Today’s Stories (Last updated July 25, 10:57 AM)

Jul
25
Matier and Ross
by Derek Remski
Matier & Ross give us the low down on whistle-blowers, payouts, deficits, and the exit of Dede from the top job at the de Young Museum.
Matier & Ross give us the low down on whistle-blowers, payouts, deficits, and the exit of Dede from the top job at the de Young Museum. more
Dede Wilsey leaving top museums job amid strife over payout
Chronicle (07/25/2016)
Dede Wilsey out as museums chief after payout turmoil
SF Business Times (07/25/2016)
Jul
25
Tech Buses
by Derek Remski
Fitz on the latest appeal from a side-lined tech bus company to get back into business. Neighbors, Teamsters, and the Mayor all have something to say on the matter.
Fitz on the latest appeal from a side-lined tech bus company to get back into business. Neighbors, Teamsters, and the Mayor all have something to say on the matter. more
Appeal to reinstate ‘failed’ tech shuttle provider of Cisco and Zynga employees delayed until late August
Examiner (07/25/2016)
Jul
25
Ballot Measure Reform
by Derek Remski
Get ready folks for a long time at the polls in November. 

We tried and tried again to get rid of those long and messy ballots, but it looks like postal carriers are going to have sor... more
Get ready folks for a long time at the polls in November. 

We tried and tried again to get rid of those long and messy ballots, but it looks like postal carriers are going to have sore backs from delivering huge voter info tomes (pamphlets) this year.


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Despite reformers’ efforts, state’s November ballot is packed
Chronicle (07/25/2016)
Jul
25
Hi-Fives All Around
by Derek Remski
Amidst outcries from nonprofits over being forced from the City, politicos in City Hall created a program in 2013 to find new space within the City for those organizations.

Three year... more
Amidst outcries from nonprofits over being forced from the City, politicos in City Hall created a program in 2013 to find new space within the City for those organizations.

Three years later - some nonprofits are finding homes on city property at dramatically reduced rents. Hi-fives all around. more
Nonprofit serving homeless youths finds new home with city
Examiner (07/25/2016)
Jul
25
A Lotta Money Can Go a Long Way
by Derek Remski
No, not that Pelosi. In a new film set to debut on August 1, Alexandra Pelosi takes a look at pay-to-play in government. Focused on a national level, the spotlight will assuredly be ... more
No, not that Pelosi. In a new film set to debut on August 1, Alexandra Pelosi takes a look at pay-to-play in government. Focused on a national level, the spotlight will assuredly be turned on the Bay Area as well. more
Pelosi film about money and whether it opens political doors
Chronicle (07/25/2016)
Nov
07
Supervisor Races 2016 - Qualified Candidates
by Justin Jones

D1 – Sherman D’Silva, Sandra Lee Fewer, Richie Greenberg, Jason Jungreis, Brian Larkin, David Lee, Jonathan Lyens, Marjan Philhour, Andy Thornley
D3 – Aaron Peskin, Tim Donnelly
D5 – London Breed, Dean Preston
D7 – Norman Yee, Joel Engardio, Ben Matranga, Michael Young, John Farrell
D9 – Joshua Arce, Iswari Espana, Melissa San Miguel, Hillary Ronen
D11 – Kimberly Alvarenga, Francisco Herrera, Ahsha Safai, Berta Hernandez, Magdalena De Guzman

(Incumbents in bold.)

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D1 – Sherman D’Silva, Sandra Lee Fewer, Richie Greenberg, Jason Jungreis, Brian Larkin, David Lee, Jonathan Lyens, Marjan Philhour, Andy Thornley
D3 – Aaron Peskin, Tim Donnelly
D5 – London Breed, Dean Preston
D7 – Norman Yee, Joel Engardio, Ben Matranga, Michael Young, John Farrell
D9 – Joshua Arce, Iswari Espana, Melissa San Miguel, Hillary Ronen
D11 – Kimberly Alvarenga, Francisco Herrera, Ahsha Safai, Berta Hernandez, Magdalena De Guzman

(Incumbents in bold.)

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Today’s Suspects Updater
Derek Remski

Derek got his first taste of politics a long time ago in a land far, far away when canvassing to protect women’s reproductive rights with CARAL. He moved to San Francisco in 1990 and has called the Western Addition home for 23 years. Over the years he has worn many hats including firebreather, nightclub impresario, rug importer, historian, and organizer.

In the Past Week…

Jul
24
Daily Dose from Matier and Ross
by Nima Rahimi
California's politicos look to get some national coverage at the Convention. Clint Reilly is buying the Nob Hill Gazette. Will he use his platform to settle old scores? And does a hi... more
California's politicos look to get some national coverage at the Convention. Clint Reilly is buying the Nob Hill Gazette. Will he use his platform to settle old scores? And does a higher tax equal lost jobs? Or will the increased revenue balance out? more
Californians struggle for spotlight at Democrats’ big party
Chronicle (07/24/2016)
Jul
24
Sundays with Willie
by Nima Rahimi
My takeaways: Clinton needs to take Trump on aggressively. Date night at the Bayview Opera House is on my list. Legendary Warriors star Nate Thurmond has passed away. Ghostbusters is... more
My takeaways: Clinton needs to take Trump on aggressively. Date night at the Bayview Opera House is on my list. Legendary Warriors star Nate Thurmond has passed away. Ghostbusters is funny. And Henry Kissinger turned 93! more
Warm and fuzzy won’t do it: Clinton needs to take on Trump
Chronicle (07/24/2016)
Jul
24
And Now the Democratic Convention
by Nima Rahimi
What do Hillary and the Dems have to do to set themselves apart from the Republican Convention...
What do Hillary and the Dems have to do to set themselves apart from the Republican Convention... more
Clinton has advantage at Democratic convention
Chronicle (07/24/2016)
Jul
24
Historical Perspective
by Nima Rahimi
Segregation in the SF Housing Authority's early projects.
Segregation in the SF Housing Authority's early projects. more
How SF’s Housing Authority kept its early projects all white
Chronicle (07/24/2016)
Jul
24
Reforming the Police Department: Suzy Loftus
by Nima Rahimi
Suzy Loftus, the POA, and reform. Is the POA too powerful? Will Suzy's possible political ambitions restrain her ability to push reform?
Suzy Loftus, the POA, and reform. Is the POA too powerful? Will Suzy's possible political ambitions restrain her ability to push reform? more
SF Police Commission President Suzy Loftus: Reformer or politician?
Examiner (07/24/2016)
Jul
24
It Could Always Be Worse
by Nima Rahimi
Nato Green's musings about the Republican Convention.
Nato Green's musings about the Republican Convention. more
It could always be worse
Examiner (07/24/2016)
Jul
24
Dirty Politics at City Hall
by Nima Rahimi
"We have faith that the best policies and governance emerges only through friction from competing perspectives and leaders who are courageous in the face of opposition.

However, mean

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"We have faith that the best policies and governance emerges only through friction from competing perspectives and leaders who are courageous in the face of opposition.

However, meanness and spite do not aid public discourse — as we have seen with the political divisiveness in recent months approaching apocalyptic levels on the national stage."

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Dirty politics at City Hall
Examiner (07/24/2016)
Jul
23
Board hearing worthy of a True Life episode
by Jasmine Conrad
Meltdowns, posturing and tantrums pepper the Board's meeting on Tuesday prompting Nevius to suggest they need a "time out." However, a few glimmers of hope can be found in an instanc... more
Meltdowns, posturing and tantrums pepper the Board's meeting on Tuesday prompting Nevius to suggest they need a "time out." However, a few glimmers of hope can be found in an instance of vote switching...but the progressive clique's rule remains. more
Board’s progressive clique losing sight of voters’ interests
Chronicle (07/23/2016)
Jul
23
Transit congestion is now a thing
by Jasmine Conrad
With our beautiful cities by the Bay attracting more and more people on the daily, our public transportation systems are getting as congested as the 405 on a Friday.
With our beautiful cities by the Bay attracting more and more people on the daily, our public transportation systems are getting as congested as the 405 on a Friday. more
'Fix it first': How MTC's boss views the Bay Area's burgeoning transportation crisis
SF Business Times (07/23/2016)
Jul
23
And YOU get a car!
by Jasmine Conrad
Uber and Lyft are offering drivers a sweet, but possibly sour, deal on car rentals and leases in an attempt to get more drivers on the road. 
Uber and Lyft are offering drivers a sweet, but possibly sour, deal on car rentals and leases in an attempt to get more drivers on the road.  more
Desperately seeking drivers, Uber and Lyft offer car options
Examiner (07/23/2016)
Jul
23
Something smells fishy down at the Shipyard
by Jasmine Conrad
San Francisco’s Office of Community Investment and Infrastructure reviews thousands of pages that place the Hunters Point Shipyard project in an awkward position that could draw the ... more
San Francisco’s Office of Community Investment and Infrastructure reviews thousands of pages that place the Hunters Point Shipyard project in an awkward position that could draw the wrong kind of attention on a photo-worthy project. more
Figures Scrutinized by FBI Loom Large in Hunters Point Shipyard Project
KQED News (07/23/2016)
Jul
22
The New Boss
by Derek Lee
Planning Commissioner Cindy Wu is sworn in as the new chair of the San Francisco Democratic County Central Committee. Meanwhile the DCCC carries on with what it's best at, internal p... more
Planning Commissioner Cindy Wu is sworn in as the new chair of the San Francisco Democratic County Central Committee. Meanwhile the DCCC carries on with what it's best at, internal party fighting. Let the games begin! more
SF Democrats get down to business, bickering after June election
Chronicle (07/22/2016)
Jul
22
Stop to Go
by Derek Lee
Housing Action Coalition's Tim Colen argues his case for Mayor Lee to veto the Board of Supervisor's recent resolution against Gov. Brown's "by-right housing" legislation to streamli... more
Housing Action Coalition's Tim Colen argues his case for Mayor Lee to veto the Board of Supervisor's recent resolution against Gov. Brown's "by-right housing" legislation to streamline development. more
Mayor’s veto could improve housing
Examiner (07/22/2016)
Jul
22
A host of Airbnb stories
by Derek Lee
Amid increasing regulations, Airbnb is doing just fine according to an in-depth look by the Chronicle.

Also, a peek into Airbnb's efforts to foster grassroots support in Time Magazine. more
Amid increasing regulations, Airbnb is doing just fine according to an in-depth look by the Chronicle.

Also, a peek into Airbnb's efforts to foster grassroots support in Time Magazine. more
As city lowers boom, Airbnb and rivals thrive
Chronicle (07/22/2016)
Inside Airbnb’s Plan to Build a Grassroots Political Movement
Time (07/22/2016)
Jul
22
Lighting a fire under DBI & SFFD
by Derek Lee
According to a report by the Civil Grand Jury the Department of Building Inspections and the Fire Department need to step up efforts in enforcing fire safety violations.
According to a report by the Civil Grand Jury the Department of Building Inspections and the Fire Department need to step up efforts in enforcing fire safety violations. more
SF civil grand jury finds building inspections uncoordinated
Examiner (07/22/2016)
Jul
22
What's a Delegate?
by Derek Lee
Zoe Dunning breaks down everything you need to know about the different types of delegates there are, and how they end up at the Democratic National Convention. Answers to other of l... more
Zoe Dunning breaks down everything you need to know about the different types of delegates there are, and how they end up at the Democratic National Convention. Answers to other of life's mysteries to follow. more
Philadelphia Bound
San Francisco Bay Times (07/22/2016)
Jul
22
Fun With Sales Tax Figures
by Derek Lee
Using sales-tax revenue, the Chron takes a look at the economic vitality (or lack thereof) of the Excelsior, the Bayview, Divisadero and the Upper Haight.
Using sales-tax revenue, the Chron takes a look at the economic vitality (or lack thereof) of the Excelsior, the Bayview, Divisadero and the Upper Haight. more
Sales tax data reveals boom and bust restaurant neighborhoods
Chronicle (07/22/2016)
Jul
21
Dear Board of Supervisors...
by Kelly Groth
"Stop playing politics with the city's government structure," urge former mayors Dianne Feinstein, Frank Jordan, Gavin Newsom, and Willie Brown. They argue the proposal for a public ... more
"Stop playing politics with the city's government structure," urge former mayors Dianne Feinstein, Frank Jordan, Gavin Newsom, and Willie Brown. They argue the proposal for a public advocate removes accountability from the mayor's office. more
San Francisco ‘reforms’ would undermine mayor’s effectiveness
Chronicle (07/21/2016)
Jul
21
Pure, Refreshing... Groundwater?
by Kelly Groth
San Francisco's widely renown tap water, traveling all the way from Hetch Hetchy, will soon be blended with local groundwater sources. The SFPUC is working on blending tap water and ... more
San Francisco's widely renown tap water, traveling all the way from Hetch Hetchy, will soon be blended with local groundwater sources. The SFPUC is working on blending tap water and irrigating SF's parks with local water sources to combat the ongoing drought. more
SF advances plans to blend Hetch Hetchy water with groundwater
Examiner (07/21/2016)
Jul
21
Everything But the Kitchen Sink
by Kelly Groth
San Francisco's "furniture tax" on Airbnb hosts' furnishings and appliances generated about $120,000 this year.
San Francisco's "furniture tax" on Airbnb hosts' furnishings and appliances generated about $120,000 this year. more
Airbnb ‘furniture tax’ generates $120,000 for San Francisco
Chronicle (07/21/2016)
Jul
21
Playland at the Park
by Kelly Groth
From empty lot to Playland park, a temporary playground in the Outer Sunset faces mixed reviews. Some neighbors enjoy the community benefits of the park, while others are concerned a... more
From empty lot to Playland park, a temporary playground in the Outer Sunset faces mixed reviews. Some neighbors enjoy the community benefits of the park, while others are concerned about noise levels. Survey results will be tallied by the Planning Department later this month. more
Outer Sunset’s temporary Playland park continues to draw mixed opinions
Examiner (07/21/2016)
Jul
21
More Housing for SFSU
by Kelly Groth
Aiming to triple student housing, San Francisco State University's plans are under public review this month. Renovations and blueprints to make the campus more vibrant are plans to i... more
Aiming to triple student housing, San Francisco State University's plans are under public review this month. Renovations and blueprints to make the campus more vibrant are plans to increase enrollment. more
SFSU proposal to grow student housing up for public review
Examiner (07/21/2016)
Jul
21
Tent Encampments vs. Shelters
by Kelly Groth
Members of the LGBTQ community oppose Supervisors Wiener and Farrell's ballot measure to remove tent encampments. A night in a shelter bed, or a ticket home are often not an option f... more
Members of the LGBTQ community oppose Supervisors Wiener and Farrell's ballot measure to remove tent encampments. A night in a shelter bed, or a ticket home are often not an option for LGBTQ homeless individuals, they say. more
Queers rally against homeless ballot measures
The Bay Area Reporter (07/21/2016)
Jul
20
Open Warfare
by Derek Remski
Rancor took center stage yesterday when the disparate factions on the Board of Supes accused one another of "extortion" and "pollyanaism" during the Board's meeting. Looks like the w... more
Rancor took center stage yesterday when the disparate factions on the Board of Supes accused one another of "extortion" and "pollyanaism" during the Board's meeting. Looks like the widely touted new collegiality between Moderates and Progressives was short-lived.




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Animosity rises to surface at SF supervisors meeting
Chronicle (07/20/2016)
Community activists unite to demand police accountability
Examiner (07/20/2016)
More charter amendments headed to November ballot
Examiner (07/20/2016)
San Francisco Supervisors Vote Down Independent Police Auditor Proposal
NBC Bay Area (07/20/2016)
Jul
20
C.W Nevius
by Derek Remski
C.W. weighs in on the Warriors court victory, concluding it's time for opponents of the Warriors new arena to hang up their spurs
C.W. weighs in on the Warriors court victory, concluding it's time for opponents of the Warriors new arena to hang up their spurs more
Time for opponents of Warriors’ SF arena plan to give up
Chronicle (07/20/2016)
Jul
20
$9.6 Billion Shopping Spree
by Derek Remski
Amidst the open warfare during the Board of Supes meeting yesterday the City got a new budget. Applause all around for the grown ups in the room who were able to compromise to reach ... more
Amidst the open warfare during the Board of Supes meeting yesterday the City got a new budget. Applause all around for the grown ups in the room who were able to compromise to reach consensus on the new $9.6 billion budget. more
Amid heated political sparring, San Francisco approves $9.6 billion budget
Examiner (07/20/2016)
Jul
20
Matier & Ross
by Derek Remski
Matier and Ross delve into California's unofficial delegation to the RNC in Cleveland, a couple of high-level endorsements for State AG Kamala Harris, and the alliance forged between... more
Matier and Ross delve into California's unofficial delegation to the RNC in Cleveland, a couple of high-level endorsements for State AG Kamala Harris, and the alliance forged between Progressives and Moderates to support the Mayor. more
CHP sends an army of officers to help protect GOP convention
Chronicle (07/20/2016)
Jul
20
Haters Gonna Hate
by Derek Remski
Is racism and bigotry part of the foundation of the campaign to recall Ed Lee or is the movement attracting loons to its cause?
Is racism and bigotry part of the foundation of the campaign to recall Ed Lee or is the movement attracting loons to its cause? more
Hate Speech Throws Fuel on Fire of Recall Ed Lee Campaign
SF Weekly (07/20/2016)
Jul
20
Death Threats Against New Chief
by Derek Remski
In a sign of an ever-changing world interim Police Chief Chaplin was the subject of a tweet of 140 characters or less.
In a sign of an ever-changing world interim Police Chief Chaplin was the subject of a tweet of 140 characters or less. more
Suspect in custody after racist Tweet threatened SF police chief
Chronicle (07/20/2016)
Jul
20
Mexican Museum to Get New Digs
by Derek Remski
Big win for everyone. Yesterday, the City moved one step closer to recognizing Latino history when ground was broken on a new Mexican Museum in SOMA.
Big win for everyone. Yesterday, the City moved one step closer to recognizing Latino history when ground was broken on a new Mexican Museum in SOMA. more
Crews dedicate new site for SF Mexican Museum, opening in 2019
Chronicle (07/20/2016)