Today’s Stories (Last updated May 25, 02:59 PM)

May
25
#Scootergate Update
by Kelly Groth

The City ordered e-scooter companies to remove their scooters and halt operations in San Francisco on June 4th. The e-scooters are welcome back on the streets one the companies are a

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The City ordered e-scooter companies to remove their scooters and halt operations in San Francisco on June 4th. The e-scooters are welcome back on the streets one the companies are approved for permits.

In other scooter news, two Lime scooters were thrown into the bay and remained there for over a week. San Francisco Baykeeper reported the scooters and claim Lime did not respond to the request to retrieve the scooters.

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City orders companies to remove e-scooters from SF streets by June 4
Examiner (05/25/2018)
Environmental group calls out scooter company over e
Examiner (05/25/2018)
SF begins rental scooter permit process — they could...
Chronicle (05/25/2018)
May
25
Charges Dismissed For Police Accused of Shooting and Killing Mario Woods, Luis Gongora Pat
by Kelly Groth

District Attorney George Gascon has decided to not charge the officers accused of killing Mario Woods and Luis Gongora Pat. While Gascon said he didn’t believe the police shootings o

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District Attorney George Gascon has decided to not charge the officers accused of killing Mario Woods and Luis Gongora Pat. While Gascon said he didn’t believe the police shootings of Woods and Gongora were necessary, he argued prosecutors could not prove it unreasonable to shoot the two men, who both had knives.

A spokesperson for the Gongora family argued that Gascon has not charged an officer for a shooting since taking office in 2011.

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Gascon declines to file charges against cops in shooting incidents
Mission Local (05/25/2018)
No charges for SFPD officers who fatally shot Mario Woods, Luis Gongora Pat
Examiner (05/25/2018)
No surprise, activists say, in DA’s decision to clear police in fatal shootings
Chronicle (05/25/2018)
Prosecutors face a high bar for charges against officers in shootings
Chronicle (05/25/2018)
SF police shootings: No charges for officers in Mario Woods, Luis Góngora Pat killings
Chronicle (05/25/2018)
May
25
Density Queen, Father of Inclusionary Housing Tout Records if Elected
by Kelly Groth

Joe Eskenazi takes a dive into the legislation promised by mayoral candidates Mark Leno and Jane Kim. Leno’s proposal to build more housing as mayor, and take serial Ellis Act evicto

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Joe Eskenazi takes a dive into the legislation promised by mayoral candidates Mark Leno and Jane Kim. Leno’s proposal to build more housing as mayor, and take serial Ellis Act evictors to court. Leno authored the inclusionary housing ordinance, which requires developers to build affordable housing in new apartments built, or pay a fee if they opt out.

Kim’s goal is to treat homelessness as a public health crisis, and has advocated for the inclusion of nurses in shelters. Kim touts her record of negotiating more affordable housing units in new housing developments, and smart density through the Central SoMa Plan.

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As mayor, Mark Leno, father of inclusionary housing, promises SF more housing
Mission Local (05/25/2018)
Jane Kim, “density queen” of District 6, sets her sights citywide
Mission Local (05/25/2018)
May
25
Encampment Sweeps Haven't Reduced Complaints
by Kelly Groth
Homeless advocates argue that a recent city-ordered sweep of encampments has had little impact in reducing complaints in the area. A sweep in April removed just over 100 tents, but o... more
Homeless advocates argue that a recent city-ordered sweep of encampments has had little impact in reducing complaints in the area. A sweep in April removed just over 100 tents, but only 6 individuals were placed in temporary shelter. Despite the removal of the tents, 311 calls of complaints in the area did not decrease, the Coalition on Homelessness found. more
Homeless advocates claim April sweeps led to more encampment complaints
Examiner (05/25/2018)
May
25
Two Attorneys Nominated for Police Commission
by Kelly Groth
The Board of Supervisors Rules Committee selected attorneys John Hamasaki and Cindy Elias to serve on the Police Commission. The Committee interviewed 11 applicants in a marathon mee... more
The Board of Supervisors Rules Committee selected attorneys John Hamasaki and Cindy Elias to serve on the Police Commission. The Committee interviewed 11 applicants in a marathon meeting this past Wednesday. The full Board of Supervisors will vote on the committee’s picks on its June 5th meeting. more
SF supervisors nominate two attorneys to serve on city’s Police Commission
Chronicle (05/25/2018)
May
25
BART Expansion to Livermore Voted Down
by Kelly Groth
In a 5-4 vote Thursday, the BART Board of Directors decided against building an extension to Livermore. Directors Bevan Dufty, Nick Josefowitz, and Lateefah Simon were three of the f... more
In a 5-4 vote Thursday, the BART Board of Directors decided against building an extension to Livermore. Directors Bevan Dufty, Nick Josefowitz, and Lateefah Simon were three of the five to vote against the $1.6 billion extension. Their arguments against the extension were that the agency should focus on rebuilding and modernizing the system first. more
BART board votes down extension to Livermore
Chronicle (05/25/2018)
May
25
Syringe Clean Up Team Hitting SF Streets
by Kelly Groth
Needles in the streets? The syringe disposal clean up team is on it! The Health Commission has approved a contract with the San Francisco AIDS Foundation to hire a 10-person clean-up... more
Needles in the streets? The syringe disposal clean up team is on it! The Health Commission has approved a contract with the San Francisco AIDS Foundation to hire a 10-person clean-up team. The initiative stems from the uptick in complaints residents have voiced about the syringes in city streets. more
SF’s new needle cleanup team to get van and branded jackets
Examiner (05/25/2018)
SF’s new needle cleanup team to get van and branded jackets
Examiner (05/25/2018)
Nov
06
Mayoral & Supervisor Races 2018 - Candidates Thus Far
by SF Usual Suspects
June Election 2018

Declared Candidates
Mayor - Mark Leno*, Angela Alioto*, Jane Kim*, London Breed*, Amy Farah Weiss*, Richie Greenberg*, Ellen Lee Zhou*, Michelle Bravo*

D8 - Jeff Sheehy*, Rafael Mandelman*, Lawrence Dagesse*

November Election 2018

D2 - Catherine Stefani*, Schuyler Hudak*, Nicholas Josefowitz*, Kat Anderson*, Michela Alioto-Pier
D4 - Katy Tang*, Daniel Kappler*, Adam Kim*
D6 - Sonja Trauss*, Jason Lee Jones*, Matt Haney*, Christine Johnson*
D10 - Uzuri Pease-Greene*, Shamann Walton*, Theo Ellington*, Tony Kelly*, Asale-Haquek... more
June Election 2018

Declared Candidates
Mayor - Mark Leno*, Angela Alioto*, Jane Kim*, London Breed*, Amy Farah Weiss*, Richie Greenberg*, Ellen Lee Zhou*, Michelle Bravo*

D8 - Jeff Sheehy*, Rafael Mandelman*, Lawrence Dagesse*

November Election 2018

D2 - Catherine Stefani*, Schuyler Hudak*, Nicholas Josefowitz*, Kat Anderson*, Michela Alioto-Pier
D4 - Katy Tang*, Daniel Kappler*, Adam Kim*
D6 - Sonja Trauss*, Jason Lee Jones*, Matt Haney*, Christine Johnson*
D10 - Uzuri Pease-Greene*, Shamann Walton*, Theo Ellington*, Tony Kelly*, Asale-Haquekyah Chandler*, Neo Veavea*


Incumbents in bold. Candidates declared have an asterisk (*) next to their names, and rumored candidates do not.

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Today’s Suspects Updater
Kelly Groth
Kelly brings a diverse background in SF politics, ranging from grassroots campaigns to serving on the board of one too many Democratic clubs. Sometimes she has a free moment, where you can find her biking around town or stuffing her face with Arizmendi pastries.

In the Past Week…

May
24
Another Poll, Another Newsom
by Jeno Wilkinson
The Public Policy Institute of California has released its latest poll on the upcoming Governor's race and no surprise, Gavin Newsom is still at the front of the pack. The race for s... more
The Public Policy Institute of California has released its latest poll on the upcoming Governor's race and no surprise, Gavin Newsom is still at the front of the pack. The race for second, however, has heated up. John Cox and Antonio Villaraigosa are neck and neck.  more
Newsom leads governor’s poll, with Cox and Villaraigosa fighting for second
SF Chronicle (05/24/2018)
May
24
Park Name Change: Julius Kahn Park
by Jeno Wilkinson
San Francisco Supervisors are taking a look at renaming Julius Kahn Park. Kahn was a member of the House of Representatives at the turn of the 20th century and was a steadfast suppor... more
San Francisco Supervisors are taking a look at renaming Julius Kahn Park. Kahn was a member of the House of Representatives at the turn of the 20th century and was a steadfast supporter of the nationalist (and racist) agenda of the day, including the Chinese Exclusion Act. The Rec & Park Commission has not calendared any action on this item yet. more
Park renaming bid wins Board backing
SF Examiner (05/24/2018)
SF supes’ panel favors renaming Julius Kahn Playground, citing his racism
SF Chronicle (05/24/2018)
May
24
Zero Waste? Not Yet...
by Jeno Wilkinson
The Examiner takes a look at the City's effort to send no more trash to landfills by 2020. Collectively, we will all fall short. Why? Some people still are just not sorting their trash.
The Examiner takes a look at the City's effort to send no more trash to landfills by 2020. Collectively, we will all fall short. Why? Some people still are just not sorting their trash. more
Residents still resist recycling
SF Examiner (05/24/2018)
May
24
On Guard: Breed Struggles with Critical Voting Block
by Jeno Wilkinson
Joe Fitz takes a look at how the leading candidates for Mayor are faring in the Chinese Community, a back and forth between Supervisor Jeff Sheehy and Veritas Investments, and locals... more
Joe Fitz takes a look at how the leading candidates for Mayor are faring in the Chinese Community, a back and forth between Supervisor Jeff Sheehy and Veritas Investments, and locals casting their votes early.  more
Chinese community support swings for Leno as Breed combats racism in Chinatown
SF Examiner (05/24/2018)
May
24
Politics = Strange Allies: Meg Whitman to help Dem in Governor's Race
by SF Usual Suspects
Former eBay CEO Meg Whitman is hosting a fundraising for Antonio Villaraigosa in Silicon Valley. She will be joined by Netflix CEO Reed Hastings and charter school advocates.   ... more
Former eBay CEO Meg Whitman is hosting a fundraising for Antonio Villaraigosa in Silicon Valley. She will be joined by Netflix CEO Reed Hastings and charter school advocates.    more
Republican Meg Whitman backs a Democrat for California governor
SF Chronicle (05/24/2018)
May
24
CA Supreme Court will review SF's Bail Reform
by Jeno Wilkinson
The state's high court will take a look at the City's recent bail reform. 
The state's high court will take a look at the City's recent bail reform.  more
California Supreme Court to review SF bail reform decision
SF Examiner (05/24/2018)
May
24
The Bay Area Reporter: Police Commission Applicants up for a Vote
by Jeno Wilkinson
The Bay Area Reporter is noting the politics around the empty seats on the Police Commission and those seeking to replace them.
The Bay Area Reporter is noting the politics around the empty seats on the Police Commission and those seeking to replace them. more
Supes' panel expected to vote on police commission applicants
The Bay Area Reporter (05/24/2018)
May
24
BAR Political Notebook: Shahid Buttar Looks for Second Slot Against Pelosi
by Jeno Wilkinson
Shahid Buttar is looking to take the number two spot in the June primary and eventually beat Nancy Pelosi in November. Buttar has an extensive resume that goes from the Playa at Burn... more
Shahid Buttar is looking to take the number two spot in the June primary and eventually beat Nancy Pelosi in November. Buttar has an extensive resume that goes from the Playa at Burning Man is countless courtroom appearances as an attorney.  more
Political Notebook: Progressive lawyer and DJ aims to take on Pelosi
The Bay Area Reporter (05/24/2018)
May
24
Housing Bond by Next Mayor?
by Jeno Wilkinson
The Bay Area Reporter takes a look at the potential for future housing bonds as the candidates for mayor begin to make their closing statements to voters. 
The Bay Area Reporter takes a look at the potential for future housing bonds as the candidates for mayor begin to make their closing statements to voters.  more
Next SF mayor could seek housing bond measure
The Bay Area Reporter (05/24/2018)
May
24
Tax Exemption for Compassionate Care
by Jeno Wilkinson
Senator Scott Wiener has introduced a bill that would exempt compassionate care providers from some taxes related to California's recreational marijuana laws.
Senator Scott Wiener has introduced a bill that would exempt compassionate care providers from some taxes related to California's recreational marijuana laws. more
Bill will exempt compassionate care programs from some taxes on cannabis
The Bay Area Reporter (05/24/2018)
May
23
M&R: Pulling No Punches
by Nicole Yelich

Gubernatorial candidate front runner Gavin Newsom’s campaign has launched a litany of attack ads against fellow candidates Antonio Villaraigosa and John Chiang in the last two weeks

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Gubernatorial candidate front runner Gavin Newsom’s campaign has launched a litany of attack ads against fellow candidates Antonio Villaraigosa and John Chiang in the last two weeks before the June primary.  This a strategic move to help Republican John Cox win the No. 2 slot and not pit Newsom against a Democrat in November.

Lawmakers are revisiting a ban on gun shows in California at the same time the Cow Palace, where several gun shows take place each year, is seeking $8M in state funding to repair its aging roof.

State Senator Scott Wiener has introduced a bill to ban gun shows, and joined Assemblymember Phil Ting and State Senator Jerry Hill at a press conference Monday to push this new ban, after previous attempts to pass a ban were vetoed by Governors Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jerry Brown.

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Newsom strategy: Face Republican in the fall by knocking Dems out in June
Chronicle (05/23/2018)
May
23
San Francisco’s Mayoral Race and the Struggle for the Future of the Left
by Nicole Yelich

The New Yorker looks at the uniquely Bay Area politics shaping the mayor's race and how it reflects the state of liberal politics on the national level.

The New Yorker looks at the uniquely Bay Area politics shaping the mayor's race and how it reflects the state of liberal politics on the national level.

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San Francisco’s Mayoral Race and the Struggle for the Future of the Left
The New Yorker (05/23/2018)
May
23
The Buck Stops Here
by Nicole Yelich

The Board unanimously passed Supervisor Sandra Fewer’s legislation to prevent landlords from saddling tenants with fees incurred during the purchase of the property.

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The Board unanimously passed Supervisor Sandra Fewer’s legislation to prevent landlords from saddling tenants with fees incurred during the purchase of the property.

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Rent Control Loophole Closed
SF Weekly (05/23/2018)
Supes restrict costs landlords can pass on to tenants
Examiner (05/23/2018)
May
23
Supes End Criminal Justice Fees
by Nicole Yelich

Supervisors unanimously passed legislation eliminating criminal justice administrative fees for those arrested and jailed. 

As it stands, many people exiting the criminal justice sys

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Supervisors unanimously passed legislation eliminating criminal justice administrative fees for those arrested and jailed. 

As it stands, many people exiting the criminal justice system cannot afford, and do not pay, fines that can add up to thousands of dollars to cover costs associated with incarceration, electronic monitoring, and probation.

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SF abolishes criminal justice fees
Examiner (05/23/2018)
SF Supes eliminate local fees that many people exiting...
Chronicle (05/23/2018)
May
23
All Eyes Off Me
by Nicole Yelich

On Tuesday, Supervisor Aaron Peskin proposed a new measure for the November ballot.  The “Privacy First Policy” is a charter amendment intended to protect SF residents’ and visitors’

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On Tuesday, Supervisor Aaron Peskin proposed a new measure for the November ballot.  The “Privacy First Policy” is a charter amendment intended to protect SF residents’ and visitors’ personal information in the wake of the Cambridge Analytica scandal.

Supervisors Yee, Kim, Sheehy, Fewer, and Ronen are co-sponsors of the proposed measure.

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Peskin introduces SF’s first-ever ‘Privacy First Policy’ for November ballot
Examiner (05/23/2018)
May
23
You Are My Sunshine
by Nicole Yelich

Lyft is dipping its toe into the controversial pool of e-scooters per an email exchange between Ground Floor Public Affairs and the SFMTA.  The communication was brought to light via

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Lyft is dipping its toe into the controversial pool of e-scooters per an email exchange between Ground Floor Public Affairs and the SFMTA.  The communication was brought to light via the Sunshine Ordinance that allows all email communications with city agencies and officials to be made available to the public.

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Email reveals Lyft expanding into e-scooter business in SF
Examiner (05/23/2018)
May
23
Bay Area Mayors Say Yes on RM3
by Nicole Yelich

Mayor Farrell, Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf, and San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo held a press conference Monday to voice their support of Regional Measure 3.  On the June 5th ballot, RM3 w

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Mayor Farrell, Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf, and San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo held a press conference Monday to voice their support of Regional Measure 3.  On the June 5th ballot, RM3 would raise tolls on Bay Area bridges to fund highway and public transit infrastructure improvements around the bridges.

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Bay Area mayors pledge support for bridge toll hike
Examiner (05/23/2018)
May
23
Benioff's Call To Action At Salesforce Tower Grand Opening
by Nicole Yelich

Amidst the pomp and circumstance around the grand opening of the new Salesforce Tower, Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff called for the city officials to put aside their differences to fin

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Amidst the pomp and circumstance around the grand opening of the new Salesforce Tower, Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff called for the city officials to put aside their differences to find real solutions to homelessness and fixing public education.

Benioff is known for putting his money where his mouth is - Salesforce, and Benioff himself, have donated million to SF schools and hospitals and he announced a new goal of Salesforce to put in $200M to take every homeless person off SF streets.

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Homelessness Conversation Dominates Salesforce Tower Grand Opening
SF Weekly (05/23/2018)
San Francisco’s big new building has a down-to-earth opening ceremony
Chronicle (05/23/2018)
May
23
SF Forms Working Groups to Address High Costs of Building Affordable Housing
by Nicole Yelich

Mayor Mark Farrell announced the formation of three public-private working groups to develop recommendations to lower the steadily rising costs of building new affordable housing.

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Mayor Mark Farrell announced the formation of three public-private working groups to develop recommendations to lower the steadily rising costs of building new affordable housing.

A recent UC Berkley study pointed to the city’s slow approval process and the chronic understaffing of the Planning Department as obstacles to moving forward on new affordable housing projects.

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City Hall promises to scale back price of affordable housing
Curbed SF (05/23/2018)
May
23
Show Us Your Data
by Nicole Yelich

SF transit officials are asking the state to require companies who operate driverless cars to hand over GPS and other data they collect.

The city reasons that the data could assist in

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SF transit officials are asking the state to require companies who operate driverless cars to hand over GPS and other data they collect.

The city reasons that the data could assist in strategies to mitigate traffic congestion.  Unsurprisingly, the companies, including Lyft and Uber, are opposed to the idea.

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SF seeks driverless car data from state regulators to investigate traffic congestion
Examiner (05/23/2018)
May
23
Gov. Brown Proposes “Online Only” Community College
by Nicole Yelich

City College of San Francisco officials are pushing back on Gov. Jerry Brown’s proposal to create an “online only” college within the state’s community college system. 

CCSF, along wi

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City College of San Francisco officials are pushing back on Gov. Jerry Brown’s proposal to create an “online only” college within the state’s community college system. 

CCSF, along with several other community colleges around the state, are concerned that a new online college would hurt the individual schools’ established online programs, and want to see more state funding put into improving the existing programs.

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CCSF leaders skeptical of governor’s proposed 'online only' college
Examiner (05/23/2018)
May
23
Let's Shake On It
by Nicole Yelich

The City and PG&E have come to a tentative and informal agreement to work together to address construction delays caused by PG&E’s onerous and, as the SFPUC stated, arbitrary require

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The City and PG&E have come to a tentative and informal agreement to work together to address construction delays caused by PG&E’s onerous and, as the SFPUC stated, arbitrary requirements to deliver electricity to city-owned building.

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SF, PG&E come to loose agreement on moving city projects forward
Chronicle (05/23/2018)
May
22
Anti-Leno PAC Exploits Loophole, Won't Disclose Donors Before Election
by Shanti Singh
A new PAC formed to oppose Mark Leno's mayoral candidacy by a group called "Safe and Affordable San Francisco" won't have to disclose its donors until after Election Day, thanks to a... more
A new PAC formed to oppose Mark Leno's mayoral candidacy by a group called "Safe and Affordable San Francisco" won't have to disclose its donors until after Election Day, thanks to a loophole: the PAC filed as a state-level PAC, but so far has only spent in SF races.

The only confirmed donor is the landlord interest group, the SF Apartment Association, which had attempted to remove its name from public filings. The group's principal officer is also associated with a PAC funded by billionaire Ron Conway, a staunch London Breed supporter. No other donor information is available publicly.

Leno has made criticism of Super PACs and "dark money" a key theme of his campaign. more
Donors to $100K (so far) anti-Mark Leno campaign won’t be revealed before election day
Mission Local (05/21/2018)
May
22
City Officials Tackle Subsidized Housing Shortage
by Shanti Singh
As the Bay Area continues to suffer an acute crisis of housing affordability, city officials are investigating ways to expedite the production of subsidized housing. Over 80 low-inco... more
As the Bay Area continues to suffer an acute crisis of housing affordability, city officials are investigating ways to expedite the production of subsidized housing. Over 80 low-income prospective tenants on average apply for each subsidized unit that opens up in San Francisco.

Meanwhile, Mayor Mark Farrell and Supervisor Hillary Ronen are convening hearings to address the high construction costs that are making subsidized projects extremely difficult to finance and build. more
Frustrated SF Supervisor Ronen wants affordable housing projects sped up
Chronicle (05/21/2018)
Report: More than 80 applicants for every low-income SF rental
Examiner (05/21/2018)
SF mayor convenes summit to address high...
Chronicle (05/22/2018)
May
22
BART Plans to Close Civic Center Hallway
by Shanti Singh
BART is looking to close a hallway in the Civic Center station, citing public safety concerns around homeless San Franciscans occupying the hall. Homelessness advocates are seeking a... more
BART is looking to close a hallway in the Civic Center station, citing public safety concerns around homeless San Franciscans occupying the hall. Homelessness advocates are seeking alternatives, pointing out that people may simply choose to occupy a different part of the station. more
BART seeks closure of Civic Center station hallway
Examiner (05/21/2018)
May
22
SF Moves Ahead With Safe Injection Sites
by Shanti Singh
Despite concerns that Attorney General Jeff Sessions will need little excuse to throw the book at San Francisco for violating federal law, city officials are prepared to move forward... more
Despite concerns that Attorney General Jeff Sessions will need little excuse to throw the book at San Francisco for violating federal law, city officials are prepared to move forward with safe injection sites for opioid users, which have been successful harm-reduction and public safety strategies in other countries. more
San Francisco would defy federal law with safe injection sites
Chronicle (05/22/2018)
May
22
GOP Hardliner Proposes "Mayor Libby Schaaf Act"
by Shanti Singh
Iowa GOP Congressman and your-racist-uncle-who-got-into-the-egg-nog-again Steve King has proposed legislation that would ban public officials from warning citizens about a law enforc... more
Iowa GOP Congressman and your-racist-uncle-who-got-into-the-egg-nog-again Steve King has proposed legislation that would ban public officials from warning citizens about a law enforcement action, including ICE raids. The penalty would be five years' imprisonment.

With the characteristic subtlety of a man famous for such remarks on immigration as "we can't restore our civilization with somebody else's babies," King named the proposed legislation the "Mayor Libby Schaaf Act", referencing Oakland mayor Libby Schaaf's citywide warning to Oaklanders of an impending ICE raid. more
‘Mayor Libby Schaaf Act’ could imprison officials who disclose ICE sweeps
Chronicle (05/22/2018)
May
22
Trump's OC Poll Surge May Spell Trouble for "Blue Wave"
by Shanti Singh
As Democrats focus on the seats of retiring California Republicans to flip the House in November 2018, commander-in-chief and sentient hate-balloon Donald Trump is experiencing a sur... more
As Democrats focus on the seats of retiring California Republicans to flip the House in November 2018, commander-in-chief and sentient hate-balloon Donald Trump is experiencing a surge in popularity in Orange and San Diego Counties, per a recent poll. more
Bad news for Dems: Trump’s rating is rising where it counts in California
Chronicle (05/22/2018)
May
21
An Expensive Fix
by Jen Longley
Oakland officials may be open to negotiating a pricey settlement with Port of Oakland developer Phil Tagami, after a court rejected the City's claim that his proposed coal shipments ... more
Oakland officials may be open to negotiating a pricey settlement with Port of Oakland developer Phil Tagami, after a court rejected the City's claim that his proposed coal shipments for the site were a health hazard.

Meanwhile, BART officials are seeking permission to close an entrance and walkway at Civic Center BART which has attracted blatant drug use in Monday's Matier & Ross. more
If Oakland wants to keep fighting coal at terminal, it’s going to be expensive
Chronicle (05/21/2018)
May
21
Transit Fee Increase Proposed to Address Backlog
by Jen Longley
A proposal to increase the transportation sustainability fee  established in 2015 to ensure that new developments pay for increased transit use caused by additional residents, to $5/... more
A proposal to increase the transportation sustainability fee  established in 2015 to ensure that new developments pay for increased transit use caused by additional residents, to $5/sq ft on highrises, has unanimously cleared the Planning Commission and is headed towards the Land Use and Transportation Committee today.

The fee hike, proposed by Supervisor Aaron Peskin, would address a $22 billion backlog in existing transit needs, and will likely be opposed by development interests. more
Supervisors consider raising development fees for transit
Examiner (05/21/2018)