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Posts Tagged ‘John Avalos’

Changing Rules

changes3More on the changing rules at City Hall that will require elected officials to report romantic relationships with their subordinates.

Thursday, July 24th, 2014

Anti-Speculation “Flipping” Tax

Badge - voteThere’s strong opposition to a November ballot measure supported by Supervisors John Avalos, David Campos, Jane Kim, and Eric Mar to deter house flipping – and thus not decrease the city’s number of rental properties. My colleague Jesse Feldman, who just completed a miraculous two-week Suspects updating streak, added Jeff Lewis’s face here and I’m keeping it to celebrate Jesse and all of the house flipping reality TV shows I watch.

Wednesday, July 9th, 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

Roasted Supe

John Avalos (685x1024)Supervisor John Avalos turns fifty today. Yet the silver-haired and silver-tongued devil still looks 40. (Dude. Share with us all where you’re hiding that damn Fountain of Youth, yo!) And tonight, his friends and allies (and perhaps even a friendly combatant or three) will be roasting the Supervisor at Bissap Baobab starting at about 9pm. Cheers!

Monday, March 10th, 2014

Let Them Have Bikes!

bicycle3The Board of Supes passes legislation that will allow the SFPD to gift recovered, unclaimed bikes to low-income San Franciscans, particularly youth.

Wednesday, February 26th, 2014

For the Kids (and Youth)

Children painted handsToday, we get a deep dive into learning what Prop C - a charter amendment on this year’s ballot that would reauthorize the Children’s Fund – is all about. 


Tuesday, October 22nd, 2013

Gambling? Here?

casablanca6Things are getting to the “I’m mad as hell and I’m not gonna take it anymore!” status for Supervisor Avalos, who has been trying to padlock a gambling cafe in the Excelsior since April.

Sunday, October 6th, 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

Due Process for All

Domestic violence activists Beverly Upton, executive director of the San Francisco Domestic Violence Consortium and Maria Carolina Morales, programs co-director at Community United Against Violence, discuss how the fear of detention or deportation may prevent domestic violence victims and witnesses from coming forward. They speak out in favor of, and ask others to support, Supervisor Aavlos’ proposed “Due Process for All” ordinance.

Wednesday, July 10th, 2013

What Boom?

While many celebrate the City’s vast riches, there is another, more sobering side to the story in San Francisco. The Examiner reports on the new City report, which details what’s happening in our more neglected neighborhoods during this “boom.”

Monday, June 3rd, 2013

The Deadheads are Coming

Uh oh. Looks like San Francisco Rec and Park has awoken the Deadheads from their collective trance as they mobilize to oppose a public-private partnership that would rename the Jerry Garcia Amphitheater in McLaren Park.

Thursday, May 2nd, 2013

Middle-Class Jobs

notepadThe Bay Guardian assesses a recent press conference held by House minority leader Nancy Pelosi and Mayor Ed Lee regarding House Democrats’ Middle Class Jumpstart initiatives. 

Tuesday, April 16th, 2013

Ad Wars

A deal between Clear Channel and SFO took a step forward yesterday, but not without some vocal concern from Supervisor John Avalos and Budget Analyst Harvey Rose.

Thursday, March 7th, 2013

Jurassic Snark

Despite unanimous urging from the Board of Supervisors, the Employee’s Retirement System board will not divest roughly $530 million of its pension fund currently invested in fossil fuel companies. Looks like San Francisco is giving dinosaurs another chance. No, not those dinosaurs, these dinosaurs.

Wednesday, February 6th, 2013

Election Recap: San Franciscans Are Great

Heather Knight recaps last week’s elections and comes to a very serious conclusion: San Francisco is filled with a unique crop of voters. Unique in a good way. (Note: a certain founder of Suspects may be quoted in the article.)

Sunday, November 11th, 2012

Parsing Out Park Space

Supervisor John Avalos has introduced a proposal that would require a special hearing for any event that would take over 25% of the City’s parks and run for more than 48 hours. This also means, given its vast size and scope, FeldmanFest 2013 might face additional scrutiny. Also, FeldmanFest is not a real thing (yet).

Thursday, October 18th, 2012

A poet and he knows it

Congrats to Mr. Alejandro Murguia for becoming San Francisco’s 6th poet laureate. Shall we compare the Bayview district resident to a Summer’s day, perhaps?

Friday, July 27th, 2012

Talking Tech in SF

How tech savvy is San Francisco? Well, it depends on who you ask.

Tuesday, June 26th, 2012

Prop E

The Chron tells us all about Prop E and how our City’s elected officials were able to accomplish that oh so rare goal: compromise.

Wednesday, April 18th, 2012

History Repeats

After the Gold Dust Lounge attempted to preserve itself by seeking landmark designation, a few other bars decided to do the same. In related news, I am seeking landmark status for the parking space in front of my house. I am also seeking landmark status for my seats at AT&T Park. Wish me luck.

Monday, March 19th, 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

One Billion Rising

City officials are throwing their support behind the One Billion Rising for Justice campaign, which is focused on ending violence against women and girls. A coordinated, worldwide event will take place on Valentine’s Day.

Sunday, February 19th, 2012

Buzzes May Be Harshed

The BoS passed tougher restrictions on dispensaries in Excelsior, as well as a request for Planning to review current zoning laws allowing clustering of dispensaries. In the first time anyone in this city has spoken ill of the color green, Supervisor Avalos is quoted saying he thinks “the green zones have created a harmful effect on The City overall.” Does this mean I can stop pretending to compost?

Pictured: My worst nightmare. Also, the contents of that jar by your sink. You’re gross.

Friday, February 10th, 2012

It’s well known that in San Francisco politics, you can tell who’s your friend, or not, by whether they stab you in the front.

‘Cause, you know, that’s kind of polite. In a way. Sorta. But I digress. Mayor Lee and some of his opponents in the rather, um, confrontational battle for Room 200 we all experienced last year weigh in on What It All Means. All of them say everything’s completely hunky-dory, and many of them can’t even remember that there was a mayor’s race at all, much less that it was a rough one. But keep an eye on the knives. Location, as they say, is everything.

Sunday, January 1st, 2012


Last week, San Francisco’s newest political action committee, DogPAC, tossed its toys and wagged its tails behind mayoral candidate and Supervisor John Avalos. The question is, are they all bark, or will there be some political bite to their endorsement?

Monday, October 3rd, 2011