SF Usual Suspects

Archive for June, 2013


If negotiations this weekend aren’t successful, 2,500 Oakland city workers including employees with public works, parks and recreation, libraries, after-school programs and parking enforcement are expected to strike on Monday. This is in addition to the BART and AC Transit employees who have said they would walk off the job Monday if an agreement is not made over their contracts. I’m crossing my fingers, arms, and toes – please, please, please let all sides be satisfied with agreements made this weekend!

Saturday, June 29th, 2013

The Tamale Lady

Guys? Remember that time? At Zeitgeist? When we were having those beers and Dave was telling that joke and Mary was singing and everything was so sunny and funny and perfect and we couldn’t stop laughing? Guys? And then the sun went down and we were hungry but wanted to stay there, because it was such an epic day and we didn’t want to change it up? And then it got even epic-er, when the Tamale Lady showed up and everybody gave her a standing O and we got to have another beer along with the Most Perfectly Timed Yummy Tamales ever? Guys? Remember? Guys?

Guys, it’s time to help the Tamale Lady go legit. She needs a kitchen so that future generations of San Franciscans can experience the same tamale nirvana we did. Please check out her Indiegogo campaign (linked below) and kick in the cost of a tamale or five.

Yes, by the way, Barbary Coast is serving as her pro-bono consultant. And while our work is free, If she eventually decides to pay us in tamales, that’s cool too.

So guys? Make a donation, please, so we can all get back on the delivered-to-your-barstool Tamale Train. Thanks, guys.

Friday, June 28th, 2013

Jaywalking and Paintball Guns

Did you know paintball guns are not legal in San Francisco? More over, did you know that jaywalking is not legal?? (I mean, we all know jaywalking isn’t legal, but I figure if we all just keep pretending we don’t know that then it is cool to keep doing it.)

Wednesday, June 26th, 2013

Bridge Bind

What do you do with a pedestrian bridge that has outlived it’s usefulness? Easy! You turn it into a railroad-style nightclub. Well, that would be my solution anyway. This is also why no one lets me make big decisions.

Wednesday, June 26th, 2013

ferryland 2.0

Under a new project proposal, the Ferry Building could get three new piers and ferry gates and the current pedestrian area could see some sprucing-up. Thus far, the projected changes are not expected to hamper the offering of vegan donuts in the Ferry Building (since I know that’s what you all are concerned about anyways).

Tuesday, June 25th, 2013

the city’s rides

A new report out by Budget Analyst Harvey Rose takes a look at the City’s fleet of cars and whether or not its meeting the Healthy Air and Clean Transportation Ordinance (HACTO). Spoiler alert: we maaaaay not be following the ordinance to a tee.

Tuesday, June 25th, 2013

subsidy check

Supervisor Eric Mar has taken pen to paper – via the Examiner – to make the case for State bill AB 667 which would require an economic impact analysis for large retail projects that receive public subsidies.

Tuesday, June 25th, 2013

Brick & Mortar

The restrictions that were placed on the live music venue Brick and Mortar were upheld by the City’s Board of Appeals.  So rock on, man… quietly.

Monday, June 24th, 2013

Wharf Walkin’

The mosh pit-style scene of tourists bumping into one another along Fisherman’s Wharf is a staple in our city. However, some recent City pedestrian upgrades to Jefferson Street might alleviate some of this bottle-necking.

Friday, June 21st, 2013

Mr. Cheney

Nope. This Cheney won’t pump your face full of lead while quail hunting. Rather, this is the story of Mike Cheney, a Muni mechanic, whistle blower, and hydraulic power engineer. Just like the other Cheney… wait. No. He isn’t just like the other Cheney. This is Mike Cheney, or MC, as I just decided to call him 15 seconds ago.

Wednesday, June 19th, 2013

Workforce aid questions

The Ex reports on the results of an audit requested by Supervisor David Chiu to look into the City’s workforce development programs. $69 million was spent last year helping residents find jobs but Harvey Rose suggests that the City may want to track the outcomes of that funding.

Tuesday, June 18th, 2013

credit where credit is due

Mayor Ed Lee honored Muni bus driver Felicia Anderson for her swift, steady action following an on-bus shooting earlier this month. So if you ever needed a reminder to be polite to your bus driver (read: say thank you), this should serve as that reminder.

Tuesday, June 18th, 2013

Return to Sender

The US Postal Service’s plan to erect rows of postboxes along Market Street was shot down by the City. Apparently, some folks were not too keen in having a structure that brings flashbacks of their high school gym locker right on the City’s most iconic thoroughfare… Go figure.

Monday, June 17th, 2013

Tim Redmond Leaves SFBG

Stephen Buel discusses the future of the San Francisco Bay Guardian after the departure of Tim Redmond and promises to continue the paper’s progressive legacy. Also, Steven T. Jones and Rebecca Bowe discuss the specific circumstances that took place that caused Redmond’s departure. In return, I promise to unilaterally make fun of everyone from all political spectrums, despite the fact there is no major news of retirement — nor public interest — regarding what is going on at Suspects to spur my promise.

Saturday, June 15th, 2013

Major Tech Talk

Mayor Ed Lee and New York City Mayor Bloomberg are joining together to host a pair of technology summits to discuss innovation and local government. Tech nerds and policy wonks – now that sounds like a party.

Saturday, June 15th, 2013

Willie Brown Bridge

Bam. Just like that, the Western Span has a new name.

Friday, June 14th, 2013

Development Deferrals

This Bay Guardian opinion piece argues that the currently legal deferral of neighborhood impact fees by developers should come to an end. I have nothing to say about the deferral, but I did find a picture of Bling-Bling Puppy for you.

Wednesday, June 12th, 2013

Getting Seismic With It

house12The Chron gives us the scoop on legislation that’s expected to be introduced by Supervisor Scott Wiener that would allow property owners who retrofit their buildings to add in-law units. 

Wednesday, June 12th, 2013

Nozzle Notebook: Numbered Nick Nigh

‘Frisco faces far-flung fees (for $542,000,000) filed for firehouse fuel filled from not new nozzles (for fear of fumes). Further, Muni must mull matching millstones, by mutual mandate.

Wednesday, June 12th, 2013

Lake Love

changes11As our East Bay neighbor is going through its own economic boom, Lake Merritt continues to be one of the star attractions that is bringing new residents and businesses over to the other side of the Bay.

Monday, June 10th, 2013

Marcus Books

cry3Marcus Books, the oldest black bookstore in the United States, has reportedly been evicted, though its impact on San Francisco is one we won’t soon forget.

Sunday, June 9th, 2013

Free Wi-Fi

The SF Weekly has some words about free wi-fi. Words you could go sit in Union Square and download. Probably.

Friday, June 7th, 2013

Gimme Shelter

City Hall has put the Bayview on track to have a new homeless shelter, and local residents are not happy about it.

Friday, June 7th, 2013

Saving Gandhi

The Chronicle reviews the hits and misses in their attempts to make change happen as they navigate our government bureaucracy. I’m just happy that Gandhi is at peace.

Thursday, June 6th, 2013

I Got 99 Park Problems, But A Ditch Ain’t One

Yes this park project took three years. Sure, permits were challenged twice. Yep, there was an online petition. But the majority of the Lafayette Park revamp is nearly complete AND within budget. I’d raise a toast, but drinking in order to celebrate the opening of a children’s playground is kind of creepy.

Wednesday, June 5th, 2013