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Archive for July, 2012


Supervisor Scott Wiener is proposing legislation to change how our police code treats secondhand stores.

Tuesday, July 31st, 2012

Since it’s a slow news day…

…we’ll reach across the country to share a profile of Stu Loeser, Mayor Bloomberg’s press guy. My guess is that after most political staffers read this, you’re going to want to buy him a drink next time he’s in town. (I shook his hand once – he’s quite a character.)

Monday, July 30th, 2012

What She Order? Chick-fil-A

As Chick-fil-A opens Bay Area locations, they also get a stern warning from San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee stating that they are close enough. I’ll say it before and I’ll say it again: if you love chicken sandwiches, but don’t want all that bigotry and poorly veiled homophobia, head over to Bakesale Betty in Oakland. Trust me, all the scrum-diddly-umptiousness of a fried chicken sandwich without all the hate.

Saturday, July 28th, 2012

A poet and he knows it

Congrats to Mr. Alejandro Murguia for becoming San Francisco’s 6th poet laureate. Shall we compare the Bayview district resident to a Summer’s day, perhaps?

Friday, July 27th, 2012

C is for… houcing

An opinion piece in the Chronicle waxes on Proposition C, its impact on housing in the city, the reasons behind the measure, and why they think you should cast an aye vote come November 6.

Wednesday, July 25th, 2012

domestic disturbance

Getting buff? Cool. Domestic abuse? Not cool. Sadly, a San Francisco Police Lieutenant faces domestic abuse charges.

Wednesday, July 25th, 2012

It’s the President! It’s Mitt Romney! They’re both in San Francisco at the same time! Jeepers!

And while they’re both in town, apparently all the good political commentators were away for the weekend – as ABC 7 was stuck interviewing this orange-bedecked fellow (go Giants!)…

Monday, July 23rd, 2012

moving on

After working as a development adviser to Mayors Gavin Newsom and Ed Lee, Michael Yarne is heading back to the private sector – for the most part.

Friday, July 20th, 2012

Threatening Actions

Well, this is definitely one way to get yourself noticed in a crowded political race. However, threatening a public official – as this individual did to District Attorney George Gascon – will only get you into some real trouble.

Wednesday, July 18th, 2012

Foreclosure Fracas

The Bay Citizen takes an in-depth look at a new plan being implemented by some municipalities to seize underwater mortgages through the use of eminent domain. Some think it’s pretty smart, others think it is sort of evil. Oh yeah, and Mayor Willie Brown is kind of involved. I would point out how intriguing all of this is, but you know that – you like being intrigued, that’s why you read Suspects.

Tuesday, July 17th, 2012

Corporate Campaign

The Board of Supervisors have placed a measure on the ballot that will allow San Franciscans to take a position on the issue of corporate personhood. One Chronicle columnist is not too happy about it. This is given the fact that while Exxon Mobile and, dare I say, Chick-Fil-A benefit from corporate personhood laws, so do the ACLU and Planned Parenthood. I don’t know what San Franciscans will end up choosing, but I do know I don’t have to worry about chicken sandwiches. Bakesale Betty has my back (and they only make contributions to my tummy).

Tuesday, July 17th, 2012

Gun Battle

If the Pacific Rod and Gun Club wants to remain operating then they will need to clean up Lake Merced by 2016. Oh, and PUC and the Gun Club will be responsible for paying for it (likely around $12.5 million). Oh, and the Gun Club has no assets, so the Gun Club’s insurance and the PUC will be responsible for paying for it. Oh, and if the insurance won’t pay for it, then it is likely that PUC will have to pay for it. Oh, but none of this may be the Gun Club’s fault. So… I’m confused. Is this an appropriate time to just quit and write “YOLO?”


Tuesday, July 17th, 2012

Journalism and cats

Those of you who read Suspects are, by and large, interested in the journalism industry. Therefore, you should take a look at this page, which captures how journalists feel when they are faced with certain predictable situations. And yes, these situations are acted out by cats, of course. Because it’s The Internet. Enjoy…

Monday, July 16th, 2012

$.7M settlement likely against Department of Emergency Management

Two employees at this San Francisco department (you probably haven’t heard of it, but it handles 911 calls) are tentatively in line for a $762K settlement for retaliation, gender discrimination and harassment. Yikes!

Monday, July 16th, 2012

“Weed Dating.”

Yes, it’s a thing. No, it’s not the thing you think it is. Because it’s in Idaho.

Monday, July 16th, 2012

D11 Withdrawal

Following up on the San Francisco Appeal’s report, the Chron describes how former District 11 hopeful Leon Chow has withdrawn from the supervisor’s race over questions pertaining to his residency.

Friday, July 13th, 2012

Bottled Water vs. Tap Water

It is official, plastic water bottles are *BANNED. (*Banned from being sold… at City events… except for foot races and other athletic events… oh, and except for certain culturally significant events, at least for a few years.) I am now contemplating the term “ban” and thinking it may not be the most accurate word, given that I thought that — when I first read the headline — that possession of a water bottle would be punishable by death, or by having to read stories about bridge engineering, or something.

Friday, July 13th, 2012

Size Doesn’t Matter

Reviews from folks living in tiny, micro-apartments are starting to roll in (well, they are today via the Chron) and thus far, the tenants seem to be happy. Having lived in NYC for the better part of a decade, I’ve lived in my fair share of shoe boxes, so I think I’ll pass on the micro approach. But I do applaud those migrating to the new city dwelling opportunities!

Friday, July 13th, 2012

I’ll have another

The Board of Supervisors has finally confirmed Planning Commissioner Mike Antonini for another term on the Planning Commission. The Chron dives into the politics around the vote.

Thursday, July 12th, 2012

Bad Apple

Apple Computer’s withdrawal from a green electronics certification program is forcing City Hall departments to stop purchasing Apple computers.

Thursday, July 12th, 2012

Bayview Property Payout

The largest civil fine for building code violations has been assessed ($800,000) and we are all asked to remember that housing doesn’t mean just four walls and roof… and it definitely does not mean the prevalence of sewage and mold.

Tuesday, July 10th, 2012

School Board Member Spending Scrutinized

The Chronicle whips out a spreadsheet, sharpens a bunch of number 2 pencils, and runs an analysis on the spending by our school board members. They focus on one in particular.

Monday, July 9th, 2012

If you build it…

A recent grand jury report noted that the recent construction boom could provide funding to reform operations at the Department of Building Inspection. Whether these recommendations will go anywhere, we shall see.

Friday, July 6th, 2012

Veni, Vidi, Trashum

4th of July revelers in Dolores Park and Fort Mason left a mighty big mess after celebrating on Independence Day.

Friday, July 6th, 2012

Reporting on a report

The Bay Citizen takes a look at a report on the City’s Human Rights Commission, and some interesting tidbits behind who wrote it.

Thursday, July 5th, 2012