Although hanging out in parking lots is something that I thought was reserved for suburban high schoolers, it seems to have become a regular (although unwanted) part of the late-night scene. Our trusty Supes take action to deter the practice and hope to reduce violent confrontations in the process.
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/2011/09/parking-latest-target-san-francisco-clubs-crackdown: Parking latest target of San Francisco clubs crackdown
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2011/09/29/BA9D1LBIAJ.DTL: City Insider: Dueling agencies mend rift
Nope, Icer Air has not returned to the city’s streets… But Ben Flajnik has! With bikini-clad women in tow, the Bachelor creates an absurd scene in Russian Hill. And yes, someone will get angry at me for abandoning Suspects’ ‘political news only’ policy for this one, but I can live with that. I mean, it’s the BACHELOR. Didja hear me?!
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/2011/09/bachelor-ben-flajnik-looks-love-hills-san-francisco: 'Bachelor' Ben Flajnik looks for love on the hills of San Francisco, 'Bachelor' Ben Flajnik looks for love on the hills of San Francisco
Get your answers in quick, gang! If you want to win $500 and bragging rights, be sure to enter into the Usual Suspects election contest by 5pm today – one month before the results are in. As usual, the entry fee is just your pledge that you’ve made a new donation of at least $10 to a nonprofit that serves San Franciscans. We’ll have two winners this year: first, our top predictor, who will win $500, a swanky lunch with a couple of the folks who bring you Suspects, and a lightly used Kindle – and second, the nonprofit that is named by the most entrants as their chosen nonprofit will also receive a donation of $500. (And, of course, their ED also gets to attend the lunch.) We’ll only accept entries until today, October 7, at 5pm. Full details found at the link below – so don’t dally – get us your entry by 5pm!
http://sfusualsuspects.com/annual-usual-suspects-election-contest/: The Usual Suspects Election Contest
Yesterday was hot, which is great, unless it’s Spare the Air Day when Bay Area commuters are encouraged to ditch their cars and head to work on rollerblades, bikes and skateboards. Apparently, one local gas station didn’t get the memo. The Ex fills us in on a Shell gas station’s choice to distribute free gas for two hours on Spare the Air Day. Coincidence? Or, was Shell stealthily saying “Spare THIS suckas!”?
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/2011/09/sf-gas-stations-fuel-giveaway-spare-air-day-prompts-criticism: SF gas station's fuel giveaway on Spare the Air Day prompts criticism
The Examiner dives deeper into the discussion about a suspect accused of a double murder, Hong Ri Wu, and his refusal to eat. Shall he be force fed, or allowed to continue his three week hunger strike? The debate (and tummies) rumble on.
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/2011/09/double-murder-suspect-hunger-strike-may-be-force-fed-san-francisco: Double-murder suspect on hunger strike may be force-fed by San Francisco
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/crime/2011/09/force-feeding-murder-suspect-divides-jail-hospital-officials: Force-feeding of murder suspect divides jail, hospital officials
Seen our newly minted Vice President Libby Smiley lately? She’s in rare form – ordering people to fetch her coffee and prepare it Just So, pick up her dry cleaning and carefully place it (color-coded, of course) in her closet, walk her imaginary dog and otherwise abusing her new power – especially since she just saw her mug in the Chronicle with an acknowledgement of her recent promotion. Congrats Libby (again)! And I’m sorry for mixing the magenta blouses with the purple. I’ll be more careful next time.
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2011/10/01/BUSL1LBJ81.DTL: Hires and promotions, Oct. 2
Proposed new legislation would prevent stores that allow self-service checkout from also selling booze. Apparently the current generation of all-too-clever youth have figured out how to scam the system and buy a brewski or two when no one’s looking. How far things have come since the days of fake IDs or getting your older brother/sister/cousin to buy you some tasty wine coolers. (Who me?!)
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/bay-area/2011/09/san-francisco-could-ban-self-checkout-grocery-store-alcohol-sales: San Francisco could ban self-checkout alcohol sales at grocery stores
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2011/09/27/BAHO1LADH2.DTL: City Insider: Check out Mar's booze sales plan
…made to what’s passed by the voters, anyway – that’s what a measure on your November ballot will allow. Read up on the pros and cons, who’s for it and who’s agin’ it, and so on. And yes, this probably means we can rescind the rights of cops to take their hand puppets on patrol…
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2011/09/24/MN071L84I1.DTL: Props. E, F let officials change laws voters pass
The Ex reminds us that despite the drop in the number of foreclosures that housing challenges still remain for homeowners in neighborhoods like Excelsior, Bayview and Ingleside. We may not go the way that Richmond has but Supervisors Campos and Avalos believe the City has to do something.
http://www.ktvu.com/news/29274399/detail.html: Supervisors, Ting call for solutions to foreclosure crisis
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2011/09/22/BAJP1L8AH3.DTL: City Insider: Parking experiment takes national stage
The Examiner gives Supervisor Mark Farrell props for recently proposing legislation that would extend the City’s rebate program to the film industry beyond its June expiration date. What’s the likelihood that the next Alcatraz (movie, or even television show) will actually be filmed on…Alcatraz?!
http://www.nbcbayarea.com/news/local/Would-You-Watch-SF-Political-Reality-Show-130305943.html: Would You Watch SF Political Reality Show?
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/2012/02/sf-s-inability-nab-alcatraz-spotlights-film-industry-woes: S.F.’s inability to nab ‘Alcatraz’ spotlights film industry woes, S.F.’s inability to nab ‘Alcatraz’ spotlights film industry woes
http://www.sfexaminer.com/news/2012/04/san-francisco-extending-rebates-film-industry: San Francisco extending rebates for film industry
http://www.sfexaminer.com/opinion/editorials/2012/04/mark-farrell-deserves-credit-film-rebate-extension: Editorial: Mark Farrell deserves credit for film rebate extension
In what Rec and Park is calling “locker room chatter” (my high school locker room chatter was VERY different), Local 261 is accusing the Department of improving the situation for upper management at the expense of hiring more gardeners. Fortunately, Supervisor John Avalos has a plan to “unclog” the situation. While I am glad we are looking for a better solution, I find the term “unclog” somewhat unfortunately distracting.
http://www.sfweekly.com/2011-09-21/news/marcus-santiago-sf-park-patrol-overtime-fraud-matt-smith/: Ranger Noir: S.F. Park Patrol Run as Money-Making Machine
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/2012/07/rec-and-park-hires-new-manager-oversee-embattled-police-force: Rec and Park hires new manager to oversee embattled police force
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/2013/04/san-francisco-recreation-and-park-department-looks-grow-after-past-cuts: San Francisco Recreation and Park Department looks to grow after past cuts
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/2013/04/union-claims-sf-rec-and-park-not-living-intentions-city-gardener-apprentice-program: Union claims S.F. Rec and Park not living up to intentions of city gardener apprentice program
Board President David Chiu has requested that the City develop an app that lets people know when their car is about to be towed. This driver-friendly proposal has nothing to do with his run for mayor, promise.
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2011/09/20/BAG11L770C.DTL: David Chiu wants app to limit towing of cars
The Board of Supervisors has given initial approval to an ordinance that would require employers to have a safe place for employees to store their bikes. Don’t be surprised if you see some cyclists celebrating this decision by riding their bikes in the buff. Scratch that, San Francisco cyclists have never needed to find a reason to bicycle nude (and if that’s you, please, please, watch out for your gears – I’m looking out for you).
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/2011/09/curbing-bicycle-thefts-san-francisco: Curbing bicycle thefts in San Francisco
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/2012/02/parking-sought-san-franciscos-cycling-commuters: Parking sought for San Francisco's cycling commuters
http://www.baycitizen.org/transportation/story/sf-supes-buildings-must-offer-bike/: SF Supes: Buildings Must Offer Bike Parking
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2012/03/07/BA941NH07S.DTL: A comeback for runoffs?, City Insider: A comeback for runoffs?
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/2011/09/bankrollers-needed-make-muni-free-san-francisco-students: Bankrollers needed to make Muni free for San Francisco students
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/2011/09/supervisor-david-campos-student-advocates-call-free-muni-youth-passes: Supervisor David Campos, student advocates call for free Muni youth passes
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2011/09/21/BAG11L71BV.DTL&tsp=1: Support grows for making Muni rides free for kids
http://www.baycitizen.org/transportation/story/sf-supes-urge-free-muni-passes/: SF Supes Urge Free Muni Passes for Poor Youth
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2011/09/22/BAGF1L7NG3.DTL: C.W. Nevius: Free Muni for youths? Good idea needs more thought
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/n/a/2011/10/07/state/n055745D63.DTL: SF officials back free public transit for youth
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2011/10/06/BA071LEF98.DTL: Free Muni for youths a step closer
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/2011/10/funding-urged-support-free-muni-passes-youths: Funding urged to support free Muni passes for youths
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/2011/10/youth-muni-passes-could-cost-13m: Youth Muni passes could cost $13M
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2012/02/11/BAI41N6987.DTL: Free Muni rides for kids plan gains speed
http://www.sfweekly.com/2012-02-22/news/muni-kids-a-streetcar-named-desire-gavin-newsom/: Supes Should Rethink Kids' Free Muni Rides
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/education/2012/03/supporters-plead-sfmta-free-youth-muni-passes: Supporters plead with SFMTA for free youth Muni passes
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2012/03/07/EDQH1NH9SQ.DTL: Editorial: SF Muni should give students a free ride
http://www.baycitizen.org/transportation/story/sfmta-extended-meter-hours-parking/?utm_source=Newsletters&utm_campaign=fdba520680-March_9_Daily_Newsletter&utm_medium=email: SFMTA Leaning Toward Expanded Meter Hours, Away From Fare Hikes
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/transportation/2012/03/mayor-says-youth-could-see-lower-muni-cost: Mayor says youth could see lower Muni cost
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/transportation/2012/04/muni-budget-vote-blocked-disputes-over-free-rides-youths: Muni budget vote blocked by disputes over free rides for youths
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2012/04/08/EDHQ1O00KJ.DTL: Opinion: S.F. Muni can't afford free fares for youth
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/transportation/2012/04/no-free-pass-muni-youth-plan: No free pass for Muni youth plan
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2012/04/15/MNA11O25AT.DTL: Free Muni for S.F. kids could hit a few bumps
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2012/04/15/BANN1O33BR.DTL: Matier and Ross: NRG Energy in prime car-charging station position
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/transportation/2012/04/sunday-parking-meter-enforcement-free-muni-youth-approval: Sunday parking meter enforcement, free Muni for youth up for approval
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2012/04/17/EDIK1O40D9.DTL: Opinion: Free Muni for all youths
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2012/04/18/BA3T1O4QBF.DTL: S.F. agency OKs free Muni for low-income kids
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2012/04/18/BADI1O5AGP.DTL: C.W.Nevius: Free Muni for youth sets a bad precedent
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/2012/05/muni-s-free-youth-plan-facing-crucial-meeting: Muni’s free youth plan facing crucial meeting
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2012/05/09/BA1A1OFNGA.DTL: S.F. Muni kids-ride-free plan 'a slippery slope'
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/transportation/2012/05/free-muni-youth-passes-rack-400k-boost: Free Muni youth passes rack up $400K boost
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/transportation/2012/06/4m-fuel-edges-youth-muni-passes-forward: $4M of fuel edges youth Muni passes forward
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/transportation/2012/06/funding-muni-plan-hits-snag: Funding for Muni plan hits a snag
http://www.sfgate.com/opinion/openforum/article/Transit-subsidy-for-youth-helps-us-all-3694633.php: Transit subsidy for youth helps us all
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/transportation/2012/07/decision-free-muni-still-come: Decision on free Muni still to come
http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/MTC-votes-8-7-not-to-fund-free-Muni-plan-3735978.php: MTC votes 8-7 not to fund free-Muni plan
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/transportation/2012/07/free-muni-plan-limbo-regional-agency-declining-fund-project: Free Muni plan in limbo with regional agency declining to fund project
http://www.sfexaminer.com/opinion/editorials/2012/07/free-muni-plan-s-defeat-setback-youths-city: Editorial: Free Muni plan’s defeat a setback for youths, city
http://www.sfweekly.com/2012-08-01/news/muni-metropolitan-transportation-commission-board-of-supervisors-scott-wiener-free-rides/: Free Muni: Scott Wiener Votes for the Free Rides He Opposes
http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/America-s-Cup-finance-deal-to-supes-3897665.php: City Insider: America's Cup finance deal to supes
http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/Ed-Lee-Gavin-Newsom-talk-S-F-Giants-3979500.php: City Insider: Ed Lee, Gavin Newsom talk S.F. Giants
http://sfappeal.com/news/2012/10/free-muni-for-poor-kids-or-something-else-fight-brewing-over-67-million-funding-resolution.php: Free Muni For Poor Kids, Or Something Else: Fight Brewing Over $6.7 Million Funding Resolution
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/transportation/2012/10/muni-funds-set-battle-free-low-income-youth-rides: Muni funds set battle for free low-income youth rides
http://sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com/2012/10/24/debate-on-over-use-of-federal-transportation-dollars/: Debate on Over Use of Federal Transportation Dollars
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/transportation/2012/10/wiener-says-muni-needs-fixes-not-youth-passes: Wiener says Muni needs fixes, not youth passes
http://www.sfgate.com/default/article/Getting-buck-naked-in-front-of-City-Hall-3994602.php#photo-3666303: City Insider: Getting buck naked in front of City Hall
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/transportation/2012/11/free-muni-youths-expected-be-approved-board-supervisors: Free Muni for youths expected to be approved by Board of Supervisors
http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/nevius/article/Scott-Wiener-opposes-free-youth-Muni-4051776.php: City Insider: Scott Wiener opposes free youth Muni
http://abclocal.go.com/kgo/story?section=news/local/san_francisco&id=8891736: Lawmakers discussing free Muni for kids program
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/transportation/2012/11/free-muni-youth-one-step-closer-reality-following-supervisors-vote: Free Muni for youth one step closer to reality following supervisors’ vote
http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/matier-ross/article/Scaled-down-Van-Ness-hospital-on-table-4065868.php: Matier and Ross: Scaled-down Van Ness hospital on table
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/transportation/2012/12/free-muni-youth-program-could-finally-take: Free Muni youth program could finally take off
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/transportation/2012/12/free-muni-service-low-income-san-francisco-youths-finally-gains-approva: Free Muni service for low-income San Francisco youths finally gains approval
http://www.sfbg.com/2012/12/18/muni-vs-housing-clash: Opinion: The Muni vs. housing clash
http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/18-000-youth-sign-up-for-free-Muni-pass-4261349.php: City Insider: 18,000 youth sign up for free Muni pass
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/transportation/2013/02/free-muni-san-francisco-youths-kicks-friday: Free Muni for San Francisco youths kicks off Friday
http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/Free-Muni-for-low-income-youth-starts-Friday-4314454.php: City Insider: Free Muni for low-income youth starts Friday
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/transportation/2013/03/muni-working-enroll-more-san-francisco-youths-free-transit-program: Muni working to enroll more San Francisco youths in free transit program
http://www.sfexaminer.com/sanfrancisco/free-muni-for-low-income-youths-hailed-a-success-just-months-into-pilot/Content?oid=2556500: Free Muni for low-income youths hailed a success just months into pilot
http://www.sfgate.com/politics/article/Cost-of-expanding-Muni-s-Kids-Ride-Free-assessed-5242728.php: Cost of expanding Muni's Kids Ride Free assessed in report
http://www.sfexaminer.com/sanfrancisco/expansion-of-free-youth-muni-proposed/Content?oid=2708646: Expansion of free youth Muni proposed
http://www.sfexaminer.com/sanfrancisco/advocates-turn-attention-to-free-muni-for-sf-seniors-disabled-after-google-gift/Content?oid=2724138: Advocates turn attention to free Muni for SF seniors, disabled after Google gift
Mayor Lee joined up with Oakland Mayor Jean Quan to speak to businesspeople last week and the Business Times brings you some of the notes. Although, in my Alien vs Predator analogy, which Mayor is which? Predator has a net gun, which is pretty cool. Jussayin’. (Also, could any analogy be less apt?)
http://www.ktvu.com/news/29237264/detail.html: State AG, mayors discuss gang prevention tactics
Taking the lead for the most progressive/adorable/tasty metropolitan cities in the nation, our sweet San Francisco will be proposing legislation to give tax breaks to local urban farms. Though this probably won’t convince my landlord to let me keep chickens and a goat in the backyard (hello fresh eggs and goat cheese omelettes!), I would love to see little patches of green throughout a sustainable city.
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/2011/09/hayes-valley-farm-forced-uproot-due-condo-plan-san-francisco-neighborhood: Hayes Valley Farm forced to uproot due to condo plan in San Francisco neighborhood
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/2012/06/development-push-hayes-valley-farm-multiple-city-locations: Development push Hayes Valley Farm to multiple city locations
http://www.sfexaminer.com/sanfrancisco/volunteers-lament-move-of-free-farm-for-development/Content?oid=2634678: Volunteers lament move of Free Farm for development
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/sns-rt-us-usa-california-urbanfarms-20140616,0,6812432.story: San Francisco to propose tax breaks for urban farms
If you’ve ever wanted to find out where and how San Francisco spends its public moolah in an easy-to-consume and uncomplicated way, today might JUST be your day. A group of very smart people at Stanford aka California Common Sense have taken our City’s public spending data and created a site that makes these numbers actually understandable (especially for numerically-challenged people like me!). Head on over to their site to check it out!
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/2011/09/new-web-tool-breaks-down-san-francisco-government-data: New Web tool breaks down San Francisco government data