Today’s Stories (Last updated August 2, 09:07 AM)

Aug
02
Bay Bridge Safety Woes
by Taylor Jordan
Another day, another drama over the new Bay Bridge and safety. Today's struggle is brought to you by concern over the group Caltrans selected to study salt water damage.
Another day, another drama over the new Bay Bridge and safety. Today's struggle is brought to you by concern over the group Caltrans selected to study salt water damage. more
Experts Caltrans tapped to study Bay Bridge tower rods stir doubt
Chronicle (08/02/2015)
Aug
02
BART Shut Down
by Taylor Jordan
An update on this weekend's BART shut down. (Spoiler Alert: so far so good).
An update on this weekend's BART shut down. (Spoiler Alert: so far so good). more
Few problems seen as BART shuts down Transbay Tube for repairs
Chronicle (08/02/2015)
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
Taylor Jordan
With the pragmatism of a (non-practicing) attorney and  the creativity of a classically-trained musician, Taylor brings a unique perspective to Barbary Coast Consulting. When he’s not helping guide his clients through the frothy world of San Francisco politics, Taylor can be found either walking his pit bull around the Castro or frantically practicing for an upcoming ...

In the Past Week…

Aug
01
Trash Talk
by Alexis Smith
Waste Management cries foul at the City's move to haul its trash to a new dump in Solano County, which is owned by Recology, over the long-time Waste Management facility in Alameda C... more
Waste Management cries foul at the City's move to haul its trash to a new dump in Solano County, which is owned by Recology, over the long-time Waste Management facility in Alameda County. more
S.F. garbage-dumping contract ignites legal fight
Chronicle (08/01/2015)
Aug
01
Start Your Engines?
by Alexis Smith
The Chronicle offers tips for navigating your weekend given the scheduled shut down of BART's Transbay Tube.
The Chronicle offers tips for navigating your weekend given the scheduled shut down of BART's Transbay Tube. more
How to get around during BART’s Transbay Tube shutdown
Chronicle (08/01/2015)
Aug
01
Housing How To
by Alexis Smith
The Chronicle's Editorial Board considers the various remedies being explored - through legislation and at the ballot box - to address San Francisco's housing affordability crisis.
The Chronicle's Editorial Board considers the various remedies being explored - through legislation and at the ballot box - to address San Francisco's housing affordability crisis. more
San Francisco’s housing ills need real solutions
Chronicle (08/01/2015)
Aug
01
Lucky Break?
by Alexis Smith
John Diaz weighs in on Boston's decision to ditch its 2024 Olympic bid and considers whether we got lucky to have our own bid rejected.
John Diaz weighs in on Boston's decision to ditch its 2024 Olympic bid and considers whether we got lucky to have our own bid rejected. more
There but for the grace of the USOC went San Francisco
Chronicle (08/01/2015)
Aug
01
Power Play?
by Alexis Smith
Former inmates of the county jail have filed suit against the City, claiming they wree forces to fight for sport and the entertainment of the deputies, among other charges.
Former inmates of the county jail have filed suit against the City, claiming they wree forces to fight for sport and the entertainment of the deputies, among other charges. more
Former S.F. inmates file claim that deputies forced them to fight
Chronicle (08/01/2015)
Aug
01
C.W. Nevius
by Alexis Smith
Nevius opines on what needs to change for cities to be willing to host an Olympic Games.
Nevius opines on what needs to change for cities to be willing to host an Olympic Games. more
Olympics need to be leaner, smarter to score a host
Chronicle (08/01/2015)
Aug
01
Election Preview
by Alexis Smith
The Chronicle gives us the rundown on what we should expect to see on the ballot in November.
The Chronicle gives us the rundown on what we should expect to see on the ballot in November. more
Jul
31
Trash Talk
by Ross Guehring
The Examiner reports that San Francisco is on track to meet its 2020 goal of zero waste to the landfill. However, it might take some rate hikes to get us over the final hump.
The Examiner reports that San Francisco is on track to meet its 2020 goal of zero waste to the landfill. However, it might take some rate hikes to get us over the final hump. more
SF’s landfill contract includes consumer fees to reach ‘zero waste’ after 2020
Examiner (07/31/2015)
Jul
31
Inside the Bicycle Coalition
by Ross Guehring
The influential San Francisco Bicycle Coalition is exploring a change to the way it chooses its Board of Directors - meaning an end to elections. Suffice to say, this proposal is cau... more
The influential San Francisco Bicycle Coalition is exploring a change to the way it chooses its Board of Directors - meaning an end to elections. Suffice to say, this proposal is causing angst among some members. more
Bicycle coalition’s political future at crossroads
Examiner (07/31/2015)
S.F. Bicycle Coalition members weigh privacy, democracy
Chronicle (07/31/2015)
Jul
31
Bad Day for Sinbad's
by Ross Guehring
A San Francisco Superior Court jury has given Sinbad's its marching orders: it's time to vacate. But as these things typically go, it might not be the final act.
A San Francisco Superior Court jury has given Sinbad's its marching orders: it's time to vacate. But as these things typically go, it might not be the final act. more
Sinbad’s loses court fight to stay on S.F. waterfront
Chronicle (07/31/2015)
Jul
31
BART's Tube Closure
by Ross Guehring
The weekend closure of BART's Transbay Tube has finally arrived - are you ready? But fret not, if you absolutely must get from SF to the East Bay (or vice versa), may I suggest the f... more
The weekend closure of BART's Transbay Tube has finally arrived - are you ready? But fret not, if you absolutely must get from SF to the East Bay (or vice versa), may I suggest the ferry boat? It's a nautical adventure and cocktail hour all wrapped into one. more
BART and its riders prepare for weekend Transbay Tube shutdown
Chronicle (07/31/2015)
Jul
31
Chip Johnson
by Ross Guehring
Don't look now, but Chip Johnson has found another example of how Oaklanders might feel like they're getting screwed. This time, it's the dramatic rise in parking permits.
Don't look now, but Chip Johnson has found another example of how Oaklanders might feel like they're getting screwed. This time, it's the dramatic rise in parking permits. more
Chip Johnson: Oakland uses parking to drill deeper into residents’ wallets
Chronicle (07/31/2015)
Jul
30
Wiggle Wars
by Amber Shipley

The story goes like this: the San Francisco Police Department says they want to crack down on bikers who ignore stop signs and traffic signals. The Wigg Party says bikers should be a

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The story goes like this: the San Francisco Police Department says they want to crack down on bikers who ignore stop signs and traffic signals. The Wigg Party says bikers should be able to treat stop signs like yield signs. To prove their point, a bunch of Wigg Party bikers "protest" by following current law to-a-T during last night's commute home along the Wiggle - full stops at every stop sign. The story got lots of coverage, with weigh-ins from the police chief, Mayor Ed Lee and Supervisor London Breed.

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S.F. bike riders’ Wiggle protest slows traffic
Chronicle (07/30/2015)
San Francisco bicyclists protest outdated traffic laws
ABC 7 (07/30/2015)
SFPD weighs in on modifying stop sign laws for cyclists
Examiner (07/30/2015)
Jul
30
Evictions on the Rise, Part 104
by Amber Shipley
J.K. Dineen tells us more about evictions in San Francisco, including how they've increased 54.7% over five years ago. To help counter these grim stats, this week, Supervisor Jane Ki... more
J.K. Dineen tells us more about evictions in San Francisco, including how they've increased 54.7% over five years ago. To help counter these grim stats, this week, Supervisor Jane Kim introduced legislation that would give residents time to fix issues related to "low fault" evictions. more
S.F. tenants groups fight ‘gotcha’ evictions
Chronicle (07/30/2015)
Jul
30
Teacher Shortage
by Amber Shipley

The Ex reports that even though school starts in less than a month, the San Francisco Unified School District is still trying to find more than three dozen teachers to fill its class

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The Ex reports that even though school starts in less than a month, the San Francisco Unified School District is still trying to find more than three dozen teachers to fill its classrooms.

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SFUSD scrambling to fill classrooms amid teacher shortage
Examiner (07/30/2015)
Jul
30
Matier & Ross
by Amber Shipley
The Chron's dynamic duo dive into politics surrounding the Coliseum complex, which houses the Raiders, A’s and Warriors.
The Chron's dynamic duo dive into politics surrounding the Coliseum complex, which houses the Raiders, A’s and Warriors. more
Matier & Ross: Alameda County wants out as A’s, Raiders’ Coliseum landlord
Chronicle (07/30/2015)
Jul
30
City Budget Signed
by Amber Shipley
With supervisors by his side, Mayor Ed Lee signed San Francisco's budget this week. This "no cut budget" will allow for expansion of many city departments over the next two years.

 

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With supervisors by his side, Mayor Ed Lee signed San Francisco's budget this week. This "no cut budget" will allow for expansion of many city departments over the next two years.

 

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San Francisco Mayor Lee Signs Budget Without Cuts, Money For 400 More Police Officers
KCBS (07/30/2015)
Jul
30
Expanding In-Law Units
by Amber Shipley

This week, the Board of Supervisors unanimously approved ordinances supported by Supervisors Wiener and Christensen that will allow construction of in-law units in Districts 3 and 8.

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This week, the Board of Supervisors unanimously approved ordinances supported by Supervisors Wiener and Christensen that will allow construction of in-law units in Districts 3 and 8. 


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San Francisco supervisors approve in-law units
The Bay Area Reporter (07/30/2015)
Jul
30
Broke-Ass Stuart on Poo
by Amber Shipley
Broke-Ass Stuart shares his thoughts on the dearth of bathrooms around town and, as such, artfully uses the word "poo" in his column.
Broke-Ass Stuart shares his thoughts on the dearth of bathrooms around town and, as such, artfully uses the word "poo" in his column. more
City’s public bathrooms in need of relief
Examiner (07/30/2015)
Jul
29
Your In-Law (Units).
by Jason Overman
The San Francisco Board of Supervisors approved legislation Tuesday allowing the creation of rent-controlled in-law units in Districts 3 and 8. And placed another measure on the Nove... more
The San Francisco Board of Supervisors approved legislation Tuesday allowing the creation of rent-controlled in-law units in Districts 3 and 8. And placed another measure on the November ballot about stuff. (And by "stuff," I obviously mean land use and affordable housing.) more
S.F. supes OK new in-law units in 2 districts
Chronicle (07/29/2015)
SF OKs new in-law housing units in 2 districts
Examiner (07/29/2015)
Jul
29
Matier & Ross
by Jason Overman
The Olympics, yo. (With LA?!) Also baseball and... retirement parties.
The Olympics, yo. (With LA?!) Also baseball and... retirement parties. more
L.A., Bay Area look into possible joint bid for 2024 Olympics
Chronicle (07/29/2015)
Jul
29
C.W. Nevius
by Jason Overman
The Chron's C-Dub looks at the marked improvement in this year's San Francisco Marathon compared to last year's. He also muses prospectively about a new Board of Supervisors with Aar... more
The Chron's C-Dub looks at the marked improvement in this year's San Francisco Marathon compared to last year's. He also muses prospectively about a new Board of Supervisors with Aaron Peskin and... Chris Daly? And some other things. (I'd read it if I were you.) more
S.F. Marathon leaves last year’s problems in dust
Chronicle (07/29/2015)
Jul
29
City Attorney vs. Mel Murphy
by Jason Overman
City Attorney Dennis Herrera amended his civil suit against Port Commissioner Mel Murphy on Tuesday to include additional buildings allegedly converted or renovated without proper pe... more
City Attorney Dennis Herrera amended his civil suit against Port Commissioner Mel Murphy on Tuesday to include additional buildings allegedly converted or renovated without proper permits. more
City attorney pins another illegal conversion on Mel Murphy
Chronicle (07/29/2015)
SF port commissioner accused of illegally converting another property
Examiner (07/29/2015)
Jul
29
Solar in the Schools
by Jason Overman
San Francisco’s Downtown High School is going all solar on us. (Which is awesome.) The SF Public Utilities Commission and the SF Unified School District have teamed up, and it's crea... more
San Francisco’s Downtown High School is going all solar on us. (Which is awesome.) The SF Public Utilities Commission and the SF Unified School District have teamed up, and it's creating a real teachable moment for them youths. more
S.F. public school solar program becoming powerful
Chronicle (07/29/2015)
Jul
29
Evictions on the Rise, Part Deux.
by Jason Overman
Spoiler alert: evictions are on the rise. Is a pro-tenant buyout ordinance to blame? Some say yes.
Spoiler alert: evictions are on the rise. Is a pro-tenant buyout ordinance to blame? Some say yes. more
San Francisco's new pro-tenant rules increased evictions
SF Business Times (07/29/2015)
Jul
29
Let's Do "The Wiggle." (No, Seriously, It's a Bike Route.)
by Jason Overman
You've heard the "California stop," which refers to cars that slow down at stop signs but don't come to a complete stop? Well, The Wigg Party -- named after bike route "The Wiggle" -... more
You've heard the "California stop," which refers to cars that slow down at stop signs but don't come to a complete stop? Well, The Wigg Party -- named after bike route "The Wiggle" -- is advocating for San Francisco to allow cyclists to do the "Idaho stop." (Not kidding, there's a Boise police officer quoted in the article.) more
Sign of the Times: Cyclist group wants S.F. to shift gears, update policy on when to stop
Examiner (07/29/2015)
Jul
29
Buildings Near Water...
by Jason Overman
...may have a trial date. Well, the buildings aren't going to court, but rather the laws that govern them. (I'm talking about the legal challenge against Proposition B, which SF vote... more
...may have a trial date. Well, the buildings aren't going to court, but rather the laws that govern them. (I'm talking about the legal challenge against Proposition B, which SF voters approved in 2014 requiring voter approval for height-limit increases on the waterfront.)

...and may be affected by sea level rise, according to a new report.
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New report details sea rise threatening development at San Francisco’s edges
Examiner (07/29/2015)
Trial date could be set for lawsuit over SF’s waterfront heights measure
Examiner (07/29/2015)
Jul
29
Protests at the Examiner
by Jason Overman
After publishing Tuesday's "On Guard," the Examiner was met by protesters in front of its office. The topic? Community policing, the SF Police Officers Association, and the SF Democr... more
After publishing Tuesday's "On Guard," the Examiner was met by protesters in front of its office. The topic? Community policing, the SF Police Officers Association, and the SF Democratic Central Committee. more
Examiner column sparks protest by local groups
Examiner (07/29/2015)