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.
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?!
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!
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!”?
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.
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.
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?!)
…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…
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.
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?!
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.
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.
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).
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?)
One of the City’s largest urban farms is shutting down to make way for low-income housing and a church. This distrubing trend is getting me very concerned about our city’s arugula supply. (Fun fact: some people call arugula “salad rocket” and its binomal name is “eruca sativa.”)
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!
With the pragmatism of a (non-practicing) attorney and the creativity of a classically-trained musician, Taylor brings a unique perspective to Barbary Coast Consulting. When he’s not helping guide his clients through the frothy world of San Francisco politics, Taylor can be found either walking his pit bull around the Castro or frantically practicing for an upcoming concert.