Today’s Stories (Last updated April 22, 04:31 PM)

Apr
22
Power Outage Cripples Downtown
by Izzy Malouf
A massive power failure - which affected almost 90k PG&E customers - brought business to a standstill on Friday.
A massive power failure - which affected almost 90k PG&E customers - brought business to a standstill on Friday. more
Power Finally Restored After Huge Outage in San Francisco
KQED (04/22/2017)
Power restored after massive outage in San Francisco
ABC7 (04/22/2017)
Power restored in San Francisco after massive outage
CBS (04/22/2017)
Power restored in SF after blackout shuts businesses, cable cars
Chronicle (04/22/2017)
Power restored to all San Francisco customers after massive outage
KTVU (04/22/2017)
Apr
22
Mayor Calls for Review of PG&E Stations
by Izzy Malouf
After a major power outage yesterday, Mayor Ed Lee is expected to call for a review of PG&E's substations.
After a major power outage yesterday, Mayor Ed Lee is expected to call for a review of PG&E's substations. more
Mayor calls for review of PG&E substations after major power outage Friday
Examiner (04/22/2017)
Apr
22
No Power? No Test!
by Izzy Malouf
After the major power failure yesterday morning, at least two schools lost internet connectivity, thus disrupting timed state testing.
After the major power failure yesterday morning, at least two schools lost internet connectivity, thus disrupting timed state testing. more
Massive power outage impacts SF schools during state testing
Examiner (04/22/2017)
Apr
22
BART Hires New Police Chief
by Izzy Malouf
BART hired Carlos Rojas, a former police chief from Santa Ana, to helm the agency's police department after former chief Kenton Rainey retired last year.
BART hired Carlos Rojas, a former police chief from Santa Ana, to helm the agency's police department after former chief Kenton Rainey retired last year. more
BART hires new police chief
Examiner (04/22/2017)
Apr
22
Advocacy Group Grades Schools on LGBT policies
by Izzy Malouf
Equality California, a statewide LGBT advocacy group, plans to create the Safe and Supportive Schools Index, which will score schools on a wide range of subjects, including teaching ... more
Equality California, a statewide LGBT advocacy group, plans to create the Safe and Supportive Schools Index, which will score schools on a wide range of subjects, including teaching LGBT curriculum and gender-neutral bathrooms. more
Political Notebook: EQCA to grade CA public schools on LGBTpolicies
The Bay Area Reporter (04/22/2017)
Apr
22
Soda Industry Fights Back
by Izzy Malouf
In an effort to fight newly required health warnings about sugary drinks on billboards, the American Beverage Association argued before the Ninth Circuit that its freedom of expressi... more
In an effort to fight newly required health warnings about sugary drinks on billboards, the American Beverage Association argued before the Ninth Circuit that its freedom of expression had been violated. more
Soda industry tells court SF health warnings are unfair
Chronicle (04/22/2017)
Apr
22
Op-Ed: SF Can Learn A Few Lessons from NYC
by Izzy Malouf
John King reviews Justin Davidson's new book "Magnetic City: A Walking Companion to New York" and finds some pointers for San Franciscans in its pages.
John King reviews Justin Davidson's new book "Magnetic City: A Walking Companion to New York" and finds some pointers for San Franciscans in its pages. more
SF can learn from new book on ‘Magnetic’ New York
Chronicle (04/22/2017)
Apr
22
Landmark SF Tradition Hits 100th Year
by Izzy Malouf
Carl Nolte reflects on the history of the annual boat parade, which marks the opening day of yacht season.
Carl Nolte reflects on the history of the annual boat parade, which marks the opening day of yacht season. more
SF boat parade sails proudly into second century
Chronicle (04/22/2017)
Today’s Suspects Updater
Izzy Malouf
Izzy Malouf fled from Texas to the Bay Area almost ten years ago and loved it so much she made a home in the Inner Sunset. She was bitten by the politics bug when young and majored in political science. As a legal need, wine enthusiast, and budding cheesemaker, you'll often find her listening to podcasts in the kitchen.

In the Past Week…

Apr
21
The Fate of Eight
by Mark Ranneberger
Rafael Mandelman, a well-known progressive, City College of San Francisco trustee and former candidate for Supervisor in District 8, has once again thrown his hat into the ring in ne... more
Rafael Mandelman, a well-known progressive, City College of San Francisco trustee and former candidate for Supervisor in District 8, has once again thrown his hat into the ring in next year's D8 Supervisor race against incumbent Jeff Sheehy. more
More than a year out, Sheehy has competition in 2018 supes’ race
Chronicle (04/21/2017)
Apr
21
Mandelmania
by Mark Ranneberger
The Bay Area Reporter gives us a deeper dive into D8 Supervisor candidate Rafael Mandelman's personal story, and what's motivating him to run against Jeff Sheehy in 2018.
The Bay Area Reporter gives us a deeper dive into D8 Supervisor candidate Rafael Mandelman's personal story, and what's motivating him to run against Jeff Sheehy in 2018. more
Mandelman pulls papers for D8 supe race
The Bay Area Reporter (04/21/2017)
Apr
21
Needles Everywhere
by Mark Ranneberger
Heather Knight gives us insight into the scourge of used needles around the city as the number of needles and addicts continues to climb. The Board of Supervisors and Mayor Ed Lee ar... more
Heather Knight gives us insight into the scourge of used needles around the city as the number of needles and addicts continues to climb. The Board of Supervisors and Mayor Ed Lee are currently deciding whether to open a safe injection site which would allow addicts to use drugs in a controlled environment. more
Safe injection sites offer hope in scourge of discarded syringes
Chronicle (04/21/2017)
Apr
21
Stop-and-Go
by Mark Ranneberger
Katy Tang's proposal to transform the municipal vehicle fleet for the city into an all-electric one by 2020 is being pushed back to 2022, as new concerns over costs and feasibility a... more
Katy Tang's proposal to transform the municipal vehicle fleet for the city into an all-electric one by 2020 is being pushed back to 2022, as new concerns over costs and feasibility are surfaced by the city's budget analysts. more
SF slows down charge toward electric vehicles
Examiner (04/21/2017)
Apr
21
Muni Under Fire
by Mark Ranneberger
Switchbacks and other slowdowns on MUNI have residents crying foul after a $500 million bond to improve service and reduce interruptions has seen a slower than anticipated roll out. ... more
Switchbacks and other slowdowns on MUNI have residents crying foul after a $500 million bond to improve service and reduce interruptions has seen a slower than anticipated roll out.  more
More Muni riders left waiting as trains stop short of destination
Chronicle (04/21/2017)
Apr
21
An Earth Day Committment
by Mark Ranneberger
Ahead of Earth Day this weekend, Mayor Ed Lee has committed to getting half of the city's electricity from renewable sources by 2020.
Ahead of Earth Day this weekend, Mayor Ed Lee has committed to getting half of the city's electricity from renewable sources by 2020. more
San Francisco Earth Day event takes on political tone
KGO-TV (04/21/2017)
Apr
21
Brown Calls for Climate Action
by Mark Ranneberger
Gov. Brown was in town yesterday to speak to an audience of activists about the need to do more work to slow the devastating effects of climate change. The Gov. is trying to extend C... more
Gov. Brown was in town yesterday to speak to an audience of activists about the need to do more work to slow the devastating effects of climate change. The Gov. is trying to extend California's cap-and-trade program, as well continuing to expand the Under2 coalition with Mexico and Canada joining the group. more
Climate change is looming catastrophe for California, Brown says
Chronicle (04/21/2017)
Apr
20
Free City College Kicks Off
by Victor Olivieri
City College is ready to enroll students - for free - and they are hosting an open house this Friday at any of their 11 centers to inform the public about the Free City program and h... more
City College is ready to enroll students - for free - and they are hosting an open house this Friday at any of their 11 centers to inform the public about the Free City program and help prospective students apply for admission. more
City College of San Francisco ready to enroll students — for free
Chronicle (04/20/2017)
Apr
20
A Few 4/20 Clouds
by Victor Olivieri
Joe Garofoli reminds us of the difficulties that lay ahead for the normalization of marijuana use now that cannabis is California’s largest cash crop and this newly legit $7 billion ... more
Joe Garofoli reminds us of the difficulties that lay ahead for the normalization of marijuana use now that cannabis is California’s largest cash crop and this newly legit $7 billion industry is about to operate above ground for the first time. more
A few potential clouds over the 4/20 party
Chronicle (04/20/2017)
Apr
20
Poll Finds Tax-Funded School Vouchers Popular in California
by Victor Olivieri
According to a poll released Wednesday, a majority of Californians support President Trump's tax-funded vouchers that let parents send their children to the private schools of their ... more
According to a poll released Wednesday, a majority of Californians support President Trump's tax-funded vouchers that let parents send their children to the private schools of their choice. more
Poll reveals support in California for tax-funded school vouchers
Chronicle (04/20/2017)
Apr
20
“Lyft Hub” Swells Traffic and Irks East-Side Neighbors
by Victor Olivieri
Dozens of Potrero Hill neighbors have complained to Supervisor Malia Cohen, prompting the supervisor to explore new zoning law to limit traffic.
Dozens of Potrero Hill neighbors have complained to Supervisor Malia Cohen, prompting the supervisor to explore new zoning law to limit traffic. more
Drivers visiting Lyft Hub invade Potrero Hill
Examiner (04/20/2017)
Apr
20
Gender Equality in SFPD Leadership Sparks Debate
by Victor Olivieri
A new advertisement paid for by the San Francisco Police Officers Association that calls out The City’s police chief for promoting too few women into leadership positions is being ca... more
A new advertisement paid for by the San Francisco Police Officers Association that calls out The City’s police chief for promoting too few women into leadership positions is being called hypocritical by union critics. more
Police union called hypocritical for highlighting alleged gender discrimination among ranks
Examiner (04/20/2017)
Apr
20
SPUR to Tech Companies: Move Closer to Transit
by Victor Olivieri
Eighty percent of jobs in the Bay Area are concentrated in suburban fringes with little access to regional rail, and commutes will not improve anytime soon unless something gives in.... more
Eighty percent of jobs in the Bay Area are concentrated in suburban fringes with little access to regional rail, and commutes will not improve anytime soon unless something gives in.  more
Study calls on big tech companies to move closer to transit
Chronicle (04/20/2017)
Apr
19
Daily Dose from Matier and Ross
by Derek Remski
Matier and Ross bring us an update on efforts to create a "pop up" emergency shelter for homeless residents in the Mission. In other news, DA Gascon's hand-picked investigator for po... more
Matier and Ross bring us an update on efforts to create a "pop up" emergency shelter for homeless residents in the Mission. In other news, DA Gascon's hand-picked investigator for police officer-involved shootings spent a night in the slammer. more
With camps ‘out of control’ in Mission, SF to open pop-up shelter
Chronicle (04/19/2017)
Apr
19
Let there be light!
by Derek Remski
After months of negotiations during which City Attorney Herrera accused PG & E of shaking down the city in order to maintain its monopoly on providing power in the City, PG & E has f... more
After months of negotiations during which City Attorney Herrera accused PG & E of shaking down the city in order to maintain its monopoly on providing power in the City, PG & E has finally agreed to turn the lights on at a navigation center in the Dogpatch and at the Randall Museum. more
Brighter days ahead for SF museum, shelter after power dispute
Chronicle (04/19/2017)
Apr
19
Public Bank
by Derek Remski
Sup. Cohen took the next step yesterday to look into establishing a public bank yesterday when she and her colleagues on the BOS passed a resolution calling for the Treasurer's offic... more
Sup. Cohen took the next step yesterday to look into establishing a public bank yesterday when she and her colleagues on the BOS passed a resolution calling for the Treasurer's office to convene a task force to look into the idea. more
Task force would study launching public bank in SF
Examiner (04/19/2017)
Apr
19
GPA and tuition at City College?
by Derek Remski
In the latest negotiations over free tuition at City College college administrators, city officials, and trustees are engaged in a dispute over whether or not students must maintain ... more
In the latest negotiations over free tuition at City College college administrators, city officials, and trustees are engaged in a dispute over whether or not students must maintain "good standing" in order to attend CCSF tuition free. more
City College may tie free tuition to grades
Examiner (04/19/2017)
Apr
19
Schaaf bid gets mixed reactions
by Derek Remski
One day after announcing her bid for re-election as Mayor of Oakland, Libby Schaff has receives sharp criticism from some over police and fire department scandals during her first te... more
One day after announcing her bid for re-election as Mayor of Oakland, Libby Schaff has receives sharp criticism from some over police and fire department scandals during her first term. On the other hand, many folks in the arts community are commending her leadership during and after the Ghostship fire last year. more
Mixed Reaction from Arts Activists as Oakland Mayor Says She’ll Seek Another Term
KQED (04/19/2017)
Oakland mayor, facing sharp criticism, to seek second term
Chronicle (04/19/2017)
Apr
19
Update: Head of DPA forced out
by Derek Remski
According to new reports from the Examiner, Joyce Hicks is not voluntarily leaving her post as head of the Dept. of Police Accountability. Jonah Lamb at the Ex cites unnamed sources ... more
According to new reports from the Examiner, Joyce Hicks is not voluntarily leaving her post as head of the Dept. of Police Accountability. Jonah Lamb at the Ex cites unnamed sources who claim she was asked to take early retirement due to concerns over low morale and a "failure of leadership." more
Head of SF police watchdog pushed out over purported management failures
Examiner (04/19/2017)
Apr
19
Commission appointment season is here
by Derek Remski
Mayor Lee has been busy filling appointments to city commissions. His latest appointments include former Sen Art Torres to the SFMTA Commission and Atty. Robert Hirsch to the Police ... more
Mayor Lee has been busy filling appointments to city commissions. His latest appointments include former Sen Art Torres to the SFMTA Commission and Atty. Robert Hirsch to the Police Commission. more
Mayor appoints former state Sen. Art Torres to replace retiring SFMTA board member
Examiner (04/19/2017)
Mayor forwards familiar name to fill empty Police Commission seat
Examiner (04/19/2017)
Apr
19
New Neighbors in City Hall
by Derek Remski
Emily Green reports on the hire of Justin Jones to serve as an aide to Supervisor Jeff Sheehy and the history between Jones and Supervisor Peskin.
Full disclosure: Justin Jones is cur... more
Emily Green reports on the hire of Justin Jones to serve as an aide to Supervisor Jeff Sheehy and the history between Jones and Supervisor Peskin.
Full disclosure: Justin Jones is currently a volunteer co-editor of Usual Suspects and the president of the United Democratic Club. more
Supervisor Peskin nemesis moves in next door at SF City Hall
Chronicle (04/19/2017)
Apr
19
Greenhouse gases and pollution
by Derek Remski
Yay! New figures show overall greenhouse emissions fell to twenty eight percent of 1990 levels in 2015 in the City. Applause all around. However, another report from the American Lun... more
Yay! New figures show overall greenhouse emissions fell to twenty eight percent of 1990 levels in 2015 in the City. Applause all around. However, another report from the American Lung Assoc. argues we can do better. more
Bay Area ranked among nation’s worst spots for air pollution
Chronicle (04/19/2017)
San Francisco cuts greenhouse gases faster than planned
SFBay (04/19/2017)
Apr
19
Op-Ed: Vision Zero
by Derek Remski
Director of Transportation at the SFMTA, Ed Reiskin, offers up an Op-Ed on the progress of Vision Zero and asks San Franciscans to recommit to building safer streets.
Director of Transportation at the SFMTA, Ed Reiskin, offers up an Op-Ed on the progress of Vision Zero and asks San Franciscans to recommit to building safer streets. more
Make traffic deaths in SF a thing of the past
Examiner (04/19/2017)
Apr
18
DiFi Town Hall
by Justin Jones
An estimated 1,000 people showed up yesterday for Senator Dianne Feinstein's town hall. While not as contentious as her GOP colleague's events, it did get raucous at points with some... more
An estimated 1,000 people showed up yesterday for Senator Dianne Feinstein's town hall. While not as contentious as her GOP colleague's events, it did get raucous at points with some loud passionate speakers. more
Feinstein defends record against critics at town hall meeting in SF
Examiner (04/18/2017)
Feinstein hears it at raucous S.F. town hall — voters want action
Chronicle (04/18/2017)
Apr
18
Teacher Housing and Flavored Tobacco
by Justin Jones
Heather Knight gives an update on the lack of progress for teacher housing and Malia Cohen's new legislative target: flavored tobacco.
Heather Knight gives an update on the lack of progress for teacher housing and Malia Cohen's new legislative target: flavored tobacco. more
No progress seen on housing crunch for SF teachers
Chronicle (04/18/2017)
Apr
18
Head of the Dept. of Police Accountability to Retire
by Justin Jones
After nearly 10 years at the helm of the Department of Police Accountability, Joyce Hicks is set to retire in June of this year. Hicks had been focused on improving the organizationa... more
After nearly 10 years at the helm of the Department of Police Accountability, Joyce Hicks is set to retire in June of this year. Hicks had been focused on improving the organizational structure of the department but, per the Examiner, also faced criticism for not focusing enough on police misconduct issues. more
SFPD watchdog’s head to retire after long tenure
Examiner (04/18/2017)
Apr
18
CCSF Aims for Federal Grants
by Justin Jones
Due to nearly a quarter of registered students being Latino, City College of San Francisco is hoping to get its hands on up to $2.75 million in federal grants.
Due to nearly a quarter of registered students being Latino, City College of San Francisco is hoping to get its hands on up to $2.75 million in federal grants. more
CCSF eligible for federal grants after recording highest
Examiner (04/18/2017)
Apr
18
On Guard
by Justin Jones
Fitz in On Guard tells the tragic tale of a homeless man that was awarded $750 by the City for throwing out his walker but died before he could receive his settlement.
Fitz in On Guard tells the tragic tale of a homeless man that was awarded $750 by the City for throwing out his walker but died before he could receive his settlement. more
Homeless man dies nine days after city offers restitution
Examiner (04/18/2017)
Apr
18
High Cost for Green Vehicles
by Justin Jones
The City's plan to replace municipal gas vehicles with electric vehicles won't come cheap - the swap rings in at anywhere from $31 to $95 million. The City's looking to replace 759 t... more
The City's plan to replace municipal gas vehicles with electric vehicles won't come cheap - the swap rings in at anywhere from $31 to $95 million. The City's looking to replace 759 to 1,550 vehicles plus install charging stations around the city. more
SF’s effort to lead charge in promoting electric vehicles met with cost concerns
Examiner (04/18/2017)
Apr
17
Schaaf For Mayor
by Corey Smith
Libby Schaaf is expected to announce Monday that she will seek a second term as Oakland's mayor.
Libby Schaaf is expected to announce Monday that she will seek a second term as Oakland's mayor. more
Libby Schaaf will seek 2nd term as Oakland mayor
Chronicle (04/17/2017)