Today’s Stories (Last updated August 16, 04:11 PM)

Aug
16
Bayview Residents Take SF Health Officials to Task
by Nicole Yelich

San Francisco public health officials were in the hot seat on Wednesday night in a community meeting with 30 Bayview residents who were furious over the fraudulent cleanup of the Hun

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San Francisco public health officials were in the hot seat on Wednesday night in a community meeting with 30 Bayview residents who were furious over the fraudulent cleanup of the Hunters Point Shipyard, and the environmental and health effects residents have potentially been exposed to over the years.

The residents blasted officials over the CA Department of Public Health’s “walkover scanning surveys” of 450 condominiums that found only “slightly above normal” levels of potassium-40, which SF Department of Public Health environmental engineer Amy Brownell says is harmless.  


Residents aren’t buying it.

Biochemist and Bayview resident Ray Tompkins says the surface scans are an “inappropriate methodology to look for radiation” because the handheld scanners won’t detect toxic materials deeper than a foot below ground.  He says soil testing must be done to determine exactly what the level of toxicity exists in the soil.

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Bayview residents blast SF officials over shipyard cleanup
Chronicle (08/16/2018)
Aug
16
D2 Candidates Debate How to Tackle City's Pressing Issues
by Nicole Yelich

The United Democratic Club hosted a debate with District 2 Supervisor candidates on Tuesday night where candidates butted heads over how to deal with the pressing issues of homelessn

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The United Democratic Club hosted a debate with District 2 Supervisor candidates on Tuesday night where candidates butted heads over how to deal with the pressing issues of homelessness, dirty streets, and property crime, to name a few.  

Incumbent Supervisor Catherine Stefani points to improvements she said have been made since she took office, while hopefuls Schuyler Hudak and Nick Josefowitz posited that the district needs a supervisor who is not part of the City Hall status quo.

John Dennis, the only Republican candidate in this race, was not invited to the debate but said he should have been even though as a democrat club, the UDC traditionally only invites Dems to participate.

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Only Republican in SF supervisor race says Dems should have let him debate
Chronicle (08/16/2018)
SF District 2 can’t escape city’s woes — supervisor candidates spar over them
Chronicle (08/16/2018)
Aug
16
Transit Union Blasts SFMTA Over Bus Yard Closures
by Nicole Yelich

San Francisco’s transit union is saying that the SFMTA exacerbated the citywide Muni slowdown by closing two bus yards this summer, further putting the strain on drivers who are grap

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San Francisco’s transit union is saying that the SFMTA exacerbated the citywide Muni slowdown by closing two bus yards this summer, further putting the strain on drivers who are grappling with the ongoing operator shortage.

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Muni closes two bus yards on weekends during operator shortage, union cries foul
Examiner (08/16/2018)
Aug
16
Prop 10: The YIMBY Paradox?
by Nicole Yelich

In today’s On Guard, Joe Fitz muses over how San Francisco’s YIMBYs are going to land on Prop 10, the measure that if passed would greatly expand rent control throughout the state by

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In today’s On Guard, Joe Fitz muses over how San Francisco’s YIMBYs are going to land on Prop 10, the measure that if passed would greatly expand rent control throughout the state by repealing Costa Hawkins, the current law that bars cities from setting their own rent control policies.  

The SF Yes In My Backyard-ers believe building more housing will ease the crisis of soaring rents, putting them in a sticky position with regard to Prop 10 which critics say may deter new housing development. 

At their endorsement meeting on Tuesday night, its members in attendance were decidedly split, engaging in a heated debate over how the measure is in line with or contradictory to SF YIMBY’s core principles.  The full membership is set to vote on the endorsement by the end of this week.

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To endorse Prop. 10 or no? SF YIMBY faces soul
Examiner (08/16/2018)
Aug
16
SF School Board Endorses Prop C
by Nicole Yelich

The San Francisco school board voted to endorse Proposition C, the “Our City Our Home” measure that would impose a 0.5 percent increase in gross receipt taxes on San Francisco compan

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The San Francisco school board voted to endorse Proposition C, the “Our City Our Home” measure that would impose a 0.5 percent increase in gross receipt taxes on San Francisco companies that gross more than $50 million annually.  The estimated $300 million generated by the tax would be put toward addressing the housing and homelessness crises.

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SFUSD board backs corporate tax hike to fund homeless and housing services
Examiner (08/16/2018)
Aug
16
School Board Roundup: Zhao Under Fire for Past Comments as Transgender Candidates Snubbed by LGBT Clubs
by SF Usual Suspects
School Board candidate Josephine Zhao is under fire for her past comments about transgender youth while advocating against gender neutral bathrooms, with members of the Harvey Milk L... more
School Board candidate Josephine Zhao is under fire for her past comments about transgender youth while advocating against gender neutral bathrooms, with members of the Harvey Milk LGBT Democratic Club raising concerns about the safety of LGBT youth in schools should she be elected. 

Zhao has apologized for her comments and states that her views have changed. 

Meanwhile, transgender School Board candidates Martin Rawlings-Fein and Mia Satya failed to receive the endorsement recommendation of the Alice B. Toklas LGBT Democratic Club, and Rawlings-Fein also did not receive the recommendation of the Harvey Milk LGBT Democratic Club. Satya had been early-endorsed.



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Political Notebook: LGBT clubs snub out SF school board candidates
The Bay Area Reporter (08/16/2018)
School board candidate under fire for past transphobic statements
Examiner (08/16/2018)
Aug
16
Bike Lane Barriers Planned For Embarcadero
by Nicole Yelich

The SFMTA has revealed their plans to install physical barriers for the bike lanes along the Embarcadero after pressure from the Bicycle Coalition after a driver hit and killed a ped

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The SFMTA has revealed their plans to install physical barriers for the bike lanes along the Embarcadero after pressure from the Bicycle Coalition after a driver hit and killed a pedicab operator in June.

The plans will change the current configuration of one bike lane on each side of the street to a two-way bike lane along the water side, with a four foot barrier between vehicular traffic.  Construction tentatively set for 2022.

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City unveils design for protected bike lanes along Embarcadero
Examiner (08/16/2018)
Aug
16
New Bill Would Allow Development on Vacant BART Properties
by Nicole Yelich

The Chronicle’s Rachel Swan dives into the issues surrounding Assemblymember David Chu’s new legislation that would rezone BART’s vacant properties to allow for new housing and retai

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The Chronicle’s Rachel Swan dives into the issues surrounding Assemblymember David Chu’s new legislation that would rezone BART’s vacant properties to allow for new housing and retail to be built.

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Housing on BART land has been a third-rail issue. Will this effort be different?
Chronicle (08/16/2018)
Aug
16
Every Californian is Running for President
by SF Usual Suspects
The Chronicle's Joe Garafoli takes a look at the slew of California politicians heading to Iowa in 2018 for...reasons, with an early breakdown of the hopefuls, and their chances in 2... more
The Chronicle's Joe Garafoli takes a look at the slew of California politicians heading to Iowa in 2018 for...reasons, with an early breakdown of the hopefuls, and their chances in 2020. more
Every Democrat in California wants to run against Trump. Who’s for real?
Chronicle (08/16/2018)
Nov
06
Supervisor Races 2018 - Candidates
by SF Usual Suspects

November Election 2018 - Candidates

D2 - Catherine Stefani, Schuyler Hudak, Nicholas Josefowitz, John Dennis
D4 - Jessica Ho, Adam Kim, Mike Murphy, Gordon Mar, Trevor McNeil, Arthur Tom, Tuan Anh Nguyen, Lou Ann Bassan
D6 - Sonja Trauss, Matt Haney, Christine Johnson
D8 - Rafael Mandelman, Lawrence "Stark" Degasse
D10 - Uzuri Pease-Greene, Shamann Walton, Theo Ellington, Tony Kelly, Asale-Haquekyah Chandler, Gloria Berry


Incumbents in bold

Know something we don't? Mentioned here, but you don't want to be? Don't see your name on here, but

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November Election 2018 - Candidates

D2 - Catherine Stefani, Schuyler Hudak, Nicholas Josefowitz, John Dennis
D4 - Jessica Ho, Adam Kim, Mike Murphy, Gordon Mar, Trevor McNeil, Arthur Tom, Tuan Anh Nguyen, Lou Ann Bassan
D6 - Sonja Trauss, Matt Haney, Christine Johnson
D8 - Rafael Mandelman, Lawrence "Stark" Degasse
D10 - Uzuri Pease-Greene, Shamann Walton, Theo Ellington, Tony Kelly, Asale-Haquekyah Chandler, Gloria Berry


Incumbents in bold

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Today’s Suspects Updater
Nicole Yelich
Nicole has managed candidate and ballot initiative campaigns at the city, county, and state levels throughout CA since 2005. Homegrown in Pittsburgh, you can find her yelling at the tv during Steelers games, cooking food almost no one in California has ever heard of (pizzelles and pieoriges anyone?), and bragging about her adorable nephew.

In the Past Week…

Aug
15
PG&E Spends Millions on Ads to Influence Lawmakers
by Nicole Yelich

Matier and Ross reveal that PG&E is spending upwards of $2 million on television ads intended to influence state lawmakers into supporting new legislation that would let California’s

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Matier and Ross reveal that PG&E is spending upwards of $2 million on television ads intended to influence state lawmakers into supporting new legislation that would let California’s utilities partially off the financial hook for their part is starting deadly wildfires across the state.  The state’s utilities have spent $6 million combined on lobbyists in attempts to sway lawmakers behind the scenes. 

Opponents to the utility-friendly legislation include fire victims, cities, and counties who have suffered in the devastating aftermath of the fires.  Their financial coffers do not match the utilities, however they are spending hundreds of thousands on their own legal team and advertising to hold utilities feet to the financial fire.

PG&E has enlisted two San Francisco-based lobbying firms to do their bidding.  The company has paid $400,000 to SCN Strategies whose clients include Governor Jerry Brown and gubernatorial hopeful Gavin Newsom.  Longtime political consultant to PG&E, Storefront Political Media, has received $108,000 in 2018 to help create the tv ads.

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Capitol debate on utilities’ fire liability sparks a lobbying frenzy
Chronicle (08/15/2018)
TV’s new wildfire commercials quietly brought to you by PG&E
Chronicle (08/15/2018)
Aug
15
Muni Contractor Has Record of Serious Safety Violations
by Nicole Yelich

The Examiner reports that Shimmick Construction, one of the contractors on the Twin Peaks Tunnel upgrades where worker Patrick Ricketts was recently struck and killed by a falling st

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The Examiner reports that Shimmick Construction, one of the contractors on the Twin Peaks Tunnel upgrades where worker Patrick Ricketts was recently struck and killed by a falling steel beam, has a record of safety violations that was not disclosed in its bid to the SFMTA. 

Shimmick has been indicated in nearly 50 violations in the last 10 years, which include citations for serious allegations for its role in the death of a forklift driver in 2016 now under appeal by the company.  The California Occupational Safety and Health Administration has found Shimmick to be guilty of “willful violations” on several of the violation allegations.

The company has offered to pay for the cost of Patrick Ricketts’ funeral.

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Contractor in SF Muni tunnel death had record of safety violations
Examiner (08/15/2018)
Aug
15
SFPD Defends Use of Force on Teenage Girl Robbery Suspect
by Nicole Yelich

The SFPD says officers’ use of force on a teenage girl was justified because she allegedly “assaulted two officers by spitting in their faces.”  The girl, whose name has not been rel

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The SFPD says officers’ use of force on a teenage girl was justified because she allegedly “assaulted two officers by spitting in their faces.”  The girl, whose name has not been released because she's a minor, was arrested Monday for an outstanding burglary warrant.

Some witnesses have said they felt it was unnecessary for officers to throw the girl against the hood of a police car with her hands behind her back.  The incident led to her being taken to the hospital where she was treated for her injuries before being released into policy custody.

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San Francisco Police Defend Use Of Force In Arrest Of Female Teen Suspect
KPIX (08/15/2018)
SF police say they used force on teen for spitting on officers, internal probe underway
Chronicle (08/15/2018)
Aug
15
CA Property Tax Reform in the Works for 2020 Ballot
by Nicole Yelich

Schools and Communities First is an organized effort by community, labor, and education advocates who want large corporate and commercial properties to undergo regular property asses

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Schools and Communities First is an organized effort by community, labor, and education advocates who want large corporate and commercial properties to undergo regular property assessments and pay their full share of taxes, rather than being assessed at the current rate only when the property is sold which is the process under current state law. 

On Tuesday, the group turned 860,000 signatures to put the measure in front of voters in 2020.  If passed, homeowners and small businesses would continue to be assessed when their property is sold.  

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Big change in California’s Proposition 13 could be headed to ballot
Chronicle (08/15/2018)
Aug
15
LGBT Activist and Policy Wonk Joins Nancy Pelosi's SF Office
by Nicole Yelich

Gary McCoy, a longtime LGBT activist, policy analyst, and strong advocate for the homeless who live with HIV, will be joining Congresswoman Pelosi’s office as a congressional aide wh

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Gary McCoy, a longtime LGBT activist, policy analyst, and strong advocate for the homeless who live with HIV, will be joining Congresswoman Pelosi’s office as a congressional aide where he will focus on constituent services. 

McCoy himself was chronically homeless and lived with untreated HIV for nearly a decade before turning his life around and launching his career in local government.

He has worked in the district offices for former Supervisors Scott Wiener, London Breed, and Julie Christensen.  Most recently he served as the policy and community affairs analyst for San Francisco's Rec and Park Department.  He replaces Alex Lazar who recently took over as Director of the Mayor’s Office of Neighborhood Services.

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Gay homeless advocate joins Pelosi's SF office
The Bay Area Reporter (08/15/2018)
Aug
15
Finish Line in Sight for Masonic Ave Construction
by Nicole Yelich

While the Masonic Avenue Streetscape Improvement Project is complete, work along the corridor is not.  After two years of construction along the heavily traveled street to implement

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While the Masonic Avenue Streetscape Improvement Project is complete, work along the corridor is not.  After two years of construction along the heavily traveled street to implement measures intended to improve bicycle and pedestrian safety, calm traffic, upgrade aging water and sewer facilities, and create a public plaza at the intersection with Geary, additional work on protected bike lanes is still to be completed.

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Masonic Avenue Renovations (Nearly) Complete
SF Weekly (08/15/2018)
Masonic Avenue safety improvements remain a work in progress
Examiner (08/15/2018)
Aug
15
Quentin Kopp Sues Secret Service in SF
by Nicole Yelich

San Francisco Ethics Commissioner Quentin Kopp has filed a federal lawsuit to force the Secret Service to release documents detailing the taxpayer dollars spent protecting Donald Jr.

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San Francisco Ethics Commissioner Quentin Kopp has filed a federal lawsuit to force the Secret Service to release documents detailing the taxpayer dollars spent protecting Donald Jr. on a Trump Organization business trip to India in February.  

Kopp’s Freedom of Information Act request seeks to uncover how much federal money was spent on Secret Service salaries and other costs incurred on a trip that was supposedly business-only, though critics have raised concerns about potential conflicts of interest.

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Kopp sues Secret Service in SF, wants to know security cost for Trump Jr. trip
Chronicle (08/15/2018)
SF ethics commissioner sues over Trump Jr.’s use of taxpayer dollars on India trip
Examiner (08/15/2018)
Aug
14
SF Forms Poop Patrol!
by Alexandra Cannarella
It’s a problem we all know about; between January 1, 2018 and August 13, 2018, more than 14,500 calls were placed regarding feces on San Francisco sidewalks. Starting next month, SF’... more
It’s a problem we all know about; between January 1, 2018 and August 13, 2018, more than 14,500 calls were placed regarding feces on San Francisco sidewalks. Starting next month, SF’s new solution is “Poop Patrol”, which will travel along the affected areas of SF in the evening and steam clean sidewalks, in between the nightly street cleanings. more
It’s no laughing matter — SF forming Poop Patrol to keep sidewalks clean
Chronicle (08/14/2018)
Aug
14
California Schools Await State Bond Money with Sluggish Results
by Alexandra Cannarella

Two years ago, voters in California passed Prop 51, a $9 billion dollar bond to modernize and renovate the state’s public schools. To date, only 20% of the money has been given to sc

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Two years ago, voters in California passed Prop 51, a $9 billion dollar bond to modernize and renovate the state’s public schools. To date, only 20% of the money has been given to schools, and 17 schools in San Francisco alone are in line for $62 million that has been allocated but not received.



The backlog of pending facilities requests and projects is expected to balloon to $5.2 billion by next year, and teachers and school districts are anxious to have their needs and requests met.  

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As California schools wait for state bond money, districts fume at sluggish payouts
Chronicle (08/14/2018)
Aug
14
Nowhere To Sit and Wait for Your Bus? That’s on Purpose.
by Alexandra Cannarella

Some people noticed one big difference in the new Salesforce Transbay Terminal that opened last week; less seats, more wide open space. The open space is designed for pedestrian move

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Some people noticed one big difference in the new Salesforce Transbay Terminal that opened last week; less seats, more wide open space. The open space is designed for pedestrian movement, and to prevent the homeless from loitering all day in the transit center.

Regardless, officials agree there need to be more measures in place to prevent anyone from sleeping on the ground and on what limited seating exists in the terminal.

 
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Reduced seating in new transit center is by design
Examiner (08/14/2018)
Aug
14
MUNI Shortage Comes With A Fittingly Late Apology
by Alexandra Cannarella

The Twin Peaks Tunnel closure has delayed buses not only for a crucial route for MUNI trains, but also for the replacement buses now carrying passengers. The apology from MUNI, which

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The Twin Peaks Tunnel closure has delayed buses not only for a crucial route for MUNI trains, but also for the replacement buses now carrying passengers. The apology from MUNI, which stated that they are “performing below their 98.5% service goal”, comes late, after they knew about the tunnel closures, and did not adequately hire drivers and reorganize bus lines to accommodate.



MUNI has deemed the death of construction worker Patrick Ricketts was an accident.  Ricketts, who was killed repairing the 100 year old Twin Peaks Tunnel, was pinned by a falling steel beam on August 10th.
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Muni’s apology for crashing its own system arrives late, fittingly enough
Mission Local (08/14/2018)
Twin Peaks Tunnel closure compounds Muni driver shortage
Chronicle (08/14/2018)
Aug
14
November Ballot Measures Get Their Letters
by Alexandra Cannarella

San Francisco’s November ballot measures were assigned letters on August 13th, an act which may seem mundane (they are chosen from slips of paper in a mason jar), but which affect th

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San Francisco’s November ballot measures were assigned letters on August 13th, an act which may seem mundane (they are chosen from slips of paper in a mason jar), but which affect their campaigns and the order they appear on the ballot. There are 5 propositions on the local ballot this November, and 12 state ballot measures.



Prop A: Embarcadero Seawall Earthquake Safety Bond

Prop B: The Privacy First Policy; personal data protection

Prop C: Our City, Our Home; gross receipts tax on businesses

Prop D: Gross receipts tax on cannabis

Prop E: Reallocates hotel taxes to arts and cultural organizations in the city.

 
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5 local ballot measures face San Francisco voters in November
Chronicle (08/14/2018)
A B C: November Ballot Measure Get Their Letters
SF Weekly (08/14/2018)
Aug
14
Lincoln Brigade Memorial Closed for Repairs
by Alexandra Cannarella
San Francisco’s memorial to the Lincoln Brigade, American veterans who fought fascism in the Spanish Civil War, has been closed temporarily for repairs. The memorial, which is only 1... more
San Francisco’s memorial to the Lincoln Brigade, American veterans who fought fascism in the Spanish Civil War, has been closed temporarily for repairs. The memorial, which is only 10 years old, had begun to fade and crack due to moisture and climate conditions. The panels, which were originally carved onyx, will be replaced with glass, and will hopefully last longer after their repair. more
SF’s memorial to Lincoln Brigade soldiers down for repairs
Chronicle (08/14/2018)
Aug
14
Teen Girl Knocked Unconscious by SF Police
by Alexandra Cannarella
A teenage girl on Market Street was dragged out of a smoke and vape shop, and knocked unconscious while being arrested on August 13th, reports said. The girl was 14 and had resisted ... more
A teenage girl on Market Street was dragged out of a smoke and vape shop, and knocked unconscious while being arrested on August 13th, reports said. The girl was 14 and had resisted arrest from the store, which prompted police intervention. more
Teen girl slammed unconscious during arrest by San Francisco Police
Chronicle (08/14/2018)
Witnesses: Police injure person in altercation on Market Street
Examiner (08/14/2018)
Aug
13
For Whom the Bridge Tolls: Bus Stop Edition
by Jen Longley
Without high-speed rail bringing a large volume of passengers and fares to the newly-opened Salesforce Transbay Transit Center, it is structurally millions of dollars in the hole.

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Without high-speed rail bringing a large volume of passengers and fares to the newly-opened Salesforce Transbay Transit Center, it is structurally millions of dollars in the hole.

A large portion of that shortfall will be covered by increased bridge toll taxes approved by voters this June, a move that is angering some East Bay elected officials.

Meanwhile, former San Francisco Mayor and Gubernatorial front runner Gavin Newsom briefly toured the facility but declined to appear at the public ribbon-cutting ceremony in Monday's Matier & Ross. more
Even as SF transit center opens, officials figuring out how to pay bills
Chronicle (08/13/2018)
Aug
13
Tweeting While California Burns
by Jen Longley
The long-standing GOP positions of slashing government programs, regulation, and denying climate science may be setting some vulnerable GOP congressional incumbents on their heels as... more
The long-standing GOP positions of slashing government programs, regulation, and denying climate science may be setting some vulnerable GOP congressional incumbents on their heels as California burns. 

Between having to defend cutting federal fire protection funding, a younger GOP electorate in targeted districts who are more likely to believe climate science and want environmental protection, and Trump's continual tweets about the Golden State, congressional incumbents are struggling to respond as California Democrats tie their behavior to the unprecedented wildfires ravaging California. more
California wildfires raising environmental issues for vulnerable GOP
Chronicle (08/13/2018)
Aug
13
BART Roundup: Safety Woes and the Board
by Jen Longley
The BART Board declined to support SB 1045 by State Senator Scott Wiener, a bill to create a pilot conservatorship program for mental health, with some members pointing to opposition... more
The BART Board declined to support SB 1045 by State Senator Scott Wiener, a bill to create a pilot conservatorship program for mental health, with some members pointing to opposition from groups such as the American Civil Liberties Union and the California Association of Mental Health Patients’ Rights Advocates, among others. 

Meanwhile, the Chronicle's Otis Taylor takes the board to task for failing to implement any significant safety programs on BART in the wake of increased violent crime in Mondays' BART roundup. more
BART board declines to endorse homeless conservatorship bill
Examiner (08/13/2018)
Come on, BART! Don’t delay public safety measures
Chronicle (08/13/2018)
Aug
13
Twin Peaks Tunnel Construction Resumes
by Jen Longley
Construction has resumed on the Twin Peaks tunnel after the tragic death Saturday of a worker struck by a steel beam. The Examiner and Chronicle provide updates on the details of the... more
Construction has resumed on the Twin Peaks tunnel after the tragic death Saturday of a worker struck by a steel beam. The Examiner and Chronicle provide updates on the details of the incident, which has been ruled an accident. more
Construction worker dies while working in Twin Peaks Tunnel in SF
Chronicle (08/13/2018)
Twin Peaks Tunnel construction resumes after accidental death of worker
Examiner (08/13/2018)
Aug
13
What Goes Around...
by Jen Longley
Notorious landlord Ann Kihagi, dubbed 'San Francisco's Cruelest Landlord', may be getting another taste of her own medicine, as a court-appointed receiver moves to evict a family mem... more
Notorious landlord Ann Kihagi, dubbed 'San Francisco's Cruelest Landlord', may be getting another taste of her own medicine, as a court-appointed receiver moves to evict a family member from one of her properties. 

Long-term tenants of the unit in question were evicted for the family member, who took a professional residency in another state during the time in question and cannot produce a lease. more
Court-appointed receiver angling to eject notorious landlord Anne Kihagi’s family from apartment
Mission Local (08/13/2018)
Aug
13
Bundles of Confusion
by Jen Longley
Nima Rahimi, a San Francisco immigrants rights commissioner and in-house Counsel and registered lobbyist for tech shuttle company Chariot, pushes back on an assertion published in th... more
Nima Rahimi, a San Francisco immigrants rights commissioner and in-house Counsel and registered lobbyist for tech shuttle company Chariot, pushes back on an assertion published in the Examiner that his bundling of contributions for Mayoral Candidate London Breed was improper in a personal profile by the Examiner's Joel Engardio. more
From Iran, With Persistence
Examiner (08/13/2018)
Aug
12
No Time to Wait
by Jen Longley
East Bay Congressman Eric Swalwell is openly mulling a 2020 Presidential run, positing that his youth and shorter time in Congress could be winners in today's political climate. 

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East Bay Congressman Eric Swalwell is openly mulling a 2020 Presidential run, positing that his youth and shorter time in Congress could be winners in today's political climate. 

Meanwhile BART station agents joined community members in railing at the BART Board over recent upticks in violent crime within the system, as other advocates push to ensure that enforcement not be targeted toward the poor in Sunday's Matier & Ross. more
Eric Swalwell, still a relative newbie in Congress, looking to presidential run
Chronicle (08/12/2018)
Aug
12
Crooks & Liars
by Jen Longley
Trump's legal strategy seems to rely on discrediting the people closest to the Trump campaign as unrepentant crooks and thus unreliable witnesses.

Meanwhile, Da Mayor gives his advic... more
Trump's legal strategy seems to rely on discrediting the people closest to the Trump campaign as unrepentant crooks and thus unreliable witnesses.

Meanwhile, Da Mayor gives his advice to reporters on how to handle Sara Huckabee Sanders continual lying on the podium - leave. more
Trump’s anti-Mueller strategy is becoming clear: It’s a snitch hunt
Chronicle (08/12/2018)
Aug
12
Twin Peaks Tunnel Tragedy
by Jen Longley
A worker hit by a steel beam in the Twin Peaks Tunnel project on Friday afternoon has died from his injuries.

The worker- whose name has not yet been released, was injured Friday aft... more
A worker hit by a steel beam in the Twin Peaks Tunnel project on Friday afternoon has died from his injuries.

The worker- whose name has not yet been released, was injured Friday afternoon and rushed to San Franscisco General. He succumbed to his injuries Saturday afternoon.

The project shut down as California safety regulators investigated the scene, but had resumed work as of Saturday evening. more
Construction worker hit by steel beam in San Francisco tunnel dies
ABC7 (08/12/2018)
SF Twin Peaks Tunnel worker dies after hit by steel beam
KTVU (08/12/2018)
Twin Peaks Tunnel Work Can Resume After Worker Death
KCBS (08/12/2018)
Aug
12
Supervisors Weigh In As Youth Protest Changing Development in Excelsior
by Jen Longley
A coalition of Excelsior youth and community partners rallied in opposition against a proposed large mixed use development in the Excelsior- claiming that the lack of affordable hous... more
A coalition of Excelsior youth and community partners rallied in opposition against a proposed large mixed use development in the Excelsior- claiming that the lack of affordable housing and dearth of community services would fuel displacement, and advocating for affordable housing on site.

Former Supervisor John Avalos was on hand in support, stating the recent changes made by the developer to move all affordable housing offsite backtracked on an agreement made and funding secured while he was still in office. Current Supervisor Asha Safai stated that he thought the recent changes made for a  “better project”. more
Excelsior youth say mixed-use housing proposal would feed displacement
Examiner (08/12/2018)
Aug
12
Chickens Little Coming Home To Roost?
by Jen Longley
The Examiner's Nato Green gives us his take on a recent Chronicle story claiming negative economic consequences predicted from City analysts should a November homelessness housing bo... more
The Examiner's Nato Green gives us his take on a recent Chronicle story claiming negative economic consequences predicted from City analysts should a November homelessness housing bond pass.

Green explains that the 'study' was not an analysis but an internal memo from the Office of Economic and Workforce Development, and notes that the dire economic consequences posited by the Chamber of Commerce's Chief lobbyist Jim Lazurus regarding local funding measures have consistently failed to materialize. more
Area lobbyist predicts sky to fall
Examiner (08/12/2018)
Aug
12
Universities Step Up Housing Production
by Jen Longley
As the cost and scarcity of housing becomes a significant limiting factor for students hoping to attend college, five San Francisco Universities are constructing additional housing t... more
As the cost and scarcity of housing becomes a significant limiting factor for students hoping to attend college, five San Francisco Universities are constructing additional housing to try and meet their needs. more
Thousands of beds in pipeline for SF students
Examiner (08/12/2018)
Aug
12
Budget Update: Department Breakdown
by Jen Longley
The Chronicle provides an update on the Mayor's $11 Billion Budget, with a visual breakdown of where the money is going.
The Chronicle provides an update on the Mayor's $11 Billion Budget, with a visual breakdown of where the money is going. more
SF's Biggest Budget Ever
Chronicle (08/12/2018)
Aug
11
Jobs Advocates Want Central SOMA Plan to Prioritize Local Hiring
by Nicole Yelich
Unions and community advocates are urging the Board to support the proposed resolution for the Central SOMA plan that would prioritize San Francisco residents for the tens of thousan... more
Unions and community advocates are urging the Board to support the proposed resolution for the Central SOMA plan that would prioritize San Francisco residents for the tens of thousands of new jobs expected to be created by the development of new retail, office spaces, and hotels.  The plan will rezone the area to pay the way for 8,000 new homes and more than 33,000 new jobs. 

The proposed resolution would require each new development project to include a “Community Good Jobs Employment Plan” to project the number of permanent jobs created by each new development and what percentage of new jobs created that will be targeted toward low and moderate-income SOMA residents, including the formerly incarcerated, homeless, immigrants, and transgender residents, among others. 

The Board of Supervisors will revisit the resolution after the August recess. more
Groups push to guarantee jobs for local residents in proposed Central SoMA plan
Examiner (08/11/2018)
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Judge Rejects Plea Deal for Defendants in Ghost Ship Fire
by Nicole Yelich

In a surprise decision, a judge yesterday rejected the plea deal for the defendants in the Ghost Ship fire in Oakland that killed 36 people in December 2016.  

The combined plea deal

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In a surprise decision, a judge yesterday rejected the plea deal for the defendants in the Ghost Ship fire in Oakland that killed 36 people in December 2016.  

The combined plea deal called for master tenant Derick Almena to be sentenced to 9 years in prison, and Ghost Ship “creative director” Max Harris to receive 6 years, with the possibility to be released on good behavior after serving only half their sentences.  Families of the victims slammed the deal saying it was too lenient on both men.  

No trial date has been set.

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Judge Rejects Plea Deal; Orders Ghost Ship Fire Defendants To Stand Trial
KPIX (08/11/2018)
Aug
11
Salesforce Transit Center Ribbon-Cutting, Complex Open For Business
by Nicole Yelich

The new Salesforce Transit Center will begin bus service tomorrow, and on Friday, dozens of officials including Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi, Assemblymember David Chiu, Mayor London Br

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The new Salesforce Transit Center will begin bus service tomorrow, and on Friday, dozens of officials including Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi, Assemblymember David Chiu, Mayor London Breed, and Supervisor Jane Kim, attended the ribbon-cutting held on the building’s rooftop park. 

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hile the event was a celebration, attendees acknowledged that the work is far from over, as currently there is no “financial blueprint” to extend Caltrain service from 4th and King and longer term plans to be a hub for high speed rail.

Officials say thew new complex has created 14,000 new jobs and sparked (thes) $9 billion in development around the center.

 

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1st step in opening SF’s new Transbay Transit Center — mandatory ribbon-cutting
Chronicle (08/11/2018)