Today’s Stories (Last updated May 28, 01:04 PM)

May
28
C.W. Nevius
by Anne Moriarity
C-Dubs pauses for a look at Low-key Ed Lee's five years as mayor. Polished and charismatic, he is not, but Nevius argues he's doing alright. I think it's due time MC Hammer weighs in.
C-Dubs pauses for a look at Low-key Ed Lee's five years as mayor. Polished and charismatic, he is not, but Nevius argues he's doing alright. I think it's due time MC Hammer weighs in. more
Low-key Ed Lee gets criticism from all sides
Chronicle (05/28/2016)
May
28
Arts & Homelessness Ballot Measure
by Anne Moriarity
A coalition of advocates have filed a ballot initiative that would set aside funding for arts and homelessness in San Francisco. Nicole Derse is running the measure's campaign, which... more
A coalition of advocates have filed a ballot initiative that would set aside funding for arts and homelessness in San Francisco. Nicole Derse is running the measure's campaign, which would appear on the November ballot. more
Arts, homeless advocates file SF ballot measure for more funding
Chronicle (05/28/2016)
May
28
Teacher Next Door
by Anne Moriarity
Update on the Teacher Next Door home loan program: it's not working. Started in 2007 by then-Mayor Gavin Newsom, the well-intentioned program gives $20,000 loans to SFUSD teachers to... more
Update on the Teacher Next Door home loan program: it's not working. Started in 2007 by then-Mayor Gavin Newsom, the well-intentioned program gives $20,000 loans to SFUSD teachers to buy a home. The problem: $20,000 doesn't cut it in today's housing market. more
$20,000 home loans for SF teachers find few takers
Chronicle (05/28/2016)
May
28
Hillary in Oakland. Again.
by Anne Moriarity
Secretary Clinton campaigned in Oakland again yesterday, talking housing, affordability, and employment at the Home of Chicken and Waffles in Jack London Square. 
Secretary Clinton campaigned in Oakland again yesterday, talking housing, affordability, and employment at the Home of Chicken and Waffles in Jack London Square.  more
Hillary Clinton sits down to talk issues at Oakland waffle house
Chronicle (05/28/2016)
May
28
In Willie's Words
by Anne Moriarity
Willie weighs in on Clinton's strategy, rescue dogs, the new Apple store, Ryan Gosling, Nob Hill bars, and traffic cops. 
Willie weighs in on Clinton's strategy, rescue dogs, the new Apple store, Ryan Gosling, Nob Hill bars, and traffic cops.  more
Clinton’s edge on Sanders: reliable voters
Chronicle (05/28/2016)
May
28
The Glory Days of Rincon Hill
by Anne Moriarity
The Chron looks back to the mid-19th Century, when Rincon Hill was home to San Francisco's fancy pants folks.
The Chron looks back to the mid-19th Century, when Rincon Hill was home to San Francisco's fancy pants folks. more
When S.F.’s rich and famous lived atop Rincon Hill
Chronicle (05/28/2016)
May
02
Meet the New Boss ... Slightly Different from the Old Boss
by Alex Clemens
As you may have seen on the Internets, the RFK Democratic Club will be taking over the responsibility for updating Usual Suspects in June. I'm excited that the resource is in good hands (or so they tell me) and will continue to be an unbiased and ad-free resource for all the political junkies in town.

My sincere thanks go out to Justin Jones, Derek Remski, and the other members of the RFK Club for taking the reins. They'll tell you more about what they're doing in coming days and weeks.

They'll start handling Suspects on June 1, and I'll ... more
As you may have seen on the Internets, the RFK Democratic Club will be taking over the responsibility for updating Usual Suspects in June. I'm excited that the resource is in good hands (or so they tell me) and will continue to be an unbiased and ad-free resource for all the political junkies in town.

My sincere thanks go out to Justin Jones, Derek Remski, and the other members of the RFK Club for taking the reins. They'll tell you more about what they're doing in coming days and weeks.

They'll start handling Suspects on June 1, and I'll sleep in for a couple minutes later each day and become a reader and occasional critic.

It's been fun, and it's been real! Many thanks for the past 21 years, and I'm looking forward to the next 21! more
Nov
07
Supervisor Races 2016 - candidates thus far...
by Alex Clemens

D1 – Sherman D’Silva, Sandra Lee Fewer, Richie Greenberg, Jason Jungreis, Brian Larkin, David Lee, Jonathan Lyens, Marjan Philhour, Andy Thornley
D3 – Aaron Peskin, Kimberly Terca, Jason Zeng
D5 – London Breed, Joseph Elford, Dean Preston
D7 – Norman Yee, Joel Engardio, Alexander Lee, Ben Matranga, Michael Young
D9 – Joshua Arce, Iswari Espana, Darcel Jackson, Edwin Lindo, Melissa San Miguel, Hillary Ronen
D11 – Kimberly Alvarenga, Francisco Herrera, Ahsha Safai

(Incumbents in bold.)

Know something we don't? Keep us current, and drop us a line

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D1 – Sherman D’Silva, Sandra Lee Fewer, Richie Greenberg, Jason Jungreis, Brian Larkin, David Lee, Jonathan Lyens, Marjan Philhour, Andy Thornley
D3 – Aaron Peskin, Kimberly Terca, Jason Zeng
D5 – London Breed, Joseph Elford, Dean Preston
D7 – Norman Yee, Joel Engardio, Alexander Lee, Ben Matranga, Michael Young
D9 – Joshua Arce, Iswari Espana, Darcel Jackson, Edwin Lindo, Melissa San Miguel, Hillary Ronen
D11 – Kimberly Alvarenga, Francisco Herrera, Ahsha Safai

(Incumbents in bold.)

Know something we don't? Keep us current, and drop us a line at clemens@barcoast.com.   

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Today’s Suspects Updater
Anne Moriarity

Anne originally hails from Washington, D.C. but is now a proud resident of Oakland’s Piedmont neighborhood. In her spare time she enjoys rock-climbing, biking, and conducting extensive research to find the Bay Area’s best taco.

In the Past Week…

May
27
On Guard
by Ross Guehring
The Examiner's Joe Fitz Rodriguez takes a deep dive into Airbnb's recent donations and how he thinks it impacts DCCC decision-making. Meanwhile, looks like he's patented a new dance ... more
The Examiner's Joe Fitz Rodriguez takes a deep dive into Airbnb's recent donations and how he thinks it impacts DCCC decision-making. Meanwhile, looks like he's patented a new dance move. more
Airbnb money turns SF Democrat blue into sickening green
Examiner (05/27/2016)
May
27
Sayonara Styrofoam?
by Ross Guehring
Could styrofoam packaging in San Francisco be going the way of the Dodo bird? It looks possible as the plan picks up steam. Meanwhile, lovers of bubble wrap anxiously hope for an inf... more
Could styrofoam packaging in San Francisco be going the way of the Dodo bird? It looks possible as the plan picks up steam. Meanwhile, lovers of bubble wrap anxiously hope for an influx of product to pop. more
SF’s proposed Styrofoam ban picks up support amid industry opposition
Examiner (05/27/2016)
May
27
Masonic Makeover
by Ross Guehring
A major effort to enhance safety and reduce speed along Masonic Avenue is underway. Neighbors have been organizing and it looks as though $26 million in changes are a comin'.
A major effort to enhance safety and reduce speed along Masonic Avenue is underway. Neighbors have been organizing and it looks as though $26 million in changes are a comin'. more
$26 million plan to slow speeding traffic on SF’s Masonic Avenue
Chronicle (05/27/2016)
May
27
Consequences
by Ross Guehring
Mayor Lee has openly expressed his belief that the police officer involved in the latest Bayview shooting must be disciplined. An investigation into the fatal incident is still under... more
Mayor Lee has openly expressed his belief that the police officer involved in the latest Bayview shooting must be disciplined. An investigation into the fatal incident is still underway. more
Lee sees ‘consequences’ for SFPD officer in fatal shooting
Chronicle (05/27/2016)
May
27
Blame Game
by Ross Guehring
With the recent escalation of lower level property crimes, many folks are looking for the root cause. Mayor Lee believes that some of the blame should be on overly lenient judges.
With the recent escalation of lower level property crimes, many folks are looking for the root cause. Mayor Lee believes that some of the blame should be on overly lenient judges. more
SF Mayor Lee points at judges in property crime spike
Chronicle (05/27/2016)
May
26
Sourcing Food
by Amber Shipley

The key quote from SFUSD Board of Ed President Matt Haney: “We spend millions of dollars a year on food service. We want to know where our food is coming from and who we’re spending

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The key quote from SFUSD Board of Ed President Matt Haney: “We spend millions of dollars a year on food service. We want to know where our food is coming from and who we’re spending our money with.”

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SFUSD wants its food suppliers to fork over meal sources
Examiner (05/26/2016)
May
26
Greg Suhr >> Toney Chaplin
by Amber Shipley
The SF Weekly gives us more on former Police Chief Greg Suhr on the outs, Acting Police Chief Toney Chaplin on the ins.
The SF Weekly gives us more on former Police Chief Greg Suhr on the outs, Acting Police Chief Toney Chaplin on the ins. more
Can Toney Chaplin Change the Culture of SF Police?
SF Weekly (05/26/2016)
The People's Cop
SF Weekly (05/26/2016)
May
26
Broke Ass Stuart on Dolores Park
by Amber Shipley
Broke Ass Stuart takes on what's happening at Dolores Park.
Broke Ass Stuart takes on what's happening at Dolores Park. more
Dolores Park fiasco a microcosm of San Francisco
Examiner (05/26/2016)
May
26
San Francisco's Small Businesses
by Amber Shipley

Approval of Prop. J last November initiated the creation of the Legacy Business Registry and Historic Preservation Grant, meant to provide financial assistance to keep the city's "le

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Approval of Prop. J last November initiated the creation of the Legacy Business Registry and Historic Preservation Grant, meant to provide financial assistance to keep the city's "legacy" businesses open. The Board of Supervisors held a hearing last week on impementation of the initative. 

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Supes hear small business owners' concerns
The Bay Area Reporter (05/26/2016)
May
26
Getting Judgey
by Amber Shipley
The Ex reviews the local race for San Francisco Superior Court.
The Ex reviews the local race for San Francisco Superior Court. more
Three local lawyers vying for judgeship
Examiner (05/26/2016)
May
25
Sanctuary Compromise
by Jason Overman
The Board of Supervisors and Sheriff Vicki Hennessy came to a compromise Tuesday on changes to San Francisco's Sanctuary City policies, which became controversial after last year's P... more
The Board of Supervisors and Sheriff Vicki Hennessy came to a compromise Tuesday on changes to San Francisco's Sanctuary City policies, which became controversial after last year's Pier 14 homicide. more
SF supervisors OK compromise sanctuary city legislation
Chronicle (05/25/2016)
Supervisors, sheriff reach agreement over sanctuary city law
Examiner (05/25/2016)
May
25
Matier & Ross
by Jason Overman
Red-Carpet Rose should be her name, if her convoy as she returned to San Francisco yesterday means anything. But more interesting than the Rolls-Royce and SFPD escort on hand was pro... more
Red-Carpet Rose should be her name, if her convoy as she returned to San Francisco yesterday means anything. But more interesting than the Rolls-Royce and SFPD escort on hand was probably the interesting mix of political folks on hand. In other news, 17 groups co-penned an open letter thanking former Chief Greg Suhr's service (and questioning his exit). Oh, and in a total shocker, and the governor endorsed Attorney General Kamala Harris in her senatorial bid. (No, that one's not terribly shocking.) more
City Hall crowd rolls out red carpet for Rose Pak’s royal return
Chronicle (05/25/2016)
May
25
Bernie Sanders Backs Jane Kim
by Jason Overman
Presidential candidate Senator Bernie Sanders must believe in that old saying 'all politics is local,' because he got involved in San Francisco politics Tuesday afternoon as he annou... more
Presidential candidate Senator Bernie Sanders must believe in that old saying 'all politics is local,' because he got involved in San Francisco politics Tuesday afternoon as he announced his endorsement for Supervisor Jane Kim in her bid for state Senate. more
Sanders backs Jane Kim in state Senate race, and dollars roll in
Chronicle (05/25/2016)
May
25
Keeping it 100. (Percent.)
by Jason Overman
Supervisor Aaron Peskin pens an op-ed on how he believes San Francisco can "do density right."
Supervisor Aaron Peskin pens an op-ed on how he believes San Francisco can "do density right." more
Opinion: Density done right - The 100 percent affordable alternative
Examiner (05/25/2016)
May
25
Coming to a Ballot Near You
by Jason Overman
The Board of Supervisors has until July 26 to make decisions around what measures go to the ballot for voter approval in November. Among those being considered: creating a job called... more
The Board of Supervisors has until July 26 to make decisions around what measures go to the ballot for voter approval in November. Among those being considered: creating a job called the 'public advocate,' the creation of a government agency oversight commission, a Realtors-sponsored modification to the definition of below-market-rate housing, changes to appointment power of SFMTA directors, the establishment of a 'dignity fund,' a homeless fund, a transportation fund, new requirements for tree maintenance, and renaming the Office of Citizen Complaints as "IPOD." That's it. (I think. I think that's it. It's probably not.) more
Public Advocate post among bevy of charter amendments introduced for November ballot
Examiner (05/25/2016)
May
25
Political Stunt
by Jason Overman
City Attorney Dennis Herrera threw down for San Francisco elections Director John Arntz, who was sued by the Voting Rights Defense Project and the American Independent Party over som... more
City Attorney Dennis Herrera threw down for San Francisco elections Director John Arntz, who was sued by the Voting Rights Defense Project and the American Independent Party over some stuff. The city attorney said it was just a political stunt. (And, by the way, the American Independent Party is not the same thing as being a Decline-to-State 'independent.') more
SF city attorney slams Sanders’ backers’ voter registration suit
Chronicle (05/25/2016)
May
25
JROTC
by Jason Overman
The school board is expected to vote in June on whether or not to allow JROTC count towards Physical Education credit requirements.
The school board is expected to vote in June on whether or not to allow JROTC count towards Physical Education credit requirements. more
School board split over whether JROTC should count for PE credit
Examiner (05/25/2016)
May
25
AA
by Jason Overman
Former Judge/Supervisor/Senator Quentin Kopp opines on Measure AA, the Bay Area-wide $12/year parcel tax for the restoration of Bay wetlands, calling it "tax, spend, and elect."
Former Judge/Supervisor/Senator Quentin Kopp opines on Measure AA, the Bay Area-wide $12/year parcel tax for the restoration of Bay wetlands, calling it "tax, spend, and elect." more
Opinion: Measure AA is an unfair tax Bay Area voters should reject
Chronicle (05/25/2016)
May
24
Housing Measures
by Peter Lauterborn
Supervisors Tang and Peskin offer differing approaches to building more housing in San Francisco.
Supervisors Tang and Peskin offer differing approaches to building more housing in San Francisco. more
Dueling affordable housing proposals collide at S.F. Board of Supervisors
SF Business Times (05/24/2016)
May
24
Rose Pak's Back... Alright!
by Peter Lauterborn
With everything but her own theme song blaring, Rose Pak returned to San Francisco after a year in China where she was undergoing medical treatment. Plus, we get an update on Senator... more
With everything but her own theme song blaring, Rose Pak returned to San Francisco after a year in China where she was undergoing medical treatment. Plus, we get an update on Senator Feinstein's recent salvo against Airbnb, and the diets of former hunger strikers. more
Rose Pak is back; Feinstein swipes at Airbnb (again)
Examiner (05/24/2016)
May
24
Chaplin Meets in Bayview
by Peter Lauterborn
Acting Police Chief Toney Chaplin met with 50 local leaders in the Bayview District to discuss rebuilding trust between the Police Department and the community. more
Acting Police Chief Toney Chaplin met with 50 local leaders in the Bayview District to discuss rebuilding trust between the Police Department and the community. more
Acting SF police chief meets with Bayview community leaders
Chronicle (05/24/2016)
May
24
Ethics Fines
by Peter Lauterborn
District Attorney George Gascon - along with two staffers - have agreed to pay fines issued by the Ethics Commission for illegally soliciting campaign contributions.
District Attorney George Gascon - along with two staffers - have agreed to pay fines issued by the Ethics Commission for illegally soliciting campaign contributions. more
Gascon to pay $4K fine for illegal campaign contributions
Examiner (05/24/2016)
May
24
Christensen Gets the Gig
by Peter Lauterborn
Former Supervisor Julie Christensen won her bid to waive ethics rules allowing her to win a job that she created.
Former Supervisor Julie Christensen won her bid to waive ethics rules allowing her to win a job that she created. more
Ethics panel lets Christensen serve on agency she helped create
Chronicle (05/24/2016)
Update: Former Supervisor Christensen secures ethics waiver for new job
Examiner (05/24/2016)
May
24
New Life for Pier 80
by Peter Lauterborn
An auto importer will begin operations at Pier 80 this fall.
An auto importer will begin operations at Pier 80 this fall. more
Auto importer to help Pier 80 roar back to life
Chronicle (05/24/2016)