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Archive for May, 2014

Elder Housing

sf-city-hall7These seniors mean business! Recent plans to close a Civic Center elder care facility have the aging community fuming mad. As one protester sign puts it: “Eldie Power!”

Saturday, May 31st, 2014

Into the Sunset

taxi1After MTA’s taxi czar Chris Hayashi stepped down, the search to replace her as been “frustratingly slow.” In the interim, the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency announced it has chosen Kate Toran to fill the role of Interim Taxis and Accessible Services Director.

Friday, May 30th, 2014

Everything Old is New Again (and now has a ping pong table)

409439199_a1fb34583c_oThe New York Times considers how tech growth in San Francisco has brought new life to some old structures.

Friday, May 30th, 2014

MarketStreet Place

The site of a long-awaited retail development between Fifth and Sixth Streets may finally see some action.

Friday, May 30th, 2014


the-chronicle2To be filed under “it’s the least we could do,” a new bill approved by the State Assembly yesterday would allow courts to expunge prostitution convictions when people are found to be victims of trafficking.  The bill was sponsored by Attorney General Kamala Harris and Assembly Member Luis Alejo of Watsonville.  It heads to the Senate.

Thursday, May 29th, 2014

I knew it!

angry catThanks to a recent poll, we finally have verifiable data to back-up the notion that high housing prices and bad traffic are, in fact, lame.

Wednesday, May 28th, 2014

Working for a living

now_hiring_nowWith the recent job boom, some San Francisco employers are having trouble finding workers to fill their open positions. I’d say this is a much better problem than the alternative…

Wednesday, May 28th, 2014

Strategic Differences

A new book recounts how local attorneys differed in strategy from the high profile national attorneys who worked to overturn Proposition 8.

Sunday, May 25th, 2014

Matier and Ross

matier-and-rossThe journalistic duo discusses what you can (and can’t) see from Coit Tower and what the prospects are for the passage of Proposition B.

Sunday, May 25th, 2014

Permit Expediters

david-chiuBoard President David Chiu’s legislation to require permit expediters to register with the Ethics Commission and report their meetings was approved by the Government Audit and Oversight Committee this week. A full Board vote is expected in early June.

Friday, May 23rd, 2014

Lombard Street

Tuesday, May 20th, 2014

Chinese Voter Turnout

chinesedragonThe Examiner reports that despite a rise in the number of absentee ballots issued to Chinese voters, just 6.9% have been returned.

Chinese voter turnout has room to improve (Examiner) 05/20/2014

Tuesday, May 20th, 2014

Technical Difficulties

bandaidWe are still dealing with technical difficulties at Suspects. Please find the links for today’s stories at the bottom of the blurb in each story block.

Monday, May 19th, 2014

Round and ’round

128px-Carousel_Horse_Alc2As of this weekend, folks who make their way to the Yerba Buena Gardens will have the chance to ride on a fully refurbished carousel thanks to San Francisco’s Office of Community Investment and Infrastructure. Supervisor London Breed was on hand for the grand reopening ceremony this weekend.

Sunday, May 18th, 2014

June 2014 Suspects Election Contest DO NOT PUBLISH UNTIL 5/19

vote_or_die-1Come one, come all and find the June 2014 SF Usual Suspects Election Contest on our June 2014 election page. Win a Transporter Private Cloud and/or gift cards to the Old Skool Cafe (shout out to Seasons Productions for sponsoring the contest). Check it out now, enter the contest, and show us how much you really know about San Francisco politics.

Sunday, May 18th, 2014

A New Editor In Chief of Suspects

Clemens - FinalSuspects readers, please welcome Jesse Feldman as your new Suspects Editor In Chief. A Suspects veteran, Jesse has been involved in the production of our website for more than five years. With Jesse at the helm, you can expect that the snark factor and irreverence levels shall remain high, and that in some long-awaited changes to our user experience will be implemented in coming weeks and months. Please join me in congratulating Jesse for taking on this new responsibility.
– Alex Clemens

Sunday, May 18th, 2014

Tech and Volunteerism?

pee-chee-frontDifferences of opinion are surfacing around Mayor Ed Lee’s Entrepreneurship-in-Residence program. Run by the Mayor’s Office of Civic Innovation to promote technology for uses in the public sector, the program pairs private tech companies with city departments. Supervisor John Avalos calls the program “corporate welfare” and is skeptical of how the city benefits. Interesting stuff.

Saturday, May 17th, 2014

Woodsy Woes

christmas-tree-smilingNeighbors of beloved Muir Woods react to expected traffic increase with a plan to restrict visitor levels. That’s shady!

Saturday, May 17th, 2014

Muni Train 2.0

Friday, May 16th, 2014

Feeling Neglected

smellNeighbors of a long-neglected theater on Geary, known today as Le Poop (I know – odd theme today), want to know what’s up with the lack of progress at the previously-approved development site. Perhaps someone should inform the owners that there’s a development and housing boom occurring?

Thursday, May 15th, 2014

San Francisco Natives

quentin-koppJudge Quentin Kopp has written an opinion piece for the Examiner that calls into question the City’s push to bring back native vegetation in our parks.

Wednesday, May 14th, 2014

Transportation Bond

Wednesday, May 14th, 2014

Van Ness

happy-woman-isolated2Van Ness. Clearly not as sexy as Lombard or Market, but hey, that could soon be changing. Case in point, The Marlow – an ambitiously designed new residential building.

Sunday, May 11th, 2014

Fire Code Citation

Fire HydrantThe Mission Bay fire from March 11, which destroyed a developing 172-unit complex with over $40 million in damage has resulted in a $1000 fine to the subcontractor who was working out of compliance with the City’s fire code.

Saturday, May 10th, 2014

North Beach Library Opens!

Thumbs up man's hand isolated on white backgroundAs the new North Beach library opens today, a major chapter of growth for our public library system ends in celebration. The last branch improvement in a 14 year, $200M project is finally complete!

Saturday, May 10th, 2014