does nearly every newspaper and most media outlets. But they also want to sell lots of papers. How to balance the two? Well, today they run an editorial that is aimed at influencing the Supes as they vote tomorrow on Supervisor David Campos’ legislation surrounding San Francisco’s health care ordinance. However, they’re embargoing the story until tomorrow, so only folks who buy the paper or subscribe on their handy iDevice can see what they have to say today. Good policy? Good marketing? More papers sold? I dunno.

Monday, July 25th, 2011


Well, this doesn’t look promising. A new report shows how San Francisco’s affordable housing shortage is getting even more cramped due to a recent influx of ex-prisoners competing for the same living units.

Sunday, July 24th, 2011

Belly up to the bar

Because it’s overcast, because it’s Sunday, and because we’re on the cusp of the last month of “summer,” I’m deviating from our usual mission over at Suspects and giving the people what they want: BEER. Check out the Chron’s encyclopedic look at the Bay Area’s beer gardens and then head out for some brewskis and brats to help ring in the month of August. Cheers!

Sunday, July 24th, 2011


The exit of families from San Francisco is taking a toll on the City’s growing senior population.

Saturday, July 23rd, 2011

Tour Bus Battle

A battle is a brewin’ in Union Square thanks to a gaggle of tour buses and their respective ticket hawkers.

Saturday, July 23rd, 2011

Buckling down

Following the tragic crash last week, UCSF will add seat belts to its shuttle buses, winning kudos from our supervisors. Next up, Muni? It would at least give drivers an excuse to make that one extra jerk that would no longer send you flying down the aisle and into an unsuspecting grandma.

Friday, July 22nd, 2011

Illegal Immigrants Leaving SF

The Examiner tells us about a new study that suggests many illegal immigrants have left the City over the years due to the increasing cost of living. Something tells me they are in good company. Supervisor David Campos shares his two cents on the matter.

Thursday, July 21st, 2011

Bayview Shooting

Today, we get another look on what might be fueling some of the public outrage over the Bayview shooting.

Thursday, July 21st, 2011

Shuttle wars

The SFBG takes a look at the shuttle wars at SFO (no, not the private shuttle wars in Noe Valley – that’s a whole different battle) and how the Big Guys are trying to muscle out the Little Guys. In other words, read up for a lesson in how capitalism works.

Wednesday, July 20th, 2011

Puff puff pass

The SFBG covers District Attorney George Gascón’s stance on medical marijuana – including how it’s, ah, changed recently.

Wednesday, July 20th, 2011

Clean h2o

Okay, this is just cool. And not just because they compared it to a tanning salon, which makes me giggle. Through a partnership with Tesla, new UV technology is being used to make sure that your tap water is super clean, super bacteria free, and super tasty. Take that, Fiji.

Wednesday, July 20th, 2011

business friendly

The Examiner’s Editorial Board weighs in with their two cents on the city’s approach to business, sharing their hope that the next mayor (whoever that may be) puts his (or her) money where his (or her) mouth is and starts remedying the situation.

Wednesday, July 20th, 2011

Food for the People

KTVU chimes in on the latest proposal from former Supervisor Bevan Dufty to combat homelessness through an innovative approach, food trucks.

Wednesday, July 20th, 2011

It all depends on how you look at it

If ex-convicts have an easier time finding a job and housing, will they be less likely to re-offend? That’s the phrasing of the question that the City’s Reentry Council, a panel tasked with helping former felons plant their feet back into society, is choosing to use. I have a feeling that Fox News, however, might go with screencrawls that are written thusly: “SAN FRAN POLS KICK GRANDMAS OUT OF HOUSING IN FAVOR OF RAPISTS” and “ALL FRISCO ARSONISTS PROMISED DAY JOBS.” I’m just sayin’.

Monday, July 18th, 2011

Defending the Rail

The Chronicle shares a summary of Governor Jerry Brown’s State of the State speech, including his defense of the controversial high-speed rail project.

Sunday, July 17th, 2011


The Examiner fills us in on Karl Bradfield Nicholas, the ballot thief. Last December, his Election Day political protest (he pleaded guilty to a felony charge of taking 75 ballots and a poll list from a polling place) landed him in jail. On the eve of his release, he was ordered back to jail for his “Gandhi-esque” behavior in court. I didn’t know Gandhi was in to stealing ballots.

Thursday, July 14th, 2011