SF Usual Suspects

Archive for February, 2012


bag-of-money19The SF Bay Guardian reports that companies in our fair city received $16.8 million in “special business tax breaks” from the city last year, up $2.5 million from last year. As if you couldn’t guess these stats: just 11 businesses in Mid-Market market enjoyed over $4 million in payroll tax breaks – and the biggest tax break went to Twitter.

Wednesday, February 29th, 2012

Let’s Be Civil

Once again, San Francisco becomes the first city in the nation to try something new. The Board of Supervisors voted 9-2 in favor of adopting a pilot program that provides legal counsel to defendants in civil cases.

Wednesday, February 29th, 2012

Here to entertain

As we learn the results of the City’s report on the economic impact of the entertainment industry, the Chron gives us its two cents on those numbers and provides recommendations on how to address issues like patrols and oversight.

Wednesday, February 29th, 2012

grade: a

The San Francisco school board received accolades via an editorial in today’s Chron, the author quite clearly supported the board’s recent vote to protect teachers at 14 schools from possible dismissal.

Tuesday, February 28th, 2012

Salesforce SF

Thumbs up man's hand isolated on white backgroundAt an event on Friday with Mayor Lee and Rep. Pelosi, Salesforce.com announced it had signed a lease to become the main tenant in a 61-story building currently under construction downtown — to be named “Salesforce Tower” when it opens in 2017. Take note: Salesforce’s decision to move into what will be the tallest office building west of the Mississippi River comes with no tax breaks or other incentives from the City… just a big thumbs up.

Tuesday, February 28th, 2012

San Francisco likes the breaks

A new poll shows that San Franciscans like tax breaks for job creators. Oh, and the poll also shows that people are optimistic and that homelessness is still a major bummer.

Tuesday, February 28th, 2012

Meeting Up

The Chron sheds light on the meeting attendance and stipend collection records of the City College Board.

Monday, February 27th, 2012

POPOS For You and Me

The Planning Commission will vote Thursday on Supervisor David Chiu’s legislation on POPOS (Privately Owned Public Open Spaces), which will enhance the awareness of these little urban oases through better signage.

Sunday, February 26th, 2012

Waterfront Fights and Heights

bay-bridge11Former Mayor Art Agnos has an opinion piece in today’s Chronicle questioning a proposed lawsuit to overturn Proposition B.

Saturday, February 25th, 2012

New Kid on the block

Okay, so she’s certainly no “kid,” but Commissioner Cindy Wu IS new to the Planning Commission, where she’s already settling in quite nicely – she’s just been elected to serve as vice president. But it appears not everyone is on board with her quick ascension – it’s never easy being the “new kid.”

Friday, February 24th, 2012

Profiling Ron Conway

The Gray Lady profiles Ron Conway and the mark he’s made on San Francisco (spoiler alert, he’s kinda a big deal).

Thursday, February 23rd, 2012

More Charges, Please

The Bay Guardian calls out SF District Attorney George Gascón for not aggressively pursuing indictments against independent expenditure groups that supported Mayor Ed Lee as well as the official mayoral campaign itself. The accusations are certainly flying in this editorial!

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2012

Zynga saves, like, a zillion dollars

Word on the street is that the tax break Zynga received is quite a pretty penny. Well, actually, a lot of pretty pennies. Speaking of which, can I deduct the nonprofit harvest donations from my FarmVille property?

Tuesday, February 21st, 2012

One Billion Rising

City officials are throwing their support behind the One Billion Rising for Justice campaign, which is focused on ending violence against women and girls. A coordinated, worldwide event will take place on Valentine’s Day.

Sunday, February 19th, 2012

Let it flow

The Chron takes a peek at the SFPUC divers who maintain the City’s water supply. Lesson from this story is be careful when your supervisor at work asks if you’re interested in diving.

Saturday, February 18th, 2012

Assessing the Assessor

The SF Weekly takes a moment to ask questions about the relationship between the Office of the Assessor-Recorder and a supervisorial candidate from an election past. All I know is that I have confirmed two things: the job of the Assessor-Recorder confuses me and that I understand numbers as well as most toddlers understand nuclear fission.

Thursday, February 16th, 2012

Da Mayor

The Chron’s Matier and Ross tell us about how former mayor Willie Brown is being paid to represent developers in their fight to roll back the special tax assessment for the new downtown Transbay Transit Center.

Wednesday, February 15th, 2012

Leaders decide on Leadership

On Thursday, the Board of Education will consider whether or not to close Liberty High School. Lunch-money-stealing bullies and pocket-protector-wearing band geeks alike plan on attending to show their support for the school.

Tuesday, February 14th, 2012

…with liberty and justice for all

Board of Supervisors President David Chiu is looking at a statewide program to ensure the city’s indigent population get their fare shake. The legislation will be considered at Committee on Thursday.

Tuesday, February 14th, 2012

Raze the Roof

It’s your land, right? You can do whatever you want with it! Sure… if you live in Podunk, Iowa. San Francisco, on the other hand, will mercilessly throw an endless, cascading cacophony of flaming loops for you to navigate in order to replace a doorbell chime (okay, maybe that is an exaggeration). This week, the SF Weekly covers the great lengths folks in San Francisco go to in order to make large scale changes to their house – often needing to access loopholes in order to get the job done – and the impact it has on the city’s housing market.

Tuesday, February 14th, 2012


The Examiner sheds light on a North Beach nightclub that was operating illegally. Vajra Grenalli of the Entertainment Commission tells us more…

Monday, February 13th, 2012

Consolidating the Kids

Mayor Ed Lee has proposed some potential changes that would consolidate the City’s network of children’s service. If I was still in high school I would have taken this to mean that bullies would now be attempting to fit two kids, as opposed to one, into each locker.

Monday, February 13th, 2012

The (Party) Bus Stops Here

It looks like it’s a good thing Schmidt from “New Girl” doesn’t live in San Francisco, ’cause Zooey Deschanel might no longer be able to throw him epic surprise party bus birthday parties. That’s right, the Examiner tells us that the SFPD and city officials are considering whether to regulate our local playahs’ preferred form of transportation.

Sunday, February 12th, 2012

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, February 10th, 2012

Buzzes May Be Harshed

The BoS passed tougher restrictions on dispensaries in Excelsior, as well as a request for Planning to review current zoning laws allowing clustering of dispensaries. In the first time anyone in this city has spoken ill of the color green, Supervisor Avalos is quoted saying he thinks “the green zones have created a harmful effect on The City overall.” Does this mean I can stop pretending to compost?

Pictured: My worst nightmare. Also, the contents of that jar by your sink. You’re gross.

Friday, February 10th, 2012