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?
http://sfappeal.com/news/2012/08/city-cites-city-over-abandoned-3rd-street-police-station.php: City Tickets City Over Abandoned 3rd Street Police Station
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.
http://www.bizjournals.com/sanfrancisco/print-edition/2012/08/31/developers-fetch-up-to-1000-units-in.html: Developers fetch up to 1,000 units in Dogpatch
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.
http://www.bizjournals.com/sanfrancisco/print-edition/2012/08/31/power-plant-site-juices-developers.html: Power plant site juices developers
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/2012/09/old-power-plant-generating-development-talk: Old power plant generating development talk
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.
http://www.bizjournals.com/sanfrancisco/print-edition/2012/08/24/two-san-francisco-condo-projects-break.html: Two San Francisco condo projects break ground
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.
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/education/2012/08/12-candidates-strive-three-seats-sfusd-board-education: 12 candidates strive for three seats on SFUSD Board of Education
http://www.ebar.com/news/article.php?sec=news&article=67961: Five out candidates seek SF offices
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/education/2012/12/rookie-san-francisco-board-education-member-matt-haney-prepares-face-dauntin: Rookie San Francisco Board of Education member Matt Haney prepares to face daunting tasks
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.
http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/Candidates-for-District-5-supe-debate-3781594.php: Candidates for District 5 supe debate
http://www.ebar.com/news/article.php?sec=news&article=67967: D5 candidates square off at debate
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/2012/09/olague-s-challengers-say-incumbent-not-representative-district-5: Olague's challengers say incumbent not representative of District 5
http://www.modernluxury.com/san-francisco/story/what-do-kamala-harris-ron-conway-and-samuel-l-jackson-have-common: What Do Kamala Harris, Ron Conway, And Samuel L. Jackson Have In Common?
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/2012/09/olague-benefit-stirs-debate-brown-pak: Olague benefit stirs debate on Brown, Pak ties
http://www.ebar.com/news/article.php?sec=news&article=68100: Political Notebook: Gay congressional candidate Mark Takano stumps in SF
http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/Proposal-brings-old-rules-out-of-shadows-3900919.php: City Insider: Proposal brings old rules out of shadows
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/2012/09/district-5-rally-exposes-race-dynamics: Rally exposes District 5 race dynamics
http://www.sfgate.com/opinion/editorials/article/London-Breed-top-pick-for-District-5-3926799.php: Editorial: London Breed top pick for District 5
http://www.sfgate.com/default/article/Olague-s-vote-changes-District-5-dynamic-3946136.php: Olague's vote changes District 5 dynamic
http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/SF-domestic-violence-policy-on-fast-track-3951365.php: City Insider: SF domestic-violence policy on fast track
http://www.sfgate.com/default/article/America-s-Cup-boat-rescue-stories-differ-3950718.php: C.W. Nevius: America's Cup boat rescue stories differ
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/2012/10/domestic-violence-other-issues-roil-city-hall: Domestic violence, other issues roil City Hall
http://www.sfbg.com/politics/2012/10/16/davis-needs-drop-out: Davis needs to drop out
http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/Julian-Davis-defiant-on-groping-report-3954657.php: City Insider: Julian Davis defiant on groping report
http://www.sfweekly.com/2012-10-17/news/julian-davis-district-5-board-of-supervisors-bay-guardian-examiner-tim-redmond-todd-vogt/: Julian Davis: Will S.F. Progressives Stand by Their Man?
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/2012/10/backlash-board-backing-mirkarimi: Melissa Griffin: Backlash for board backing for Mirkarimi
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/2012/10/double-standard-julian-davis: Melissa Griffin: Double standard for District 5 candidate Julian Davis
http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/nevius/article/S-F-progressives-badly-need-a-leader-3958244.php: C.W. Nevius: S.F. progressives badly need a leader
http://www.ebar.com/news/article.php?sec=news&article=68158: Accusations, ad rock supe races
http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/Race-for-District-5-hottest-in-town-3987177.php: City Insider: Race for District 5 hottest in town
http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/matier-ross/article/Mary-Hayashi-s-theft-focus-of-Morals-PAC-3988922.php: Matier and Ross: Mary Hayashi's theft focus of Morals PAC
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/2012/10/women-accountability-and-responsible-supervisor-aims-unseat-olague-over-mirkarimi-vote: 'Women For Accountability and a Responsible Supervisor' aims to unseat Olague over Mirkarimi vote
http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/New-efforts-try-to-limit-Mirkarimi-power-3991887.php: New efforts try to limit Mirkarimi power
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/2012/10/mayor-ed-lee-sticks-supervisor-olague-despite-mirkarimi-vote: Mayor Ed Lee sticks by Supervisor Olague despite Mirkarimi vote
http://www.sfbg.com/2012/10/30/man-moment: Man for the moment?
http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/Giants-parade-boosts-transit-to-record-4002116.php: City Insider: Giants' parade boosts transit to record
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/2012/11/ivory-madison-blasts-olague-mirkarimi-vote: Ivory Madison blasts Olague for Mirkarimi vote
http://abclocal.go.com/kgo/story?section=news/local/san_francisco&id=8872074: Ivory Madison releases political ad against Olague
http://www.mercurynews.com/breaking-news/ci_21918367/san-francisco-mirkarimis-neighbor-urges-no-vote-against: San Francisco: Mirkarimi's neighbor urges people to vote against supervisor who supported him
http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/2-supervisor-races-have-turned-brutal-4005006.php: 2 supervisor races have turned brutal
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).
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/2012/08/power-peaceful-falls-silent-second-year: Power to the Peaceful falls silent for a second year
http://sfappeal.com/news/2012/08/power-to-the-peaceful-too-big-no-longer-free-failed.php: Power To The Peaceful: Too Big, No Longer Free; Failed
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.
http://www.ebar.com/news/article.php?sec=news&article=67944: Mandelman enters City College race
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/education/2012/08/10-vying-ccsf-board-seats: 10 vying for CCSF board seats
http://www.ebar.com/news/article.php?sec=news&article=67961: Five out candidates seek SF offices
http://www.sfexaminer.com/opinion/editorials/2012/08/ccsf-board-pick-right-one-current-situation: Editorial: CCSF board pick the right one for current situation
http://www.baycitizen.org/education/story/ex-sf-college-official-tied-political/: Ex-SF college official tied to political scandal hosts fundraiser
http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/Ethical-questions-on-CCSF-board-campaign-3845884.php: Ethical questions on CCSF board campaign
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.
http://www.sfgate.com/sports/article/A-s-weighing-change-at-closer-3764615.php: A's weighing change at closer
http://nbcbayarea.csnbayarea.com/08/05/12/Possibilities-for-As-stadium-remain-endl/nbcbay_landing.html?blockID=751847&feedID=10190: Possibilities for A's stadium remain endless
http://www.sfgate.com/athletics/article/A-s-up-in-the-air-on-playing-at-Coliseum-next-4871306.php: A's up in the air on playing at Coliseum next season
http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/matier-ross/article/Oakland-ballpark-backers-tout-waterfront-site-5067603.php: Matier and Ross: Oakland ballpark backers tout waterfront site
Mayor 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.
http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/Oakland-s-Quan-disputes-interview-quotes-3761575.php: Oakland's Quan disputes interview quotes
http://www.baycitizen.org/government/story/oakland-mayors-schedule-shielded-public/: Transparency eludes Oakland mayor
http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/Jean-Quan-offers-few-specifics-on-DC-trip-4264812.php: Jean Quan offers few specifics on DC trip
http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/Oakland-Mayor-Jean-Quan-s-re-election-hinges-on-5194520.php: Oakland Mayor Jean Quan's re-election hinges on crime
http://www.sfgate.com/default/article/Big-names-to-help-rechristen-Bay-Bridge-span-for-5219746.php: Matier and Ross: Big names to help rechristen Bay Bridge span for Willie Brown, Matier and Ross: Big names to help rechristen Bay Bridge span for Willie Brown
http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/Oakland-Mayor-Quan-unveiling-her-own-5292079.php: Oakland Mayor Quan unveiling her own 10,000-resident plan
http://www.bizjournals.com/sanfrancisco/blog/2014/03/oakland-mayor-quan-10k-plan-falls-short.html: Why Oakland Mayor Quan's 10K plan already falls short
http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/Mayor-Quan-touts-Oakland-s-progress-in-state-of-5296129.php: Mayor Quan touts Oakland's progress in state of city address
http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/Libby-Schaaf-says-Mayor-Quan-masking-Oakland-5390574.php : Libby Schaaf says Mayor Quan masking Oakland police count
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.
http://www.baycitizen.org/museums/story/art-sleuth-track-wayward-san-city/: San Francisco to hire sleuth to track down missing city art
http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/S-F-art-collection-inventory-under-way-3764851.php: S.F. art collection inventory under way
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/2012/10/board-supervisors-make-few-changes-arts-commission: Board of Supervisors make few changes to Arts Commission
Back in San Francisco after nearly a decade as a congressional staffer in Washington, D.C., Amber is excited to bring her creative ideas and savvy communications skills to the wild west of Bay Area politics. Outside of her love for progressive issues and campaigns, Amber is an avid gardener and loves brewing and drinking beer.