Today’s Stories (Last updated January 17, 04:02 PM)

Jan
17
SCOTUS Rules Against SFUSD, District Navigates Budget Deficit
by Nicole Yelich

In a Supreme Court decision Thursday, justices ruled that substitute teachers and other school employees may be able to receive unemployment benefits if they do not get called in to

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In a Supreme Court decision Thursday, justices ruled that substitute teachers and other school employees may be able to receive unemployment benefits if they do not get called in to work during the summer.

The case to prevent on-call employees from receiving those benefits originated with the SFUSD who argued that summers cannot be considered regular “academic terms.” However the issue of on-call employees could receive benefits denied to them in 2011 was kicked down to the lower courts to decide.

The school district is trying to avoid drastic cuts due to its unexpected $31.8M projected shortfall, one that will only increase over the next few years, by using one-time funding sources to make up the difference.

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SF schools scramble to pay the bills amid an unexpected shortfall
Chronicle (01/17/2020)
Teacher subs may get jobless benefits when not called in summer, court rules
Chronicle (01/17/2020)
Jan
17
Nancy Pelosi Takes Aim at Facebook Execs, Policies
by Nicole Yelich
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has again fired back at Facebook for the company refusing to stop the spread of misinformation on its platform saying company exes are “intend to be accomp... more
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has again fired back at Facebook for the company refusing to stop the spread of misinformation on its platform saying company exes are “intend to be accomplices for misleading the American people, with money from God knows where.” more
Nancy Pelosi rips Facebook: ‘Their behavior is shameful’
Chronicle (01/17/2020)
Jan
17
Proposal Floated for Massive Macy's Building Overhaul
by Nicole Yelich
A proposal is in the works to turn the iconic Macy’s building in Union Square into 21 condos and increase office space from 50,00 to 90,000 square feet while reducing retail space by... more
A proposal is in the works to turn the iconic Macy’s building in Union Square into 21 condos and increase office space from 50,00 to 90,000 square feet while reducing retail space by more than half, to 65,000 square feet.

Supervisor Aaron Peskin who represents the area says while the developer has not reached out to him to discuss the project, he’s not opposed to adding housing but wants to keep the upscale Union Square as “the premier retail destination in San Francisco.”
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New plan for old Macy's building: Condos atop Union Square icon
Chronicle (01/17/2020)
Jan
17
Pride Members Vote to Oust Google
by Nicole Yelich

The membership of San Francisco Pride, some of whom are former Google employees, voted to ban Google from participating in this year’s Pride parade. Pride’s Board of Directors is wor

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The membership of San Francisco Pride, some of whom are former Google employees, voted to ban Google from participating in this year’s Pride parade. Pride’s Board of Directors is working with its lawyers to determine the legality of this before taking a vote. 

In 2019, SF Pride kicked YouTube, a subsidiary of Google, out of the festivities for giving a platform to “homophobic, racist and harassing content.”

 
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SF Pride membership votes to ban Google from parade. Will the board listen? – The San Francisco Examiner
Examiner (01/17/2020)
Jan
17
State Law to Protect Renters with Housing Vochers Goes into Effect
by Nicole Yelich
Senate Bill 329, legislation that makes it illegal for landlords from preventing to rent to people who rely on housing vouchers, has gone into effect as of January 1st. SB 329 was si... more
Senate Bill 329, legislation that makes it illegal for landlords from preventing to rent to people who rely on housing vouchers, has gone into effect as of January 1st. SB 329 was signed by Governor Gavin Newsom in October. more
It’s now illegal in California for landlords to turn down housing vouchers
Curbed SF (01/17/2020)
Jan
17
Women's March Tomorrow, January 18th
by Nicole Yelich
Tomorrow the Women’s March kicks off at Civic Center with a rally at 11am followed by a march down Market to the Embarcadero. Speakers at the rally include Assessor Carmen Chu, Board... more
Tomorrow the Women’s March kicks off at Civic Center with a rally at 11am followed by a march down Market to the Embarcadero. Speakers at the rally include Assessor Carmen Chu, Board of Equalization Chair Malia Cohen and advocates from organizations that promote equality and safety for women and their families. more
Women’s March San Francisco – 2020 Rally & March
SF Bay Times (01/17/2020)
Jan
17
We'll Take It?
by Nicole Yelich
Despite continued complaints from attendees to JP Morgan’s annual healthcare conference about the City’s expensive hotel costs and homelessness crisis, the CEO Jamie Dimon told Fox B... more
Despite continued complaints from attendees to JP Morgan’s annual healthcare conference about the City’s expensive hotel costs and homelessness crisis, the CEO Jamie Dimon told Fox Business that San Francisco is not “quite that bad” and also that the company will become “deeply involved” in the City...whatever that means. more
JP Morgan CEO says San Francisco isn't 'that bad' despite complaints about conference in city
ABC7 News (01/17/2020)
Jan
17
More on Slow-Moving "Megaprojects"
by Nicole Yelich
SF Curbed covers the lack of movement to build housing “megaprojects” on Treasure Island, Parkmerced and Hunter’s Point despite these projects getting the green light a decade ago.... more
SF Curbed covers the lack of movement to build housing “megaprojects” on Treasure Island, Parkmerced and Hunter’s Point despite these projects getting the green light a decade ago. more
Why is it so hard for the Bay Area to build megaprojects?
Curbed SF (01/17/2020)
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…

Jan
16
Supervisor Fewer Not Running for Re-Election
by Spencer Lam
District 1 Supervisor Sandra Fewer will not be running for re-election in 2020 - new news to some, old news to others. Supervisor Aaron Peskin put it this way: “News just in — from l... more
District 1 Supervisor Sandra Fewer will not be running for re-election in 2020 - new news to some, old news to others. Supervisor Aaron Peskin put it this way: “News just in — from like a year ago. And in that intervening year, Sandy has never wavered. I have begged. I have cajoled. All of my usual tactics."

Fewer formally made the announcement Wednesday. more
San Francisco Supervisor Sandra Lee Fewer will not run for re-election
Chronicle (01/16/2020)
Supervisor Sandra Fewer won’t run for re-election
Examiner (01/16/2020)
Supervisor Sandra Lee Fewer will not run for re-election
Mission Local (01/16/2020)
Jan
16
Dean Preston’s Vision for Housing Includes City-Owned Social Housing, Landlord Licensing
by Spencer Lam

KCBS provides a look into new Supervisor Dean Preston’s vision for housing in San Francisco, including city-owned social housing.  Preston wants to build 10,000 units of affordable h

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KCBS provides a look into new Supervisor Dean Preston’s vision for housing in San Francisco, including city-owned social housing.  Preston wants to build 10,000 units of affordable housing within 10 years, and is also not a follower of the idea that building market-rate housing will help the average San Franciscan afford life here.  Preston also believes that landlords should have a license to operate.  

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Supervisor Dean Preston Plans To Shake Up Housing Policy In San Francisco
KCBS (01/16/2020)
Jan
16
Health Professionals Ought to Deal With Homeless, Not Police, Says Police Commission
by Spencer Lam
Wednesday, the San Francisco Police Commission voted unanimously to send a resolution to Mayor Breed that urges both her and the Board to work on a health professional-based approach... more
Wednesday, the San Francisco Police Commission voted unanimously to send a resolution to Mayor Breed that urges both her and the Board to work on a health professional-based approach to homelessness instead of involving the police department. This comes after several sweeps in recent months led to some people not being placed in shelters.

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Police Commission urges SF to address homelessness with health workers instead of cops – The San Francisco Examiner
Examiner (01/16/2020)
‘We’re forced to turn to the police:’ SF advocates, police commissioners want fewer officers responding to homeless
Chronicle (01/16/2020)
Jan
16
Ten Years After Housing Megaprojects Approved, Just 1.3% of Houses Completed
by Spencer Lam

Ten years after three housing megaprojects - one on Treasure Island, one in Parkmerced, and another by Hunter’s Point  began construction- only 1.3% of the promised housing has been

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Ten years after three housing megaprojects - one on Treasure Island, one in Parkmerced, and another by Hunter’s Point  began construction- only 1.3% of the promised housing has been built, despite these three projects representing 35% of the city’s housing pipeline.  

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Bay Area megaprojects fail to deliver on big housing promises
Chronicle (01/16/2020)
Jan
16
New Housing Study Leaves Few Answers, Many Questions for San Francisco
by Spencer Lam
A new housing study done by the Upjohn Institute in Michigan found that new housing does drive down prices, but the sample size of the study - 92 - leaves much room for criticism and... more
A new housing study done by the Upjohn Institute in Michigan found that new housing does drive down prices, but the sample size of the study - 92 - leaves much room for criticism and in particular its applicability to San Francisco. more
Yes, this study found that new housing drives down nearby rents
Curbed SF (01/16/2020)
Jan
16
200-Bed Navigation Center to Open by Year’s End at Former City College Property
by Spencer Lam
By the end of 2020, a new 200-bed navigation center is slated to open at a former City College property located at 33 Gough Street. This navigation center is part of a 499-bed pipeli... more
By the end of 2020, a new 200-bed navigation center is slated to open at a former City College property located at 33 Gough Street. This navigation center is part of a 499-bed pipeline of works-in-progress around the city. more
New navigation center planned for former City College facility – The San Francisco Examiner
Examiner (01/16/2020)
Jan
16
Social Experiment Posits Racial Profiling at Mission Apartment Building
by Spencer Lam
A social experiment by Mission Local staff at a Mission District apartment building appeared to confirm neighborly complaints that a human-monitored security system is racially profi... more
A social experiment by Mission Local staff at a Mission District apartment building appeared to confirm neighborly complaints that a human-monitored security system is racially profiling people loitering outside of the building. more
‘Police have been called’: Loudspeaker threatens low-income people standing in front of Bartlett Street property
Mission Local (01/16/2020)
Jan
16
City Republicans Endorse Erin Smith in Senate District Race
by Spencer Lam
Last Wednesday, San Francisco Republicans endorsed Erin Smith, a transgender woman, in the race for Scott Wiener’s (D-San Francisco) state senate seat. Smith aims to use Wiener’s pos... more
Last Wednesday, San Francisco Republicans endorsed Erin Smith, a transgender woman, in the race for Scott Wiener’s (D-San Francisco) state senate seat. Smith aims to use Wiener’s positions on housing proposals against him, realizing that it is a “tricky” ordeal for a Republican to survive political battles in the Bay Area. more
Political Notebook: SF Republicans endorse transgender Senate candidate
The Bay Area Reporter (01/16/2020)
Jan
16
Feinstein to Replace Alioto on Fire Commission
by Spencer Lam
After a three-year term on the San Francisco Fire Commission, Joe Alioto Veronese is being replaced by Judge Katherine Feinstein, at the behest of Mayor Breed. Mayor Breed also made ... more
After a three-year term on the San Francisco Fire Commission, Joe Alioto Veronese is being replaced by Judge Katherine Feinstein, at the behest of Mayor Breed. Mayor Breed also made other appointments and reappointments to the Fire Commission. more
Mayor swaps an Alioto for a Feinstein on the Fire Commission – The San Francisco Examiner
Examiner (01/16/2020)
Jan
16
Budget Committee Moves City College Relief Money Forward
by Spencer Lam
Wednesday, the Budget and Finance Committee voted 2 to 1 with Supervisor Mandelman opposed to sending $2.7 million to City College to restore cut classes. Mandelman opposed the aid b... more
Wednesday, the Budget and Finance Committee voted 2 to 1 with Supervisor Mandelman opposed to sending $2.7 million to City College to restore cut classes. Mandelman opposed the aid because of questions he had regarding the general fiscal security of City College. This proposal will need eight votes from the Board of Supervisors to be veto-proof. more
Walton’s $2.7M plan to restore City College class cuts heads toward approval – The San Francisco Examiner
Examiner (01/16/2020)
Jan
16
Sen. Wiener to Introduce Legislation to Implement Statewide Response to HIV, Hep C, STIs
by Spencer Lam
Today, State Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) is set to introduce legislation to direct the Secretary of the California Department of Health and Human Service to implement a st... more
Today, State Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) is set to introduce legislation to direct the Secretary of the California Department of Health and Human Service to implement a statewide response to HIV, Hep C, and sexually transmitted infections. This is seemingly in tandem with a coalition’s mission of doing just that, which seeks $50 million from the state in order to do so. more
Wiener to push bill to end HIV, hep C, STIs
The Bay Area Reporter (01/16/2020)
Jan
16
Online Petition Circulates to Change “Isis” Street to be Named After Harvey Milk
by Spencer Lam
An online petition has been started - at 35 of 100 signatures as of Wednesday - to change Isis Street in West SoMa to be named after the late Harvey Milk. Supervisor Matt Haney said ... more
An online petition has been started - at 35 of 100 signatures as of Wednesday - to change Isis Street in West SoMa to be named after the late Harvey Milk. Supervisor Matt Haney said of the idea, “I love it.” more
Breaking: Online petition asks SF supes, mayor to rename SOMA street for Harvey Milk
The Bay Area Reporter (01/16/2020)
Jan
16
Seton Medical Center Sale Deal Collapses, Enters Sparse “Plan B” Mode
by Spencer Lam
The sale deal for Seton Medical Center - the largest employer in Daly City - has collapsed in the past month, and the ailing medical facility has entered its sparse “Plan B” mode, de... more
The sale deal for Seton Medical Center - the largest employer in Daly City - has collapsed in the past month, and the ailing medical facility has entered its sparse “Plan B” mode, details for which are currently sealed in bankruptcy filings. Verity Health System, which owns the hospital and others, has just $80 million left to run Seton and its other facilities. more
Bankruptcy Roller Coaster Continues for Major Daly City Hospital
SF Weekly (01/16/2020)
Jan
16
Subterranean Parking Garage Receives Slight Opposition
by Spencer Lam
A subterranean parking garage that is slated to fit 183 cars in it has drawn lonely opposition from Tom Radulovich, a former BART board director. The garage would be beneath an 800-f... more
A subterranean parking garage that is slated to fit 183 cars in it has drawn lonely opposition from Tom Radulovich, a former BART board director. The garage would be beneath an 800-foot tower beside the Transbay transit center, but the garage’s entrance would be on a currently car-free stretch of Natoma. more
Advocates oppose parking garage that would bring car traffic to Transbay plaza
Chronicle (01/16/2020)
Jan
15
Retail Vacancy Tax Returns
by Armand Domalewski

The San Francisco Board of Supervisors, hoping to combat a growing vacant retail storefront crisis, voted to expand a commercial vacancy tax to 12 more neighborhood corridors. Legisl

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The San Francisco Board of Supervisors, hoping to combat a growing vacant retail storefront crisis, voted to expand a commercial vacancy tax to 12 more neighborhood corridors. Legislators believe this will spur landlords to fill their vacancies, rather than hold out for a more lucrative tenant.

 
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Plan to tax vacant San Francisco storefronts revived
KTVU (01/15/2020)
Proposed vacancy tax expanded to 12 additional neighborhood corridors – The San Francisco Examiner
Examiner (01/15/2020)
SF supervisors vote to expand reach of proposed vacant-storefront tax
Chronicle (01/15/2020)
Jan
15
New DA announces launches pre-trial diversionary program to keep families together
by Armand Domalewski
Newly sworn in District Attorney Chesa Boudin, himself the son of incarcerated parents, announced his first major policy change: a diversionary program for primary caregiver parents ... more
Newly sworn in District Attorney Chesa Boudin, himself the son of incarcerated parents, announced his first major policy change: a diversionary program for primary caregiver parents of minor children. more
Boudin launches pretrial diversion program for parents of minor children
Examiner (01/15/2020)
SF District Attorney Chesa Boudin launches diversion program for parents facing criminal charges
Chronicle (01/15/2020)
Jan
15
Wiener proposes making insurers cover more mental health
by Armand Domalewski

State Senator Scott Wiener, proposed legislation to authorize some forms of treatment more quickly and to cover more comprehensive mental health services.

 
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State Senator Scott Wiener, proposed legislation to authorize some forms of treatment more quickly and to cover more comprehensive mental health services.

 
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California bills would make insurers cover more mental health
Chronicle (01/15/2020)
Jan
15
Matier: SamTrans bus service becoming informal homeless shelter
by Armand Domalewski
Newly expanded SamTrans bus service from the Peninsula to the Embarcadero has accidentally become an informal homeless shelter for many, reports the Chronicle’s Phil Matier. more
Newly expanded SamTrans bus service from the Peninsula to the Embarcadero has accidentally become an informal homeless shelter for many, reports the Chronicle’s Phil Matier. more
SF’s Embarcadero last stop on ride for homeless SamTrans riders
Chronicle (01/15/2020)
Jan
15
Bay Bridge Can Have A Bus Only Lane, As A Treat
by Armand Domalewski
After East Bay Assemblymember Rob Bonta proposed creating a bus only lane on the Bay Bridge, a chorus of local and state elected officials, including State Sen. Scott Wiener, Assembl... more
After East Bay Assemblymember Rob Bonta proposed creating a bus only lane on the Bay Bridge, a chorus of local and state elected officials, including State Sen. Scott Wiener, Assemblymember Buffy Wicks, Local Handsome Man Armand Domalewski, Berkeley Mayor Jesse Arreguin, and San Francisco Supervisor Matt Haney announced their support. more
Local officials announce support for Bay Bridge bus-only lane
Examiner (01/15/2020)
Jan
15
‘Extreme Dean’ wants your teeth clean
by Armand Domalewski
Supervisor Dean Preston, newly elected representative of District 5 and San Francisco’s first Democratic Socialist Supervisor, proposed legislation to explore the possibility of univ... more
Supervisor Dean Preston, newly elected representative of District 5 and San Francisco’s first Democratic Socialist Supervisor, proposed legislation to explore the possibility of universal dental care in San Francisco. more
Free dental care for all? SF Supervisor wants city to explore the possibility
Chronicle (01/15/2020)
Supervisor Preston Inches S.F. Toward Universal Dental Care
SF Weekly (01/15/2020)
Jan
15
In a shocking twist, SF actually set to meet a homelessness goal
by Armand Domalewski
With the selection of a vacant site once used by City College as a site for a 200-bed Navigation Center, San Francisco is set to hit its 1,000 shelter bed goal by the end of the year... more
With the selection of a vacant site once used by City College as a site for a 200-bed Navigation Center, San Francisco is set to hit its 1,000 shelter bed goal by the end of the year, announced Mayor London Breed. more
S.F. mayor poised to meet 1,000-shelter-bed goal with deal for Navigation Center
Chronicle (01/15/2020)
Jan
15
Electric Boogaloo
by Armand Domalewski
SF’s Board of Supervisors passed legislation requiring all new buildings constructed for public use to be 100% electric, and not utilize natural gas or other fossil fuels. more
SF’s Board of Supervisors passed legislation requiring all new buildings constructed for public use to be 100% electric, and not utilize natural gas or other fossil fuels. more
SF passes law to make new government buildings all electric
Examiner (01/15/2020)
Jan
15
Fractious Ficus Fight Frazzles ‘Frisco
by Armand Domalewski
Supervisor Hillary Ronen proposed legislation to intervene in a dispute between ficus tree advocates and the Department of Public Works over a proposal to remove some of the trees on... more
Supervisor Hillary Ronen proposed legislation to intervene in a dispute between ficus tree advocates and the Department of Public Works over a proposal to remove some of the trees on 24th street.
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Supervisor Hillary Ronen plants herself in midst of 24th Street ficus fracas
Mission Local (01/15/2020)
Jan
15
The Fast and the Fur-ious
by Armand Domalewski
San Francisco’s fur ban faces a legal challenge from a fur trade group.
San Francisco’s fur ban faces a legal challenge from a fur trade group. more
Fur Trade Group Sues San Francisco Over Ban On Fur Sales
KCBS (01/15/2020)
Jan
15
Scooter crash spurs safety improvements
by Armand Domalewski
After a cement mixer collided with a scooter, the SFMTA voted to bring safety improvements to the site of the collision. more
After a cement mixer collided with a scooter, the SFMTA voted to bring safety improvements to the site of the collision. more
Safety improvements coming to scene of Embarcadero e-scooter crash
Examiner (01/15/2020)
Jan
15
New Chinese New Year, New Scams Targeting Chinese Community
by Armand Domalewski

In a sad annual tradition, San Francisco public officials warned the Chinese community about a likely wave of scams targeting their elders as the Lunar New Year approaches.

 
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In a sad annual tradition, San Francisco public officials warned the Chinese community about a likely wave of scams targeting their elders as the Lunar New Year approaches.

 
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Officials warn public of scams during Lunar New Year celebrations
SFBay (01/15/2020)
Jan
14
Planning Commissioner Steps Down to Run for Supervisor
by Rianna Machado

SF Planning Commission President Myrna Melgar is stepping down to run for Supervisor of District 7. Described as a “planning nerd,” she supports more density on the Westside, “where

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SF Planning Commission President Myrna Melgar is stepping down to run for Supervisor of District 7. Described as a “planning nerd,” she supports more density on the Westside, “where appropriate,” especially near transit hubs. Melgar, known for building bridges between moderates and progressive on the commission, plans to carry that theme into her campaign, saying “we often just get mired down in toxicity...we demonize each other and we don’t make progress.”

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Planning Commission president to step down to run for San Francisco supervisor
Chronicle (01/14/2020)
Jan
14
New Year New Staff
by Rianna Machado

After newly inaugurated DA Chesa Boudin changed things up with staffing last week, including firing six prosecutors in what critics have dubbed the “Friday Night Massacre”, he has no

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After newly inaugurated DA Chesa Boudin changed things up with staffing last week, including firing six prosecutors in what critics have dubbed the “Friday Night Massacre”, he has now began filling out key staff positions, including hiring two deputy public defenders to lead units in the DA’s office. DA Boudin is also promoting internally to fill the now empty desks.

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New DA Boudin hires public defenders amid staffing shake
Examiner (01/14/2020)
SF District Attorney Chesa Boudin hires 4 attorneys after ‘Friday Night Massacre’
Chronicle (01/14/2020)
Jan
14
Housing the Homeless
by Rianna Machado

A homeless shelter in a high school gym that is open to all families in the SFUSD has been receiving praise after a recent spike in use. As the SFUSD has identified 1,806 students ar

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A homeless shelter in a high school gym that is open to all families in the SFUSD has been receiving praise after a recent spike in use. As the SFUSD has identified 1,806 students are experiencing homelessness, the Buena Vista Horace Mann Stay Over program hopes to make a difference.

SFCurbed highlights the different strategies to tackle homelessness in California, specifically the idea of “centralized facilities.” This idea varies from compound buildings to a whole new city specifically to house the state’s homeless,  in a move homeless advocates call akin to internment camps.

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Homeless program for SF students and families receives praise – The San Francisco Examiner
Examiner (01/14/2020)
Plans to move California’s homeless population into centralized facilities gain steam
Curbed SF (01/14/2020)
Underused homeless shelter in SF school gym sees spike in families sleeping there
Chronicle (01/14/2020)
Jan
14
Moms 4 Housing Evicted
by Rianna Machado

The Oakland moms who were homeless and took over a house were evicted early Tuesday morning. The eviction had been served last Friday by an Alameda Superior Court Judge, but the mom’

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The Oakland moms who were homeless and took over a house were evicted early Tuesday morning. The eviction had been served last Friday by an Alameda Superior Court Judge, but the mom’s said they planned to stay, regardless. There were six arrests made outside the house for obstructing law enforcement.

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Court orders homeless families occupying Oakland house evicted
Curbed SF (01/14/2020)
Homeless mothers evicted from Oakland house in pre-dawn operation, arrests made
Chronicle (01/14/2020)