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Archive for November, 2012

Taking Action on Political Action (Committees)

Run, Ed, Run… while you still can! After the last Mayoral election cycle, in which a committee was formed (Progress For All) to coax the then-interim Mayor into running as a full-term candidate, but was not technically affiliated with any candidate, the Ethics Commission is pushing new legislation that would regulate such committees. This would still need eight votes from the Board to pass. This is tough for me on an emotional level, as I was planning the Run, Panda, Run campaign next election cycle.

Wednesday, November 28th, 2012

Changing CEQA

An opinion piece in the Chronicle takes a look at state and city efforts to reform CEQA and why the changes are necessary.

Tuesday, November 27th, 2012

A rose is a rose is a rose

The City Insider team give us a brief rundown of Rose Pak’s interview on KQED and describes how she thinks of herself as just a regular gal.

Tuesday, November 27th, 2012


house12The Examiner continues our collective focus on SRO hotels, detailing how one tenant’s fight against decrepit living conditions at the Winton Hotel could see him evicted. Of note for anyone who appreciates an underdog, the owner of the Winton Hotel also owns or controls about 880 SRO units in the Tenderloin, Mid-Market Street, South of Market and Mission neighborhoods, according to lawsuits filed by City Attorney Dennis Herrera and the Department of Building Inspection.

Monday, November 26th, 2012

New Rules in Crash’s Wake

In the wake of some high-profile incidents surrounding tankers and the Bay Bridge, the Harbor Safety Committee is promulgating some new rules to help make sure that the bridge and the tankers don’t get to sneak off and nuzzle each other again. Especially when it’s foggy…

Monday, November 26th, 2012

Salesforce writes a big check for some needy people.

Hey, Marc and Lynne Benioff: THANK YOU. Nice work.

Monday, November 26th, 2012

Housing at the Schlage Lock site

ChangesThe Examiner and the Chron’s City Insider team reports on the progress being made to develop the Schlage Lock site.

Monday, November 26th, 2012


The Chron’s Marisa Lagos, with an assist from our very own Alex Clemens, takes a look at the Board’s new make-up and considers what it will mean for decision-making at City Hall.

Friday, November 23rd, 2012

turkeys needed!

Folks, listen up! The San Francisco Food Bank still needs about 1,000 turkeys to meet the holiday demand. Mayor Ed Lee has announced he’s donating 100 birds this week. So the real question is can you match/beat the Mayor in donations?

Tuesday, November 20th, 2012

Crash Course

As you know (or should know), we rarely break our “no blog posts on Suspects” rule. This, however, is one of those rare exceptions. We think it’s simply too good a political crash course to pass up. Not that we expect everyone to agree with everything herein, but it’s a fresh and clear eyed look at things…so yeah, we’re breaking our rule for it.

Tuesday, November 20th, 2012

Baby Boom

Three years ago, the folks at Barbary Coast Consulting who bring you Usual Suspects each morning were a bunch of carefree, late-night-having, burning-the-candle-at-both-ends folks. As you may be aware, those halcyon days have come and gone. In the space of three short years we’ve gone from being a company with zero children to a company with SEVEN. Seven children. Seven! (We’ve hired one of them as Office Manager and another one as a web designer, but that’s another story.)

And the most recent addition: Gigi Dino Rossi has joined our company family, and is snuggled with her mom and dad as they take some well-deserved time with their new little nugget. Congrats can be sent to your pal Jaime Rossi at rossi@barcoast.com – but don’t expect a quick response. He’s busy being wrapped tightly around Gigi’s little finger.

Monday, November 19th, 2012

Expanding Coverage

San Francisco – ever the pioneering city – is going to become the first city to cover gender reassignment surgery for the uninsured. Supervisor Scott Weiner introduced the legislation and the Health Department is currently designing a program to treat the patients.

Sunday, November 18th, 2012

Academy of Art

Easel ArtAfter more than a year out of the news regarding its many building code violations, the Academy of Art is back with alleged rules skirting, possible illegal conversions, and fines… oh my!

Friday, November 16th, 2012

Green Envy

Mayor Ed Lee pens an opinion piece in today’s Examiner extolling our fair city’s commitment to building sustainably.

Wednesday, November 14th, 2012

Over in Oaktown

Well here’s a twist you may not have expected, it turns out that the Oakland Police Officers Union may actually support the federal takeover of their Police Department. It seems they don’t have much faith in the department’s leadership.

Tuesday, November 13th, 2012

Election Recap: San Franciscans Are Great

Heather Knight recaps last week’s elections and comes to a very serious conclusion: San Francisco is filled with a unique crop of voters. Unique in a good way. (Note: a certain founder of Suspects may be quoted in the article.)

Sunday, November 11th, 2012

It’s Electric!

Our fair city charges on (heh!) in its quest to develop the Bay Area as the electric vehicle capital of the world.

Friday, November 9th, 2012

Kaiser in the Dogpatch

Friday, November 9th, 2012

Lights Out

Treasure Island and Yerba Buena Island residents and businesses look to be living in the Dark Ages, enduring a record 42 blackouts so far this year.

Friday, November 9th, 2012

Hello again, Mr. President.

Aaaaand it’s done. Supervisor David Chiu locks in another term as Board President. The Chronicle Editorial Board is pleased with the outcome and Rose Pak, notsomuch.

Friday, November 9th, 2012

In other Elections…

So, you may have noticed but San Francisco wasn’t the only place holding elections. There were also some State and Federal races as well. Spoiler alert: President Obama will be President for four more years.

Wednesday, November 7th, 2012

SPUR Wrapup

Missed yesterday’s deconstruction of the election? Well, we can’t reproduce David Latterman’s slides here, but we’ll link to the Guardian’s blog post on What Happened. Smart crowd, that SPUR group. Smart indeed.

Wednesday, November 7th, 2012

what’s next

As mentioned (see top left bock), the not so small matter of RCV and outstanding ballots mean some races are still too close too call. So what’s next?

Wednesday, November 7th, 2012

Election Wrapup – one more

The Examiner tells us that after two solid weeks of counting ballots, the final seat on the City College of San Francisco board of trustees will go to incumbent Chris Jackson.

Wednesday, November 7th, 2012

The results continue to roll in …

With tens of thousands of Vote By Mail and provisional ballots still being processed by the tireless Elections team, here’s where things stand:

Eric Mar wins District 1, David Chiu wins District 3, London Breed has a statistically insurmountable lead (barring meteors or magic tricks) in District 5, the District 7 race is a tossup, with FX Crowley leading Norman Yee by a narrow margin, David Campos wins District 9 and John Avalos wins District 11.

Incumbents Sandra Lee Fewer, Rachel Norton, and Jill Wynns regained seats on San Francisco’s Unified School District’s Board of Directors, while newcomer Matthew Haney will take the fourth open seat.

The race for City College of San Francisco’s board of trustees is tight – Steve Ngo and Natalie Berg are likely to be returned to office, and challenger Rafael Mandelman appears to have won a seat. The battle for the fourth seat is a tight one, with incumbent Chris Jackson leading newcomer Amy Bacharach by a slim margin.

Finally, Props A, B, C, D, E, and G have passed, while Prop F failed.

Wednesday, November 7th, 2012