SF Usual Suspects

Archive for July, 2012

Antiquated

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

Tuesday, July 31st, 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

Remember when Richmond looked at eminent domain as a means to free people who were underwater on their mortgages? Well, now San Francisco is considering it too. I always thought eminent domain was used to build roads and stuff, but I am excited to see that it has other uses. Can we use eminent domain to finance my next trip to Vegas or get me that Nissan GT-R I have been waiting for? Get started here. KTHXBAI.

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

Top Gun (Club)

Alright, Maverick, if you are the uninitiated then you should know that for quite some time the Pacific Rod and Gun Club has been fighting their impeding eviction from their site at Lake Merced. It now looks like they are going to have to prove that they are the best use for the site. If we are going to switch up the site’s use let’s stick with the theme and re-use the site as Fighters Weapon School, aka… Top Gun. What do you say, Goose?

Tuesday, July 17th, 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

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

Water Filling Stations & School Lunch

When was the last time you drank out of a water fountain? Let’s be honest, it’s usually gross and not worth the effort. Most of the time you have to practically make out with the fountain and the stream is barely a trickle. Luckily, San Francisco high school students may be spared from this inhumane and awkward plight thanks to Sup. Eric Mar and Commissioner Matt Haney. SFUSD is also stepping its game and launching a pilot program to improve school lunches.

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

YanniThe Board of Supervisors President, Supervisor David Chiu, will be re-nominating Planning Commissioner Kathrin Moore, but not Commissioner Hisashi Sugaya, opting to nominate ex-head of the Duboce Triangle Neighborhood Association Dennis Richards. Also, here is a picture of Yanni.

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

Landmark it baby!

John King takes a look at the latest structures to make the City’s list of official landmarks. What they may lack in architecture they more than make up for in history.

Thursday, July 5th, 2012

Chamber Chatter

Steve Falk of the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce pens an opinion editorial that gives a positive outlook for our local economy as well as points out the important decisions ahead for the Board of Supervisors.

Thursday, July 5th, 2012