SF Usual Suspects

Archive for May, 2012

curbing the flow

Two Examiner articles discuss the SFPUC and our sewer system. How a city deals with the waste water from over 700,000 people (and that doesn’t include work commuters and tourists!) is interesting and complex. Credit goes out to the SFPUC for their efforts. Although, really, it is taking all of my power to not make a poop joke.

Thursday, May 31st, 2012

if you build it

At six different locations throughout the Castro, construction is now underway – or about to start – on nearly 1,000 new housing units.

Thursday, May 31st, 2012

Nancy Pelosi

After much speculation (all of which appeared to be inaccurate), House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi has announced that she will continue to serve in her current role. With that, the Chron pens an editorial about what it means for San Franciscans.

Wednesday, May 30th, 2012

Drug Dilemma

A state bill that would turn all felony drug possession sentences into misdemeanors is receiving support from San Francisco officials. Chief among them being District Attorney George Gascon, who has publicly backed Sen. Mark Leno’s piece of legislation.

Wednesday, May 30th, 2012

Behind The Paywall

The Chron takes the occasion of this Sunday to hide a story on Mayor Lee, the Warriors move, and mayoral legacies behind its paywall. Another good reason to plunk down the dough and get yourself a Chron today…

Sunday, May 27th, 2012

Yelp Help

A contributor to this week’s Bay Guardian has a novel idea for City leaders: she would like local government to allow online ratings of City services through a program like Yelp. Oh yes, I’m quite sure City department heads are eager to welcome all those overwhelmingly positive comments from satisfied San Franciscans.

Wednesday, May 23rd, 2012

Transitioning Inmates

California’s prison realignment program sure has local law enforcement getting creative. For instance, the San Francisco Sheriff’s Office is testing out a new, state inmate reentry program with the goal to curb the high rate of repeat offenders.

Sunday, May 20th, 2012

You’re on Candid Camera! (And it’ll cost you.)

Muni is adding more cameras to their busses. Nope, not to catch you and your friends and the whacky shenanigans that you get into, but to ticket you for driving or parking in the bus lane! I know, it’s less cool once you get the details.

Friday, May 18th, 2012

Housing Hiccups

Not a lot of new housing was built in San Francisco last year, and that is not a great sign. In fact, some argue that it is a major contributor to sky rocketing rental prices. I get that. As someone whose rent continues to leap year after year I demand that someone build me a house yesterday! (I also demand a Jacuzzi.)

Friday, May 18th, 2012

SF Weekly’s best of sf awards – political division

Sean Elsbernd, Enrique Pearce, Rose Pak, and Warren Hinckle are named and discussed in the Weekly’s annual Best Of edition. Have a look to find out what’s been going on behind the scenes…

Thursday, May 17th, 2012

Battle for D1

The Examiner reports that the record spending in District 1 did not lead to the ouster of the incumbent.

Wednesday, May 16th, 2012

Shiny New Produce

The San Francisco Wholesale Produce Market is set to get a $100 million makeover from local officials.

Tuesday, May 15th, 2012

Booze making news

The happenin’ Mission District is having trouble keeping up with the Joneses thanks to having the City’s most restrictive ban on liquor licenses. Supervisors Scott Wiener and David Campos are deciding what to do next.

Monday, May 14th, 2012

Smoke & Mirrors

How much does it cost to oppose a $1 tax increase per pack of cigarettes? About $40 million. The folks at the Chronicle fill us in on why they support Proposition 29, and what they feel Big Tobacco is doing to dissuade voters from casting a vote in favor of the measure.

Saturday, May 12th, 2012

Size Matters

Garbage collection rates are set to increase this month, but apparently you can reduce your bill if you make your black bin smaller.

Friday, May 11th, 2012

BART Train Contract Approved

Friday, May 11th, 2012

Four for the 19th

Four San Francisco candidates vying for the open seat in the California Assembly’s 19th District are briefly profiled. These candidates want to be honest, effective, and save money. Which is a bummer, because I guess that means no one is running on the far more interesting “I am spendthrift and of loose and very questionable morals” ticket. Additionally, the Chronicle is endorsing Phil Ting for the Assembly seat.

Friday, May 11th, 2012

Chinese Hospital

The proposed Chinese Hospital in Chinatown is moving forward in the process after receiving a green light from the Planning Commission yesterday. Next stop, the Board of Supervisors for final approval.

Friday, May 11th, 2012

Presidential Visit

Before attending a dinner where each plate cost more than a year’s worth of college, POTUS spent some quality time in San Francisco last night. Topics of discussion included immigration reform, a Batkid shout-out, and a back and forth with a heckler.

Thursday, May 10th, 2012

Milk’s Military Tribute

The Board of Supervisors voted 9-2 in favor of honoring Harvey Milk by naming a Navy ship after the slain activist.

Thursday, May 10th, 2012

Workin’ Hard for the Money

It looks like 18,000 city and county workers can be convincing. Mayor Lee’s negotiations with 26 labor groups resulted in a combined $41 million employee compensation increase over the next two years.

Thursday, May 10th, 2012

Preservation Protocols

Former Supervisor Aaron Peskin takes aim at the proposed measure by Supervisor Scott Wiener to allow some flexibility in how historic preservation laws are applied and created in San Francisco.

Tuesday, May 8th, 2012

Copping Copper

There’s a new law in San Francisco that covers those who deal in scrap metal. And it goes into effect today. And after reading the headline for the Chron story, I’m envisioning the utter, wonderous, desk-dancing, New York Post-emulating joy on the face of the editor who worked this Ellen Huet story at the very moment s/he realized that they could plug the word “foil” into the headline. Foil. Like tinfoil. Which is metal. Which is what the story is about. AWESOME.

FTW.

Tuesday, May 8th, 2012

All Aboard

Apparently, allowing passengers to board Muni buses through more than one door has not created a new freeloader class in San Francisco.

Tuesday, May 8th, 2012

Strike One

Teachers in San Francisco Unified School District are set for a strike vote this week over the district’s demands to make extensive cuts.

Tuesday, May 8th, 2012