Today’s Stories (Last updated December 14, 04:02 PM)

Dec
14
London Breed for Mayor?
by Lia Azul Salaverry
In the sudden death of Mayor Lee, many are asking acting Mayor London Breed what her policy priorities are on key issues such as homelessness, and about her intentions for seeking th... more
In the sudden death of Mayor Lee, many are asking acting Mayor London Breed what her policy priorities are on key issues such as homelessness, and about her intentions for seeking the Mayoral seat next year. 

Mayor Breed has some big shoes to fill, and may differ from Lee in her approach to many issues. As acting Mayor, Breed will set the City's agenda and is well positioned to run, (should she decide to) in June 2018.  more
Despite progress, acting SF Mayor London Breed inherits homelessness problem
Chronicle (12/14/2017)
London Breed painting herself as logical mayoral successor to Ed Lee
Chronicle (12/14/2017)
Dec
14
City Hall to hold closed casket for Mayor Lee
by Lia Azul Salaverry
This Friday, City Hall will hold a closed casket of Mayor Ed Lee, who died unexpectedly during his second term in office. Members of the public are invited to honor and pay their res... more
This Friday, City Hall will hold a closed casket of Mayor Ed Lee, who died unexpectedly during his second term in office. Members of the public are invited to honor and pay their respects to the City's first Asian-American Mayor. 

On Sunday, friends, family elected officials, and members of the public will celebrate Lee’s life in a memorial service beginning at 3 pm.

Lee died at 1:11 a.m. Tuesday at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital from a heart attack. 

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SF to hold closed casket viewing of Mayor Ed Lee at City Hall
Examiner (12/14/2017)
Dec
14
In the wake of Lee's passing, shock and sadness still permeate City Hall
by Lia Azul Salaverry
Just days after the shocking death of Mayor Ed Lee, sadness still permeates City Hall. Flowers, photos, and personal notes honoring Lee sit on the steps of City Hall and continue to ... more
Just days after the shocking death of Mayor Ed Lee, sadness still permeates City Hall. Flowers, photos, and personal notes honoring Lee sit on the steps of City Hall and continue to grow. Rest in peace. 

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Sadness hangs in the air as SF presses on, one day after Mayor Ed Lee’s death
Examiner (12/14/2017)
Dec
14
The race is on! Mark Leno confirms his aim for Mayor
by Lia Azul Salaverry

State Senator Mark Leno has already announced he is running to become San Francisco's first openly Gay Mayor, and confirmed Wednesday that he would run in the 2018 special election o

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State Senator Mark Leno has already announced he is running to become San Francisco's first openly Gay Mayor, and confirmed Wednesday that he would run in the 2018 special election on the June 5, to serve out the remainder of Mayor Ed Lee's term, ending on January 8, 2020.

The shocking and sudden death of Mayor Lee shakes up the plans of those who were seeking to replace him. In this city of chaos, who will be next?

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Leno to run for SF mayor in June
The Bay Area Reporter (12/14/2017)
Dec
14
CCSF to vote on investment in Undocumented Student Success Program
by Lia Azul Salaverry
CCSF is putting their money where their mouth is, throwing down some serious ca$h to support undocumented students in their pursuit of higher education. 

CCSF’s Board of Trustees will... more
CCSF is putting their money where their mouth is, throwing down some serious ca$h to support undocumented students in their pursuit of higher education. 

CCSF’s Board of Trustees will vote on the Undocumented Student Success Program, which would allocate $671,367 to resources such as, caseworkers, counselors, and existing programs which target the college’s undocumented student population. Let it rain!  more
CCSF looks to expand support for undocumented students
Examiner (12/14/2017)
Dec
14
Feinstein asks ICE to investigate alleged abuses at Richmond jail
by Lia Azul Salaverry
After serious allegations of abuse by federal detainees in Richmond's West Contra Costa County Jail, U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein is asking the acting director of Immigration and Cu... more
After serious allegations of abuse by federal detainees in Richmond's West Contra Costa County Jail, U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein is asking the acting director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement for an investigation.

The West County Detention Facility, a minimum-security jail, has been accused of not letting women use the restroom and inadequate medical care. The jail holds over 200 immigrants, about 40 of them women, and holds a $6 million-a-year contract with ICE.
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Feinstein asks ICE to investigate alleged abuses at Richmond jail
Chronicle (12/14/2017)
Dec
14
Oakland school board approves $9 million in budget cuts
by Lia Azul Salaverry
After years of financial woes, Oakland's school board approved $9 million in district wide budget cuts, much to the disappointment of parents and teachers. Oakland's school board vot... more
After years of financial woes, Oakland's school board approved $9 million in district wide budget cuts, much to the disappointment of parents and teachers. Oakland's school board voted 6-1 in favor of the resolution, as audience members booed and roared. 

Oakland has overspent, waiting on a large bailout from the state at $100 million, of which, $40 million is still owed. And like that friend who still owes you the $20 dollars you "loaned" them, they still haven't come through. 
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Oakland school board OKs $9 million in cuts
Chronicle (12/14/2017)
Nov
06
Supervisor Races 2018 - Candidates Thus Far
by SF Usual Suspects
Supervisor Races 2018

D2 - Schuyler Hudak*, Nicholas Josefowitz*, Kat Anderson*, Michela Alioto-Pier
D4 - Katy Tang*, Daniel Kappler*, Adam Kim*
D6 - Sonja Trauss*, Jason Lee Jones*, Matt Haney*, Christine Johnson
D8 - Jeff Sheehy*, Rafael Mandelman*, Meaghan Zore*, Harold Brown*, Mark Gillick*, John Patrick Donohue*
D10 - Uzuri Pease-Greene*, Shamann Walton*, Theo Ellington*, Tony Kelly*, Asale-Haquekyah Chandler*, Neo Veavea*

Mayor 2019

Mark Leno*, London Breed, David Chiu, Mark Farrell, Michael Caccioppoli*, Harold Miller*, Erica San... more
Supervisor Races 2018

D2 - Schuyler Hudak*, Nicholas Josefowitz*, Kat Anderson*, Michela Alioto-Pier
D4 - Katy Tang*, Daniel Kappler*, Adam Kim*
D6 - Sonja Trauss*, Jason Lee Jones*, Matt Haney*, Christine Johnson
D8 - Jeff Sheehy*, Rafael Mandelman*, Meaghan Zore*, Harold Brown*, Mark Gillick*, John Patrick Donohue*
D10 - Uzuri Pease-Greene*, Shamann Walton*, Theo Ellington*, Tony Kelly*, Asale-Haquekyah Chandler*, Neo Veavea*

Mayor 2019

Mark Leno*, London Breed, David Chiu, Mark Farrell, Michael Caccioppoli*, Harold Miller*, Erica Sandberg*, Mehak Vohra*

Incumbents in bold. Candidates declared have an asterisk (*) next to their names, and rumored candidates do not.

Know something we don't? Mentioned here, but you don't want to be? Don't see your name on here, but you'd like to? We're happy to help. Give us the scoop and drop us a line at usualsuspectssf@gmail.com. more
Today’s Suspects Updater
Lia Azul Salaverry
As a Bay Area native, Lia has been complaining about the high cost of housing since before it was cool. With experience working on local and state campaigns, building grassroots coalitions, and as a board member of several San Francisco-based democratic clubs, Lia has a difficult time defining what her “hobbies” (outside of politics) consist of. In her remaining free ...

In the Past Week…

Dec
13
Remembering Ed Lee and His Legacy
by Kelly Groth

Tuesday saw the sudden, tragic passing of Mayor Ed Lee. Reporters, politicos, and community activists remember the civil rights attorney-turned-mayor and all he did for San Francisco.

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Tuesday saw the sudden, tragic passing of Mayor Ed Lee. Reporters, politicos, and community activists remember the civil rights attorney-turned-mayor and all he did for San Francisco.

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Ed Lee: just an ordinary guy who transformed a city
Chronicle (12/13/2017)
Flowers placed around City Hall, flags at half-staff
Examiner (12/13/2017)
Mayor Ed Lee 1952-2017; SF's first Asian American mayor led city in time of change
Chronicle (12/13/2017)
Mayor Ed Lee’s death brings tears, reflection to a changed San Francisco
Examiner (12/13/2017)
SF education leaders recall Mayor Lee’s commitment to city’s youth
Examiner (12/13/2017)
SF leaders express shock, sadness at sudden death of Mayor Lee
Examiner (12/13/2017)
SF’s Chinese community adopted Ed Lee as a native son
Chronicle (12/13/2017)
VIDEO: Gavin Newsom calls Mayor Ed Lee's death a 'devastating blow' to SF
Examiner (12/13/2017)
‘Giants fever’ and a famous brother — recalling Mayor Lee’s cornball humor
Chronicle (12/13/2017)
‘Heartbroken’ — politicians and others react to death of San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee
Chronicle (12/13/2017)
Dec
13
M&R: What Comes Next
by Kelly Groth

The future for acting Mayor London Breed depends on her Board colleagues. Matier and Ross dive into the possibilities Breed faces as acting Mayor, including the field of rumored cand

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The future for acting Mayor London Breed depends on her Board colleagues. Matier and Ross dive into the possibilities Breed faces as acting Mayor, including the field of rumored candidates who were mulling a 2019 run for mayor.

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It’s acting Mayor London Breed for now — but what’s next?
Chronicle (12/13/2017)
Dec
13
OnGuard: The Political Winds Shift After Mayor Lee’s Death
by Kelly Groth
Mayor Lee’s untimely death moves the next mayoral election from November 2019 to June 2018, which means potential candidates have to decide sooner than later on when to declare. Joe ... more
Mayor Lee’s untimely death moves the next mayoral election from November 2019 to June 2018, which means potential candidates have to decide sooner than later on when to declare. Joe Fitz goes through the roster of potential candidates, and what it means for the office they currently hold. more
Mayor Ed Lee’s death shifts fortunes of possible successors
Examiner (12/13/2017)
Dec
13
SF Reaches Deal With Problematic McDonald's Site
by Kelly Groth
A deal has been reached for San Francisco to purchase the problematic McDonald’s on Haight and Stanyan, at $15.5 million. The site, purchased at a rate below market price, is slated ... more
A deal has been reached for San Francisco to purchase the problematic McDonald’s on Haight and Stanyan, at $15.5 million. The site, purchased at a rate below market price, is slated for affordable housing development. Previously the McDonald’s had received several complaints regarding criminal activity throughout the years. more
SF reaches $15.5M deal to buy Mcdonald’s on Haight, build affordable housing
Examiner (12/13/2017)
Dec
13
City Hall and Tech Policy 2.0
by Kelly Groth
Mayor Lee oversaw the tech community boom in San Francisco. His legacy paved the way for tech to succeed in SF, but his successor may not follow. From the Twitter tax break to propos... more
Mayor Lee oversaw the tech community boom in San Francisco. His legacy paved the way for tech to succeed in SF, but his successor may not follow. From the Twitter tax break to proposed rental caps on homesharing services, the next mayor can change much of what Ed Lee started. more
After Ed Lee, San Francisco’s tech policy looks uncertain
Chronicle (12/13/2017)
San Francisco tech community mourns Ed Lee, an unlikely City Hall ally
Chronicle (12/13/2017)
Dec
13
CCSF History to be Displayed at SFMOMA
by Kelly Groth
The CCSF Board of Trustees is expected to vote this Thursday to allow SFMOMA to showcase the college’s famous Diego Rivera mural. The mural was painted specifically for the college b... more
The CCSF Board of Trustees is expected to vote this Thursday to allow SFMOMA to showcase the college’s famous Diego Rivera mural. The mural was painted specifically for the college by Rivera in 1940, but was placed in storage until 1961. The mural will be transported courtesy of SFMOMA. more
CCSF’s Diego Rivera mural will find temporary home in SFMOMA
Examiner (12/13/2017)
Dec
13
Roll Tide! Upset in Special Alabama Senate Election
by Kelly Groth
Democrat Doug Jones narrowly defeated Roy Moore in the Alabama special election. Jones’ win is the first Democratic victory in the state since 1992. more
Democrat Doug Jones narrowly defeated Roy Moore in the Alabama special election. Jones’ win is the first Democratic victory in the state since 1992. more
Democrat Doug Jones’ Alabama Senate victory also a win for MeToo movement
Chronicle (12/13/2017)
Democrat Jones wins stunning red-state Alabama Senate upset
Chronicle (12/13/2017)
Dec
12
Mayor Ed Lee Has Passed Away at Age 65
by Shanti Singh
Early this morning, Mayor Ed Lee passed away after suffering a heart attack. He was 65. 

Mayor Lee was the city's first Asian American mayor, and was first elected by the Board to ser... more
Early this morning, Mayor Ed Lee passed away after suffering a heart attack. He was 65. 

Mayor Lee was the city's first Asian American mayor, and was first elected by the Board to serve out Gavin Newsom's term. He was urged by former Mayors Willie Brown and Dianne Feinstein to run again for mayor in 2011.

Board President Supervisor London Breed will become acting mayor effective immediately. 

Our condolences go out to the mayor's family and friends. We thank Mayor Lee to his years of activism and service to the city of San Francisco. more
San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee dead at 65
Chronicle (12/12/2017)
San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee dies at age 65
Examiner (12/12/2017)
Dec
12
What's Next for Room 200
by Shanti Singh
In the wake of Mayor Ed Lee's sudden passing, Chronicle EIC Audrey Cooper revisits the rise of native San Franciscan and acting Mayor London Breed, and assesses the crowded field of ... more
In the wake of Mayor Ed Lee's sudden passing, Chronicle EIC Audrey Cooper revisits the rise of native San Franciscan and acting Mayor London Breed, and assesses the crowded field of candidates planning to run for mayor.

The race could be moved up to June 2018, at which point the interim mayor chosen by the Board of Supervisors must stand for re-election. more
Mayor Ed Lee’s death complicates politics for next mayoral race
Chronicle (12/12/2017)
Supervisor London Breed becomes acting San Francisco mayor upon Ed Lee’s death
Chronicle (12/12/2017)
Dec
12
SF Mega-Landlords Passing Maintenance Costs Onto Tenants
by Shanti Singh
SF has seen a spike in landlords passing on large cost hikes for maintenance onto tenants, particularly among large property management companies seeking to squeeze extra money from ... more
SF has seen a spike in landlords passing on large cost hikes for maintenance onto tenants, particularly among large property management companies seeking to squeeze extra money from rent-controlled tenants. SF is the only city in the Bay Area to allow this practice. more
SF landlords’ attempts to pass some charges on to tenants face opposition
Chronicle (12/12/2017)
Dec
12
Transit Groups Wary of SFMTA Proposal
by Shanti Singh
The proposal from Supervisors Aaron Peskin and Ahsha Safaí to split the SFMTA into separate transit agencies is meeting opposition from a spectrum of groups ranging from SPUR to the ... more
The proposal from Supervisors Aaron Peskin and Ahsha Safaí to split the SFMTA into separate transit agencies is meeting opposition from a spectrum of groups ranging from SPUR to the SF Bicycle Coalition, who remain concerned that the move will not improve efficiency or process at the transit agency. more
Transportation advocates across political spectrum unite against proposal to split SF transit agency
Examiner (12/12/2017)
Dec
12
Wiener Learns To Love Recycling
by Shanti Singh
Joe Fitz at the Examiner highlights a change of heart (and policy) for State Senator Scott Wiener. Wiener reversed his longtime opposition as a supervisor to recycling centers that m... more
Joe Fitz at the Examiner highlights a change of heart (and policy) for State Senator Scott Wiener. Wiener reversed his longtime opposition as a supervisor to recycling centers that many San Franciscans rely on to make ends meet and helped pass a state law to innovate new mobile recycling pilot programs, which he unveiled in SoMa on Monday. more
How Scott Wiener finally kept his promise
Examiner (12/12/2017)
Dec
12
SF Considers Policy Change for Mentally Ill Homeless Citizens
by Shanti Singh
SF lawmakers are considering lobbying at the state level to change conservatorship laws that allow homeless San Franciscans with severe mental illness to refuse offers of shelter, th... more
SF lawmakers are considering lobbying at the state level to change conservatorship laws that allow homeless San Franciscans with severe mental illness to refuse offers of shelter, though some local advocates for the homeless oppose the idea. more
SF looks to change law that lets mentally ill choose to stay on streets
Chronicle (12/12/2017)
Dec
11
Monday M&R — Breaking Up I$ Hard to Do
by Jen Longley
As a state-designated “lifeline” bridge, the iconic Golden Gate  Bridge needs a 5-year, $660 million retrofit to help it survive the next 'big one', while still remaining usable. The... more
As a state-designated “lifeline” bridge, the iconic Golden Gate  Bridge needs a 5-year, $660 million retrofit to help it survive the next 'big one', while still remaining usable. The problem? The district only has one-third of the cash needed to complete the project. New tolls are not being ruled out as a source of revenue.

Meanwhile, Supervisors Peskin and Safai are pushing forward with a charter amendment initiative to split the SFMTA amid pushback from the Mayor and allies in Monday's Matier & Ross. more
Quake could shut Golden Gate Bridge ‘for a long, long time.’ Here’s the fix.
Chronicle (12/11/2017)
Dec
11
Monday Mediation: Oakland Strike Enters Second Week
by Jen Longley
Striking Oakland workers and City representatives have agreed to continue negotiations with a third party mediator beginning Monday, as the strike enters its second week, “by far the... more
Striking Oakland workers and City representatives have agreed to continue negotiations with a third party mediator beginning Monday, as the strike enters its second week, “by far the longest strike in anyone’s living memory in the Oakland chapter”. more
City, unions agree to settle Oakland city worker strike in mediation
KTVU (12/11/2017)
Oakland, unions to go back to bargaining as strike goes on
Chronicle (12/11/2017)
Dec
11
Housing Prices Limit Affordable Housing for Elderly
by Jen Longley
Sky-high housing prices are prompting owners of smaller, more affordable residential assisted living facilities to close their doors and sell, while larger and more expensive facilit... more
Sky-high housing prices are prompting owners of smaller, more affordable residential assisted living facilities to close their doors and sell, while larger and more expensive facilities are less impacted.

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SF housing market prompts assisted living facilities to close
Examiner (12/11/2017)
Dec
11
Cannabis Tax Considered
by Jen Longley
With State legalization only two weeks away and local regulations finally in place, the City is considering a gross receipts tax between one and twenty percent on recreational mariju... more
With State legalization only two weeks away and local regulations finally in place, the City is considering a gross receipts tax between one and twenty percent on recreational marijuana, reports the Examiner.

A 10% tax could generate generate up to $23 million annually, according to the City Controller's office. Cannabis advocates warn that too steep a tax would limit entrepreneurs entering the market and incentivize black-market sales. more
Legal cannabis consumption may triple in SF, totaling $240M in sales annually
Examiner (12/11/2017)
Dec
11
Community Center Reluctantly Backs Treasure Island Development
by Jen Longley
After the Treasure Island Development Authority approved amended plans to dramatically expand the local marina, a community sailing center catering to local children has jumped aboar... more
After the Treasure Island Development Authority approved amended plans to dramatically expand the local marina, a community sailing center catering to local children has jumped aboard in support. While the support is tepid, the Treasure Island Sailing Center's spokesman stated that the alternative plan could have reduced their programming further than the current proposal. The board of Supervisors will consider the plans at a later date. more
As Treasure Island marina plans speed forward, sailing center reluctantly jumps aboard
Examiner (12/11/2017)
Dec
10
M&R: Take Me Out to the... Drawing Board
by Kelly Groth
After the A's proposal to build a new stadium in Downtown Oakland was struck down, Oakland officials hope the team will stay at the Coliseum. While the existing ballpark at the Colis... more
After the A's proposal to build a new stadium in Downtown Oakland was struck down, Oakland officials hope the team will stay at the Coliseum. While the existing ballpark at the Coliseum is near the highway, BART, and plenty of parking, the neighborhood leaves much to be desired, says the team.

Cops and... rioters? A new video game offers players to reenact the Occupy Oakland riots that occurred in 2011. Matier and Ross outline the gameplay. more
Oakland has a Plan B for A’s. It’s called the Coliseum.
Chronicle (12/10/2017)
Dec
10
Willie's World: Dems Sacrifice Franken
by Kelly Groth
Willie Brown ponders if alleged pedophile Roy Moore weren't running, would Senator Al Franken have resigned from the senate? Brown points to Franken's resignation as a sacrifice from... more
Willie Brown ponders if alleged pedophile Roy Moore weren't running, would Senator Al Franken have resigned from the senate? Brown points to Franken's resignation as a sacrifice from the Democratic Party, to prove that Dems are moral and the GOP is not.

Da Mayor narrowly avoided having to mediate the negotiations between striking Oakland unions and Mayor Libby Schaaf. Brown gives the dirt on how that went down. more
Democrats needed the high road, so they ran over Al Franken
Chronicle (12/10/2017)
Dec
10
Civil Rights Attorney Hired to Investigate SFPD Shooting
by Kelly Groth
Civil rights attorney John Burris will investigate the death of an unarmed man who was fatally shot by officers earlier this month. Burris hopes his investigation will find enough ev... more
Civil rights attorney John Burris will investigate the death of an unarmed man who was fatally shot by officers earlier this month. Burris hopes his investigation will find enough evidence to bring forth a possible lawsuit. more
Mother of man fatally shot by SFPD hires civil rights attorney John Burris
Examiner (12/10/2017)
Dec
10
Mayor's Fix-It Team: Does it Work?
by Kelly Groth
Heather Knight joined the mayor's Fix-It team this past week to see what the team does to address quality of life issues in the city. While the Fix-It teams cleans up after others, K... more
Heather Knight joined the mayor's Fix-It team this past week to see what the team does to address quality of life issues in the city. While the Fix-It teams cleans up after others, Knight takes note Mayor Lee has few long-term plans to address what causes the litter. more
Mayor Lee joins Fix-It Team on cleaning day in Tenderloin
Chronicle (12/09/2017)
Dec
09
Assemblymember Dababneh to Resign
by Kelly Groth
Assemblymember Matt Dababneh announced his resignation Friday, after three women accused him of sexual misconduct. Dababneh denies the allegations and will leave office effectively o... more
Assemblymember Matt Dababneh announced his resignation Friday, after three women accused him of sexual misconduct. Dababneh denies the allegations and will leave office effectively on January 1. more
California Assemblyman Matt Dababneh resigns, accused of sexual misconduct
Chronicle (12/09/2017)
Dec
09
Oakland Strike Negotation to Continue Next Week
by Kelly Groth
Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf declared an impasse in union negotiations, and striking labor unions have agreed to engage in mediation. Workers will continue to stay out on strike next w... more
Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf declared an impasse in union negotiations, and striking labor unions have agreed to engage in mediation. Workers will continue to stay out on strike next week as mediation takes place. more
Glimmer of hope as Oakland labor strike heads into next week
Chronicle (12/09/2017)
Dec
09
OnGuard: Anti-Cannabis Advocates Aim to Recall Mayor Lee
by Kelly Groth
Looks like Mayor Lee is ganja have a hard time with anti-cannabis advocates (I'll see myself out). Advocates have called to recall the mayor after he signed cannabis regulations into... more
Looks like Mayor Lee is ganja have a hard time with anti-cannabis advocates (I'll see myself out). Advocates have called to recall the mayor after he signed cannabis regulations into law this past Wednesday. 

The recall effort ran full page ads in two of SF's largest Chinese-language newspapers. They may be blowing smoke, however, as there is no recall effort filed with the Department of Elections. more
Anti-cannabis protesters demand recall of Mayor Lee in Chinese newspapers
Examiner (12/09/2017)
Dec
09
Pedestrian Safety Overhaul For Taraval
by Steven Kight
After many pedestrian deaths along Taraval the City moves to update the way passengers access the L line. Look forward to seeing boarding islands at L stops some time in 2021.
After many pedestrian deaths along Taraval the City moves to update the way passengers access the L line. Look forward to seeing boarding islands at L stops some time in 2021. more
Concerns over rider safety prompt major overhaul for Taraval Street
Chronicle (12/09/2017)
Dec
09
Gubernatorial Hopeful Picks Up SF Endorsement
by Kelly Groth
State Treasurer and gubernatorial candidate John Chiang received an endorsement from Supervisor Norman Yee on Friday. Yee praised Chiang's political priorities and commitment to poli... more
State Treasurer and gubernatorial candidate John Chiang received an endorsement from Supervisor Norman Yee on Friday. Yee praised Chiang's political priorities and commitment to political reform, having known Chiang for the past 13 years. 

Chaing's speech to the crowd in front of City Hall addressed the lack of affordable housing throughout the state. more
Candidate Chiang swings by SF City Hall to pick up an endorsement
Chronicle (12/09/2017)
Dec
08
Bay Area fire crews to the rescue!
by Lia Azul Salaverry

Just months after blazes struck the North Coast, Southern California is facing extreme wildfires that have predominantly hit Santa Barbara, Ventura, and Los Angeles Counties.

When t

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Just months after blazes struck the North Coast, Southern California is facing extreme wildfires that have predominantly hit Santa Barbara, Ventura, and Los Angeles Counties.

When the flames hit our half of the state in October, fire crews from throughout the state responded in kind to assist local crews with their work. Now that the southland is facing the same terrifying reality, Bay Area fire departments are rushing to help, claiming that they’re only “repaying a debt”.

 

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Fire crews from Bay Area, beyond leap into battle against blazes in LA area
Chronicle (12/08/2017)
Dec
08
SF Supes criticize PG&E...again.
by Lia Azul Salaverry

San Francisco Supervisors have called PG&E into question for its nearly three hour response to a gas explosion that hit Bernal Heights late last month. The explosion hit 3987 Mission

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San Francisco Supervisors have called PG&E into question for its nearly three hour response to a gas explosion that hit Bernal Heights late last month. The explosion hit 3987 Mission Street on November 27 and displaced the building’s residents, although thankfully no injuries were reported.

Supervisor Hillary Ronen, who represents Bernal Heights, called for a hearing before the Public Safety and Neighborhood Services Committee to investigate and hopefully hold PG&E accountable as a result.

 
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SF supervisors criticize PG&E response to Bernal Heights gas explosion
Examiner (12/08/2017)
Dec
08
Justice...has been served
by Lia Azul Salaverry

A prosecutor has been fired by the City after allegedly withholding evidence from the defense in four criminal cases.

This comes after SF Public Defender Jeff Adachi filed a complai

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A prosecutor has been fired by the City after allegedly withholding evidence from the defense in four criminal cases.

This comes after SF Public Defender Jeff Adachi filed a complaint against Assistant District Attorney Benjamin Mains with the State Bar in California and called for a criminal investigation into the matter, calling the prosecutor’s actions “unethical”. Three months later, Adachi informed the media of his concerns.

Another powerful person who isn't who they claim to be?? Talk about disappointing...and ironic. 
 
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Prosecutor accused of misconduct no longer employed by SF DA
Examiner (12/08/2017)
San Francisco prosecutor fired after being accused of hiding evidence
Chronicle (12/08/2017)