Today’s Stories (Last updated April 21, 04:55 PM)

Apr
21
A Home for Homeless Trans Youth
by Owen Stephens
A first-of-its-kind in the nation transitional housing shelter for homeless transgender youth quietly opened in the Haight two months ago. The program will house up to six participan... more
A first-of-its-kind in the nation transitional housing shelter for homeless transgender youth quietly opened in the Haight two months ago. The program will house up to six participants between the age of 18 to 24 for up to two years in a bid to help them overcome the damaging effects of being discriminated against more than any other segment of the LGBT community. more
A Safe Space
Chronicle (04/21/2019)
Apr
21
Hold the Door
by Owen Stephens
After mechanical issues in MUNI’s newest trains were brought to light last week, the Board of Supervisors and the SFMTA have agreed to stop spending on new trains until an independen... more
After mechanical issues in MUNI’s newest trains were brought to light last week, the Board of Supervisors and the SFMTA have agreed to stop spending on new trains until an independent investigation concludes whether the Muni trains are safe. more
SF politicos to halt new Muni train funding after media exposes faulty doors, couplers
Examiner (04/21/2019)
Apr
21
Planning Commission v. Single Family Zoning
by Owen Stephens
The San Francisco Planning Commission might be poised to tackle new housing density in the city, whether S.B. 50 passes or not. The latest housing inventory report showed a 42% new h... more
The San Francisco Planning Commission might be poised to tackle new housing density in the city, whether S.B. 50 passes or not. The latest housing inventory report showed a 42% new housing decrease in 2017, and authorized 10% less new construction. Most of the new housing was unsurprisingly built in SOMA and downtown, with over 1,900 new units, which was jarring compared to the only 19 new units added in the entire combined Inner and Outer sunset neighborhoods. more
Planning Commissioners ready to take on single-family zoning
Examiner (04/21/2019)
Apr
21
Who Owns San Francisco
by Owen Stephens

Increased hiring, new IPOs and record-setting years in office leasing have collided as office rent rates hit an all time high.

As new commercial property comes online, or is snapped u

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Increased hiring, new IPOs and record-setting years in office leasing have collided as office rent rates hit an all time high.

As new commercial property comes online, or is snapped up, new datas illustrates that residential San Francisco is also getting bought up by tech.

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Tech IPOs add fuel to San Francisco’s office boom
Chronicle (04/21/2019)
Who’s Really Buying Property in San Francisco?
The Atlantic (04/21/2019)
Apr
21
Harris Kick-Off, A’s Buy the Coliseum, and Scooter Bros
by Owen Stephens
Phil Matier reports that Kamala Harris’s kick-off event in Oakland was a half million+ well spent, garnering far larger crowds and attention than anyone anticipated.

In other news, SF... more
Phil Matier reports that Kamala Harris’s kick-off event in Oakland was a half million+ well spent, garnering far larger crowds and attention than anyone anticipated.

In other news, SFO is lowering its long-term parking rate, and the Oakland A’s have come to a tentative agreement to buy Alameda County’s half ownership of the Coliseum, which could lead to re-development of the land that will include smaller sports facilities, parks, housing and a technology campus.

Also, a recent SFMTA survey shows that electric scooter riders in downtown San Francisco are 82% men, 63% white, and that 68% earn more than $100,000 a year. more
Harris’ half-million-dollar presidential campaign kickoff pays off
Chronicle (04/21/2019)
Apr
21
Willie Brown on Impeachment & More
by Owen Stephens

Former Mayor Willie Brown thinks impeachment is a dead-end strategy because the Republican Senate won't convict. Instead, he recommends that Democrats plow on, line-by-line, hearing-

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Former Mayor Willie Brown thinks impeachment is a dead-end strategy because the Republican Senate won't convict. Instead, he recommends that Democrats plow on, line-by-line, hearing-by-hearing, until election day to ensure that the populace knows every detail of every questionable act committed by President Trump.

Other musings from Brown include: A desire for new material from Democratic hopefuls as the same old stories are getting stale; a plan for a nice walk to Chase Center because the traffic will be something else; and new ideas for easing traffic, such as allowing taxis to use red bus-only lanes and requiring that ride-hailing drivers pass a test on the city’s geography.

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Impeachment would be suicide for Democrats
Chronicle (04/21/2019)
Apr
21
420 for the Record Books
by Owen Stephens
San Francisco saw record breaking crowds for semi-official 420 events throughout the city on Saturday. more
San Francisco saw record breaking crowds for semi-official 420 events throughout the city on Saturday. more
High turnout for annual 420 pot festival on Golden Gate Park’s Hippie Hill
Chronicle (04/21/2019)
One great 4/20 exhale at Dolores Park
Mission Local (04/21/2019)
Record breaking turnout for annual 420 event at Hippie Hill – The San Francisco Examiner
Examiner (04/21/2019)
Apr
21
Joe Camel 2.0
by Owen Stephens
San Francisco based e-cigarette company Juul is facing new lawsuits from across the country, many of which are focussed on their youth-targeted advertising campaigns that did not ade... more
San Francisco based e-cigarette company Juul is facing new lawsuits from across the country, many of which are focussed on their youth-targeted advertising campaigns that did not adequately warn that the products were addictive. more
Mounting lawsuits against Juul reminiscent of early tobacco litigation
Chronicle (04/21/2019)
Apr
21
City to Remove Aging Trees
by Owen Stephens
Aging ficus trees on 24th Street in the Mission will be coming down as soon as they have been identified as having an “increased risk of failure” due to age and a tendency to drop br... more
Aging ficus trees on 24th Street in the Mission will be coming down as soon as they have been identified as having an “increased risk of failure” due to age and a tendency to drop branches. Public Works plans to closely inspect several of the trees to see if they are salvageable, and all removed trees will be replaced with either Red Maple or Ginkgo trees. more
City to cut down dozens of Mission District ficus trees, citing safety concerns
Examiner (04/21/2019)
Today’s Suspects Updater
Owen Stephens
Owen is an environmental attorney, aerialist, community organizer, public servant, political knower of things, and all-around-do-gooder.

In the Past Week…

Apr
20
State Investigation Incident of Woman Being Dragged by Muni Doors
by Carrie McFadden
Last week, while waiting for the N-Judah, an elderly woman's hand got caught in the door of one of the new Muni trains and she was subsequently dragged for several feet before finall... more
Last week, while waiting for the N-Judah, an elderly woman's hand got caught in the door of one of the new Muni trains and she was subsequently dragged for several feet before finally freeing her hand. 

The California Public Utilities Commission will now be opening up an investigation into the incident, and the larger issues of the sensors on the doors of the new trains. 

The woman's name has not been released, but she was transported to the hospital in serious condition. She has since been released. more
CPUC Investigating New Muni Trains Over Coupling Pins, Malfunctioning Doors
KCBS (04/19/2019)
State investigating injury of woman whose hand got stuck in Muni train door
Chronicle (04/19/2019)
UPDATE: State launches investigation into Muni doors that trapped and dragged a woman
Examiner (04/19/2019)
VIDEO: Woman dragged by San Francisco Muni train after getting hand caught in door
ABC7 (04/20/2019)
Apr
20
To Impeach or Not to Impeach? Mueller Report Has Democrats Divided
by Carrie McFadden
The (still heavily redacted) Mueller report was released to the public this week, and it's led to a number of questions the Democratic Party is grappling with. 

For months, Democratic... more
The (still heavily redacted) Mueller report was released to the public this week, and it's led to a number of questions the Democratic Party is grappling with. 

For months, Democratic leaders including San Francisco's own Nancy Pelosi, have warned against getting too caught up in impeachment mania at the expense of crucial day to day issues facing Americans. 

Now that the report has been released and a breakdown of the President's crimes and cover ups are out in the open, some of the more progressive members of the House have called for impeachment. 

Democratic Presidential candidates have had to grapple with the issue, too; thus far, Senator Elizabeth Warren has been the most vocal about the report making the case for impeachment proceedings to begin.  more
Mueller report takes muzzle off pro-impeachment Democrats
Chronicle (04/20/2019)
Apr
20
Don't Fence Me (Or My Fountain) In
by Carrie McFadden
In an attempt to prevent homeless individuals for gathering on or sleeping near it, UN Plaza's fountain is now boarded off by a quaint-looking white fence -- clashing with the founta... more
In an attempt to prevent homeless individuals for gathering on or sleeping near it, UN Plaza's fountain is now boarded off by a quaint-looking white fence -- clashing with the fountain's brutalist vibe.  more
UN Plaza Fountain Now Surrounded by Ugly White Fence
SF Weekly (04/19/2019)
Apr
20
Breed's Rent Board Appointee Moved to Alternate Seat
by Carrie McFadden
After initially being sworn in to one of the tenant seats on the San Francisco Rent Board, Mayor London Breed has now moved Reese Aaron Isbell to the alternate seat. 

This comes after... more
After initially being sworn in to one of the tenant seats on the San Francisco Rent Board, Mayor London Breed has now moved Reese Aaron Isbell to the alternate seat. 

This comes after an outcry from tenant organizations after his appointment, claiming that the Mayor had never consulted them. more
Isbell moved to alternate seat on SF rent board
The Bay Area Reporter (04/20/2019)
Apr
20
Mission Landlord Evicting Tenants to House Artists Instead
by Carrie McFadden
The owner of a building in the Mission District is in the process of evicting the immigrant family that lives there in order to turn the property into temporary lodging for artists. ... more
The owner of a building in the Mission District is in the process of evicting the immigrant family that lives there in order to turn the property into temporary lodging for artists.  more
Mission District landlord is evicting tenants to house artists for David Ireland foundation
Examiner (04/20/2019)
Apr
20
Earth Day Activity Guide
by Carrie McFadden
This weekend includes many important holidays, such as Easter, Passover, and 4/20. But it's also Earth Day! Curbed SF has released a guide to events going on around the City to celeb... more
This weekend includes many important holidays, such as Easter, Passover, and 4/20. But it's also Earth Day! Curbed SF has released a guide to events going on around the City to celebrate planet Earth and the environment.  more
Best Earth Day 2019 activities in San Francisco
Curbed SF (04/19/2019)
Apr
19
Supes Seek Answers, Uncover More Questions, into Leaked SFPD Report on Jeff Adachi's Death
by Nicole Yelich

SFPD Commander Greg McEachern offered a formal apology to Jeff Adachi’s family during yesterday’s hearing where it was revealed that there is an investigation into a “stringer” - a f

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SFPD Commander Greg McEachern offered a formal apology to Jeff Adachi’s family during yesterday’s hearing where it was revealed that there is an investigation into a “stringer” - a freelance reporter not on a news outlet's staff - that was allegedly copies of the police report to news outlets for $2,500 each.  

Little was shared by the SFPD about the ongoing investigation outside of the letter from Hadi Razzaq, head of investigations in the public defender’s office, who learned of the “stringer” through a KRON-TV reporter, and it is unclear when the investigation will be complete and how much information will be made public once it is.

None of this came as much comfort to Jeff Adachi’s widow, Mutsuko Adachi, who gave this tearful statement,“It’s despicable what the SPFD did to myself and my daughter by releasing this report.  It was like 12 hours. It was an ongoing investigation. To say it affects the family is an understatement. It is incredibly painful to have the police department do this to you.”

 
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Public Defender's office alleges Jeff Adachi police report was being hawked to media for $2,500 a pop
Mission Local (04/19/2019)
SF police get an earful from city supervisors about leaked Adachi report
Chronicle (04/19/2019)
Supes seek answers in leak of police report on death of Jeff Adachi – The San Francisco Examiner
Examiner (04/19/2019)
Apr
19
Mayor Breed, Sen. Wiener Fire Back at Ads Likening SB50 to "Negro Removal"
by Nicole Yelich

Senator Scott Wiener and Mayor London Breed are speaking out against a mailer and tv ad using a James Baldwin quote to equate Wiener’s transit-housing bill with San Francisco’s urban

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Senator Scott Wiener and Mayor London Breed are speaking out against a mailer and tv ad using a James Baldwin quote to equate Wiener’s transit-housing bill with San Francisco’s urban renewal policies of the 1960s that displaced African Americans from their homes in the Fillmore.  Mayor Breed said of the ads, “It has nothing to do with urban renewal, and suggesting it does is deeply offensive to communities like mine that are still living with the consequences.”

The mailer and ad was paid for by a wealthy LA activist and president of the AIDS Healthcare Foundation, Michael Weinstein, who Senator Wiener has clashed with before on separate issues.  In a statement Thursday, Wiener said Weinstein is “a mean bully obsessed with using HIV healthcare funds to engage in politics, settle political scores, and increasingly, oppose new housing in California and fund anti-housing NIMBY organizations.”

 
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Supporters of SB50 fire back after ads equate housing bill to 'Negro removal'
Chronicle (04/19/2019)
Apr
19
Navy Says No Health Risk on Treasure Island, Residents Skeptical
by Nicole Yelich
Treasure Island residents are pushing for a public hearing into Tetra Tech’s cleanup of radioactive material on the Island after a report released last month by the Navy declared all... more
Treasure Island residents are pushing for a public hearing into Tetra Tech’s cleanup of radioactive material on the Island after a report released last month by the Navy declared all of the work done by the contractor, who is being sued for fraudulent cleanup at the Hunters Point Shipyard, is safe. more
Navy report finds 'no radiological health risk' on Treasure Island – The San Francisco Examiner
Examiner (04/19/2019)
Apr
19
Sup. Haney's New Plan to Clean the Streets
by Nicole Yelich
Heather Knight dives into Supervisor Matt Haney’s “10-point plan full of commonsense solutions that innovative, creative, superrich San Francisco could implement quickly” to clean up... more
Heather Knight dives into Supervisor Matt Haney’s “10-point plan full of commonsense solutions that innovative, creative, superrich San Francisco could implement quickly” to clean up some of the City’s dirtiest streets, including adding more trash cans, regular deep-cleaning of sidewalks and more receptacles for dog waste and syringes, among others. more
SF supervisor has big plans to make Tenderloin, South of Market less filthy
Chronicle (04/19/2019)
Apr
19
Ultimatum Facing the SFPD
by Nicole Yelich
Mission Local’s Julian Mark digs into BayLegal’s ultimatum to the SFPD to comply with state law that requires cops to provide domestic violence and sexual assault victims with their ... more
Mission Local’s Julian Mark digs into BayLegal’s ultimatum to the SFPD to comply with state law that requires cops to provide domestic violence and sexual assault victims with their police reports in a timely manner, or face a lawsuit. more
Sexual assault victim advocates hit SFPD with legal ultimatum
Mission Local (04/19/2019)
Apr
19
Senator Harris Regrets "Unintended Consequences" of Truancy Policy
by Nicole Yelich

Presidential candidates and Senator Kamala Harris has said she regrets the truancy policy she implemented first as San Francisco’s District Attorney, and later as Attorney General, b

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Presidential candidates and Senator Kamala Harris has said she regrets the truancy policy she implemented first as San Francisco’s District Attorney, and later as Attorney General, because once she took the policy statewide it led to “unintended consequences” in some jurisdictions who took it further than intended and sent some parents, whose kids were chronically absent from school, to jail.

Harris told Pod Save America host Jon Favreau, “My regret is that I have now heard stories where, in some jurisdictions, DAs have criminalized the parents. The thought that anything I did could have led to that…that certainly was not the intention. Never was the intention.”

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Sen. Kamala Harris Regrets S.F.-Born Truancy Policy
SF Weekly (04/19/2019)
Apr
19
Scoot Pulls Scooters to Install Software, E-Bike Brake Company Speaks Out
by Nicole Yelich
E-scooter company Scoot has temporarily pulled its scooters from SF streets to install anti-theft software.  And Shimano, the company who makes the brakes used in Lyft’s Ford GoBikes... more
E-scooter company Scoot has temporarily pulled its scooters from SF streets to install anti-theft software.  And Shimano, the company who makes the brakes used in Lyft’s Ford GoBikes and Uber’s JUMP bikes, says they are not at fault for the braking issues that led to both companies pulling the e-bikes from SF Streets.  

Shimano spokesperson said, “this is not a Shimano brake issue as the specification requires the use of a power modulator for this brake. It appears this specification was not followed by manufacturers of some of the bicycles in question.”
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Ford GoBike, Jump brake manufacturer fires back: ‘this is not a Shimano brake issue’ – The San Francisco Examiner
Examiner (04/19/2019)
Scoot pulls its e-scooters off SF streets to install theft-preventing tech
Examiner (04/19/2019)
Apr
19
Are In-Law Units the Answer?
by Nicole Yelich
The Chronicle’s John King dives deep into the growing popularity of accessory dwelling units, more commonly known as “in-laws,” and their usefulness in alleviating the housing crisis... more
The Chronicle’s John King dives deep into the growing popularity of accessory dwelling units, more commonly known as “in-laws,” and their usefulness in alleviating the housing crisis. more
Small solutions for big problem
Chronicle (04/19/2019)
Apr
19
City Prepares for Epic 420
by Nicole Yelich
The City is prepared for what could be the largest 420 celebration ever - landing on Easter weekend, during spring break and good weather - and planning for the influx of traffic wit... more
The City is prepared for what could be the largest 420 celebration ever - landing on Easter weekend, during spring break and good weather - and planning for the influx of traffic with more Muni buses, some street closures and increased security. more
City prepares for record breaking 420 celebration – The San Francisco Examiner
Examiner (04/19/2019)
Stoned in San Francisco: 15 fun places to go when you’re high
Curbed SF (04/19/2019)
Your Bay Area Guide to 4/20
SF Weekly (04/19/2019)
Apr
18
Hearing to be Held Today Between City, SFPD & Attorneys on Jeff Adachi
by Spencer Lam
This morning, a hearing is going to be held between the CIty’s Government Audit and Oversight Committee and representatives of the SFPD and City Attorney’s Office on the leaking of d... more
This morning, a hearing is going to be held between the CIty’s Government Audit and Oversight Committee and representatives of the SFPD and City Attorney’s Office on the leaking of details related to the death of Public Defender Jeff Adachi. Mission Local’s Joe Eskenazi provides a deep dive into Adachi, the potential purposeful release of sensitive documents surrounding his death by foes at the SFPD, and the last, painful lesson he taught us. more
The painful lessons to be learned from Jeff Adachi's death
Mission Local (04/18/2019)
Apr
18
Treasure Island Short $170 Million for Affordable Housing, Looks to Nov. Bond for Aid
by Spencer Lam
Treasure Island is short of a total of $170 million needed for five affordable housing projects on the island, as it undergoes redevelopment. They are looking to possibly receiving s... more
Treasure Island is short of a total of $170 million needed for five affordable housing projects on the island, as it undergoes redevelopment. They are looking to possibly receiving some of the possible $500 million housing bond proposed by Mayor London Breed. Tuesday members of the Treasure Island Development Authority Infrastructure and Transportation committee voiced concerns they had regarding the ability to cope with rising construction costs. more
Funding gap plagues Treasure Island affordable housing projects – The San Francisco Examiner
Examiner (04/18/2019)
Apr
18
Hold the Door, Hold the Door
by Spencer Lam
Muni trains have been delivered with defective doors, which may have already caused a rider serious injuries last week. Documents obtained by The Examiner reveal that doors on at lea... more
Muni trains have been delivered with defective doors, which may have already caused a rider serious injuries last week. Documents obtained by The Examiner reveal that doors on at least some of the new Muni cars were tested to have clamped down on objects in their midst, instead of re-opening. 

Adding to the new fleet’s woes are broken shear pins, which are the connectors that hold two train cars together. Last Friday, one new train was found to have a broken shear pin, which prompted an inspection of the entire fleet of new trains for similar problems. more
New Muni trains delivered with defective doors
Examiner (04/18/2019)
SFMTA Discovers Broken Shear Pins On New Muni Streetcars
KCBS (04/18/2019)
Apr
18
Supervisor Rafael Mandelman Opposes Rent Board Pick Reese Isbell
by Spencer Lam
Tuesday, Supervisor Rafael Mandelman indicated to the Bay Area Reporter that he shared the common concerns being aired about Mayor Breed’s pick for the city rent board, Reese Isbell.... more
Tuesday, Supervisor Rafael Mandelman indicated to the Bay Area Reporter that he shared the common concerns being aired about Mayor Breed’s pick for the city rent board, Reese Isbell. Putting it bluntly, he said, “I don’t think he should be on the rent board,” despite having “personal affections” toward him. more
Gay SF supe against rent board pick
The Bay Area Reporter (04/18/2019)
Apr
18
Pelosi Supports Goal of Nurse-Led Petition Against Anti-LGBT Bias in Healthcare
by Spencer Lam
Rep. Nancy Pelosi’s (D-San Francisco) office has indicated that she will be supportive of a pro-LGBT healthcare initiative sought by California nurses. Specifically, SEIU’s Nurse All... more
Rep. Nancy Pelosi’s (D-San Francisco) office has indicated that she will be supportive of a pro-LGBT healthcare initiative sought by California nurses. Specifically, SEIU’s Nurse Alliance is demanding that Congress direct the Office of Civil Rights in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to eliminate the Conscience and Religious Freedom Division, instead focusing on the elimination of bias in the healthcare system. more
Nurses ask Congress to ban health care bias
The Bay Area Reporter (04/18/2019)
Apr
18
Management of Mission Branch of SF General Criticized by Out Nurses
by Spencer Lam
Recently, two out nurses working at the Mission branch of SF General Hospital have criticized the hospital’s management. Both workers have alleged some form of retaliation. The compl... more
Recently, two out nurses working at the Mission branch of SF General Hospital have criticized the hospital’s management. Both workers have alleged some form of retaliation. The complaints come as the nurse’s union tries to remove ‘Zuckerberg’ from SGH’s name. more
LGBT SF General staffers air grievances
The Bay Area Reporter (04/18/2019)
Apr
18
FBI to Test PG&E Equipment Collected by Butte County D.A.
by Spencer Lam
New bankruptcy filings from PG&E indicate that the Butte County District Attorney’s office has collected evidence from PG&E towers for the Federal Bureau of Investigation, which want... more
New bankruptcy filings from PG&E indicate that the Butte County District Attorney’s office has collected evidence from PG&E towers for the Federal Bureau of Investigation, which wants to test said equipment. Butte County prosecutors have asked the FBI to inspect the materials in assessing possible criminal charges against the utility. more
FBI to test PG&E equipment in Camp Fire criminal investigation
Chronicle (04/18/2019)
Apr
18
Local Soccer Team Asks Supervisor Yee, City Hall to Improve Street Safety
by Spencer Lam
Wednesday, teenaged members of a local soccer team went to Supe Norman Yee’s office in City Hall to personally ask him to improve pedestrian safety at a street where one of their tea... more
Wednesday, teenaged members of a local soccer team went to Supe Norman Yee’s office in City Hall to personally ask him to improve pedestrian safety at a street where one of their teammates was killed. The girls, all from A.P. Ginanni and Presidio middle schools, sought safety improvements such as curb painting, signs lowering traffic speeds, and flashing crosswalk signs. Maureen Loftus, daughter of D.A. candidate Suzy Loftus, was among the girls speaking with Yee. more
Teen soccer players ask City Hall for safer Lake Merced street where teammate killed
Examiner (04/18/2019)
Apr
18
City Approves $22.5 Million for Repaving of 150 Streets
by Spencer Lam
Monday, the City approved the dedication of $22.5 million in state funds for the repaving of 150 streets across San Francisco. And, in July, the City is expected to approve millions ... more
Monday, the City approved the dedication of $22.5 million in state funds for the repaving of 150 streets across San Francisco. And, in July, the City is expected to approve millions more in funds for similar purposes. more
Smooth Out That Bumpy Ride
SF Weekly (04/18/2019)
Apr
17
BayLegal Threatens to Sue SFPD Over Noncompliance with Domestic Violence State Law
by Nicole Yelich

Bay Area Legal Aid is threatening to sue the SFPD over its failure to comply with state law that requires domestic violence police reports be made available to victims in a timely ma

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Bay Area Legal Aid is threatening to sue the SFPD over its failure to comply with state law that requires domestic violence police reports be made available to victims in a timely manner as these reports are critical for victims to obtain restraining orders against their attackers.  State law requires police to turn over reports within five days of a request from a victim or victim’s attorney, which is extended to 10 days if there is a viable reason why the reports are unavailable.

BayLegal says their office has seen delays from 40 to 128 days and in some cases the SFPD has denied victims access to their records.  Despite the organization's several attempts to work directly with the SFPD to get them in compliance, lengthy delays persist.

 
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Legal aid group threatens to sue SFPD over delays in domestic-abuse reports
Chronicle (04/17/2019)
Apr
17
Gun Shows Banned from Cow Palace
by Nicole Yelich
The Cow Palace Board of Directors unanimously voted to ban all gun shows beginning January 1, 2020 when the contract expires with the gun show exhibitor. Senator Scott Wiener said he... more
The Cow Palace Board of Directors unanimously voted to ban all gun shows beginning January 1, 2020 when the contract expires with the gun show exhibitor. Senator Scott Wiener said he still intends to pursue SB 281, the bill he is co-sponsoring with Assemblymember Phil Ting, which would replace the current board with a regional agency responsible for redeveloping the site. more
Cow Palace Board Bows to Pressure, Ends Gun Shows
SF Weekly (04/17/2019)
Cow Palace board votes to end gun shows – The San Francisco Examiner
Examiner (04/17/2019)
Cow Palace will end gun shows after 2019
Chronicle (04/17/2019)
Apr
17
SF General Ends Unfair Billing Practices
by Nicole Yelich
San Francisco General Hospital announced Tuesday that they are ending the practice of “balance billing” that saddled hundreds of insured patients with exorbitant bills each year, and... more
San Francisco General Hospital announced Tuesday that they are ending the practice of “balance billing” that saddled hundreds of insured patients with exorbitant bills each year, and implementing an out-of-pocket maximum based on income. more
After Vox stories, Zuckerberg Hospital is overhauling its aggressive billing tactics
Vox (04/17/2019)
New Billing Practices at San Francisco's Largest Public Hospital Could Help Low-Income Patients Save Money
Time (04/17/2019)
SF General sees light after public pressure, revises system that produced big bills
Chronicle (04/17/2019)
SF General to set new limits on out-of-pocket payments by patients
Examiner (04/17/2019)
Apr
17
Speaker Pelosi Makes Time's 100 Most Influential People
by Nicole Yelich

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has made Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in 2019, with a glowing writeup from Hillary Rodham Clinton.  HRC says of the Speaker, "Under her lead

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has made Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in 2019, with a glowing writeup from Hillary Rodham Clinton.  HRC says of the Speaker, "Under her leadership, Democrats passed the first major gun-­safety bill in a generation and desperately needed voting-­rights legislation. As Democrats continue fighting to protect reproductive rights, pass paid family leave, protect Americans’ right to affordable health care and hold this Administration to account, Nancy is leading the charge."

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Nancy Pelosi: 100 Most Influential People
Time Magazine (04/17/2019)
Apr
17
Board Approves Law Giving Nonprofits Priority in Property Sales
by Nicole Yelich
The Board of Supervisors unanimously approved Supervisor Sandra Lee Fewer’s legislation giving affordable housing nonprofits first dibs at buying multi-unit residential properties th... more
The Board of Supervisors unanimously approved Supervisor Sandra Lee Fewer’s legislation giving affordable housing nonprofits first dibs at buying multi-unit residential properties that go on the market, and if a nonprofit’s offer is declined by the seller who then finds another buyer, the nonprofit has the opportunity to match the offer and take ownership of the property. more
City Grants Nonprofits First Priority in Building Sales
SF Weekly (04/17/2019)
New law pushes property owners to sell to nonprofits not speculators – The San Francisco Examiner
Examiner (04/17/2019)
Apr
17
Transit Plan Discourages Driving to Chase Center
by Nicole Yelich
Transit officials want Warriors fans in anything but their cars when they head to games at the new arena this fall.  On Tuesday, the SFMTA Board of Directors approved parking restric... more
Transit officials want Warriors fans in anything but their cars when they head to games at the new arena this fall.  On Tuesday, the SFMTA Board of Directors approved parking restrictions and metered parking around the new arena.

In addition, Muni will run shuttle buses down Van Ness Ave from Fisherman’s Wharf and from 16th Street BART station, train shuttles from the Embarcadero and West Portal stations, and the Mayor is working with the Port and other stakeholders on a temporary ferry terminal at Mission Rock.
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Ferry to Chase Center could score points with Warriors fans
Chronicle (04/17/2019)
SFMTA Board passes sweeping parking changes around Chase Center
ABC7 News (04/17/2019)
Who needs cars? Aggressive transit plan for Chase Arena discourages driving – The San Francisco Examiner
Examiner (04/17/2019)