SF Usual Suspects

Archive for November, 2011

Movin’ on up

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.

Wednesday, November 30th, 2011

I know you’ve been waiting for it…

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!

Tuesday, November 29th, 2011

New Neighbors

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.

Tuesday, November 29th, 2011

Museum Expansion Battle

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.

Monday, November 28th, 2011

Pak, Brown & Co.

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.

Sunday, November 27th, 2011

Happy Saturday

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!

Saturday, November 26th, 2011

dolla’ dolla’ bills, y’all

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.

Friday, November 25th, 2011

That’s not fair!

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.

Friday, November 25th, 2011

Rooms with a View

Wednesday, November 23rd, 2011

hey, that’s my seat

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.

Wednesday, November 23rd, 2011

Herding Cats?

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.)

Monday, November 21st, 2011

Muni Madness

Mayor Ed Lee is defending the $8 million payout to Muni drivers as fair and the right thing to do.

Monday, November 21st, 2011

Kermit was right! It’s not easy being green.

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.

Monday, November 21st, 2011

Livin’ in the City

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.

Thursday, November 17th, 2011

Important Appointments

Mayor Ed Lee has nominated Cristina Rebke to fill Bruce Oka’s seat on the SFMTA’s board of directors. After serving on the board for four years, Oka was termed out at the end of April.

Thursday, November 17th, 2011

We are Diminished

Wes Willoughby – reporter, political consultant, spokesperson, sportsman, husband, father, San Franciscan. He made this city better, and did it with great joy.

Wednesday, November 16th, 2011

A Five Step Plan

The Bay Guardian offers Mayor Ed Lee some advice on how he should proceed in the first few months of his 4 year term.

Wednesday, November 16th, 2011

On the Other Side of the Bay

Oakland voters overwhelmingly rejected three tax measures on the local ballot that would have increased revenues for the city budget.

Wednesday, November 16th, 2011

Delays equal dollars

An audit of the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Authority shows that delays in the completion of capital projects are causing millions of dollars in extra costs.

Wednesday, November 16th, 2011

Let’s Get Analytical: Supes Version

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!

Tuesday, November 15th, 2011

He does it again!

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!

Tuesday, November 15th, 2011

That will cost ya…

The Examiner helps us break down the costs event promoters must pony up when hosting big events in San Francisco and where the $$$ is going.

Tuesday, November 15th, 2011


Along with 14 other mayor and governors from around the country, Governor Jerry Brown and Mayor Ed Lee are pushing Congress to repeal the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act. Go! Go! Go!

Tuesday, November 15th, 2011

Got Lunch?

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.

Monday, November 14th, 2011

We have a winner…

…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!

Monday, November 14th, 2011