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Archive for March, 2014

wave goodbye to the inside-out building…

ChangesThe Hugo Hotel’s Defenestration project has been causing touristy double spit-takes for years – the external furniture does have a way of catching the eye. But now it’s going to be saying bye-bye…

Monday, March 31st, 2014

Firefighters and work-related health concerns

FirefighterSupervisor David Chiu looks to add cancer and other disabilities to list of work-related illnesses for firefighters.

Wednesday, March 26th, 2014

Leland Yee & Shrimp Boy

bag-of-money19Raymond “Shrimp Boy” Chow has launched a civil lawsuit against Mayor Ed Lee and the City and makes some pretty serious accusations. I am going to be honest though, any time we mention Shrimp Boy, here is what I think of.

Wednesday, March 26th, 2014

New Story Block

Lee GreenwoodThis is a new story block. It disappears.

Tuesday, March 25th, 2014

Fancy Fence?

tree9The fight over the proposed fence at Huntington Park looks like it’ll go on for a bit longer…

Monday, March 24th, 2014

Honoring our brave … fire hydrants.

newspaper26Oh, little fireplug
Paint you silver all over
To say, “Hey thanks, bud!”

Monday, March 24th, 2014

Church and State

no-parking1Two-thirds of those who attend religious services in San Francisco use a car to get to their place of worship. Unfortunately, this causes conflicts because it runs up against our local policy of finding alternatives to automobile transportation. Perhaps, a higher being will help us find a solution.

Thursday, March 20th, 2014

Plans for Hunters View

sf-city-hall9The new shipyard development in Hunter’s Point is ready to move to the next critical step of the project: selling homes to buyers.

Wednesday, March 19th, 2014

Street-Sweeping

eight-ball1 Shaking your magic eight-ball on those nights when you just can’t remember if there’s street cleaning on your block, but you got a really great spot and you really don’t want to move your car, may no longer be necessary with the release of a new app. A free app called MetroMile, would send push notifications to drivers 12 hours before scheduled street-sweeping. Voilà! No guessing required.

Wednesday, March 19th, 2014

Prop. 209

blank reporters notebook with pencil The Chronicle weighs in on the affirmative action and Prop. 209 debate.

Wednesday, March 19th, 2014

Downton Abbey prices

for-rent-sign12The Chronicle’s Heather Knight tries to answer that increasingly difficult question of how to define affordable housing. In her search through Craigslist, she stumbles upon a $50,000 per month house in Forest Hill.  It does not include Mr. Carson or Ms. Hughes, but you may be able to squeeze free cable out of the landlord.

Sunday, March 16th, 2014

High Fives & High Speed Rail

San Francisco transit activist and businesswoman Thea Selby is named to the California High-Speed Rail Authority Board of Directors. Congrats Thea!

Saturday, March 15th, 2014

Castro Health Center

IMG_20140313_070927_1Plenty of folks are hopeful that the San Francisco AIDS Foundation will be able to open their Castro district health center in December. This updater, and three new Suspects-Updaters-To-Be, are excited too! #Ellenselfie

Thursday, March 13th, 2014

SF Survey

newspaper29 The results from the latest San Francisco Survey are in. The greatest concern held by San Franciscans? Cost of living and housing both continue to top the charts.

Tuesday, March 11th, 2014

Responding to Emergencies

firefighter2The Chron reports that in certain neighborhoods, one may not have an ambulance as quickly as needed.

Tuesday, March 11th, 2014

The Civil Grand Jury and you – a match made in heaven?

question-mark8Are you a curious sort? Someone who enjoys looking under the hoods of various things to figure out what’s going wrong, and what’s going right, and why? Well then. You should click the link below and sign up to be a Civil Grand Juror. You’ll spend lots of time debating lots of city government functions with other similarly inclined sorts, and have the opportunity to help write a Big Long Document about how the City could be made into a better, kinder, more functional place. (But better/kinder/more functional with mandatory weed and nudity – I’m pretty sure those city characteristics are now firmly installed in the Charter…)

Monday, March 10th, 2014

Private Schools: Gettin’ Seismic wit’ it

changes9The Examiner reports that private schools could be in for a shaky situation when the Big One hits.

Monday, March 10th, 2014

Roasted Supe

John Avalos (685x1024)Supervisor John Avalos turns fifty today. Yet the silver-haired and silver-tongued devil still looks 40. (Dude. Share with us all where you’re hiding that damn Fountain of Youth, yo!) And tonight, his friends and allies (and perhaps even a friendly combatant or three) will be roasting the Supervisor at Bissap Baobab starting at about 9pm. Cheers!

Monday, March 10th, 2014

November 2014 Election

ballot-box13Friends: Election Day will be here sooner than you think… So prepare yourself for the rise of the campaign-related Opinion Editorials (AKA – Letter-to-the-Editors on PEDs). Here’s one touting the benefits of Prop B.

Saturday, March 8th, 2014

The Mint

boxing-gloves2The City is moving to replace the current operator of the Old Mint with a new one. After ten years of trying to raise money to spruce up the old relic, the San Francisco Museum and Historical Society may be stepping aside for the California Historical Society. Yikes! A fight amongst historical societies. Look away folks, it’s going to get ugly.

Friday, March 7th, 2014

More buses than you, he has…

look-both-ways3Ed Reiskin, the head of the MTA (Muni, taxis, parking, bike lanes, and penguin habitats are most of what he’s got in his portfolio) discusses some current issues in this Examiner Op-Ed.

Monday, March 3rd, 2014

E-cigarette eviction

9349743409_b4ed8f9e61_oDaly City has banned e-cigarettes anywhere it’s unlawful to smoke regular cigarettes. Local health advocates have praised this move, but I am just confused as to why anyone started smoking these things to begin with. I think we should all ask ourselves WWJDD? Because James Dean wouldn’t be caught dead smoking out of some totally uncool cigarette device.

Monday, March 3rd, 2014