Today’s Stories (Last updated June 26, 03:14 PM)

Jun
26
Pride, under the reign of Trump
by SF Usual Suspects
San Francisco's Pride parade is the biggest annual parade the city has, but it is important not to forget the history of this, once controversial, celebration.
San Francisco's Pride parade is the biggest annual parade the city has, but it is important not to forget the history of this, once controversial, celebration. more
Pride Parade takes over SF with celebration, protest
Chronicle (06/26/2017)
SF Pride parade fills downtown with color, resistance
Examiner (06/26/2017)
Jun
26
Willie Brown on the Democratic Party
by SF Usual Suspects
Willie Brown provides his thoughts on the special election losses that the Democratic Party has suffered this year, along with some speculation as to future moves in the SF political... more
Willie Brown provides his thoughts on the special election losses that the Democratic Party has suffered this year, along with some speculation as to future moves in the SF political scene.  more
The party that doesn’t know how: Democrats in disarray
Chronicle (06/26/2017)
Jun
26
Looking for Aide
by SF Usual Suspects

City Supervisors might be looking into funding for an extra aide, citing 311 hotline calls and current 15 hour a day work loads.

 
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City Supervisors might be looking into funding for an extra aide, citing 311 hotline calls and current 15 hour a day work loads.

 
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SF supervisor wants $160K to ease ‘insane’ workload for aides
Chronicle (06/26/2017)
Jun
26
Alameda County Supe improperly intervened in Juvenile Hall contract
by SF Usual Suspects
Alameda County Supervisor Wilma Chan intervened in order to help secure a lucrative contract for a mega-church that provides services to teens being held at Juvenile Hall in San Lean... more
Alameda County Supervisor Wilma Chan intervened in order to help secure a lucrative contract for a mega-church that provides services to teens being held at Juvenile Hall in San Leandro according to a newly released civil grand jury report.  more
Alameda County supervisor meddled in church contract, panel says
Chronicle (06/26/2017)
Jun
26
M&R tackle Oakland PD mistakes and SF connection to gerrymandering case
by SF Usual Suspects
Oakland police officer who oversaw the investigation into the sexual abuse scandal might not be brought up on administrative charges for the failures in that investigation. And there... more
Oakland police officer who oversaw the investigation into the sexual abuse scandal might not be brought up on administrative charges for the failures in that investigation. And there is a local SF piece to the story of the United States Supreme Court taking up a gerrymandering case.  more
Oakland officers who bungled sex case may avoid discipline
Chronicle (06/26/2017)
Jun
26
Gloden Gate Bridge to close lanes
by SF Usual Suspects
Northbound traffic will be closed during the marathon next month. For now this is being called a one time thing, but the relevant authorities will be discussing a policy regarding ev... more
Northbound traffic will be closed during the marathon next month. For now this is being called a one time thing, but the relevant authorities will be discussing a policy regarding events like this later this year.   more
Golden Gate Bridge to close lanes during SF Marathon
Examiner (06/26/2017)
Jun
26
It’s a bird, it’s a plane… no, it’s just another Drone
by SF Usual Suspects

The drone debate continues as San Francisco starts to push for more authority when it comes to drone regulation.

 

The drone debate continues as San Francisco starts to push for more authority when it comes to drone regulation.

 
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Cities look for ways to enforce no-drone zones
Chronicle (06/26/2017)
Jun
26
Another building burned
by SF Usual Suspects
A building near the Castro Theatre caught on fire Saturday. It is unclear if anyone has been displaced, but the building is said to include residential units.
A building near the Castro Theatre caught on fire Saturday. It is unclear if anyone has been displaced, but the building is said to include residential units. more
Firefighters douse blaze near Castro Theatre
Examiner (06/26/2017)
Jun
26
Children's playground in Golden Gate Park burned
by SF Usual Suspects
In an apparent act of arson, Koret playground was burned into a melted heap.
In an apparent act of arson, Koret playground was burned into a melted heap. more
Arsonist ignites children’s playground in Golden Gate Park
Examiner (06/26/2017)
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Jun
24
SF Budget Take Two: Peskin Removes Himself from Committee
by Peter Gallotta
On Friday the tussle over the City's $10.1 billion budget continued. After being denied a meeting with Mayor Lee on Thursday, Supervisor Peskin asked to be formally removed from the ... more
On Friday the tussle over the City's $10.1 billion budget continued. After being denied a meeting with Mayor Lee on Thursday, Supervisor Peskin asked to be formally removed from the Budget & Finance Committee. Negotiations, mostly behind closed doors, continued but a deal about how to allocate the $40 million in "add-back" funds was not reached. more
City Hall’s budget drama continues, Peskin removes himself from finance committee
Examiner (06/24/2017)
Jun
24
SF Budget Take Three: Deal Reached, For Now
by Peter Gallotta
Despite some members being absent, the Supervisors’ Budget & Finance Committee finally agreed on a $10.1 billion budget for the City late Friday. The deal included a $1 million for e... more
Despite some members being absent, the Supervisors’ Budget & Finance Committee finally agreed on a $10.1 billion budget for the City late Friday. The deal included a $1 million for each member of the Board of Supervisors to allocate at their discretion, while the remaining $35 million of "add-back" funds will be distributed amongst City agencies and nonprofits, most of which provide critical social services to vulnerable communities like senior citizens and the homeless. While it's unclear if negotiations have truly ended, the full Board of Supervisors will take up the budget again at their July 18 meeting. The City's budget must be finalized and signed by the mayor by August 1st.  more
SF supervisors argue over budget items but finally move forward
Chronicle (06/24/2017)
Jun
24
Single-Payer Health Care Bill Put on Hold
by Peter Gallotta
After passing in the State Senate a few weeks ago, a bill to create a single payer healthcare system in California was shelved on Friday by current Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon. T... more
After passing in the State Senate a few weeks ago, a bill to create a single payer healthcare system in California was shelved on Friday by current Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon. That means the bill likely won't go anywhere this legislative season. Advocates of the measure, including the co-authors Senator Ricardo Lara and Senator Toni Atkins, expressed disappointment that the bill would not be heard in the Assembly this year after months of debate on the issue. Rendon cited the bill's lack of detail on "financing, delivery of care, (and) cost controls" in his argument for putting off a vote.   more
California shelves single-payer health bill
Chronicle (06/24/2017)
Jun
24
UPS Shooter Used Stolen Gun
by Peter Gallotta
On Friday, the SFPD gave an update on the recent shooting of three UPS employees by fellow employee, Jimmy Lam. While the motive for the shootings remains unclear, police have confir... more
On Friday, the SFPD gave an update on the recent shooting of three UPS employees by fellow employee, Jimmy Lam. While the motive for the shootings remains unclear, police have confirmed that Lam used an assault pistol with a 30-round magazine. The gun had been stolen in Utah and is illegal to possess in California. Investigators do not yet know how Lam obtained the stolen weapon.  more
UPS shooter in San Francisco used stolen gun with 30-round magazine
Chronicle (06/24/2017)
Jun
23
Mayor Lee Touts $27M Budget Proposal to Reduce Recidivism in SF Jails
by Carrie McFadden
Although the city's budget is still in negotiations, yesterday Mayor Ed Lee highlighted the $27 million proposed specifically for diversion. For many stuck in our criminal justice sy... more
Although the city's budget is still in negotiations, yesterday Mayor Ed Lee highlighted the $27 million proposed specifically for diversion. For many stuck in our criminal justice system, it's tough to break the cycle; this money aims to fund programs to help. more
Mayor Lee proposes $27M package of diversion programs to help reduce jail population
Examiner (06/22/2017)
Jun
23
Gutting of State Board of Equalization Begins
by Carrie McFadden
California's tax collection agency, the Board of Equalization, has been a source of recent drama as it's faced allegations of misusing funds and being "dysfunctional."

Lawmakers have ... more
California's tax collection agency, the Board of Equalization, has been a source of recent drama as it's faced allegations of misusing funds and being "dysfunctional."

Lawmakers have passed a bill removing most of the power from the Board of Equalization's hands and instead giving it to two new departments. Governor Brown will likely sign the bill.  more
Gutting of California tax collection agency has begun
Chronicle (06/23/2017)
Jun
23
Budget Brouhaha: Negotiations Stall
by Carrie McFadden
Although the negotiations were supposed to result in a deal, late last night saw drama as a planned meeting between Mayor Ed Lee and Supervisor Aaron Peskin fell through, and the neg... more
Although the negotiations were supposed to result in a deal, late last night saw drama as a planned meeting between Mayor Ed Lee and Supervisor Aaron Peskin fell through, and the negotiations reached an impasse. The discussions will resume today at noon. more
City Hall erupts in drama as budget negotiations hit impasse
Examiner (06/23/2017)
Jun
23
Mark Rocha Confirmed as CCSF Chancellor Amid Protests
by Carrie McFadden
Mark Rocha was affirmed as Chancellor of the City College of San Francisco yesterday in a 6-1 vote from the trustees. Trustee Rafael Mandelman was the lone nay vote.

A parade of speak... more
Mark Rocha was affirmed as Chancellor of the City College of San Francisco yesterday in a 6-1 vote from the trustees. Trustee Rafael Mandelman was the lone nay vote.

A parade of speakers during public comment at Thursday's meeting warned of Rocha's reported clashes with faculty at the three community colleges he's led previously, but the trustees highlighted a need for stability and Rocha's experience as reasons for his approval. more
Mark Rocha, amid objections, to be City College of SF chancellor
Chronicle (06/23/2017)
Jun
23
Resist! Pride Comes to San Francisco
by Carrie McFadden
With a White House unfriendly to LGBT individuals and issues, this year's San Francisco Pride is hoping to be reflective of the resistance that has emerged since Donald Trump took of... more
With a White House unfriendly to LGBT individuals and issues, this year's San Francisco Pride is hoping to be reflective of the resistance that has emerged since Donald Trump took office. Rebranding the parade as a march and the celebration as a rally, SF Pride organizers are encouraging a more political spin on this year's festivities.

Pride has been criticized in years past for becoming more commercial, but George Ridgley, head of the San Francisco LGBT Pride Celebration Committee, is proud of the diverse and politically-charged contingents who are marching this year.

2017's activities will also have increased security, a policy that was instituted for last year's Pride in the wake of the Pulse nightclub shooting.  more
SF Pride to show resistance
The Bay Area Reporter (06/22/2017)
Jun
23
Farrell's Calls for More Female Representation Examined
by Carrie McFadden
The Chronicle reports on Supervisor Mark Farrell's legislation calling for more female representation in the public sphere is contrary to how things are run at his venture capital fi... more
The Chronicle reports on Supervisor Mark Farrell's legislation calling for more female representation in the public sphere is contrary to how things are run at his venture capital firm, Thayer Ventures.  more
Farrell’s call for female leadership underscores void at his firm
Chronicle (06/23/2017)
Jun
23
Odd-Year Woes: Giants Losses Cause Dip in Ferry Ridership
by Carrie McFadden
In a presentation to the Golden Gate Bridge, Highway and Transportation District Board of Directors yesterday, the director of planning Ron Downing pointed to the specific route serv... more
In a presentation to the Golden Gate Bridge, Highway and Transportation District Board of Directors yesterday, the director of planning Ron Downing pointed to the specific route servicing AT&T Park as seeing a large dip in ridership. 

At least next year's an even year? more
Giants’ losses mean drop in Golden Gate ferry ridership
Examiner (06/23/2017)
Jun
22
Oakland Mayor Botches Handling of Police Sex Scandal, Says Investigator
by Lia Azul Salaverry
A court-appointed investigator denounces Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf, city officials, and the police department for downplaying a burgeoning, underage sex scandal within the city's po... more
A court-appointed investigator denounces Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf, city officials, and the police department for downplaying a burgeoning, underage sex scandal within the city's police department. Just when we thought it was over...the plot thickens!


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Investigators rip Oakland’s handling of police sex scandal
Chronicle (06/22/2017)
Official: Oakland mayor bungled police sex misconduct probe
Chronicle (06/22/2017)
Jun
22
Paul Henderson to Lead SF's Watchdog Agency
by Lia Azul Salaverry

The San Francisco Police Commission names Paul Henderson, an advisor to the Mayor on criminal justice and law enforcement, the interim head of the San Francisco Department of Police

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The San Francisco Police Commission names Paul Henderson, an advisor to the Mayor on criminal justice and law enforcement, the interim head of the San Francisco Department of Police Accountability.

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Second interim head named for city’s police watchdog agency
Examiner (06/22/2017)
Jun
22
District 8 Race Heats Up
by Lia Azul Salaverry
This week's Political Notebook covers the race for District 8, with CCSF Trustee Rafael Mandelman being the first to challenge incumbent Supervisor Jeff Sheehy.
This week's Political Notebook covers the race for District 8, with CCSF Trustee Rafael Mandelman being the first to challenge incumbent Supervisor Jeff Sheehy. more
Race is on for SF District 8 supervisor seat
The Bay Area Reporter (06/22/2017)
Jun
22
Golden Gate Bridge May Close During SF Marathon Amid Safety Concerns
by Lia Azul Salaverry

Safety and terrorism concerns are prompting Golden Gate Bridge authorities to consider closing all northbound lanes of the Golden Gate Bridge during the upcoming San Francisco Marath

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Safety and terrorism concerns are prompting Golden Gate Bridge authorities to consider closing all northbound lanes of the Golden Gate Bridge during the upcoming San Francisco Marathon for the first time ever. As if we needed another incentive to walk and not drive this weekend.

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Northbound Golden Gate Bridge lanes may close for SF Marathon
Chronicle (06/22/2017)
Jun
22
Castro's Hot Cop Gets Caught
by Lia Azul Salaverry
The notorious SF "hot cop" of the Castro stands trial on two felony counts of hit and run for allegedly striking two pedestrians in North Beach. Always beware of the good looking ones!
The notorious SF "hot cop" of the Castro stands trial on two felony counts of hit and run for allegedly striking two pedestrians in North Beach. Always beware of the good looking ones! more
Hot cop stands trial
Examiner (06/22/2017)
Jun
22
Chief Bill Scott Urges for Tasers
by Lia Azul Salaverry

Chief Bill Scott wants to train SFPD with electric stun guns which have previously been denied due to staunch public opposition for over a decade. But will the new Chief win the hear

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Chief Bill Scott wants to train SFPD with electric stun guns which have previously been denied due to staunch public opposition for over a decade. But will the new Chief win the hearts and minds of the public on this issue?

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Police Commission reviews the use of Tasers
Examiner (06/22/2017)
SF police chief seeks Taser training for all officers
Chronicle (06/22/2017)
Jun
22
Legislators Promote Tax to Fund Caltrain
by Lia Azul Salaverry

Caltrain moves closer to financial independence as SB797  is introduced to add a revenue source for the regional transit agency. So far, the multi-district locomotive relied on volun

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Caltrain moves closer to financial independence as SB797  is introduced to add a revenue source for the regional transit agency. So far, the multi-district locomotive relied on voluntary capital from three counties it serves: San Mateo, Santa Clara and San Francisco.

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Legislators propose sales tax to help fund Caltrain
Examiner (06/22/2017)
Jun
22
Pride Parade to Increase Security for the Second Year in a Row
by Lia Azul Salaverry

For the second year, SF's Pride celebration will amp up security according to police and Pride organizers. Sadly, in 2017, horrific violence aimed at the LGBTQ community is still ver

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For the second year, SF's Pride celebration will amp up security according to police and Pride organizers. Sadly, in 2017, horrific violence aimed at the LGBTQ community is still very real.

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For second year in a row, SFPD to ramp up security for Pride events
Examiner (06/22/2017)
Jun
22
Equal Pay Legislation Flies Through Committee
by Lia Azul Salaverry

Proposed legislation intended to help women achieve equal pay races through a board committee in under 15 minutes. The ordinance will prohibit employers from asking about previous sa

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Proposed legislation intended to help women achieve equal pay races through a board committee in under 15 minutes. The ordinance will prohibit employers from asking about previous salary in negotiations. If only the timeline of women ACTUALLY achieving equal pay were so speedy!

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SF proposal for gender pay equity sails through committee
Examiner (06/22/2017)
Jun
22
Willie Brown Middle School Loses Second Principal in Two Years
by Lia Azul Salaverry

San Francisco’s Willie Brown Middle School lost its second principal since opening two years ago in the Bayview. The pricey new STEM focused school, which mostly serves black and Lat

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San Francisco’s Willie Brown Middle School lost its second principal since opening two years ago in the Bayview. The pricey new STEM focused school, which mostly serves black and Latino students has much potential, but needs a strong leader who's in it for the long haul. After all, the kids deserve it!

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SF’s newest public school loses second principal in as many years
Examiner (06/22/2017)
Jun
22
Battle of the Bikes!
by Lia Azul Salaverry

Bike rental companies fear Ford GoBike’s newest pricing model will destroy them, and bike companies are in tense closed door negotiations to settle the matter. While these battles ar

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Bike rental companies fear Ford GoBike’s newest pricing model will destroy them, and bike companies are in tense closed door negotiations to settle the matter. While these battles aren't new, Ford enjoys an exclusive app-based bike share contract with the city.

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Bike battle ignited as rentals fear Ford GoBike will ‘kill our industry’
Examiner (06/22/2017)
Jun
22
SF LEAD-er in Criminal Justice Reform
by Lia Azul Salaverry

San Francisco is implementing the Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion program, also known as LEAD to steer low-level drug offenders away from incarceration and to reduce recidivism. W

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San Francisco is implementing the Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion program, also known as LEAD to steer low-level drug offenders away from incarceration and to reduce recidivism. We knew you could do better SF, and we are just so darn proud!

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SF’s LEAD program seeks to divert offenders from jail
Chronicle (06/22/2017)
Jun
22
HELP WANTED -- $69 Billion Uber Seeking New CEO
by Lia Azul Salaverry
Travis Kalanick, the former CEO of Uber is OUT amid pressure. But Kalanick's fingerprints are still all over the company. Some question, will Kalanick's stronghold on Uber make the j... more
Travis Kalanick, the former CEO of Uber is OUT amid pressure. But Kalanick's fingerprints are still all over the company. Some question, will Kalanick's stronghold on Uber make the job less attractive for the next CEO? It's likely the price tag already has many sold. more
Help wanted at Uber: $69 billion company has no CEO
Chronicle (06/22/2017)
Jun
22
New CCSF Chancellor is Making Band$
by Lia Azul Salaverry

City College of San Francisco’s likely new chancellor, Mark Rocha, will make $310,500 annually before benefits. This is tens of thousands more per year than his predecessors at the f

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City College of San Francisco’s likely new chancellor, Mark Rocha, will make $310,500 annually before benefits. This is tens of thousands more per year than his predecessors at the fiscally troubled college, which is meanwhile, cancelling classes. #Priorities #BAND$

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New CCSF chancellor to earn $310k, even as college faces budget cuts
Examiner (06/22/2017)
Jun
22
The Vis Valley "Green Rush"
by Lia Azul Salaverry

Visitacion Valley will soon have two medical marijuana dispensaries. This quiet working-class neighborhood has become the latest focus for cannabis entrepreneurs looking to take adva

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Visitacion Valley will soon have two medical marijuana dispensaries. This quiet working-class neighborhood has become the latest focus for cannabis entrepreneurs looking to take advantage of the so-called “green rush” after the passage of Proposition 64, which legalized the recreational use of marijuana.

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SF's ‘green rush’ for new cannabis stores — and a growing opposition
Chronicle (06/22/2017)
Jun
21
Locked to the Chair no more
by Steven Kight

John Burton, now former Democratic Party chairman, has finally acquired the freedom to endorse Gavin Newson in the future Governor's race. As chairman he was unable to give his endor

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John Burton, now former Democratic Party chairman, has finally acquired the freedom to endorse Gavin Newson in the future Governor's race. As chairman he was unable to give his endorsement to anyone before the pre-election party convention. But he is now free to be John-fucking-Burton and do what he wants.

 
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Democratic elder John Burton endorses Gavin Newsom for governor
Chronicle (06/21/2017)
Jun
21
DeJesus wins reappointment
by Steven Kight
After a contentious fight over her reappointment, Petra DeJesus was confirmed for another term on the police commission.
After a contentious fight over her reappointment, Petra DeJesus was confirmed for another term on the police commission. more
Petra DeJesus reappointed to SF’s Police Commission
Examiner (06/21/2017)
SF supervisors reappoint Petra DeJesus to Police Commission
Chronicle (06/21/2017)
Jun
21
SF bans menthols
by Steven Kight
Supervisor Cohen succeeded in passing an ordinance that will ban the sale of flavored nicotine products, including menthol cigarettes, in San Francisco. Evidence suggests that such p... more
Supervisor Cohen succeeded in passing an ordinance that will ban the sale of flavored nicotine products, including menthol cigarettes, in San Francisco. Evidence suggests that such products are part of the reason many young people start smoking, and this ban is intended to help prevent people from becoming addicted to cigarettes.  more
SF bans sale of menthol cigarettes, may eliminate at least $50.5M in tobacco sales
Examiner (06/21/2017)
Jun
21
The life aquatic with M&R
by Steven Kight
M&R tackle the news of an SFO director's apparent firing following a bizarre appearance at a Latinx church wearing an ICE jacket, the extraordinary expense that the UC Board of Regen... more
M&R tackle the news of an SFO director's apparent firing following a bizarre appearance at a Latinx church wearing an ICE jacket, the extraordinary expense that the UC Board of Regents has decided to go to in order to investigate Janet Napolitano, but also more breaking news from the America's Cup, which I know we can all agree is the most important thing happening today. more
SFO manager put on ice after posing as immigration agent
Chronicle (06/21/2017)