SF Usual Suspects

Archive for July, 2013


here it is

Wednesday, July 31st, 2013


The Examiner reveals that following the August recess, a hearing on the City’s double-parking policy will take place at the request of Supervisor Scott Wiener. I’m not commenting but … after one bike ride from the avenues to downtown, you’ll quickly notice just how many folks sit in their cars with their hazards on and think it’s OK that they’re blocking the bike lane and/or Muni. It’s almost as painful as Brian Wilson signing with the LA Dodgers … sigh.

Wednesday, July 31st, 2013

Balboa Street gets a facelift

The Chron’s John Wildermuth accompanies Balboa Street to the salon, and reports that the package of enhancements that have been ordered up include new streetlights, repaving, bus bulb-outs, bike racks, and – of course – a mani-pedi.

Monday, July 29th, 2013

Ending the Food Desert

Hard to believe that there can be a food desert in food obsessed San Francisco but with 73 corner stores in TL selling alcohol? Wow, enough said. You are what you eat so more power to trying to create more healthy options. Yes, I am aware that the photo of bacon to the right may not be sending a healthy message but it’s better than alcohol and cigarettes.

Monday, July 29th, 2013

The Gift That Keeps On Giving

A new park owned and paid for by the Emerald Fund is triple pinkie promised to the City for ever and ever (and ever).

Friday, July 26th, 2013

Changing Geary

Thursday, July 25th, 2013

Board President Chiu

The secret to Board of Supervisors President David Chiu’s success? Compromise!

Wednesday, July 24th, 2013

AT&T Park Concession Workers

Wednesday, July 24th, 2013

No Fly Zone?

A group of neighbors near AT&T Park are making some noise about some airplanes that make some noise.

Monday, July 22nd, 2013

Development’s Upside and Downside

While some new residential developments have been getting flack for their pricing plans, the Chron points out that new developments also bring lots of development fees, which go to things like parks and streetscape improvement. Meanwhile, the Business Times has a cover story on how some developers are fearful that the swinging pendulum of development politics might hit them square in the face.

Monday, July 22nd, 2013

Too Hot in the Hot Tub

The Marin hot tub scene is getting heated! Land-use and local planning issues are at the heart of an intense debate (and recall campaign) occurring right now in Marin County.

Sunday, July 21st, 2013

Plan Bay Area

The Chron reports that a  judge has rejected a challenge by a property-rights group opposed to Plan Bay Area. Plan Bay Area was adopted by regional agencies to guide land-use and transportation by concentrating new housing and jobs in areas served by public transit. (Duh)

Saturday, July 20th, 2013

not welcome here

Supervisor David Chiu is not happy with the accused actions of real estate broker WB Coyle, who’s facing 20 something lawsuits for wrongfully evicting tenants and duping investors. Since Coyle’s actions were revealed, the Board has passed legislation that will further protect tenants from wrongful lease terminations and protect investors from shady dealings.

Thursday, July 18th, 2013

Kaiser rates Ok’d

Thursday, July 18th, 2013

Hunters Point Project

In this week’s cover story, SF Weekly draws conclusions between the Bay View Hunters Point redevelopment project, the San Francisco Bay Area Regional Center, and former Mayor Willie Brown.

Wednesday, July 17th, 2013

Trayvon Martin

The Chronicle’s Justin Berton explores the ripple effects of the Trayvon Martin case in Oakland, where many young black males view the case as another example within a pattern of injustice.

Monday, July 15th, 2013

Fighting toxic stress

The Examiner describes how San Francisco is thinking outside of the box, and with the help of a $1 million federal grant, is investing in resources to support youth that have suffered adverse childhood experiences.

Monday, July 15th, 2013


Stop, drop, shut ‘em down, open up shop. Sorry, I start quoting DMX any time I see the word DROP. In this case it’s an acronym that stands for Deferred Retirement Option Program and some police offers are getting some serious cash because they were not eligible for the program. That’s how rough riders roll.

Friday, July 12th, 2013


If neighbors of the aforementioned Bacon Bacon outpost think they know stank, comeonover to Mason Street, my friends. As the Chronicle so aptly reports in this piece, there are smelly issues plaguing much of the city (and apparently mandating adult diapers for all is not on the table as a possible solution).

Friday, July 12th, 2013

Bacon Lovers Unite!

Today, your senses will be titillated with this intimate look into a neighborhood dispute over a bacon shop that grabbed the attention of the national media. The skinny, the fat, and the sizzling – the Bay Guardian has the details of what went down. Here’s to hoping soy bacon is introduced on the Bacon Bacon menu… Hey, you don’t have to eat meat to love bacon!

Friday, July 12th, 2013

Flex Time

The Board of Supervisors unanimously approved Board President David Chiu’s flex-time ordinance, making SF the first to pass such legislation.

Friday, July 12th, 2013

we are diminished

Longtime San Francisco Supervisor and a stalwart champion of minority and women-owned businesses, Willie B. Kennedy has passed away. Our thoughts are with her loved ones.

Wednesday, July 10th, 2013

Due Process for All

Domestic violence activists Beverly Upton, executive director of the San Francisco Domestic Violence Consortium and Maria Carolina Morales, programs co-director at Community United Against Violence, discuss how the fear of detention or deportation may prevent domestic violence victims and witnesses from coming forward. They speak out in favor of, and ask others to support, Supervisor Aavlos’ proposed “Due Process for All” ordinance.

Wednesday, July 10th, 2013

Bike Parking

Wednesday, July 10th, 2013

Twin Peaks Housing Development challenged

A notch of high-up open space is ground zero in a fight between a developer and a neighborhood.

Monday, July 8th, 2013