Today’s Stories (Last updated December 15, 07:23 PM)

Dec
15
Boudin to End Gang Enhancements as DA
by Jen Longley

District Attorney-Elect Chesa Boudin has promised to end the practice of gang enhancements, additional years that are added to sentences if a crime is found to benefit a gang, statin

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District Attorney-Elect Chesa Boudin has promised to end the practice of gang enhancements, additional years that are added to sentences if a crime is found to benefit a gang, stating that they are “infused with racism.”

While Boudin points to statistics showing that these additional punishments fall disproportionately on Latino and Black defendants in San Francisco, defenders of the practice call it necessary to combat gang violence. Gang enhancements were used by City Attorney Dennis Herrera and former SF DA George Gascón, but have increasingly been scaled back amid allegations of racist application. 

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SF DA-elect Chesa Boudin sets new course in gang cases, citing charges ‘infused with racism’
Chronicle (12/15/2019)
Dec
15
Ronen Seeks to Strngthen Teneant Protection in Buyouts
by Jen Longley

Supervisor Hillary Ronen is introducing new legislation aimed at strengthening the tenant protections in existing tenant buyout regulations, including clarifying move out agreements

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Supervisor Hillary Ronen is introducing new legislation aimed at strengthening the tenant protections in existing tenant buyout regulations, including clarifying move out agreements as buyout agreements, mandating landlord declarations confirming tenants have been informed of their rights before a buyout process can begin, giving tenants at least 30 days to come to agreement on a buyout, and voiding any waivers of rights that are not filed with the rent board.

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New tenant protections legislation being introduced – The San Francisco Examiner
Examiner (12/15/2019)
Dec
15
How the Navy is Honoring Harvey Milk
by Jen Longley

The Washington Post provides a deep dive into the USNS Harvey Milk, which began construction Friday, and how its namesake went from a Naval officer forced to resign because of his se

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The Washington Post provides a deep dive into the USNS Harvey Milk, which began construction Friday, and how its namesake went from a Naval officer forced to resign because of his sexuality to being memorialized as a civil rights icon within the Navy itself.

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The Navy made Harvey Milk resign for being gay. Now they’re building a ship named after him.
Washington Post (12/15/2019)
Dec
15
Embarcadero Navigation Center to Open This Week
by Jen Longley
The embattled and oft-litigated Embarcadero Navigation Center opens this week. The Chronicle provides a deep dive into the the center and what it means for homeless residents in need... more
The embattled and oft-litigated Embarcadero Navigation Center opens this week. The Chronicle provides a deep dive into the the center and what it means for homeless residents in need, the surrounding community, and Mayor London Breed, who has led the push to get the center built. more
All eyes on SF’s Embarcadero as Navigation Center opens in hostile territory
Chronicle (12/15/2019)
Dec
15
Hundreds More Scooters on SF Streets Today
by Jen Longley

Electric scooter companies Scoot, Lime, Jump, and Spin are rolling out hundreds of additional scooters today under the second phase of an e-scooter pilot program, prompting some conc

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Electric scooter companies Scoot, Lime, Jump, and Spin are rolling out hundreds of additional scooters today under the second phase of an e-scooter pilot program, prompting some concerns over safety for riders and pedestrians.

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Today’s Suspects Updater
Jen Longley

A proud SF State alum, Jennifer brings over a decade of experience in municipal, state, and federal campaigns throughout California, including in San Francisco. A Bay Area native, Jennifer is an unapologetic gluten aficionado who can frequently be found at a Giants game or local theatre production.  

 

In the Past Week…

Dec
14
PG&E's Reorganization Plan Rejected by Governor Newsom
by Peter Zerzan

Governor Newsom rejected a proposal by PG&E to exit bankruptcy with a $13.5 billion settlement to victims of wildfires since 2015. Without commenting on the settlement, Newsom blaste

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Governor Newsom rejected a proposal by PG&E to exit bankruptcy with a $13.5 billion settlement to victims of wildfires since 2015. Without commenting on the settlement, Newsom blasted the company’s plan to leave bankruptcy as it does not do enough to change corporate governance, in the governor’s opinion. Newsom has called for a new board of directors and changes to the company’s financial structure. Under AB1054, a law the governor backed, utilities would be protected from future fire costs if they made improvements. Newsom’s rejection comes while PG&E waits for U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Dennis Montali to consider their settlement with the victims on Tuesday.

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Gov. Newsom rejects PG&E’s reorganization plan, blasting oversight and finances
Chronicle (12/14/2019)
Dec
14
Gun Buyback Today In SOMA
by Peter Zerzan

The San Francisco Police Department and United Playaz, a San Francisco-based violence prevention and youth development organization, will host a gun buyback today. It will be held fr

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The San Francisco Police Department and United Playaz, a San Francisco-based violence prevention and youth development organization, will host a gun buyback today. It will be held from 8 am till noon at 1038 Howard St. in SOMA.

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Police Department Hosts Gun Buy-Back Saturday
Chronicle (12/14/2019)
Dec
14
MUNI Desperately Needs Maintenance Workers
by Peter Zerzan

A panel of experts put together by Mayor London Breed has found MUNI is severely lacking not just in drivers but in maintenance workers. Vacancy rates are up 45% for some positions w

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A panel of experts put together by Mayor London Breed has found MUNI is severely lacking not just in drivers but in maintenance workers. Vacancy rates are up 45% for some positions with MUNI. MUNI faces multiple problems for recruitment: the high cost of living in San Francisco, competing with PG&E for electrical workers, and heavy traffic that slows buses down, which requires more buses to run, and more drivers to run them, just to maintain the basic level of service. The city controller will review the findings of the panel and put together a report in January.

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SF’s Muni, short on bus and train operators, also needs maintenance workers
Chronicle (12/14/2019)
Dec
14
Police To Hold Town Hall Meeting Tuesday To Discuss Officer-Involved Shooting
by Peter Zerzan

The San Francisco Police Department will hold a town hall meeting Tuesday, 6 pm, at Cesar Chavez Elementary School at 825 Shotwell St. to discuss a recent officer-involved shooting i

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The San Francisco Police Department will hold a town hall meeting Tuesday, 6 pm, at Cesar Chavez Elementary School at 825 Shotwell St. to discuss a recent officer-involved shooting in the Mission District. Jamaica Hampton, 24, was shot after allegedly assaulting police officers, who were responding to a burglary, with a weapon. An officer also suffered from injuries but they were not life threatening. More information has not been released at this time.

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Police To Hold Town Hall Meeting Tuesday To Discuss Officer-Involved Shooting
Chronicle (12/14/2019)
Dec
14
Assemblyman Ting Takes On City College To Save Classes For Older Adults
by Peter Zerzan

In a heated letter to City College Chancellor Mark Rocha, Assemblyman Phil Ting has called on City College of San Francisco to do more to save the Older Adults program. The program p

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In a heated letter to City College Chancellor Mark Rocha, Assemblyman Phil Ting has called on City College of San Francisco to do more to save the Older Adults program. The program provided 50 noncredited classes free to seniors in their 70s and 80s in everything from computer skills to music. Over 2,000 people have used the program. It cost less than $1 million to administer. The cuts are part of City College’s elimination of 20% of their class offering due to budget cuts. Assemblyman Ting complained about the Chancellor’s seemingly zealous pursuit of cutting programs that are more focused on community well being rather than graduation and has stated the administration can save such programs if it allocated its resources better.

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Assemblyman urges City College of San Francisco to save classes for older adults
Chronicle (12/14/2019)
Dec
14
Fight Against Lyft Cancelling Cash Payments For Bikeshare
by Peter Zerzan

District 11 Supervisor Ahsha Safai is trying to prevent Lyft from cancelling cash payments for their bikeshare program. A city law was passed earlier this year requiring all bikeshar

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District 11 Supervisor Ahsha Safai is trying to prevent Lyft from cancelling cash payments for their bikeshare program. A city law was passed earlier this year requiring all bikesharing companies to accept cash payments. Safai is looking into whether the law applies to Lyft. If it does not, he will amend the law to include Lyft’s Bay Wheels. In the meantime, Safai is preventing any new construction of bike dockets in his district as long as Lyft doesn’t accept cash payments.

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City could try to stop Lyft from dropping cash payments for bikeshare – The San Francisco Examiner
Examiner (12/14/2019)
Dec
13
SFPD Resists Law to Protect Minors from Coercion
by SF Usual Suspects
Youth advocates say the SFPD has been avoiding enacting a new policy intended to protect minors from coercion during police interviews. The Department of Police Accountability says i... more
Youth advocates say the SFPD has been avoiding enacting a new policy intended to protect minors from coercion during police interviews. The Department of Police Accountability says implementation of the law, passed by the City in April of this year, has been met with significant resistance from the SFPD’s top brass. more
SFPD drags feet in enacting policy protecting youth from false confessions, critics charge
Mission Local (12/13/2019)
Dec
13
New Muni Cars Faulty Part, Part II
by Nicole Yelich
A pin holding the new muni light rail cars failed on the K line yesterday forcing the cars to bump into each other while filled with passengers, six months after the SFMTA said they ... more
A pin holding the new muni light rail cars failed on the K line yesterday forcing the cars to bump into each other while filled with passengers, six months after the SFMTA said they had fixed the problem. Siemens, the company who manufactured the new cars, confirmed that the mechanical defect affects all 68 cars in the new fleet. Muni announced it will be running more one-car trains for the time being. more
Latest Muni Equipment Problem Risks Future Rush Funding
NBC Bay Area (12/13/2019)
Vital link between two Muni train cars ‘failed’ while carrying passengers – The San Francisco Examiner
Examiner (12/13/2019)
Dec
13
Drug Treatment Drops as Drug Use Rises
by Nicole Yelich
The Chronicle dives into the data from a new report that admission rates to drug treatment programs are dropping despite a rise in drug use on San Francisco streets. more
The Chronicle dives into the data from a new report that admission rates to drug treatment programs are dropping despite a rise in drug use on San Francisco streets. more
Drug treatment admissions dropping in SF even as overdoses spike. Here's why
Chronicle (12/13/2019)
Dec
13
SFUSD Makes Move to Support Latinx Students
by Nicole Yelich
The San Francisco Board of Education passed a resolution to create oversight committees and new programming to support Latinx students in overcoming obstacles and disparities they fa... more
The San Francisco Board of Education passed a resolution to create oversight committees and new programming to support Latinx students in overcoming obstacles and disparities they face in the education system. more
Resolution approved to uplift Latinx students at San Francisco Unified schools
ABC7 (12/13/2019)
Sfusd Board Of Education Approves Resolution To Uplift Latinx Students
Chronicle (12/13/2019)
Dec
13
Dean Preston Faces 2020 Challenge
by Nicole Yelich
Supervisor-elect Dean Preston may very well be facing a reelection challenge from community advocate and lifelong D5 resident Daniel Landry who announced Thursday he is planning to t... more
Supervisor-elect Dean Preston may very well be facing a reelection challenge from community advocate and lifelong D5 resident Daniel Landry who announced Thursday he is planning to throw his hat into the ring for next November’s election. more
San Francisco community advocate to join District 5 supervisor’s race – The San Francisco Examiner
Examiner (12/13/2019)
Dec
13
$2M in Stolen Goods Recovered in SF
by Nicole Yelich
Interim District Attorney Suzy Loftus announced yesterday that a large operation, involving several public safety agencies and retail partners, recovered $2M of stolen goods. more
Interim District Attorney Suzy Loftus announced yesterday that a large operation, involving several public safety agencies and retail partners, recovered $2M of stolen goods. more
$2M worth of suspected stolen goods recovered in San Francisco
KRON4 (12/13/2019)
Cellphones, luxury purses among $2 million worth of stolen goods recovered in SF – The San Francisco Examiner
Examiner (12/13/2019)
Massive San Francisco Fencing Operation Busted; More Than $2.5 Million In Stolen Loot Recovered
KCBS (12/13/2019)
Dec
13
Documentary Celebrates Legacy of Mayor Ed Lee
by Nicole Yelich
The LA Times reports on the new documentary that chronicle’s Mayor Ed Lee’s life, career and the lasting impact he made in San Francisco before his sudden death in December 2017.... more
The LA Times reports on the new documentary that chronicle’s Mayor Ed Lee’s life, career and the lasting impact he made in San Francisco before his sudden death in December 2017. more
The life and legacy of SF Mayor Ed Lee is chronicled in a new documentary
LA Times (12/13/2019)
Dec
13
Residents Slam City, Sup. Yee for Flooding Response
by Nicole Yelich
Angry residents are taking Supervisor Norman Yee to task for what they say was the City’s slow response to remedy last weekend’s flooding in the West Portal neighborhood. more
Angry residents are taking Supervisor Norman Yee to task for what they say was the City’s slow response to remedy last weekend’s flooding in the West Portal neighborhood. more
Angry Residents Complain About San Francisco's Response To Weekend Flooding
KCBS (12/13/2019)
Dec
13
Don't Skip The Paperwork: 'Nicy Guy' Scooter Company Scuttled Over Application Error
by Nicole Yelich

E-Scooter company Skip is out of business in San Francisco for the foreseeable future, after an error in formatting in the safety section of their application led to a disqualifying

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E-Scooter company Skip is out of business in San Francisco for the foreseeable future, after an error in formatting in the safety section of their application led to a disqualifying score on their renewal paperwork. Approved scooter companies include almost all of those who dropped hundreds of scooters on SF streets without a permit. Skip played by the rules and won an initial bid to operate.

Skip, whose safety issues regarding their batteries catching fire is well documented but not a stated reason for the denial from the SFMTA, is appealing the ruling, they are unable to keep doing business in SF during the process, leading one exec to bemoan following the SF rules in the first place.

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SF wants startups to behave, so why did it reject the ‘nice guy’ of e-scooters?
Chronicle (12/13/2019)
Dec
13
PG&E Says Whistle Blower Lineman Fired for "Misconduct"
by Nicole Yelich
PG&E is claiming they fired a lineman for time-card fraud and misconduct and not in retaliation for airing his concerns that the utility’s faulty equipment could spark more wildfires... more
PG&E is claiming they fired a lineman for time-card fraud and misconduct and not in retaliation for airing his concerns that the utility’s faulty equipment could spark more wildfires. more
PG&E responds to fired lineman who claims utility ignored safety warnings
Chronicle (12/13/2019)
Dec
13
Renting Will Never be the Same
by Nicole Yelich
Curbed SF looks at the current affordability crisis through the lens of the past decade's disturbing trend of rising rents and the myriad of economic challenges facing San Francisco ... more
Curbed SF looks at the current affordability crisis through the lens of the past decade's disturbing trend of rising rents and the myriad of economic challenges facing San Francisco renters. more
This decade, San Francisco saw the end of renting as we know it
Curbed SF (12/13/2019)
Dec
13
Dog Loves Sue GGNRA
by Nicole Yelich

Bay Area dog lovers filed a lawsuit against the Golden Gate National Recreation Area in SF federal court on Thursday, claiming new “substantial and controversial” restrictions on dog

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Bay Area dog lovers filed a lawsuit against the Golden Gate National Recreation Area in SF federal court on Thursday, claiming new “substantial and controversial” restrictions on dog walking in GGNRA parks violate previous policy.

 
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Dog owners sue over new pet restrictions at Golden Gate National Recreation Area – The San Francisco Examiner
Examiner (12/13/2019)
Dec
12
Review of Saturday’s Officer-Involved Shooting Indicates Man Was Running Away
by Spencer Lam
Mission Local has “extensively” reviewed video footage of Saturday’s officer-involved shooting, in which 24-year-old Jamaica Hampton appeared to be running away from officers, not as... more
Mission Local has “extensively” reviewed video footage of Saturday’s officer-involved shooting, in which 24-year-old Jamaica Hampton appeared to be running away from officers, not assaulting them as was claimed when he was shot.  more
Video reveals police shot Jamaica Hampton while he was running — not while he was allegedly assaulting officer
Mission Local (12/12/2019)
Dec
12
Muni Lobbies City for More Funds for Upgraded Fleet
by Spencer Lam
Now that the issues with the ‘Phase 1’ of the fleet of the future have been resolved, Muni is lobbying the city for more funds to advance its replacement of the old fleet. The SFMTA ... more
Now that the issues with the ‘Phase 1’ of the fleet of the future have been resolved, Muni is lobbying the city for more funds to advance its replacement of the old fleet. The SFMTA board of directors has already approved $9.7 million for the next phase, but the Board of Supervisors has yet to move to approve more funding. more
Muni lobbies for funding to buy more trains after fixing problems with first batch – The San Francisco Examiner
Examiner (12/12/2019)
Dec
12
Homeless Sweep Results in Six People Sheltered Out of Thirty Plus Displacements
by Spencer Lam
Last week, a homeless encampment was swept up by SFPD which held around 30 people. Only 11 shelter beds were being offered to these people, while the rest were allegedly threatened w... more
Last week, a homeless encampment was swept up by SFPD which held around 30 people. Only 11 shelter beds were being offered to these people, while the rest were allegedly threatened with arrest. However, outreach workers had been working with people in this camp for six weeks prior to the sweep.

Just six of these people received shelter. 

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Homeless sweep leads to few shelter placements – The San Francisco Examiner
Examiner (12/12/2019)
Dec
12
E-Scooter Company Spin’s Union Authorization Cards Ratified
by Spencer Lam
Wednesday, the union authorization cards for e-scooter company Spin were ratified. It’s a significant move in the direction for organized labor in the tech sector.
Wednesday, the union authorization cards for e-scooter company Spin were ratified. It’s a significant move in the direction for organized labor in the tech sector. more
It’s official: SF e-scooter company workers vote to unionize, a first
Examiner (12/12/2019)
Dec
12
Former Supervisor Compares Westside Development to Rape
by Spencer Lam
There was a significant amount of neighborhood pushback at a recent planning commission meeting after the notoriously resistant-to-development West side was included in a new version... more
There was a significant amount of neighborhood pushback at a recent planning commission meeting after the notoriously resistant-to-development West side was included in a new version of a ‘Priority Designated Area’ map, indicating “a signal to regional agencies that [we are] considering planning for housing growth in the area.” according to SF Planning Program Manager Joshua Switzky. 

One of the unhappy commenters was former District 1 Supervisor Jake McGoldrick, who stated that “The western side of the city should not be raped.” more
Former SF Supervisor compares increasing housing development on city's west side to rape
Hoodline (12/12/2019)
SF considers plan to encourage development in Sunset and Richmond districts
Curbed SF (12/12/2019)
Dec
12
State Energy Commission Clears Way for Six Cities to Ban Natural Gas
by Spencer Lam
Wednesday, the California Energy Commission voted unanimously to allow six cities to ban natural gas in newly-constructed buildings. San Jose, Menlo Park, San Mateo, West Hollywood a... more
Wednesday, the California Energy Commission voted unanimously to allow six cities to ban natural gas in newly-constructed buildings. San Jose, Menlo Park, San Mateo, West Hollywood and Santa Monica, and Marin County will now ban natural gas because of the vote. more
California regulators clear way for natural gas bans to take effect
Chronicle (12/12/2019)
Dec
12
Twelve People Run for Five Seats on First Castro LGBTQ District Advisory Board
by Spencer Lam
Twelve people are running for just five seats on the Castro LGBTQ Cultural District’s inaugural advisory board. The advisory board would be able to make decisions that affect visibil... more
Twelve people are running for just five seats on the Castro LGBTQ Cultural District’s inaugural advisory board. The advisory board would be able to make decisions that affect visibility and awareness in the Castro. more
5 seats on Castro cultural district board up for election
The Bay Area Reporter (12/12/2019)
Dec
12
City Memorial to be Held for Bianca Lucrecia, Trans Leader
by Spencer Lam
A city memorial has been set for Bianca Lucrecia, a transgender Latina activist who passed away last month. The memorial will be held on December 14.
A city memorial has been set for Bianca Lucrecia, a transgender Latina activist who passed away last month. The memorial will be held on December 14. more
SF memorial set for trans leader Bianca Lucrecia
The Bay Area Reporter (12/12/2019)
Dec
12
Golden Gate Bridge’s Suicide Nets Delayed Two Years
by Spencer Lam
The final addition of suicide nets on the Golden Gate Bridge has been delayed two years, from 2021 to 2023. Officials with the Golden Gate Bridge, Highway and Transportation District... more
The final addition of suicide nets on the Golden Gate Bridge has been delayed two years, from 2021 to 2023. Officials with the Golden Gate Bridge, Highway and Transportation District say that the acquisition of Shimmick Construction Co. by global engineering firm AECOM has served as a distraction for the project. AECOM has denied this. more
Golden Gate Bridge suicide nets delayed two years, as people keep jumping
Chronicle (12/12/2019)
Dec
12
Mission Non-profit Purchases Apartment Building in Richmond to Protect Tenants
by Spencer Lam
This month, the Mission Economic Development Agency finalized a $6.5 million purchase of an apartment building that was almost sold to a landlord who would have ignored the fact that... more
This month, the Mission Economic Development Agency finalized a $6.5 million purchase of an apartment building that was almost sold to a landlord who would have ignored the fact that its tenants were rent-controlled. This purchase was made through the Small Sites Program, which is designed to stabilize tenants by securing permanently affordable rent. more
Mission Nonprofit Makes First Richmond Purchase to Protect Tenants
SF Weekly (12/12/2019)
Dec
12
Black Panther Breakfast Recreated Fifty Years Later
by Spencer Lam
The Chronicle profiles Katherine Campbell, a former volunteer for the Black Panther Party who recently re-created a breakfast served to underprivileged children back in 1969. Campbel... more
The Chronicle profiles Katherine Campbell, a former volunteer for the Black Panther Party who recently re-created a breakfast served to underprivileged children back in 1969. Campbell volunteered at the breakfasts in 1969, and decided that they were worth re-creating this year. more
Black Panther volunteer still serving hungry kids breakfast, 50 years later
Chronicle (12/12/2019)
Dec
11
City College’s spring class cuts may be averted by City funding
by Armand Domalewski

Following San Francisco City College’s announcement that it would have to cut a series of classes in the Spring due to budget shortfalls, Supervisor Shamann Walton proposed legislati

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Following San Francisco City College’s announcement that it would have to cut a series of classes in the Spring due to budget shortfalls, Supervisor Shamann Walton proposed legislation to avert these cuts with a $2.7 million allocation of City funds from the general fund. 

 
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City supervisors move to save CCSF classes after budget cuts
Examiner (12/11/2019)
SF supervisor proposes using city funds to restore spring classes cut from CCSF
Chronicle (12/11/2019)