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Archive for September, 2012

Hella Suspended

The team over at the Chron tells us that Oakland Unified School District looks to a federal monitor to help reduce disproportionate suspension rates for minority students over the next five years. I guess we can all use a little help from our feds.

Saturday, September 29th, 2012

Building, Building, Building…

The old Prop M designed to limit new office tower approvals annually may be given a run for its money considering the boom-like conditions beginning to emerge for downtown developers.

Friday, September 28th, 2012

The race for City College

The BAR endorses City College board candidates Rafael Mandelman, Amy Bacharach, and Rodrigo Santos.

Thursday, September 27th, 2012

LGBT Commission Seats

The BAR reports on how some candidates would help secure more seats for qualified LGBT persons seeking commission appointments.

Thursday, September 27th, 2012

And the endorsements go to…

The Bay Area Reporter has its full list of endorsements out (no pun intended), giving particular attention to the D5 Supervisorial race as well as the Boards for City College of San Francisco and BART. Meanwhile, the Chron &  Examiner have differing opinions as to who should get your vote in D7. Did your candidate get the nod, or even the second or third choice ranking? Only one way to find out…

Thursday, September 27th, 2012

Moving meetings

The Ex reports that the SF Housing Authority Commission may soon have a new home of their own – City Hall – as Supervisor Christina Olague is pushing to make their meetings more transparent and available to the public.

Thursday, September 27th, 2012

Library Commission

The City’s Ethics Commission is openly asking Mayor Ed Lee why he hasn’t taken their recommendation to remove the head of the Library Commission for inappropriate conduct.

Tuesday, September 25th, 2012

Proposition G

We get the full deets on Prop G this morning. After reading the article, which explains the current support for the proposition, I realized I probably shouldn’t wear my “Corporations Are People Too” tee-shirt around the Haight as much anymore.

Monday, September 24th, 2012

Scholastic Choices

Eleven candidates are running for four seats on the San Francisco School Board. Tough choices lay ahead not only for voters, but for the four candidates who are lucky enough to win the election.

Sunday, September 23rd, 2012

As Promised…

We’re baaaaack! Yesterday, your hardworking Suspects updaters spent a day bonding in the wild. We had a great time and might even like each other 10% more than we did before we left. (Who knew it was possible to like each other more?!) Refreshed and grateful for your patience, today, we bring you news from Friday as well as Saturday! Enjoy!

Saturday, September 22nd, 2012

So Sorry To Disappoint…

But today, the Usual Suspect elves are partaking in a little offsite team bonding and Day of Fun. As awaking at an unreasonable hour to collect San Francisco political news does not technically qualify as fun, we’ve given ourselves the day off. Catch up on your political news tomorrow morning when we’ll post all the relevant stories from today (and tomorrow, natch). Happy Friday!

Friday, September 21st, 2012

Keep it Movin’

While I thought this problem was reserved for suburban shopping malls, it seems that SF is feeling the pain of large vehicles (i.e. homes on wheels) parking overnight on some city streets. Illegal dumping (ahem…) and eating up multiple residential parking spaces are among the issues Supervisor Carmen Chu hopes to address with new legislation.

Thursday, September 20th, 2012

Call Me Maybe (866-497-5497)

After getting Money/Loan Mart to make restitution, City Attorney Dennis Herrera’s office has also convinced Check ‘n Go to do the same. The final checks are being mailed out this week…

Tuesday, September 18th, 2012

Increasing Electoral Turnout

The Ex looks at how Prop D may get lost in the shuffle this year. Ironically, Prop D was designed to deal with electoral races that often get lost in the shuffle. Argh.

Monday, September 17th, 2012

Modern Political Campaigning Was Invented Right Here.

Or so sayeth the New Yorker, so it must be true, right? Read herein about Leone Baxter and Clem Whitaker, the mom and pop of campaign tactics still in play today. It’s long, engaging and provocative, just like the things your best self wants you to read should be.

Monday, September 17th, 2012

Cropped

The SF Appeal expands upon the Norman Yee for District 7 Supervisor campaign collateral, including who’s in it, who’s not in it, and who may be behind it.

Friday, September 14th, 2012

Sharing rides and cars and such

Friday, September 14th, 2012

Preventing Bullying

US Attorney Melinda Haag, Mayor Ed Lee, and Lee Hirsch, director of the movie BULLY, share a few words about bullying with the Mercury News.

Friday, September 14th, 2012

Beep Beep Coming through

You’ll soon be hearing a new united voice at City Hall, the SF Auto Jobs Alliance, a group representing car dealerships throughout the city.

Thursday, September 13th, 2012

Rachel Gordon Departure

Today, the SF Appeal reports that Rachel Gordon – the venerable City Hall reporter with the Chronicle for 20+ years – has left to take a temporary communications post with the Department of Public Works. The fully, publicly noticed, full-time position will be posted with Human Resources and the process will be conducted over the next six-or-so months.

Wednesday, September 12th, 2012

Stop Bogarting the Park, Man

Remember the 60′s? I don’t. In fact — and I am sorry if this dates any readers — I was born 22 years after the Human Be-In that preceded the Summer of Love. Although, at least (I hope) I’ll be around for the 2012 version of the Human Be-In, which will be an event in Golden Gate Park taking aim at the profit’s made from renting the park out for corporate-sponsored events. I am indifferent on this issue… I am just hoping we get another one of those Summers of Love too, they sound awesome.

Tuesday, September 11th, 2012

Get ready for takeoff

A small park in the Sunset district known for its F8 jet play structure is getting a makeover.

Sunday, September 9th, 2012

Good things come in small packages

Neighborhood commercial areas are moving forward with plans to help create distinct identities and zoning regulations that fit each area. Advocates hope it makes these areas more attractive to new shoppers and well as new businesses.

Sunday, September 9th, 2012

Masters of Disaster?

The team at the Chron asks whether its time for the Bay Area to broaden the scope of our disaster response strategies in the wake of the August 6 fire at the Richmond Chevron refinery.

Saturday, September 8th, 2012