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Archive for March, 2013

Post-party politics?

Some folks in the tech world are looking past the arbitrary lines of traditional American politics to focus on issues where there’s agreement and a possibility to make change. Yes, of COURSE it started around here. That’s how we do.

Sunday, March 31st, 2013

Can I see your books?

San Francisco is looking at ways to improve its open data access as other cities across the country are initiating similar programs.

Friday, March 29th, 2013

Station 1

The City’s busiest fire station also has a new home thanks to a deal struck with the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.

Friday, March 29th, 2013

housing squeeze

The Housing Authority is having a rough time lately, the firing of their executive director, audits showing mismanagement, and, now, Supervisor David Campos has introduced legislation that would require their meetings to be televised and archived. Of course, having your work televised shows that, sometimes, we do things improperly.

Thursday, March 28th, 2013

Bay Bridge

This just in: the Bay Bridge has issues. Today, you can read about how nearly every one of the 423 steel rods that anchor the tower of the new Bay Bridge eastern span to its base has been sitting in potentially corrosive water.

Thursday, March 28th, 2013

We’ve Been Schooled

Mayor Ed Lee’s trip to Ireland was an eye-opener, revealing innovative programs to expose youth to technology that make SF look old-school – like we’re still still hoarding VHS tapes and Palm PDAs. Thankfully, Mr. Mayor is focused on putting together some new partnerships between tech giants and middle schools to help turn things around.

Tuesday, March 26th, 2013

Bad Tune

Despite a new contract, there appears to be some bad notes still being played between management and labor at the San Francisco Symphony.

Monday, March 25th, 2013

UCSF master plan

By 2035 UCSF will be 30 percent bigger, according to a master plan presented to the city’s Planning Commission. And just so you know, I also have some major plans for 2035. I’m just not ready to reveal them yet. But you wait – it’s gonna be epic.

Sunday, March 24th, 2013

Ch ch ch changes at the Chronicle

As of last night, the San Francisco Chronicle has put its daily content behind a paywall at sfchronicle.com. In an announcement, the Chron says that sfgate.com will continue to exist, but that subscriptions are required to read the premium content at the new website. It’ll be interesting to see how this iteration of the Chron’s get-paid-for-our-work plan is received, as they tried it once before, in a different format, a couple years ago. You can read about how that started, and ended in the attached East Bay Express story.

Sunday, March 24th, 2013

Fiesta Style Condos

The battle over 706 Mission Street continues with the Chron reporting on a small but connected party of supporters for the proposed condo development. Nearby residents love the Mexican Museum as well, they just envision the high rise a wee bit shorter.

Friday, March 22nd, 2013

Prop G (2010 Edition)

Prop G, passed in 2010, gave the City more leverage when bargaining with Muni. Yesterday, however, pieces of that legislation were overturned by the California Public Employment Relations Board.

Friday, March 22nd, 2013

Housing Priority

A plan to prioritize homeless shelter beds was harshly criticized for making it harder for families to get on the wait list, particularly for undocumented immigrants. Looks like it’s back to the drawing board on this proposal.

Thursday, March 21st, 2013

Biking on Polk

Thursday, March 21st, 2013

Carnaval: a success

Fire spinning, hoop dancer, performing.San Franciscans love a good party and this year’s Carnaval was no exception. Leading the parade as Grand Marshal, Sup. David Campos led the crowd to the Mission for one heck of a party.

Thursday, March 21st, 2013

Monday Morning Cup of Latterman

Looking for a stocking stuffer for the political wonk in your life? Well, just in time for the holiday season, David Latterman has released his analysis of how it all shook out with the ballot measures in the November 2013 election. My guess is that you’re just a tiny bit curious about the voting patterns for 8 Washington.

Wednesday, March 20th, 2013

Lech Walesa Street

According to the Examiner, Supervisor Jane Kim’s effort to remove Lech Walesa’s name from a city street will be a lengthy endeavor.

Monday, March 18th, 2013

Buffer Zone

A plan to create a no-protest zone around women’s health clinics will now go to the full Board of Supervisors

Monday, March 18th, 2013

And on the other side of the bay…

…the Chron profiles Tom Bates, the Berkeley Mayor with 30+ years of political representation of various East Bay locales.

Sunday, March 17th, 2013

St.Patty’s is Upon Us

The Chronicle reports a heart warming story of a women who after two double-lung transplants will be honoring the voice of her donors by playing “The Wearing of the Green” with bagpipes in San Francisco’s 162nd St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Now grab your green gear, your lucky charms, and jig on down to the parade today. The festivities begin at the corner of Market and Second Street at 11:30 AM.

Saturday, March 16th, 2013


It’s been exactly a year since the Sandy Hook shooting, and what has San Francisco done differently? Apparently a lot.

Friday, March 15th, 2013

Barbary Coast is hiring.

Suspects readers – you’re here because you’re political junkies, and at Barbary Coast Consulting (the folks who bring you Suspects each day), we are too. And in recent days, we’ve looked around and have realized that yes, we’ve got quite a bit of good work to do for our outstanding clients. So we need one of you – or someone you know of – to join our merry band of strategists, advocates, and communicators.

Please check out the job description and spread the word to qualified candidates in your networks.

Thursday, March 14th, 2013

Law and Order: Tech Crime Unit

judge hand with gavelThe Examiner reports that District Attorney George Gascon has requested a budget increase to hire additional staff that can keep up with sophisticated criminals in a city with increasingly prevalent tech crime.

DA looking to create special tech crime unit (Examiner) 5/20/2014

Wednesday, March 13th, 2013

Here they come again…

The Examiner reports on the return of the anti-Islamic advertisements on Muni – this time the ads will include anti-gay sentiments. Muni is running a counter ad campaign that endorses peace and acceptance. With a little time we’ll kill ‘em with kindness…

Tuesday, March 12th, 2013

Camp Closed

The City moves to clean up the homeless encampment under the 280 on-ramp at King Street once and for all. An immediate offering of mental heath services and shelter is the carrot and a big ol’ fancy fence around the site is the stick.

Tuesday, March 12th, 2013

Big Plans

The Chronicle pens an editorial urging City officials to think about the long term strategy for San Francisco’s prosperity. This includes taking a close look at implementing our ten year capital plan, which is even more critical with the steady growth of San Francisco’s population.

Monday, March 11th, 2013