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That’s a mighty big – and wet! – Nissan Leaf…

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!

Thursday, October 7th, 2010

Relationship Status

sf-city-hall11As 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.

Wednesday, September 29th, 2010

Like Tumbleweeds Blowing Through A Commission Room

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…

Wednesday, September 29th, 2010

Proposition H

The Chronicle takes a look at Proposition H: what it’s all about, who’s for it, and who’s against.  It turns out that there is some good old fashioned politicking behind this one.  Surprise, surprise.

Monday, September 27th, 2010

Not Everything is Free on Sundays

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.

Sunday, September 26th, 2010

Newsom dissects the stimulus

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!

Wednesday, September 22nd, 2010

You sell what now?

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.

Thursday, September 16th, 2010

Data dump

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)!

Monday, September 13th, 2010

Fast Food Battles

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.

Monday, September 6th, 2010

Don’t Worry: it’s all gonna be fine

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…

Wednesday, September 1st, 2010

Made in San Francisco

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!

Wednesday, August 18th, 2010

You have the right to a (very expensive) attorney

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.

Monday, August 16th, 2010

Never on Sunday

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.

Sunday, August 15th, 2010

The sun also rises in San Francisco

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!

Thursday, August 12th, 2010

Bocce Ball – The Untold Story

A plan to turn a patch of grass at Justin Herman Plaza into two bocce ball courts has caught the attention of those who would rather use the grounds for another type of play.

Saturday, August 7th, 2010

Pavement to Parks

As the first installment of San Francisco’s “pavements-to-parks program,” a half block of 17th Street is celebrated as a new pedestrian plaza for city residents.

Tuesday, May 12th, 2009

Dollars and Sense

The Chronicle’s Open Forum gives us a preview of this week’s Justice Summit, an event to educate the public about the role of public defenders as well as advocate for more funding for the department.

Monday, May 4th, 2009

Our homeless

Heather Knight reports on the current state of the city’s homeless population, the effects of the Care Not Cash program, and how residents feel about the changes.

Sunday, May 3rd, 2009

Immigration law

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.

Saturday, May 2nd, 2009


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.

Thursday, April 30th, 2009

Mergers & Acquisitions

A new report commissioned by the Mayor urges struggling San Francisco nonprofits to merge.

Thursday, April 30th, 2009

Report Card

The City asks its residents to grade delivery of services.  Residents oblige.  Hijinks ensue.

Thursday, April 30th, 2009

Taking on Twitter

Ken Garcia offers his take on Newsom’s new Twitter habit, and the ramifications it may have for his campaign.

Tuesday, April 28th, 2009

In The Club

After three hours of debate, no action was taken on the potential new law to limit unruly nightclubs.  The issue is back on the table next month.

Friday, April 24th, 2009

Battle Of The Digits

The Mayor defends the City’s 311 call center service against those who favor a regional 511 program.

Friday, April 24th, 2009