Today’s Stories (Last updated June 20, 02:52 PM)

Jun
20
Breed’s Teacher Proposal Missing Support of Teachers
by Spencer Lam
Mayor London Breed’s office submitted its proposal for an affordable housing measure for this November’s ballot this week. The Mayor finds herself at odds both with the Board of Supe... more
Mayor London Breed’s office submitted its proposal for an affordable housing measure for this November’s ballot this week. The Mayor finds herself at odds both with the Board of Supervisors and the teachers whom her proposal is meant to help, though, on this issue. The Board has proposed a competing alternative to Breed’s plan, though they both offer the same end goal of creating more housing. more
Mayor Breed’s teacher housing plan lacks key supporter — teachers – The San Francisco Examiner
Examiner (06/20/2019)
Jun
20
DPW to Attempt a 24-Hour Restroom in Tenderloin
by Spencer Lam
The San Francisco DPW will be attempting a pilot program for a 24-hour restroom in the Tenderloin this summer, in order to curb the city’s street feces problem. The restrooms will be... more
The San Francisco DPW will be attempting a pilot program for a 24-hour restroom in the Tenderloin this summer, in order to curb the city’s street feces problem. The restrooms will be staffed by attendants at all hours, and the program itself will test demand for the need of 24-hour services. more
SF Public Works to test 24-hour public bathroom in the Tenderloin
Examiner (06/20/2019)
Jun
20
Records of Two High-Profile Police Shootings Released
by Spencer Lam
Wednesday, under SB 1421, the SFPD released records of two high-profile, officer-involved shootings. The Department of Police Accountability released records for the shooting of Alex... more
Wednesday, under SB 1421, the SFPD released records of two high-profile, officer-involved shootings. The Department of Police Accountability released records for the shooting of Alex Nieto and Amilcar Perez-Lopez. Slight new details of the cases have been revealed, though much of the information is already known. more
Records released in two high-profile San Francisco police shootings
Examiner (06/20/2019)
Jun
20
SRO Resident Jordan Davis Begins Second Week of Hunger Strike
by Spencer Lam
Fourteen days ago, Tenderloin SRO resident Jordan Davis began a hunger strike in order to get the Board of Supervisors to lower SRO rental rates. Davis said she will continue the str... more
Fourteen days ago, Tenderloin SRO resident Jordan Davis began a hunger strike in order to get the Board of Supervisors to lower SRO rental rates. Davis said she will continue the strike until the Board of Supervisors makes a supportive statement of her mission - to cap rent at Master Leased SRO’s at 30% of occupants’ monthly income. more
SRO resident on hunger strike for rent relief – The San Francisco Examiner
Examiner (06/20/2019)
Jun
20
Two New Equity-Owned Cannabis Stores Approved by Planning Commission
by Spencer Lam
Last week, two new cannabis dispensaries were approved by the Planning Commission, both of which are part of the city’s equity-owned cannabis program. This program allows people affe... more
Last week, two new cannabis dispensaries were approved by the Planning Commission, both of which are part of the city’s equity-owned cannabis program. This program allows people affected by the War on Drugs to receive incentives to apply for retail weed stores. more
Planning panel OKs two cannabis retail stores
The Bay Area Reporter (06/20/2019)
Jun
20
Think-Tank Report Shows SF Renters Need to Make $61/Hour to Afford Two-Bed Apt.
by Spencer Lam
This week, the National Low-Income Housing Coalition, a Washington, D.C.-based think tank, released an annual report showing that renters in SF need to make $61/hour to afford the av... more
This week, the National Low-Income Housing Coalition, a Washington, D.C.-based think tank, released an annual report showing that renters in SF need to make $61/hour to afford the average 2-bedroom apartment. more
Report: SF renters need to earn $61 per hour to afford two-bed apartment
Curbed SF (06/20/2019)
Jun
20
Bill to Create Public Bank in San Francisco Clears State Senate Committee
by Spencer Lam
Wednesday, AB 857 cleared a major hurdle in the State Senate, meaning the City is one step closer towards getting a publicly-owned bank. The bill would allow for local jurisdictions ... more
Wednesday, AB 857 cleared a major hurdle in the State Senate, meaning the City is one step closer towards getting a publicly-owned bank. The bill would allow for local jurisdictions to launch public banks. more
S.F.’s Public Bank One Step Closer to Reality With State Senate Vote
SF Weekly (06/20/2019)
Jun
20
Update: Safe Injection Site Bill Pushed Back to 2020
by Spencer Lam
SF Weekly provides a deep-dive update on AB 362’s having been pushed back to 2020 by its author and co-author, Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) and Susan Eggman (D-Stockton), respectiv... more
SF Weekly provides a deep-dive update on AB 362’s having been pushed back to 2020 by its author and co-author, Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) and Susan Eggman (D-Stockton), respectively. more
Major Safe Consumption Site Bill Bumped to 2020
SF Weekly (06/20/2019)
Jun
20
SFPD Still Seeking Taser Money, Despite Decrease in Officer-Involved Shootings
by Spencer Lam
Today, the Board of Supervisors could potentially approve $1M in funding for purchasing tasers for the SFPD, despite a decrease in officer-involved shootings. Police Chief Bill Scott... more
Today, the Board of Supervisors could potentially approve $1M in funding for purchasing tasers for the SFPD, despite a decrease in officer-involved shootings. Police Chief Bill Scott has said previously that the department is working on “developing infrastructure” to support the department using tasers. more
SF police shootings are down — way down. Why is the SFPD still asking for Tasers?
Mission Local (06/20/2019)
Jun
20
With Fare Hike to $3, Muni Prices Doubled in Ten Years
by Spencer Lam
Beginning July 1st, Muni fares will increase to $3, meaning that they will have doubled in ten years. This will also mark the ten-year anniversary of when the City began to use an au... more
Beginning July 1st, Muni fares will increase to $3, meaning that they will have doubled in ten years. This will also mark the ten-year anniversary of when the City began to use an automatic fare calculator. more
Price of riding Muni doubles in ten years
Curbed SF (06/20/2019)
Jun
20
Proposal Seeking to Provide Ferry Service to Warriors Games Will Have Hearing Today
by Spencer Lam
Today, the Golden Gate Bridge, Highway and Transportation District will have a public hearing having ferry service directly to the new Warriors stadium for games and potentially conc... more
Today, the Golden Gate Bridge, Highway and Transportation District will have a public hearing having ferry service directly to the new Warriors stadium for games and potentially concerts, as well. more
Ferry service to Chase Center for Warriors games gains momentum with proposal
Chronicle (06/20/2019)
Jun
20
Dem Candidates Reveal LGBT-Oriented Policy Proposals
by Spencer Lam
As the first Democratic candidate debate approaches - along with the anniversary of the Stonewall Riots - candidates such as Kirsten Gillibrand and Beto O’Rourke have been unveiling ... more
As the first Democratic candidate debate approaches - along with the anniversary of the Stonewall Riots - candidates such as Kirsten Gillibrand and Beto O’Rourke have been unveiling LGBT-oriented policy plans. more
Dem prez hopefuls offer LGBT proposals
The Bay Area Reporter (06/20/2019)
Today’s Suspects Updater
Spencer Lam

Since 2014, Bay Area native and first-generation American (on his dad's side), Spencer has been involved in local, statewide, and national politics.  A foodie with a love of poetry, he can often be found in line at Cheung Hing or in the hazy backroom of Pagan Idol - sipping away his existential dread.

In the Past Week…

Jun
19
Supes Vote to Ban Sale of E-Cigs
by Nicole Yelich
Supervisors voted unanimously to approve Supervisor Shamann Walton’s ban on sales of e-cigarettes until the FDA reviews the safety of vaping products, making SF the first city in the... more
Supervisors voted unanimously to approve Supervisor Shamann Walton’s ban on sales of e-cigarettes until the FDA reviews the safety of vaping products, making SF the first city in the country to take on the currently unregulated e-cigarette industry.

The measure requires a final approval vote from the Board which is expected as early as next week. SF-based e-cig company Juul is collecting signatures to place a measure on the November ballot that seeks to override the ban.
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an Francisco Weighs 1st US City Ban on E-Cigarette Sales
NBC Bay Area (06/19/2019)
San Francisco has moved to ban e-cigarettes. Juul has a backup plan.
Chronicle (06/19/2019)
San Francisco votes to ban e-cigarettes not approved by FDA
The Hill (06/19/2019)
SF becomes first U.S. city to ban sale of e-cigarettes
Examiner (06/19/2019)
Jun
19
DA Candidates Differ in Approach to Sexual Assault Cases
by Nicole Yelich
The four candidates for District Attorney yesterday released competing proposals for how each would handle sexual assault cases in the DA’s office, if elected. This comes amid accusa... more
The four candidates for District Attorney yesterday released competing proposals for how each would handle sexual assault cases in the DA’s office, if elected. This comes amid accusations that the SFPD and DA have a history of mishandling sexual assault cases. more
DA candidates offer competing proposals to help sexual assault survivors – The San Francisco Examiner
Examiner (06/19/2019)
Sex crime prosecution emerges as major focus of SF District Attorney race
Mission Local (06/19/2019)
Jun
19
Mayor Urges Supes to Reconsider Mental Health SF Measure
by Nicole Yelich

Mayor London Breed sent a letter to Supervisors urging them to “back off” the proposed ballot measure that would create 24/7 access to mental health services for all SF residents. 

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Mayor London Breed sent a letter to Supervisors urging them to “back off” the proposed ballot measure that would create 24/7 access to mental health services for all SF residents. 

Breed points to the steps she’s taken as Mayor to add more treatment beds and appoint the City’s first Director of Mental Health Reform and says, “We can and should do the work to address the challenges of our behavioral health system. But (the initiative) was not developed through a thoughtful, inclusive effort, and it was not developed with the input of the Department of Public Health.”

 
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Breed, board amp up battle over measure to overhaul mental health system
Chronicle (06/19/2019)
Jun
19
SFMTA Board Approves $35M Safety Improvements Package, Cash Fares to Rise July 1st
by Nicole Yelich

The SFMTA Board of Directors approved a $35 million package of safety improvements for Folsom and Howard Streets that includes widening sidewalks, adding protecting bike lanes, and a

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The SFMTA Board of Directors approved a $35 million package of safety improvements for Folsom and Howard Streets that includes widening sidewalks, adding protecting bike lanes, and a red lane for the 27-Bryant bus.

Cash fares for Muni will increase from $2.75 to $3 on July 1st, although riders using Clipper cards or the Muni app will continue to pay $2.50.

 
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Cash Fares for Muni Rise to $3
SF Weekly (06/19/2019)
Cash-paying Muni riders will face fare hike on July 1, Muni says
Chronicle (06/19/2019)
City approves protected bike lanes, transit improvements for Howard and Folsom streets – The San Francisco Examiner
Examiner (06/19/2019)
Howard and Folsom to Get $36M in Safety Improvements
SF Weekly (06/19/2019)
Jun
19
Four Supes Offer Competing Measure to Build Affordable, Teacher Housing
by Nicole Yelich
As the moderates and progressives tussle over who knows best how to build more housing continues, four progressive  Supervisors proposed a competing ballot measure yesterday to build... more
As the moderates and progressives tussle over who knows best how to build more housing continues, four progressive  Supervisors proposed a competing ballot measure yesterday to build teacher and affordable housing on public land, similar - but, of course, also different - to one already proposed by Mayor London Breed. more
Four San Francisco supervisors propose ballot measure for affordable and teacher housing
Chronicle (06/19/2019)
Jun
19
City to Hold Hearing on Conditions for Gig Economy Workers
by Nicole Yelich

Supervisor Rafael Mandelman has called for a committee hearing to be held next Friday on “workers rights in the gig economy” as Lyft and Uber drivers rally in support of a proposed s

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Supervisor Rafael Mandelman has called for a committee hearing to be held next Friday on “workers rights in the gig economy” as Lyft and Uber drivers rally in support of a proposed state bill, AB 5, that would reclassify them as employees rather than independent contractors.

Uber and Lyft, for their part, are blasting out messages to their drivers encouraging them to take action to support the rideshare companies’ legislative agendas….which include fighting against measures to extend worker protections, like AB 5.

 
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Mandelman to hold hearing on working conditions for gig workers to boost push for labor protections – The San Francisco Examiner
Examiner (06/19/2019)
Uber and Lyft lobby drivers to oppose worker-friendly state bill through in-app messages
Mission Local (06/19/2019)
Jun
19
School Board Hears from Heated Community Over Controversial Mural
by Nicole Yelich

300 people showed up to last night’s SF school board hearing to express strong opinions for and against the controversial mural at Washington High School. The school board will vote

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300 people showed up to last night’s SF school board hearing to express strong opinions for and against the controversial mural at Washington High School. The school board will vote next week on whether to block the mural with curtains or panels, or paint over it entirely.

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Emotions run high at hearing on plan to remove or cover historic New Deal mural – The San Francisco Examiner
Examiner (06/19/2019)
Supporters, opponents of controversial San Francisco school mural speak out
Chronicle (06/19/2019)
Who's Even Defending the George Washington High Murals At This Point?
SF Weekly (06/19/2019)
Jun
19
Officials Break Ground on Eagle Plaza
by Nicole Yelich
City officials and dozens of leather-clad members of the leather community gathered to break ground on Eagle Plaza, a space in western SoMa to pay tribute to leather and LGBTQ culture. more
City officials and dozens of leather-clad members of the leather community gathered to break ground on Eagle Plaza, a space in western SoMa to pay tribute to leather and LGBTQ culture. more
Construction begins on leather/LGBTQ-themed park
Curbed SF (06/19/2019)
Officials, community celebrate groundbreaking at Eagle Plaza – The San Francisco Examiner
Examiner (06/19/2019)
SF's leather community breaks ground at site celebrating culture's emergence
Chronicle (06/19/2019)
Jun
19
Nonprofit Seeks City's Help on Purchase of Historic Mission Community Hub
by Nicole Yelich

Supervisors have offered a resolution in support of the Mission Economic Development Agency’s efforts to purchase the Redstone Labor Temple, an historic and important hub for Mission

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Supervisors have offered a resolution in support of the Mission Economic Development Agency’s efforts to purchase the Redstone Labor Temple, an historic and important hub for Mission community organizations. MEDA has committed to buy the property for $15 million and is seeking an additional $7 million in funding for needed seismic retrofits and other repairs.

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Nonprofit seeking city assistance to buy historic Mission District property – The San Francisco Examiner
Examiner (06/19/2019)
Redstone Organizers Seek City's Help to Finalize Sale
SF Weekly (06/19/2019)
Jun
19
CA Gas Prices to Increase, Asm. Phil Ting Continues Push for Electric Cars
by Nicole Yelich

Phil Matier digs into the seemingly constant rising cost to fuel up your tank as gas prices in California - already the highest in the nation - are set to rise another 5 cents in Jul

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Phil Matier digs into the seemingly constant rising cost to fuel up your tank as gas prices in California - already the highest in the nation - are set to rise another 5 cents in July.

Meanwhile, Assemblymember Phil Ting’s quest to get Californians to ditch their gas-guzzlers for fully electric vehicles began at home with his Chevy Bolt, “fueling” his legislative push to get the state to lower its vehicle emissions.

 
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California push for electric vehicles extends to Phil Ting's garage in SF
Chronicle (06/19/2019)
Price of gas to jump more than nickel a gallon on July 1
Chronicle (06/19/2019)
Jun
19
Safe Injection Site Bill On Hold Until 2020
by Nicole Yelich
The state bill to authorize safe injection sites in San Francisco has been put on hold until next year - after clearing the Assembly, it faces a tough fight in the Senate. AB 362’s c... more
The state bill to authorize safe injection sites in San Francisco has been put on hold until next year - after clearing the Assembly, it faces a tough fight in the Senate. AB 362’s co-authors Sen. Scott Wiener and Stockton Assemblymember Susan Eggman decided to delay it for now, while they consider adding other cities to the bill and remain committed to passing it next year. more
State legislation to allow safe injection site in San Francisco put on hold
Chronicle (06/19/2019)
Jun
19
PG&E Agrees to $1B Settlement with Gov't Agencies
by Nicole Yelich
PG&E has agreed to pay $1 billion to local government agencies in areas affected by last year’s devastating Camp Fire, an agreement that must still be approved in bankruptcy court an... more
PG&E has agreed to pay $1 billion to local government agencies in areas affected by last year’s devastating Camp Fire, an agreement that must still be approved in bankruptcy court and that does not impact individual residents or business claims. more
PG&E to pay $1 billion to local governments affected by wildfires
Chronicle (06/19/2019)
Jun
18
Asm. David Chiu and City Attorney Ask Census To Issue Paper Copies in Other Languages
by Alexandra Cannarella

In a letter sent Monday to U.S. Census Bureau Director Steven Dillingham, San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera and Assemblyman David Chiu are asking the U.S. Census Bureau to r

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In a letter sent Monday to U.S. Census Bureau Director Steven Dillingham, San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera and Assemblyman David Chiu are asking the U.S. Census Bureau to reconsider its decision to limit paper copies of the 2020 census to only English and Spanish, a move they said will lead to a “significant undercount” of the city’s seniors and low-income households with other primary languages. Over 26% of the city’s residents speak an Asian language at home; another 12% speak Spanish and 7% speak another language.

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SF leaders say US Census changes will result in undercount of SF’s seniors, low-income households
Chronicle (06/18/2019)
Jun
18
Controversial High School Mural Down To Three Options at School Board
by Alexandra Cannarella
The controversial mural at George Washington High School has been the subject of debate and outrage as it depicts black slaves picking cotton, and white colonialists stepping over a ... more
The controversial mural at George Washington High School has been the subject of debate and outrage as it depicts black slaves picking cotton, and white colonialists stepping over a dead Native American. Some argue that it is an historical piece of art that is actually critical of oppression and imperialism and must be saved.

The SF School Board will take one of three actions today: two options include obscuring the mural with a curtain, at an estimated cost of $375,000, or blocking the public view with custom acoustic panels, which could cost up to $875,000. The other alternative is to paint over it at a projected cost of $600,000 and could take three years to complete.
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Fate of controversial SF high school mural down to three options
Chronicle (06/18/2019)
Jun
18
SF Supervisors Defend Parking Garage Attendants
by Alexandra Cannarella

Parking attendants are becoming an endangered species in San Francisco’s city-owned garages, but city supervisors are pushing for them to make a comeback in a Land Use Committee hear

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Parking attendants are becoming an endangered species in San Francisco’s city-owned garages, but city supervisors are pushing for them to make a comeback in a Land Use Committee hearing yesterday when Supervisors threaten to veto MTA’s budget if it did not include parking attendants. Supervisor Safai called on the SFMTA to place a moratorium on reducing staff.

San Francisco owns and operates 22 parking garages and numerous parking lots, and in 2016 started modernizing them with “Parking Access Revenue Control Systems,” a capital investment of roughly $32 million that eliminates jobs and puts machines in their place.

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Staff cuts leave city garages unattended and unsafe – The San Francisco Examiner
Examiner (06/18/2019)
Supervisors Threaten to Reject SFMTA’s Budget Amid Rising Frustration
SF Weekly (06/18/2019)
Jun
18
Supervisors Wary of Teacher Incentive Stipends
by Alexandra Cannarella
Mayor London Breed’s proposal to increase stipends by $10 million for attracting and retaining teachers in hard-to-staff schools may be blocked as Supervisor Hillary Ronen said the p... more
Mayor London Breed’s proposal to increase stipends by $10 million for attracting and retaining teachers in hard-to-staff schools may be blocked as Supervisor Hillary Ronen said the program did not appear to have been successful so far. Supervisor Sandra Lee Fewer, who chairs the Budget and Finance Committee said she agreed with Ronen’s position. more
Ronen, Fewer threaten to block Mayor Breed’s $10M teacher stipend proposal – The San Francisco Examiner
Examiner (06/18/2019)
Jun
18
Hunters Point Testing Updates
by Alexandra Cannarella
Today, the city commission that oversees redevelopment at the Hunters Point Shipyard will receive an update on radiological testing recently completed by the California Department of... more
Today, the city commission that oversees redevelopment at the Hunters Point Shipyard will receive an update on radiological testing recently completed by the California Department of Public Health. The demands for re-testing followed allegations that the US Navy hired contractor Tetra Tech falsified data for the cleanup of the superfund site.

A U.S. Department of Justice lawsuit against Tetra Tech alleging fraud in the toxic cleanup is ongoing. Officials with the state’s health department will attend the meeting to discuss the testing and results.
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City oversight agency to review Hunters Point radiological testing results – The San Francisco Examiner
Examiner (06/18/2019)
Jun
18
Castro Culture District Moves Forward
by Alexandra Cannarella
The San Francisco Board of Supervisors Rules Committee threw its support Monday behind the creation of an LGBTQ cultural district in the city's Castro neighborhood yesterday, voting ... more
The San Francisco Board of Supervisors Rules Committee threw its support Monday behind the creation of an LGBTQ cultural district in the city's Castro neighborhood yesterday, voting 3-0 to endorse establishing the third such district in the ‘gayborhood’ following one in the Tenderloin focused primarily on the transgender community, and one South of Market created to preserve the area's leather culture.

The full board is expected to approve the Castro LGBTQ Cultural District at its June 25 meeting, and Mayor London Breed will need to finalize it later this summer. 
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SF supes panel backs Castro LGBTQ district
The Bay Area Reporter (06/18/2019)
Jun
18
Historic Fire Hydrants Honored
by Alexandra Cannarella
San Francisco’s DPW, along with support from Supervisor Mandelman’s office, may soon install commemorative plaques to mark the sites of three historic fire hydrants credited with sav... more
San Francisco’s DPW, along with support from Supervisor Mandelman’s office, may soon install commemorative plaques to mark the sites of three historic fire hydrants credited with saving parts of The City, nicknamed “The Little Giant” and “The Silver Twins”. The fire hydrants are credited with being among the few to continue working during the fires that followed the 1906 earthquake, and kept fires from spreading to the mission and west side. more
Humble fire hydrants to be honored with historic markers – The San Francisco Examiner
Examiner (06/18/2019)
Jun
18
Washington Square Park Closes for Six Months
by Alexandra Cannarella
North Beach’s Washington Square Park will close for six months to make upgrades to the irrigation system. Once the improvements are made, it will save more than two million gallons o... more
North Beach’s Washington Square Park will close for six months to make upgrades to the irrigation system. Once the improvements are made, it will save more than two million gallons of water each year. The playground and bathrooms will remain open during construction. more
Washington Square’s Months-Long Closure Begins
SF Weekly (06/18/2019)
Jun
18
How SF Neighborhoods Got Their Names
by Alexandra Cannarella
Among the debate over whether the newly coined “East Cut” neighborhood moniker will stick, this Curbed SF article examines the other neighborhood names and how they came to be.... more
Among the debate over whether the newly coined “East Cut” neighborhood moniker will stick, this Curbed SF article examines the other neighborhood names and how they came to be. more
How San Francisco neighborhoods got their names
SF Curbed (06/18/2019)
Jun
17
Digital Privacy Gets A Statewide Push
by Jen Longley

Assembly member Phil Ting’s AB1215, which would ban electronic facial recognition technology on police body cameras statewide, would become a national first if passed and signed into

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Assembly member Phil Ting’s AB1215, which would ban electronic facial recognition technology on police body cameras statewide, would become a national first if passed and signed into law. Based on many of the same concerns which prompted the local  San Francisco facial recognition ban, the proposal is facing push back from statewide law enforcement even as federal lawmakers look to craft a similar ban on a federal level.

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California could become first to limit facial recognition technology; police aren't happy
USA Today (06/17/2019)
Jun
17
Office of Cannabis Gets a Mayoral Budget Boost
by Jen Longley

The Office of Cannabis could get an equity-powered boost courtesy of Mayor Breed, who has proposed increasing new office’s funding from $700,000 to $1.1 million - doubling the number

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The Office of Cannabis could get an equity-powered boost courtesy of Mayor Breed, who has proposed increasing new office’s funding from $700,000 to $1.1 million - doubling the number of staffers - and adding two additional staffers to the Office of Economic and Workforce Development to assist equity applicants.

While Supervisor Fewer, who heads the Budget and Finance Committee, has signaled potential pushback on the increase, City officials point to the  300 equity applications still in the pipeline and only six who have been approved to date as proof that additional funding is required.

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SF’s budding cannabis equity program finds support in Mayor Breed’s budget proposal – The San Francisco Examiner
Examiner (06/17/2019)
Jun
17
BART Invests More in Fare Evasion Prevention
by Jen Longley

With fare evasion costing the BART system an estimated $25 million annually, Directors are looking to shore up the system with a $2.4 million increase to raise fencing and put alarms

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With fare evasion costing the BART system an estimated $25 million annually, Directors are looking to shore up the system with a $2.4 million increase to raise fencing and put alarms on the emergency service doors in 10 stations.

The relatively recent focus on fare evasion is also being promoted as a safety issue, as many of the robberies committed in the system are perpetrated by those who do not pay, according to BART police, and a focus on barrier prevention, rather than increased police presence, is preferred by advocates concerned about the criminalization of poverty within the BART system.

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Fare evasion costing BART a lot, so stopping it a rising priority
Chronicle (06/17/2019)
Jun
17
RM3 Legal, Rules Judge (Again)
by Jen Longley

Regional Measure 3 has survived its second legal challenge this year, as a San Francisco Judge has ruled that voters have legally enacted the measure with 55% of the vote, which rais

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Regional Measure 3 has survived its second legal challenge this year, as a San Francisco Judge has ruled that voters have legally enacted the measure with 55% of the vote, which raised bridge tolls over three years to create a pool of money for local road and transportation projects, including a BART extension to San Jose.

Alamo resident Randall Whitney, who filed the case against the measure, still contends that the measure is a “special tax disguised as a bridge toll,” and thus subject to the Prop 13 mandated 2/3rds requirement for enactment, an argument shared by the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association, whose lawsuit was thrown by a judge in April. Both Whitney and Jarvis are still within the window to appeal their rulings, likely stalling funding disbursement to transit agencies regionwide.

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SF judge says Bay Area bridge toll measure was legally approved by voters
Chronicle (06/17/2019)
Jun
17
PG&E Looks to the Future
by Jen Longley

PG&E Shareholders will meet for this Friday in San Francisco for the first time in seven months as the company tries to exit bankruptcy protection in the wake of the devastating wild

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PG&E Shareholders will meet for this Friday in San Francisco for the first time in seven months as the company tries to exit bankruptcy protection in the wake of the devastating wildfires in California for which the company has been found at least partially at fault.

Fourteen new board members, including a new CEO, are expected to be overwhelmingly voted in, as the beleaguered company looks to Sacramento for legislative support regarding liability for the fires - support which does not appear to be forthcoming.

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PG&E shareholders to meet in SF, but focus remains on Sacramento
Chronicle (06/17/2019)
Jun
17
Dem Presidential Candidates Oppose Death Penalty as National Sentiment Shifts
by Jen Longley

Just over 30 years after opposition to the death penalty helped sink Democratic Presidential hopeful Michael Dukakis’s 1988 Presidential campaign, nearly all Democratic Presidential

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Just over 30 years after opposition to the death penalty helped sink Democratic Presidential hopeful Michael Dukakis’s 1988 Presidential campaign, nearly all Democratic Presidential contenders- with the notable exception of Joe Biden- state they are against capital punishment. The Chronicle provides a data-filled deep dive into the significant change in national sentiment towards the death penalty.

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Nearly all Democratic candidates oppose death penalty as public opinion shifts
Chronicle (06/17/2019)
Jun
17
Anatomy of a Restaurant Collapse
by Jen Longley

While eager brunchers waited in lines around the corner for a Mission Beach Cafe brunch, owner Bill Clarke was failing to pay employees’ mandatory healthcare payments, his water and

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While eager brunchers waited in lines around the corner for a Mission Beach Cafe brunch, owner Bill Clarke was failing to pay employees’ mandatory healthcare payments, his water and garbage bills, rent, and was fighting multiple DPH health violations and a suspended business license. Mission Local provides a deep dive into the failure of a restaurant and regulatory processes designed to keep business owners on the up-and-up. 

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The decline and fall of Mission Beach Cafe was even messier than you thought
Mission Local (06/17/2019)
Jun
16
Mayor Breed's Proposed Housing Charter Amendment Still 3 Votes Short
by Jen Longley

With a July 26 placement deadline looming, Mayor Breed is struggling to obtain the 6 signatures from members of the Board of Supervisors needed to place her sweeping housing charter

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With a July 26 placement deadline looming, Mayor Breed is struggling to obtain the 6 signatures from members of the Board of Supervisors needed to place her sweeping housing charter amendment, which would remove planning restrictions on 100% affordable or teacher housing construction, on the November ballot.

While many of the Supervisors are staying quiet about the plan, opposition seems to center on a lack of collaboration with the Board when drafting the measure, as well as concerns over removing public input through the appeal process, unease over what is defined as “affordable” housing, and whether Breed should be tinkering with the City Charter at all.

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SF Mayor London Breed struggles to build consensus with supervisors on housing plan
Chronicle (06/16/2019)
Jun
16
D5 Debate Showcases Differences in Substance and Style
by Jen Longley

Slow and steady tangible change or swing-for-the fences transformative ideas? The differences in substance and style were on full display as Supervisor Vallie Brown and challenger De

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Slow and steady tangible change or swing-for-the fences transformative ideas? The differences in substance and style were on full display as Supervisor Vallie Brown and challenger Dean Preston squared off at a District 5 Supervisors debate sponsored by the San Francisco Young Democrats this Friday.

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SF supervisor candidate Dean Preston to ‘rogue’ landlords: ‘We should run you out of town’ –
Examiner (06/16/2019)