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Archive for March, 2012

Apt Apartment Laws

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.

Wednesday, March 28th, 2012

Shhhh! It’s a Library (Commission Meeting).

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.

Wednesday, March 28th, 2012

Deal Reached

Wednesday, March 28th, 2012

that ain’t cool

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…

Friday, March 23rd, 2012

Awards Season

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.

Friday, March 23rd, 2012

Don’t forget about us!

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.

Friday, March 23rd, 2012

Boom Boom Pow

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.

Friday, March 23rd, 2012

Double Trouble

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!

Wednesday, March 21st, 2012

The Flow: Presidio to SFO

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.

Wednesday, March 21st, 2012

Does this mean we’re friends again?

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!

Monday, March 19th, 2012

History Repeats

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.

Monday, March 19th, 2012

savings for all?

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!

Friday, March 16th, 2012

Supply and demand

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).

Thursday, March 15th, 2012

a clean bill of health?

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.

Wednesday, March 14th, 2012

Population Migration

Wednesday, March 14th, 2012

You’re Welcome

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.

Wednesday, March 14th, 2012

Muni Muggers Beware

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.

Wednesday, March 14th, 2012

Happy Anniversary, UCSF Mission Bay

On Wednesday, UCSF marked its tenth anniversary at Mission Bay at well-attended celebratory event.

Wednesday, March 14th, 2012

Covert Ops

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!

Wednesday, March 14th, 2012

Stockton’s Streetscape

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.

Wednesday, March 14th, 2012

Holy Skyscraper, San Francisco!

Step back Transamerica Pyramid, there’s a new skyscraper being proposed in town. And he’s got 220 feet on you. Behold, a skyscraper that would literally scrape the San Francisco sky.

Tuesday, March 13th, 2012

Gettin’ Inmates Covered

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.

Thursday, March 8th, 2012

Ground Control, This Is Majorly Expensive

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.

Wednesday, March 7th, 2012

Billboard Blitzkrieg

Supervisor Scott Wiener introduced a measure last week (that the Board of Supervisors approved) that closes a loophole that allowed companies to post billboards under the guise of being related to a raffle or contest in an adjacent store. Pictured: a billboard somewhere near Prairie Chapel Ranch.

Tuesday, March 6th, 2012

Appeals aplenty

New legislation from Supervisor Scott Wiener hopes to reign in the public’s ability to use CEQA as a method for delaying development projects.

Tuesday, March 6th, 2012