SF Usual Suspects

Archive for August, 2011

Remember when?

Mr. Redmond is really on a roll this morning. This time around, he reminisces about the Willie Brown administration and why he wasn’t a very happy lad then.

Wednesday, August 31st, 2011

Girl Power

The Chronicle takes an in-depth look at political newcomer Joanna Rees, who is trying to shake up the mayor’s race one Muni rider at a time.

Monday, August 29th, 2011

Have your lemony vodka & drink it too

Yesterday, Governor Jerry Brown signed a bill, sponsored by Senator Mark Leno (D-San Francisco) that will allow mixologists in San Francisco to get crrrrrrazy with their craft. I’ll drink to that, thank you.

Friday, August 26th, 2011

A Teacher’s Nightmare

Do you know when kids are on their best behavior? When they’re hungry. (If you don’t sense my sarcasm, you have never been around a kid who wants her some Cheetos somethin’ fierce.) On the first day of school, San Francisco Unified School District officials had to explain why 75 elementary schools and 46 child care centers across the City received a late lunch delivery. Poor teachers. Read more to find out what caused the mix-up and how much this might cost the district.

Friday, August 26th, 2011

Racism in Chinatown?

Why did a spokesman for Mayor Ed Lee’s mayoral campaign compare local Democratic Party chair and former Board President Aaron Peskin to former U.S. Senator Joseph McCarthy? (Whew, so many titles!) The Examiner tells us that in an interview with Epoch Times, Peskin suggested that Rose Pak represented “the interests of outside governments, including China.” Since, the word “racist” has been thrown around quite a bit.

Friday, August 26th, 2011

Five Finger Discount

The Hawaii reporter recalls the sunny day in 1992 when a current San Francisco mayoral candidate and California State Senator was arrested for allegedly swiping a bottle of tanning oil.

Thursday, August 25th, 2011

We Are Diminished

Yesterday, we said goodbye all-too-soon to community organizer extraordinaire Eric Quezada. His impact on the Mission – and San Francisco as a whole – will be felt for years to come. Thank you, Mr. Quezada, for all you did to help our city. You will be missed!

Thursday, August 25th, 2011

And More from the BAR…

To feed our need for more political gossip, the Bay Area Reporter’s online extra gives us the scoop on who will be honored at the upcoming Human Rights Campaign gala and where to catch mayoral candidates in action in the weeks ahead.

Thursday, August 25th, 2011

Footing the bill

During this election we’ll see just how effective the adjustments to campaign finance laws are at curbing those folks who have no chance in (you know where I’m going with this) of winning, from receiving voter financed funds. I mean, it prevented me from running. Well, that and all those skeletons I’ve got laying around my closet (kiiiding).

Thursday, August 25th, 2011


It is time to get your amuse bouche of chanterelle mushroom and gold flake infused processed hot dog variants with differing creme fraiches on! San Francisco has passed new laws regarding food trucks. How long until a battle starts over Taco Bell bringing a food truck to town? (There is no way you will find me EVER complaining about access to a double decker taco. Ever.)

Wednesday, August 24th, 2011

Politicos on the Playa

The Examiner gives us a rundown of which elected leaders are planning on making the trek to the desert this year. My advice to one nascent Burner is to leave the Chewbaca outfit at home. It gets mighty hot out there.

Wednesday, August 24th, 2011

Nice Digs

The Examiner gives us an HGTV style rundown of the campaign offices of a few of the candidates running for mayor.

Wednesday, August 24th, 2011

More green, please!

As parks around the city are more noticeably needing some tender loving care, it may take a little more than whispering sweet nothings to plants to perk up our parks. The Examiner reports that this November’s ballot may see a bond measure that would allocate funding for parks and playground maintenance and repairs.

Tuesday, August 23rd, 2011

Matier and Ross

The Chron’s political duo gives us the latest on some of PG&E’s alleged “cozy” relationships with public officials, plans for the new Warriors arena, the Oakland Mayoral race, and a newly named highway.

Monday, August 22nd, 2011

The three Rs

The Examiner’s Editorial Board takes a look at our city’s school system. Does it pass their test? Ah, notsomuch. This D is probably not going up on anyone’s fridge this morning…

Monday, August 22nd, 2011


The results from a recent report on our streets’ cleanliness from the Controller’s Office has definitely changed my mind about 1) my three-second rule, 2) picking up lucky pennies off of the floor, 3) casually throwing my shoes in my purse after walking on SF streets, and 4) anything that involves touching the street. Feces, needles, and broken glass. Need I say more?

Wednesday, August 17th, 2011

The F Bomb

Mr. Larry Bush makes another guest appearance today – this time, in the Bay Guardian. He provides a rundown on Proposition F, a measure on this November’s ballot regarding campaign consultant disclosures. His recommendation? A big N-O.

Wednesday, August 17th, 2011

The appointment that started it all

The recent appointment of Mohammed Nuru as the top boss of the Department of Public Works has got a bunch folks riled up. From a discrimination lawsuit to a rally in front of City Hall, this story is probably not going away for awhile.

Wednesday, August 17th, 2011


So there is this guy named Larry Bush, who many of you have never heard of, but many of you have. Those of you who have know that he’s got the most remarkable ability to research and cross-reference stuff – and he remembers *everything.* It’s kinda scary, actually, if you’re the sort of person who likes to hide stuff – Larry, and people like Larry, like to find it and show it off to the world. In any event, Larry has decided to start doing research on the Mayor’s race. And with his collaborators Marc Salomon and Oliver Luby (two other remarkable researchers and activists in their own right), they’ve created the Bush-O-Meter – finding correlations between contributors to President Bush and contributors to local campaigns. It’s innnnnnnteresting (and no, not just because George Bush and Larry Bush are both surnamed Bush.) Check it out.

Tuesday, August 16th, 2011

We are diminished

Don Casper was a public servant, a bridge-builder, and a well-regarded fellow. He passed away in a terrible accident, and his friends and family will miss him.

Tuesday, August 16th, 2011

There’s an app for that

Cool new technology? Public opinion? A mayoral debate with tons of drama? It’s a Usual Suspects trifecta! Our friends over at Spot-On have launched an app that allows you to provide real-time feedback about your favorite candidate for mayor at tonight’s debate. If you’re attending the debate, it works. If you’re sitting at home on your couch watching on the telly, it works. And the best part of all? It’s free! While we don’t usually do any shameless promotion on Suspects (and aren’t going to make a habit of it, natch), this one was too cool to pass up. Check it out!

Monday, August 15th, 2011

Charter Rent

San Francisco charter schools will be paying more rent soon. That’s tough, but maybe they can negotiate and end up with at least free cable or something. I’d try to squeeze HBO in there too.

Monday, August 15th, 2011

I’m in

SF Public Defender Jeff Adachi’s decision to throw his hat into the ring is causing stirs in the mayor’s race.

Friday, August 12th, 2011

Where’s Waldo… Er, BART Spokesman?

The Examiner draws attention to the absence of BART spokesman Linton Johnson who went on personal leave after coming under fire for his actions. Where is he? When will he return? If anyone knows, they aren’t talking.

Friday, August 12th, 2011

City Insider

The City Insider team gives us the scoop on Mayor Lee’s plans to increase business ties between San Francisco and Latin America with a little something called LatinSF. Plus, we learn that an app allowing transit riders to pay their fare via smartphone instead of cash or coin, might just be making its way to SF.

Wednesday, August 10th, 2011