Today’s Stories (Last updated April 5, 09:58 AM)

Apr
05
City Controller: San Francisco is Headed into a Recession
by Nadia Rahman
With the city’s COVID-19 public health emergency shuttering businesses, impacting travel and hospitality, and leading to layoffs; it’s leading the city into a recession per city Cont... more
With the city’s COVID-19 public health emergency shuttering businesses, impacting travel and hospitality, and leading to layoffs; it’s leading the city into a recession per city Controller Ben Rosenfield. more
SF coronavirus crisis on its way to becoming a financial crisis, too
Chronicle (04/05/2020)
Apr
05
Bay Area Led the Country in Community Surveillance to Track Coronavirus Spread
by Nadia Rahman
Evidence suggests that if large-scale community surveillance and tracking studies had been conducted earlier on, outbreaks could have been identified before spreading out of control.
Evidence suggests that if large-scale community surveillance and tracking studies had been conducted earlier on, outbreaks could have been identified before spreading out of control. more
How the Bay Area got a jump start on the coronavirus - and the CDC missed a chance
Chronicle (04/05/2020)
Apr
05
Governor Newsom Announces COVID-19 Testing Taskforce; Takes Ownership for Statewide Testing Lapses
by Nadia Rahman
As the state sees dramatic increases in the number of people hospitalized with COVID-19, Newsom announces a new task force of public and private leaders to address California’s testi... more
As the state sees dramatic increases in the number of people hospitalized with COVID-19, Newsom announces a new task force of public and private leaders to address California’s testing challenges. more
Coronavirus live updates: Surgeon General Adams says this will be 'saddest week of most Americans' lives'
Chronicle (04/05/2020)
Gov. Gavin Newsom said he ‘owns’ coronavirus testing lapses, announces task force
Examiner (04/05/2020)
Apr
05
Detailed Statistics Needed to Evaluate the Spread of COVID-19 in San Francisco
by Nadia Rahman
The lack of detailed statistics on COVID-19 testing, cases and hospitalizations throughout the state is limiting visibility into how the virus is impacting and spreading throughout C... more
The lack of detailed statistics on COVID-19 testing, cases and hospitalizations throughout the state is limiting visibility into how the virus is impacting and spreading throughout California. Here in San Francisco, there are calls for more information on how the situation is affecting local communities. more
Missing in Bay Area’s battle against coronavirus? Detailed, reliable data
Chronicle (04/05/2020)
Apr
05
Child Abuse Goes Unreported as Schools Remain Closed and the City Shelters in Place
by Nadia Rahman
As the city quarantines, the disruption in routine, resulting increased family stress, and lack of access to circles of people outside of the home are amplifying risk factors of chil... more
As the city quarantines, the disruption in routine, resulting increased family stress, and lack of access to circles of people outside of the home are amplifying risk factors of child abuse while the non-profits that typically provide support services are struggling to get by amidst the shutdown. more
School closures mean more child abuse is going unreported
Examiner (04/05/2020)
Apr
05
Child Care Under Threat
by Nadia Rahman
Many child care businesses and pre-schools have closed temporarily in response to the pandemic and have turned to parents for donations and to continue paying tuition to cover rent, ... more
Many child care businesses and pre-schools have closed temporarily in response to the pandemic and have turned to parents for donations and to continue paying tuition to cover rent, pay teachers, and help ensure they retain child care workers once the public health crisis ends. more
A working parent’s shelter-in-place quandary: Keep paying for childcare you can’t use?
Chronicle (04/05/2020)
Apr
05
Food Delivery is Not an Option for Treasure Island Residents
by Nadia Rahman
As Treasure Island’s restaurants remain closed, many popular food delivery apps, including Shef, Doordash, Uber Eats, Postmates are not an option for Treasure Island’s roughly 2,000 ... more
As Treasure Island’s restaurants remain closed, many popular food delivery apps, including Shef, Doordash, Uber Eats, Postmates are not an option for Treasure Island’s roughly 2,000 residents, mostly low-income, seniors, and people of color. more
Treasure Island hungry for food delivery options
Examiner (04/05/2020)
Apr
05
Grand Princess Cruise Ship Quarantined in San Francisco Bay to Set Sail Again
by Nadia Rahman
As of Saturday, the quarantine aboard the Grand Princess ended. The ship will sail out to sea with its 646 crew members and return to the Port of San Francisco next week to collect p... more
As of Saturday, the quarantine aboard the Grand Princess ended. The ship will sail out to sea with its 646 crew members and return to the Port of San Francisco next week to collect provisions before departing again. more
Grand Princess to set sail after crew quarantine ends
Examiner (04/05/2020)
Today’s Suspects Updater
Nadia Rahman
Nadia is an activist, organizer and digital strategist living in San Francisco.


In the Past Week…

Apr
04
Bay Area Hospitals Brace For The Worst As They Continue To Face Supply And Manpower Shortages
by Peter Zerzan

Bay Area hospitals are working around the clock to increase the number of hospital beds, ventilators, and protective gear as they expect an increase in coronavirus patients. The numb

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Bay Area hospitals are working around the clock to increase the number of hospital beds, ventilators, and protective gear as they expect an increase in coronavirus patients. The number of COVID-19 cases has increased to 3,000 in the Bay Area. This is happening as the number of health care workers positive with the disease has tripled in the last 7 days and as hospitals have complained about the lack of equipment needed to successfully fight the disease.

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Bay Area braces for coronavirus surge: Hospitals get ready to care for patients, protect workers
Chronicle (04/04/2020)
Apr
04
First Citation For Breaking Stay At Home Order Given To Anti-Abortion Protestor
by Peter Zerzan

Ronald Konopaski, an 86 year old anti-abortion protestor, allegedly became the first person to be fined by the police for violating the stay at home order. He had previously been war

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Ronald Konopaski, an 86 year old anti-abortion protestor, allegedly became the first person to be fined by the police for violating the stay at home order. He had previously been warned several times by the police for sitting on the sidewalk and handing out leaflets outside a Planned Parenthood clinic after several neighbors of the clinic complained. After his citation was issued, SFPD announced they would begin citing people for breaking the stay at home order. While Konopaski hopes to appeal the citation, he has stated he will stop protesting outside the Bernal Heights location, as he has been warned he will be arrested by the police if he does.

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San Francisco police begin issuing citations for failing to shelter in place – The San Francisco Examiner
Examiner (04/04/2020)
SF police issue first citation for violating stay at home order to abortion protester – The San Francisco Examiner
Examiner (04/04/2020)
Apr
04
City And State Officials Have Set Up A Variety Of Programs To Help Those Who Have Missed Their Rent Payments For April
by Peter Zerzan

As many residents have been unable to pay their rent due to the shelter in place order, the city of San Francisco and the state of California have set up a variety of programs to hel

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As many residents have been unable to pay their rent due to the shelter in place order, the city of San Francisco and the state of California have set up a variety of programs to help people through this difficult time. If you or someone you know wasn’t able to pay their rent, please follow the link provided below to get the assistance you need.

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What to do if you can’t pay this month’s rent
Curbed SF (04/04/2020)
Apr
04
Homeless Shelter Employees Claim Lack Of Basic Safety Materials And Are At A Great Risk Of Getting Sick
by Peter Zerzan

Representatives of OPEIU Local 29, a union representing hundreds of homeless shelter employees, claim the shelters are failing to provide an adequate amount of gloves, facemasks, and

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Representatives of OPEIU Local 29, a union representing hundreds of homeless shelter employees, claim the shelters are failing to provide an adequate amount of gloves, facemasks, and hand sanitizer. This is after a shelter resident tested positive for the coronavirus. Union officials aren’t placing the blame solely on the shelters and nonprofit organizations, stating they often are going out of their way to get safety materials. They claim the city isn’t doing enough to get many of these low wage employees the material they need to do their job safely.

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Homeless shelter employees are working without sufficient masks and gloves — and some are getting sick, union says
Mission Local (04/04/2020)
Apr
04
California Legislature Recess Extended Until May Due To Coronavirus Concerns
by Peter Zerzan

California Senate President Pro Tem Toni Atkins and Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon announced the emergency recess of the state legislature has been extended until May 4th, adding 3

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California Senate President Pro Tem Toni Atkins and Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon announced the emergency recess of the state legislature has been extended until May 4th, adding 3 additional weeks to the recess. Each house has until May 29th to pass new bills in their chamber and they must approve a state budget by June 15th or lawmakers will go without pay. There was no announcement of possibly trying to continue to work via teleconferencing. 

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Coronavirus will keep California Legislature away until May
Chronicle (04/04/2020)
Apr
04
City Adds New Wi-Fi Spots For Students In Need
by Peter Zerzan

25 new free Wi-Fi “SuperSpots” have been added by the city to assist students who need internet access to continue learning. Each spot can support 100 users and will remain in place

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25 new free Wi-Fi “SuperSpots” have been added by the city to assist students who need internet access to continue learning. Each spot can support 100 users and will remain in place for the remainder of the school year. This is in addition to the 5,000 laptops distributed to students along with the 4,000 purchased. As schools remain closed, SF Unified has announced distance learning classes starting on April 13th. However, 29% of students do not have access to internet at home and an estimated 10,000 students need a device to engage in distance learning.

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City will provide free Wi-Fi spots for students at home
Examiner (04/04/2020)
Apr
04
More And More San Francisco Students Requesting Free Meals During Crisis
by Peter Zerzan

Requests for free meals for students from SF Unified has doubled each week during the crisis. In the first week, it was 20,000. In week two, it was 40,000. Now, in the third week, th

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Requests for free meals for students from SF Unified has doubled each week during the crisis. In the first week, it was 20,000. In week two, it was 40,000. Now, in the third week, the number of students requesting free meals has increased to 80,000. This has been part of a growing trend, as SF-Marin food bank has reported an increase in the number of people requesting food from their new pop up pantries.

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Demand for free meals rises sharply among San Francisco’s students
Mission Local (04/04/2020)
Apr
04
Former SFMTA Director Ed Reiskin Named City Administrator Of Oakland
by Peter Zerzan

Edward Reiskin, the former director of the SFMTA, was appointed city administrator of Oakland on Friday. After serving a variety of jobs in Oakland, Washington DC, and San Francisco,

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Edward Reiskin, the former director of the SFMTA, was appointed city administrator of Oakland on Friday. After serving a variety of jobs in Oakland, Washington DC, and San Francisco, Reiskin was appointed to head SFMTA in 2011 by then-Mayor Ed Lee. Following Lee’s death, Mayor London Breed let him go after 8 years as the chief of the transit agency. His appointment as city administrator was a promotion, as Reiskin has been serving in an assistant role at the agency since August.

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Former longtime SF transit chief Ed Reiskin appointed city administrator of Oakland
Chronicle (04/04/2020)
Apr
03
First Homeless COVID-19 Case, Aging Homeless on the Street Prioritized for Hotel Rooms
by Nicole Yelich

The first case of COVID-19 in the homeless community was confirmed yesterday. A resident of the Division Circle Navigation Center at 13th and S. Van Ness tested positive and is now i

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The first case of COVID-19 in the homeless community was confirmed yesterday. A resident of the Division Circle Navigation Center at 13th and S. Van Ness tested positive and is now in a room at an isolation hotel and said to be in good condition. The center’s staff have been given additional masks for residents to wear and will be conducting more screenings, and a cleaning crew will be sent to disinfect the space.

Mission Local’s Joe Eskenazi reports on Mayor Breed’s announcement on Wednesday that homeless people living on the street who are over the age of 60 and have underlying health conditions will be prioritized to relocate into vacant hotel rooms the city is securing to help avoid an outbreak in the homeless population.

 
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COVID-19: San Francisco to prioritize placing some homeless street-dwellers in hotels — after much coaxing
Mission Local (04/03/2020)
Navigation shelter resident tests positive for coronavirus – The San Francisco Examiner
Examiner (04/03/2020)
Apr
03
Yes, People: Social Distancing Applies to Outside, too
by Nicole Yelich
When Mayor London Breed was asked yesterday about her top concern at the moment, she said it’s the residents who are not abiding by the social distancing rules when outside. While re... more
When Mayor London Breed was asked yesterday about her top concern at the moment, she said it’s the residents who are not abiding by the social distancing rules when outside. While residents are by and large following the order to shelter in place, when they leave their homes to get fresh air, many throw keeping six feet of distance between each other right out the window. more
London Breed’s biggest frustration right now? San Franciscans getting up-close and personal outside
Chronicle (04/03/2020)
Apr
03
Doctors on Front Lines of COVID-19 Drawing up Their Wills
by Nicole Yelich
Heather Knight reports that Bay Area doctors and healthcare workers - even the young and healthy - are drawing up their wills, as concerns mount over the exposure and potential infec... more
Heather Knight reports that Bay Area doctors and healthcare workers - even the young and healthy - are drawing up their wills, as concerns mount over the exposure and potential infection hospital workers face as they fight the COVID-19 pandemic head on. more
Bay Area doctors treating coronavirus patients rush to draw up wills, just in case: ‘We have to be brave’
Unknown (04/03/2020)
Apr
03
City Launches Economic Recovery Task Force
by Nicole Yelich
The city announced the new COVID-19 Economic Recovery Task Force to come up with ways to support the business, nonprofit, labor, arts and faith communities in recovering from the sev... more
The city announced the new COVID-19 Economic Recovery Task Force to come up with ways to support the business, nonprofit, labor, arts and faith communities in recovering from the severe economic hit all are facing during this cr more
S.F. announces task force to help speed up economic recovery
SF Business Times (04/03/2020)
Apr
03
Is SFDPH Telling Us Enough?
by Nicole Yelich
Mission Local’s Joe Eskenazi questions if the San Francisco Department of Public Health is disclosing enough information about the spread of the virus throughout the city to determin... more
Mission Local’s Joe Eskenazi questions if the San Francisco Department of Public Health is disclosing enough information about the spread of the virus throughout the city to determine just how effective the shelter in place measure is working, and how long it will take to truly flatten the curve. more
COVID-19: San Francisco omits the health data you’d most want to know
Mission Local (04/03/2020)
Apr
03
Rideshare Drivers Hit Hard by Crisis
by Nicole Yelich
Rideshare drivers throughout the Bay Area are being hit hard by the loss of riders during the stay at home orders, and while they are able to tap into the unemployment benefits outli... more
Rideshare drivers throughout the Bay Area are being hit hard by the loss of riders during the stay at home orders, and while they are able to tap into the unemployment benefits outlined in the $2 trillion stimulus package, uncertainty remains over how that funding will be disbursed in California with the unprecedented number of unemployment claims filed in recent w more
Ride
Examiner (04/03/2020)
Apr
03
First Asian American Woman Tapped for CCSF Interim Chancellor
by Nicole Yelich
City College tapped Senior Vice Chancellor for Administrative and Student Affairs Dianna Gonzales to serve as Interim Chancellor after the abrupt departure of former Chancellor Mark ... more
City College tapped Senior Vice Chancellor for Administrative and Student Affairs Dianna Gonzales to serve as Interim Chancellor after the abrupt departure of former Chancellor Mark Rocha. Gonzales, the first Asian American Chancellor at CCSF, will serve until June 30th. more
CCSF taps first Asian American woman to lead as interim chancellor – The San Francisco Examiner
Examiner (04/03/2020)
Apr
03
SFUSD Struggles to Get Enough Laptops to Students
by Nicole Yelich
Even as SFUSD teachers and nonprofit workers mobilized during their spring break to distribute Chromebooks to needy students, the district is running into hurdles to get enough out b... more
Even as SFUSD teachers and nonprofit workers mobilized during their spring break to distribute Chromebooks to needy students, the district is running into hurdles to get enough out before its nearly 54,000 students return to online school in mid-April. more
SFUSD scrambles to hand out computers as internet access remains a hurdle
Mission Local (04/03/2020)
Apr
03
Castro Pharmacy Drop-Off Site for Masks, PPE
by Nicole Yelich
An independently owned Castro pharmacy has been designated as the drop-off site for donated personal protective equipment tomorrow April 4th from 10am-5pm, after UCSF pharmacy studen... more
An independently owned Castro pharmacy has been designated as the drop-off site for donated personal protective equipment tomorrow April 4th from 10am-5pm, after UCSF pharmacy students organized a drive to obtain more PPE for healthcare workers facing shortages. more
Online Extra: Castro pharmacy to accept donated PPE items Saturday
The Bay Area Reporter (04/03/2020)
Apr
03
Home Sales Dry Up, Lawmakers Push for Stronger Rent and Mortgage Relief
by Nicole Yelich

Curbed SF reports that home going up for sale in San Francisco have all but dried up in the weeks since the shelter in place went into effect, and how several San Francisco Superviso

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Curbed SF reports that home going up for sale in San Francisco have all but dried up in the weeks since the shelter in place went into effect, and how several San Francisco Supervisors joined lawmakers around the country who are calling for state and federal officials to halt mortgage and rent payments during this crisis.

SF Supes Ronen and Haney say Gov. Newsom’s moratorium on evictions doesn’t go far enough, as renters will be on the hook for back payments once everyone is back to work.

 
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San Francisco housing inventory plunges during coronavirus emergency
Curbed SF (04/03/2020)
SF lawmakers push for rent cancellation and mortgage moratorium
Curbed SF (04/03/2020)
Apr
03
Pier 39 Aquarium Faces Challenges in Taking Care of Fishies
by Nicole Yelich
The Pier 39 Aquarium is struggling to balance its public closure and large number of furloughed employees, with the need to - and cost of - taking care of its fish and aquatic life.
The Pier 39 Aquarium is struggling to balance its public closure and large number of furloughed employees, with the need to - and cost of - taking care of its fish and aquatic life. more
Pier 39 aquarium staff furloughed during coronavirus — but what about the fish? – The San Francisco Examiner
Examiner (04/03/2020)
Apr
02
State Health Department Says Masks Are Optional, Helpful
by Spencer Lam
The California Department of Health has declared that face masks are optional, though helpful, in public for stopping the spread of the coronavirus. The virus is spread primarily thr... more
The California Department of Health has declared that face masks are optional, though helpful, in public for stopping the spread of the coronavirus. The virus is spread primarily through viral droplets spread when we speak, cough, or sneeze. more
California declares face masks optional, but says they could provide protection against coronavirus
Chronicle (04/02/2020)
Apr
02
Coronavirus Patients May be Moved to Places Where Most Vulnerable Live
by Spencer Lam
A March 30th order from the California Department of Public Health has the healthcare industry fuming, as it states that skilled nursing facilities - nursing homes - shall not refuse... more
A March 30th order from the California Department of Public Health has the healthcare industry fuming, as it states that skilled nursing facilities - nursing homes - shall not refuse overflow patients from hospitals if necessary. more
Patients infected by coronavirus may be moved to California nursing homes
Chronicle (04/02/2020)
Apr
02
Governor Warns State is Not Yet Safe, Despite Success of Shelter in Place
by Spencer Lam
Governor Newsom warned Wednesday that the state is not yet out of the woods, despite the apparent success of the statewide shelter in place order issued two weeks ago.
Governor Newsom warned Wednesday that the state is not yet out of the woods, despite the apparent success of the statewide shelter in place order issued two weeks ago. more
California’s shelter in place may be working, but coronavirus is still a threat, Gov. Newsom says
Chronicle (04/02/2020)
Apr
02
Unemployment Claims Double in a Week, Hit 6.6 Million Nationwide
by Spencer Lam
As the economic havoc wreaked by the Coronavirus continues, unemployment claims double in a week and hit 6.6 million nationwide, setting a new record. The Chron has live updates on t... more
As the economic havoc wreaked by the Coronavirus continues, unemployment claims double in a week and hit 6.6 million nationwide, setting a new record. The Chron has live updates on the facts and figures, linked below. more
Coronavirus live updates: Unemployment claims double record in a week
Chronicle (04/02/2020)
Coronavirus: Economic pain rises in Bay Area, nation as 6.6 million newly jobless seek help
Chronicle (04/02/2020)
Apr
02
Second Sheriff’s Deputy Tests Positive for Corona; Jail Population Shrinks
by Spencer Lam
A second sheriff’s deputy in the Hall of Justice has tested positive for COVID-19, as the jail population shrinks closer to the recommended capacity of 7 to 800. However, Dr. Lisa Pr... more
A second sheriff’s deputy in the Hall of Justice has tested positive for COVID-19, as the jail population shrinks closer to the recommended capacity of 7 to 800. However, Dr. Lisa Pratt, the head of Jail Health Services with the Department of Public Health, has said that the current population - 838 as of Wednesday - was still too high to ensure safe containment in the case of an outbreak. more
Second deputy at SF Hall of Justice jail tests positive as inmate count shrinks – The San Francisco Examiner
Examiner (04/02/2020)
Apr
02
Moscone West Convention Center Becomes Temporary Housing for Homeless
by Spencer Lam
Today, the city will begin moving up to 400 homeless people into the Moscone West convention center, as the empty center finds purpose anew in the pandemic. The first 30 short-term r... more
Today, the city will begin moving up to 400 homeless people into the Moscone West convention center, as the empty center finds purpose anew in the pandemic. The first 30 short-term residents will be moved in today, with another 30 tomorrow and numbers increasing after that. more
Moscone West to reopen for business — as homeless shelter — during coronavirus outbreak
Chronicle (04/02/2020)
Apr
02
Pay Attention to Local News!
by Spencer Lam
The Examiner has made staff adjustments to fit these trying times, though their online readership has spiked. The Bay Area Reporter has also launched a fundraising campaign for their... more
The Examiner has made staff adjustments to fit these trying times, though their online readership has spiked. The Bay Area Reporter has also launched a fundraising campaign for their publication, as they have also been affected by this pandemic.  An opinion piece from each publication lays out how you can help. more
Bay Area Reporter launches fundraising campaign
The Bay Area Reporter (04/02/2020)
Help the San Francisco Examiner, SF Weekly continue our mission of providing free, local news – The San Francisco Examiner
Examiner (04/02/2020)
Apr
02
Speaker Pelosi’s Challenger Takes Different Approach to Campaigning
by Spencer Lam
With campaigning in the traditional sense essentially shut down - no rallies, gatherings, meetings, or door-to-door canvassing, Speaker Pelosi’s Democratic-Socialist challenger Shahi... more
With campaigning in the traditional sense essentially shut down - no rallies, gatherings, meetings, or door-to-door canvassing, Speaker Pelosi’s Democratic-Socialist challenger Shahid Buttar has taken an alternate approach to campaigning. He is moving over to Twitch, the streaming service popular with younger audiences, and has done outreach to community groups. more
Coronavirus forces Nancy Pelosi’s SF election foe to take a different path
Chronicle (04/02/2020)
Apr
02
Caltrain Advances Sales Tax Measure to Electrify & Upgrade Fleet Size
by Spencer Lam
Despite being hammered with ridership loss due to the coronavirus, Caltrain continues to advance a one-eighth cent sales tax for San Francisco, San Mateo, and Santa Clara Counties fo... more
Despite being hammered with ridership loss due to the coronavirus, Caltrain continues to advance a one-eighth cent sales tax for San Francisco, San Mateo, and Santa Clara Counties for the November ballot. more
Caltrain, battered by the coronavirus, pushes ahead with November sales tax measure
Chronicle (04/02/2020)
Apr
02
Mayor Encourages Volunteers to Help Elderly During Pandemic
by Spencer Lam
Yesterday, during a press conference, Mayor Breed encouraged volunteers to help the elderly during the current pandemic through the COVID-19 Emergency Response Volunteer (CERV) progr... more
Yesterday, during a press conference, Mayor Breed encouraged volunteers to help the elderly during the current pandemic through the COVID-19 Emergency Response Volunteer (CERV) program. Mayor Breed also introduced an app through which volunteers can call seniors and run errands for them. more
Breed pushes volunteer opportunities to help isolated seniors as coronavirus spreads – The San Francisco Examiner
Examiner (04/02/2020)
Neighbors helping neighbors as shelter-in-place continues
Mission Local (04/02/2020)
Apr
02
Rent, Eviction Protection Status Unclear at Start of New Month
by Spencer Lam
As the new month under COVID-19’s shadow begins, confusion as to whether vulnerable renters are protected from evictions flies about. Though both Governor Newsom and Mayor Breed have... more
As the new month under COVID-19’s shadow begins, confusion as to whether vulnerable renters are protected from evictions flies about. Though both Governor Newsom and Mayor Breed have issued orders regarding eviction, tenant advocates warn that they merely push back the date when landlords can start evictions. more
Confusion swirls over uneven eviction protections as rent collection begins – The San Francisco Examiner
Examiner (04/02/2020)