SF Usual Suspects

Archive for November, 2013

Gender Reassignment

The Chronicle reports on the revival of a lawsuit by jailhouse guards challenging a city decision to remove male deputies from the women’s jail.

Friday, November 29th, 2013

Harvey Milk

120px-Harvey_MilkThe much-awaited Harvey Milk stamp was released yesterday, and while politicians in D.C. traveled to the White House to celebrate, Castro residents congregated where it matters most: the post office.

Wednesday, November 27th, 2013

Teach – Where you at?

A higher than usual number of teachers and paraprofessionals requested yesterday off – so much so that Superintendent Richard Carranza has asked the committee that sets the academic calendar to consider giving the entire week of Thanksgiving off next year. I mean can you blame folks for wanting to get a jump start on their holiday? I’ve been in Thanksgiving la la land since last week. I can practically taste the apple pie at this point…

Wednesday, November 27th, 2013

Tales of Sonya Molodetskaya

San Francisco Magazine features an intimate profile of Willie Brown’s decade long romance with girlfriend Sonya Molodetskaya. From her many pelts, daily schedule, to how they came into each other’s lives – we find out it all. Grab your espresso and enjoy.

Wednesday, November 27th, 2013

Frequent Flier

The Examiner reports on Mayor Lee’s upcoming trip to Bangalore and what he hopes to accomplish while overseas.

Tuesday, November 26th, 2013


The Chron’s Heather Knight talks with a bunch of political combatants as she explores her thesis that San Francisco may no longer be the nation’s chief exporter of Big Legislative Ideas. Featuring quotes from Mark Farrell, Christine Falvey, Chris Daly, Angela Alioto, Nate Ballard, at least one anonymous long-time City official, and your Suspects updater, the story features each Supervisor and the Mayor talking about their “signature” piece of legislation…

Sunday, November 24th, 2013

Controversy at the Medical Examiner’s Office

The Chronicle looks into allegations that the San Francisco Medical Examiner’s Office isn’t running as speedily as some might like.

Sunday, November 24th, 2013

BART…and you’re still here

Yesterday’s system-wide BART delays were due to a “nothing-special system update” causing the transit district’s computers to crash harder than Rob Ford’s career.

Apparently even the computers are striking over at BART. Rumor has it that the computers walked off the job after being forced to display Kanye’s new music video during break time at the Pleasant Hill BART station.

Have you seen this thing? It’s like a Lisa Frank commercial from hell.

Saturday, November 23rd, 2013

Let them eat loaf

The 2013 Food Security Task Force wants to reduce food insecurity in San Francisco by increasing enrollment levels of food stamps and SFUSD’s free meals program.

The Task Force originally thought of using the “Let them eat cake” approach, but eventually decided asking children to eat gluten-free, vegan cake violates a fair amount of the Geneva Convention.

Thursday, November 21st, 2013

More cameras

As controversy swirls around a fight between police officers and residents of Valencia Gardens, the Chief of Police is requesting that officers be equipped with more cameras.

Thursday, November 21st, 2013

Ambassador Lee?

Nah. Mayor Lee says that while he’s amused by speculations that he would replace retiring Ambassador to China, Gary Locke, he insists that he’s more interested in continuing his full-time gig as being Mayor of the best city ever.

Thursday, November 21st, 2013

Grease is the Word

SF gets props from White House for the SFPUC’s restaurant grease recycling program. Holla!

Wednesday, November 20th, 2013

Power Exchange (Renewables, people)

While San Francisco doesn’t have a public power authority yet, Marin County does. Could an arranged marriage be in the future?

Monday, November 18th, 2013

Supervisor Mark Farrell and SEIU Local 1021

The Examiner’s Joel Engardio takes a look at November’s battle between the Supervisor and the self-described “maverick union.”

Sunday, November 17th, 2013

Palega Park

Family flight from San Francisco is a problem. (Yep, I know.) Things like yesterday’s re-opening and re-christening of Portola Park into Palega Park is one of those things that will help stem the tide.

Sunday, November 17th, 2013

Carl Nolte with a rumination

The veteran San Francisco reporter explores the long-held assumption that San Francisco was perfect the day any individual person got here, and that each of us is kinda against any change that’s proposed after that amazing day. Because history.

Sunday, November 17th, 2013


With scarce options and soaring rents, some San Franciscans are rockin’ it old-school and building communal residences together. But with some key differences from the summers of love in the ’60s and ’70s – more wi-fi and less patchouli. (But probably the same amount of ganja.)

Sunday, November 17th, 2013

Apparently people still want to work for the federal government

The Senate Judiciary Committee told San Francisco Deputy City Attorney (and enemy of spellchecks everywhere) Vince Chhabria that he can, like, totally be a federal judge if he wants to be. Some Republicans, however, weren’t super stoked on Chhabria for his “liberal advocacy,” including defending the city after it got salty with the Vatican for not allowing same-sex couples to adopt. I’m sick of these damn liberals trying to place children in stable homes with loving parents in committed relationships. As long as there are Kardashians in this world, my kids will be going to them.

Friday, November 15th, 2013

Asian outreach

Supervisor Norman Yee is looking at ways to expand outreach in his district to Asian residents, who seem to be underrepresented at community meetings.

Thursday, November 14th, 2013

Sunday Parking

ChangesWait, can we park for free on Sundays again yet or not? It’s confusing! Well, answers may get clearer soon, as a last-ditch effort to appeal the decision is foiled.

Wednesday, November 13th, 2013

Stopping Graffiti

Fire HydrantA new “street artist” is on the “streets” leaving his “signature piece” as part of a broader “collection.” Look, I think graffiti is pretty cool (when you aren’t ruining murals in the Mission or something). Although, calling it “street art” is kind of yuppy-izing it and takes away some of what makes it cool. If this is the new norm, soon enough Rat Fink will become high art.

Tuesday, November 12th, 2013

Gotham Rises

Batkid continues his domination of Gotham’s headlines, showing up in Matier and Ross’ Wednesday column.

Monday, November 11th, 2013

Eviction 101

SF Lawyer Eviction classes

Sunday, November 10th, 2013

Google Barge

Saturday, November 9th, 2013

Animal Care and Control

I asked my dog to write this story block. She provided me the picture on the right, swallowed a squeaky toy whole, and went to sleep.

Friday, November 8th, 2013