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Archive for April, 2014

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Wednesday, April 30th, 2014

New Police Commissioner

blank sheriff badgeYesterday the Board of Supervisors appointed Victor Hwang as the newest member of the Police Commission. The debate was lengthy!

Wednesday, April 30th, 2014

Home sharing and Airbnb

alamo-square6Today, the Examiner reports that legislation surrounding online short-term rentals, has passed out of the Board of Supervisors Land Use and Economic Development Committee and will go before the full Board next week. 

Wednesday, April 30th, 2014

Mission Bay Affordable Housing

Well-known affordable housing developer, Tenderloin Neighborhood Development Corporation, appears to be the frontrunner in a Mission Bay project. The development is expected to bring 135 affordable rental units to the city’s housing stock.

Wednesday, April 30th, 2014

Safety, sidewalks, and the Fire Department

scott-wiener-resizedLooks like there’s a tentative compromise between the Fire Department and Supervisor Scott Wiener over sidewalk widths in the Candlestick Point Development Project. Pedestrian and bike safety advocates are pushing for small streets and the Fire Department wants them wider. A Land Use and Economic Development Committee hearing in May prompted the compromise talks.

Wednesday, April 30th, 2014

More Space for Manufacturers

freeimages.co.uk food imagesWhat do Dandelion Chocolate, Tcho, and Timbuk2 have in common? The first two produce mighty fine chocolate, of course. But the three of them all got there start right here in SF. To help keep our homegrown businesses around, legislation was approved by the Board of Supervisors Land Use and Economic Development Committee to encourage construction of manufacturing space for local manufacturers. Next up? A vote by the full board next week.

Tuesday, April 29th, 2014

San Francisco is dead. Long Live San Francisco.

sf-skyline1…or so goes the title of this long piece in San Francisco Magazine by wordsmith Gary Kamiya. Read up.

Monday, April 28th, 2014

Yesterday was tough. For me, yeah, but especially for the Devil Dolls.

cupcake photoI was gonna grab a burger, but that didn’t happen the way I wanted. Then I was going to take a little sightseeing flight in a historic plane. Nope, that plan went sideways. But really, my big plan for the day was to buy some cupcakes from an all-female outlaw biker gang whilst hanging out at a Rod and Gun Club.

But no. Foiled thrice. And what the hell? Why can’t I buy a damn cupcake from an all-female outlaw biker gang while fondling dangerous weaponry? What exactly is the world coming to?

(So instead of my glorious burger/cupcake/airplane trip/fun-filled day, I was forced to settle for eating some past-expiration Ring Dings whilst hunched over the sink and wearing a tattered bathrobe. Oh, the humanity.)

Monday, April 28th, 2014

Boom Town

bag-of-money18Like so many of us have, this Chron reporter walked through the Mission to discover a formerly unimpressive block with a fraction of a house going for a cool million. He reflects on the recent uptick in SF crazy afforded by the tech boom.

Friday, April 25th, 2014

HAC on Housing

Housing Action Coalition head Tim Colen considers the city’s housing affordability debate in the context of a new proposal for Russian Hill.

Friday, April 25th, 2014

Economic Report

Cha-CHING! A new report finds we are in the middle of what is likely to be San Francisco’s second longest growth period since 1900.Thumbs up man's hand isolated on white background

Thursday, April 24th, 2014

Lifting the Ban on Pinball

newspaper27On Monday, the Land Use and Development Committee approved legislation that would allow pinball and other arcade-style games back into San Francisco bars. If this Suspects editor were a Supervisor, they would draft legislation demanding pinball and other arcade-style games be put into all San Francisco bars, but thats another story.

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014

Calle 24 Latino Cultural District

sf-city-hall11Where do you go for the best Cinco de Drinko? The Mission of course! As many San Franciscans unwittingly guzzled margaritas in celebration, Sup. David Campos continues to pursue a resolution that would preserve a historic 12-block stretch of the Mission to be called Calle 24.

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014

Mission Bay Warriors

BasketballsThe Warriors unveiled their conceptual plans for a proposed new arena and two new office towers in Mission Bay.

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014

Airport revenues: headed skyward!

Tired woman yawningI’m sorry. It’s early. I’m ashamed. But that’s all I could come up with – a lame altitude reference for the title of a story about increasing revenues at SFO. I know. You deserve better. Sigh. (The espresso is clearly malfunctioning.) #dadjokes

Monday, April 21st, 2014

There’s a New (Under)Sheriff In Town

blank sheriff badgeSan Francisco Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi has replaced his righthand gal, Undersheriff Ellen Brin, with interim East Palo Alto Police Chief Feredrico Rocha.  I don’t know what an undersheriff does, but if it’s anything like an undershirt, it can do wonders for a gross underbelly.

Friday, April 18th, 2014

One down. Twenty-six to go.

sf-skyline8Mayor Ed Lee’s office announced a tentative contract agreement with one of the City’s larger employee unions, which some hope will provide the framework for the other twenty-six contracts under negotiation.

Friday, April 11th, 2014

So Fresh

place-settingA corner store in the Tenderloin gets a new look thanks to a local advocacy group known as the Healthy Corner Store Coalition.

Friday, April 11th, 2014

Office of Citizen Complaints Gets Complaints

The 30 year old watchdog office faces skepticism from residents as trust gap widens at a recent community meeting. Police badge

Thursday, April 10th, 2014

Wage Hike?

bag-of-money20Some S.F. school workers may see a hefty wage increase as the school board reviews past policies later this month.

Thursday, April 10th, 2014



Wednesday, April 9th, 2014


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Wednesday, April 9th, 2014

Living Fossil Free

recycling-symbol8SF State has just gotten a lot greener. Approving a resolution committing to divest money from investments associated with fossil fuels, the University is the first four year public institution to sign onto the campaign, Fossil Free.

Tuesday, April 8th, 2014

Affording to Fight

house12Alright, we are 7.6% of the way there on route to getting to 30,000 houses by 2020. While, that may not seem like much, 7.6% is more than 7.5%! #math

Tuesday, April 8th, 2014

Make it rain

bag-of-money18The City’s top fiscal wizards have dusted off their crystal balls and made some predictions about what’s gonna happen over the next few years. The article has lots of big words that are hard for people like me to understand, so if you’re like me, here’s a tl;dr: caviar for everyone!

Monday, April 7th, 2014