Today’s Stories (Last updated September 1, 10:48 AM)

Sep
01
Human Trafficking in SF
by Peter Lauterborn
The two-year-old Mayor’s Task Force on Anti-Human Trafficking released a new report attempting to document the extent of the problem in San Francisco.
The two-year-old Mayor’s Task Force on Anti-Human Trafficking released a new report attempting to document the extent of the problem in San Francisco.
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Human trafficking: Count of victims underscores S.F.’s challenges
Chronicle (09/01/2015)
San Francisco identifies 291 human trafficking victims during six
Examiner (09/01/2015)
Sep
01
More on the Pier 14 Shooting
by Peter Lauterborn
The family of Kathryn Steinle, killed in a July 1 shooting along the waterfront, plans to file lawsuits against Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi, ICE, and the Bureau of Land Management.
The family of Kathryn Steinle, killed in a July 1 shooting along the waterfront, plans to file lawsuits against Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi, ICE, and the Bureau of Land Management. more
Family of woman killed in Pier 14 shooting to sue sheriff, ICE, BLM
Examiner (09/01/2015)
Family to file lawsuit in wake of San Francisco Pier 14 shooting
Unknown (09/01/2015)
Kathryn Steinle’s parents to file legal claims against S.F., feds
Chronicle (09/01/2015)
Pier 14 Shooting: Family of Kate Steinle plans to file claim against San Francisco Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi
KRON 4 (09/01/2015)
Sep
01
City College & the Accrediting Commission
by Peter Lauterborn
The Examiner's Joe Fitzgerald Rodriguez delves into a new report on City College's accreditors and charts the public's evolving support for the embattled institution. more
The Examiner's Joe Fitzgerald Rodriguez delves into a new report on City College's accreditors and charts the public's evolving support for the embattled institution. more
CCSF was right all along about accreditors
Examiner (09/01/2015)
Sep
01
C.W. Nevius
by Peter Lauterborn
The Chron's Nevius discusses car burglary, reader responses to his recent articles on homelessness, and special bills for washing cars returning from Burning Man (no, really).
The Chron's Nevius discusses car burglary, reader responses to his recent articles on homelessness, and special bills for washing cars returning from Burning Man (no, really). more
S.F. car wash owner spills the dirt on Burning Man
Chronicle (09/01/2015)
Sep
01
Bryant Street Development Stalled
by Peter Lauterborn
Plans for a major Mission District development, dubbed by some as the "Beast on Bryant," has been placed on ice while the sponsors respond to community push-back.
Plans for a major Mission District development, dubbed by some as the "Beast on Bryant," has been placed on ice while the sponsors respond to community push-back. more
Developers pause ‘Beast on Bryant’ project indefinitely
Examiner (09/01/2015)
Sep
01
Rape Kit Backlog
by Peter Lauterborn
The Examiner reports on the San Francisco Police Department's efforts to clear a long backlog of untested rape kits, with some dating back as far as the early 2000s.
The Examiner reports on the San Francisco Police Department's efforts to clear a long backlog of untested rape kits, with some dating back as far as the early 2000s. more
SFPD working to clear pre-2003 rape kit backlog
Examiner (09/01/2015)
Sep
01
Saving Affordable Housing Units
by Peter Lauterborn
A take on efforts to preserve existing below-market-rate housing city-wide as housing costs continue to rise.
A take on efforts to preserve existing below-market-rate housing city-wide as housing costs continue to rise. more
City looks to prioritize housing preservation
Examiner (09/01/2015)
Sep
01
PG&E Security Woes
by Peter Lauterborn
State regulators have again fined PG&E for allegedly failing to secure a San Jose substation's perimeter a year after a sniper opened fire on the same site.
State regulators have again fined PG&E for allegedly failing to secure a San Jose substation's perimeter a year after a sniper opened fire on the same site. more
PG&E fined $50,000 for security breakdown at San Jose substation
Chronicle (09/01/2015)
Sep
01
Eviction Tale
by Peter Lauterborn
Jose and Maria Cardenas, San Francisco homeowners struggling with various eviction laws, share their challenges navigating troubled waters.
Jose and Maria Cardenas, San Francisco homeowners struggling with various eviction laws, share their challenges navigating troubled waters. more
Victim Wars: Evictors vs. the Evicted
Examiner (09/01/2015)
Sep
01
More on Lombard Street
by Peter Lauterborn
More on Mark Farrell's newly-minted Lombard Street Ambassador Program, targeted at reducing crime around the iconic neighborhood.
More on Mark Farrell's newly-minted Lombard Street Ambassador Program, targeted at reducing crime around the iconic neighborhood. more
Lombard Street Ambassador Program Aims to Make Area Safer
NBC Bay Area (09/01/2015)
Program Launched to Help Make San Francisco's Lombard Street Safer
ABC 7 (09/01/2015)
Mar
16
PredictIt - Make Your Prediction Count.
by Alex Clemens
PredictIt has created two real-money San Francisco political futures markets for November: the Mayor's race and for one Supervisorial contest. If you're good at predicting political ... more
PredictIt has created two real-money San Francisco political futures markets for November: the Mayor's race and for one Supervisorial contest. If you're good at predicting political outcomes, your bank account can share in the bragging rights. 

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

Check out the two markets via the links below, and also see the link explaining how it all works. more
D3 Supervisor Race
PredictIt (03/16/2015)
How PredictIt Works
PredictIt (03/16/2015)
Mayor's Race
PredictIt (03/16/2015)
Today’s Suspects Updater
Peter Lauterborn
Peter is a graduate of San Francisco State University where he majored in History. He lives with his wife Sarah in the Inner Richmond District of San Francisco where they enjoy walking through Golden Gate Park, biking around the City, and perusing the businesses of Clement Street and all their vibrant neighborhood has to offer.

In the Past Week…

Aug
31
Wait for it - there's a twist. And another. And another!
by Alex Clemens
(Lombard Street jokes. Hooray. And no, you're right. The coffee isn't working just yet.)

With crime surging near the second-twistiest block in San Francisco, the City institutes some ... more
(Lombard Street jokes. Hooray. And no, you're right. The coffee isn't working just yet.)

With crime surging near the second-twistiest block in San Francisco, the City institutes some community and policing changes, led by Supervisor Mark Farrell. more
Ambassadors are new twist for Lombard Street amid crime fears
Chronicle (08/31/2015)
Aug
31
Matier and Ross
by Alex Clemens
Today's offering: academic salaries, the danger of educating yourself whilst working, trash rates, and the intersection of sports gambling and development.
Today's offering: academic salaries, the danger of educating yourself whilst working, trash rates, and the intersection of sports gambling and development. more
BART rider photographs safety monitors sitting down on the job
Chronicle (08/31/2015)
Aug
31
Whistleblower Case Costs
by Alex Clemens
The Examiner details the $1.5M spent by the City defending and settling a claim of unfair firing levied against Police Chief Greg Suhr. 
The Examiner details the $1.5M spent by the City defending and settling a claim of unfair firing levied against Police Chief Greg Suhr.  more
City spends nearly $1.5 million defending police Chief Suhr in whistleblower case
Examiner (08/31/2015)
Aug
31
Mo' Muni
by Alex Clemens
The transit agency is upgrading service on several lines. May one of them be yours!
The transit agency is upgrading service on several lines. May one of them be yours! more
Muni announces plan to improve routes, increase service frequency
Examiner (08/31/2015)
Aug
30
Willie's World
by Taylor Jordan
It's the third rail of political issues here in San Francisco. OK, one of them. Homelessness. Today, Willie Brown discusses Mayor Lee's controversial new announcement on homelessness... more
It's the third rail of political issues here in San Francisco. OK, one of them. Homelessness. Today, Willie Brown discusses Mayor Lee's controversial new announcement on homelessness and the Super Bowl. Plus, Trump, Peskin, and lots of other juicy juice.  more
Lee must make enemies if he wants to combat homelessness
Chronicle (08/30/2015)
Aug
30
Deep Cleaning the Super Bowl
by Taylor Jordan
Heather Knight ponders Mayor Lee's temporary plans for a super clean Super Bowl. Any plan of this magnitude deserves a nickname, so let's just call it "Project Tidy Bowl" (remember y... more
Heather Knight ponders Mayor Lee's temporary plans for a super clean Super Bowl. Any plan of this magnitude deserves a nickname, so let's just call it "Project Tidy Bowl" (remember you heard it here first). more
Nothing like a Super Bowl to fix S.F.’s homeless problem
Chronicle (08/30/2015)
Aug
29
Matier & Ross
by Rosie Dilger
The Chron's dynamic duo takes us east with a story about a very expensive fence at UC Berkeley and the potential future home of the Raiders.
The Chron's dynamic duo takes us east with a story about a very expensive fence at UC Berkeley and the potential future home of the Raiders. more
Aug
29
C. W. Nevius
by Rosie Dilger
C-Dubs explains some of the tough choices that need to be made about homelessness in order to achieve Mayor Lee's plan to move homeless people off the streets for the Superbowl.
C-Dubs explains some of the tough choices that need to be made about homelessness in order to achieve Mayor Lee's plan to move homeless people off the streets for the Superbowl. more
C. W. Nevius: Combatting homelessness requires making tough choices
Chronicle (08/29/2015)
Aug
29
Twitter Stats
by Rosie Dilger
Twitter is the second company to disclose their diversity hiring goals. Goals are important.
Twitter is the second company to disclose their diversity hiring goals. Goals are important. more
Twitter becomes second tech company to publicize diversity goals
Chronicle (08/29/2015)
Aug
29
CCSF & The Accrediting Commission
by Rosie Dilger
According to the Chron, a task force has determined the group that attempted to revoke CCSF's accreditation should be replaced. 
According to the Chron, a task force has determined the group that attempted to revoke CCSF's accreditation should be replaced.  more
College accreditation group should be replaced, task force says
Chronicle (08/29/2015)
Aug
28
SFO and Ride-sharing
by Ross Guehring
Ride-sharing companies like Uber and Lyft can continue operating at SFO under a renewed operational permit. The extension was granted this week despite SFO's previously stated concer... more
Ride-sharing companies like Uber and Lyft can continue operating at SFO under a renewed operational permit. The extension was granted this week despite SFO's previously stated concerns over passenger safety, which the Examiner refers to as "flighty practices." See what they did there? more
SFO renews permits for Uber, Lyft after criticizing flighty practices
Examiner (08/28/2015)
Aug
28
Sidecar Permit Suspended/Reinstated
by Ross Guehring
Sidecar, the ride-sharing industry's plucky underdog, had its permit suspended by the CPUC regarding insurance-related issues. The company, however, says it was a simple paperwork mi... more
Sidecar, the ride-sharing industry's plucky underdog, had its permit suspended by the CPUC regarding insurance-related issues. The company, however, says it was a simple paperwork mistake that it's getting corrected. more
Sidecar’s permit to operate in California suspended, could be reversed
Examiner (08/28/2015)
Aug
28
Saving H2O
by Ross Guehring
The numbers are in, and Californians are answering the call to make dramatic cuts to our water use. So keep on shaming those people with green grass and overactive bladders, it is wo... more
The numbers are in, and Californians are answering the call to make dramatic cuts to our water use. So keep on shaming those people with green grass and overactive bladders, it is working. more
California’s 31% water-use cut shows the state has changed
Chronicle (08/28/2015)
Aug
28
Chris Lehane
by Ross Guehring
And in political insidery news, San Francisco's own Master of Disaster, Chris Lehane, has joined Airbnb in an internal role.
And in political insidery news, San Francisco's own Master of Disaster, Chris Lehane, has joined Airbnb in an internal role. more
Steyer strategist jumps to Airbnb
Politico (08/28/2015)
Aug
27
C.W. Nevius
by Amber Shipley
The Chron's Nevius continues his dive into homelessness, and offers his commentary on the Mayor's statement about "cleaning up" the city in time for the Super Bowl.
The Chron's Nevius continues his dive into homelessness, and offers his commentary on the Mayor's statement about "cleaning up" the city in time for the Super Bowl. more
C.W. Nevius: Mayor Lee’s Super Bowl homeless plan is a breath of fresh air
Chronicle (08/27/2015)
Aug
27
Tech Shuttle Union Woes
by Amber Shipley

This week, the National Labor Relations Board filed a petition for an injunction against Bauer’s Intelligent Transportation, a tech shuttle company, claiming it's running a "sham" un

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This week, the National Labor Relations Board filed a petition for an injunction against Bauer’s Intelligent Transportation, a tech shuttle company, claiming it's running a "sham" union to thwart Teamsters’ efforts to build a legitimate workers’ union. The SF Weekly and the Ex have the scoop.

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Bauer's accused of forming 'sham' union
Examiner (08/27/2015)
The Teamsters Take on Tech Shuttle Unions
SF Weekly (08/27/2015)
Aug
27
Project Homeless Connect
by Amber Shipley
The Chron continues its reporting on a mysterious multi-day event at Bill Graham Civic Auditorium that now appears to be kicking Project Homeless Connect out of its space. Mayor Ed L... more
The Chron continues its reporting on a mysterious multi-day event at Bill Graham Civic Auditorium that now appears to be kicking Project Homeless Connect out of its space. Mayor Ed Lee's office and Supervisor John Avalos weigh in. more
Homeless program feels squeezed out of Civic Auditorium
Chronicle (08/27/2015)
Aug
27
UC Admissions Update
by Amber Shipley
This week, University of California's associate vice president of undergraduate admissions told state assemblymembers that in-state admissions actually declined this year, despite th... more
This week, University of California's associate vice president of undergraduate admissions told state assemblymembers that in-state admissions actually declined this year, despite the fact that lawmakers included a provision in the budget that would give UC an extra $25 million if it added 5,000 more California residents either this year or in 2016-17. more
UC fails to reach $25 million incentive to add Californians
Chronicle (08/27/2015)
Aug
27
Tenderloin
by Amber Shipley
The SF Weekly brings us two interesting pieces on the Tenderloin, including drugs, politics, and history.
The SF Weekly brings us two interesting pieces on the Tenderloin, including drugs, politics, and history. more
Drug Users Are in TL to Stay
SF Weekly (08/27/2015)
Tenderloin-land
SF Weekly (08/27/2015)
Aug
27
More on Mirkarimi
by Amber Shipley

The Ex reports that Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi announced sheriff's deputies would be patrolling city streets. Soon after, the head of the San Francisco Deputy Sheriff's Association calle

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The Ex reports that Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi announced sheriff's deputies would be patrolling city streets. Soon after, the head of the San Francisco Deputy Sheriff's Association called Mirkarimi's promise premature. 

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Mirkarimi's promise of deputies patrolling streets is premature
Examiner (08/27/2015)
Aug
27
Airbnb
by Amber Shipley
The SF Weekly digs into Airbnb and its role in city politics.
The SF Weekly digs into Airbnb and its role in city politics. more
Airbnb Invests in SF Politics
SF Weekly (08/27/2015)
Aug
27
Super Bowl > Homelessness
by Amber Shipley
More on Mayor Ed Lee's potentially controversial plan to clear the homeless off of Embarcadero for "Super Bowl City."
More on Mayor Ed Lee's potentially controversial plan to clear the homeless off of Embarcadero for "Super Bowl City." more
City of San Francisco wants homeless off streets by Super Bowl time
ABC7 News (08/27/2015)
Aug
27
Vicki Hennessy profile in the Bay Area Reporter
by Amber Shipley

The Bay Area Reporter dives into Vicki Hennessy's bid to become the new Sheriff of San Francisco, and how her race is unfolding against embattled Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi.

The Bay Area Reporter dives into Vicki Hennessy's bid to become the new Sheriff of San Francisco, and how her race is unfolding against embattled Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi.

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Hennessy, a sheriff's vet, hopes to head agency
The Bay Area Reporter (08/27/2015)
Aug
27
More on the Pier 14 Murder
by Amber Shipley

The Ex reports on a sad update from San Francisco Superior Court, where a firearms expert testified yesterday at the preliminary hearing of Juan Francisco Lopez­-Sanchez, the man cha

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The Ex reports on a sad update from San Francisco Superior Court, where a firearms expert testified yesterday at the preliminary hearing of Juan Francisco Lopez­-Sanchez, the man charged with murdering Kathryn Steinle on Pier 14 last month, that a single bullet ricocheted off the concrete ground of Pier 14 before it fatally struck Steinle in the back.

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Ricocheted bullet appears to have killed Steinle, firearms expert testifies
Examiner (08/27/2015)
Aug
27
More on the 'Shrimp Boy' Case
by Amber Shipley

According to defense lawyers, federal agents spent over $1 million during their five-year investigation into Raymond "Shrimp Boy" Chow and two dozen others.

According to defense lawyers, federal agents spent over $1 million during their five-year investigation into Raymond "Shrimp Boy" Chow and two dozen others.

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Lawyer: Feds spent lavishly wining and dining ‘Shrimp Boy’ Chow
Chronicle (08/27/2015)
Aug
27
Salon Safety
by Amber Shipley
San Francisco Assemblyperson David Chiu announced he's working on a package of new bills that will help nail technicians get fair wages and ensure they are informed about hazardous c... more
San Francisco Assemblyperson David Chiu announced he's working on a package of new bills that will help nail technicians get fair wages and ensure they are informed about hazardous chemicals used in nail polish. 

Point of personal privilege: if you enjoy an occasional mani/pedi, read this NY Times story. more
California lawmakers tackle nail salon worker safety
KCRA News (08/27/2015)
Aug
26
More on the Pier 14 Murder
by Jason Overman
The suspect in the Pier 14 murder appeared in court Tuesday for a preliminary hearing. It was the first time that attorneys brought forth evidence in the case. more
The suspect in the Pier 14 murder appeared in court Tuesday for a preliminary hearing. It was the first time that attorneys brought forth evidence in the case. more
Hearing reveals new details in Pier 14 slaying
Examiner (08/26/2015)