Today’s Stories (Last updated August 22, 02:55 PM)

Aug
22
Public Defender's Office, Adachi's Family Dispute Autopsy Results
by Nicole Yelich
The Public Defender’s office has called the Medical Examiner “dysfunctional and untrustworthy” for ruling that Adachi’s death was caused solely by drug use, after Adachi’s family rel... more
The Public Defender’s office has called the Medical Examiner “dysfunctional and untrustworthy” for ruling that Adachi’s death was caused solely by drug use, after Adachi’s family released analyses of the official autopsy report by three indepenent medical experts that acknowledged while there were traces of drugs found in Adachi’s system, his advanced heart disease was “a ticking time bomb.” more
Jeff Adachi's family disputes finding that public defender died of toxic drug mix – The San Francisco Examiner
Examiner (08/22/2019)
New developments in autopsy findings of former SF Public Defender Jeff Adachi's death
ABC7 News (08/22/2019)
Public Defender's office rips Medical Examiner, disputes drug-use as Jeff Adachi's No. 1 cause of death
Mission Local (08/22/2019)
SF public defender's office slams medical examiner, says Jeff Adachi died of natural causes, not drugs
Chronicle (08/22/2019)
Aug
22
Recent Violent Attacks on Waterfront Spur Increase in SFPD Patrols
by Nicole Yelich
Despite falling crime rates, recent violent attacks along San Francisco’s waterfront have prompted Mayor Breed and City officials to increase police patrols and social services outre... more
Despite falling crime rates, recent violent attacks along San Francisco’s waterfront have prompted Mayor Breed and City officials to increase police patrols and social services outreach along the Embarcadero. more
Breed beefs up patrols, outreach after more waterfront attacks come to light
Chronicle (08/22/2019)
San Francisco Talks Fear And Frustration Despite Falling Crime Rates
KCBS (08/22/2019)
Aug
22
Critics Speak Out on City's Reshuffling of Mental Health Beds
by Nicole Yelich
In the ongoing criticism against the City’s handling (or mishandling) of the mentally ill population, critics are pushing back on the plan to move beds designated for long-term menta... more
In the ongoing criticism against the City’s handling (or mishandling) of the mentally ill population, critics are pushing back on the plan to move beds designated for long-term mental health treatment at SF General to a Navigation Center in order add more beds for people deemed to need temporary in-hospital treatment. more
City shutting down long-term mental health beds to expand hospital Navigation Center
Examiner (08/22/2019)
Critics blast city's plan to shuffle mental health beds at SF General Hospital
Chronicle (08/22/2019)
Aug
22
Judge Halts Eviction of Mother, Five Kids
by Nicole Yelich
Judge Richard B. Ulmer has put a stop to the three year campaign to evict Shantel McClendon and her five children from Valencia Gardens public housing, saying in his decision that th... more
Judge Richard B. Ulmer has put a stop to the three year campaign to evict Shantel McClendon and her five children from Valencia Gardens public housing, saying in his decision that the property management firms hands were legally “unclean.” CEO of the firm, John Stewart Company, of course disagrees with the ruling and says further legal recourse is in order. more
"Unclean hands": Judge criticizes Valencia Gardens management, halts it from evicting mother of five
Mission Local (08/22/2019)
Aug
22
BART Roundup: ACLU Warns Against Panhandling Ban, Survey Says Stations are Cleaner
by Nicole Yelich

The ACLU has warned the BART Board of Directors that a ban on panhandling and playing music for money in BART stations that officials are considering could violate the First Amendmen

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The ACLU has warned the BART Board of Directors that a ban on panhandling and playing music for money in BART stations that officials are considering could violate the First Amendment, potentially leaving the agency open to a legal challenge.

In other news, a recent passenger survey found that 64% of riders say the stations’ elevators restrooms and escalators are getting cleaner. BART officials say a program to have more attendants inside the stations is working.

 
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ACLU warns BART panhandling and busking ban is ‘unconstitutional’ — and could lead to lawsuits – The San Francisco Examiner
Examiner (08/22/2019)
BART stations are getting cleaner, especially elevators, passenger survey says
Chronicle (08/22/2019)
Aug
22
Sweeps Endanger Homeless, Street Team Sees Success in Hep C Treatment
by Nicole Yelich

SF Weekly examines how City’s regular homeless encampment “sweeps” that remove tents and seize occupants’ belongings, is making homeless people’s lives more dangerous by disbanding t

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SF Weekly examines how City’s regular homeless encampment “sweeps” that remove tents and seize occupants’ belongings, is making homeless people’s lives more dangerous by disbanding the safety net the camps provide and forcing people to isolate in different areas, increasing the use of speed to help them stay awake to avoid assault and rape.

On a more positive note, the efforts of the City’s Street Medicine Team, who brings health care treatment to where the people are living, has shown vast improvement in the treatment and curing of Hepatitis C among the homeless.

 
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Keeping the Homeless Out of Sight Makes Their Lives More Dangerous
SF Weekly (08/22/2019)
S.F. Sees New Success in Treating Homeless People with Hep C
SF Weekly (08/22/2019)
Aug
22
Students Return to School, Hassled Over Mural Controversy
by Nicole Yelich
Washington High School students returned to class on Monday to find a parent distributing flyers to students and apparently taking an informal survey of students’ positions on the ne... more
Washington High School students returned to class on Monday to find a parent distributing flyers to students and apparently taking an informal survey of students’ positions on the never-ending saga surrounding the controversial mural. more
S.F. mural debate follows students during first week of school – The San Francisco Examiner
Examiner (08/22/2019)
Aug
22
The Gang's All Here
by Nicole Yelich
As hundreds of DNC members descend on San Francisco this week for a three-day meeting, a host of Democratic presidential candidates will be in attendance to woo the delegates, sans F... more
As hundreds of DNC members descend on San Francisco this week for a three-day meeting, a host of Democratic presidential candidates will be in attendance to woo the delegates, sans Former VP Joe Biden and six others who opted for a pre-recorded video appearance. more
Democratic presidential candidates come to SF to impress party regulars
Chronicle (08/22/2019)
Aug
22
'Impeach Trump' Activists Disrupt Event Honoring Nancy Pelosi
by Nicole Yelich
Activists disrupted a Democratic Party event last night, honoring House Speaker Nancy Pelosi with a lifetime achievement award, with chants to “Impeach Trump Now!” Supporters respond... more
Activists disrupted a Democratic Party event last night, honoring House Speaker Nancy Pelosi with a lifetime achievement award, with chants to “Impeach Trump Now!” Supporters responded with their own chant of “Let her speak” and others attempted to quiet the disrupters, who were ultimately led out of the event by police offers. more
Activists interrupt Pelosi award ceremony in San Francisco, demand she take action to impeach Trump
Chronicle (08/22/2019)
Aug
22
Lyft, Uber Add to Traffic Nightmares
by Nicole Yelich
Curbed SF summarizes the results of five studies conducted between September 2017 and August 2019 showing how rideshare companies like Lyft and Uber are exacerbating traffic congesti... more
Curbed SF summarizes the results of five studies conducted between September 2017 and August 2019 showing how rideshare companies like Lyft and Uber are exacerbating traffic congestion in San Francisco and other major metropolitan areas. more
Aug
22
Scoot Touts Scooting of Low-Income Riders
by Nicole Yelich
Scoot has released data showing a rise in the number of lower income residents utilizing the e-scooters, saying that 661 people enrolled in the company’s low income program. more
Scoot has released data showing a rise in the number of lower income residents utilizing the e-scooters, saying that 661 people enrolled in the company’s low income program. more
Scoot’s low-income customers are on the rise
Examiner (08/22/2019)
Today’s Suspects Updater
Nicole Yelich
Nicole has managed candidate and ballot initiative campaigns at the city, county, and state levels throughout CA since 2005. Homegrown in Pittsburgh, you can find her yelling at the tv during Steelers games, cooking food almost no one in California has ever heard of (pizzelles and pieoriges anyone?), and bragging about her adorable nephew.

In the Past Week…

Aug
21
London Breed Makes it Rain for SF Teachers with $10 Million Stipend
by Armand Domalewski

San Francisco Mayor London Breed launched a pilot program this week to boost SFUSD teacher salaries with a $10 million stipend, aiming to reduce turnover at under-resourced schools i

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San Francisco Mayor London Breed launched a pilot program this week to boost SFUSD teacher salaries with a $10 million stipend, aiming to reduce turnover at under-resourced schools in the city's school district. Over 1,000 teachers at schools in the San Francisco Unified School District serving disadvantaged students primarily in the city's Bayview, Mission and southeastern neighborhoods will receive stipends of up to $3,000.

The Mayor’s office argued that this stipend was key to resolving recruitment and retention issues in these schools, pointing out that one-third of teachers at those schools are first- or second-year teachers, and educator turnover is at 27 percent compared to a district-wide rate of 21 percent.

One of the reasons these stipends are such a big issue in SFUSD is the challenge of affording median market rent for SF teachers; Curbed SF looks into a recent Council of Community Housing Organizations study showing that teachers in SF and San Mateo Counties cannot afford median market rent for a one bedroom apartment within the counties.

 
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Mayor Breed announces $10M in stipends for city educators
KTVU (08/21/2019)
Mayor Breed announces new $3K stipend for San Francisco teachers
Kron4 (08/21/2019)
Most teachers in SF and San Mateo County cannot afford to rent
Curbed SF (08/21/2019)
San Francisco Mayor Announces $10M In Stipends For City Educators
KCBS (08/21/2019)
Aug
21
The Pak is Back: SFMTA votes to name Chinatown station after late, controversial activist Rose Pak
by Armand Domalewski

Rose Pak, a legendary figure in San Francisco’s Chinese political circles, continues to stir controversy from beyond the grave. Tuesday night, San Francisco’s Municipal Transportatio

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Rose Pak, a legendary figure in San Francisco’s Chinese political circles, continues to stir controversy from beyond the grave. Tuesday night, San Francisco’s Municipal Transportation Authority Board voted four to three to name the upcoming Central Subway Station after her, following five hours of contentious public comment. Supporters of Pak stated that she had been a strong voice for the Chinese community and women of color, arguing that without Pak’s advocacy, the Central Subway itself was unlikely to have received the $500 million in federal funding it needed to exist in the first place.


Opponents of Pak, ranging from religious Falun Gong activists to Chinatown merchants, cited SFMTA policy to only name subway stations and other transportation facilities for places, rather than people, and criticized her for her alleged ties to the Chinese government and its suppression of the Falun Gong faith. The battle may not be over, as opponents stated they may take the issue to the ballot.
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Amid protests, SF board names Chinatown subway station after Rose Pak
Chronicle (08/21/2019)
Group Protests Against Naming Chinatown Subway Station After Rose Pak
KCBS (08/21/2019)
New Chinatown station to be named for Rose Pak, but opponents vow to keep fighting
Examiner (08/21/2019)
SFMTA votes to name Muni station in Chinatown after political activist Rose Pak
ABC7 (08/21/2019)
Aug
21
Jeff Adachi Raid Update: Lawsuits Filed
by Armand Domalewski

A free speech group filed a lawsuit on Tuesday against Mayor London Breed and SFPD, alleging that they are blocking the release of records involving the death of Public Defender Jeff

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A free speech group filed a lawsuit on Tuesday against Mayor London Breed and SFPD, alleging that they are blocking the release of records involving the death of Public Defender Jeff Adachi and the controversial raid on the home of the journalist who leaked a police report about Adachi’s death. The First Amendment Coalition alleges the raid was an attempt to force freelance journalist Bryan Carmody to reveal the source of the leak, violating California’s shield law. 

 
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Free speech group sues city over raids on journalist – The San Francisco Examiner
Examiner (08/21/2019)
Lawsuit Demands S.F. Mayor and Police Release Public Records Connected to Journalist Raid
KQED (08/21/2019)
Lawsuit Targets San Francisco Police, Mayor Breed Over Freelance Journalist Probe
KCBS (08/21/2019)
Media advocates sue to find out more from SFPD, Breed about search of journalist's home
Chronicle (08/21/2019)
Aug
21
Vision Zero SOS
by Armand Domalewski

Despite San Francisco’s declaration of a Vision Zero policy for street policies five years ago, recent trends show the City is moving in the wrong direction. SF Weekly investigates p

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Despite San Francisco’s declaration of a Vision Zero policy for street policies five years ago, recent trends show the City is moving in the wrong direction. SF Weekly investigates potential reasons for the uptick in traffic deaths, and potential solutions to reverse course.

 
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Vision Zero Desperately Needs Help
SF Weekly (08/21/2019)
Aug
21
LGBT Bigotry Backlash in Contentious Senate Race
by Armand Domalewski

San Francisco State Senator Scott Wiener’s legislation to eliminate the discrepancy in how gay and straight young adults are punished for having sex with a minor has become a flashpo

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San Francisco State Senator Scott Wiener’s legislation to eliminate the discrepancy in how gay and straight young adults are punished for having sex with a minor has become a flashpoint in a Central Valley State Senate race.

Equality California, the state’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender advocacy group, has pushed Democratic groups, including the Asian and Pacific Islander Caucus chaired by SF Assemblymember David Chiu, to revoke their endorsements of Modesto City Councilman Mani Grewal for “engaging in a blatantly homophobic campaign” against his openly lesbian opponent, Stockton Democratic Assemblywoman Susan Talamantes Eggman.

Grewal inaccurately claimed that the bill would allow adults who abuse preteens avoid registering as sex offenders.

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Dem vs. Dem fight over gay-sex bill brings homophobia accusations
Chronicle (08/21/2019)
Online Extra: Newsom endorses Eggman for Senate
The Bay Area Reporter (08/21/2019)
Aug
21
Union Square Merchants Hire Off-Duty Cops
by Armand Domalewski

Multiple downtown businesses, including Salesforce Tower and Ross Dress for Less, are hiring off-duty police officers as private security guards to counter property crime and safety

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Multiple downtown businesses, including Salesforce Tower and Ross Dress for Less, are hiring off-duty police officers as private security guards to counter property crime and safety issues. Merchants argue that they have to take security issues into their own hands as the City has failed to address them systematically.

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Businesses hiring real SF cops on OT to keep crime down, employees safe
Chronicle (08/21/2019)
Aug
21
Newsom Signs Police Use of Force Reform Law as SF Grapples with Police Bias
by Armand Domalewski

Former San Francisco Mayor and current California Governor Gavin Newsom signed legislation placing stricter oversight on police shootings of civilians this week, spurring Mission Loc

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Former San Francisco Mayor and current California Governor Gavin Newsom signed legislation placing stricter oversight on police shootings of civilians this week, spurring Mission Local to analyze San Francisco’s attempt to grapple with these issues via a working group tasked to address SFPD’s issues with biased policing. Given that the working group struggled for an hour simply to define “biased policing,” it seems we still have a long way to go.

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California just passed a sweeping police use-of-force law. San Francisco is still grappling with police bias.
Curbed SF (08/21/2019)
Aug
21
Colin Kaepernick reveals that SF’s Mario Woods shooting spurred his activism
by Armand Domalewski
Former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, revealed that the controversial police shooting of San Francisco native Mario Woods was the initial spark for his turn to activism. Mario W... more
Former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, revealed that the controversial police shooting of San Francisco native Mario Woods was the initial spark for his turn to activism. Mario Woods died at 26 after being shot by San Francisco police officers following a stabbing incident. After officers involved were cleared of all charges, Kaepernick decided he needed to focus his energy on anti-racist activism and criminal justice. more
Colin Kaepernick speaks out about SF police shooting that led him to protest
KRON4 (08/21/2019)
Aug
21
Library Gets A New Boss
by Armand Domalewski

Maureen Singleton was appointed chief operating officer of the San Francisco Public Library by City Librarian Michael Lambert. She is a San Francisco native, and has worked for the c

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Maureen Singleton was appointed chief operating officer of the San Francisco Public Library by City Librarian Michael Lambert. She is a San Francisco native, and has worked for the city in different roles over 17 years, including the Public Library, the Board of Supervisors Budget Analyst Office, and more.

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Library names new chief operating officer – The San Francisco Examiner
Examiner (08/21/2019)
Aug
21
Sunset Merchants Win Fight Against SFMTA, Preserve More Parking
by Armand Domalewski
Merchants in the Sunset and Parkside neighborhood successfully forced the revision of a Muni construction project on Great Highway. The original proposal would have eliminated 96 par... more
Merchants in the Sunset and Parkside neighborhood successfully forced the revision of a Muni construction project on Great Highway. The original proposal would have eliminated 96 parking spaces as part of the construction staging for the L-Taraval Improvement Project, aiming to speed up the L-Taraval line that serves thousands of Muni riders daily.

The revised project will only require 16 parking spaces, though the Examiner doesn’t report what other tradeoffs this revision may entail. more
Muni reaches compromise with merchants on loss of Great Highway parking – The San Francisco Examiner
Examiner (08/21/2019)
Aug
20
Breed Blames Board for Increased Crime in Chinese Communities
by Rianna Machado

Mayor Breed walked along Irving Street to assuage fears of violence in the Chinese community. When asked why this issue has gone unaddressed, Mayor Breed pinned the blame on the Boar

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Mayor Breed walked along Irving Street to assuage fears of violence in the Chinese community. When asked why this issue has gone unaddressed, Mayor Breed pinned the blame on the Board of Supervisors. Citing her efforts to increase foot patrols, she says she’s trying to help..

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Faced with safety fears in Chinese community, Breed pins blame on Board of Supervisors – The San Francisco Examiner
Examiner (08/20/2019)
Aug
20
Money, Money, Money
by Rianna Machado

Vape products were recently banned in SF, but Prop C, a ballot measure for this November, would seek to overturn that. With this last shred of hope, JUUL is spending millions trying

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Vape products were recently banned in SF, but Prop C, a ballot measure for this November, would seek to overturn that. With this last shred of hope, JUUL is spending millions trying to get the ban overturned according to filings at the San Francisco Ethics Commission. 

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Juul Spending Money Like A Drunken Sailor To Overturn E-Cigarette Ban
SF Weekly (08/20/2019)
Aug
20
Embarcadero Attack and Homelessness Policy
by Rianna Machado

The Chronicle provides an update on Paneez Kosarian, who was attacked by Austin James Vincent outside her residence last week. Vincent, a homeless man, was released on bail, but is n

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The Chronicle provides an update on Paneez Kosarian, who was attacked by Austin James Vincent outside her residence last week. Vincent, a homeless man, was released on bail, but is now back in jail due to a possible earlier assault.

Mission Local profiles the way Kosarian is using her new platform to speak out against the Embarcadero Center and homeless people in the city at large.

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Paneez Kosarian could’ve used her platform for good. Instead, she cast every homeless person as a mentally ill, drug-addicted menace.
Mission Local (08/20/2019)
SF Embarcadero attack suspect back in jail after earlier case surfaces, involving knife
Chronicle (08/20/2019)
Suspect in Embarcadero attack surrenders to authorities on new allegations – The San Francisco Examiner
Examiner (08/20/2019)
Aug
20
One Step at a Time
by Rianna Machado

Governor Gavin Newsom signed AB392 into law, which dictates that police can only use deadly force when it is necessary to defend a human life. The law will take effect January 1, 2020.

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Governor Gavin Newsom signed AB392 into law, which dictates that police can only use deadly force when it is necessary to defend a human life. The law will take effect January 1, 2020.

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Gavin Newsom signs California bill tightening rules for police shootings
Chronicle (08/20/2019)
Aug
20
Demolition Man
by Rianna Machado

Last summer, the haphazard demolition of a house on Florida Street took neighbors by surprise. The workers had no safety gear on, no permit, and were allowing debris to drift down th

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Last summer, the haphazard demolition of a house on Florida Street took neighbors by surprise. The workers had no safety gear on, no permit, and were allowing debris to drift down the block. A public hearing will be held today to figure out why the demolition happened in the first place and what the penalties will be.

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Aug
20
The Toilets from Outer Space
by Rianna Machado

The standard green public restrooms and newsstands are being replaced with a sleek, futuristic design. The toilets will be part of the Pit Stop program which provides paid attendants.

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The standard green public restrooms and newsstands are being replaced with a sleek, futuristic design. The toilets will be part of the Pit Stop program which provides paid attendants.

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These sleek new toilets will pop up all over San Francisco
SF Curbed (08/20/2019)
Aug
20
On to Sunnier Skies?
by Rianna Machado
Developers are “scared” to build in the Bay Area, instead preferring Southern California, according to a recent survey of developers. Specifically, multifamily homes are expected to ... more
Developers are “scared” to build in the Bay Area, instead preferring Southern California, according to a recent survey of developers. Specifically, multifamily homes are expected to drop off. It is suspected that talk of rent control laws may contribute to developers fears more
California developers claim they’re scared to build in Bay Area, says survey
SF Curbed (08/20/2019)
Aug
20
We Are Not Helpless
by Rianna Machado

Stephanie Shriock, president of Emily’s List, spoke at an event in San Francisco where she told Democrats that Trump can be beaten and to “stop wringing their hands.” Schriock stated

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Stephanie Shriock, president of Emily’s List, spoke at an event in San Francisco where she told Democrats that Trump can be beaten and to “stop wringing their hands.” Schriock stated that “part of Trump’s magic is his ability to drive fear and anxiety into the culture. And if we allow that to take us over, he wins.”

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Trump can be beaten, top fundraiser tells Dems, so ‘stop wringing your hands’
Chronicle (08/20/2019)
Aug
20
The Other 1%
by Rianna Machado

Billionaire and 2020 presidential candidate Tom Steyer edges closer and closer to qualifying for the debate stage; however, some accuse Steyer of “buying” his way into the debate. St

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Billionaire and 2020 presidential candidate Tom Steyer edges closer and closer to qualifying for the debate stage; however, some accuse Steyer of “buying” his way into the debate. Steyer vehemently denies this, saying that “I think there’s a very simple challenge for everybody who wants to be the Democratic nominee — and that’s to have something to say that people want to hear.” Steyer is still polling around 1%.

 

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Billionaire Tom Steyer pushes anti-corporate message in San Francisco talk
Chronicle (08/20/2019)
Aug
20
First National Trans March!
by Rianna Machado

The first National Trans Visibility March in Washington D.C. has been moved to Saturday, September 28. The march is meant to raise awareness on visibility, the full rights of citizen

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The first National Trans Visibility March in Washington D.C. has been moved to Saturday, September 28. The march is meant to raise awareness on visibility, the full rights of citizenship, and the ongoing unchecked murder of black trans women. The theme will be “The Ties that Bind Us” and will include other weekend events as well.

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Online Extra: Q Agenda: Transgender march on Washington rescheduled for September
The Bay Area Reporter (08/20/2019)
Aug
20
From the Students Themselves
by Rianna Machado

Now that school is officially back in session, several George Washington High School students were interviewed about the mural. Out of 17 students the reporter asked, 10 said it shou

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Now that school is officially back in session, several George Washington High School students were interviewed about the mural. Out of 17 students the reporter asked, 10 said it should stay. Some students said that the mural is history and shouldn’t be forgotten, while others said it was dehumanizing/discouraging.

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Washington High students speak out after summer battle over mural
Chronicle (08/20/2019)
Aug
19
When you poke the bear, the bear pokes you
by Alex Mitra
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has opened an investigation into “whether San Francisco's procedures for approving and permitting multifamily developments ... more
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has opened an investigation into “whether San Francisco's procedures for approving and permitting multifamily developments impose artificial, arbitrary and unnecessary impediments to fair housing choice by limiting affordable housing development.” Speculation over the aims of the investigation center around Mayor Breed’s neighborhood preference program, which HUD has allowed to exist begrudgingly. The program reserves 40% of publicly funded affordable housing units for individuals that live in the geographic area of the development. more
Feds open investigation into SF affordable housing policies
SF Chronicle (08/19/2019)
Aug
19
Smoke or Fire?
by Alex Mitra

An attack on a woman by an individual experiencing homelessness is being used by opponents of the Embarcadero Navigation Center to call for the City to reconsider building the Center

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An attack on a woman by an individual experiencing homelessness is being used by opponents of the Embarcadero Navigation Center to call for the City to reconsider building the Center in its current location. Mayor Breed indicated that the construction of the navigation center will continue as planned.

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Homeless shelter opponents use attack as ammunition in fight against city – The San Francisco Examiner
Examiner (08/19/2019)
Residents demand city officials reconsider San Francisco navigation center
KTVU (08/19/2019)
Aug
19
We regret to inform you
by Alex Mitra
Presidential Candidates Vice President Joseph Biden and South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg will skip the Democratic National Committee meeting in San Francisco this weekend. The meeting... more
Presidential Candidates Vice President Joseph Biden and South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg will skip the Democratic National Committee meeting in San Francisco this weekend. The meeting brings together 350 delegates who will help determine the party’s nominee in 2020. While this will bruise the egos of our cities residents, we’ll undoubtedly rally around the party’s chosen candidate in 2020. more
BIDEN skipping big DNC confab in SF — UBER ad blitz — More questions about donations to IC RICARDO LARA — That Makes #56: CA lawsuit against Trump “public charge” move
Politico (08/19/2019)
Biden to skip DNC meeting in San Francisco where 13 candidates are expected
Politico (08/19/2019)
Aug
19
Dot your I's and cross your T's
by Alex Mitra
San Franciso’s Ethics Commission has opened an investigation into Mayor Breed’s 2018 campaign regarding the donations of nine people who were employed by companies that secured city ... more
San Franciso’s Ethics Commission has opened an investigation into Mayor Breed’s 2018 campaign regarding the donations of nine people who were employed by companies that secured city contracts over the previous year. City law prevents San Francisco officials from receiving donations from the leadership of companies with business before the City, but is unclear as to whether subcontractors fall under this definition, or if the timeframe for a donation ban, which was lengthened from 6 months to one year after the 2018 Mayoral election, is the standard being considered. more
Breed 2018 campaign probed for possible campaign finance violations
SF Chronicle (08/19/2019)
Aug
19
Berkeley Gas Ban Coming to a City Near You?
by Alex Mitra

San Francisco and other Bay Area cities could follow Berkeley’s lead in banning natural gas lines in new residential construction. The bans come as cities are increasingly looking at

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San Francisco and other Bay Area cities could follow Berkeley’s lead in banning natural gas lines in new residential construction. The bans come as cities are increasingly looking at how to reduce their carbon footprint. In San Francisco, Supervisor Vallie Brown plans to introduce legislation to ban natural gas in new city buildings, with broader ban to be proposed in the coming years.

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Bay Area cities poised to follow Berkeley’s natural gas ban
Chronicle (08/19/2019)
Aug
19
Board Representation
by Alex Mitra

Local philanthropist Janet Reilly was appointed by Governor Newsom to the University of California Board of Regents. Well known in San Francisco for co-founding Clinic by the Bay, a

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Local philanthropist Janet Reilly was appointed by Governor Newsom to the University of California Board of Regents. Well known in San Francisco for co-founding Clinic by the Bay, a free volunteer health clinic in the Excelsior district, and running for District 2 Supervisor in 2010 and State Assembly in 2006. Her term on the Board of Regents expires in 2028.

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UCLA alumna Janet Reilly appointed to UC Board of Regents
Daily Bruin (08/19/2019)
Aug
18
California Animals Buck the Trend
by Owen Stephens
Mass species extinction is a threat throughout the world, but California is bucking the trend thanks to focused long-term conservation and protection efforts. As a result, more than ... more
Mass species extinction is a threat throughout the world, but California is bucking the trend thanks to focused long-term conservation and protection efforts. As a result, more than a dozen major wildlife species are at their highest populations in more than a century. more
Bears, elk, sharks crown landmark wildlife surge
Chronicle (08/18/2019)
Aug
18
Van Ness Stop and Go
by Owen Stephens
The San Francisco Municipal Transit Agency claims that the Van Ness project is back on track after a year and a half of delays. Officials claim that they are speeding up construction... more
The San Francisco Municipal Transit Agency claims that the Van Ness project is back on track after a year and a half of delays. Officials claim that they are speeding up construction with more staff and new strategies to handle obstacles found beneath the street. Merchants aren’t holding their breath. more
City says it’s back on track with long-delayed Van Ness transit project
Chronicle (08/18/2019)
Aug
18
Monitoring Local Air Quality
by Owen Stephens
Unwilling to trust government regulators to communicatel air quality data in parts of the city that need to need it most, local community groups have started installing equipment in ... more
Unwilling to trust government regulators to communicatel air quality data in parts of the city that need to need it most, local community groups have started installing equipment in the Bayview Hunters Point and other neighborhoods. The real-time data they derive will help track disparities in air quality on a neighborhood-by neighborhood basis. more
Community-led efforts to monitor air quality in Bayview, Eastern neighborhoods gain traction
Examiner (08/18/2019)