SF Usual Suspects

Archive for January, 2014

Never Too Late

Supervisor Scott Wiener introduced a resolution to create a Late Night Transportation Working Group. Party buses are apparently not being included as one of the options.

Friday, January 31st, 2014

A Tale of Two Cities

ed-lee-resized4First it was Time Magazine looking at what’s happening in our fair city, now it’s the New York Times. Today’s article delves into the growing divide and talks with Mayor Ed Lee about how he is handling it.

Friday, January 31st, 2014

GGRA Selects…

Planning Commission Gwyneth Borden will take the helm as Executive Director of the Golden Gate Restaurant Association, replacing Rob Black who has moved on to PG&E. Congrats on the new gig, Commissioner Borden!

Wednesday, January 29th, 2014

Banning the Box

Yesterday, the Board of Supervisors passed legislation to ban employers from asking applicants about their arrest or conviction record until they’ve at least had an interview.

Tuesday, January 28th, 2014

Ride-Sharing Drivers

Tuesday, January 28th, 2014

State of the Union

The Examiner opines about how San Francisco could be an example for the rest of the country. Then again setting any example for the the rest of our country shouldn’t be too hard. Why, you ask? Because this is a real thing that exists in our country.

Tuesday, January 28th, 2014

a story on h. brown. (sorry, this defaults to all caps.)

Always brilliant, profane, insulting, high and probably drunk, h. brown has advised, harangued, terrorized, crashed on the couch of, character assassinated and admired a generation of San Francisco politicians, staff, consultants and media types. And now he’s leaving. Joe Eskenazi poetically writes up the last San Francisco days of a guy we won’t see the likes of again. Slàinte!

Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014

five, seven, five

Mayor Lee meets with
A bunch of other mayors
And wins a nice bet.

Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014

Barbary Coast Consulting is hiring.

We seek two new colleagues. If you’ve got ideas about who they should be, we’d like to hear from you.

Tuesday, January 21st, 2014

Apple: Coming Soon

iphone-ipad-jobsApple, the little upstart with some big ideas, has successfully navigated the City’s approval process to open a new retail store in Union Square. You know what that means people: tech is finally making its way to San Francisco!

Tuesday, January 21st, 2014

Dr. Martin Luther King

How might the world be a different and better place, had this educator and leader and disciple of nonviolent social change not been felled by the bullet of a man deranged by hate?

Monday, January 20th, 2014

C.W. Nevius

c-w-nevius-resized-2C.W. discusses the video camera he found in his AirBnB rental, as well as much of the hullabaloo surrounding the shareconomy. And yes, I used the word hullabaloo. Also, I have since removed the spy cam and apologized to Mr. Nevius.

Friday, January 17th, 2014

Muni Fares

Friday, January 17th, 2014

Keep it Clean, Folks

Supervisors Malia Cohen and Scott Wiener join forces to tackle the City’s coordination problem when it comes to dealing with neighborhood blight. Thanks to my irrational fear of clutter and this article’s mention of hoarding, I am feeling slightly nauseous (and claustrophobic).

Friday, January 17th, 2014

Bans on Sex-selective Abortions

sf-city-hall11Today, Board President David Chiu authors an article in the Chron with executive director of the National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum, Miriam Yeung. They discuss Chiu’s legislation opposing bans on sex-selective abortions that’s expected to be voted on by the Board today. 

Wednesday, January 15th, 2014

Street Boxes? Put a bird on it!

thStreet box issues just went from Portlandia jokes to straight up litigious after AT&T filed a lawsuit against the City alleging denial of permits to install more utility boxes, among other claims.

Tuesday, January 14th, 2014

Failing Grade

The Chronicle follows up on the City’s audit of the SFFD’s promotional exam, asking the Department to fix this broken evaluation process. My suggestion for selecting promotions: Eeny Meeny Miny Moe! It’s up to fate that way, so no one can truly be offended.

Monday, January 13th, 2014

Rain On My Parade

Dry River BedMatier and Ross report that Proposition 43, the proposed water bond, is losing support as Gov. Jerry Brown has weighed in and declared that California can’t afford it.

Monday, January 13th, 2014

San Francisco: hi there, everyone is welcome, come on in. Seattle: suck it, outsiders.

Seahawks? Nope. CHICKENS. By announcing that they won’t sell playoff tickets to California addresses, our esteemed competitors to the north indicate that their much-boasted indominability is but a mere facade. A mirage of backdrops and scrims and hastily constructed paper mache. A construct that could crumble like pastry should a few of the Forty-Niner Faithful manage to score seats in Pigeon Stadium.

Boo, Seahawks. Boo on you. May the fleas of a thousand camels infest your undergarments.

Monday, January 13th, 2014

Library Lawlessness, Oh My!

9349743409_b4ed8f9e61_oEarlier this year, Mayor Ed Lee expressed his displeasure with our local library etiquette and yesterday, the Library Commission considered some possible new rules to discourage activities such as bathing in sinks, sexual relations in public, etc. Now, it looks like our libraries are on the right path, or shall I say the freeway to Boring Town.

Friday, January 10th, 2014

New Term 4 Herrera

Our City Attorney Dennis Herrera, who last year tirelessly defended same-sex marriage all the way up to the Supreme Court, was sworn in for his fourth term this week.

Thursday, January 9th, 2014

Ugh…More like Wholesome Street Fair

San Francisco is not the gayest city in America, according to the Advocate. “Ok, fine,” You say. “Maybe a guy accidentally bumped into another guy in Tulsa, throwing off the whole algorithm. Surely we’re top 3.” Nope. We’re 11th on the list: straighter than Pasadena, St. Louis, and Salt Lake City.

Before you get your knickers in a knot, it’s worth noting that one of the measures is (I’m not making this up) whether the Jonas Brothers held a concert in your city.

Pictured: Michelle Bachmann’s worst nightmare. Also, mine.

Wednesday, January 8th, 2014

And….we’re back

As the new year rolls in, the BoS addresses pedestrian safety and evictions. Here’s to tackling brand new issues!

Wednesday, January 8th, 2014

Married Christmas

Congrats to Supervisor Campos and his partner Phil Hwang for getting hitched! Even Grumpy Cat got all choked up at the ceremony. On a related note, he may have left you a present under the dessert table.

Wednesday, January 8th, 2014

More School News

Changes Police Chief Greg Suhr, Superintendent Richard Carranza, and Supervisor Norman Yee kick off a new crossing guard program at Commodore Sloat Elementary School.

Tuesday, January 7th, 2014