SF Usual Suspects

Archive for January, 2013

Hands Off My Bike!

bicycleIn San Francisco, up to three bikes are stolen each hour – egad! This thievery has led to citizen innovation, including a map that visualizes where bikes are reported stolen and “bait bike” stickers that trick thieves into thinking a GPS chip is installed to allow police to immediately start tracking the stolen bike.

Thursday, January 31st, 2013

Wiener 101

The City Insider team reviews the rather huge amount of media publicity that Supervisor Scott Wiener has recently received – cover stories in the Guardian and the Weekly and a significant profile in San Francisco Magazine.

Wednesday, January 30th, 2013

It’s Gettin’ Hot in Herre

Being smushed up against strangers may be a favorite pastime of twenty-somethings on the club scene, but it’s not exactly what I look for in a bus ride. Seems Muni honchos agree and are focusing their energy and brain power on a solution to the transit system’s overcrowding.

Wednesday, January 30th, 2013

Maltese Mug Shot

Mayor Ed Lee is set to become the latest local celebrity to have his picture hung up at John’s Grill.

Tuesday, January 29th, 2013

I-280 Changes

The idea: remove the stub end of I-280. More of the idea: build housing, retail, potentially eliminate a rail yard and more. As you may imagine, everyone out there is totally cool with the idea and it won’t be met with any opposition. Except, you know, the opposite of that.

Monday, January 28th, 2013

The Rising Tide

The Bay Conservation and Development Commission has not only undergone some changes, but the organization isn’t just focused on development anymore… because the ocean is rising. Now, before you flip out and head for dry land, keep this in mind: we have decent surf in San Francisco. I mean, the waves aren’t huge, but they’re fairly consistent. Sure, you need a 4/3 wet suit, but it’s worth it. This doesn’t have a ton to do with the story, but I need someone to surf at Ocean Beach with me.

Monday, January 28th, 2013

Bar Pilots

The verdict is in.The California Board of Pilot Commissioners has suspended and sentenced the pilot of the ship that struck the Bay Bridge in January to several dozen “observation trips” with his colleagues. If I ever cause $3 million in damage to a public structure, I am more than willing to go on as many observation trips as needed to make up for it.

Monday, January 28th, 2013

Giant plans

Sunday, January 27th, 2013

Restaurants and Fees

City Attorney Dennis Herrera is preparing to settle with and/or name restaurants that aren’t complying with Healthy San Francisco and the health care surcharge.

Saturday, January 26th, 2013

Showplace Standoff

After a week long delay, the Planning Commission is set to vote on the plan to replace Showplace Square’s Concourse Exhibition Center with more than 800 new apartments. And as you might expect, there are some people who are less-than-thrilled with the whole idea.

Thursday, January 24th, 2013

Pay Day dispute

As the City looks to reduce the salaries for some public employees in the future, union leaders are crying foul – saying that the cuts will disproportionately hit some groups harder than others.

Wednesday, January 23rd, 2013

TL Playdate

A makeover for Boedekker Park in the Tenderloin is underway. Although used needles and human poop are a kid magnet (just ask mine), the neighborhood will be trading it in for a purty plot to play. It’s proximity to the new Barbary Coast office has my fingers tightly crossed.

Wednesday, January 23rd, 2013

Poop Scoop

The SF Weekly brings us news that City Hall’s “historic toilets” will have their final flush, if you will, in the very near future.

Wednesday, January 23rd, 2013

The paying – rather than the wearing – of the green

There’s a controversy brewing over the venerable Irish Cultural Center. Why does this make Suspects? Well, the former head of the San Francisco Republican Party is leading the charge. (And yes, I apologize for the title. The other ones I came up with all had leprechauns in them. Feel free to make a bunch of haggis jokes at this half-Scot, please…)

Tuesday, January 22nd, 2013

Civic minded Nerdlings

The Examiner gives us the details on a new app that is being developed by some programmers to help low-income residents find unused benefits.

Sunday, January 20th, 2013

Castro Construction

Castro is about to get a makeover as part of a beautification project. Which is good, because those sidewalks can become a busy, crowded, hot mess.

Sunday, January 20th, 2013

Garage Grillin’

The Japantown parking garage’s lease was renewed. So, let’s put all of that garage controversy aside for a moment and argue about parking meters or something over some okonomiyaki and mochi.

Thursday, January 17th, 2013

Payroll Tax –> Gross Receipts

Wednesday, January 16th, 2013

Keeping It Local

SF Unified School District decides to invest in its own and passes local hiring policy.

Wednesday, January 16th, 2013

Harvey Milk Terminal

A measure to create an Airport Facilities Naming Advisory Committee will go before the full Board next week. The Committee will review possible new names for San Francisco’s International Airport, because SFO is so clearly last season.

Tuesday, January 15th, 2013

Across the bay…

Following some recent scandals, Port of Oakland employees may soon be facing tighter restrictions on their expense accounts.

Tuesday, January 15th, 2013

Erin Sherbert

The San Francisco Newspaper Company – those are the folks that bring you the Examiner, the Weekly, and the Guardian – have named Erin Sherbert the Director of Online News. So if you’ve got some online news, people – now you know who to contact. Just sayin’.

Tuesday, January 15th, 2013

Under the hood at MUNI

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority board – the folks who oversee Muni and cabs and parking and whatnot – are set to consider approving a new train management system at their meeting today. Because the existing one, according to the Examiner, ain’t quite so hot.

Tuesday, January 15th, 2013

not cool

Transgender individuals in the Mission have been getting attacked and that is not cool. Although, do you really need me to tell you that hate crimes are not cool? It’s kind of like saying “the state of affairs in Cite Soleil, Haiti are not cool.” I mean, duh.

Sunday, January 13th, 2013

RIP Vivian Brown

One of the Brown sisters, the famous twins who showed up on TV commercials and became San Francisco icons, has passed away. Her sister Marian fittingly paid tribute to her by sitting at their regular table at a Nob Hill Pizzeria and ordering pizza and a glass of red wine.

Saturday, January 12th, 2013