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.
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/2012/11/new-limits-proposed-san-francisco-political-committees: New limits proposed for San Francisco political committees
An opinion piece in the Chronicle takes a look at state and city efforts to reform CEQA and why the changes are necessary.
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/2012/11/neighborhood-groups-wary-proposed-changes-ceqa-review-process: Neighborhood groups wary of proposed changes to CEQA review process
http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/Supervisor-s-2nd-try-to-change-environmental-4352827.php: Supervisor's 2nd try to change environmental appeals
http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/nevius/article/S-F-supervisors-butt-heads-over-CEQA-4365015.php: C.W. Nevius: S.F. supervisors butt heads over CEQA
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/2013/04/sf-lawmaker-hits-speedbump-ceqa-reform: SF lawmaker hits speedbump in CEQA reform
http://www.bizjournals.com/sanfrancisco/print-edition/2013/04/12/ceqa-abuse-hits-latest-victim.html: CEQA abuse hits latest victim: Dolores Park
http://www.sfbg.com/2013/04/16/making-ceqa-work: Making CEQA work
http://www.sfchronicle.com/opinion/openforum/article/Support-Supervisor-Kim-in-CEQA-showdown-4488762.php: Opinion: Support Supervisor Kim in CEQA showdown
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/2013/05/sf-lawmakers-move-reform-ceqa-narrows-still-divided: SF lawmakers’ move to reform CEQA narrows, is still divided
http://www.sfchronicle.com/bayarea/article/Muni-bus-inaugural-run-has-shaky-start-4606258.php: City Insider: Muni bus' inaugural run has shaky start
http://www.sfexaminer.com/sanfrancisco/new-rules-governing-san-francisco-environmental-impact-appeals-approved/Content?oid=2513294: New rules governing San Francisco environmental impact appeals approved
http://www.sfchronicle.com/opinion/editorials/article/A-local-fix-for-CEQA-4671494.php: Opinion: A local fix for CEQA
The Chronicle describes innovative ideas that city officials are considering to combat homelessness, including creating a “housing ladder,” tracking services, adopting Laura’s Law, “wet houses,” and a new medical shelter.
http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/SF-helps-homeless-veterans-find-housing-4065890.php: SF helps homeless veterans find housing
http://www.sfexaminer.com/sanfrancisco/sf-homeless-numbers-flat-but-more-living-on-streets/Content?oid=2477218: S.F. homeless numbers flat but more living on streets
http://www.sfgate.com/opinion/editorials/article/S-F-gets-a-C-for-progress-on-homelessness-4879902.php: S.F. gets a C for progress on homelessness
http://www.sfexaminer.com/sanfrancisco/former-homeless-residents-moving-into-sf-homes/Content?oid=2654380: Former homeless residents moving into SF homes
http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/Swept-off-Mid-Market-S-F-s-homeless-cluster-5135078.php#page-1: Swept off Mid-Market, S.F.'s homeless cluster nearby
http://www.sfexaminer.com/sanfrancisco/sf-renews-long-range-plans-to-help-people-living-on-the-streets/Content?oid=2696756: SF renews long-range plans to help people living on the streets
http://www.sfexaminer.com/sanfrancisco/a-renewed-focus-on-sfs-homeless-population/Content?oid=2696749: Editorial: A renewed focus on SF’s homeless population
http://www.sfexaminer.com/sanfrancisco/sf-considering-wide-ranging-measures-to-reduce-homeless-population/Content?oid=2697772: SF considering wide-ranging measures to reduce homeless population
http://www.sfexaminer.com/sanfrancisco/sf-has-a-chance-to-truly-help-people-living-on-the-streets/Content?oid=2697679: Editorial: SF has a chance to truly help people living on the streets
http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/S-F-s-homeless-outreach-corps-a-threadbare-team-5222656.php: S.F.'s homeless outreach corps a threadbare team
http://www.sfexaminer.com/sanfrancisco/sf-officials-seek-to-expand-investment-in-homeless-outreach-program/Content?oid=2702830: SF officials seek to expand investment in homeless outreach program
http://www.sfgate.com/opinion/editorials/article/S-F-needs-new-thinking-on-homeless-problem-5246411.php: Editorial: S.F. needs new thinking on homeless problem
http://www.sfexaminer.com/sanfrancisco/sfs-latest-housing-problem-evictions-of-formerly-homeless-residents/Content?oid=2709665: SF’s latest housing problem: Evictions of formerly homeless residents
http://www.sfexaminer.com/sanfrancisco/sf-turns-focus-to-supportive-housing-in-efforts-to-combat-homelessness/Content?oid=2713965: SF turns focus to supportive housing in efforts to combat homelessness
http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/S-F-homeless-count-nears-1-000-despite-165-5307431.php: S.F. homeless count nears 1,000 despite $165 million spent
http://www.sfexaminer.com/sanfrancisco/sf-spends-1657-million-on-homeless-but-its-still-not-enough/Content?oid=2730887: SF spends $165.7 million on homeless but it’s still not enough
http://www.sfexaminer.com/sanfrancisco/with-spending-on-homeless-revealed-sf-can-now-smartly-analyze-data/Content?oid=2731930: Editorial: With spending on homeless revealed, SF can now smartly analyze data
http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/Anti-Prop-B-argument-replaced-in-voter-guide-5332721.php: City Insider: 'Anti'-Prop. B argument replaced in voter guide
http://www.sfexaminer.com/sanfrancisco/supervisors-committee-approves-increased-investment-in-homeless-outreach-program/Content?oid=2739275: Supervisors committee approves increased investment in homeless outreach program
http://www.sfexaminer.com/sanfrancisco/homeless-advocates-push-for-investment-in-vacant-housing-units/Content?oid=2740911: Homeless advocates push for investment in vacant housing units
http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/Expanded-services-for-homeless-people-5341198.php#photo-6054696: Expanded services for homeless people
http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/Homeless-GoPro-offers-1st-hand-look-on-S-F-5399732.php#photo-6161373: Homeless GoPro offers 1st-hand look on S.F. homeless
http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/S-F-Supervisor-Breed-s-plan-Put-homeless-in-5404805.php: S.F. Supervisor Breed's plan: Put homeless in public housing
http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/Survey-finds-S-F-drivers-rank-4th-in-courtesy-5472675.php: Survey finds S.F. drivers rank 4th in courtesy
http://www.sfexaminer.com/sanfrancisco/mayor-building-supportive-housing-key-to-ending-homelessness/Content?oid=2835097: Mayor: building supportive housing key to ending homelessness
http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/A-decade-of-homelessness-Thousands-in-S-F-5585773.php: A decade of homelessness: Thousands in S.F. remain in crisis
http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/S-F-s-new-ideas-for-ending-chronic-homelessness-5587372.php : S.F.'s new ideas for ending chronic homelessness
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…
http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/Bay-Bridge-traffic-bit-of-help-adds-up-4065883.php: Bay Bridge traffic: bit of help adds up
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/2013/01/san-francisco-bay-sailing-rules-could-change-wake-latest-bay-bridge-crash: San Francisco Bay sailing rules could change in wake of latest Bay Bridge crash
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/2013/02/new-rules-recommended-sailing-under-bay-bridge-after-january-incident: New rules recommended for sailing under Bay Bridge after January incident
The Examiner and the Chron’s City Insider team reports on the progress being made to develop the Schlage Lock site.
http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/Schlage-site-plans-clouded-by-financing-4065867.php: Schlage site plans clouded by financing
http://www.sfexaminer.com/sanfrancisco/stalled-schlage-lock-redevelopment-may-have-found-key-to-move-ahead/Content?oid=2463642: Stalled Schlage Lock redevelopment may have found key to move ahead
http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/S-F-reaches-deal-for-housing-retail-at-Schlage-5434101.php: S.F. reaches deal for housing, retail at Schlage Lock site
http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/Hope-for-Transbay-park-after-all-Schlage-Lock-5591531.php: City Insider: Hope for Transbay park after all; Schlage Lock project moves forward
http://www.sfexaminer.com/sanfrancisco/development-of-former-schlage-lock-site-expected-to-create-lower-housing-costs-than-elsewhere-in-city/Content?oid=2839031: Development of former Schlage Lock site expected to create lower housing costs than elsewhere in city
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?
http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/S-F-Food-Bank-needs-1-000-more-turkeys-4051164.php: S.F. Food Bank needs 1,000 more turkeys
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.
http://www.dailykos.com/story/2012/11/19/1160963/-A-crash-course-in-San-Francisco-politics: A crash course in San Francisco politics
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 email@example.com – but don’t expect a quick response. He’s busy being wrapped tightly around Gigi’s little finger.
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.
http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/SF-to-cover-uninsured-s-gender-reassignment-4046873.php: SF to cover uninsured's gender reassignment
After 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!
http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/Academy-of-Art-land-use-violations-ignored-4042626.php: Academy of Art land use violations ignored
http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/Academy-of-Art-University-facing-fines-4237869.php: Academy of Art University facing fines
http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/Academy-of-Art-meets-planning-deadline-4241862.php: Academy of Art meets planning deadline
http://www.sfexaminer.com/sanfrancisco/longtime-sf-code-offender-the-academy-of-art-university-may-finally-be-brought-to-heel/Content?oid=2791232: Longtime SF code offender the Academy of Art University may finally be brought to heel
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.
http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/Port-of-Oakland-director-retires-4031322.php: Port of Oakland director retires
http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/Oakland-council-De-La-Fuente-concedes-4031177.php: Oakland council: De La Fuente concedes
http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/johnson/article/Oakland-council-Dan-Kalb-apparent-winner-4031172.php: Chip Johnson: Oakland council: Dan Kalb apparent winner
http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/matier-ross/article/Port-of-Oakland-audit-raises-questions-4035435.php: Matier and Ross: Port of Oakland audit raises questions
http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/johnson/article/Oakland-police-union-welcomes-a-takeover-4051772.php: Chip Johnson: Oakland police union welcomes a takeover
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.)
http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/Unusual-unity-on-all-but-1-measure-4026601.php#page-1: Unusual unity on all but 1 measure
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.
http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/Oakland-city-attorney-council-seats-4014976.php: Oakland: city attorney, council seats
http://www.sfgate.com/news/article/Prop-32-Measure-to-limit-unions-trailing-4014671.php: Prop. 32: Measure to limit unions fails
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/2012/11/state-lawmakers-leno-hill-and-ammiano-defeat-opponents-election: Lawmakers Leno and Ammiano re-elected, while Hill heads to Senate
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.
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/2012/11/yee-has-33-vote-edge-over-crowley-district-7-tally-continues: Yee has 33-vote edge over Crowley as District 7 tally continues
http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/Warriors-interest-rate-riles-arena-foes-4031175.php: City Insider: Warriors' interest rate riles arena foes
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/2012/11/spending-local-ballot-measures-soared-2012-election: Spending on local ballot measures soared in 2012 election
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/2012/11/yee-s-margin-grows-still-no-victor-district-7-supervisor-s-race: Yee’s margin grows, but still no victor in District 7 supervisor’s race
http://www.sfbg.com/2012/11/13/sorting-out-strange-election: Sorting out a strange election
http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/District-7-up-for-recount-if-cost-allows-4068499.php: City Insider: District 7 up for recount if cost allows
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/2012/11/labor-group-fx-crowley-supporters-explore-recall-process-district-7-supervisorial-race: Labor group, F.X. Crowley supporters explore recall process in District 7 supervisorial race
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/education/2012/11/chris-jackson-wins-ccsf-board-trustees-post-tight-race-against-amy-bacharach: Chris Jackson wins CCSF board of trustees post in tight race against Amy Bacharach
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.
http://sfelections.org/results/20121106/: San Francisco Election Results
http://sfelections.org/results/20121106/index.php: Elections Page - updates every day at 4p until it's all counted
Always a little bit too happy and slightly snarky, Jesse loves to share his amusement with the City by the Bay. When he isn’t waxing poetic about San Francisco, you can find Jesse spotting up for jumpers at Dolores Park, waiting outside the Regency to see Lil’ B the BasedGod (TYBG), or lost somewhere in Las Vegas.