Corporations may no longer be able to rent leases for their employees who are here for the short term. BoS President David Chiu is proposing legislation that would stop the aforementioned act. Although, I liked the rotating cast of friendly faces next door, at least there won’t be any more German sports cars parked on my lawn.
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/2012/03/tweak-apartment-law-could-free-more-housing-san-francisco: Tweak to apartment law could free up more housing in San Francisco
San Francisco Public Library Commission President Jewelle Gomez was allegedly caught saying some not-so-nice things about a meeting attendee following his comments in which he made an assassination analogy with regard to her tenure. Lesson here? Microphones are no one’s friend.
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/2012/03/controversial-comments-caught-tape-after-san-francisco-public-library-commission-mee-0: Controversial comments caught on tape after San Francisco Public Library Commission meeting
After one of their fellow board members was removed for allegedly intimidating Supervisor Eric Mar, five members – all volunteer – of the Richmond Community Police Advisory Board have resigned in protest. The issue, it seems, is that no one, including Mar, seems to believe any intimidation occurred. Hmm, somehow I have a feeling this isn’t the last we’ve heard on this one…
In this week’s edition, the SF Business Times unveils its “Real Estate Deals of the Year” awards. This year’s top winner? Twitter, of course, who snapped up “Deal of the Year” AND “Best Office Lease.” Although, some could argue, Mayor Ed Lee was a winner in all of this as well.
http://www.bizjournals.com/sanfrancisco/print-edition/2012/03/23/winner-deal-of-the-year-twitter-at.html: Winner / Deal of the Year: Twitter at Market Square
http://www.bizjournals.com/sanfrancisco/print-edition/2012/03/23/winner-best-office-lease-san.html: Winner / Best office lease, San Francisco: Twitter
The Chron gives the Metropolitan Transportation Commission a push to bring express lanes to SF and Bay Bridge commuters sooner than the anticipated 2015 date, as the MTC continues to roll out express lanes throughout 570 miles of the East Bay and Silicon Valley.
http://www.bizjournals.com/sanfrancisco/print-edition/2012/03/23/bay-area-may-get-570-miles-toll-road.html: Bay Area may get 570 miles of privately run toll freeway
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2012/04/02/ED4B1NSIPC.DTL: Editorial: Roll out those express lanes
According to the SF Business Times, San Francisco’s got that “boom boom pow.” (Ok, so perhaps I – not the Biz Times – am responsible for the Black Eyed Peas reference, but a tech boom is a boom is a pow.) It’s looking like the tech sector is once again treating our fair city well. But before we get ahead of ourselves, the Biz Times suggests we sort out a couple tax-related issues.
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2012/03/22/MNJG1NJON9.DTL: S.F. apartment construction boom around the corner
http://www.bizjournals.com/sanfrancisco/print-edition/2012/04/06/sf-tech-boom-a-chance-to-fix-whats.html?page=all: SF Tech Boom: A chance to fix what's busted
We have very exciting news to share from Suspects Headquarters: Not one but both of our fine colleagues Alex Clemens and Alexis Smith have welcomed new additions to their families yesterday! First in came Sibley Ingram Smith, weighing in at 8 lbs and 2 oz at 10:56am yesterday morning, shortly followed by Benjamin Prabhakar Mark Clemens, weighing in at 7 lbs 3 oz at 12:46pm. You know we are all about efficiency and teamwork over here at Suspects, and we’re glad to see these new kiddos are following suit. Now, let’s celebrate: A huge congrats to Alexis and Jerry Smith and Priya and Alex Clemens! We can’t wait to meet the little ones!
The San Francisco International Airport is going to pay $7.5 million in order to repair dried up wetlands in the Presidio as part of their plans to improve runways (which include replacing wetlands with landfill near the airport). Indigenous geese, squirrels, and frogs in the Presidio rejoiced at the news and are hoping SFO includes a wet bar or two in the plans.
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/2012/03/sfo-runway-work-helping-wetlands-revival-take: SFO runway work helping wetlands revival take off
After a back and forth battle about the safety conditions of Muni’s operations, the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) and the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) might have finally come to a resolution. Nothing like a story about two public agencies getting along to start your Monday off right!
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/transportation/2012/03/sfmta-upgrades-will-end-safety-squabble: SFMTA upgrades will end safety squabble
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/transportation/2012/03/muni-cpuc-come-agreement-over-rail-accusations: Muni, CPUC come to agreement over rail accusations
After the Gold Dust Lounge attempted to preserve itself by seeking landmark designation, a few other bars decided to do the same. In related news, I am seeking landmark status for the parking space in front of my house. I am also seeking landmark status for my seats at AT&T Park. Wish me luck.
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2012/02/16/BA511N8BMD.DTL: City Insider: Rush is on to save the Gold Dust
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2012/03/17/BAC01NM165.DTL&tsp=1: C.W. Nevius: Gold Dust Lounge: Your lease is up
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/2012/03/landmark-move-may-keep-gold-dust-biting-dust-heap: Landmark move may keep Gold Dust from biting dust
State Senator Leland Yee is pushing legislation that would expand San Francisco’s tax incentive program aimed at increasing commuters use of public transportation, to the entire Bay Area. The San Francisco ordinance allows workers, at a company of 20 employees or more, to pay for commuting costs with pretax wages. We’re trendsetters, y’all!
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/transportation/2012/03/san-francisco-transit-savings-plan-may-spread: San Francisco transit savings plan may spread
Mayor Ed Lee will host a backpack giveaway on Saturday to officially kick off the school year, which will be filled with goodies like pencils (in supply), erasers (in supply), cootie catchers (in demand), and pre-made spit-wads (in demand).
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/education/2012/03/sfusd-boss-carlos-garcia-announces-retirement: SFUSD Superintendent Carlos Garcia announces retirement
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2012/03/15/EDLE1NKOD3.DTL: Editorial: Cal chancellor, S.F superintendent will be missed
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/education/2012/03/district-sought-save-time-money-quick-superintendent-replacement: District sought to save time, money with quick superintendent replacement
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/education/2012/03/school-transition-too-speedy-some: School transition too speedy for some
http://www.sfexaminer.com/opinion/editorials/2012/03/continuity-district-desirable-hiringmust-be-transparent: Editorial: Continuity at district desirable, but hiring must be transparent
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/education/2012/04/likely-replacement-carlos-garcia-not-about-rock-boat: Likely replacement for Carlos Garcia not about to rock the boat
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/education/2012/04/sfusd-selects-new-superintendent: SFUSD selects new superintendent
http://www.ebar.com/news/article.php?sec=news&article=67673: New schools chief touts LGBT safety
http://www.sfgate.com/education/article/SF-Superintendent-Carlos-Garcia-ends-37-year-3676221.php?t=5910f7f515: SF Superintendent Carlos Garcia ends 37-year career
http://www.sfexaminer.com/opinion/op-eds/2012/08/new-school-year-gives-san-francisco-more-opportunities-nurture-youths: Opinion: New school year gives San Francisco more opportunities to nurture youths
http://www.ebar.com/news/article.php?sec=news&article=67997: News Briefs: Mayor's office to host backpack giveaway
Not everyone is complying with the Health Care Security Ordinance in the same fashion, with some business contributing far less than others. Whatever they do, I am just hoping my scotch eggs come to my table free of infectious diseases.
http://www.baycitizen.org/environmental-health/story/san-francisco-businesses-using-legal/?utm_source=Newsletters&utm_campaign=54f38738d7-March_14_Daily_Newsletter&utm_medium=email: San Francisco Businesses Using Legal Loophole to Skimp on Health Care Cost
The Chronicle fills us in on a series of events that led to the approval of Supervisor Scott Wiener’s proposal to streamline restaurant permitting in San Francisco. The Chron said + the Board voted = Woot! Read up to fill in the blanks.
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/2012/03/san-francisco-finally-fulfill-vow-businesses: San Francisco to finally fulfill vow to businesses
Crime as a whole is down on Muni (yay!), but larceny rates on Muni are up (notsoyay!). In reaction to the rise in mostly mobile device related crime, Muni has started a public service campaign that reminds passengers that people still get mugged, and those who flash $600 devices are even more likely to get mugged.
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/crime/2012/03/muni-reminds-passengers-stay-alert-avoid-crime: Muni reminds passengers to stay alert to avoid crime
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2012/03/14/BA4K1NK6EL.DTL: City Insider: Muni posters' goal: Decrease phone, tablet thefts
While legislation signed into law last month by Mayor Ed Lee requires police to obey San Francisco privacy laws while working with the FBI, the law says nothing about work done with the Department of Homeland Security. While the relationship primarily exists to disseminate information, the two departments do share information and there is some concern over how this may circumvent the legislation that was passed. I am just hoping they don’t find about the newspaper I stole from my neighbor on Sunday, sorry Tim!
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2012/03/14/BAJL1NKAGC.DTL: S.F. police chief wants veto of FBI ordinance
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/2012/03/sfpd-wants-keep-its-fbi-ties-covert: SFPD wants to keep its FBI ties covert
http://www.ebar.com/news/article.php?sec=news&article=67526: Supes approve rules on SFPD, FBI
http://www.baycitizen.org/policing/story/sf-supes-raise-concerns-about/: SF Supes Propose Guidelines for Counterterrorism Investigations
http://www.ebar.com/news/article.php?sec=news&article=67474: Supe's proposal addresses SFPD, FBI work
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2012/03/23/EDP71NPDN2.DTL: Editorial: S.F. Civil Rights Ordinance should be reworked
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/2012/04/board-approves-limits-terror-surveillance: Board approves limits for terror surveillance
http://abclocal.go.com/kgo/story?section=news/local/san_francisco&id=8655666: SF changes policy on counterterrorism help
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/2012/05/law-restricts-sfpd-fbi-collaboration: Law restricts SFPD-FBI collaboration
http://www.baycitizen.org/policing/story/counterterrorism-laws-sponsor-unaware/: Many SFPD officers trained to gather anti-terrorism intelligence
A good deal of cheddar (that’s green, dough, paper… money) has been set aside to make streetscape improvements on Stockton Street – one of the busiest streets in one of the densest communities in San Francisco. I propose giving every pedestrian a stock prod, it would be helpful and witty.
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2012/03/14/BAJG1NIHLD.DTL&tsp=1: SF Chinatown's Stockton could get more elbow room
Currently, inmates, upon release from jail, can sign-up for health care benefits. Yet, According to the Sheriff’s Department the process is “slow and cumbersome” and they’d like to take the reins – that just might happen. Today, the Board will consider a proposal to designate the Sheriff’s Department as the official entity to help inmates sign up for health care.
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/2012/03/san-francisco-eyes-site-future-jail: San Francisco eyes site for future jail
http://www.sfexaminer.com/sanfrancisco/city-confident-new-county-jail-project-can-proceed-budget-committee-to-vote-on-emergency-response-bond-measure/Content?oid=2684229: City confident new County Jail project can proceed; budget committee to vote on emergency response bond measure
http://www.sfexaminer.com/sanfrancisco/sf-sheriff-seeks-spiritual-leaders-to-provide-support-for-inmates-leaving-jail/Content?oid=2685070: SF sheriff seeks spiritual leaders to provide support for inmates leaving jail
http://www.sfgate.com/opinion/openforum/article/S-F-Sheriff-Ross-Mirkarimi-recalculates-poverty-5166741.php: Opinion: S.F. Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi recalculates poverty
http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/Mirkarimi-wants-to-sign-up-inmates-for-health-5184117.php: Mirkarimi wants to sign up inmates for health coverage
http://www.sfexaminer.com/PoliticsBlog/archives/2014/03/31/sf-jail-could-become-obamacare-signup-station: SF jail could become Obamacare signup station
A nixed air-cargo warehouse deal is now likely to cost the City $7.5 million. Not to fret, fellow San Franciscans, this is basically what happened to me when I tried to build my own air-cargo warehouse.
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/2012/03/city-pay-texas-developer-75-million-airport-dispute: City to pay Texas developer $7.5 million in airport dispute
The Chronicle gives their take on the City and the outdoor sign industry, which they think has taken on the appearance of a cat and mouse game rather than the City consistently fighting The Cases of Illegal Billboards.
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/2012/03/supervisors-ponder-fate-lone-city-billboard: Supervisors ponder fate of lone city billboard
http://www.sfexaminer.com/opinion/editorials/2012/04/illegal-billboards-busted-citys-efforts-pay: Editorial: Illegal billboards busted as city's efforts pay off
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2012/05/17/MNC91OJQ2V.DTL&tsp=1: S.F. Beautiful sues city over billboard deal
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2012/05/27/EDAT1MO15N.DTL: Editorial: S.F. should stand up for billboard law
Always a little bit too happy and slightly snarky, Jesse loves to share his amusement with the City by the Bay. When he isn’t waxing poetic about San Francisco, you can find Jesse spotting up for jumpers at Dolores Park, waiting outside the Regency to see Lil’ B the BasedGod (TYBG), or lost somewhere in Las Vegas.