Today’s Stories (Last updated February 28, 09:49 AM)

Feb
28
Willie Brown
by Taylor Jordan
Willie Brown makes some predictions on the next Presidential race by way of looking to the past. If I were Hillary Clinton I would not be appreciating Willie Brown's crystal ball at ... more
Willie Brown makes some predictions on the next Presidential race by way of looking to the past. If I were Hillary Clinton I would not be appreciating Willie Brown's crystal ball at this moment. more
Willie Brown: History is not on Hillary Rodham Clinton’s side
Chronicle (02/28/2015)
Feb
28
Matier & Ross
by Taylor Jordan
Matier & Ross dive into some juicy political gossip - rumor flies about some potential behind-closed-doors deals being made. What? My favorite quote in today's M&R has to be “I guess... more
Matier & Ross dive into some juicy political gossip - rumor flies about some potential behind-closed-doors deals being made. What? My favorite quote in today's M&R has to be “I guess I didn’t realize it, but politics is a blood sport.” To find out who said that little gem you'll have to read the article. more
Matier & Ross: Did Nancy Pelosi play role in filling Presidio Trust board seat?
Chronicle (02/28/2015)
Feb
28
Housing Moratorium
by Taylor Jordan
Several Bay Area hotspots are considering a freeze on housing, but experts say the only way to cool the burn of housing costs in to build, build, build.
Several Bay Area hotspots are considering a freeze on housing, but experts say the only way to cool the burn of housing costs in to build, build, build. more
Economist Says More Bay Area Market-Rate Housing Needed, Not A Moratorium
KCBS (02/28/2015)
Feb
28
C.W. Nevius
by Taylor Jordan
Nevius considers the facts: drones are annoying, they destroy one's sense of privacy, they are everywhere, and aren't likely to go away. 
Nevius considers the facts: drones are annoying, they destroy one's sense of privacy, they are everywhere, and aren't likely to go away.  more
C.W. Nevius: Ground rules needed as S.F. drone use skyrockets
Chronicle (02/28/2015)
Feb
17
Make Your Prediction Count
by Rosie Dilger
PredictIt has created two real-money San Francisco political futures markets for November: the Mayor's race and for one Supervisorial contest. If you're good at predicting political ... more
PredictIt has created two real-money San Francisco political futures markets for November: the Mayor's race and for one Supervisorial contest. If you're good at predicting political outcomes, your bank account can share in the bragging rights.

PredictIt is run by the Victoria University of Wellington, which follows a bunch of rules that basically makes "wagering" on political outcomes legal - as long as it's done via an academic atmosphere and with certain, common-sense rules in place. (Wall Street, take note!)

Check out the two markets via the links below, and the link explaning how it all works. more
How PredictIt Works
Predictit (02/17/2015)
Will Ed Lee be reelected mayor of San Francisco in 2015?
PredictIt (02/17/2015)
Will Julie Christensen be elected supervisor of San Francisco District 3 in 2015?
PredictIt (02/17/2015)
Today’s Suspects Updater
Taylor Jordan
With the pragmatism of a (non-practicing) attorney and  the creativity of a classically-trained musician, Taylor brings a unique perspective to Barbary Coast Consulting. When he’s not helping guide his clients through the frothy world of San Francisco politics, Taylor can be found either walking his pit bull around the Castro or frantically practicing for an upcoming ...

In the Past Week…

Feb
27
Presidio Park Plans
by Amber Shipley
The Presidio Trust is asking the public to review and comment on their proposed plans for the 13 acres of new parkland that will reconnect the Presidio's Main Post to Crissy Field. A... more
The Presidio Trust is asking the public to review and comment on their proposed plans for the 13 acres of new parkland that will reconnect the Presidio's Main Post to Crissy Field. A series of six public workshops will be held in neighborhoods across San Francisco. Go weigh in! more
Public invited to weigh in on Presidio parkland design
Examiner (02/27/2015)
What would you like to do in the new Presidio Parklands?
Chronicle (02/27/2015)
Feb
27
Good Works in the Mission
by Amber Shipley
With assistance from Supervisor David Campos, a cancer resource center in the Mission that has provided services for Latinos battling cancer for more than two decades will not have t... more
With assistance from Supervisor David Campos, a cancer resource center in the Mission that has provided services for Latinos battling cancer for more than two decades will not have to shut down because a tech company is taking over their building. In an agreement announced yesterday, DoubleDutch, an app company, agreed to sublease space to the nonprofit. more
Mission nonprofit cancer center fights off tech displacement
Examiner (02/27/2015)
Feb
27
BART
by Amber Shipley
The Ex reports that new handrails are coming to BART cars to increase accessibility. 
The Ex reports that new handrails are coming to BART cars to increase accessibility.  more
BART board approves compromise plan for handrail placement on new cars
Examiner (02/27/2015)
Feb
27
Development Debates
by Amber Shipley
The Ex's Larry Bush offers a hard-hitting assessment of the status of development in San Francisco, Supervisor Scott Wiener, and "the moneyed interests that rely on political influen... more
The Ex's Larry Bush offers a hard-hitting assessment of the status of development in San Francisco, Supervisor Scott Wiener, and "the moneyed interests that rely on political influence" in our city.   more
Wiener’s ploy out to save City Hall’s face
Examiner (02/27/2015)
Feb
27
Chew on This
by Amber Shipley

Supervisor Mark Farrell introduced legislation this week that would ban smokeless tobacco from all baseball fields in the city, including the Giants’ ballpark.

Supervisor Mark Farrell introduced legislation this week that would ban smokeless tobacco from all baseball fields in the city, including the Giants’ ballpark.

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Bay Area Lawmakers Propose Ban On Chewing Tobacco At CA Baseball Parks Including AT&T
KCBS (02/27/2015)
Feb
27
Kamala's Campaign
by Amber Shipley
The LA Times reports on new poll numbers that show that Senate candidate Kamala Harris is widely unknown in California.  
The LA Times reports on new poll numbers that show that Senate candidate Kamala Harris is widely unknown in California.   more
Senate candidate Kamala Harris unknown to more than 50% of voters
LA Times (02/27/2015)
Feb
27
Feel Good Story of the Day
by Amber Shipley

If you're feeling down and out this Friday or like you can't make a difference because, well, what can one person possibly do to contribute, read this story. 27 year-old Zack Crocket

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If you're feeling down and out this Friday or like you can't make a difference because, well, what can one person possibly do to contribute, read this story. 27 year-old Zack Crockett saw the mission fire displacing his neighbors, raised monies, and is changing lives.

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Blogger hands out $165,000 to Mission fire victims
Chronicle (02/27/2015)
Feb
26
Morality Clause
by Rosie Dilger
Today, C.W. Nevius drops some knowledge and strong opinions about the conversation with San Francisco's controversial Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone and the Chronicle's editorial bo... more
Today, C.W. Nevius drops some knowledge and strong opinions about the conversation with San Francisco's controversial Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone and the Chronicle's editorial board. The Ex reports that Tuesday night, Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone announced the term "minister," which could potentially strip teachers of their legal rights, would be removed from their contracts. However, the term "ministry" would still be present. The term that comes to mind for me is "hair splitting."  more
C.W. Nevius: Don’t let S.F. Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone’s charm fool you
Chronicle (02/26/2015)
SF archbishop removes 'ministers' label from teacher contract
Examiner (02/26/2015)
Feb
26
Chew on This
by Rosie Dilger
Supervisor Mark Farrell is leading the charge to ban chewing tobacco in San Francisco baseball fields, but the Chron's Debra J. Saunders gives us an opinion piece challenging the ban... more
Supervisor Mark Farrell is leading the charge to ban chewing tobacco in San Francisco baseball fields, but the Chron's Debra J. Saunders gives us an opinion piece challenging the ban and its implications. more
Chewing Tobacco Could Be Banned In California Ballparks
Time Magazine (02/26/2015)
Opinion: San Francisco’s version of the war on drugs
Chronicle (02/26/2015)
Feb
26
CCSF Trustee Appointment
by Rosie Dilger
The Ex reports that Mayor Ed Lee is in the process of interviewing potential candidates to fill a seat on the CCSF Board of Trustees vacated by veteran trustee Natalie Berg.
The Ex reports that Mayor Ed Lee is in the process of interviewing potential candidates to fill a seat on the CCSF Board of Trustees vacated by veteran trustee Natalie Berg. more
Mayor reviewing candidates for vacant CCSF trustee seat
Examiner (02/26/2015)
Feb
26
Immigrant Legal Services
by Rosie Dilger
The Ex reports that the Sheriff's Department has announced that it will be offering more assistance to immigrants in and out of custody when reporting crimes of domestic violence and... more
The Ex reports that the Sheriff's Department has announced that it will be offering more assistance to immigrants in and out of custody when reporting crimes of domestic violence and human trafficking.   more
SF sheriff expands legal services for immigrant victims of domestic violence, human trafficking
Examiner (02/26/2015)
Feb
26
Chiu's LGBT Bills
by Rosie Dilger
The Bay Area Reporter gives us the skinny on two bills authored by Assemblymember David Chiu that would help LGBT families. 
The Bay Area Reporter gives us the skinny on two bills authored by Assemblymember David Chiu that would help LGBT families.  more
Chiu bills would help LGBTs
The Bay Area Reporter (02/26/2015)
Feb
26
$1B for BART
by Rosie Dilger
Today, the Ex reports that BART is in dire need of funding and is asking San Francisco for $1 billion dollars to bolster transit infrastructure. (Does anyone else read "one billion" ... more
Today, the Ex reports that BART is in dire need of funding and is asking San Francisco for $1 billion dollars to bolster transit infrastructure. (Does anyone else read "one billion" with the voice of Dr. Evil in their head?) more
BART seeks $1B from SF, but is it feasible?
Examiner (02/26/2015)
Feb
26
HIV Drugs
by Rosie Dilger
Today, the Bay Area Reporter gives us some insight into the cost of "specialty tier" drugs through Kaiser, many of which were HIV medications until recently. 
Today, the Bay Area Reporter gives us some insight into the cost of "specialty tier" drugs through Kaiser, many of which were HIV medications until recently.  more
Bills seek to curb drug prices as Kaiser takes HIV meds off 'specialty tier'
The Bay Area Reporter (02/26/2015)
Feb
25
Matier and Ross
by Ross Guehring
The Chron's dynamic duo write about the messy complications of one local City Councilman's raffle prize as well as the behind the scenes story of the leadership change at the Presidi... more
The Chron's dynamic duo write about the messy complications of one local City Councilman's raffle prize as well as the behind the scenes story of the leadership change at the Presidio Trust. more
Matier and Ross: Winning car gives Santa Clara Councilman Kolstad a rough ride
Chronicle (02/25/2015)
Feb
25
Morality Clause
by Ross Guehring
While the public debate over the Archdiocese of San Francisco's teacher morality clause rages on, the details of the contract are taking shape behind the scenes.
While the public debate over the Archdiocese of San Francisco's teacher morality clause rages on, the details of the contract are taking shape behind the scenes. more
Debate over proposed Catholic morality clause heats up despite progress in contract negotiations
Examiner (02/25/2015)
Opinion: Archbishop backs off slightly on teacher 'morality codes’
Chronicle (02/25/2015)
S.F. archbishop reassessing strict morals code for teachers
Chronicle (02/25/2015)
Feb
25
Chew on This
by Ross Guehring
To the delight of those who think sticking a wad of chew in your mouth and spitting out the juices is gross, Supervisor Mark Farrell is leading the charge to ban tobacco from all bas... more
To the delight of those who think sticking a wad of chew in your mouth and spitting out the juices is gross, Supervisor Mark Farrell is leading the charge to ban tobacco from all baseball fields in the city. more
S.F. supervisor proposes ban of tobacco at all baseball fields
Chronicle (02/25/2015)
Feb
25
Econ 101 with Supervisor Campos
by Ross Guehring
Supervisor David Campos breaks down his views on economics as well as his Mission building moratorium proposal. Oh, and I'm pretty sure that Campos refers to Supervisor Scott Wiener ... more
Supervisor David Campos breaks down his views on economics as well as his Mission building moratorium proposal. Oh, and I'm pretty sure that Campos refers to Supervisor Scott Wiener as the mouthpiece for the ghost of Ronald Reagan - so you may want to read. more
Opinion: It’s still called trickle-down economics, even in San Francisco
Examiner (02/25/2015)
Feb
25
Turning It On
by Ross Guehring
After lengthy delays, an ambitious new timeline has now been set to lift CleanPowerSF off the ground in October.
After lengthy delays, an ambitious new timeline has now been set to lift CleanPowerSF off the ground in October. more
SF issues timeline to approve CleanPowerSF by October
Examiner (02/25/2015)
Feb
25
Mid-Market Dust-up
by Ross Guehring
Being subpoenaed must be about as fun as a root canal. But that's exactly what's happened to Supervisor Jane Kim as she's been dragged into a legal fight over tenant evictions at 104... more
Being subpoenaed must be about as fun as a root canal. But that's exactly what's happened to Supervisor Jane Kim as she's been dragged into a legal fight over tenant evictions at 1049 Market Street. more
SF supervisor subpoenaed as landlord in Mid-Market fight goes on offensive
Examiner (02/25/2015)
Feb
24
Newcomers versus Natives
by Jaime Rossi
The Examiner's Joe Fitzgerald Rodriguez has written a piece on the alleged divide between San Francisco natives and transplants.
The Examiner's Joe Fitzgerald Rodriguez has written a piece on the alleged divide between San Francisco natives and transplants. more
On Guard: Let’s end the 'SF native' xenophobia
Examiner (02/24/2015)
Feb
24
City College
by Jaime Rossi
The City College Board of Directors will regain their governing power by July 2015 under a new agreement. In addition, a new special trustee has been appointed to oversee the school ... more
The City College Board of Directors will regain their governing power by July 2015 under a new agreement. In addition, a new special trustee has been appointed to oversee the school in the interim period. more
CCSF gains new special trustee, shortens timeline to reinstate elected leaders amid heated protest
Examiner (02/24/2015)
CCSF’s trustees to be restored to power in July
Chronicle (02/24/2015)
Feb
24
Is it the helmet head?
by Jaime Rossi
In today's Chronicle, C.W. Nevius questions why there are any questions about a mandatory helmet law for bicylists?
In today's Chronicle, C.W. Nevius questions why there are any questions about a mandatory helmet law for bicylists? more
C.W. Nevius: Bicyclists’ opposition to bill requiring helmets hard to navigate
Chronicle (02/24/2015)
Feb
24
Corralling Corona Heights
by Jaime Rossi
Supervisor Scott Wiener is introducing legislation to require additional scrutiny for develpment in Corona Heights.
Supervisor Scott Wiener is introducing legislation to require additional scrutiny for develpment in Corona Heights. more
Wiener’s bill aims to slow building of 'monster homes’ in S.F.
Chronicle (02/24/2015)
Feb
24
Police Corruption Trial
by Jaime Rossi
A former sergeant in the San Francisco Police Department was sentenced to over three years in prison for his role in a corruption scandal.
A former sergeant in the San Francisco Police Department was sentenced to over three years in prison for his role in a corruption scandal. more
'Day of shame’: Ex-SFPD sergeant gets prison in scandal
Chronicle (02/24/2015)
Ex-SF cop sentenced to 41 months in federal prison in corruption case
Examiner (02/24/2015)
Feb
24
SF Archdiocese
by Jaime Rossi
Two state lawmakers are requesting a probe of working conditions at four Catholic high schools in response to the archbishop's stand on morality.
Two state lawmakers are requesting a probe of working conditions at four Catholic high schools in response to the archbishop's stand on morality. more
Lawmakers want probe of SF archdiocese's 4 high schools
Examiner (02/24/2015)
Feb
24
Cleaning up after 80 years
by Jaime Rossi
With the Pacific Rod and Gun Club closing in April, the area around Lake Merced is set to get a major cleanup.
With the Pacific Rod and Gun Club closing in April, the area around Lake Merced is set to get a major cleanup. more
S.F. gun club closure triggers $22 million cleanup
Chronicle (02/24/2015)
Feb
23
The Archdiocese Does Not Shrink Back
by Alex Clemens
In today's episode of the Adventures of Archbishop Salvatore Cordelione, he continues to stand firmly for his values as San Francisco does wheelies and spinouts around him. It is, qu... more
In today's episode of the Adventures of Archbishop Salvatore Cordelione, he continues to stand firmly for his values as San Francisco does wheelies and spinouts around him. It is, quite apparently, ON. more
S.F. archbishop goes against grain with strict morality code
Chronicle (02/23/2015)