Assemblywoman Fiona Ma broke the news on Tuesday: she’s running for the Board of Equalization in 2014. Boom, there ya go. The Examiner clears the air and tells us why she didn’t explore all of her other open options and who is rumored to go for her Assembly seat.
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/2011/11/fiona-ma-will-seek-board-equalization-seat-not-senate: Fiona Ma will seek Board of Equalization seat, not Senate
Big Brains David Latterman and Corey Cook have just released their in-depth analysis of RCV in the 2011 Mayor, Sheriff, and District Attorney’s race – and boy, do we have some interesting and wonderfully geeky results. And to top it all off, for the first time EVER, we’re getting cross-race analyses at the individual voter level. If you consider yourself a political junkie or a statistics addict, you’ll find this to be some Freakin. Awesome. Stuff. We’re grateful that David and Corey are allowing us to post this here, and we hope you enjoy this as much as the Suspects team does!
http://sfusualsuspects.com/resources/deleon_latterman/: November 2011 RCV analysis
The Ex gives us the skinny on the University of the Pacific’s plans to move its dental school to the South of Market. If you’re planning on sending these folks some welcome-to-the-neighborhood goodies, I wouldn’t suggest chocolate chip cookies. Try something sugar-free.
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/2011/11/dental-school-setting-campus-soma: Dental school setting up campus in SoMa
MOMA wants to expand, moving a fire station to a new location – but the street closure that would require is being battled by a neighboring hotel. The Board of Supes will take up the question later today.
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/2011/11/hotel-gives-expansion-art-museum-bad-review: W Hotel gives MOMA expansion a bad review
The Bay Citizen takes a closer look at two of Mayor Ed Lee’s most visible supporters – Rose Pak and former Mayor Willie Brown – and questions their actions as the dust raised during the mayoral election continues to settle.
http://www.baycitizen.org/politics/story/ed-lee-rose-pak-company-he-keeps/: Mayor Lee, and the Company He Keeps
If you can believe it, we’ve got no political stories to post on this Saturday morn after Thanksgiving. What will you do with your time that would have been spent reading Suspects? Grab a family member, plop on the couch, and turn on some football. Enjoy!
On Monday, a budget report released by the Office of the Controller revealed that the City will end the budget cycle with far more dead presidents (that’s money, yo) than anticipated. Maybe I will finally be able to get that small business loan I need to open up my very own Korean-style ice cream chalupa cart! Dreams really can come true, kids.
http://sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com/2011/11/24/city-deficit-weighs-heavy-on-san-francisco-mayor-lees-mind/: City Deficit Weighs Heavy On San Francisco Mayor Lee’s Mind
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/2011/12/san-francisco-budget-falls-short-good-way: San Francisco budget falls short, but in a good way
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2011/12/07/BA8T1M95O6.DTL: S.F.'s $263 million deficit brings sighs of relief
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/2011/12/californias-trigger-cuts-imperil-san-francisco-budget: California's 'trigger cuts' imperil San Francisco budget
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2012/02/14/BAI91N7862.DTL: S.F. budget surplus grows nearly $80 million
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/n/a/2012/02/14/state/n061807S29.DTL&type=newsbayarea: SF budget outlook improves
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/2012/02/green-rolls-san-francisco-budget-still-red: Green rolls in, but San Francisco budget still in red
Congress is planning on changing the way tax breaks are structured for commuters, giving drivers a better deal than those who use public transit. Mayor Ed Lee and city officials don’t like this plan one bit – it doesn’t bode well for their transit-first policy.
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/transportation/2011/11/transit-first-san-francisco-cars-still-rule-road: In transit-first San Francisco, cars still rule the road
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/transportation/2012/02/sf-officials-leading-charge-restore-transit-benefit: SF officials leading charge to restore transit benefit
The SF Examiner takes a look at the progressives and moderates on our Board of Supervisors and which side looks more likely to gain or lose a seat this November.
http://www.sfweekly.com/2011-11-23/news/progressives-san-francisco-politics-chris-daly-tom-ammiano-john-avalos-gavin-newsom-ed-lee/: Progressively Worse: The Tumultuous Rise and Acrimonious Fall of the City's Left
http://www.sfbg.com/2011/11/22/lessons-avalos-campaign: Lessons of the Avalos campaign
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/2012/05/bos-politics-might-shift-again-progressives-fight-reclaim-ground-lost-moderates-2010: BOS politics might shift again as progressives fight to reclaim ground lost to moderates in 2010
The Bay Citizen takes a look at the balancing act (yes, you can read that both ways) that Muni chief Ed Reiskin is managing as he runs his agency, works to restore confidence amongst riders, manage his budget, and navigate the politics that go hand-in-hand with the job. How does he do it? We think it’s because in budget meetings, Reiskin does a Zoolander Blue Steel when things get heated – and then everyone is so overwhelmed and aquiver that all his ideas unanimously carry the day. (A great tactic, by the way.)
http://www.baycitizen.org/transportation/story/muni-and-mayor-collide-over-transit/?utm_source=Newsletters&utm_campaign=de6d588428-November_21_Daily_Newsletter11_20_2011&utm_medium=email: Muni and Mayor Collide Over Deficit
While San Francisco (at least by my standards) does a lot to promote and enforce recycling, one loophole in the system seems to be the disposal in public trash cans.
http://www.baycitizen.org/environment/story/san-francisco-green-energy-claims/?utm_source=Newsletters&utm_campaign=de6d588428-November_21_Daily_Newsletter11_20_2011&utm_medium=email: San Francisco's Green Energy Claims Questioned
http://www.sfchronicle.com/bayarea/article/SF-doesn-t-recycle-trash-in-public-cans-4407747.php: SF doesn't recycle trash in public cans, SF doesn't recycle trash in public cans
In efforts to encourage San Francisco firefighters and police officers to live in San Francisco (since most of them actually live outside of the county line), the City currently offers them loans to purchase homes here. You’d think people would be alllll over that, but apparently, only 14 officers have applied for (and were granted) the funding in the last three years (srsly?!). Supervisor Mark Farrell is startled by this and planning to do something about it.
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/bay-area/2011/11/police-firefighters-offered-incentive-live-san-francisco: Police, firefighters offered incentive to live in San Francisco
Mr. David Latterman has prepared an in-depth analysis of how the District 1, District 5 and District 7 votes went during the November 2012 election. (Yes, this is right on the heels of his excellent summary of how the propositions went.) You’ll find solid commentary (including some very funny self-flagellation – nobody does “I blew it” better than Latterman, especially when you consider that he’s more on-target than most most political prognosticators), essential data, maps, and charts. Read up!
http://sfusualsuspects.com/resources/deleon_latterman/: Latterman and DeLeon Analysis Vault
As always, after the election David Latterman goes into his cave and crunches election numbers until the City’s power grid can’t take it any longer. And this morning, we have his latest offering – what happened, what it means, and what all the numbers say. If you are a San Francisco political junkie, here is your breakfast reading material!
http://sfusualsuspects.com/wp-content/uploads/latterman-prop-maps-and-charts.pdf: David Latterman: November 2011 proposition results and PVI corelations
Big Brain David Latterman and color commentator Alex Clemens will be reprising their SPUR election analysis schtick today at the University of San Francisco’s Leo McCarthy Center for Public Service and the Common Good (yep, it’s a mouthful) – on campus in the Berman Room at Fromm Hall (near Parker and Golden Gate) at 12:30. Come on by with your brown bag of food and learn what happened – we’ll try to keep it informative and amusing.
…but we had to go to New York City to find him. The WINNER of the Usual Suspects contest (the James Bailey Excellence in Public Affairs And Communication Award is its formal name, but call it “best election forecaster” or what-have-you…) is Sam Dodge, who now works at the NYC Department of Homeless Services. Sam’s getting $500, a slightly used Kindle, a free lunch somewhere in San Francisco during his next visit, and a year of notoriety about his predictive ability. In the race for Room 200, Sam correctly predicted the order of the top three finishers, he correctly picked the winners of the race for DA and the race for Sheriff, and overall correctly called eight of the nine candidates placing in the top three across the three races, scoring 33 of 38 possible points. And the non-profit that’s the partner winner to Sam Dodge is the Bay Citizen. They, too, get $500 and some lunch. Congratulations, Sam – nice work calling the race when everyone’s crystal ball was still super-murky!
A former campaign operative with a history of championing women’s rights and those good old fashioned San Francisco Values, Rosie brings an insider perspective to city politics. When she’s not doing outreach in the community or assisting her clients, she enjoys riding her bike, practicing yoga, cooking and exploring the city and all it has to offer.