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…
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/2011/07/supe-says-local-shops-would-better-serve-sf-unstead-banks: Scott Wiener says local shops would better serve San Fransisco unstead of banks
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/2012/04/sf-bank-branches-could-be-subjected-chain-ordinance: S.F. bank branches could be subjected to chain ordinance
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.
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/2011/07/many-new-faces-command-staff-san-francisco-fire-department: Many new faces in command staff at San Francisco Fire Department
Lotsa support is expected for a proposed Grocery Outlet in Visitacion Valley at the project’s Planning Commission hearing today.
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2011/07/24/BUAA1KDF2T.DTL&tsp=1: Bayview district ready for new restaurants, market
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2011/08/24/BAU71KRCSK.DTL: Fresh & Easy opens in S.F. Bayview-Hunters Point
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/2012/10/discount-grocery-chain-open-two-new-san-francisco-stores: Grocery Outlet to open two new San Francisco stores in Richmond District and Visitacion Valley
http://www.sfexaminer.com/sanfrancisco/san-francisco-supervisor-says-fresh-and-easy-could-have-done-better-in-her-neighborhood/Content?oid=2575535: San Francisco supervisor says Fresh & Easy could have done better in her neighborhood
http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/Grocery-Outlet-plans-Visitacion-Valley-store-4843709.php: Grocery Outlet plans Visitacion Valley store
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.
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2011/07/25/BAMA1KEI43.DTL&type=newsbayarea: SFO Spokesman Ron Wilson dies
…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.
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2011/07/25/EDF91KE15J.DTL: Editorial: David Campos' flawed measure on S.F. health care
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.
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2011/07/24/BANK1KDFJK.DTL&type=newsbayarea: Officials express mixed feelings on inmate influx
http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/Ex-offenders-compete-for-low-income-housing-4286606.php: Ex-offenders compete for low-income housing
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!
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2011/07/24/PK761JREUQ.DTL: The steins collect: Bay Area beer gardens
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.
http://www.ktvu.com/news/28630010/detail.html: UCSF Makes Major Change Following Fatal Crash
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2011/07/22/BAL71KDC6P.DTL&type=newsbayarea: UCSF to install lap belts in shuttle after 2nd fatal crash
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.
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/2011/07/immigrants-leaving-san-francisco-cheaper-pastures: Illegal immigrants leaving San Francisco for cheaper pastures
Today, we get another look on what might be fueling some of the public outrage over the Bayview shooting.
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2011/07/21/MNON1KD52F.DTL: Greg Suhr tries to quell Bayview anger with forum
http://www.baycitizen.org/policing/story/police-chief-greg-suhr-booed-out-bayview/?utm_source=Newsletters&utm_campaign=e657cb39fc-July_21_Daily_Newsletter&utm_medium=email: SF Police Chief Booed Out of the Bayview
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/crime/2011/07/bayview-residents-shout-down-police-chief: Bayview residents shout down San Francisco police Chief Greg Suhr
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2011/07/20/BAJM1KCQRS.DTL: C.W. Nevius: Voice of reason silenced in Bayview shooting protests
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/crime/2011/07/fatal-shot-bayviews-officer-involved-shooting-called-self-inflicted: Fatal shot in Bayview's officer-involved shooting called self-inflicted
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2011/07/22/MNAU1KDJ6H.DTL: Police: Bayview suspect shot himself
http://www.baycitizen.org/crime/story/bullet-killed-man-bayview-didnt-come-sf/: Bullet That Killed Man in Bayview Didn't Come from SF Police Gun
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/2011/07/missing-gun-complicates-bayview-investigation: Missing gun complicates SFPD's investigation into Bayview shooting
http://www.baycitizen.org/policing/story/bayview-shooting-death-kenneth-harding/?utm_source=Newsletters&utm_campaign=75aa4a8ef4-July_25_Daily_Newsletter&utm_medium=email: Bizarre Bayview Shooting Presents Test for Police Chief
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/2011/07/public-outrage-over-police-shooting-death-bayview-misplaced: Ken Garcia: Public outrage over shooting death in San Francisco's Bayview is misplaced
http://www.ktvu.com/news/28700404/detail.html: Bayview Man Says Police Harassed Him For Criticism Of Bayview Shooting
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2011/07/29/BANJ1KGBGV.DTL&type=newsbayarea: SF police say they've found homicide suspect's gun
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.
http://www.sfbg.com/2011/07/19/shuttle-wars-sfo?page=0,0: Shuttle Wars at SFO
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.
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2011/07/19/BAM31KCG08.DTL: $114 million Tesla project aids Hetch Hetchy water
http://www.baycitizen.org/blogs/quality-of-life/uv-treatment-shines-light-hetch-hetchy/: New UV Treatment Facility Shines Light on Hetch Hetchy Water Quality
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.
http://www.sfexaminer.com/opinion/editorials/2011/07/business-bureaucracy-needs-fresh-approach: Editorial: Business bureaucracy needs fresh approach
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’.
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/2011/07/san-franciscos-reentry-council-considers-legislation-aid-re-entry-ex-cons: San Francisco's Reentry Council considers legislation to aid re-entry of ex-cons
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.
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/2011/07/if-high-speed-rail-never-happens-transbay-center-will-be-bus-stop: If high-speed rail never happens, Transbay center will be a bus stop
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/bay-area/2011/08/high-speed-rail-will-be-pricey-alternatives-will-cost-more-authority-says: High speed rail will be pricey, but alternatives will cost more, authority says
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/2011/11/despite-rising-price-tag-high-speed-rail-fares-are-projected-remain-steady: Despite rising price tag of high speed rail, fares are projected to decline
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2011/11/06/EDC81LA4PP.DTL: Editorial: High-speed rail plan on right track
http://www.sfexaminer.com/news/2011/11/california-high-speed-rail-officials-say-effect-federal-cuts-will-be-minimal: California high-speed rail officials say effect of federal cuts will be minimal
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2011/11/21/BAQS1M1E8C.DTL&tsp=1: Matier and Ross: S.F. Transbay Terminal project has murky future
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/transportation/2012/01/high-speed-rail-cost-increase-latest-public-works-projects: High-speed rail cost increase latest in public works projects
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/transportation/2012/01/bumpy-ride-high-speed-rail-effort-california: Bumpy ride for high-speed rail effort in California
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2012/01/19/MNOP1MR40G.DTL: Jerry Brown defends high-speed rail
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2012/03/25/BAVG1NPJFJ.DTL: Matier and Ross: $1.5 billion Caltrain deal packs some extras
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.
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/crime/2011/07/san-francisco-ballot-thief-keeps-fight: San Francisco ballot thief keeps up fight
Always a little bit too happy and slightly snarky, Jesse loves to share his amusement with the City by the Bay. When he isn’t waxing poetic about San Francisco, you can find Jesse spotting up for jumpers at Dolores Park, waiting outside the Regency to see Lil’ B the BasedGod (TYBG), or lost somewhere in Las Vegas.