Today’s Stories (Last updated February 26, 09:02 AM)

Feb
26
Coronavirus Emergency Declared in San Francisco, but Please, Please Don’t Panic
by Armand Domalewski

Mayor London Breed declared a local emergency in San Francisco to combat the coronavirus epidemic. It is very, very, very important to emphasize that this is a pre-emptive measure---

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Mayor London Breed declared a local emergency in San Francisco to combat the coronavirus epidemic. It is very, very, very important to emphasize that this is a pre-emptive measure---there are no cases of coronavirus originating from SF so far, and this measure simply clears the legal obstacles to mobilizing city resources, speeding up emergency planning, coordinating amongst city agencies, requesting reimbursements from federal and state government, and more.

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Get ready now for probable coronavirus pandemic in U.S., federal officials warn
Chronicle (02/26/2020)
SF Mayor London Breed Declares Local Emergency Amid Coronavirus Outbreak
NBC Bay Area (02/26/2020)
SF Mayor London Breed declares state of emergency over...
Chronicle (02/26/2020)
Feb
26
California bill would fund rewards for meth addicts who stop using drugs
by Armand Domalewski
Senator Scott Wiener  proposed legislation to combat the growing methamphetamine epidemic in San Francisco, hoping to provide funding to programs that use financial incentives to enc... more
Senator Scott Wiener  proposed legislation to combat the growing methamphetamine epidemic in San Francisco, hoping to provide funding to programs that use financial incentives to encourage drug users to stop using drugs. While the legislation is sure to provoke controversy, Wiener argues that the small cash prizes and vouchers in the program could help people recover from their addictions. more
Wiener bill would provide financial incentives to encourage drug addicts to recover from addiction
Chronicle (02/26/2020)
Feb
26
Following viral video of a racist, violent attack on an Asian man, SF BOS approves legislation requiring police to report crime demographics
by Armand Domalewski

While Supervisor Gordon Mar’s legislation to require police to report on the demographics of crime victims preceded this week’s brutal attack on an elderly Chinese man in Hunter’s Po

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While Supervisor Gordon Mar’s legislation to require police to report on the demographics of crime victims preceded this week’s brutal attack on an elderly Chinese man in Hunter’s Point, the timing of that assault only spotlighted the need for such data, supporters of the legislation argued as the BOS enacted it into law yesterday.

 
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SF legislation requires police to report victim demographics
Chronicle (02/26/2020)
Supervisors Approve Requiring Police To Report Crime Victim Data Day After Viral Video Surfaces
Chronicle (02/26/2020)
Feb
26
Violent attack against Asian man captured on viral video is being investigated as a hate crime
by Armand Domalewski
After a video featuring an elderly Asian man collecting cans getting viciously attacked by a man shouting hateful sentiments about Asians went viral, SFPD announced it was investigat... more
After a video featuring an elderly Asian man collecting cans getting viciously attacked by a man shouting hateful sentiments about Asians went viral, SFPD announced it was investigating the incident as a possible hate crime and renewed call for help identifying the victim. more
Police investigate video of Asian man being attacked as possible hate crime
Examiner (02/26/2020)
San Francisco Police Renew Call For Help Identifying Recycling Theft Victim
KCBS (02/26/2020)
Feb
26
One Year In, How is Tenant Right to Counsel Doing?
by Armand Domalewski

One year after the passage of Proposition F, known as the Tenant Right to Counsel (TRC) law, San Francisco released a report on the new program’s impact so far. Overall, the City’s a

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One year after the passage of Proposition F, known as the Tenant Right to Counsel (TRC) law, San Francisco released a report on the new program’s impact so far. Overall, the City’s assessment is that the program has reduced evictions and been effective, but is currently unable meet overwhelming demand, prompting tenant advocates to push for more funding.

 
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Program aimed at curbing evictions showing promise but not quite there yet
SF Business Times (02/26/2020)
Feb
26
Peskin wants to flush toilet contract
by Armand Domalewski

Following the arrest of Department of Public Works Director Mohammed Nuru and the ensuing corruption scandal, Supervisor Aaron Peskin has introduced a resolution urging the City to f

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Following the arrest of Department of Public Works Director Mohammed Nuru and the ensuing corruption scandal, Supervisor Aaron Peskin has introduced a resolution urging the City to flush its contract with JCDecaux, a French multinational that provided toilet services and may have won contracts unfairly due to the lobbying of the disgraced former DPW Director.

 
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Citing Mohammed Nuru charges, resolution urges San Francisco to flush JCDecaux toilet contract
Mission Local (02/26/2020)
Feb
26
Navigation Center for Homeless youth in Nob Hill approved without much controversy...so far
by Armand Domalewski
San Francisco’s Board of Supervisors unanimously approved a proposal to establish a Navigation Center for homeless youth in the Lower Nob Hill neighborhood on 888 Post Street. While ... more
San Francisco’s Board of Supervisors unanimously approved a proposal to establish a Navigation Center for homeless youth in the Lower Nob Hill neighborhood on 888 Post Street. While previous Navigation Center announcements stirred up considerable debate---such as the notorious political struggle over the Embarcadero Navigation Center last year---this announcement was met with little visible initial opposition, though that may change as the planning process unfolds. more
Board of Supervisors approves navigation center for homeless youth in San Francisco
KRON4 (02/26/2020)
SF approves facility for homeless youth in Lower Nob Hill
Examiner (02/26/2020)
Feb
26
Vision Zero is still only a Vision as San Francisco reports its first pedestrian death of the year
by Armand Domalewski
80 year old San Francisco resident David Chow was struck by a car at O’Farrell and Polk Stret on Friday night and tragically passed away. While details of the incident are still scan... more
80 year old San Francisco resident David Chow was struck by a car at O’Farrell and Polk Stret on Friday night and tragically passed away. While details of the incident are still scant, SFMTA has begun exploring options to improve safety at the intersection, hoping to bring SF closer to its Vision Zero goal of zero traffic fatalities. more
80-Year-Old Man Becomes First San Francisco Pedestrian Fatality of 2020
SF Weekly (02/26/2020)
Feb
26
Bayview businesses push back on rezoning of Bayview Industrial Triangle that would limit housing
by Armand Domalewski
After SF’s Planning Commission approved a rezoning aiming to preserve blue-collar industrial space in the Bayview Industrial Triangle, several local business owners came out against ... more
After SF’s Planning Commission approved a rezoning aiming to preserve blue-collar industrial space in the Bayview Industrial Triangle, several local business owners came out against the change, arguing that the area needed more flexible uses in order to revitalize street life and economic activity in the neighborhood. more
Bayview business owners push back on SF plan to limit housing in dilapidated industrial stretch
Chronicle (02/26/2020)
Feb
26
Beating was brutal and illegal, claims lawsuit against SFPD
by Armand Domalewski
Dacari Spiers is suing SFPD, claiming officers illegally and brutally beat him last year in Fisherman’s wharf with batons. more
Dacari Spiers is suing SFPD, claiming officers illegally and brutally beat him last year in Fisherman’s wharf with batons. more
City of San Francisco Sued by Man Who Says He Was Brutally Beaten by Police
NBC (02/26/2020)
Man suing SFPD alleging officers beat him with batons – The San Francisco Examiner
Examiner (02/26/2020)
San Francisco Police Department Sued for Police Brutality
KCBS (02/26/2020)
Feb
26
New addition to historic federal register is an old landmark in the LGBT community
by Armand Domalewski
The Japanese YWCA/Issei Women’s Building has been added to the National Register of Historic Places due to its importance to LGBT history. more
The Japanese YWCA/Issei Women’s Building has been added to the National Register of Historic Places due to its importance to LGBT history. more
Feb
26
Free legal help expands in San Francisco
by Armand Domalewski
Open Door Legal, a San Francisco non-profit focused on providing free legal help to all, opened two new offices in the Excelsior and Fillmore-Western Addition neighborhoods after rec... more
Open Door Legal, a San Francisco non-profit focused on providing free legal help to all, opened two new offices in the Excelsior and Fillmore-Western Addition neighborhoods after receiving a boost in funding from the City of San Francisco. more
Open Door Legal expands: Now nearly half of all low-income San Franciscans can access free legal help
SF Bayview (02/26/2020)
Feb
26
SFMTA Chief says I’m sorry after Muni meltdown
by Armand Domalewski
After Muni experienced five major malfunctions within three hours on Monday night, SFMTA Director Jeffrey Tumlin issued an apology for the transit nightmare that ensnared 70,000 comm... more
After Muni experienced five major malfunctions within three hours on Monday night, SFMTA Director Jeffrey Tumlin issued an apology for the transit nightmare that ensnared 70,000 commuters. more
Tumlin apologizes after Muni subway suffers five breakdowns in three hours – The San Francisco Examiner
Examiner (02/26/2020)
Feb
26
Matier: SF bicycle commuters tend to be whiter and more male than average resident
by Armand Domalewski
Data from the American Community Survey indicates Bay Area bicycle commuters tend to be whiter, more affluent, and more male than the population as a whole. Numerous theories as to w... more
Data from the American Community Survey indicates Bay Area bicycle commuters tend to be whiter, more affluent, and more male than the population as a whole. Numerous theories as to why are cited, ranging from cultural reasons to political ones. more
What’s white, male and 5 feet wide? Bay Area’s bike lanes
Chronicle (02/26/2020)
Feb
26
Hotel and theater to rise on the Embarcadero
by Armand Domalewski
A Marriott hotel project was unanimously approved by San Francisco’s Board of Supervisors. The project will include 192-room hotel, a 280-seat theater and 14,000-square-foot public p... more
A Marriott hotel project was unanimously approved by San Francisco’s Board of Supervisors. The project will include 192-room hotel, a 280-seat theater and 14,000-square-foot public park and will be built on the northern Embarcadero. more
Hotel, theater project wins final approval to rise at the Embarcadero
SF Business Times (02/26/2020)
Today’s Suspects Updater
Armand Domalewski

Armand Domalewski is a deeply enmeshed in San Francisco politics, having served on a variety of local, state, and national campaigns. He loves economics, solving poverty, and long walks on the beach.

In the Past Week…

Feb
25
Ethics Commission calls for increase in budget in wake of Nuru corruption scandal
by Peter Zerzan

As the arrest of Public Works Director Mohammed Nuru gains national headlines, the Ethics Commission has called for an increase of $1.7 million in funding. The commission claims it i

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As the arrest of Public Works Director Mohammed Nuru gains national headlines, the Ethics Commission has called for an increase of $1.7 million in funding. The commission claims it is currently underfunded, with administrators required to do several roles and some investigations, like the auditing of lobbyists, not happening at all. This call for more resources is happening when Mayor London Breed has called for cuts to the city budget, as the city is expected to have a budget deficit. 

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Nuru corruption scandal prompts call to boost Ethics Commission budget – The San Francisco Examiner
Examiner (02/25/2020)
Feb
25
Transfer of Bay Area coronavirus patients to Orange County quarantine site blocked
by Peter Zerzan

A federal judge has extended her order preventing the transfer of people under quartine for coronavirus from Travis Air Force Base to a facility in Orange County. U.S. District Judge

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A federal judge has extended her order preventing the transfer of people under quartine for coronavirus from Travis Air Force Base to a facility in Orange County. U.S. District Judge Josephine Staton sided with officials in Costa Mesa, stating the transfer of 30 to 50 people who may have the virus from Travis to Fairview Developmental Center, which was built for the developmentally disabled and isn’t currently in use, could put residents of Costa Mesa at risk of infection. The order stands till Monday.

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Judge blocks transfer of Bay Area coronavirus patients to Orange County quarantine site
Chronicle (02/25/2020)
Feb
25
Proposition D, to Tax Owners of Vacant Storefronts, On Ballot Next Week
by SF Usual Suspects

KQED and the Wall Street Journal give rundowns on Proposition D, a measure to tax vacant storefronts as an incentive for property owners to find business tenants. If a storefront sta

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KQED and the Wall Street Journal give rundowns on Proposition D, a measure to tax vacant storefronts as an incentive for property owners to find business tenants. If a storefront stands vacant for more than 182 days, the property owners would have to pay $250 per linear foot of ground-floor retail space. The next year, the tax would go up to $500 and, the following year, it would hit $1,000 annually. It has the support of Mayor London Breed as well as all members of the Board of Supervisors. It is opposed by the San Francisco Republican Party. The measure needs 2/3rds of the vote to pass.

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San Francisco Voting Whether to Tax Landlords for Empty Storefronts
Wall Street Journal (02/25/2020)
Should San Francisco Tax Owners of Vacant Storefronts? Voters Decide Next Week
KQED (02/25/2020)
Feb
25
Republican Runs For Phil Ting's Seat
by Peter Zerzan

SF Public Press covers John McDonnell, a Republican challenging Phil Ting for his assembly seat. He is a business and tax attorney. He is running on a platform of doing more to keep

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SF Public Press covers John McDonnell, a Republican challenging Phil Ting for his assembly seat. He is a business and tax attorney. He is running on a platform of doing more to keep businesses that create, in his opinion, middle class jobs, and states Democrats are the ones causing inequality in the state of California.

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Republican Business Tax Attorney Seeks State Assembly Seat
SF Public Press (02/25/2020)
Feb
25
Peskin Introduces Bill To Reduce Permit Process
by Peter Zerzan

Supervisor Aaron Peskin has introduced legislation to reduce the wait time for obtaining conditional use permits. Peskin hopes to reduce the time to 90 days, whereas now, it can take

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Supervisor Aaron Peskin has introduced legislation to reduce the wait time for obtaining conditional use permits. Peskin hopes to reduce the time to 90 days, whereas now, it can take months, even a year to get a permit that allows you to transition a property from one type of business to another. During that time, small business owners still have to pay rent. This is in addition to legislation introduced last year by Mayor London Breed and then Supervisor Vallie Brown that also aimed to reduce wait times.

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Peskin legislation aims to shorten San Francisco permit process
Chronicle (02/25/2020)
Feb
25
Big tech companies withdraw from San Francisco conference over coronavirus concerns
by Peter Zerzan

Verizon joins AT&T, IBM, and 11 other companies that have withdrawn from the RSA Conference happening this week at Moscone Center due to coronavirus concerns. Facebook has withdrawn

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Verizon joins AT&T, IBM, and 11 other companies that have withdrawn from the RSA Conference happening this week at Moscone Center due to coronavirus concerns. Facebook has withdrawn for the Game Developers Conference happening in March for coronavirus fears as well. Mayor London Breed has stated city officials are working with state and federal officials with regards to coronavirus and the risk of catching the virus is low.

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Big tech companies withdraw from San Francisco conference over coronavirus concerns
KRON (02/25/2020)
Feb
25
Assembly Democrats Aim To Reduce Fees For Housing
by Peter Zerzan

Five assembly Democrats, led by Tim Grayson of Concord, have unveiled legislation to cut the cost of new housing by eliminating local fees on new developments. Multifamily units can

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Five assembly Democrats, led by Tim Grayson of Concord, have unveiled legislation to cut the cost of new housing by eliminating local fees on new developments. Multifamily units can have more than $100,000 in fees per unit attached to them. This is in addition to legislation by Assemblyman David Chiu, who has introduced legislation aiming to reduce the fees on affordable housing projects by up to 75%.

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Local fees that boost California housing costs targeted by Assembly Democrats
Chronicle (02/25/2020)
Feb
25
Community Meeting Held On Valencia Bike Lanes
by Peter Zerzan

Last night, the SFMTA held a meeting at City College’s Mission Campus regarding the proposed Valencia Bikeway Improvements Project. Only written comments were taken. Cycling advocate

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Last night, the SFMTA held a meeting at City College’s Mission Campus regarding the proposed Valencia Bikeway Improvements Project. Only written comments were taken. Cycling advocates, who appeared to make up the majority of attendees, support expanding protected bike lanes on Valencia while several business owners opposed it for parking-related reasons.

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10 speeds, 11 opinions: Valencia Street bike lane advocates, foes, meet in the Mission
Mission Local (02/25/2020)
Feb
25
Bayview shelter to help pregnant homeless women opens
by Peter Zerzan

Monday saw the opening of Jelani House, a new shelter in the Bayview for pregnant women and recent mothers. Currently 3 expecting and recent mothers are part of the transitional hous

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Monday saw the opening of Jelani House, a new shelter in the Bayview for pregnant women and recent mothers. Currently 3 expecting and recent mothers are part of the transitional housing program, with more expected. The Homeless Prenatal Program, who is running the shelter, currently assists 300 homeless expecting or recent mothers in San Francisco.

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SF opens Bayview housing to serve pregnant homeless women
Chronicle (02/25/2020)
Feb
24
SFPD Sued Over Police Brutality
by SF Usual Suspects

Dacari Spiers is suing the SFPD for using excessive force in a violent encounter last year on Fisherman’s Wharf. Spiers’ lawsuit states Spiers and his girlfriend were in a “loving em

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Dacari Spiers is suing the SFPD for using excessive force in a violent encounter last year on Fisherman’s Wharf. Spiers’ lawsuit states Spiers and his girlfriend were in a “loving embrace” when a cop started attacking Spiers with a baton. He suffered a broken wrist and leg, as well as a large gash. The police department maintains that Spiers was strangling his girlfriend, a claim the lawsuit denies.

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Man suing SFPD alleging officers beat him with batons – The San Francisco Examiner
Examiner (02/24/2020)
Feb
24
Prop F Disclosure Rules Upheld
by SF Usual Suspects
A federal Judge upheld most of the provisions of Prop F, the voter-approved sunshine measure that mandates stronger rules for disclosure of donors to political campaign advertisements.
A federal Judge upheld most of the provisions of Prop F, the voter-approved sunshine measure that mandates stronger rules for disclosure of donors to political campaign advertisements. more
Federal judge upholds most of Prop. F campaign disclosure rules – The San Francisco Examiner
Examiner (02/24/2020)
Judge mostly rejects challenge to SF’s political advertising disclosure law
Chronicle (02/24/2020)
Feb
24
And The Chronicle Endorses...
by SF Usual Suspects

The Chronicle details what an Amy Klobuchar Presidency would mean for California, and provides the Minnesota Senator their recommendation for the Democratic Nomination. 

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The Chronicle details what an Amy Klobuchar Presidency would mean for California, and provides the Minnesota Senator their recommendation for the Democratic Nomination. 

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Editorial: Chronicle recommends Amy Klobuchar in the Democratic primary
Chronicle (02/24/2020)
President Amy Klobuchar: Here’s what it would mean for California
Chronicle (02/24/2020)
Feb
24
Girlfriend, You Are So On...
by SF Usual Suspects

Sandra Zuniga, director of the city’s Fix-It Team and director of the Mayor’s Office of Neighborhood Services, has been identified as ‘Girlfriend 1’, according to sources for the Chr

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Sandra Zuniga, director of the city’s Fix-It Team and director of the Mayor’s Office of Neighborhood Services, has been identified as ‘Girlfriend 1’, according to sources for the Chronicle. Girlfriend 1 allegedly traveled with Nuru when he allegedly accepted improper gifts, according to federal documents. Zuniga has not been charged with any crime connected to the criminal complaint to date. 

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Girlfriend in Nuru corruption complaint identified as SF official: ‘Don’t run your mouth’
Chronicle (02/24/2020)
Feb
24
Monster in the Mission departs for greener pastures
by Rianna Machado

Maximus Real Estate Partners have pulled the plug on their 331-unit project at 16th and Mission, dubbed the Monster in the Mission by the project’s opponents. In the course of gettin

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Maximus Real Estate Partners have pulled the plug on their 331-unit project at 16th and Mission, dubbed the Monster in the Mission by the project’s opponents. In the course of getting entitlements for the land the project developers attempted duplicitous efforts that served to fuel their opponents and frustrate those who might have supported the project. The project united various community organizations under the banner of the Plaza 16 Coalition, which sent a letter to Maximus Real Estate Partners to buy the property around $41 million to build 100% affordable housing. 

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Monster mashed: Developer pulls plug on contentious 1979 Mission project, puts land up for sale
Mission Local (02/24/2020)
The ‘Monster in the Mission’ is officially dead
Mission Local (02/24/2020)
Feb
24
Singing for a Lighter Sentence
by SF Usual Suspects

San Francisco's former Public Works Director Mohammed Nuru has met with City Attorney Dennis Herrera multiple times to provide information that he hopes will lighten his sentences. H

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San Francisco's former Public Works Director Mohammed Nuru has met with City Attorney Dennis Herrera multiple times to provide information that he hopes will lighten his sentences. His interviews led to the 10 subpoenas that the City Attorney sent to PG&E, Webcor, Pankow, Clark Construction and others.  

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Ex-Public Works chief Nuru sings to city attorney to soften possible sentence
Chronicle (02/24/2020)
Feb
24
Don’t leave us out in the cold
by SF Usual Suspects

Proposition F, authored by Supervisor Dean Preston, guarantees full legal representation to every San Franciscan who is facing eviction. Passed in June 2018, the tenant right-to-coun

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Proposition F, authored by Supervisor Dean Preston, guarantees full legal representation to every San Franciscan who is facing eviction. Passed in June 2018, the tenant right-to-counsel program is helping people stay in their homes, but they’re having trouble helping everyone who needs it. One third of houses from July to December last year received limited services because of the shortage of lawyers. With budget cuts in City Hall an increase in funds seems unlikely, which begs the question, will this be enough?

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San Francisco’s new eviction-prevention program is working, but is it enough?
Chronicle (02/24/2020)
Feb
24
Mayor Breed safe in office from disgraced Nuru connections, possible fine
by SF Usual Suspects

Mayor Breed will likely not be removed from office because of her recent possible ethics violation in receiving a 5,600 gift from disgraced ex-head of Public Works, Mohammed Nuru. Fo

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Mayor Breed will likely not be removed from office because of her recent possible ethics violation in receiving a 5,600 gift from disgraced ex-head of Public Works, Mohammed Nuru. Former Ethics Commission President Peter Keane said, “There is an ethical violation...but I don’t see any kind of criminal violation.” She may be fined up to $18k by the Ethics Commission, which may take months or years to be determined. Lastly, the only City official who can remove the Mayor from office is - the Mayor; otherwise, you must go through a voter recall.

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SF Mayor Breed can’t be pushed from office for poor judgment — unless she pushes herself
Chronicle (02/24/2020)
Feb
24
Seeking the Subpeona
by SF Usual Suspects

In the wake of the continuing fallout from the Nuru corruption scandal, the rules committee will consider a proposal from Supe Aaron Peskin to allow the Government Audit and Oversigh

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In the wake of the continuing fallout from the Nuru corruption scandal, the rules committee will consider a proposal from Supe Aaron Peskin to allow the Government Audit and Oversight Committee to issue subpoenas and compel people to take an oath to testify truthfully, under the penalty of perjury. Currently, only full Board can issue such a subpoena with 6 votes.

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In wake of scandal, SF supervisors seek faster subpoena power
Chronicle (02/24/2020)
Feb
24
What do NIMBY’s Want
by SF Usual Suspects

SF Curbed provides a deep dive into the mindset of ‘NIMBY’ activists who push for open space and against much development in the city and region wide. 

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SF Curbed provides a deep dive into the mindset of ‘NIMBY’ activists who push for open space and against much development in the city and region wide. 

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Who are the Bay Area’s NIMBYs—and what do they want?
SF Curbed (02/24/2020)
Feb
24
SF contractor said it lost out to a firm willing to pay to play
by SF Usual Suspects

Contractor Synergy Project Management Inc is alleging that it was “scapegoated” by then-Supervisor London Breed and fired by Mohammed Nuru back in 2015 for refusing to take part in a

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Contractor Synergy Project Management Inc is alleging that it was “scapegoated” by then-Supervisor London Breed and fired by Mohammed Nuru back in 2015 for refusing to take part in a corruption scheme, costing the firm millions of dollars in city contracts. Five gas lines on Haight Street were cut during 2015 roadwork, but the company denies responsibility, and the company's $19 million bid for work on the Van Ness corridor was too high and cancelled it- while the final project ended up costing $30 million. 

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SF Contractor Says It Lost Work to a Firm Willing to ‘Pay to Play’
NBC Bay Area (02/24/2020)
Feb
24
BART finds racial disparities in enforcement
by SF Usual Suspects

A recent BART report shows that Black BART riders are disproportionately likely to be targeted for quality of life enforcement. The report, requested by BART Director Janice Li, show

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A recent BART report shows that Black BART riders are disproportionately likely to be targeted for quality of life enforcement. The report, requested by BART Director Janice Li, shows that nearly half of BART police citations for violations like fare evasion were handed out to black BART riders, despite being only 10 percent of the BART ridership. 

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BART police data shows racial disparities in enforcement across the board – The San Francisco Examiner
Examiner (02/24/2020)
Feb
24
CCSF College Bond: When do safety nets incentivize risky behavior?
by SF Usual Suspects

Mission Local contrasts the all-but-certain-to-pass Prop A, the $845 million City College bond on the March 3 ballot, with the seemingly never ending financial woes the College infli

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Mission Local contrasts the all-but-certain-to-pass Prop A, the $845 million City College bond on the March 3 ballot, with the seemingly never ending financial woes the College inflicts upon itself. The bond is ostensibly sold as a need to take care of the college’s maintenance backlog, yet 12% of the bond is going toward a NEW building that will increase college’s maintenance requirements. Has San Francisco’s generosity to CCSF led to an institution that cannot govern itself? 

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City College's massive $845M bond will all but certainly pass. Not everyone is enthused.
Mission Local (02/24/2020)
Feb
24
Candidates differ on having city electeds lead SF Dem Party
by SF Usual Suspects

The BAR provides a rundown of the local DCCC race and the appropriateness of local elected officials vying for seats on the committee. 

The BAR provides a rundown of the local DCCC race and the appropriateness of local elected officials vying for seats on the committee. 

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Online Extra: Political Notes: Candidates differ on having city electeds lead SF Dem Party
The Bay Area Reporter (02/24/2020)
Feb
24
Preston finds support for District 5 navigation center at community meeting
by SF Usual Suspects

Supervisor Dean Preston began the process for his promised D5 navigation center at a community meeting on Sunday. The project is still in its early days, but the neighborhood seems s

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Supervisor Dean Preston began the process for his promised D5 navigation center at a community meeting on Sunday. The project is still in its early days, but the neighborhood seems supportive. 

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Preston finds support for District 5 navigation center at community meeting
Examiner (02/24/2020)
Feb
24
Fentanyl proves deadly; sending overdose deaths soaring
by SF Usual Suspects

Fatal drug overdoses, largely from Fentanyl, reached an all-time high last year according to a recently released report by the Department of Public Health. Fentanyl is an attractive

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Fatal drug overdoses, largely from Fentanyl, reached an all-time high last year according to a recently released report by the Department of Public Health. Fentanyl is an attractive drug for being stronger and cheaper, but it’s also much more likely to cause death. Supervisor Matt Haney called for the department to more frequently report overdose data, however, the lag time is due to the amount of time it takes for the medical examiner to make a ruling and report the data. The department plans to start releasing the data bi-annually.

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Drug overdose deaths surpass 300 in San Francisco
Examiner (02/24/2020)
Feb
24
Bernie Sanders support for PG&E public takeover puts union on edge
by SF Usual Suspects

PG&E’s main union is protesting calls to make the company a public entity, a call which several prominent voices gave lent their voices to, including Senator Bernie Sanders. The unio

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PG&E’s main union is protesting calls to make the company a public entity, a call which several prominent voices gave lent their voices to, including Senator Bernie Sanders. The unions did not take kindly to this, launching a five-minute advertisement that criticizes Sen Sanders’ endorsement of the issue, claiming a public takeover would be expensive and misguided. 

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PG&E union resists Bernie Sanders’ calls for public takeover
Chronicle (02/24/2020)
Feb
24
SFMTA director on Car free market- Central Subway
by SF Usual Suspects

SFMTA director Jeffrey Tumlin sits down for an interview on KPIX over car-free Market Street.

SFMTA director Jeffrey Tumlin sits down for an interview on KPIX over car-free Market Street.

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SFMTA Director: Reaction To Car-Free Market Street Positive; Central Subway 90% Complete
KCBS (02/24/2020)
Feb
24
What’s in a Vacancy?
by SF Usual Suspects

SF Curbed provides a rundown of the approximately 34,302 vacant homes in San Francisco, including the type of ‘vacant’  homes, and their overall implication on housing prices and hou

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SF Curbed provides a rundown of the approximately 34,302 vacant homes in San Francisco, including the type of ‘vacant’  homes, and their overall implication on housing prices and housing policy. 

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How many vacant homes does San Francisco really have?
SF Curbed (02/24/2020)
Feb
24
SF voters to weigh in on $600 million bond to rebound from earthquakes, battle fires
by SF Usual Suspects

The Chronicle provides a rundown of Prop B —the $628 million dollar earthquake and emergency safety bond.  

The Chronicle provides a rundown of Prop B —the $628 million dollar earthquake and emergency safety bond.  

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SF voters to weigh in on $600 million bond to rebound from earthquakes, battle fires
Chronicle (02/24/2020)
Feb
20
Planning Commissioner Dennis Richards Sues City, Alleges Retaliation
by Spencer Lam
Embattled former Planning Commissioner Dennis Richards has sued San Francisco, alleging retaliation. Previously, Richards has said “Fuck yeah,” in response to whether or not he would... more
Embattled former Planning Commissioner Dennis Richards has sued San Francisco, alleging retaliation. Previously, Richards has said “Fuck yeah,” in response to whether or not he would sue the city - and yesterday, made good on that enthusiastic response. more
Planning Commissioner Dennis Richards sues San Francisco, Department of Building Inspection, alleging retaliation
Mission Local (02/19/2020)