SF Usual Suspects

Archive for July, 2011

Housed under controversy

The Board of Supervisors has thrown its support behind a project to house LGBT youth in the Marina district, and the Bay Area Reporter gives us all the deets on who voted which way and why.

Thursday, July 14th, 2011

Pay up!

The Chronicle reports on a $500,000 settlement between the City and a local restaurant accused of wage theft. This is the single largest payment the City has received for this type of violation.

Wednesday, July 13th, 2011

Pants on the ground

First, pants were dropped. Then, charges were dropped. Now? It looks like Mr. Deshon Marman, our resident pant-sagger, plans to sue US Airways. I bet none of you saw that coming. The upside? If he wins, he could buy many many belts.

Wednesday, July 13th, 2011

To grow or not to grow?

If it’s Candlestick park and houses you’re talking about, the answer is “to grow,” unanimously. At yesterday’s Board meeting, all eleven Supes gave the nod to the Executive Park development, which is smushed in between the ballpark and 101. And yes, smushed is a technical term.

Wednesday, July 13th, 2011

San Francisco Public Housing

The Chronicle reports on dilapidated conditions at some San Francisco Housing Authority homes. And while there’s some federal cash to spend, the Authority can’t spend it on deferred maintenance. Oh, damn you, bureaucracy… Damn you straight to hell.

Wednesday, July 13th, 2011

Gay history in textbooks … we’re waiting, Gov. Brown …

Will Senator Mark Leno’s legislation to stop our state’s educational stonewalling about Stonewall get inked by a sympathetic Governor? If so, Gov. Brown, where will the signing ceremony take place? And will you please, please invite Phyllis Lyon, and give her one of the ceremonial pens? Kthxbai.

Monday, July 11th, 2011

Bottoms Up?

The Chron looks at the minotaur maze traversed by those who seek to obtain a liquor license. Looks like it might be easier to open up a pot club…

Monday, July 11th, 2011

Hookahs – and nope, I’m not from Brooklyn and talking about escorts.

The Health Department deals with the complexities of regulating hookah lounges in our smoke-free town, as it searches for the correct line to draw between protecting public safety and respecting ethnic traditions…

Monday, July 11th, 2011

Can You Hear Me Now?

Sunday, July 10th, 2011

Home Sweet Home

And they say the housing market is struggling. Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom’s San Francisco home sold in less than a week! The Examiner uncovers the real reason behind his move to Marin… (cliffhanger!)

Saturday, July 9th, 2011

Fill me up

The Bay Citizen glances over at the vacant building at 1886 Mission, reports on why some neighbors think it’s been blighting up the neighborhood, and discusses just what the City plans to do about it.

Friday, July 8th, 2011

Sharing is caring

There’s no time like the present. The JUSTIS project to link our City’s Police and Sheriff’s Departments’ information systems – which was approved over 10 years ago, mind you – is said to finally be getting off the ground this year. Your choice on whether you’d like to hold your breath on this one.

Friday, July 8th, 2011

55 Laguna

The Business Times Editorial Board opines on the protracted approvals process navigated by the 55 Laguna project and hopes that the lessons learned will help the UCSF Laurel Heights project avoid a similar fate.

Thursday, July 7th, 2011

The School Board’s New Houseguests

The San Francisco School Board is working on providing affordable housing for teachers and other district employees in the Mission. What’s the debate? Does $9 million worth of land stay in the public or private sector?

Thursday, July 7th, 2011

Tim Redmond Has His Say

The Guardian’s editor dissects his recent conversation with the political consultant working on the Ed Lee for Mayor campaign, and has some Points Of View about what it all means.

Wednesday, July 6th, 2011

Building green vs. building at all…

The Guardian takes a lengthy look at San Francisco development, considering whether green building standards are what we should be concentrating on – or, perhaps, some other fundamental issues, instead…

Wednesday, July 6th, 2011

Tasty, bubbly, recreation-laced sugar water

Mmmmmmm. Coke goes great with lots of things. Summer, for one – and recreation donations, for another. The Bay Citizen and the City Insider both cover the Big Donation made by Big Coke for our collective fitness.

Wednesday, July 6th, 2011

Choose your favorite: “Arts Commission Head Draws The Line,” “Arts Commission Head Cancels Job,” “Arts Commission Cancels Director’s Contract”…

Former head of San Francisco’s Arts Commission, Luis Cancel, resigned but continues to defend his position that he was working abroad. The Arts Commission, however, has already moved on and appointed a new interim head, J.D. Beltran, to the post. Best of luck to you both.

Wednesday, July 6th, 2011

Opera-tion Renovation

The Chronicle explores the Bayview Opera House’s history and current uses, as well as how much it will cost to keep the building functioning.

Tuesday, July 5th, 2011

Spare the Air

BAAQMD has several incentive policies for local agencies to use environmentally-friendly vehicles. Some folks say it’s too much, others say it’s not enough, and the agency remains stuck smack dab in the middle. Always an awkward place to be, dontchathink?

Monday, July 4th, 2011

Water, Water everywhere…

Board of Supervisors President David Chiu has proposed legislation that would require new and renovated buildings to include water refill stations in their plans. Can we also include a clause to include Kool-Aid packets too? Ohhh Yeah!

Monday, July 4th, 2011

Keep it down now, Voices Carry

That was the only ‘Til Tuesday’ reference I could come up with fellow children of the 80′s. But I thought it was particularly apropos given the large number of great political stories in today’s Chronicle that will not be available online until Tuesday. In this editorial, John Diaz goes after San Francisco’s mayoral candidates for their lack of details on their websites. Of course, the piece would pack a lot more punch if online readers could find the whole story today on the Chron website. Ah, but we’ll have to wait. Hush, Hush….

Sunday, July 3rd, 2011

Electronic Democracy

The development of new technology that will allow e-signatures to be used to get voter propositions on the ballot is getting mixed reviews.  However, if you want to read the whole story, you might have to actually turn off your computer and buy the newspaper at the store as this story is embargoed until Tuesday.

Sunday, July 3rd, 2011

Realignment Realized

As other counties struggle to comply with realignment, San Francisco is seeing the lowest jail population in 40 years and being looked at as a model for rehabilitation programs across the state. The Ex fills us in. Booya.

Friday, July 1st, 2011

Price is right?

Today, we get some more details on a recent fundraiser for State Senator Leland Yee’s mayoral campaign at the Colma casino. One of the accusations is that the Yee campaign got a price cut for the surf and turf dinners whipped up by the casino and served to campaign diners. And you know that casino food, it’s all Michelin rated.

Friday, July 1st, 2011