Starting now, big ‘ol cruise ships can plug into San Francisco’s power grid, rather than running their diesel engines when they’re in our port. And perhaps you’ll stop complaining about your power bill now – these guys will run up a $16K bill in about 10 hours. Yeesh!
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2010/10/06/BAPC1FP73N.DTL: Cruise ships gain access to S.F. power grid
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/Greener-power-for-cruise-ships-docking-in-SF-104457019.html: Greener power for cruise ships docking in SF
As the headline of this article would indicate, the Guardian’s Steven Jones is making some pointed accusations about the close relationship between Tenderloin Housing Clinic’s Randy Shaw and the Mayor’s Office.
http://www.sfbg.com/2010/09/28/test-tenderloin?page=0,0: The test of the Tenderloin
Folks seem to be up in arms about some less-than-full rosters on a few key City Commissions. The Mayor’s office says it’s no big deal. Meanwhile, I’m having trouble getting my Sea Lion Feeding Permit because the Farralones Islands Oversight Commission hasn’t met for, um, 38 years. So it would be nice if that was fixed, because a hungry Sea Lion is a pissed off Sea Lion…
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2010/09/28/MN4B1FHHAT.DTL: Concern over San Francisco commission vacancies
However, your friends at Usual Suspects are here to give you a peek at today’s Chronicle. In today’s paper, Matier and Ross tell us about Mayor Gavin Newsom’s movement away from new healthy food laws, an interesting political ad, and the battle of Bud versus bud. Meanwhile, Willie Brown gives us his perspective on the race for District Two supervisor, advice for Jerry Brown, the political power of Bill Clinton, restaurant and movie reviews, and more.
ABC7′s Carolyn Tyler has video of Mayor Gavin Newsom’s comments about a slice of the federal stimulus package, culled from a Chron endorsement interview. Said comments apparently made their way across the country to the White House Briefing Room (apparently through a series of tubes, out of which I am reliably informed that the Interwebs are built) so that Obama’s Press Secretary Robert Gibbs could shrug and grin and say “ehhhhh, no big deal.” Check it out!
In response to a North Beach market’s non-compliance with Planning Department permits, Mayor Gavin Newsom has assembled a task force to investigate claims that business owners are not disclosing what they should really be selling.
http://abclocal.go.com/kgo/story?section=news/local/san_francisco&id=7670270: Permit issues jeopardize North Beach market
Yesterday, the Government Audit and Oversight committee put their support behind a law that would require City departments to provide all information to be posted on the Internets. Data lovers: start your mouses (or smartphone apps)!
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2010/09/12/BAEE1FBV4U.DTL: Newsom wants law to require online city data
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/Opening-door-to-city-data-finds-support-opposition-106281353.html: Opening door to city data finds support, opposition
This battle might be about more than just happy meal toys. We learn that the McDonald’s at Haight and Stanyan Streets is making changes to its menu, and some claim the restaurant’s changes are targeted towards the homeless population in the area.
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2010/09/06/BA7H1F4J2T.DTL&type=newsbayarea: Hassle in Haight over McDonald's menu change
Fiscally, you know. Soon. Or soonish. And so say City leaders at a conference. I hope they’re right – I would really enjoy taking caviar and buttermilk showers and lighting Cuban cigars with hundred dollar bills, like I used to. Ahhh, 2007 – those were the good old days…
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2010/08/31/BU5C1F6B9T.DTL&type=business: Leaders say S.F. ready to bounce back strongly
Mayor Gavin Newsom is trying to increase the number of tags that can proudly state products were manufactured in San Francisco. The City will gain some cash; you will gain some clout by wearing Nike made in San Francisco instead of China. Sounds like a win win!
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/Withering-industry-returning-101039204.html: Withering industry returning
Costs are on the rise over at the Public Defender’s Office thanks to an increase in cases and a decrease in staff avability. The result? Paying über-expensive private attorneys to help out. The Examiner takes a look at the ins and outs of the situation and what the mayor is doing to help foot the bill.
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/The-Citys-public-defender-costs-soar-100743189.html: The City's public defender costs soar
Not picking up a Chronicle today? Here is what you’ll be missing: Phil Matier and Andrew Ross give us the scoop on the race between Mayor Gavin Newsom and current Lieutenant Governor Abel Maldonado, why our state didn’t receive any “Race to the Top” education funds, how Oakland Mayoral hopeful Jean Quan is doing in the polls, what state senators are doing about red-light cameras catching drivers, and the Police Officers Association’s recent endorsement. Also, Willie Brown tells us what “Sista Sarah” Palin has been up to, everything we need to know about political fundraisers, who he ran into at the St. Regis last week (HINT: his first name rhymes with “rob” and his last name rhymes with “villain”), what movie we should be watching, and which Peter Pan characters just got hitched.
Well, apparently. It was just announced that San Francisco will host the new HBO film Hemingway, expected to draw in famous attractive people (hello there, Clive Owen) and create 800 new local jobs. SF can look like Cuba and Florida, right? Hopefully this means the city will finally warm up!
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2010/08/11/BAM31ESO70.DTL: 'Hemingway' will be filmed in San Francisco
The Gray Lady takes a look at immigration issues facing San Francisco, particularly as they relate to juvenile justice. Mayor Newsom, Public Defender Jeff Adachi and Supervisor David Campos add their two cents to the debate.
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2009/05/02/BASO17CSRG.DTL: Marchers nationwide call for immigration reform
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/06/13/us/13sanctuary.html?_r=1&ref=us: San Francisco at Crossroads Over Immigration
With numerous construction projects stalled due to the economic climate, the Mayor’s Office seeks to encourage developers and property owners to convert blighted construction sites in waiting to interim park-like spaces for playing.
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/Cost-of-blight-could-rise-44036112.html: Cost of blight could rise
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2009/03/16/MN9F16F2IJ.DTL: S.F. cottage's demise spurs calls for new rules
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2010/01/31/BA5N1BJVD9.DTL&tsp=1: S.F. blight law shows few results so far
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/Vacant-lots-could-be-put-to-use-85298522.html: Vacant lots could be put to use
Always a little bit too happy and slightly snarky, Jesse loves to share his amusement with the City by the Bay. When he isn’t waxing poetic about San Francisco, you can find Jesse spotting up for jumpers at Dolores Park, waiting outside the Regency to see Lil’ B the BasedGod (TYBG), or lost somewhere in Las Vegas.