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Archive for August, 2012

City Versus… City?

You know you live in a weird place when your police station gets cited for being a nuisance. Well, you do live in a weird place, because that happened. Yes, the San Francisco Department of Building Inspection ticketed the abandoned Potrero Police Station… and that ticket goes to the Department of Real Estate. Do you think I can write my tax check to myself next year?

Friday, August 31st, 2012

Dogpatch Development

Down in the Dogpatch it looks like there may be a new wave of development on Tennessee Street, although some neighbors are arguing that the area isn’t (and likely won’t be) ready for all of the proposed residences due to the fact there aren’t enough parks, schools, and the like in the area. And… this is where you thank me for refraining to make a single “you’re the only Ten-I-See” joke. Seriously. It would have been bad.

Friday, August 31st, 2012

Powerful Homes

In more this-place-might-be-toxic-but-let’s-talk-about-building-housing-there-anyway news (see today’s Treasure Island block above), developer GenOn is considering a mixed-use development at a site in Potrero that used to house the city’s last active power plant. Once again, I am hoping the conversation revolves around the proper and respectful development of super powers and that San Francisco’s unique and vibrant super hero history is taken into account.

Friday, August 31st, 2012

Get your CarbOn

City officials are makin’ it rain with newly minted carbon cash. At least that’s the visual I get upon learning that the City has provided $233,000 from the carbon fund to eight San Francisco groups.

Wednesday, August 29th, 2012

Condo-ne!

Two major San Francisco condo projects have been approved and are on their way to being built. I hope that each project reserves a penthouse floor for Suspects editors who say nice things about their projects. Also, in a totally unrelated statement, I think these condos look great.

Friday, August 24th, 2012

Not Bored of Education

Board of Education newcomer Matt Haney (and the rest of the Board) face a number of challenges in the new year. Well, really, they face a bunch of challenges every year. From my ivory tower, I salute them and their valiant efforts with joy from the knowledge that I don’t have to do their job.

Thursday, August 16th, 2012

D5 Drama

Supervisor Christina Olague’s vote to reinstate Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi continues to play a major part in the race for District 5 Supervisor. In the latest, the SF Women for Accountability have unleashed an ad that features Ivory Madison (Mirkarimi’s neighbor) slamming Olague for her support of Mirkarimi.

Sunday, August 12th, 2012

Slow news day for local stuff…

…so to even out the columns, I’ll post this story from the LA Times about Paul Ryan. Read up on the “intellectual leader” of the Republican Party, wouldja?

Saturday, August 11th, 2012

We Are Diminished

Milton Marks III – City College Board Trustee, community activist, deep thinker and friend to many, has passed away. His family is in our thoughts today.

Friday, August 10th, 2012

Not Much Power to the Peaceful

San Francisco Rec and Park were taken by surprise when the Power to the Peaceful concert was cancelled for a second year. You know, as someone who is pretty peaceful I am always complaining that I do not have enough power – I really don’t. Let’s get some power to the peaceful (read: me).

Friday, August 10th, 2012

CCSF Campaigning

Former CCSF official Stephen Herman, who pled guilty in a political fundraising scandal in 2009, recently held a fundraiser at his home for the reelection campaign of Trustee Natalie Berg. A few “hmmmmmmmms…” have ensued.

Thursday, August 9th, 2012

Picket that Picasso

Workers at the de Young and Legion of Honor are threatening a strike if negotiations do not produce a better agreement for them.

Tuesday, August 7th, 2012

A’s Stadium

A couple of Oakland business leaders are promoting the waterfront around Jack London Square as a perfect place for a new A’s ballpark. The ownership of the team seems to have other places on their mind.

Monday, August 6th, 2012

Across the Bay

newspaper29Mayor Quan’s campaign responds to heat received after ethical concerns were raised about the Mayor’s campaign allegedly sending emails to city employees at their dot gov addresses. 

Saturday, August 4th, 2012

The Art of Oversight

Remember when a bunch of the pieces from your $90 million art collection went missing and an independent body hired an “art detective” (I am still envisioning Jackson Pollock dressed up like Sherlock Holmes, completely in period regalia) to figure out what had happened to your stuff? Yeah, me neither. Although, the San Francisco Arts Commission remembers it! Well, now, after that fiasco has (hopefully) become part of our history, it seems the Art Commission is on the road to… well, on the road to not losing valuable pieces of art.

Friday, August 3rd, 2012

The Amazing Race

The Chronicle reports on how city politics will be impacted by the results of the upcoming election.

Thursday, August 2nd, 2012