SF Usual Suspects

Archive for January, 2012

Market Street Pusher Man

Before I started writing this I needed to jump on Spotify and turn on some Curtis Mayfield. Anyway, this Week’s SF Weekly spotlights the veritable cornucopia of drug dealers selling whatever you may need in the mid-market area with near impunity. Although, the article does not state whether any of them are Super Fly.

Tuesday, January 31st, 2012


There you are, coming off your high resulting from a beautiful sunny San Francisco weekend of the America’s Cup races, amazing eats, and time with friends and family… You’re thinking, this weekend was great, but once again, it was impossible to find parking anywhere, and getting around in this city is soooooo expensive. Well, folks, it’s just the beginning. The City Insider team tells us SFpark is increasing city parking meter fees AND the Clipper Card is about to cost more than free. Maybe it’s time to invest in that bike you’ve always (or never) wanted?

Monday, January 30th, 2012

Muni suggests new fees for developers

The San Francisco Metropolitan Transportation Agency is suggesting a new way of examining transportation impacts – and a new way of looking at the fees that flow therefrom. The new ordinance will need to be approved by the Board of Supervisors, but won’t be in place for another year, according to the Ex.

Monday, January 30th, 2012

Can You Hear Me Now?

San Francisco cops had limited ability to communicate with one another during last weekend’s NFC Championship Game, but that may change with the Department’s proposed communications system upgrade. The fate of that plan is now in the hands of our trusty Supes.

Friday, January 27th, 2012

Condo Controversy

A condo development proposed in the Mission District gains Planning Commission approval despite a continued battle with some of its neighbors.

Friday, January 27th, 2012

El Capitan

Supervisor Wiener joins other community advocates in welcoming a new captain to the Mission police station, Captain Robert Moser, who’s been with the SFPD for over 15 years and grew up in San Francisco.

Thursday, January 26th, 2012

Food fight

Neighbors of a Richmond District Jack in the Box were not all too excited that the Entertainment Commission gave said restaurant a permit to operate until 4am. As a result, the neighbors have filed an appeal. Stay tuned, things are sure to get jacked up.

Wednesday, January 25th, 2012

A little money can go a long way

Mayor Ed Lee announces plans to develop a small business loan progam with $1 million in seed money.

Wednesday, January 25th, 2012

Fare-ly good news

Muni and the SFPD tell us that the new tactics to combat fare evasion are working. That’s great news, Muni and the SFPD – thanks!

Monday, January 23rd, 2012

Urban Camping

It’s time to take to your van down by the river.

Monday, January 23rd, 2012

What a season…

…and it ended so dramatically. Hey, gang – nobody thought the Niners would make the post-season. Nobody saw them earning home field advantage through it. When things revved up this year, nobody called all of the following: a number 1 defense, a reinvigorated Alex Smith, and a special teams group that was aces. The boys in red and gold didn’t make it to Indianapolis, but they gave us a season of comebacks, of stifling defense, and more dramatic finishes than any other team in the league. (Yes, including the Broncos.) Thank you, Niners, for a great year. Any chance you’ll decide to keep playing in San Francisco?

Sunday, January 22nd, 2012

SOPA du Jour

The San Francisco tech world speaks out against Internet anti-piracy bills, SOPA and PIPA, and the Ex and Bay Citizen give us the scoop.

Thursday, January 19th, 2012

we are diminished

On Thursday, we lost Walter Johnson, who led the S.F. Labor Council from 1985 to 2004. The Chronicle reflects on the prominent union leader’s life and the role he played in mentoring the next generation of labor leaders.

Saturday, January 14th, 2012

Aid for AIDS

So leads San Francisco, so follows the nation…or so hope developers of the recently marketed AIDS medication who are looking to place a measure before San Francisco voters to encourage elected officials to work with drug companies to lower their costs.

Thursday, January 12th, 2012

Committee Assignments

Board President David Chiu announced committee assignments for the upcoming year. In general, they mirror the committee assignments from 2011 with a few small changes.

Wednesday, January 11th, 2012

Pension Points

Pension costs are still rising, for contributors and the City alike. That means there is only one logical solution for all of us… let’s cash in those retirement funds, hit Golden Gate Fields, and let it ride. (This is actually a terrible idea. Don’t do this.)

Wednesday, January 11th, 2012

Payin’ Down The Debt

The Examiner reports on Mayor Ed Lee’s efforts to eliminate his campaign debt. Wow, that campaign seems so long ago! Still, it appears that our Mayor is working overtime to get what he owes off the books.

Monday, January 9th, 2012

Petition Away

It appears San Franciscans aren’t the only ones upset about the 49ers plans to build a stadium in Santa Clara. A group of Santa Clara activists has submitted a petition against their City Council’s financing plans for the stadium. Let the games continue, folks.

Sunday, January 8th, 2012

Grade Grubbin’

Mr. Andrew S. Ross offers the scoop on the Chamber’s annual Pink Slips Scorecard. Overall, the Supes earn a B-, not bad considering that the business organization gave ‘em a D- in 2010.

Thursday, January 5th, 2012

Landing a Good Deal

The Board of Supervisors is poised to approve a deal to sell land to the Boys and Girls Club of San Francisco at a greatly reduced price.

Wednesday, January 4th, 2012

More Riders, Less Drivers

The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency is considering ways to improve transit ridership in a city where 2 out of every 3 trips are made by automobile.

Wednesday, January 4th, 2012

The docket

The Chron, Bay Citizen, and Ex all give us their political roundup (of sorts) for 2011. Enjoy…

Sunday, January 1st, 2012

Election sync?

Possibly. There’s a move afoot to move the City Attorney and Treasurer races – which happen on years that feature lower turnout (perhaps not coincidentally!) – to mayoral election years. Who’s behind it? Read up…

Sunday, January 1st, 2012

Lay out the welcome mat

San Francisco’s new District Attorney George Gascón is sworn in at Mission High School yesterday alongside a very recognizable cast of politicians to welcome him to his new role as the first elected Latino DA.

Sunday, January 1st, 2012

If you build it, they will co… waitasecond. No, you’re not allowed to build it.

A bunch of Smart San Franciscans are interviewed in this Bay Citizen/NYT story about preservation and historicity and thus and so. Interesting where some folks wound up in the debate…

Sunday, January 1st, 2012