…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.)
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.
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.
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.
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).
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?”
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…
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.