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Archive for September, 2013

Preserving Japantown

The Examiner’s Editorial team gives a thumbs up to the preserving and revitalizing Japantown.

Friday, September 27th, 2013

19th Ave Transit Study

Thursday, September 26th, 2013

America’s Cup

BMW OracleAlthough, there were still some glimmers of hope left yesterday – SF’s officially been knocked out of the running to host America’s Cup in 2017.

Thursday, September 26th, 2013

Letter of Resignation Accepted

Newly appointed Fire Commissioner Donald Carmignani has resigned from his post in the wake of an alleged domestic violence incident with this estranged wife.

Wednesday, September 25th, 2013

Telegraph Hill

To outsiders, Telegraph Hill is simply a quaint and scenic city landmark. But as the Chronicle’s John King describes, it’s really a highly political and engaged community of residents that relishes a good land-use fight.

Wednesday, September 25th, 2013

Bull Run

Ah, who doesn’t enjoy a frenzied bull run followed by a good ol’fashioned bull gore. The City’s Animal Control and Welfare Commission – that’s who.

Wednesday, September 25th, 2013

Food truck 2.0?

Will San Francisco allow mobile retailers on the streets? Merchant groups and the Small Business Commission are trying to navigate these heady waters and perhaps the City will learn from the previous efforts to regulate food trucks.

Tuesday, September 24th, 2013

Illegal is the new Legal

The Chron reports on the City’s new default housing policy with regard to illegal units. In a nutshell, “Legalize it.”

Monday, September 23rd, 2013

David vs. David

ClockAs this race heats up, we hear from Nevius about what to expect next from both campaigns.

Thursday, September 19th, 2013

For The Kids

sf-city-hall11Today, we get the scoop from the Chron that Supervisor David Campos will propose an increase to the funding the city puts toward legal representation for children facing deportation proceedings in San Francisco. The proposal’s slated to be introduced at the Board next week. 

Wednesday, September 18th, 2013

Fire Code Fixes

Yesterday, the Board of Supervisors approved a change in the fire code, which no longer requires high-rises to house expensive air systems for firefighters to refill their oxygen tanks in the event of a fire. Instead, the Fire Department and building owners threw their support toward a different solution: fire-resistant elevators.

Wednesday, September 18th, 2013


The SFPD has shut down the familiar street chess scene in mid-Market due to numerous complaints over criminal activities in the area. Hopefully, the real chess players will find another location to make it happen.

Wednesday, September 18th, 2013

Crissy Field South

ChangesAn ambitious plan for a network of waterfront parks is starting to take shape as the City purchases a small plot of land alongside India Basin.

Monday, September 16th, 2013


There are fewer stories than usual today for a Monday Suspects. That’s because I’m not linking to the Examiner today, as a protest. (No, you’re not missing anything absolutely critical – the other nine Supervisors didn’t choose to join Campos and Chiu in the Assembly race, the bridge didn’t get re-renamed, and nobody legalized marijuana. Oh. Wait. I’m wrong about that last one.) But when I browsed through stories this morning to find them for you, every single Examiner story I opened up violated one of the key tenets of Internetiquette – an advertisement video started playing WITH THE SOUND ON.

Examiner, this isn’t OK. I’m against it. It can lead to workplace complexities, and you know that. Please tell your advertisers that you’re not going to do this any longer. In advance, I’m confident that I speak for everyone when I thank you for that – we’re grateful, honest.

But until then? Phooey on you.

Monday, September 16th, 2013

Frat Mason

According to the Chronicle, Fort Mason is quickly becoming a bro-festival on the weekends. Perhaps, it is the fact that 70% of the residents who lives in the housing there are dudes.

Saturday, September 14th, 2013

Crisis and Opportunity and… Big Bird

Broadway and Battery Streets will be home to one of the largest affordable housing developments in the northeast portion of the city. The ground breaking ceremony seems like it was a ball, although I feel the missing element was a seven foot tall bird hanging out with the First Lady. Either that, or I just wanted a reason to post a picture of Big Bird.

Friday, September 13th, 2013

Jobs and Housing

The Examiner’s Editorial Board opines on the Mayor’s priorities and argues that his focus needs to now shift to housing.

Thursday, September 12th, 2013

Hat –> Ring

Board President David Chiu declares his candidacy for the 17th Assembly District seat.

Thursday, September 12th, 2013

Pride Politics

A vote of SF Pride members failed to remove the current treasurer from the organization’s board of directors.

Thursday, September 12th, 2013

Mission Moves

In the latest installment of the ongoing Mission District retail gentrification saga, the Catholic Church makes moves to replace two existing tenants in a building it owns on 24th Street.

Thursday, September 12th, 2013

And for something completely different…

…if Suspects updaters seem to have mellowed lately, with the standard-issue snark being overtaken by some more easygoing commentary, it’s probably because all of us work upstairs from this wonderful beer cafe. Let us know when you’re swinging by, and we’ll meet you downstairs for a tasty beer that you’ll be hard pressed to find anywhere else…

Monday, September 9th, 2013

Housing and Eviction

The Examiner tells us about Mayor Ed Lee’s housing plan to build or rehabilitate 30,000 housing units by 2020 and a civil grand jury report (aptly titled, the Mayor’s Office of Housing, Under Pressure and Challenged to Preserve Diversity report) that will be discussed Thursday by the Board of Supervisors Audits Committee.

Monday, September 9th, 2013

Assistance for seismic upgrades

Today at the Land Use Committee, the Board of Supervisors will consider legislation that shields low-income renters from rent increases tied to seismic upgrades.

Monday, September 9th, 2013

Football is back…

…and so are the 49ers, who stood up tall against one of the greatest franchises in the NFL, in one of their strongest incarnations. We saw a close game all the way, but the hometown team prevailed, with a career day from Kaep and a great introduction to Anquan Boldin in a San Francisco uniform…

Monday, September 9th, 2013

Gardens and Elves

The City Insider team reports on the growing popularity of community gardens and just like Sunday brunch at Outerlands, there is a waiting list to get in. In other news, the doors to the homes of the elves of Golden Gate Park have moved so make sure you have the right address.

Monday, September 9th, 2013