Today’s Stories (Last updated February 27, 12:05 PM)

Feb
27
Matier and Ross
by Derek Remski
M & R report on a recent incident between a police officer, an alleged flasher, and the bystanders who helped the officer. The incident has reignited the discussion over use-of-force... more
M & R report on a recent incident between a police officer, an alleged flasher, and the bystanders who helped the officer. The incident has reignited the discussion over use-of-force policies. Also on tap, the BOS puts the brakes on Caltrain. more
SF cop’s tussle with suspect highlights use-of-force limits
Chronicle (02/27/2017)
Feb
27
Change of Venue for Housing Fight
by Derek Remski
Sen. Wiener and local housing developers have moved their clash over affordable housing to the state capitol. Shocking to nobody paying attention for the last several years - one sid... more
Sen. Wiener and local housing developers have moved their clash over affordable housing to the state capitol. Shocking to nobody paying attention for the last several years - one side wants to build housing and the other side wants to also build more housing. However, neither can agree on which way the blueprint should be read. more
Clash in Sacramento over state versus local control for housing development
Examiner (02/27/2017)
Feb
27
Bringing it up to Code
by Derek Remski
The folks at San Francisco Magazine take a look at affordable live/work space, building codes, and the role those codes may have played in the horrific Ghost Ship fire last year.
The folks at San Francisco Magazine take a look at affordable live/work space, building codes, and the role those codes may have played in the horrific Ghost Ship fire last year. more
Ghosts in the Ghost Ship
San Francisco Magazine (02/27/2017)
Feb
27
Fog is the Culprit
by Derek Remski
Turns out the glorious photos of the GGB shrouded in fog are documents of more than just our wonder at the beauty of it all. According to bridge district officials, the fog is deteri... more
Turns out the glorious photos of the GGB shrouded in fog are documents of more than just our wonder at the beauty of it all. According to bridge district officials, the fog is deteriorating parts of the art deco features of the iconic landmark. Anyone know a good place for a facelift? more
Fog deteriorated the Golden Gate Bridge’s art deco facade, says bridge district
Examiner (02/27/2017)
Feb
27
Update: No Love for the Summer of Love
by Derek Remski
A group organizing a potential celebration of the Summer of Love has decided to take another go at putting on the event after Rec. and Park officials said no go. Some have name dropp... more
A group organizing a potential celebration of the Summer of Love has decided to take another go at putting on the event after Rec. and Park officials said no go. Some have name dropped Da Mayor to expedite the process. But, hiz Williness has said, "I wouldn't help anyone who didn't have the sense to [properly] file for permits." more
Controversial ‘Summer of Love’ producer to back out of event
Examiner (02/27/2017)
Feb
27
The latest from Latterman: Campaign Workers Take a Looksie
by Derek Remski
No need to run since we will probably not have to endure an election this year. Nonetheless, David Latterman brings us the latest on PVI and changes in the political landscape of the... more
No need to run since we will probably not have to endure an election this year. Nonetheless, David Latterman brings us the latest on PVI and changes in the political landscape of the City. Lots of fun in his latest analysis for data junkies looking to stir it up at parties. more
Political changes in San Francisco during the past twenty years
Fall Line Analytics (02/27/2017)
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…

Feb
26
Peskin fails to stop UDC at DCCC meeting
by Mark Press
Fitz offers his view on Aaron Peskin's failed attempt to block the re-charter of the United Democratic Club at the last meeting of the DCCC. Note: The editorial team and updaters of ... more
Fitz offers his view on Aaron Peskin's failed attempt to block the re-charter of the United Democratic Club at the last meeting of the DCCC. Note: The editorial team and updaters of SF Usual Suspects are members of the United Democratic Club. more
How a growing Democratic club whupped Supervisor Aaron Peskin
Examiner (02/26/2017)
Feb
26
Party struggles nationally and locally
by Mark Press
David Talbot discusses the election of Tom Perez to DNC chair, as well as the struggle at the San Francisco DCCC meeting over the re-chartering of the United Democratic Club. Note: T... more
David Talbot discusses the election of Tom Perez to DNC chair, as well as the struggle at the San Francisco DCCC meeting over the re-chartering of the United Democratic Club. Note: The editorial team and updaters of SF Usual Suspects are members of the United Democratic Club. more
Sleeping with frenemies: how moderates, progressives can coexist
Chronicle (02/26/2017)
Feb
26
Oakland's new police chief wants a transformation
by Mark Press
A profile of Anne Kirkpatrick, who takes office on Monday as Oakland's first female police chief, and says that she prefers "transformation" to "reform".
A profile of Anne Kirkpatrick, who takes office on Monday as Oakland's first female police chief, and says that she prefers "transformation" to "reform". more
New Oakland police chief has high hopes for troubled force
Chronicle (02/26/2017)
Feb
26
BART wants to raise bridge tolls for new trains
by Mark Press
Matier and Ross explain why custom cars and a pro-American bidding process may double the cost of new train cars, making BART request higher bridge tolls.
Matier and Ross explain why custom cars and a pro-American bidding process may double the cost of new train cars, making BART request higher bridge tolls. more
Here’s why BART really needs that bridge toll hike
Chronicle (02/26/2017)
Feb
26
San Francisco officials condemn removal of transgender protections
by Mark Press
San Francisco's officials and residents squarely condemn the federal withdrawal of protections for transgender students to use the bathroom that matches their gender identity. This w... more
San Francisco's officials and residents squarely condemn the federal withdrawal of protections for transgender students to use the bathroom that matches their gender identity. This will of course have no effect on the protections that remain in California. more
Transgender protections are civil rights
Examiner (02/26/2017)
Feb
26
Willie on Trump's upcoming speech
by Mark Press
Willie speculates on Trump's upcoming speech to a joint session of Congress, as well as drama at the California State Senate.
Willie speculates on Trump's upcoming speech to a joint session of Congress, as well as drama at the California State Senate. more
Trump taking his reality show to floor of Congress
Chronicle (02/26/2017)
Feb
25
Protesters put Feinstein in hot water
by Jasmine Conrad
Republicans aren't the only ones in hot water. Sen. Feinstein has not debated her republican counter part in quite some time...and she doesn't have plans to do so anytime soon.
Republicans aren't the only ones in hot water. Sen. Feinstein has not debated her republican counter part in quite some time...and she doesn't have plans to do so anytime soon. more
Protesters target Sen. Feinstein for not holding town halls
Chronicle (02/25/2017)
Feb
25
Spicer annoys Newsom...along with everyone else
by Jasmine Conrad
Spicer isn't just here to swallow gum and take names. He's also here to make uninformed comments about the legalization of marijuana and Newsom is not pleased. 

Spicer isn't just here to swallow gum and take names. He's also here to make uninformed comments about the legalization of marijuana and Newsom is not pleased. 

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Trump Today: Newsom calls Spicer’s marijuana take ‘grossly uninformed’
Chronicle (02/25/2017)
Feb
25
San Francisco Library steps up and steps in
by Jasmine Conrad
As if the public library system in San Francisco could not be cooler, they have now began a campaign to support unauthorized immigrants.
As if the public library system in San Francisco could not be cooler, they have now began a campaign to support unauthorized immigrants. more
SF library begins campaign to support unauthorized immigrants
Chronicle (02/25/2017)
Feb
25
The purity of sourdough is at stake
by Jasmine Conrad
San Francisco PUC has some tough critics to answer too as people wonder if our mountain fresh water days will come to an end. 

San Francisco PUC has some tough critics to answer too as people wonder if our mountain fresh water days will come to an end. 

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Will new water affect San Francisco’s signature food and drinks?
Chronicle (02/25/2017)
Feb
24
Will New Top Cop Bring LA Style to SFPD?
by Laura Foote Clark
San Francisco magazine paints a fascinating picture of two very different styles of policing in San Francisco and Los Angeles. Our new Chief of Police may bring a stricter culture to... more
San Francisco magazine paints a fascinating picture of two very different styles of policing in San Francisco and Los Angeles. Our new Chief of Police may bring a stricter culture to the SFPD, over the objections of the San Francisco Police Officers Association more
The Outsider
SF Magazine (02/24/2017)
Feb
24
Kopp Recommended for Ethics Commission
by Laura Foote Clark
After an attempted take-down and numerous op-eds, Former Judge Quentin Kopp was unanimously recommended by the Board of Supervisors Rules Committee for the Ethics Commission. Now he ... more
After an attempted take-down and numerous op-eds, Former Judge Quentin Kopp was unanimously recommended by the Board of Supervisors Rules Committee for the Ethics Commission. Now he heads to the full board. more
Kopp staves off challenge, wins supes’ endorsement for Ethics panel
Chronicle (02/24/2017)
Retired judge Kopp appears headed for reappointment to Ethics Commission
Examiner (02/24/2017)
Feb
24
BlueNoNo
by Laura Foote Clark
The San Francisco Planning department is threatening to drop the hammer on Chinese bikeshare company Bluegogo. Planning is demanding that Bluegogo obtain permits for using parking sp... more
The San Francisco Planning department is threatening to drop the hammer on Chinese bikeshare company Bluegogo. Planning is demanding that Bluegogo obtain permits for using parking spaces to rent out bikes across the city. more
SF: Bikeshare company can’t dump bikes in parking spaces without permits, threatens ‘enforcement’
Examiner (02/24/2017)
Feb
24
Money for Immigrant Defense?
by Laura Foote Clark
Supervisor Sandra Fewer is calling for an additional $2.2 million dollars to defend San Francisco immigrants from deportation.
Supervisor Sandra Fewer is calling for an additional $2.2 million dollars to defend San Francisco immigrants from deportation. more
UPDATED: Supervisor Fewer Requests $2.2 Million for Immigrant Defense
SF Weekly (02/24/2017)
Feb
24
DCCC Drama Over Club Rechartering
by Laura Foote Clark
Two hours of heated discussion, debate, and constant demands for "Spirit Fingers" finally resulted in the rechartering of the United Democratic Club over the objections of Supervisor... more
Two hours of heated discussion, debate, and constant demands for "Spirit Fingers" finally resulted in the rechartering of the United Democratic Club over the objections of Supervisor Aaron Peskin. more
‘House of Cards’ drama over SF Democratic club name
Chronicle (02/24/2017)
Feb
24
More on MTA's Approval of Google Buses
by Laura Foote Clark
The pilot program to impose rules on corporate shuttle buses has been approved by the Municipal Transportation Agency board of directors, making the program permanent. The buses will... more
The pilot program to impose rules on corporate shuttle buses has been approved by the Municipal Transportation Agency board of directors, making the program permanent. The buses will roll on. more
Corporate shuttle plan gets Muni stamp of approval
SF Business Times (02/24/2017)
S.F. Agency Votes to Make ‘Google Bus’ Program Permanent
KQED (02/24/2017)
Feb
23
Alix Rosenthal Talks Winning Back the House
by Nima Rahimi
Alix Rosenthal identifies four Republican Congressman here in California who are vulnerable in the upcoming 2018 election.
Alix Rosenthal identifies four Republican Congressman here in California who are vulnerable in the upcoming 2018 election. more
Winning back the House starts in California
Examiner (02/23/2017)
Feb
23
Op-Ed: How to Keep Our Families, Workforce in San Francisco
by Nima Rahimi
Todd David explains why the San Francisco Housing Action Coalition supports Katy Tang's legislation titled "Home SF". 
Todd David explains why the San Francisco Housing Action Coalition supports Katy Tang's legislation titled "Home SF".  more
How to keep our families, workforce in San Francisco
Examiner (02/23/2017)
Feb
23
Op-Ed: Don't Gamble with Housing for The City's Workforce
by Nima Rahimi
Fernando Marti and Peter Cohen explain that a new housing proposal coming out of City Hall would make it more difficult for San Francisco's lower income workforce to find homes. 
Fernando Marti and Peter Cohen explain that a new housing proposal coming out of City Hall would make it more difficult for San Francisco's lower income workforce to find homes.  more
Don’t gamble with housing for The City’s workforce
Examiner (02/23/2017)
Feb
23
Options Against Trump's Deportation Plan
by Nima Rahimi
Public Defender Jeff Adachi organized a public forum discussing options to combat President Trump's deportation plan, including more funding for his office to represent immigrants in... more
Public Defender Jeff Adachi organized a public forum discussing options to combat President Trump's deportation plan, including more funding for his office to represent immigrants in immigration court. more
SF foes of Trump deportation plan discuss options
Chronicle (02/23/2017)
Feb
23
Op-Ed: Rules for Radicals - the Lessons of Tom Hayden
by Nima Rahimi
David Talbot discusses the New Left, Tom Hayden, and the new generation of activists.
David Talbot discusses the New Left, Tom Hayden, and the new generation of activists. more
Rules for radicals — the lessons of Tom Hayden
Chronicle (02/23/2017)
Feb
23
Transgender and Gender Expansive Rights Equal Human Rights
by Nima Rahimi
San Francisco will continue local protections for transgender students despite President Trump's decision to lift federal guidelines requiring schools to let transgender students use... more
San Francisco will continue local protections for transgender students despite President Trump's decision to lift federal guidelines requiring schools to let transgender students use restrooms matching their gender identities.  more
San Francisco Officials Say Transgender Student Rights Will Be Protected
KCBS (02/23/2017)
Feb
22
Daily Dose from Matier and Ross
by Derek Remski
M & R report on big paydays in Oakland and a recent fundraising visit to the City by GOP House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy. While being wined and dined by local business leaders, ... more
M & R report on big paydays in Oakland and a recent fundraising visit to the City by GOP House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy. While being wined and dined by local business leaders, McCarthy reiterated his support for Caltrain electrification. But, McCarthy also reiterated his opposition to high-speed rail. Wonder if he drove to the city or had a driver? more
Oakland chief’s pay package a sweet deal for city bigwig
Chronicle (02/22/2017)
Feb
22
Shuttles get the green light
by Derek Remski
Hubs out, after the Muni Transportation Board nixed the idea of centralized hubs for private shuttles and made the current routes permanent. Gotta imagine the Nextdoor boards are blo... more
Hubs out, after the Muni Transportation Board nixed the idea of centralized hubs for private shuttles and made the current routes permanent. Gotta imagine the Nextdoor boards are blowing up.  more
Commuter shuttle program approved in SF, tech workers voice support
Examiner (02/22/2017)
Final plan for corporate shuttles approved by Muni board
Chronicle (02/22/2017)
Feb
22
Police Reform
by Derek Remski
In a bid to institute reforms called for by the SF Police Commission, SFPD will soon be monitoring internal computer activity, photocopying, and printouts. Critics argue the latest a... more
In a bid to institute reforms called for by the SF Police Commission, SFPD will soon be monitoring internal computer activity, photocopying, and printouts. Critics argue the latest action is not meant to reform police practices, but is instead an attempt to silence leakers. more
SFPD watching its own to monitor bias
Examiner (02/22/2017)
Feb
22
Local Hire initiative update
by Derek Remski
As contractors build millions of square feet of new commercial space and residential projects they are finding it hard to fill trade jobs with local hires. Some have said the quota r... more
As contractors build millions of square feet of new commercial space and residential projects they are finding it hard to fill trade jobs with local hires. Some have said the quota requirement numbers are too high, others say OCII needs to do more outreach to bring locals into the trades.



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Workforce goal unmet in construction at SF redevelopment sites
Examiner (02/22/2017)
Feb
22
Kopp Update: Common Cause responds to Fitz
by Derek Remski
Common Cause, the group leading the fight against Quintin Kopp's bid for a new term on the SF Ethics Commission responds to Joe Fitz at the Ex. Basically the group claims Fitz's pant... more
Common Cause, the group leading the fight against Quintin Kopp's bid for a new term on the SF Ethics Commission responds to Joe Fitz at the Ex. Basically the group claims Fitz's pants are on fire. more
Kopp is wrong choice for Ethics Commission
Examiner (02/22/2017)
Feb
22
Op-ed: SFMTA needs to fix more than just NextBus
by Derek Remski
Board Chair of the SF Transit Rider Union weighs in on the NextBus fiasco and calls for hearings to investigate what is actually wrong with Muni.
Board Chair of the SF Transit Rider Union weighs in on the NextBus fiasco and calls for hearings to investigate what is actually wrong with Muni. more
SFMTA needs to fix more than just NextBus
Examiner (02/22/2017)
Feb
22
New recipe for Hetch
by Derek Remski
Wonder if Herb Caen would have tasted the difference in the new recipe about to come down the pipe from Hetch Hetchy? SFPUC officials say he would not "notice a difference."
Wonder if Herb Caen would have tasted the difference in the new recipe about to come down the pipe from Hetch Hetchy? SFPUC officials say he would not "notice a difference." more
SF’s pure drinking water to get a new ingredient
Chronicle (02/22/2017)
Feb
22
It's about time
by Derek Remski
Screen writer Dustin Lance Black said at the premiere of When We Rise at the Castro Theater Monday night, “Dammit, it’s about time that my family, that the LGBT family, that this fam... more
Screen writer Dustin Lance Black said at the premiere of When We Rise at the Castro Theater Monday night, “Dammit, it’s about time that my family, that the LGBT family, that this family is allowed to be a part of the narrative of American families." We couldn't agree more Mr. Black. more
LGBT community sees its story told in ‘When We Rise’
Chronicle (02/22/2017)