Today’s Stories (Last updated February 19, 03:48 PM)

Feb
18
How the Deal Got Done
by Jen Longley
The Chronicle looks at how a deal was reached between the Board of Supervisors and the Mayor’s office, including Board dynamics and frustrations over dipping into reserves, while all... more
The Chronicle looks at how a deal was reached between the Board of Supervisors and the Mayor’s office, including Board dynamics and frustrations over dipping into reserves, while allocating an unexpected $185 million of education funding windfall into four main areas: homelessness, energy independence, childcare and teacher raises. more
How SF supervisors, Mayor Breed compromised on budget windfall
Chronicle (02/18/2019)
Feb
18
How Not to Win Friends or Influence People
by Jen Longley

A contentious developer relationship with local activists leading to a toxic relationship with the local officials needed to approve the project has categorized the 'Monster in the M

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A contentious developer relationship with local activists leading to a toxic relationship with the local officials needed to approve the project has categorized the 'Monster in the Mission' project at the 16th Street BART Station from the start.

Mission Local provides a deep dive into the quest to develop the parcel, including the current intention of the developers to place a ballot measure which would require the City to allow them to develop the land without inclusionary affordable housing in exchange for transferring two parcels to the City for 100% affordable housing creation: sites neither they nor the City currently own and for which there is currently no money available to construct housing.

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How to not build in San Francisco: Maximus and the so-called ‘Monster in the Mission’
Mission Local (02/18/2019)
Feb
18
Neighbors Appeal OSL Permit Extension
by Jen Longley
Local Inner Richmond residents have filed an appeal to block a 10-year extension of the Outside Lands permit without an environmental review, recently recommended by the Rec and Park... more
Local Inner Richmond residents have filed an appeal to block a 10-year extension of the Outside Lands permit without an environmental review, recently recommended by the Rec and Parks Department to the Board.

The petitioners have stated that- while they are not seeking to remove the 3-day festival- the sound impacts need to be studied and mitigated for neighbors before the permit is granted. Sandra Lee Fewer, the Supervisor who represents a neighboring area to the festival, has indicated her support for the extension.
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Residents appeal Outside Lands permit extension over noise concerns
Examiner (02/18/2019)
Feb
18
Bicycle Thefts Declined in 2018
by Jen Longley
Bicyclists, rejoice? Only 537 bicycles were reported stolen in 2018- a 25% reduction in thefts. Area officials point to increased property crime enforcement, the increase of bike sha... more
Bicyclists, rejoice? Only 537 bicycles were reported stolen in 2018- a 25% reduction in thefts. Area officials point to increased property crime enforcement, the increase of bike shares citywide as reasons for the increase, although the Bicycle Coalition notes that bicycle theft crimes remain very under-reported. more
Bicycle thefts drop in San Francisco by 25 percent
Examiner (02/18/2019)
Feb
18
Neighbors, Food Bank Vie for Empty Potrero Parcel
by Jen Longley
The Examiner provides an update to the conflict among Potrero Hill neighborhood groups over the best use of a rare parcel of empty land. While a local food bank wishes to pave over t... more
The Examiner provides an update to the conflict among Potrero Hill neighborhood groups over the best use of a rare parcel of empty land. While a local food bank wishes to pave over the space to provide space to increase meals provided by 20 million annually, a local green benefit district and their boosters argue that the area, exploded by growth in recent years, should use the land for community open space. more
Park or truck depot? Neighborhood groups and food bank tussle over Dogpatch land
Examiner (02/18/2019)
Feb
18
Gun Control Update
by Jen Longley

The Chronicle tracks the efficacy and challenges of the landmark California legislation, first carried by then Senator Mark Leno, to seize guns from those with criminal convictions o

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The Chronicle tracks the efficacy and challenges of the landmark California legislation, first carried by then Senator Mark Leno, to seize guns from those with criminal convictions or mental health problems.

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California struggles to seize guns from people who shouldn’t have them
Chronicle (02/18/2019)
Today’s Suspects Updater
Alexandra Cannarella
Alex is a political fundraiser at AST Consulting where she works to fundraise for federal and state candidates across the country. She has lived in San Francisco for the last 8 years, but calls Portland, Oregon her true home. When she's not working, Alex can be found soaking up California sunshine, baking (mostly) healthy treats, and buying shoes.

In the Past Week…

Feb
17
Playing Nice
by Owen Stephens

As as the Oakland A’s look at Howard Terminal for their new home, they face pushback from environmental organizations, the bar pilots association, and the Port of Oakland tenants. Co

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As as the Oakland A’s look at Howard Terminal for their new home, they face pushback from environmental organizations, the bar pilots association, and the Port of Oakland tenants. Concerns include the environmental impact of the project, the impact of lighting and recreational vehicles in port waters, and game-time traffic on trucking routes to-and-from the port.

A recent Chamber of Commerce poll shows that while 52% of voters felt the quality of life in the city had gotten worse in the last year, city leaders still poll strong favorable numbers among city residents.


The California prison guards union took the unusual step of of taking back a $2 million contribution to a criminal justice voter initiative that Governor Newsom opposes, choosing to work collaboratively with the new governor rather than pick a fight at the ballot box.

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A’s ballpark proposal encounters choppy waters/Despite SF’s street-level problems, it’s still better than other places, poll reports/Calif. prison guards make nice with Newsom, pull contribution to crime state prop
Chronicle (02/17/2019)
Feb
17
Trucks for Food Bank or Green Space
by Owen Stephens
Joe Fitz reports on an conflict between expanded public charity services and neighborhood groups. Two forces are in a dispute over a small piece of land underneath I-280 at 23rd and ... more
Joe Fitz reports on an conflict between expanded public charity services and neighborhood groups. Two forces are in a dispute over a small piece of land underneath I-280 at 23rd and Iowa Streets. Local neighborhood groups want it to be a park, but the San Francisco Marin Food Bank sees it as an important space that would expand their capacity to feed needy San Francisco by 20 million pounds annually. more
Park or truck depot? Neighborhood groups and food bank tussle over Dogpatch land
Examiner (02/17/2019)
Feb
17
So Cold
by Owen Stephens
The Bay Area has been hit by multiple winter storms since the beginning of the year, and the San Francisco homeless population is calling out the city and police for not doing enough... more
The Bay Area has been hit by multiple winter storms since the beginning of the year, and the San Francisco homeless population is calling out the city and police for not doing enough to help them during extreme weather. more
'It's a Cold Hell': S.F. Homeless Say City Not Doing Enough to Help Them During Storms
KQED (02/17/2019)
Feb
17
New School
by Owen Stephens
Long in the works, SFUSD plans to identify a design firm this year to move forward with a new pre-kindergarten through fifth grade campus in the Mission Bay neighborhood. If things g... more
Long in the works, SFUSD plans to identify a design firm this year to move forward with a new pre-kindergarten through fifth grade campus in the Mission Bay neighborhood. If things go according to plan, construction should begin in mid-2021 with an expected opening for the 2023 academic year. more
Planning Continues for New Mission Bay Elementary School
The Potrero View (02/17/2019)
Feb
17
Strike on Thursday
by Owen Stephens
It is official - Oakland teachers plan to go on strike this Thursday, February 21st, after a fact-finding report concluded that high housing costs led to an 18% of teachers leaving i... more
It is official - Oakland teachers plan to go on strike this Thursday, February 21st, after a fact-finding report concluded that high housing costs led to an 18% of teachers leaving in a year. The strike centers around class size and pay. Oakland teachers have been working without a contract for over a year. They are asking for 12% retroactive pay raise, citing the study and noting that OUSD has the lowest pay scale of ant district in Alameda County, while the district has countered at 5%- citing lack of funding and pointing to recent school closures. The district plans to keep schools open by hiring substitute teachers during the strike. The last Oakland USD strike, in 1996, lasted five weeks. more
Oakland teachers plan to go on strike Thursday
Chronicle (02/17/2019)
Feb
17
Culture and History
by Owen Stephens
Musician, Xavier Dphrepaulezz, and San francisco School Board President Stevon Cook teamed up Saturday to address people attending a free concert in downtown San Francisco celebratin... more
Musician, Xavier Dphrepaulezz, and San francisco School Board President Stevon Cook teamed up Saturday to address people attending a free concert in downtown San Francisco celebrating black culture and history at the Macy’s Black History Month Celebration. more
SF school board president, Oakland musician team up to celebrate Black History Month
Examiner (02/17/2019)
Feb
17
Not Enough to Repurpose Land
by Owen Stephens
Voters approved Proposition K in 2015 to streamline the process of identifying surplus municipally-owned land that could be used for affordable housing. Since then, the only parcel d... more
Voters approved Proposition K in 2015 to streamline the process of identifying surplus municipally-owned land that could be used for affordable housing. Since then, the only parcel deemed suitable to be repurpose was passed on by the city, and little effort has been taken to implement the measure in any meaningful way. more
City Ignores Proposition K, Doing Little to Repurpose Surplus Land to Beneficial Uses
The Potrero View (02/17/2019)
Feb
16
California Love
by Jen Longley

In a move sure to surprise no San Franciscans, Governor Gavin Newsom endorses one-time local colleague Senator Kamala Harris for President. Harris’ path to the nomination runs straig

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In a move sure to surprise no San Franciscans, Governor Gavin Newsom endorses one-time local colleague Senator Kamala Harris for President. Harris’ path to the nomination runs straight through delegate-rich, and now early primary state California, whose delegate apportionment rules could spell triumph or disaster for the Bay Area native.

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California’s move to Super Tuesday hands Harris a big edge in 2020
Politico (02/16/2019)
Gavin Newsom endorses Kamala Harris for president
Chronicle (02/16/2019)
Gavin Newsom endorses Kamala Harris for president
Politico (02/16/2019)
Feb
16
Affordable Housing Construction Hits a Market-Based Snag
by Jen Longley

As the construction market slows, the City’s affordable housing projects fund plummets 70% from last year, as critics of increased affordable housing requirements push for lowering i

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As the construction market slows, the City’s affordable housing projects fund plummets 70% from last year, as critics of increased affordable housing requirements push for lowering inclusionary percentages and Mayor London Breed floats the possibility of a $300 million November affordable housing bond.

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SF’s affordable housing projects hit hard by rising costs, softening market
Chronicle (02/16/2019)
Feb
16
Haighters Gonna Haight
by Jen Longley

SF Weekly provides an update on the Upper Haight’s first cannabis social equity permit-winning bidder the Cole Ashbury Group, and the consternation among some local Haight merchants

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SF Weekly provides an update on the Upper Haight’s first cannabis social equity permit-winning bidder the Cole Ashbury Group, and the consternation among some local Haight merchants about possible preference given to Mayor Breed’s former staffer Conor Johnston.

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Upper Haight Dispensary Gets City Hall OK
SF Weekly (02/16/2019)
Feb
16
Oakland Teachers Expected Announce Strike Decision Today
by Jen Longley

Oakland teachers are expected to announce a decision on a strike today, after continuing negotiations and a year without a contract.

Oakland teachers are expected to announce a decision on a strike today, after continuing negotiations and a year without a contract.

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Oakland Teachers’ Union Expected To Make Strike Announcement Saturday
KCBS (02/16/2019)
Feb
16
Bye Speed Rail?
by Jen Longley

Curbed SF provides a deep dive into the choice by Governor Gavin Newsom to low-key abandon statewide High Speed Rail, and how communities up and down the state could still get there.

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Curbed SF provides a deep dive into the choice by Governor Gavin Newsom to low-key abandon statewide High Speed Rail, and how communities up and down the state could still get there.

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California’s high-speed rail is still on. But how can it move forward?
Curbed SF (02/16/2019)
Feb
16
The Key for Lime
by Jen Longley

Lime, the bike share-turned-scooter company, is dropping ‘bike’ from its name as it pivots to scooters and tries again to obtain a permit to operate in hometown San Francisco.

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Lime, the bike share-turned-scooter company, is dropping ‘bike’ from its name as it pivots to scooters and tries again to obtain a permit to operate in hometown San Francisco.

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Lime dropped the ‘bike’ from its name; now the bikes are disappearing
Chronicle (02/16/2019)
Feb
16
Eagle Plaza - Here We Come
by Jen Longley

Legislation creating Eagle Plaza, “a LGBTQ leather-focused public pedestrian” 12,500-square-foot space in SOMA, has been signed into law, capping nearly three years of planning for t

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Legislation creating Eagle Plaza, “a LGBTQ leather-focused public pedestrian” 12,500-square-foot space in SOMA, has been signed into law, capping nearly three years of planning for the space.

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City approves Eagle Plaza project in SoMa
Curbed SF (02/16/2019)
Feb
16
New Ferry Gate Opens
by Jen Longley

New ferry Gate F, part of the $98 million ferry expansion project aiming to double the downtown ferry capacity, was unveiled yesterday on the Embarcadero. The gate will service the n

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New ferry Gate F, part of the $98 million ferry expansion project aiming to double the downtown ferry capacity, was unveiled yesterday on the Embarcadero. The gate will service the new and expanded Richmond and Harbor Bay routes.

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New ferry gate unveiled as part of ferry expansion project
Examiner (02/16/2019)
Feb
16
See You In Court
by Jen Longley

The owner of an illegally demolished Noe Valley home, first made (in)famous when ordered by the planning department to rebuild the home to the exact original specifications, is suing

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The owner of an illegally demolished Noe Valley home, first made (in)famous when ordered by the planning department to rebuild the home to the exact original specifications, is suing the City, claiming negative press following the unanimous decision prevented him from appealing the ruling.

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Owner of destroyed Richard Neutra house sues San Francisco — twice
Chronicle (02/16/2019)
Property owner sues city over order to rebuild illegally demolished house
Examiner (02/16/2019)
Feb
15
PG&E Accused of "Extortionary Practices" Delaying Public Projects
by Nicole Yelich
A new City report is accusing PG&E of “extortionary practices” and “truly disgusting behavior” for its role in slowing down dozens of public projects - like affordable housing, healt... more
A new City report is accusing PG&E of “extortionary practices” and “truly disgusting behavior” for its role in slowing down dozens of public projects - like affordable housing, health clinics, and schools - by making unreasonable demands on the use of PG&E’s infrastructure to transmit City-owned Hetch Hetchy power. more
Supes slam PG&E for ‘extortionary’ demands delaying public projects
Examiner (02/15/2019)
Feb
15
Sup. Peskin Calls for Hearing on SF General's Billing Practices
by Nicole Yelich
The Chronicle’s Heather Knight follows up on her previous reporting on San Francisco General Hospital’s unfair billing practices for insured patients, which led to the City temporari... more
The Chronicle’s Heather Knight follows up on her previous reporting on San Francisco General Hospital’s unfair billing practices for insured patients, which led to the City temporarily stopping the practice called “balance billing” for 90 days while they figure out how to deal with new insured patients who seek care at the public hospital.  

The temporary stop does not extend to patients who are already on the hook for past visits and sky high bills, but Supervisor Aaron Peskin says it should and has called for a hearing into the matter.
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SF General pauses exorbitant bills, but canceling all old ones would be better
Chronicle (02/15/2019)
Feb
15
Support Grows for Giving Nonprofits First Dibs on Apartment Buildings for Sale
by Nicole Yelich
At a hearing Thursday, Planning Commissioners unanimously supported Sup. Sandra Fewer’s legislation to give nonprofits first dibs on purchasing newly-for-sale residential multi-unit ... more
At a hearing Thursday, Planning Commissioners unanimously supported Sup. Sandra Fewer’s legislation to give nonprofits first dibs on purchasing newly-for-sale residential multi-unit buildings with three or more vacancies, in hopes of removing barriers to creating more affordable housing stock.  The law will now head to the Board of Supervisors for review. more
Support builds for plan to give nonprofits first crack at buying apartment buildings
Examiner (02/15/2019)
Feb
15
Gov. Hires JP Petrucione, Makes State History as Highest Ranking Trans Appointee
by Nicole Yelich
Governor Gavin Newsom has appointed JP Petrucione, as his Director of Digital Media, making Petrucione what is believed to be the highest-ranking, out, transgender appointee in Calif... more
Governor Gavin Newsom has appointed JP Petrucione, as his Director of Digital Media, making Petrucione what is believed to be the highest-ranking, out, transgender appointee in California’s history.  

Petrucione previously worked as Mayor Newsom’s deputy communications director from 2004-2007, and says of his trailblazing role, "I think there is a lot of value in being the first in something. There are folks who may be not out or afraid to transition and I am an example that you can be transgender and be successful."
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Newsom makes history with trans staff hire
The Bay Area Reporter (02/15/2019)
Feb
15
On Guard: Gov. Appoints New Senior Advisor on Cannabis
by Nicole Yelich
The Examiner’s Joe Fitz looks at Governor Gavin Newsom’s appointment of Nicole Elliot, head of the City’s Office of Cannabis since its inception two years ago, as his senior advisor ... more
The Examiner’s Joe Fitz looks at Governor Gavin Newsom’s appointment of Nicole Elliot, head of the City’s Office of Cannabis since its inception two years ago, as his senior advisor on cannabis at the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development, as some questions and concerns linger on the efficacy of the City’s cannabis program to grant permits to “equity applicants.” more
Newsom taps head of SF cannabis office for state role
Examiner (02/15/2019)
Feb
15
NRA Membership Ban for SFPD Heads to Supes
by Nicole Yelich
Yesterday, on the first anniversary of the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida that killed 17 people, the Public Safety and Neighborhood Servic... more
Yesterday, on the first anniversary of the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida that killed 17 people, the Public Safety and Neighborhood Services Committee unanimously approved a new law that would ban the SFPD from becoming a member of the NRA.  The ordinance is now headed to the Board of Supervisors for review. more
NRA Membership Ban for SFPD Moves Ahead on Parkland Anniversary
SF Weekly (02/15/2019)
Feb
15
Car Break-Ins Continue to Decline
by Nicole Yelich
While auto break-ins are on the decline after a record-setting 2017, there are still some hot stops in the Sunset, and areas with high tourist traffic.  The Chronicle offers an inter... more
While auto break-ins are on the decline after a record-setting 2017, there are still some hot stops in the Sunset, and areas with high tourist traffic.  The Chronicle offers an interactive map of near real-time data on the number and locations of car break-ins. more
S.F. Car Break-In Tracker
Chronicle (02/15/2019)
SF chips away at auto break-in epidemic, but don't tell that to these newlyweds
Chronicle (02/15/2019)
Feb
15
City Hosts Summer Resource Fair for Kids and Teens
by Nicole Yelich
Last weekend, Mission Local attended the City’s summer resource fair hosted by the Department of Children, Youth, and Families, Rec and Park, and the SF Public Library, and offers a ... more
Last weekend, Mission Local attended the City’s summer resource fair hosted by the Department of Children, Youth, and Families, Rec and Park, and the SF Public Library, and offers a rundown - with links - on a variety of different recreational and enrichment programs available to kids of all ages, and even one for adults. more
At resource fair, parents find abundance of programs for kids and teens
Mission Local (02/15/2019)
Feb
14
New Bill Would Ban Cow Palace Gun Shows, Lead to Re-Development of Property
by Spencer Lam
A new bill introduced in the Legislature by State Sen. Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) and Assemblyman Phil Ting (D-San Francisco) would ban gun shows at the Cow Palace and eventually... more
A new bill introduced in the Legislature by State Sen. Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) and Assemblyman Phil Ting (D-San Francisco) would ban gun shows at the Cow Palace and eventually lead to the re-development of the property - most likely for housing. 

Called “severely underutilized” land by Wiener, the Cow Palace is also home to the annual Dickens Fair. If passed by the legislature, it is expected to get Governor Newsom’s signature, in contrast to Brown’s previous three vetoes, based on past actions and positions by Newsom. more
Bill would ban Cow Palace gun shows, could lead to arena’s demolition
Chronicle (02/14/2019)
Feb
14
New E-Mail Shows Department Thought Bakery Robbery Was “Appropriately” Handled
by Spencer Lam
A new e-mail obtained from the Department of Emergency Management shows that a department official believed that a January 19 robbery of a Chinese bakery was “appropriately” handled,... more
A new e-mail obtained from the Department of Emergency Management shows that a department official believed that a January 19 robbery of a Chinese bakery was “appropriately” handled, despite the shop owner waiting four hours for police with a broken hand.

The Examiner analyzes e-mail correspondence surrounding the incident and questions if the severity of the event was “lost in the Cantonese translation.” more
DEM official deflects blame for delayed police response to violent robbery
Examiner (02/14/2019)
Feb
14
Updates on Investigation by SF Sheriff in Inmate Beating Inquiry
by Spencer Lam

In today’s edition of the Chronicle, the paper provides an update to yesterday’s article on the probe launched by the San Francisco Sheriff’s Department into allegations that inmates

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In today’s edition of the Chronicle, the paper provides an update to yesterday’s article on the probe launched by the San Francisco Sheriff’s Department into allegations that inmates were beaten and otherwise mistreated.

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SF sheriff probing allegations jail deputies beat, strip-searched inmates
Chronicle (02/14/2019)
Feb
14
San Francisco Uber Alles
by SF Usual Suspects
District 5 supervisorial candidate Shanell Williams' 30 Uber trips in two months, billed to her campaign, have raised eyebrows among some, an uncomfortably funny GIF of supervisors M... more
District 5 supervisorial candidate Shanell Williams' 30 Uber trips in two months, billed to her campaign, have raised eyebrows among some, an uncomfortably funny GIF of supervisors Mar, Haney, Walton and Mandelman trying to learn cumbia makes the rounds, a fond farewell is given to the Ingleside-Excelsior Light, a hyper-local newspaper covering the City’s southern neighborhoods, SF is dead last in thirst traps…according to Four Loko, and a Lunar New Year column reveals a previously unknown worry about Senator Scott Wiener’s 2016 campaign in Thursday’s On Guard. more
Uber, Uber, Uber: supervisor candidate spends campaign cash on high number of ride-hail trips
Examiner (02/14/2019)
Feb
14
Applicants Allege Unfair Consideration in Cannabis Equity License Process
by Spencer Lam
As the city’s first cannabis equity program permit moves toward approval, the other permit applicants who were rejected allege that the winning cannabis group, Cole Ashbury Group, LL... more
As the city’s first cannabis equity program permit moves toward approval, the other permit applicants who were rejected allege that the winning cannabis group, Cole Ashbury Group, LLC, was given special consideration for the permit. Michael Musleh, owner of the Haight Street’s Pork Store Cafe and applicant for the permit, said that the city connections held by one of the LLC’s owners, Conor Johnston, allowed them to secure the permit. more
First cannabis equity permit moves toward approval, faces pushback from rejected applicants
Examiner (02/14/2019)
Feb
14
City Support for Renaming of Road Aligns With Bart Vote
by Spencer Lam
Thursday, the BART Board of Directors are expected to vote on the renaming of a road under the Fruitvale Station, to Oscar Grant Way. This past Tuesday, the San Francisco Board of Su... more
Thursday, the BART Board of Directors are expected to vote on the renaming of a road under the Fruitvale Station, to Oscar Grant Way. This past Tuesday, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors unanimously voted to approve a resolution of support for the move. 

A mural will be dedicated on the street when the Board intends on dedicating the road. more
San Francisco backs calls to rename street at Fruitvale BART station for Oscar Grant
Examiner (02/14/2019)