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Archive for June, 2014

Hyde Street Community Services

pride7Hyde Street Community Services is looking for a new home (probably at 815 Hyde Street, near SF General) due to a rent increase, but at least one neighbor is saying NOMDS (Not On My Door Step). Although, if you are living near SF General, you are already seeing a lot of the Tenderloin on your doorstep anyway. Side note: NOMDS sounds like nom. In recognition of this I have included a picture of Bakesale Betty’s fried chicken sandwich (photo credit: me). #nofilter

Monday, June 30th, 2014

Hotel Prices

pride7San Francisco hotel rates are movin’ on up. This has something to do with an improved economic situation… or it has something to do with Rick James. (Editors’ note: It does not have anything to do with Rick James [most likely], I just wanted to include a picture of him.)

Monday, June 30th, 2014

Cooler Than You

sf-skyline9It’s official, San Francisco is too cool for you. Well you might be ok, but we’ve lost a few big projects and these Chron reporters have two very different ideas about it.

Sunday, June 29th, 2014

Pride 2014

pride7Two articles from the Bay Area Reporter cover Oakland’s Pride celebration this past weekend. The first dives into the “leather dust-up” this year that saw San Francisco leather groups told to back off for the sake of making the celebration “G-rated.” Apologies were issued and the parade marched on (kicked off my Tykes on Trikes – how cute is that??). The second article tells the disconcerting story of Richmond City Councilwoman and Vice Mayor Jovanka Beckles, a lesbian, who has received numerous disparaging remarks at city council meetings by members of the public and some of her fellow council members. She received a standing ovation at the Oakland Pride Breakfast hosted by Mayor Jean Quan among others.

Sunday, June 29th, 2014

Prop B Robocalls

ballot-box13What do the DCCC and Linda Hamilton from the first Terminator movie have in common? They both think robots are reaallly, reaaallly bad. Well, in this case robocalls. So much so that Chairwoman Mary Jung is now facing scrutiny for her alleged use of said callbots in an anti-Prop B blitz.

Wednesday, June 25th, 2014

Treasure Island Transfer

san-francisco-aerial-viewNo, not the little-known Manhattan Transfer cover band. Yesterday, the Board of Supes approved an important measure to help clear the path for part of the island to be transferred to the City.

Wednesday, June 25th, 2014

Cancelling appointments

Will the Mayor lose his power to appoint people to the Board of Supervisors? Is the cat pictured here German? Who knows… (Update: reports are indicating that the cat pictured is in fact German and that his name is “Katze.”)

Monday, June 23rd, 2014

Makin’ appointments


Monday, June 23rd, 2014


sf-city-hall11Examiner columnist, Joel Engardio, laments the plight of the San Francisco “moderate” in a city of “progressives.” Be right back, I need a “drink.”

Sunday, June 22nd, 2014

Matier and Ross

matier-and-rossOur dynamic duo Matier and Ross report that Gov. Brown intends on putting $2.5 million into a little fixer-upper commonly referred to as the Governor’s Mansion.

Sunday, June 22nd, 2014

Campaign Finance Reform

bag-of-money19Each political corruption brings a renewed desire for campaign finance reform. Local political consultant, Eric Jaye, shares his ideas on how to restrict campaign spending without limiting candidates’ ability to speak to voters.

Sunday, June 22nd, 2014

The hot political fight of … 104 years ago

Fire HydrantApparently, City Hall went nuts a hundred four years ago when the Mayor and Board and a citizen’s commission decided to rename a bunch of streets. And the parallels to today’s political atmosphere are everywhere in this article – sure, along with a nice steaming pile of racism and some ten-dollar words. How far we’ve come – or not? Or sorta. Anyway, take a trip in the wayback machine to post-quake San Francisco, and the hurly-burly of politics back then…

Saturday, June 21st, 2014

Showplace Square: You got pinned

changes6Apparently, the proposed move by Pinterest into Showplace Square won’t happen after all as Supervisor Malia Cohen tabled the legislation indefinitely at the Land Use Committee.

Friday, June 20th, 2014

Market Street Lights

Market Street and Pride FlagThe Examiner shares some news about the installation of twinkling lights above Market Street.

Thursday, June 19th, 2014

SF’s Richmond District

tree10This Suspects updater is more than a little excited about the cover story in today’s Examiner. We get details on an investment from the SF Travel Association that aims to boost tourism is San Francisco’s most northeast District. Richmond the beautiful? Damn, straight. #RichmondProud Also, we have things like this, oh and Bison, and a bunch of other cool and amazing things.

Thursday, June 19th, 2014

New Antispeculation Tax

It’s not just speculation to speculate that the new Antispeculation tax, proposed by Supervisor Mar and other tenant advocates, is aimed at helping keep rental costs from rising even faster. Any speculation as to whether it will be successful?

Wednesday, June 18th, 2014

Art School Settlement

bag-of-money20The California Art Institute will hand over $4.4M in retroactive scholarship money and funding to current and former students in a settlement where the for-profit school is currently claiming no fault. Nor are they returning phone calls.

Wednesday, June 18th, 2014

Archbishop at March for Marriage

pride7Oh no he dint! Despite universal criticism from city leadership for his stubborn views on gay marriage, our very own Archbishop Cordileone is sticking to his guns on support for man/lady unions only.

Wednesday, June 18th, 2014

Moscone Center Expansion

Wednesday, June 18th, 2014

State Budget

State Democrats on track to pass a budget wrapped up in a Big Blue bow. Now that the state budget only requires a 50% threshold to pass, to the winning party go the spoils.

Tuesday, June 17th, 2014

Super Powers: SFPUC and PG&E

bay-bridge11Supervisors Scott Wiener and London Breed write a letter to the Bay Guardian, expressing the plan to give PUC more energy power. While only tangentially related, I loved the Don Cheadle Captain Planet so much that I am bringing it back for this post. Don’t like it? Oh well. Deal with it or I’ll turn you into a tree.

Tuesday, June 17th, 2014

Remembering Maya Angelou

Plenty of the Bay Area’s political folks showed up to honor Maya Angelou at her public memorial service at Glide Memorial Church.

Monday, June 16th, 2014

Suspects: Honey I Shrunk The Kids Dad says We’re Almost There

Rick-MoranisFolks: you’ve probably noticed that Suspects is suffering from some technical difficulties these days. However, we have hired wonderful gremlins to build a new website for us, rather than to (once again) add band-aids to a site that is nineteen years old. (Which, in Internet years, means that it’s dead.) Good news: the new site is underway, and will be up and running soon. Bad news: you may notice some technical glitches between now and when we’re done. Best news: you don’t have to type in “http://29748.10826.compuserve.com” like you had to back in ’95 to get to Suspects. (Those of you under the age of 30, ask an old person about How The Internet Used To Be, and prepare to listen to some associated jokes about eight-track tapes.) Thanks for bearing with us. Womp womp.

Saturday, June 14th, 2014

Public Safety

ChangesCity officials have some big plans for improving public safety over the coming decade. Like, forty of them.

Friday, June 13th, 2014

Co-Op Swap

Now thats some fancy footwork! Clever Mission residents avoid getting Ellis Act sacked by flipping their Victorian into a Co-Op. Could this be the newest trend?

Friday, June 13th, 2014