Today’s Stories (Last updated December 20, 09:16 AM)

Dec
20
Nevius on SFFD Chief White
by Alexis Smith
CeeDub considers (and dismisses) the argument that SF Fire Department Chief Joanne Hayes-White should lose her post. more
CeeDub considers (and dismisses) the argument that SF Fire Department Chief Joanne Hayes-White should lose her post. more
C.V. Nevius: S.F. union effort to Fire Chief Joanne Hayes-White lacks support
Chronicle (12/20/2014)
Dec
20
Hat --> Ring
by Alexis Smith
Former Assemblymember Tom Ammiano signals a possible 2016 run for the District 11 Senate seat. more
Former Assemblymember Tom Ammiano signals a possible 2016 run for the District 11 Senate seat. more
Former S.F. Assemblyman Tom Ammiano said to eye state Senate run
Chronicle (12/20/2014)
Today’s Suspects Updater
Alexis Smith
Alexis is a native of the Bay Area and holds a Master’s degree in Public Policy from the University of Chicago. While her interest in San Francisco political news may be second to her passion for Hollywood gossip, she's a junkie for it through and through. Alexis is a mom to two girls, though she exerts her nagging skills on a much larger population. In the infrequent...

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Dec
19
Olympic Sneak Peek
by Ross Guehring
Today's Chronicle answers the question: what would a 2024 Summer Olympics look like in San Francisco? Betcha can guess which dilapidated piers are part of the ambitious plan. more
Today's Chronicle answers the question: what would a 2024 Summer Olympics look like in San Francisco? Betcha can guess which dilapidated piers are part of the ambitious plan. more
Inside S.F.’s bid for 2024 Olympic Summer Games
Chronicle (12/19/2014)
Dec
19
La Mission
by Ross Guehring
The Chronicle unveils a powerful documentary project that focuses on San Francisco's changing Mission District. CHECK. IT. OUT. more
The Chronicle unveils a powerful documentary project that focuses on San Francisco's changing Mission District. CHECK. IT. OUT. more
To whom does San Francisco’s oldest neighborhood belong?
Chronicle (12/19/2014)
Dec
19
Campaign Fine Fallout
by Ross Guehring
The Examiner's Joshua Sabatini writes about the fines being levied at Supervisor Mark Farrell's 2010 campaign committee and how a resolution to the situation is still unclear. more
The Examiner's Joshua Sabatini writes about the fines being levied at Supervisor Mark Farrell's 2010 campaign committee and how a resolution to the situation is still unclear. more
Fallout of Farrell campaign violation remains unclear
Examiner (12/19/2014)
Dec
19
SFPD Surveillance
by Ross Guehring
The Examiner takes a hard look at the SFPD's use of cellphone data and how it impacts our privacy. And as you might expect, some are raising red flags over the technology. more
The Examiner takes a hard look at the SFPD's use of cellphone data and how it impacts our privacy. And as you might expect, some are raising red flags over the technology. more
SFPD’s sophisticated surveillance technology raises concerns about usage
Examiner (12/19/2014)
Dec
19
Leland Yee Trial Date
by Ross Guehring
Cue the Law and Order intro music... On June 1, suspended State Senator Leeland Yee and consultant Keith Jackson will have their day in court. (Expect more than a few summer Suspects... more
Cue the Law and Order intro music... On June 1, suspended State Senator Leeland Yee and consultant Keith Jackson will have their day in court. (Expect more than a few summer Suspects posts on this one.) more
Judge sets June date for federal corruption trial of Yee, Jackson
Examiner (12/19/2014)
Dec
19
Welcome, Director
by Ross Guehring
For the first time in two dozen years, a new BART Director is introduced in BART's District 8. Welcome, Director Nick Josefowitz. more
For the first time in two dozen years, a new BART Director is introduced in BART's District 8. Welcome, Director Nick Josefowitz. more
Nick Josefowitz officially becomes BART director representing SF
Examiner (12/19/2014)
Dec
18
America's Cup Moves to Bermuda
by Brian Hooker
Larry Ellison, defending champion of the America's Cup, has decided to take the event outside of the United States. This is the first time in the history of the race that an American... more
Larry Ellison, defending champion of the America's Cup, has decided to take the event outside of the United States. This is the first time in the history of the race that an American defending champion has not chosen an American venue. However, it's not likely we will see any San Francisco officials up in arms over his decision. more
C.W. Nevius: Larry Ellison takes America’s Cup outside of U.S. to get his way
Chronicle (12/18/2014)
Dec
18
US Restores Relations with Cuba
by Brian Hooker
Cuban native, San Francisco's District Attorney George Gascon has mixed feelings about President Barack Obama's decision to restore full relations with Cuba. more
Cuban native, San Francisco's District Attorney George Gascon has mixed feelings about President Barack Obama's decision to restore full relations with Cuba. more
SF District Attorney has ‘mixed feelings’ on improved relations between his native Cuba and U.S. 
Examiner (12/18/2014)
Dec
18
Glow on, Bay Lights
by Brian Hooker
The nonprofit Illuminate the Arts announced they have raised $4 million dollars to keep the Bay Lights as a permanent fixture on the western span of the Bay Bridge. We now know the l... more
The nonprofit Illuminate the Arts announced they have raised $4 million dollars to keep the Bay Lights as a permanent fixture on the western span of the Bay Bridge. We now know the lights will shine here in 2016 for Superbowl 50, but will the 49ers as well? more
Bay Bridge light show will go on
Chronicle (12/18/2014)
Dec
18
SF Tech Communes Playing by the Rules
by Brian Hooker
As the tech industry continues to boom in San Francisco, the San Francisco Department of Building Inspection has its hands full trying to regulate the growing number of tech communes. more
As the tech industry continues to boom in San Francisco, the San Francisco Department of Building Inspection has its hands full trying to regulate the growing number of tech communes. more
Some tech communes in SF play by the rules 
Examiner (12/18/2014)
Dec
18
The Castro focuses on the homeless
by Brian Hooker

The Castro/Upper Market Community Benefit District launched their Castro Cares initiative last week to help homeless people in the district. The initiative will provide care packages

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The Castro/Upper Market Community Benefit District launched their Castro Cares initiative last week to help homeless people in the district. The initiative will provide care packages for the homeless and pay for police overtime services during the holiday season.  

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SF, Castro focus on homeless issues
The Bay Area Reporter (12/18/2014)
Dec
18
Equality California releases their 2014 Legislative Score Card
by Brian Hooker
Equality California (EQCA) released their 2014 Legislative Scorecard with Governor Brown and three GOP lawmakers receiving perfect scores. more
Equality California (EQCA) released their 2014 Legislative Scorecard with Governor Brown and three GOP lawmakers receiving perfect scores. more
Political Notebook: CA lawmakers score well on LGBT report card
The Bay Area Reporter (12/18/2014)
Dec
17
Matier & Ross
by Jesse Feldman
Today, the Chron's political duo give us an update on Mayor Ron Dellums, an LGBT art controversy, and challenges with BART's new Oakland International Airport extension. more
Today, the Chron's political duo give us an update on Mayor Ron Dellums, an LGBT art controversy, and challenges with BART's new Oakland International Airport extension. more
Matier & Ross: BART’s new airport link grounded by piece of plastic
Chronicle (12/17/2014)
Dec
17
City Insider
by Jesse Feldman
Marisa Lagos gives us the scoop on Supervisor London Breed's proposal for live music protection (and here is a video of Sly and the Family stone discussing the San Francisco club sce... more
Marisa Lagos gives us the scoop on Supervisor London Breed's proposal for live music protection (and here is a video of Sly and the Family stone discussing the San Francisco club scene). Also, Lagos gives us the scoop on yesterday's Board meeting. more
City Insider: Supervisor Breed proposes protections for live music clubs in SF
Chronicle (12/17/2014)
Dec
17
Music Protection
by Jesse Feldman
Supervisor London Breed introduced an ordinance that aims to protect nightclubs in San Francisco from noise complaints. Also, another good idea would be to protect homeowners from my... more
Supervisor London Breed introduced an ordinance that aims to protect nightclubs in San Francisco from noise complaints. Also, another good idea would be to protect homeowners from my presence outside of nightclubs after last call. Just kidding, I don't go to nightclubs. (That's a lie.) more
Breed proposes legislation to protect nightclubs from noise complaints 
Examiner (12/17/2014)
Dec
17
Police/Protests
by Jesse Feldman
The Board of Supervisors decided not to take an official position on the nationwide movement that has followed the non-indictment of police officers in cases that resulted in death o... more
The Board of Supervisors decided not to take an official position on the nationwide movement that has followed the non-indictment of police officers in cases that resulted in death of black men in Ferguson and New York. On a tangentially related note, NFL wide receiver Andrew Hawkins -- known for his awesome Instagram videos where he kicks his son out of the house when he learns that he is not his son's favorite player (don't worry, he lets him back in) -- did an amazing job defending his choice to don a shirt with Tamir Rice's name on it. more
Amid police criticism, supervisors back off resolution supporting protests 
Examiner (12/17/2014)
Dec
17
STORMAGEDDON!!111!!!1!1!
by Jesse Feldman
The Chron tells us why San Francisco "fell apart" during the storm (the storm of our lives, the storm of the CENTURY... STORMAGEDDON -- maybe we are being a wee bit dramatic? The ans... more
The Chron tells us why San Francisco "fell apart" during the storm (the storm of our lives, the storm of the CENTURY... STORMAGEDDON -- maybe we are being a wee bit dramatic? The answer is yes. Yes we are.). Anyway, rain is good. The more it rains, the more something-something-drought-something-SNOWBOARDING. more
Editorial: Why the Bay Area fell apart during the storm
Chronicle (12/17/2014)
Dec
17
2024 Olympics
by Jesse Feldman
San Francisco is one of four finalists to represent the US in the bid to host the 2024 Olympic games, running against Rome, Paris, Budapest, Istanbul, and others. In other news, curl... more
San Francisco is one of four finalists to represent the US in the bid to host the 2024 Olympic games, running against Rome, Paris, Budapest, Istanbul, and others. In other news, curling is still super cool. more
USOC to bid on 2024 Olympics; S.F. in the running
Chronicle (12/17/2014)
Dec
17
#strength
by Jesse Feldman
The Office of the Controller has released a report showing that the City's job and real estate markets are strong. Like a good burger, we have strength. Dayum. more
The Office of the Controller has released a report showing that the City's job and real estate markets are strong. Like a good burger, we have strength. Dayum. more
Controller report: SF job, real estate markets strong 
Examiner (12/17/2014)
Dec
17
Viral Panic
by Jesse Feldman
Rachel Swan takes a deep dive into the history of AIDS in San Francisco and the panic that has surrounded it. Shouts out to Pedro. more
Rachel Swan takes a deep dive into the history of AIDS in San Francisco and the panic that has surrounded it. Shouts out to Pedro. more
Viral Panic: Fear Has Been Useful in the Fight Against AIDS, Until It Wasn't 
SF Weekly (12/17/2014)
Dec
17
CCSF Trustees Meet
by Jesse Feldman
For the first time in, like, forever the CCSF Board of Trustees met. I assume they talked about schooling. Very wow, much education. more
For the first time in, like, forever the CCSF Board of Trustees met. I assume they talked about schooling. Very wow, much education. more
For first time in 18 months, CCSF board of trustees to hold official meeting 
Examiner (12/17/2014)
Dec
17
Pension Ethics
by Jesse Feldman
The Board of Supervisors has delayed an appointment vote for Wendy Paskin-Jordan to the City's Retirement Board due to some ethics complaints. The Retirement Board sounds as fun as t... more
The Board of Supervisors has delayed an appointment vote for Wendy Paskin-Jordan to the City's Retirement Board due to some ethics complaints. The Retirement Board sounds as fun as this. more
Supervisors postpone reappointment of pension fund steward facing ethics complaints 
Examiner (12/17/2014)
Dec
17
Commissioner Mel Murphy
by Jesse Feldman
Joe Eskenazi asks questions about Port Commissioner Mel Murphy and his San Francisco properties. more
Joe Eskenazi asks questions about Port Commissioner Mel Murphy and his San Francisco properties. more
De-Ported: Who Will Remove Mel Murphy from San Francisco's Port Commission If the Mayor Won't? How About You? 
SF Weekly (12/17/2014)
Dec
17
Crime Stats
by Jesse Feldman
Joe Eskenazi takes a look at police crime statistics, specifically as they relate to car break-ins. As the Top Gear guys have taught us, cars can bring danger. more
Joe Eskenazi takes a look at police crime statistics, specifically as they relate to car break-ins. As the Top Gear guys have taught us, cars can bring danger. more
Seven Ate Nine: The San Francisco Police Department's Crime Stats Aren't What They Used to Be 
SF Weekly (12/17/2014)
Dec
16
Uber
by Alia Al-Sharif
C.W. talks about Uber when it came to the recent hostage situation in Sydney and the app's surge pricing, while Ex reporter Joe Fitzgerald Rodriguez discusses the company refusing to... more
C.W. talks about Uber when it came to the recent hostage situation in Sydney and the app's surge pricing, while Ex reporter Joe Fitzgerald Rodriguez discusses the company refusing to cooperate with state regulators over a data request. more
C.W. Nevius: When it’s time to flee, Uber raises its rates
Chronicle (12/16/2014)
Uber may be fined for refusal to comply with driver, rider data request 
Examiner (12/16/2014)
Dec
16
Former DA Suspended
by Alia Al-Sharif
The Chron tells us that former San Francisco District Attorney Terence Hallinan has been suspended from practicing law in California for 90 days.  more
The Chron tells us that former San Francisco District Attorney Terence Hallinan has been suspended from practicing law in California for 90 days.  more
Ex-D.A. Terence Hallinan suspended from practicing law
Chronicle (12/16/2014)
Dec
16
Sochi Olympic Games
by Alia Al-Sharif
The press attache for the consul general of Russia in San Francisco, Evgeny Avdoshin, pens a piece in today's Chron about what the Olympics meant to Sochi and what they could mean fo... more
The press attache for the consul general of Russia in San Francisco, Evgeny Avdoshin, pens a piece in today's Chron about what the Olympics meant to Sochi and what they could mean for SF.  more
Opinion: What the Olympic Games meant to Sochi
Chronicle (12/16/2014)
Dec
16
Protests for Reform
by Alia Al-Sharif
From Richmond Police Chief Chris Magnus holding up  a “#Black Lives Matter” sign at a local protest to a resolution backing the protests' calls for reform being reintroduced at the B... more
From Richmond Police Chief Chris Magnus holding up  a “#Black Lives Matter” sign at a local protest to a resolution backing the protests' calls for reform being reintroduced at the Board of Supervisors today, we've got a lot of news coverage on the protests that have continued to take place in our community and across the country.  more
Matter and Ross: Richmond Police Chief Magnus says he’d hold protest sign again
Chronicle (12/16/2014)
Michael Brown Sr. expresses gratitude for support through Bay Area protests 
Examiner (12/16/2014)
Protesters chain themselves, march for those killed by police
Chronicle (12/16/2014)
SF police spar with supervisor over resolution backing Ferguson protests 
Examiner (12/16/2014)