SF Usual Suspects

Archive for September, 2011

Tech & Talk

Mayoral contender and Board of Supes President David Chiu courts the title of techiest candidate in a Q&A with Chronicle columnist James Temple.

Friday, September 30th, 2011

Parking Patrol

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.

Friday, September 30th, 2011

Roses are Red, Toes are Blue…

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?!

Friday, September 30th, 2011

Deadline is today! USUAL SUSPECTS ELECTION CONTEST

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!

Thursday, September 29th, 2011

PUT ON YOUR PREDICTING HAT

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Thursday, September 29th, 2011

Spare the Air (J/K!)

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!”?

Thursday, September 29th, 2011

Food for Thought

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.

Thursday, September 29th, 2011

Extra! Extra!

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.

Wednesday, September 28th, 2011

No booze for you!

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?!)

Wednesday, September 28th, 2011

Ch-ch-ch-changes…

…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…

Sunday, September 25th, 2011

We Are Diminished

Beloved newsman and longtime KTVU reporter Bob MacKenzie has departed our humble presence for the big sound stage in the sky. His award-winning storytelling, warmth and wisdom will be greatly missed.

Friday, September 23rd, 2011

Following Richmond’s lead?

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.

Friday, September 23rd, 2011

Muni Woes

The Bay Citizen tells us about criminal charges filed against the Muni driver who ran over a girl in the Castro last year.

Thursday, September 22nd, 2011

Lights, Camera, Action!

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?!

Thursday, September 22nd, 2011

Nurses on Strike

Thursday, September 22nd, 2011

“Locker Room Chatter” …?

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.

Wednesday, September 21st, 2011

Tow the line

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.

Wednesday, September 21st, 2011

Bike to Work (every)Day

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).

Wednesday, September 21st, 2011

Free Muni for Youth

Tuesday, September 20th, 2011

Pay back

A former SF Public Utilities Commission supervisor heads to the can after being charged with embezzling multiple Benjamins from the good tax-paying folks in San Francisco.

Tuesday, September 20th, 2011

Community Talks

Home district Supervisor David Chiu sits down with Police Chief Greg Suhr and the community last night to discuss the recent North Beach shooting that injured two bystanders.

Tuesday, September 20th, 2011

Lee vs Quan (LVQ)

Alien-VS-Predator_ICOMayor 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?)

Tuesday, September 20th, 2011

Urban Farms Are So Hot Right Now

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.

Monday, September 19th, 2011

Ms. Alioto-Pier takes the stage

Former Supervisor and mayoral candidate Michela Alioto-Pier talks to the Chron about her life in the political limelight and issues that really matter to her.

Monday, September 19th, 2011

Numbers made easy

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!

Monday, September 19th, 2011