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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


The Chron’s Heather Knight talks with a bunch of political combatants as she explores her thesis that San Francisco may no longer be the nation’s chief exporter of Big Legislative Ideas. Featuring quotes from Mark Farrell, Christine Falvey, Chris Daly, Angela Alioto, Nate Ballard, at least one anonymous long-time City official, and your Suspects updater, the story features each Supervisor and the Mayor talking about their “signature” piece of legislation…

Sunday, November 24th, 2013

Controversy at the Medical Examiner’s Office

The Chronicle looks into allegations that the San Francisco Medical Examiner’s Office isn’t running as speedily as some might like.

Sunday, November 24th, 2013

Grease is the Word

SF gets props from White House for the SFPUC’s restaurant grease recycling program. Holla!

Wednesday, November 20th, 2013

Just say No

The League of Pissed Off Voters shares their views on the absence of any challengers on the November ballot and what that says about the health of our democracy here in San Francisco.

Wednesday, October 2nd, 2013

Crissy Field South

ChangesAn ambitious plan for a network of waterfront parks is starting to take shape as the City purchases a small plot of land alongside India Basin.

Monday, September 16th, 2013

moving on

After working as a development adviser to Mayors Gavin Newsom and Ed Lee, Michael Yarne is heading back to the private sector – for the most part.

Friday, July 20th, 2012

Primetime Panhandlers

The ChronicleWatch takes a look at panhandling at the city’s busiest freeway ramps, saying that the issue has not received much attention from Mayor Ed Lee’s administration. Apparently, some locations are quite lucrative with panhandlers making up to $20 an hour.

Wednesday, June 13th, 2012

Behind The Paywall

The Chron takes the occasion of this Sunday to hide a story on Mayor Lee, the Warriors move, and mayoral legacies behind its paywall. Another good reason to plunk down the dough and get yourself a Chron today…

Sunday, May 27th, 2012

Cue the Music

The team over at the Examiner offers cable station Current TV a word of advice relating to its newly announced deal with former SF Mayor and Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom to host the “Gavin Newsom Show.” Their advice? Remind Newsom that an hour means an hour.

Thursday, April 19th, 2012

Salesforce SF

Thumbs up man's hand isolated on white backgroundAt an event on Friday with Mayor Lee and Rep. Pelosi, Salesforce.com announced it had signed a lease to become the main tenant in a 61-story building currently under construction downtown — to be named “Salesforce Tower” when it opens in 2017. Take note: Salesforce’s decision to move into what will be the tallest office building west of the Mississippi River comes with no tax breaks or other incentives from the City… just a big thumbs up.

Tuesday, February 28th, 2012

New Kid on the block

Okay, so she’s certainly no “kid,” but Commissioner Cindy Wu IS new to the Planning Commission, where she’s already settling in quite nicely – she’s just been elected to serve as vice president. But it appears not everyone is on board with her quick ascension – it’s never easy being the “new kid.”

Friday, February 24th, 2012

SF’s Homeless

homeless-boyJennifer Friedenbach, executive director of the Coalition on Homelessness, shares some insight into the lives of homeless children and families living in San Francisco.

Sunday, February 5th, 2012

labyrinthine legal duel

A firm being sued by the City is having their day in court. That day in court just happens to involve the Mayor, City Attorney, Public Defender’s Office (and their chief attorney), Public Utilities Commission, shell companies, a few big name firms, kickbacks, and a couple million dollars. So, it’s sort of like a big deal and junk.

Thursday, February 2nd, 2012

Legalize It

Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom told attendees at a Marin County Bar Association event that he is prepared to campaign in 2016 for a state ballot initiative to legalize marijuana, depending on how the referendum is written.

Sunday, October 16th, 2011

Bleep, Bleep

Some local, small business owners are substituting their checkout scanner’s “bleep, bleep” with a “@#!*, @#!*” now that the City will charge a fee for all auto transactions to cover safety and compliance checks.

Tuesday, August 2nd, 2011

Home Sweet Home

And they say the housing market is struggling. Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom’s San Francisco home sold in less than a week! The Examiner uncovers the real reason behind his move to Marin… (cliffhanger!)

Saturday, July 9th, 2011

Tasty, bubbly, recreation-laced sugar water

Mmmmmmm. Coke goes great with lots of things. Summer, for one – and recreation donations, for another. The Bay Citizen and the City Insider both cover the Big Donation made by Big Coke for our collective fitness.

Wednesday, July 6th, 2011

Choose your favorite: “Arts Commission Head Draws The Line,” “Arts Commission Head Cancels Job,” “Arts Commission Cancels Director’s Contract”…

Former head of San Francisco’s Arts Commission, Luis Cancel, resigned but continues to defend his position that he was working abroad. The Arts Commission, however, has already moved on and appointed a new interim head, J.D. Beltran, to the post. Best of luck to you both.

Wednesday, July 6th, 2011

Leaving San Francisco

Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom is moving up north to the posh town of Ross and leaving the city where he was Mayor for seven years.

Thursday, June 9th, 2011

Sunday Tease

The Chronicle columnists are at it again.  Matier and Ross tell us about the proposed payments for the outgoing BART General Manager, Twitter’s tax breaks, Attorney General Kamala Harris at the border, Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom in Presidio Heights, and Mayor Ed Lee’s perspective on frogs and snakes.  Meanwhile, Willie Brown tells us about Terminal 2 at SFO, downtown construction, a dinner honoring Bill Russell in Oakland, a California Shakespeare Festival fundraiser, the Barry Bonds trial, the local winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award, two movie reviews, and dinner with Mayor Ed Lee.

Sunday, March 27th, 2011


City Hall rolled out the welcome mat, inviting a delegation of Chinese commerce, trade officials and business leaders to San Francisco, in an effort to further spur investment in San Francisco industries.

Tuesday, January 25th, 2011

Where in the world…?

In just a few short weeks, our new mayor has proved to be quite the world traveler.  First he was in China when all the drama started to go down, and now he’s off to Washington for the Conference of Mayors.  Safe travels!

Monday, January 17th, 2011

Question Time

C. W. Nevius is the latest journalist to take on the question of Question Time. The necessity of these monthly “events” in their current form can surely be debated, but I must say that from my perspective, that of the “political observer,” Question Time is about as much fun as, say, chopping up old books, pouring milk on them, and eating them as if they were a tasty, nutritious cereal.

Sunday, January 16th, 2011

Going. Going. Gone…

… off to Sacramento.  Wow.  It’s the end of an era, wouldn’t you say?  After last week’s last minute power play from former Mayor Gavin Newsom, he officially took the oath of office to be California’s 49th lieutenant governor on Monday.

Tuesday, January 11th, 2011