Today’s Stories (Last updated May 25, 03:30 PM)

May
25
Chiang, Schiff, and the Rise of the Political Nerd
by Lia Salaverry
Joe Garofoli describes the political nerd crush phenomenon sweeping the State, as candidates Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Burbank and state Treasurer John Chiang rise in the 2018 election. ... more
Joe Garofoli describes the political nerd crush phenomenon sweeping the State, as candidates Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Burbank and state Treasurer John Chiang rise in the 2018 election.  more
Schiff, Chiang leading lights in politics’ new era of the nerd
Chronicle (05/25/2017)
May
25
SFPD Radios Defective in Transit Tunnels
by Lia Salaverry
Good news for all criminal masterminds! Matier and Ross explain that SFPD's radios don't work in some BART and Muni tunnels. Let the plotting begin.
Good news for all criminal masterminds! Matier and Ross explain that SFPD's radios don't work in some BART and Muni tunnels. Let the plotting begin. more
SFPD’s challenge in transit tunnels: Radio channels don’t work
Chronicle (05/25/2017)
May
25
San Franciscans Up in Arms Over New Mixed Water
by Lia Salaverry
San Franciscans just found one more thing to protest. Residents are appalled and absolutely freaking out after drinking sub-par water. Precious Hetch Hetchy water has allegedly been ... more
San Franciscans just found one more thing to protest. Residents are appalled and absolutely freaking out after drinking sub-par water. Precious Hetch Hetchy water has allegedly been mixed and contaminated with vile ground water. Yuck. more
City Hall flooded with complaints over SF’s new mixed drinking water
Examiner (05/25/2017)
May
25
San Francisco Tests New Technology in Saving Lives
by Lia Salaverry
With the goal of improving ambulance response times, supporting dispatchers, and of course keeping up with the city's famous "techy" theme, San Francisco rolls out new technology to ... more
With the goal of improving ambulance response times, supporting dispatchers, and of course keeping up with the city's famous "techy" theme, San Francisco rolls out new technology to better track trucks and save lives. more
SF rolling out technology to better track ambulances
Examiner (05/25/2017)
May
25
No Justice, No Peace for the Mentally Ill
by Lia Salaverry
David Talbot describes the plight of the Bay Area's mentally ill residents and highlights a recent case in Santa Clara County, where three correction officers allegedly beat to death... more
David Talbot describes the plight of the Bay Area's mentally ill residents and highlights a recent case in Santa Clara County, where three correction officers allegedly beat to death mentally ill inmate Michael Tyree. more
Legal system’s treatment of mentally ill is criminal
Chronicle (05/25/2017)
May
25
Student Housing to Double in SF's Potrero Hill and Dogpatch
by Lia Salaverry
There are big plans for student housing in San Francisco's Dogpatch and Potrero Hill neighborhoods. High-end housing is planned to double in these areas, perturbing neighbors who can... more
There are big plans for student housing in San Francisco's Dogpatch and Potrero Hill neighborhoods. High-end housing is planned to double in these areas, perturbing neighbors who can't decide whether the new housing development itself or subsequent student parties are more concerning.  more
Big plans for student housing in SF’s Potrero Hill, Dogpatch
Chronicle (05/25/2017)
May
25
Nearly 1 in 4 San Franciscans Go Hungry
by Lia Salaverry
According to the SF-Marin Food Bank, 23 percent of SF residents battle with hunger. Food insecurity spans far beyond the city's homeless population. But with so many restaurants, why... more
According to the SF-Marin Food Bank, 23 percent of SF residents battle with hunger. Food insecurity spans far beyond the city's homeless population. But with so many restaurants, why are San Franciscans still hungry? more
Nearly 1 in 4 San Franciscans struggle with hunger
Chronicle (05/25/2017)
May
25
Lyft Edges Out Uber Trips at SFO
by Kelly Groth
In what could be a consequence of Uber's conflicts with SF, Lyft rides have topped Uber's at SFO. Uber trips to and from the airport have seen a decline since November 2016.
In what could be a consequence of Uber's conflicts with SF, Lyft rides have topped Uber's at SFO. Uber trips to and from the airport have seen a decline since November 2016. more
Lyft gains ground on Uber at SFO
Examiner (05/25/2017)
May
25
Broke-Ass on Making the Internet Great Again
by Lia Salaverry
Broke-Ass Stuart argues that despite the plethora of information received through the internet, the trolls outweigh the pros. Is there any hope for the internet generation?
Broke-Ass Stuart argues that despite the plethora of information received through the internet, the trolls outweigh the pros. Is there any hope for the internet generation? more
Make the internet great again
Examiner (05/25/2017)
Today’s Suspects Updater
Lia Salaverry
As a Bay Area native, Lia has been complaining about the high cost of housing since before it was cool. With experience working on local and state campaigns, building grassroots coalitions, and as a board member of several San Francisco-based democratic clubs, Lia has a difficult time defining what her “hobbies” (outside of politics) consist of. In her remaining free ...

In the Past Week…

May
24
Delayed hearings for the Police Commission
by Steven Kight
The reappointment or replacement of Petra DeJesus remains up in the air as Supervisor Safai has yet to schedule a vote on the matter. Supervisor Fewer has formally called for a speci... more
The reappointment or replacement of Petra DeJesus remains up in the air as Supervisor Safai has yet to schedule a vote on the matter. Supervisor Fewer has formally called for a special committee hearing to address the issue.  more
Pressure mounts for delayed Police Commission appointment hearings
Examiner (05/24/2017)
May
24
SF Public schools are giving ICE the cold shoulder
by Steven Kight

Students bring immigrant protections to SFUSD, after the board passed a resolution restricting cooperation with ICE. Amid some budget concerns, including threats of federal cuts, SFU

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Students bring immigrant protections to SFUSD, after the board passed a resolution restricting cooperation with ICE. Amid some budget concerns, including threats of federal cuts, SFUSD steps forward with new resources and initiatives to help students and their families.

 
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SF public schools add protections for undocumented students
Examiner (05/24/2017)
May
24
Financial tug of war… SF and Charlotte, N.C.?
by Steven Kight

San Francisco is back on top in its decades-long struggle with Charlotte, N.C. over who is the financial top dog (excluding New York… obviously.) A short history of the BankAmerica m

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San Francisco is back on top in its decades-long struggle with Charlotte, N.C. over who is the financial top dog (excluding New York… obviously.) A short history of the BankAmerica move and how 20 years and the rise of tech has changed the FiDi.

 
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San Francisco reclaims crown as nation’s second-largest banking center
SF Business Times (05/24/2017)
May
24
Escalation continues between the city and Uber, Lyft
by Steven Kight
Supervisor Jane Kim raised the prospect of imposing a fee per ride on companies such as Lyft and Uber, adding yet another front on the long running war of attrition between the city ... more
Supervisor Jane Kim raised the prospect of imposing a fee per ride on companies such as Lyft and Uber, adding yet another front on the long running war of attrition between the city and ride hailing companies. The proposed fee would be aimed at addressing traffic congestion. Uber has taken measures at the state level to prevent other forms of local regulation, it remains to be seen if their friends in Sacramento take steps to prevent a fee such as this. more
SF Supervisor Calls For Possible Fee on Uber, Lyft Rides
NBC Bay Area (05/24/2017)
May
24
BART to the Beach?
by Steven Kight

Supervisor Sandra Fewer has requested that funding from a potential ballot measure be used to explore transportation to the distant reaches of San Francisco, aka The Richmond. Namely

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Supervisor Sandra Fewer has requested that funding from a potential ballot measure be used to explore transportation to the distant reaches of San Francisco, aka The Richmond. Namely, the long sought after BART extension as a grand hope for any option other than the 38-Geary.

 
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Supe requests funding to study BART extension to the Richmond District
Examiner (05/24/2017)
May
24
Adachi to stay in SF
by Steven Kight
Fearing the loss of the independence he has in San Francisco, Public Defender Jeff Adachi has taken himself out of the running for Los Angeles Public Defender.
Fearing the loss of the independence he has in San Francisco, Public Defender Jeff Adachi has taken himself out of the running for Los Angeles Public Defender. more
Jeff Adachi to L.A.? He says no
Chronicle (05/24/2017)
May
24
Mayor Lee tackles reducing SF's jail population
by Steven Kight
The Mayor lays out a series of proposals aimed at reducing the jail population in San Francisco. Many of those currently incarcerated in San Francisco's jails are housed in the outda... more
The Mayor lays out a series of proposals aimed at reducing the jail population in San Francisco. Many of those currently incarcerated in San Francisco's jails are housed in the outdated and seismically unfit Hall of Justice facility. With funding for a new jail seemingly off the table, addressing the inequities of the current criminal justice system might just kill two birds with one stone.  more
S.F. seeks to jail fewer for less time
Chronicle (05/24/2017)
May
23
BoS Delays Inclusionary Housing Vote (Again)
by Shanti Singh
After Supes Peskin, Kim, Safai and Breed reached a compromise deal last week on affordable housing requirements in market-rate developments, the vote was once again postponed due to ... more
After Supes Peskin, Kim, Safai and Breed reached a compromise deal last week on affordable housing requirements in market-rate developments, the vote was once again postponed due to concerns that the legislation won't work as intended with Supe Katy Tang (and Ed Lee)'s HOME-SF legislation, which allows developers to build extra units according to a different set of requirements. Both plans are up for discussion at the full board today. more
Supes postpone vote on inclusionary housing amid density bonus concerns
Examiner (05/23/2017)
May
23
Stayin' Alive: Caltrain electrification finally approved
by Shanti Singh
In a surprise move, U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao and the Federal Transportation Administration approved $647 million in federal grants for the Caltrain electrification p... more
In a surprise move, U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao and the Federal Transportation Administration approved $647 million in federal grants for the Caltrain electrification project, which was feared to be dead in the water after the 2016 presidential election. The project entails replacing diesel with electric trains, hopefully setting the stage for high speed rail and better transportation down the Silicon Valley corridor. more
Caltrain electrification project back on track with federal funding
Chronicle (05/23/2017)
Federal Transit Administration signs off on one project Monday, but more than a dozen others await money
WaPo (05/23/2017)
May
23
Democrats mull over Feinstein re-election prospects
by Shanti Singh
So far Sen. Dianne Feinstein has kept quiet about whether or not she will seek a new term in the Senate or retire. The Chronicle's Joe Garofoli talks to Rep. Adam Schiff and other pr... more
So far Sen. Dianne Feinstein has kept quiet about whether or not she will seek a new term in the Senate or retire. The Chronicle's Joe Garofoli talks to Rep. Adam Schiff and other prominent Dems about DiFi's prospects for re-election. more
Democrats mum on whether Feinstein should run for re-election
Chronicle (05/23/2017)
May
23
The Not-So-Secret Internet Life of Supes
by Shanti Singh
In case you were wondering what they're actually doing while looking busy and important during meetings, dive into the shopping, tech blog and news clickbait preferences of your favo... more
In case you were wondering what they're actually doing while looking busy and important during meetings, dive into the shopping, tech blog and news clickbait preferences of your favorite Supervisors (except for Mark Farrell, master of Incognito mode) courtesy of Joe Fitz and one extremely entertaining public records request. more
Facebook, food reservations, flights: Where SF supervisors browse during board (bored) meetings
Examiner (05/23/2017)
May
23
Twin Teacher Housing Proposals Up Today
by Shanti Singh
Fresh off the announcement of a teacher housing development in the Outer Sunset, Mayor Lee and schools Superintendent Vincent Matthews plan to introduce resolutions at the BoS and Bo... more
Fresh off the announcement of a teacher housing development in the Outer Sunset, Mayor Lee and schools Superintendent Vincent Matthews plan to introduce resolutions at the BoS and Board of Education, respectively, to develop permanently affordable teachers-only housing. more
SF teacher housing suddenly gains momentum
Chronicle (05/23/2017)
May
23
BART Watch app in hot water over alleged privacy violations
by Shanti Singh
A class-action lawsuit was filed in US District Court in Oakland Monday alleging that the BART Watch crime reporting app is being misused to collect location data on its users in pot... more
A class-action lawsuit was filed in US District Court in Oakland Monday alleging that the BART Watch crime reporting app is being misused to collect location data on its users in potential violation of state privacy law. BART has denied collecting said data without user permission. more
BART hit with class action privacy lawsuit over personal data collected by its security app
SF Business Times (05/23/2017)
May
23
David Talbot on Dorothea Lange and Inequality
by Shanti Singh
For his Tuesday column, David Talbot visits the Dorothea Lange photography exhibit at the Oakland Museum, musing about Lange's powerful images of the Great Depression and internment ... more
For his Tuesday column, David Talbot visits the Dorothea Lange photography exhibit at the Oakland Museum, musing about Lange's powerful images of the Great Depression and internment camps as well as how things have changed (or haven't) in the Bay Area since then. more
Dorothea Lange’s haunting Depression photos evoke the present
Chronicle (05/23/2017)
May
22
Did You Miss Us? We're Here For You
by Kelly Groth
We're back! After a brief hiatus, we've resumed the Usual Suspects. We even have a new team, with fresh, shiny faces. A few mornings of posting at 6 am should change that soon enough
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We're back! After a brief hiatus, we've resumed the Usual Suspects. We even have a new team, with fresh, shiny faces. A few mornings of posting at 6 am should change that soon enough.
 
Our team has done due diligence to find and post the previous week's stories — yes, we really do like you that much. They will be up on this site before the end of today. Did we forget something? Let us know at usualsuspectssf@gmail.com.
 
Happy readings,
 
Kelly Groth & Steven Kight
Co-Executive Editors   
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May
22
Update: Profiles of Final CCSF Chancellor Finalists
by Kelly Groth

Finalists for the position of City College chancellor were picked from a pool of 35 applicants. The new director will be responsible for increasing college enrollment, an issue the c

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Finalists for the position of City College chancellor were picked from a pool of 35 applicants. The new director will be responsible for increasing college enrollment, an issue the college has struggled with for years.

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CCSF mulls four finalists for new chancellor
Examiner (05/22/2017)
May
22
Drivers Don’t Reap Benefits of Price Surges
by Kelly Groth
In a continuing stream of news from Uber, the company admits that the price customers saw on their app for a requested ride was often higher than what the driver would see. The diffe... more
In a continuing stream of news from Uber, the company admits that the price customers saw on their app for a requested ride was often higher than what the driver would see. The difference goes into the pocket of the company. more
Uber admits it charged riders more than what drivers saw
Examiner (05/22/2017)
May
22
Rollin’ in that Resistance Dough
by Kelly Groth
Senator Kamala Harris has raked in about $1 million in political contributions, thanks to her being an opposing force to the Trump Administration. Most of the donations are $20 or un... more
Senator Kamala Harris has raked in about $1 million in political contributions, thanks to her being an opposing force to the Trump Administration. Most of the donations are $20 or under, raised from those who want to make a difference, the campaign says. more
Kamala Harris’ anti-Trump payoff: Campaign cash rolls in
Chronicle (05/22/2017)
May
22
What’s That Smell? Sewage Contract Smells Funny to Some
by Kelly Groth
The SF Public Utilities Commission awarded a $1 billion contract to a company who will oversee the construction of a new sludge processor at the sewage treatment plant. Some are wear... more
The SF Public Utilities Commission awarded a $1 billion contract to a company who will oversee the construction of a new sludge processor at the sewage treatment plant. Some are weary of the connection the SFPUC has with the company awarded. more
Ex-SF official helps bidder land $1 billion city sewage contract
Chronicle (05/22/2017)
May
22
What’s in a Name: Bayview Looks to Name Areas for Community Leaders
by Kelly Groth
The changing Hunters Point and Bayview neighborhoods hope to retain history and character, by naming parks and streets in the area after community leaders. The neighborhood faces red... more
The changing Hunters Point and Bayview neighborhoods hope to retain history and character, by naming parks and streets in the area after community leaders. The neighborhood faces redevelopment and construction of hundreds of new housing units. more
City commission seeks to name roads, parks after Bayview
Examiner (05/22/2017)
May
21
A Party Divided
by Kelly Groth
Troubles for the California Democratic Party continue, as the election results of the party chair race show the party is just as divided as it was during 2016. more
Troubles for the California Democratic Party continue, as the election results of the party chair race show the party is just as divided as it was during 2016. more
State Democrats’ family feud imperils 2018 rebound
Chronicle (05/21/2017)
May
21
Willie Brown: Special Counsel, Galas, and Movie Reviews
by Kelly Groth
Willie Brown recalls when former FBI Director Robert Mueller asked for his support and help in 2001. Mayor Brown applauds the job Mueller did then, and wishes him the best in his new... more
Willie Brown recalls when former FBI Director Robert Mueller asked for his support and help in 2001. Mayor Brown applauds the job Mueller did then, and wishes him the best in his new role. more
The day Robert Mueller asked for my help
Chronicle (05/21/2017)
May
21
Interim Director of SFPD Watchdog Accused of Sexual Harassment
by Kelly Groth

Manuel Fortes, the newly appointed head of the Department of Police Accountability, faces sexual harassment allegations from a city employee.

Manuel Fortes, the newly appointed head of the Department of Police Accountability, faces sexual harassment allegations from a city employee.

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New interim leader of SFPD watchdog in hot water over sexual harassment allegations
Examiner (05/21/2017)
May
21
Transit and U2, When No One’s Happy
by Kelly Groth
U2’s extended show pushed the Valley Transportation Authority to the edge. The VTA was required to add additional trains to the late night service, to the tune of a $61,000 loss for ... more
U2’s extended show pushed the Valley Transportation Authority to the edge. The VTA was required to add additional trains to the late night service, to the tune of a $61,000 loss for the agency. more
Transit agency fuming at 49ers for U2’s costly late-night show
Chronicle (05/21/2017)
May
21
David Talbot: Leaving the Liberal Bubble and What’s Outside
by Kelly Groth
David Talbot catches up with UC Berkeley sociologist Arlie Hochschild, who spent the past 5 years off and on living in Louisiana. Her new book tells what it’s like living outside the... more
David Talbot catches up with UC Berkeley sociologist Arlie Hochschild, who spent the past 5 years off and on living in Louisiana. Her new book tells what it’s like living outside the “liberal coastal elite” bubble of the Bay Area. more
Berkeley sociologist crosses over to Trump’s America
Chronicle (05/21/2017)
May
21
New Appointee for Police Commission
by Kelly Groth
Attorney Robert Hirsch is given a boost from Supervisor London Breed, with the supervisor recommending he take over the available seat on the Police Commission. more
Attorney Robert Hirsch is given a boost from Supervisor London Breed, with the supervisor recommending he take over the available seat on the Police Commission. more
London Breed uses new clout to help old friend
Chronicle (05/21/2017)
May
21
Women in Park Service Lowest in SF
by Kelly Groth
The number of female park rangers in SF has declined over the years. SF is home to the lowest number of female park rangers compared to many other American cities. Officials cite a l... more
The number of female park rangers in SF has declined over the years. SF is home to the lowest number of female park rangers compared to many other American cities. Officials cite a low number of women applying for the positions, and can do little to recruit more female applicants. more
SF employs fewer female park rangers than many other big cities
Chronicle (05/21/2017)
May
20
Suing Home, Sweet Home
by Kelly Groth

As a member of the State Land Commission, Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom is taking some heat for a lawsuit bent on overturning a height limit initiative in SF, which was passed by voters

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As a member of the State Land Commission, Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom is taking some heat for a lawsuit bent on overturning a height limit initiative in SF, which was passed by voters in 2014. Some question why he is pursuing this against his home city.

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Gavin Newsom faces backlash as state fights Sierra Club and San Francisco over waterfront
LA Times (05/19/2017)
May
20
Governor's Race Update: Candidates and Convention
by Kelly Groth
Get the political low-down on the governor's race from Joe Garofoli and John Wildermuth. The first 4 candidates to declare have raised $20 million collectively, and courted delegates... more
Get the political low-down on the governor's race from Joe Garofoli and John Wildermuth. The first 4 candidates to declare have raised $20 million collectively, and courted delegates and endorsements this weekend at the CA Democratic Party convention. more
Governor’s race heats up among California Democrats
Chronicle (05/20/2017)
May
19
Director Olsen Lee to Step Down
by Kelly Groth
Director of the Mayor’s Office of Housing and Community Development Olsen Lee is retiring. Lee has spent over 27 in government, and he recalls challenges and accomplishments over the... more
Director of the Mayor’s Office of Housing and Community Development Olsen Lee is retiring. Lee has spent over 27 in government, and he recalls challenges and accomplishments over the years. more
Olson Lee, SF official housing czar, calls it a day at City Hall
Chronicle (05/19/2017)