SF Usual Suspects

Archive for December, 2013

mele kalikimaka!

Happy Holidays! Barbary Coast will be off from today until we return on January 2nd as we relax with family and friends for the holidays. We hope you all have an enjoyable time and we look forward to new political adventures in 2014.

To help you with any potential Suspects withdrawal, I’ve included links to a couple of holiday musical gems, including one of my all time favorite Christmas duets featuring David Bowie and Bing Crosby. Peace on Earth indeed.

Monday, December 23rd, 2013

Smoking Trees

A tree adorned with lights and ornaments was removed from Haight Street. Why? Because fun is dead. That’s why. Or it was a hazard or something. Whatever it is, I want the people who picked up the tree to take a long hard look at the tree on the right of this story block. He is coming for you.

…and he is pissed.

Friday, December 20th, 2013

Not what you think

I know what you think about the Marina – calm, tranquil and maybe even slightly yuppie compared to the rest of the City. Guess again. The Chron reports on the sheer chaos (fighting, screaming, yelling and even spitting!) happening on Marina Boulevard between dog walkers, pedestrians, runners, bikers, joggers and anyone else willing to step into the ring to enjoy those fantastic views of the Golden Gate Bridge. Can’t afford that $75 ticket to Arcade Fire? Then grab a blanket, get on the 22 and take some friends and a six-pack to enjoy some old fashioned people behaving badly down in the Marina.

Thursday, December 19th, 2013

Keep those selfies coming

Travel and Leisure

says SF is hottest town

because I moved here.

Thursday, December 12th, 2013

Poop jokes!

The SF Weekly deconstructs the Public Utility Commission’s advertising campaign, wherein the PUC highlights the contributions of folks who actually shovel sh*t all day long. (And we learn that poop jokes in English don’t automatically translate into other languages, which is vaguely reassuring about humanity as a whole, in a way.) And because Jesse Feldman and Mike Reddy are currently having a non-sequitur Suspects War, I’ll contribute by adding a picture of me updating Suspects this morning to this story block.

Wednesday, December 11th, 2013

Banning the Box

Ex-convicts looking for a clean slate may get their wish through new legislation from Supervisors Jane Kim and Malia Cohen. The proposal would ban a box on job applications that ask whether or not you’ve been convicted of a crime.

Tuesday, December 10th, 2013

Ethics in Autumn

An ethics reform package (no second jobs for Supervisors, fewer loopholes) is being put on hold until the November ballot. I don’t want to suggest the Supervisors may actually be the Superfriends, but can we really take that chance?

Monday, December 9th, 2013

Where my nerds at?

San Francisco is helping start ups that rely on government data. Government. Data. I don’t think the joining of any two words has ever been so dorky. I am pretty much giving a swirly to the next person I see and taking their lunch money.

Friday, December 6th, 2013

We Are Diminished

I cannot add any more substance, depth, or intellectual reflection to the poetic choir that has been mourning the loss of Nelson Mandela. Fortunately, both the Examiner and Chronicle take a look at Mandela’s impact on the Bay Area.

Friday, December 6th, 2013

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Thursday, December 5th, 2013

Lobbying, Fundraising, and Politics

A civil grand jury says that San Francisco government is failing to be open and ethical enough. Okay, I have a killer idea: how about we offer financial incentives for people to be more ethical — the more ethical you can prove you were, the more you get! Yep, solid idea. I impress myself. I actually just gave myself a high five.

Thursday, December 5th, 2013

Pirate Radio!

What’s a website on San Francisco politics without a discussion of San Francisco’s long-standing and beloved pirate radio station? Read what the Weekly has to say about a group of wonderfully subversive folks who’ve been bringing you Super-Unregulated Ear Fodder for years.

Wednesday, December 4th, 2013

millionaire’s row

Greg G hates “lower

part of society.” He

sounds like a jackass.

Wednesday, December 4th, 2013

Floating Ban

The City may soon ban the practice of releasing bred butterflies into the environment. And if you knew this was an issue that’s a topic of debate these days, you’re better than I.

Tuesday, December 3rd, 2013


ChangesA housing development proposal to convert a parking lot near the freeway exit at Ninth and Bryant Streets into market rate housing is stirring up controversy over where housing should be planned in our fair city.

Monday, December 2nd, 2013

Can’t we all just get along? (Part 2)

In part 2 of her look at the mean streets of San Francisco, Chronicle reporter Heather Knight gets into the perceptions of pedestrians in the City and a vote on the School Board about the soda tax ballot measure.

Sunday, December 1st, 2013