Assemblywoman Fiona Ma broke the news on Tuesday: she’s running for the Board of Equalization in 2014. Boom, there ya go. The Examiner clears the air and tells us why she didn’t explore all of her other open options and who is rumored to go for her Assembly seat.
Big Brains David Latterman and Corey Cook have just released their in-depth analysis of RCV in the 2011 Mayor, Sheriff, and District Attorney’s race – and boy, do we have some interesting and wonderfully geeky results. And to top it all off, for the first time EVER, we’re getting cross-race analyses at the individual voter level. If you consider yourself a political junkie or a statistics addict, you’ll find this to be some Freakin. Awesome. Stuff. We’re grateful that David and Corey are allowing us to post this here, and we hope you enjoy this as much as the Suspects team does!
The Ex gives us the skinny on the University of the Pacific’s plans to move its dental school to the South of Market. If you’re planning on sending these folks some welcome-to-the-neighborhood goodies, I wouldn’t suggest chocolate chip cookies. Try something sugar-free.
MOMA wants to expand, moving a fire station to a new location – but the street closure that would require is being battled by a neighboring hotel. The Board of Supes will take up the question later today.
The Bay Citizen takes a closer look at two of Mayor Ed Lee’s most visible supporters – Rose Pak and former Mayor Willie Brown – and questions their actions as the dust raised during the mayoral election continues to settle.
If you can believe it, we’ve got no political stories to post on this Saturday morn after Thanksgiving. What will you do with your time that would have been spent reading Suspects? Grab a family member, plop on the couch, and turn on some football. Enjoy!
On Monday, a budget report released by the Office of the Controller revealed that the City will end the budget cycle with far more dead presidents (that’s money, yo) than anticipated. Maybe I will finally be able to get that small business loan I need to open up my very own Korean-style ice cream chalupa cart! Dreams really can come true, kids.
Congress is planning on changing the way tax breaks are structured for commuters, giving drivers a better deal than those who use public transit. Mayor Ed Lee and city officials don’t like this plan one bit – it doesn’t bode well for their transit-first policy.
The Bay Citizen takes a look at the balancing act (yes, you can read that both ways) that Muni chief Ed Reiskin is managing as he runs his agency, works to restore confidence amongst riders, manage his budget, and navigate the politics that go hand-in-hand with the job. How does he do it? We think it’s because in budget meetings, Reiskin does a Zoolander Blue Steel when things get heated – and then everyone is so overwhelmed and aquiver that all his ideas unanimously carry the day. (A great tactic, by the way.)
In efforts to encourage San Francisco firefighters and police officers to live in San Francisco (since most of them actually live outside of the county line), the City currently offers them loans to purchase homes here. You’d think people would be alllll over that, but apparently, only 14 officers have applied for (and were granted) the funding in the last three years (srsly?!). Supervisor Mark Farrell is startled by this and planning to do something about it.
Mr. David Latterman has prepared an in-depth analysis of how the District 1, District 5 and District 7 votes went during the November 2012 election. (Yes, this is right on the heels of his excellent summary of how the propositions went.) You’ll find solid commentary (including some very funny self-flagellation – nobody does “I blew it” better than Latterman, especially when you consider that he’s more on-target than most most political prognosticators), essential data, maps, and charts. Read up!
As always, after the election David Latterman goes into his cave and crunches election numbers until the City’s power grid can’t take it any longer. And this morning, we have his latest offering – what happened, what it means, and what all the numbers say. If you are a San Francisco political junkie, here is your breakfast reading material!
Big Brain David Latterman and color commentator Alex Clemens will be reprising their SPUR election analysis schtick today at the University of San Francisco’s Leo McCarthy Center for Public Service and the Common Good (yep, it’s a mouthful) – on campus in the Berman Room at Fromm Hall (near Parker and Golden Gate) at 12:30. Come on by with your brown bag of food and learn what happened – we’ll try to keep it informative and amusing.
Born and raised in the mean streets of Marin County, Ross appreciates the unique political landscape of the Bay Area. When he’s not helping his clients achieve their goals, he enjoys spending time with his wife and daughter, and occasionally searching for his lost golf ball at a local course.