Today’s Stories (Last updated January 23, 07:03 AM)

Jan
22
M&R: Construction Kerfluffles
by Jen Longley
A plan from Bay Bridge officials to turn a $15 million demolition bill into an $18 million tourist site, round 3,205 of Newsom vs San Francisco re: voter-approved waterfront heights,... more
A plan from Bay Bridge officials to turn a $15 million demolition bill into an $18 million tourist site, round 3,205 of Newsom vs San Francisco re: voter-approved waterfront heights, and a very special help wanted ad for SFMTA in a Monday morning construction three-fer from Matier and Ross. more
Bay Bridge officials planning $18 million fishing pier to lure sightseers
Chronicle (01/22/2018)
Jan
22
Easy as 1-2-3
by Jen Longley
The Examiner sits down with transitional housing advocate and Mayoral candidate Amy Farah Weiss.
The Examiner sits down with transitional housing advocate and Mayoral candidate Amy Farah Weiss. more
What makes Amy run?
Examiner (01/22/2018)
Jan
22
Affordable Housing for Elderly Alzheimer's Patients on the Line
by Jen Longley
As part of a planned location change, California Pacific Medical Center will be scrapping its subsidized in-home care for Alzheimer's patients at the end of 2018- part of a 20% reduc... more
As part of a planned location change, California Pacific Medical Center will be scrapping its subsidized in-home care for Alzheimer's patients at the end of 2018- part of a 20% reduction in residential care centers for the elderly citywide since 2012. In response, Supervisor Norman Yee is floating an update to supplemental funding for these centers in an effort to keep them open for our increasingly aging population. more
CPMC to shut down Alzheimer’s program; residents scramble for alternatives
Chronicle (01/22/2018)
Jan
22
Parks & Recreation: Shutdown Edition
by Jen Longley
While Alcatraz remains open, many National Park sites throughout the region will be closed due to the ongoing federal government shutdown.
While Alcatraz remains open, many National Park sites throughout the region will be closed due to the ongoing federal government shutdown. more
Many Bay Area parks close because of government shutdown
Examiner (01/22/2018)
Nov
06
Mayoral & Supervisor Races 2018 - Candidates Thus Far
by Jen Longley
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*

Declining to Run
Mayor - Carmen Chu, David Chiu, Mark Farrell, Dennis Herrera

November Election 2018

D2 - 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*, Sha... 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*

Declining to Run
Mayor - Carmen Chu, David Chiu, Mark Farrell, Dennis Herrera

November Election 2018

D2 - 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.

Know something we don't? Mentioned here, but you don't want to be? Don't see your name on here, but you'd like to? We're happy to help. Give us the scoop and drop us a line at usualsuspectssf@gmail.com. more
Today’s Suspects Updater
Shanti Singh
Shanti hails from the Rust Belt and dreamt of moving to SF since she was a tween. She's worked on several supervisor campaigns meeting tenants across the city and is a tech worker, affordable housing advocate and proud daughter of immigrant public school teachers.

In the Past Week…

Jan
21
Willie Brown: Trump's World
by Steven Kight
Mayor Willie Brown discusses how nothing matters to Trump but Trump. The Republican Party and it's priorities are of no concern to this Republican president, it's him, and only him, ... more
Mayor Willie Brown discusses how nothing matters to Trump but Trump. The Republican Party and it's priorities are of no concern to this Republican president, it's him, and only him, that matters. Mayor Brown suggests that Trump isn't worried about his party losing control of Congress because it would simply offer him new targets to tweet at. more
Trump comes first. GOP’s problems aren’t his concern
Chronicle (01/21/2018)
Jan
21
M&R Talk Museums, Mayoral Pay, And Luncheons
by Steven Kight
Chinatown activists are looking to buy the landmark Empress of China building with the hope of turning it into a museum dedicated to Chinese American history.
Chinatown activists are looking to buy the landmark Empress of China building with the hope of turning it into a museum dedicated to Chinese American history. more
Chinatown landmark building in play for first Chinese American museum
Chronicle (01/21/2018)
Jan
21
Expand Your Learning
by Steven Kight
Enrollment is up at City College! At the beginning of the second semester of City College being free to all San Francisco residents, the enrollment is up to 26,000. After years of fa... more
Enrollment is up at City College! At the beginning of the second semester of City College being free to all San Francisco residents, the enrollment is up to 26,000. After years of falling enrollment numbers, the Free City College program is proving itself successful in turning around the the college. more
Enrollment climbing in second semester of free City College
Examiner (01/21/2018)
Jan
21
When Women March, Demons Run
by Kelly Groth
In the second annual Women's March in San Francisco, tens of thousands of protesters showed up to remind Donald Trump "we're still here, and we're not backing down". Organizers of th... more
In the second annual Women's March in San Francisco, tens of thousands of protesters showed up to remind Donald Trump "we're still here, and we're not backing down". Organizers of this year's event anticipated about 80,000 attendees. 

The San Francisco march highlighted women in office, and the need for more female leadership in positions of power. Supervisors Sandra Lee Fewer and Hillary Ronen were among the speakers at the rally.  more
Thousands gather to march against Trump, inspire change with female leadership
Examiner (01/21/2018)
Jan
21
Fun Fact: Columbus is in the Bad Place
by Kelly Groth

This Tuesday, the Board of Supervisors may decide on replacing Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples Day. Supervisor Malia Cohen is introducing legislation to declare the second Monda

... more

This Tuesday, the Board of Supervisors may decide on replacing Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples Day. Supervisor Malia Cohen is introducing legislation to declare the second Monday in October "Indigenous Peoples Day".


Native American activists have fought since the 1970's to do away with celebrating the man who "discovered" America.

more
SF to replace Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples Day
Examiner (01/21/2018)
Jan
21
Despite #TrumpShutdown, SF Pledges to Continue Governing
by Kelly Groth
Acting Mayor London Breed has assured SF residents that despite the federal shutdown, city services will operate as normal.

DACA is at the core of the stopgap spending bill, where Dem... more
Acting Mayor London Breed has assured SF residents that despite the federal shutdown, city services will operate as normal.

DACA is at the core of the stopgap spending bill, where Democrats have pledged to not pass a bill that does not include funding for the program. Acting Mayor Breed urges Congress to include funding for the program as well. more
Acting Mayor Breed promises business as usual amid government shutdown
Examiner (01/21/2018)
Jan
20
BREAKING: Christine Johnson Launches District 6 Supervisor Campaign
by Peter Gallotta
Former Planning Commissioner Christine Johnson is the latest candidate to jump into the District 6 Supervisor race for November 2018. She joins Matt Haney, Sonja Trauss, and Jason Le... more
Former Planning Commissioner Christine Johnson is the latest candidate to jump into the District 6 Supervisor race for November 2018. She joins Matt Haney, Sonja Trauss, and Jason Lee Jones in filing to run to represent Treasure Island, the Tenderloin, and South of Market. Most recently, Johnson worked for urban planning think thank, SPUR. Where does she stand on some of the issues affecting District 6? Joe Fitz has the scoop.  more
Former Planning Commissioner Christine Johnson launches District 6 supervisor campaign
Examiner (01/20/2018)
Jan
20
Charges Dropped for J20 Protesters
by Peter Gallotta
One year ago today, a group of protesters formed a human chain across the Caltrain tracks in San Francisco in opposition to the inauguration of Donald Trump. In the wake of the peace... more
One year ago today, a group of protesters formed a human chain across the Caltrain tracks in San Francisco in opposition to the inauguration of Donald Trump. In the wake of the peaceful demonstration by the "J20 Resisters", the District Attorney's office filed multiple charges against each of the protesters and indicated it would go to trial. If pursued, those charges could have amounted to over a year of jail time for each of the demonstrators. Over 5,000 people signed a petition calling for District Attorney Gascon to drop the charges. The DA's decision to drop the charges coincides with U.S. District Attorney’s dismissal of cases against 129 Inauguration Day protesters in Washington, D.C.
more
Charges dropped against Inauguration Day protesters who formed chain on Caltrain tracks
Examiner (01/20/2018)
Jan
20
Judge Denies Alioto's Attempt to Limit Leno's Campaign Cash
by Peter Gallotta
Things are already heating up and heading to court in the San Francisco Mayor's race. Former Supervisor Angela Alioto sued Mark Leno's campaign last week, claiming Leno should not be... more
Things are already heating up and heading to court in the San Francisco Mayor's race. Former Supervisor Angela Alioto sued Mark Leno's campaign last week, claiming Leno should not be allowed to count funds he’s raised for his 2019 mayoral election bid for public financing for the June 2018 election. Alioto claimed that would give Leno an unfair advantage in the race. But on Friday, a San Francisco judge sided with Leno, saying that the laws limiting public financing eligibility only applies to leftover funds carried forward to a new campaign after an election takes place. That means the funds Leno has collected thus far would still be eligible for public financing for June. 


more
Judge says no to Alioto’s attempt to restrict Leno’s funding in SF mayor race
Chronicle (01/20/2018)
Jan
20
Federal Gov Shuts Down; DACA Left in Limbo
by Peter Gallotta
Exactly one year into this mess and it's only getting messier. The federal government is shut down. At the center of the debate is whether or not the stopgap funding bill -- which wo... more
Exactly one year into this mess and it's only getting messier. The federal government is shut down. At the center of the debate is whether or not the stopgap funding bill -- which would extend spending by another month -- will include a path to citizenship and legal status for 700,000 young people who are DACA recipients. Republicans are refusing to pass a clean DACA reauthorization bill. The Democrats are refusing to let that continue. It's called budget hard ball. Let's hope the Democrats continue to hold their ground and not let the Republicans continue to play politics with the lives of these young Americans.  more
Government shuts down as the Senate fails to pass spending bill
Chronicle (01/20/2018)
Jan
19
Fillmore Heritage Center Activists March to City Hall
by Kelly Groth

The Fillmore Heritage Center sees the shuttering of another business, much to the neighborhood’s dismay. Activists marched to City Hall to demand evidence that the city was still com

... more

The Fillmore Heritage Center sees the shuttering of another business, much to the neighborhood’s dismay. Activists marched to City Hall to demand evidence that the city was still committed to the Center's revitalization project.

The center has hoped to see a revival of black arts and culture among the Fillmore corridor, but owners bidding for the location have failed to meet community standards.

more
Fillmore activists march to City Hall over ‘multimillion dollar blight’
Examiner (01/19/2018)
Jan
19
Benefiting From Trump Tax Cut? Not So Fast...
by Kelly Groth
California legislators, including Assemblymember Phil Ting, have turned their eye to large companies who will benefit under the Trump administration’s tax plan, hoping to create a ta... more
California legislators, including Assemblymember Phil Ting, have turned their eye to large companies who will benefit under the Trump administration’s tax plan, hoping to create a tax surcharge on those making more than $1 million. Their federal tax cut would be allocated to programs that benefit low-income and middle class families. more
California corporate tax bill would offset Trump cuts
Sacramento Bee (01/19/2018)
California Democrats want businesses to give half their tax-cut savings to state
Chronicle (01/19/2018)
Jan
19
CA Legislators Look to End Workplace Harassment & Discrimination
by Kelly Groth
State legislators have introduced a bill to give Californians up to three years to file a sexual harassment or discrimination complaint in the workplace or housing market. Recent all... more
State legislators have introduced a bill to give Californians up to three years to file a sexual harassment or discrimination complaint in the workplace or housing market. Recent allegations of harassment in workplaces — including the Capitol itself — proves not enough has been done to address harassment and discrimination in the state. more
Lawmakers seek to give Californians 3 years to file sex harassment complaints
Chronicle (01/19/2018)
Jan
19
Second Chance for Last Call at 4 A.M.
by Kelly Groth
State Senator Scott Wiener re-introduces his bill to extend nightlife hours to 4 A.M. Wiener’s new legislation focuses on the six cities (including San Francisco) that supported his ... more
State Senator Scott Wiener re-introduces his bill to extend nightlife hours to 4 A.M. Wiener’s new legislation focuses on the six cities (including San Francisco) that supported his previous legislation, instead of statewide extension of hours. more
Wiener reintroduces bill to allow late
Examiner (01/19/2018)
Wiener reintroduces bill to extend nightlife in California cities
Chronicle (01/19/2018)
Jan
19
YOU Could Be a Lucky Rider on the Fleet of the Future
by Kelly Groth
It’s happening!!! The new fleet of BART trains are here, and you might be a lucky rider this Friday evening. One train may be in service as early as today.

I’m still holding out for
... more
It’s happening!!! The new fleet of BART trains are here, and you might be a lucky rider this Friday evening. One train may be in service as early as today.

I’m still holding out for a ride on the new Muni train.
more
BART ‘Fleet of the Future’ finally cleared to launch Friday
Examiner (01/19/2018)
New BART rail cars could start service in time for Friday’s evening commute
Chronicle (01/19/2018)
Jan
19
First We Marched, Now We Vote
by Kelly Groth
The second annual Women’s March takes place around the Bay Area this Saturday. Here’s a round up of all the marches this weekend.
more
The second annual Women’s March takes place around the Bay Area this Saturday. Here’s a round up of all the marches this weekend.
more
Where the women’s marches will take place in the Bay Area Saturday
Chronicle (01/19/2018)
Jan
19
Rec and Parks Commissioners Elect President and VP
by Kelly Groth
Rec and Parks commissioners unanimously voted to re-elect President Mark Buell and Vice President Allan Low this Thursday. more
Rec and Parks commissioners unanimously voted to re-elect President Mark Buell and Vice President Allan Low this Thursday. more
SF parks commission re-elects Buell, Low as its leaders
Chronicle (01/19/2018)
Jan
18
Goverment Shutdown & Our Parks
by Kelly Groth
The Chronicle looks at the impact of a potential government shutdown and how our local national parks will be affected. 

But there still maybe hope for a deal by Friday...I mean if De... more
The Chronicle looks at the impact of a potential government shutdown and how our local national parks will be affected. 

But there still maybe hope for a deal by Friday...I mean if Democrats & Republicans can come together to subpoena Sloppy Steve Bannon, anything is possible. more
Muir Woods, Alcatraz and other parkland likely to close in federal shutdown
Chronicle (01/18/2018)
Jan
18
On Thin Ice...
by Jeno Wilkinson
The Chron reports that, according to several Bay Area law enforcement sources, the Feds have not coordinated with them on the upcoming immigration sweeps. 

The Examiner reports San Fr... more
The Chron reports that, according to several Bay Area law enforcement sources, the Feds have not coordinated with them on the upcoming immigration sweeps. 

The Examiner reports San Francisco Police Chief Bill Scott makes it plain as day "we will not assist." in the upcoming ICE raids...

Perhaps ICE should "hold on tight". more
Bay Area police unlikely to help ICE on immigration sweeps
SF Chronicle (01/18/2018)
SFPD chief addresses reports of massive ICE raid coming to Bay Area
SF Examiner (01/18/2018)
Jan
18
SFPD & District Attorney Look to Protect Sex Workers
by Jeno Wilkinson
The Bay Area Reporter takes a look at how the SFPD and DA's Office will work together to protect sex workers in violent situations.
The Bay Area Reporter takes a look at how the SFPD and DA's Office will work together to protect sex workers in violent situations. more
Police, DA seek to aid sex workers
The Bay Area Reporter (01/18/2018)
Jan
18
SFPD Saves The Day
by Jeno Wilkinson
SFPD make a critical save for an Olympic figure skater. Marissa Castelli had her custom skates stolen from her car earlier this month but officers were able to recover them.
SFPD make a critical save for an Olympic figure skater. Marissa Castelli had her custom skates stolen from her car earlier this month but officers were able to recover them. more
SFPD recovers Olympic figure skater’s gear stolen in car break
SF Examiner (01/18/2018)
Jan
18
The Lone Woman in Governor's Race
by Jeno Wilkinson
As we approach the second Women's March on Saturday, Joe Garofoli takes a look at the lone woman running for the Golden State's top job.
As we approach the second Women's March on Saturday, Joe Garofoli takes a look at the lone woman running for the Golden State's top job. more
As other women march on, only female governor candidate is at back of pack
SF Chronicle (01/18/2018)
Jan
18
BAR Sits Down with Supervisor Ronen
by Jeno Wilkinson
As her first year on the Board of Supervisors comes to a close, Supervisor Ronen talks to the Bay Area Reporter about homelessness, the upcoming mayoral race, and renaming Terminal I... more
As her first year on the Board of Supervisors comes to a close, Supervisor Ronen talks to the Bay Area Reporter about homelessness, the upcoming mayoral race, and renaming Terminal I at SFO after Harvey Milk. more
Political Notebook: Homelessness dominated Supe Ronen's freshman year
The Bay Area Reporter (01/18/2018)
Jan
18
Former Muni Union Chief is Heading to SFMTA
by Jeno Wilkinson
The Examiner reports the head of the Muni Operators' Union (Local 250-A) Eric Williams is heading to work for SFMTA's management. Williams was a critical player in the Muni "sick out... more
The Examiner reports the head of the Muni Operators' Union (Local 250-A) Eric Williams is heading to work for SFMTA's management. Williams was a critical player in the Muni "sick out" for a few years back. more
Union president who oversaw ‘Muni sickout’ to work for SFMTA management
SF Examiner (01/18/2018)
Jan
18
Really? 101 is safer than 280?
by Jeno Wilkinson
According to Zendrive, Highway 101 is safer than 280 and the Golden Gate Bridge is the safest bridge in the Bay Area. See how your commute checks out in their analysis.
According to Zendrive, Highway 101 is safer than 280 and the Golden Gate Bridge is the safest bridge in the Bay Area. See how your commute checks out in their analysis. more
Analysis of cellphone data reveals Highway 101 safer than Interstate 280
SF Examiner (01/18/2018)
Study finds riskiest times, routes for Bay Area drivers
SF Chronicle (01/18/2018)
Jan
18
Fort Scott 2.0?
by Jeno Wilkinson
The Presidio is looking for a developer to help give some new life to Fort Scott and the surrounding fields.

The Presidio is looking for a developer to help give some new life to Fort Scott and the surrounding fields.

more
Glorious Presidio site seeks occupant: must be deep-pocketed do-gooder
SF Chronicle (01/18/2018)
Jan
18
Airbnb Clears the Rolls
by Jeno Wilkinson
As the registration deadline for homesharers has passed, Airbnb will lose roughly half of its San Francisco listings. 


As the registration deadline for homesharers has passed, Airbnb will lose roughly half of its San Francisco listings. 


more
SF forces Airbnb to purge website of illegal listings
SF Examiner (01/18/2018)
Jan
17
ICE Plans Massive Sweep Of Bay Area
by Nicole Yelich

In response to Gov. Brown signing SB54, legislation that enacted a statewide sanctuary law, Immigration and Customs Enforcement Officials are planning a massive raid in San Francisco

... more

In response to Gov. Brown signing SB54, legislation that enacted a statewide sanctuary law, Immigration and Customs Enforcement Officials are planning a massive raid in San Francisco and cities throughout Northern California to arrest more than 1,500 undocumented immigrants.

Claiming they are only targeting people who’ve been identified for final deportation and those with criminal histories, the arrests won’t stop there. Under what’s known as “collateral arrests,” ICE agents could arrest any undocumented individuals they come across during their sweeps.

When exactly the raids will begin is unknown, but could begin within a few weeks.

more
Feds planning massive Northern California immigration sweep to strike against sanctuary laws
Chronicle (01/17/2018)
Jan
17
Breed to DOJ: Bring It On
by Nicole Yelich

Acting Mayor London Breed reinforces San Francisco’s commitment to protecting undocumented immigrants as the Department of Justice considers bringing criminal charges against leaders

... more

Acting Mayor London Breed reinforces San Francisco’s commitment to protecting undocumented immigrants as the Department of Justice considers bringing criminal charges against leaders of sanctuary cities.

more
Trump’s DOJ threatens to charge sanctuary city leaders; Breed says, ‘Let them do it’
Examiner (01/17/2018)
Jan
17
I Challenge You to a Duel
by Nicole Yelich

Dueling measures on the same ballot are nothing new to San Francisco voters, who will see competing tax hike measures on the June ballot.  

Supervisors Yee, Kim, Fewer, and Ronen are

... more

Dueling measures on the same ballot are nothing new to San Francisco voters, who will see competing tax hike measures on the June ballot.  

Supervisors Yee, Kim, Fewer, and Ronen are pushing a measure that would levy a 3.5% tax hike on gross receipts from commercial leases to fund childcare services.

Supervisors Safai, Sheehy, Tang, Cohen, and Farrell are backing a competing measure for a 1.7% tax increase on commercial leases to fund development of low and middle income housing, as well as homeless services.  

more
5 SF supervisors seek commercial property tax hike to pay for more housing
Chronicle (01/17/2018)
Dueling tax hike measures on office space rents hit June ballot
Examiner (01/17/2018)