Today’s Stories (Last updated March 22, 02:58 PM)

Mar
22
Elected Officials OK'd SF General Billing Practices
by Nicole Yelich
Heather Knight continues her series on San Francisco General Hospital’s exorbitant billing practices by detailing how the City’s elected leaders consistently signed off on the hospit... more
Heather Knight continues her series on San Francisco General Hospital’s exorbitant billing practices by detailing how the City’s elected leaders consistently signed off on the hospital’s policies, without discussion, seemingly unaware of what exactly they were allowing to continue. more
SF General's bills are so high because mayor, supervisors said they could be
Chronicle (03/22/2019)
Mar
22
Three Supes Pledge to Close SF Juvenile Hall
by Nicole Yelich
Supervisors Ronen, Shamann, and Haney are drafting legislation to close San Francisco’s juvenile detention center after an investigation by the Chronicle published Thursday showed th... more
Supervisors Ronen, Shamann, and Haney are drafting legislation to close San Francisco’s juvenile detention center after an investigation by the Chronicle published Thursday showed that youth detentions have dropped precipitously since 2011 while costs to keep kids in jail have remained the same. more
3 SF supervisors pledge to close juvenile hall after Chronicle report
Chronicle (03/22/2019)
Mar
22
Report Says Public Bank Could Take Billions and Decades to Break Even
by Nicole Yelich
The Examiner’s Joshua Sabatini digs into the final report from the task force created last year to study the feasibility of San Francisco launching its first public bank.  The report... more
The Examiner’s Joshua Sabatini digs into the final report from the task force created last year to study the feasibility of San Francisco launching its first public bank.  The report, due for official release by Treasurer José Cisneros today, outlines three options that could take between 10 and 56 years for the City to break even on billions in investments, but offers no recommendations on if the City should pursue any of the three. more
Report: Public bank could require billions in investment, take decades to break even
Examiner (03/22/2019)
Mar
22
High Number of Mission Cops Flagged for Misconduct
by Nicole Yelich
Mission Local reports that while the numbers of officers identified by the SFPD’s internal system as being at risk for committing misconduct, such as use-of-force and officer-involve... more
Mission Local reports that while the numbers of officers identified by the SFPD’s internal system as being at risk for committing misconduct, such as use-of-force and officer-involved shootings, has dropped overall, the numbers of Mission cops flagged remains alarmingly high with 78 percent of Mission Station’s cops flagged in 2018. more
Why are Mission officers using more force than cops at any other SFPD station?
Mission Local (03/22/2019)
Mar
22
Second "Polarizing Figure" Departs Police Union
by Nicole Yelich

Marty Halloran, former president of the SFPOA who stepped down from his post last May, has left his consulting gig with the union, following in his predecessor Gary Delagnes’ footste

... more

Marty Halloran, former president of the SFPOA who stepped down from his post last May, has left his consulting gig with the union, following in his predecessor Gary Delagnes’ footsteps.  Delagnes was ousted from his consulting role last week after his ‘social media tirade’ against Jeff Adachi.

This second departure, seemingly, is another attempt for the union to get back into City Hall’s - and the public’s - good graces, although critics maintain that more substantial shifts are needed on the union’s “long standing anti-reform, anti-accountability positions” before any changes can be taken seriously.

 
more
Second polarizing figure separates from SF police union
Examiner (03/22/2019)
Mar
22
Suspended Muni Union Boss is Back
by Nicole Yelich
Amid increasing internal drama that spilled out into the open as contract negotiations began, Joe Fitz reports that Muni’s transit union president Roger Marenco is back in charge jus... more
Amid increasing internal drama that spilled out into the open as contract negotiations began, Joe Fitz reports that Muni’s transit union president Roger Marenco is back in charge just a few weeks after being suspended from his post by his political rivals on the union’s executive board. more
After suspension, Muni union president brought back into contract talks with City Hall
Examiner (03/22/2019)
Mar
22
Green Advocates Push for Tax Incentives for Uber, Lyft Drivers
by Nicole Yelich
Environmental advocates are urging the City to offer tax breaks to Uber and Lyft drivers to incentive them to drive zero-emission cars, however the logistics remain unclear.  Supervi... more
Environmental advocates are urging the City to offer tax breaks to Uber and Lyft drivers to incentive them to drive zero-emission cars, however the logistics remain unclear.  Supervisor Aaron Peskin says he is planning to include a temporary tax incentive into the November ballot measure to impose a tax on Lyft rides inside SF to raise funds for local transit projects. more
Environmental groups want SF to nudge Uber, Lyft drivers toward electric vehicles
Chronicle (03/22/2019)
Mar
22
SFSU Settles Anti-Semitism Lawsuit
by Nicole Yelich
SF State will be hiring a consultant to serve as “coordinator of Jewish student life” as part of a settlement with a lawsuit that accused the university of fostering anti-Semitism on... more
SF State will be hiring a consultant to serve as “coordinator of Jewish student life” as part of a settlement with a lawsuit that accused the university of fostering anti-Semitism on campus, among several other provisions to prevent discrimination and promote diversity. more
SF State settles suit accusing it of tolerating anti-Semitism
Chronicle (03/22/2019)
SFSU settles lawsuit alleging it fostered anti-Semitism on campus
Examiner (03/22/2019)
Mar
22
SF Needs "Behavioral Changes" to Prepare for Climate Change
by Nicole Yelich
On Tuesday, the executive directors of the Dept. of Emergency Management Mary Ellen Carroll and Port of San Francisco sat down with Manny’s Cafe owner Emanuel Yekutiel to discuss cha... more
On Tuesday, the executive directors of the Dept. of Emergency Management Mary Ellen Carroll and Port of San Francisco sat down with Manny’s Cafe owner Emanuel Yekutiel to discuss changes the City needs to make to better prepare for the effects of climate change. more
S.F. Needs 'Behavioral Changes' to Address Climate Change, Say Experts
SF Weekly (03/22/2019)
Mar
22
GG Bridge Committee Approves Toll Hike
by Nicole Yelich
On Thursday, the Finance-Auditing Committee of the Golden Gate Bridge Transit District voted unanimously to approve yearly toll increases beginning in July that would raise the toll ... more
On Thursday, the Finance-Auditing Committee of the Golden Gate Bridge Transit District voted unanimously to approve yearly toll increases beginning in July that would raise the toll up to $9.75 by 2023.  Transit officials are expected to approve the plan today. more
Golden Gate Bridge District to vote on toll hike
Chronicle (03/22/2019)
Mar
22
Watch Mayor Breed on "Midday Live"
by Nicole Yelich
Watch Mayor London Breed’s appearance on ABC7’s “Midday Live” yesterday where she took questions on housing, homelessness and Larry Baer, and Beyoncé. more
Watch Mayor London Breed’s appearance on ABC7’s “Midday Live” yesterday where she took questions on housing, homelessness and Larry Baer, and Beyoncé. more
San Francisco Mayor London Breed speaks to ABC7 about housing crisis, Beyonce and more
ABC7 News (03/22/2019)
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…

Mar
21
City Grapples With Conservatorship Bill’s Implementation
by Spencer Lam
The city is grappling with voting to implement a State Senate bill passed last year, which called for the piloting of additional conservatorship qualifications, in San Francisco, Los... more
The city is grappling with voting to implement a State Senate bill passed last year, which called for the piloting of additional conservatorship qualifications, in San Francisco, Los Angeles, and San Diego counties. While Gov. Brown signed the bill, the City has yet to vote on its implementation. Mayor Breed and Supervisor Rafael Mandelman have supported the bill, though it was basically ignored by the other two counties it was meant to affect. more
Mental Health, Homelessness and Civil Rights: S.F.'s Crisis of Conscience
SF Weekly (03/21/2019)
Mar
21
City Litigation Over 12-Year Period Has Cost Taxpayers $90.7 Million
by Spencer Lam
Over a twelve-year period stretching back to January 2007, litigation initiated by city employees has cost San Francisco taxpayers a total of $90.7 million. The largest sum of money ... more
Over a twelve-year period stretching back to January 2007, litigation initiated by city employees has cost San Francisco taxpayers a total of $90.7 million. The largest sum of money paid out came from wrongful termination suits, at $20 million. Tied for second highest were racial discrimination suits and compensation-related claims, both categories hovering at about $14 million. Ouch. more
City employee lawsuit costs soar to $90.7 million
Examiner (03/21/2019)
Mar
21
Housing Paradox: Slowing Growth Despite More Project Approval
by Spencer Lam

Despite more housing project approvals, the growth of housing in San Francisco slowed in 2018, compared to prior years. The Examiner goes into all of the facts and figures presented

... more

Despite more housing project approvals, the growth of housing in San Francisco slowed in 2018, compared to prior years. The Examiner goes into all of the facts and figures presented in the Housing Inventory report, which is expected to be presented to the city’s Planning Commission today.

more
Housing production slows sharply despite growing backlog of approved projects
Examiner (03/21/2019)
Mar
21
Privacy a Concern as City Considers Evolution to ‘Smart’ Grid
by Spencer Lam

San Francisco may soon become a ‘smart’ city, which would include thousands of devices citywide to provide wireless service and record audio/video.  Privacy concerns are tangible wit

... more

San Francisco may soon become a ‘smart’ city, which would include thousands of devices citywide to provide wireless service and record audio/video.  Privacy concerns are tangible with this proposal, and it may be the first tech-related upgrade to be affected by Supervisor Aaron Peskin’s January legislation to protect the public from overly-intrusive technology. 

more
SF considers ‘sweeping smart city’ installation of devices with cameras, microphones
Examiner (03/21/2019)
Mar
21
Commission Reaches Settlement; Family of Tess Rothstein Speaks Out
by Spencer Lam
Wednesday, the San Francisco Police Commission voted to settle with a cyclist who had been struck by a police vehicle while riding in a bike lane, for an undisclosed amount of money.... more
Wednesday, the San Francisco Police Commission voted to settle with a cyclist who had been struck by a police vehicle while riding in a bike lane, for an undisclosed amount of money.

Tuesday, the family of a bike rider who was struck and killed gathered on the steps of City Hall to speak out about city bicycle safety. Rothstein was killed as she swerved to avoid an opening car door, being struck by an oncoming truck. more
Family and Friends of Cyclist Tess Rothstein Speak Out
SF Weekly (03/21/2019)
SF settles with cyclist struck by police car in SoMa bike lane
Examiner (03/21/2019)
Mar
21
"My B"
by Spencer Lam

The Chronicle questions the accuracy of Supervisor Peskin’s recent criticism of the Department of Homelessness and Supportive Housing in this piece.  Peskin has said that San Mateo C

... more

The Chronicle questions the accuracy of Supervisor Peskin’s recent criticism of the Department of Homelessness and Supportive Housing in this piece.  Peskin has said that San Mateo County receives homeless data faster than San Francisco does - however, that’s inaccurate, according to a spokesman for the county of San Mateo.  “My bad,” said Peskin.

more
SF Supervisor Aaron Peskin slams homeless department, but his information is incorrect
Chronicle (03/21/2019)
Mar
21
Golden Gate Bridge Tolls May Rise Again
by Spencer Lam

Friday, tolls for crossing the Golden Gate Bridge may rise again, following a meeting of the Golden Gate Bridge, Highway and Transportation District Board of Directors (try saying th

... more

Friday, tolls for crossing the Golden Gate Bridge may rise again, following a meeting of the Golden Gate Bridge, Highway and Transportation District Board of Directors (try saying that five times fast).  The amount of the possible increase is not clear.  Currently, the District faces a $74 million budget shortfall which could be shored up with another fare hike.

more
Golden Gate Bridge tolls may rise after Friday vote
Examiner (03/21/2019)
Mar
21
City College Students Protest Class Cuts
by Spencer Lam

Wednesday afternoon, a group of City College students gathered on the Chinatown campus to protest the cutting of several classes with “healthy” enrollment.  Classes included computer

... more

Wednesday afternoon, a group of City College students gathered on the Chinatown campus to protest the cutting of several classes with “healthy” enrollment.  Classes included computer science, ethnic studies, nursing and more. 

more
City College students denounce elimination of classes from 2019 fall schedule
Examiner (03/21/2019)
Mar
21
Historic Preservation Committee Grants Legacy Status to Glide Foundation
by Spencer Lam

Wednesday, the Historic Preservation Committee voted unanimously to grant ‘legacy business’ status to the San Francisco Glide Foundation.  This generally protects businesses from dis

... more

Wednesday, the Historic Preservation Committee voted unanimously to grant ‘legacy business’ status to the San Francisco Glide Foundation.  This generally protects businesses from displacement, as it can qualify landlords who have 10-year leases on them for a $22,500 annual grant from the City.  The status also allows businesses to be eligible for a $500-per-employee grant, capped at $50,000 maximum.  Glide Foundation spokesman Sam confirmed that Glide had sought legacy status “for a long time.”

more
Glide wins support for legacy business status
Examiner (03/21/2019)
Mar
21
Ford GoBike Mechanics, Bike Service Workers to Vote Next Week on Unionizing
by Spencer Lam
Next Thursday, Ford GoBike Mechanics and Bike Service Workers will take a vote on unionizing, and whether or not to join the Transport Workers Union of America. John Samuelson, the p... more
Next Thursday, Ford GoBike Mechanics and Bike Service Workers will take a vote on unionizing, and whether or not to join the Transport Workers Union of America. John Samuelson, the president of the union, has said this vote is especially critical as the program hopes to eventually deploy seven-thousand bikes citywide. more
Bay Area Ford GoBike workers to unionize
Examiner (03/21/2019)
Mar
21
Twelve Bills Co-Sponsored by Equality California Focus Mainly on Trans and Youth Rights
by Spencer Lam

In this piece from The Bay Area Reporter, twelve LGBT-related statewide bills are highlighted as they undergo the legislative process.  Multiple bills are authored by Sen. Scott Wien

... more

In this piece from The Bay Area Reporter, twelve LGBT-related statewide bills are highlighted as they undergo the legislative process.  Multiple bills are authored by Sen. Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco), including a bill to ban medically unnecessary surgeries performed on intersex infants, and another that would prevent gay male adolescents from having to be listed on the state's sex offender registry for sleeping with a boyfriend who is a minor.  Both bills have encountered stiff resistance - the first bill being opposed by the California Medical Association, and the second one coming under fire from conservative groups. 

more
Trans, youth issues focus of CA LGBT bill package
The Bay Area Reporter (03/21/2019)
Mar
21
UCSF Workers Strike for 24 Hours, in Solidarity With UC Researchers & Technicians
by Spencer Lam
Wednesday morning, UCSF workers stood outside the Mission Bay campus, in a 24-hour show of solidarity for University of California researchers and technicians. Members of the UPTE-CW... more
Wednesday morning, UCSF workers stood outside the Mission Bay campus, in a 24-hour show of solidarity for University of California researchers and technicians. Members of the UPTE-CWA 9119 and AFSCME Local 3299 participated in the strike. more
UCSF Union Workers Launch Powerful 24-Hour Strike
SF Weekly (03/21/2019)
Mar
21
Festivals in California May Soon Serve Food In Reusable Containers
by Spencer Lam

Wednesday, Assemblyman David Chiu (D-San Francisco) introduced legislation that would address the massive amount of food-related waste generated by festivals in California, including

... more

Wednesday, Assemblyman David Chiu (D-San Francisco) introduced legislation that would address the massive amount of food-related waste generated by festivals in California, including Outside Lands and Coachella.  Under Chiu’s bill, vendors would get authorization to serve food on reusable containers from local health enforcement.

more
California Festivals Could Serve Food with Reusable Containers
SF Weekly (03/21/2019)
Mar
21
Goodbye Amazon Cashless Stores?
by Spencer Lam
Curbed SF provides an update on yesterday’s story on Supervisor Vallie Brown’s proposed equity-related ban on Amazon cashless stores.
Curbed SF provides an update on yesterday’s story on Supervisor Vallie Brown’s proposed equity-related ban on Amazon cashless stores. more
Mar
20
Why DV Adovcates Called for Baer's Suspension, DA Declines to File Charges
by Nicole Yelich

Phil Matier says domestic violence advocates decided to publicly call for Giants CEO Larry Baer’s suspension, weeks after video of a public physical altercation with his wife went vi

... more

Phil Matier says domestic violence advocates decided to publicly call for Giants CEO Larry Baer’s suspension, weeks after video of a public physical altercation with his wife went viral, because they were waiting for Baer to accept personal responsibility and announce his plan to seek treatment for anger issues - but it never came.  Rather, Baer announced a self-imposed leave of absence from the team and his wife Pam released a statement downplaying the incident, moves that Commission on the Status of Women President Debbie Mesloh says were “tone deaf.”

In related news, on Tuesday the SF District Attorney’s office declined to file charges against Baer saying that after reviewing the video footage and interviewing witnesses, including Larry and Pam Baer, “the evidence does not support filing criminal charges.”

 
more
DA declines to charge SF Giants CEO Larry Baer over altercation with wife
Chronicle (03/20/2019)
DA won't charge Giants CEO Baer for altercation
ESPN (03/20/2019)
District Attorney declines to file charges against Giants CEO Larry Baer after altercation with wife
Examiner (03/20/2019)
San Francisco D.A. won't pursue criminal charges against Larry Baer for altercation with wife
KTVU (03/20/2019)
Why domestic violence advocates called for SF Giants CEO Larry Baer to be suspended
Chronicle (03/20/2019)
Mar
20
150 Current and Former Inmates Sue City, Sheriff Over Raw Sewage Flooding County Jail
by Nicole Yelich

More than 150 (and growing) current and former inmates of the decrepit San Francisco County Jail No. 4, have joined a lawsuit over frequent - “near daily” - raw sewage flooding that

... more

More than 150 (and growing) current and former inmates of the decrepit San Francisco County Jail No. 4, have joined a lawsuit over frequent - “near daily” - raw sewage flooding that routinely saw inmates eating and sleeping in cells sullied by the flooding, and were forced to clean the raw sewage out of their cells without proper safety equipment.

The suit alleges, per an uncovered OSHA memo from 2017 that says as much, that City officials knew about the systemic problem, but balked at spending money on the crumbling infrastructure when they had plans to relocate inmates of the jail “in the next couple of years.”

 
more
More than 150 San Francisco inmates have joined lawsuit over frequent sewage floods in county jail
Unknown (03/20/2019)
Mar
20
SFMTA Directors Vote to Install Protected Bike Lanes on Howard
by Nicole Yelich

At yesterday’s SFMTA Board meeting, directors instructed staff to install protect bike lanes on Howard between Third and Sixth streets by April 18th, and a plan to extend the new lan

... more

At yesterday’s SFMTA Board meeting, directors instructed staff to install protect bike lanes on Howard between Third and Sixth streets by April 18th, and a plan to extend the new lanes to the waterfront could be ready for officials’ review by this summer.  

SFMTA Chair Malcolm Heinicke also asked staff to study what streets could potentially become car-free and Muni-only, in a bid to respond to the public pressure to make SF streets safer.

Mayor Breed sent a letter to the agency’s directors in advance of the meeting calling for increased safety measures along Howard and beyond, and more than 200 protestors rallied at City Hall yesterday in support of the same, as the community continues to mourn and organize after the death of cyclist Tess Rothstein.


 
more
Family and Friends of Cyclist Tess Rothstein Speak Out
SF Weekly (03/20/2019)
SF starts planning protected bike lanes on Howard Street to waterfront after cyclist's death
Examiner (03/20/2019)
SF transit agency votes for protected bike lane on Howard
Chronicle (03/20/2019)
SF transit officials to begin studying car-free streets
Examiner (03/20/2019)
Mar
20
Board Votes to Expedite Process for Building Nav Centers, Shelters
by Nicole Yelich
The Board of Supervisors unanimously approved legislation yesterday, sponsored by Mayor London Breed, that would dramatically speed up the process for building new homeless shelters ... more
The Board of Supervisors unanimously approved legislation yesterday, sponsored by Mayor London Breed, that would dramatically speed up the process for building new homeless shelters and navigation centers by exempting both from the building permit process and expediting the hiring of contractors to run the facilities. more
New laws could expedite opening of Navigation Center on SF Embarcadero
Chronicle (03/20/2019)
Mar
20
Board Prez Calls for Lower Speed Limits, 'Daylighting' Intersections
by Nicole Yelich
Board of Supervisors President Norman Yee yesterday instructed the City Attorney’s office to draft legislation to lower speed limits and utilize “daylighting” measures citywide to in... more
Board of Supervisors President Norman Yee yesterday instructed the City Attorney’s office to draft legislation to lower speed limits and utilize “daylighting” measures citywide to increase pedestrian and bicyclist safety in intersections, although SFMTA officials caution that state law may constrain the City’s ability to decrease speed limits. more
Yee calls for SF to lower speed limits, take action on traffic deaths
Examiner (03/20/2019)
Mar
20
Sup. Brown's Proposed Cashless Ban Expands to Amazon Brick and Mortar Stores
by Nicole Yelich
Supervisor Vallie Brown is expanding her proposed ban on cashless businesses to include Amazon Go, the brick and mortar arm of the online retailer, which has two stores in the City a... more
Supervisor Vallie Brown is expanding her proposed ban on cashless businesses to include Amazon Go, the brick and mortar arm of the online retailer, which has two stores in the City and plans for a third. more
Proposed ban on cashless stores expanded to include Amazon Go
Examiner (03/20/2019)
Mar
20
Sup. Haney Introduces Renaming of SoMa Street to Honor Jeff Adachi
by Nicole Yelich
Supervisor Matt Haney introduced a resolution on Tuesday to rename Gilbert Street, a small SoMa street that runs parallel to Seventh between Bryant and Brannan behind the Public Defe... more
Supervisor Matt Haney introduced a resolution on Tuesday to rename Gilbert Street, a small SoMa street that runs parallel to Seventh between Bryant and Brannan behind the Public Defender’s Office, “Jeff Adachi Way” in honor of Adachi who passed away suddenly on February 22nd. more
SF could name street in honor of late Public Defender Jeff Adachi
Examiner (03/20/2019)
SF Supe Suggests Renaming Street 'Jeff Adachi Way' For Late Public Defender
KCBS (03/20/2019)
SoMa Street Could Be Renamed ‘Jeff Adachi Way’
SF Weekly (03/20/2019)
Mar
20
SF Officials Move to Limit Sale of E-Cigs
by Nicole Yelich
City Attorney Dennis Herrera announced yesterday that SF joined Chicago and New York in sending a letter to the FDA demanding they perform a proper review of the impact of e-cigarett... more
City Attorney Dennis Herrera announced yesterday that SF joined Chicago and New York in sending a letter to the FDA demanding they perform a proper review of the impact of e-cigarettes on public health, and Sup. Shamann Walton proposed legislation banning the sale e-cigarettes in the City until a proper FDA review. more
Herrera, Walton move to restrict e-cigarette sales, manufacturing in SF
Examiner (03/20/2019)
San Francisco floats ban on e-cigarettes pending US review
Chronicle (03/20/2019)
Mar
20
SFPD Shows Drop in Officers Flagged for Possible Misconduct
by Nicole Yelich
Today, the SFPD will present a new report to the Police Commission that shows a drop in the number of officers flagged as at-risk to commit misconduct through the department’s “Early... more
Today, the SFPD will present a new report to the Police Commission that shows a drop in the number of officers flagged as at-risk to commit misconduct through the department’s “Early Intervention System” that evaluates officers on criteria including involvement in shootings, use-of-force incidents, and complaints filed against them.  

In 2018, officers were flagged a total of 831 times, versus 996 in 2017 and 877 in 2016.
more
SFPD early warning system flags possible bad apples fewer times in 2018
Examiner (03/20/2019)
Mar
20
Health Inspectors Force CBD Wellness Store to Stop Selling Edible Products
by Nicole Yelich
SF Health Inspectors ordered a newly opened CBD and hemp store, Sidewalk Wellness in SF’s Mission District, to clear all edible products from its shelves, saying the FDA has not appr... more
SF Health Inspectors ordered a newly opened CBD and hemp store, Sidewalk Wellness in SF’s Mission District, to clear all edible products from its shelves, saying the FDA has not approved CBD for consumption, leaving owner Gus Daibis to “eat” an estimated $30,000. more
SF Mission CBD wellness store ordered by heath department to clear out edibles
Mission Local (03/20/2019)
Mar
20
Milk SFO Signage Law Sent Back to Budget Committee for Review
by Nicole Yelich
Board legislation on the size of signs carrying Harvey Milk’s name at SFO has been sent back to the Budget and Finance Committee for review, after airport officials said that amendme... more
Board legislation on the size of signs carrying Harvey Milk’s name at SFO has been sent back to the Budget and Finance Committee for review, after airport officials said that amendments made last week requiring that all Terminal 1 signs must carry Milk’s name would cost $1.6 million to implement. more
Legislation on Harvey Milk signage at SFO sent back to committee
Examiner (03/20/2019)
Mar
20
New Voting System Will Allow 10 Ranked-Choice Votes
by Nicole Yelich
The SF Department of Elections will soon roll out a “robust public education program” about the City’s new electronic voting machines will give voters the option to rank up to 10 can... more
The SF Department of Elections will soon roll out a “robust public education program” about the City’s new electronic voting machines will give voters the option to rank up to 10 candidates in ranked-choice races in a redesigned ballot format in advance of this November’s election. more
New voting system in SF for November election allows 10 ranked choices
Chronicle (03/20/2019)
Mar
19
New SF General Program Focuses on Homeless with HIV
by Alexandra Cannarella

Despite San Francisco having the lowest levels of HIV since the start of the epidemic, there is one group in the city that continues to contract new infections and are half as likely

... more

Despite San Francisco having the lowest levels of HIV since the start of the epidemic, there is one group in the city that continues to contract new infections and are half as likely as their housed peers to have the virus under control; people who are homeless.

SF General’s Positive-health Onsite Program for Unstably-housed Populations, or POP-UP, is a new program launched in January that has enrolled 23 homeless patients who are HIV-positive and either not on medications to treat HIV or unable to take the meds consistently enough to keep the infection under control.

more
Homeless with HIV: SF General program aims to help those most vulnerable
Chronicle (03/19/2019)
Mar
19
Supervisors Worry Mayor Breed is Prioritizing Quantity Over Quality in Shelter Beds
by Alexandra Cannarella
Supervisors Matt Haney and Hillary Ronen are worried that the Mayor’s aggressive program to create new beds in for the homeless in their districts has left the quality of beds and ca... more
Supervisors Matt Haney and Hillary Ronen are worried that the Mayor’s aggressive program to create new beds in for the homeless in their districts has left the quality of beds and care out of the mix. Mayor Breed has proposed adding a 200-bed Navigation Center to the Embarcadero in South Beach and another 60 beds to the already existing Division Circle Navigation Center. more
2 SF supervisors worry Mayor Breed prioritizing quantity over quality in shelter beds
Chronicle (03/19/2019)
Mar
19
MUNI Transport Workers Union Leadership Suspended
by Alexandra Cannarella

SF MUNI’s Operator Union, Transport Workers Union Local 250-A’s leadership was suspended Thursday by the national union who will take over ongoing contract negotiations with the City

... more

SF MUNI’s Operator Union, Transport Workers Union Local 250-A’s leadership was suspended Thursday by the national union who will take over ongoing contract negotiations with the City. “In recent days, the situation deteriorated to the point where decisive action by the TWU International is required to protect Local 250-A members,” the Transport Workers Union leadership wrote in a letter to Muni operators. The International Transport Workers Union will contract negotiations for roughly 2,000 drivers on behalf of the local.

more
National union takes over Muni local in midst of contract talks, citing ‘infighting' and ‘dysfunction’
Examiner (03/19/2019)
Mar
19
SF Reached $13.1 Million Settlement with Man Framed By Police for Murder
by Alexandra Cannarella
Attorneys for a San Francisco man Jamal Trulove have reached a $13.1 million settlement with the City Attorney’s office, after he was framed and wrongfully convicted in the 2007 murd... more
Attorneys for a San Francisco man Jamal Trulove have reached a $13.1 million settlement with the City Attorney’s office, after he was framed and wrongfully convicted in the 2007 murder of his friend Seu Kuka at the Sunnydale Housing Project.

Trulove filed a federal lawsuit against San Francisco and a number of officers in January 2016, alleging that his wrongful conviction “was the result of serious misconduct” by police who “manipulated an eyewitness, Priscilla Lualemaga, into misidentifying Mr. Trulove as the shooter.”
more
SF reaches $13.1M settlement with man framed by police for murder
Examiner (03/19/2019)