Today’s Stories (Last updated September 18, 03:12 PM)

Sep
18
San Francisco School District Gives Teachers A Raise, With No Money To Pay It
by Alexandra Cannarella

San Francisco teachers received a pay raise in August thanks to Prop. G, which levied a parcel tax to pay for teachers’ raises. But the money has yet to be collected, and the raises

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San Francisco teachers received a pay raise in August thanks to Prop. G, which levied a parcel tax to pay for teachers’ raises. But the money has yet to be collected, and the raises have already taken effect, raising questions about how it will be paid for until the parcel tax revenue comes in. 

Mayor Breed has concerns around when - or if - money will be generated by the new tax, which is not due to be paid by residents until December 2018.  Last month, the Howard Jarvis Taxpayer Association brought suit against the City claiming the measure, which passed with 51% of the vote, should have required a 2/3 threshold.

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SF schools giving teachers raises without revenue to pay for them
Chronicle (09/18/2018)
Sep
18
Tenant Activists Call Out Supervisor Ahsha Safai For Rent Control Measure
by Alexandra Cannarella
Tenant activists brought a pair of golden flip flops to Supervisor Asha Safai’s office to protest his lack of support for Prop 10, a measure that if passed, would repeal the Costa-Ha... more
Tenant activists brought a pair of golden flip flops to Supervisor Asha Safai’s office to protest his lack of support for Prop 10, a measure that if passed, would repeal the Costa-Hawkins Rental Housing Act, and give cities' throughout the state the ability to expand rent control.

Safai voted on a board resolution to support the measure in December, but then voted against it this September. 
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Tenant activists call out Safai for vote on rent control measure
Examiner (09/18/2018)
Sep
18
District Attorney George Gascón Faces a Formidable Challenge in Suzy Loftus
by Alexandra Cannarella
Suzy Loftus, the Assistant Chief Legal Counsel in the Sheriff’s Department, will officially file papers to challenge George Gascon in his November 2019 race for reelection as San Fra... more
Suzy Loftus, the Assistant Chief Legal Counsel in the Sheriff’s Department, will officially file papers to challenge George Gascon in his November 2019 race for reelection as San Francisco's District Attorney.

A San Francisco native with support from a growing number of San Francisco elected officials. Loftus has an impressive lineup of supporters scheduled to join her when she files this afternoon, including Mayor London Breed.

Several other candidates have announced their intention to run, including Police Commissioner Joe Alioto Veronese, and Leif Dautch, California Deputy Attorney General. 
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SF DA Gascón faces formidable challenge for seat from Suzy Loftus
Chronicle (09/18/2018)
Sep
18
San Francisco’s Biggest Buildings Are Target of Waste Reduction Efforts
by Alexandra Cannarella

Supervisor Asha Safai wants to target more than 500 of San Francisco’s largest waste generating apartment and condo buildings to concentrate the City's zero-waste efforts. His propos

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Supervisor Asha Safai wants to target more than 500 of San Francisco’s largest waste generating apartment and condo buildings to concentrate the City's zero-waste efforts. His proposal would require buildings to sort onsite trash and recycling properly or hire full-time janitorial sorters to do it for them, or face fines from the city.

The San Francisco Apartment Association is fighting to allow landlords to pass on fines and the cost of hiring staff to tenants. The Chamber of Commerce is also opposing the legislation. If passed, the initiative would go into effect July 2019.

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SF transit board may approve dockless bike expansion
Examiner (09/18/2018)
Sep
18
Republican Candidate in D2 Claims Survey Puts Him in #2
by Alexandra Cannarella
A survey taken by John Dennis, the lone Republican candidate running for Supervisor in District 2, claims he has a shot at winning the seat, coming in at #2, right behind the current... more
A survey taken by John Dennis, the lone Republican candidate running for Supervisor in District 2, claims he has a shot at winning the seat, coming in at #2, right behind the current supervisor Catherine Stefani. 

Dennis hired a telemarketing firm and worked with Fairfax-based political Bill Wilson, who assisted Dennis as a favor through a mutual friend, to complete the survey.  The Examiner writes, "Wilson said the callers did not attempt to reach enough voters to reflect the race and gender demographics of District 2, which would have cost more money. Also unlike a poll, the survey does not factor in voter turnout.”

Of the 48,000 registered voters in District 2, 13% are Republican.  Dennis’ survey spoke with 678 voters, 15% of whom were Republican, 63% Democrat, and the remaining 22% identify as no party preference.  


Political consultant and Stefani’s campaign spokesperson has called the survey's methodology into question and says Stefani’s campaign conducted a poll that has her coming in first.

Dennis is hoping to squeeze out the three Democrats who are running for the seat vacated by interim Mayor Mark Farrell who appointed Stefani to the seat.


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Does a Republican have a chance of winning an SF supervisor race?
Examiner (09/18/2018)
Sep
18
San Franciscans Asked To Weigh In on New Public Health Department Head
by Alexandra Cannarella
The city is reaching out to residents for their thoughts on the qualities and qualifications on the newest head of the Department of Public Health. The city will be interviewing cand... more
The city is reaching out to residents for their thoughts on the qualities and qualifications on the newest head of the Department of Public Health. The city will be interviewing candidates for the position in November of this year.

The new head of the San Francisco Department of Public Health will oversee its $3.2 billion budget, that includes mental health and drug addiction programs and services, two issues that are top of mind for San Francisco residents. The meeting which was open to residents to discuss the position was on Monday, September 17th.   

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Residents asked to weigh in on search for new health department head
Examiner (09/18/2018)
Sep
18
SF Transit Board May Approve More Electric Bicycles
by Alexandra Cannarella
There will soon be more electric bikes available after a new study showed that they are used far more than the stationed docked bikes, and there are far fewer of them. Not only are t... more
There will soon be more electric bikes available after a new study showed that they are used far more than the stationed docked bikes, and there are far fewer of them. Not only are they used almost twice as much as the Ford GoBikes, because they are dockless, the Jump Bikes are used in neighborhoods that do not have Ford docking stations.

The SFMTA is doubling the amount of electric bikes from 250 to 500, despite protests from Motivate, which owns Ford GoBikes. Uber currently owns Jump Bikes and Lyft owns Motivate.
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SF transit board may approve dockless bike expansion
Examiner (09/18/2018)
Sep
18
1 in 4 Cable Car Riders Aren’t Paying Their Fare Share
by Alexandra Cannarella

A study conducted by undercover MUNI collectors showed that 24% of cable car riders weren’t paying their share on the cable car. There is little enforcement, and it’s easy to dodge t

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A study conducted by undercover MUNI collectors showed that 24% of cable car riders weren’t paying their share on the cable car. There is little enforcement, and it’s easy to dodge the fare collectors. SFMTA is implementing a new system in 2019 that would require purchasing a ticket ahead of time at a specified booth, taking some of the onus off the cable car driver, who also has to manage passengers and drive the cable car, in addition to collecting tickets.

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Collecting cable car fares an uphill struggle — 1 in 4...
Chronicle (09/18/2018)
Nov
06
Supervisor Races 2018 - Candidates
by SF Usual Suspects

November Election 2018 - Candidates

D2 - Catherine Stefani, Schuyler Hudak, Nicholas Josefowitz, John Dennis
D4 - Jessica Ho, Adam Kim, Mike Murphy, Gordon Mar, Trevor McNeil, Arthur Tom, Tuan Anh Nguyen, Lou Ann Bassan
D6 - Sonja Trauss, Matt Haney, Christine Johnson
D8 - Rafael Mandelman, Lawrence "Stark" Degasse
D10 - Uzuri Pease-Greene, Shamann Walton, Theo Ellington, Tony Kelly, Asale-Haquekyah Chandler, Gloria Berry


Incumbents in bold

Know something we don't? Mentioned here, but you don't want to be? Don't see your name on here, but

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November Election 2018 - Candidates

D2 - Catherine Stefani, Schuyler Hudak, Nicholas Josefowitz, John Dennis
D4 - Jessica Ho, Adam Kim, Mike Murphy, Gordon Mar, Trevor McNeil, Arthur Tom, Tuan Anh Nguyen, Lou Ann Bassan
D6 - Sonja Trauss, Matt Haney, Christine Johnson
D8 - Rafael Mandelman, Lawrence "Stark" Degasse
D10 - Uzuri Pease-Greene, Shamann Walton, Theo Ellington, Tony Kelly, Asale-Haquekyah Chandler, Gloria Berry


Incumbents in bold

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.

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Today’s Suspects Updater
Alexandra Cannarella
Alex is a political fundraiser at AST Consulting where she works to fundraise for federal and state candidates across the country. She has lived in San Francisco for the last 8 years, but calls Portland, Oregon her true home. When she's not working, Alex can be found soaking up California sunshine, baking (mostly) healthy treats, and buying shoes.

In the Past Week…

Sep
17
Kavanaugh Accuser Comes Forward
by Jen Longley
Local resident Christine Blasey Ford has come forward as the woman who narrowly escaped Supreme Court Nominee Brett Kavanaugh's alleged attempted rape at a party in the early eightie... more
Local resident Christine Blasey Ford has come forward as the woman who narrowly escaped Supreme Court Nominee Brett Kavanaugh's alleged attempted rape at a party in the early eighties.

Ford, a Palo Alto University professor, chose to come forward after a week of intense speculation into the accusation, first forwarded by Senator Dianne Feinstein to the FBI.

Kavanaugh's terse denial and contemporaneous accounts of drunken partying have led many to question his truthfulness during a heated confirmation hearing process.

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Palo Alto woman who accused Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct steps into spotlight
Chronicle (09/17/2018)
Sep
17
Tracking Changes at the SFPD
by Jen Longley
The ingrained resistance of SFPD 'higher ups' to accept policy or technological input from community oversight organizations and subject matter experts is detailed through the fate o... more
The ingrained resistance of SFPD 'higher ups' to accept policy or technological input from community oversight organizations and subject matter experts is detailed through the fate of a lone tracked-changes document by Mission Local's Joe Ekenazi. more
How the San Francisco Police Department stifles even the most rudimentary of reforms
Mission Local (09/17/2018)
Sep
17
Regional Roundoup: Homelessness Across the Bay
by Jen Longley
District 2 Supervisor candidates John Dennis and Schuyler Hudak would back building homeless Navigation Centers for homeless San Francisco residents outside of San Francisco - pointi... more
District 2 Supervisor candidates John Dennis and Schuyler Hudak would back building homeless Navigation Centers for homeless San Francisco residents outside of San Francisco - pointing to the high cost of San Francisco real Eetate and the regional nature of the homelessness problem. There are currently no Navigation Centers in District 2.

Meanwhile, in Oakland, officials are trying to move homeless Lake Merritt residents out of tent encampments and into shared 6' x15' Tuff Sheds, but are facing pushback from those questioning he humanity and efficacy of the program in Monday's Matier & Ross. more
New idea in supervisors race: Build homeless Navigation Centers outside SF
Chronicle (09/17/2018)
Oakland has sheds for Lake Merritt homeless, but most famous isn’t interested
Chronicle (09/17/2018)
Sep
17
BART Shakes Up Service for Retrofit
by Jen Longley
Beginning in February 2019, BART will be initiating a four-year seismic retrofit project- cutting early morning service for the length of the project. Trains will begin running at 5a... more
Beginning in February 2019, BART will be initiating a four-year seismic retrofit project- cutting early morning service for the length of the project. Trains will begin running at 5am, one hour later than current service, with some express buses to cover the shortfall- angering some early morning commuters. more
BART cutting early morning service during seismic work on tube
Chronicle (09/17/2018)
Sep
17
Retail Roomates
by Jen Longley
The Small Business Commission has unanimously approved a  plan authored by Supervisor Katy Tang that would allow two different types of business to co-locate in the same storefront s... more
The Small Business Commission has unanimously approved a  plan authored by Supervisor Katy Tang that would allow two different types of business to co-locate in the same storefront space.

If approved by the Planning Commission next week, the "Flexible Retail legislation" would help combat rising rents, empty storefronts, and help smaller business be better able to compete with online retail outlets. more
SF shops could share space to survive changing retail market
Examiner (09/17/2018)
Sep
17
Time Flies
by Jen Longley
Friendly neighborhood billionaire Marc Benioff of Saleforce fame and wife Lynne have purchased Time Magazine.

The Benioffs are the latest tech titans to purchase a print media outlet... more
Friendly neighborhood billionaire Marc Benioff of Saleforce fame and wife Lynne have purchased Time Magazine.

The Benioffs are the latest tech titans to purchase a print media outlet, following Amazon's Jeff Bezos at the Washington Post, Laurene Powell Jobs purchasing a majority stake in The Atlantic, and Chris Hughes ill-fated purchase, then sale of, the New Republic. more
Salesforce chief Marc Benioff, wife Lynne to buy Time magazine
Chronicle (09/17/2018)
Sep
16
How The Other Half Lives
by Jen Longley
Carbon-busting corporate jet traffic to SFO spiked 30% the week of the Climate Change Summit in San Francisco, as tony attendees worldwide flew the corporate skies to attend the clim... more
Carbon-busting corporate jet traffic to SFO spiked 30% the week of the Climate Change Summit in San Francisco, as tony attendees worldwide flew the corporate skies to attend the climate focused event. 

Meanwhile, the BART Board of Directors unanimously approved transit oriented-development with 44% affordable housing at the Lake Merritt Station, the Twin Peaks Tunnel suffered yet another financial and service setback, and SFPD has moved a mobile-command station semi-permanently into Civic Center to deter open-air drug dealing in Sunday's Matier & Ross. more
How to fly to a climate change summit? In a private, carbon-spewing jet
Chronicle (09/16/2018)
Sep
16
Fool Me Once...
by Jen Longley
Parcels in the Hunter's Point Shipyard are slated to be retested after previous efforts to conceal corner-cutting cleanup came to light.

But the current retesting plan retains some o... more
Parcels in the Hunter's Point Shipyard are slated to be retested after previous efforts to conceal corner-cutting cleanup came to light.

But the current retesting plan retains some of the cost-cutting recommendations from the 2012 testing plan, reports the Chronicle. more
Navy’s Hunters Point retesting plan draws on questionable cost-cutting study
Chronicle (09/16/2018)
Sep
16
Kicking It Old School
by Jen Longley
Senator Dianne Feinstein's decades-long style of bipartisan cooperation was on full display at the Kavanaguh hearings, when she chose to forward an allegation of sexual assault to th... more
Senator Dianne Feinstein's decades-long style of bipartisan cooperation was on full display at the Kavanaguh hearings, when she chose to forward an allegation of sexual assault to the FBI, rather than to bring up the incident during Senate Judiciary hearings. Critics allege this style is out of place in the current moment and does not reflect the political reality of the times.

The Chronicle provides a deep dive into the history and context of an old-school politician in a deeply partisan moment. more
Feinstein thinks California still needs a Democrat who gets along with GOP
Chronicle (09/16/2018)
Sep
16
Eyeing the Future
by Jen Longley
Former Republican New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg's  support and high-profile role in the Climate Action Summit fuels rumors he may be running a 2020 Presidential run...as a Democra... more
Former Republican New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg's  support and high-profile role in the Climate Action Summit fuels rumors he may be running a 2020 Presidential run...as a Democrat.

Meanwhile, outgoing Governor Jerry Brown provides a plumb state job to a choir leader, and Prop C backers may lose out on donations should the corporate tax pass, while Senator Feinstein raises campaign cash in Sunday's Willies World. more
He took on climate change. Will Michael Bloomberg take on Trump?
Chronicle (09/16/2018)
Sep
16
Muni Drivers at Risk - In Their Own Words
by Jen Longley
Muni drivers tell their stories of assault by passengers and neglect from management, in an update by the Examiner and Mission Local.
Muni drivers tell their stories of assault by passengers and neglect from management, in an update by the Examiner and Mission Local. more
Muni operators tell assault stories, plead for safety
Examiner (09/16/2018)
SF Muni bus drivers bemoan assaults by passengers, neglect by management
Mission Local (09/16/2018)
Sep
15
Muni Drivers Fearful of Safety as Agency Strengthens Security
by Carrie McFadden
On a yearly basis, there are hundreds of verbal and physical assaults reported against Muni operators. So far in 2018 to date, there have been 316 assaults. 

SFMTA has convened a task... more
On a yearly basis, there are hundreds of verbal and physical assaults reported against Muni operators. So far in 2018 to date, there have been 316 assaults. 

SFMTA has convened a task force as a result, and new security measures include silent driver alarms and driver enclosures.

However, drivers are still fearful, and hope that more can be done to address safety concerns.  more
Assaults leave Muni drivers fearful for safety as agency beefs up security
Chronicle (09/14/2018)
Sep
15
16th Street BART Station Still a Mess Despite Promises
by Carrie McFadden
Despite ongoing coverage of the poor shape the 16th Street BART Station has continued to be in, not much has seemed to improve. 

For months, Supervisor Hillary Ronen and former BART B... more
Despite ongoing coverage of the poor shape the 16th Street BART Station has continued to be in, not much has seemed to improve. 

For months, Supervisor Hillary Ronen and former BART Board Member Bevan Dufty spent their Wednesday mornings cleaning the station themselves in order to bring attention to its chronic filthiness. Finally, in March of this year, the transit agency promised that they'd handle it, pledging to hire two full-time janitors focused on the station, along with power washing the station on a nightly basis. 

Things were quiet for months, but recently some of the same old complaints started rolling in. Finally, Supervisor Ronen called up the Chronicle, furious at how poorly things seemed to be handled by BART. 

The most frustrating part? BART insists they've held up their end of the bargain, despite the "yuckiness" consistently found in and around the station. 

Gross.  more
16th Street BART station still a vile mess
Curbed SF (09/14/2018)
Despite BART’s promises, 16th Street Mission plaza remains yucky
Chronicle (09/14/2018)
Sep
15
Controversial 'Early Days' Statue Removed Before Dawn
by Carrie McFadden
Early Friday morning before sunrise, city workers took down the controversial 'Early Days' statue in Civic Center Plaza. The statue depicts a vaquero and a missionary with a fallen N... more
Early Friday morning before sunrise, city workers took down the controversial 'Early Days' statue in Civic Center Plaza. The statue depicts a vaquero and a missionary with a fallen Native American lying at their feet, and has been seen as a slap in the face to indigenous people who feel it glorifies their oppression at the hands of Americans. 

The removal of the statue was observed by indigenous activists, many of whom sang traditional songs. One of those gathered in the early morning hours was D5 Supervisor Vallie Brown, who is of American Indian heritage herself. 

It's still unclear what will be done with the statue, but for now it's out of the public square and will be placed in fine arts storage.  more
SF’s controversial ‘Early Days’ statue taken down...
Chronicle (09/14/2018)
Sep
15
After Radioactive Discovery, Activists Call for Action in Shipyard
by Carrie McFadden
A radioactive object was found during soil testing in Parcel A, a residential area of the Bayview Hunters Point Shipyard. Although residents had previously been assured that Parcel A... more
A radioactive object was found during soil testing in Parcel A, a residential area of the Bayview Hunters Point Shipyard. Although residents had previously been assured that Parcel A was safe, lacking the radioactive materials that were subsequently discovered last week and first reported on Thursday.

As a result, activists are calling for additional testing, including health checks on residents and soil sampling, calling the discovery a "public health emergency." 

Parcel A homeowners, including 10th District Supervisor candidate Theo Ellington and his wife Seray, have filed a lawsuit against the developer and the company tasked with cleanup after the Navy began the process of transferring the land over to the City.  more
Shipyard residents, advocates call for more testing after radioactive discovery
Examiner (09/14/2018)
Sep
15
California Launching Satellite to Help Combat Climate Change
by Carrie McFadden
In a stark contrast to the federal government, Governor Jerry Brown has announced a plan for California to launch a satellite, geared towards tracking climate change. 

The announcemen... more
In a stark contrast to the federal government, Governor Jerry Brown has announced a plan for California to launch a satellite, geared towards tracking climate change. 

The announcement was made on the final day of the Global Climate Action Summit, which came about after President Trump withdrew the United States from the Paris Climate Agreement. 

So California goes, so goes the rest of the planet. Hopefully.  more
Brown announces California plan to launch satellite to...
Chronicle (09/14/2018)
Sep
15
Warriors' San Francisco Stadium Reaches Construction Milestone
by Carrie McFadden
Although it's not scheduled for a grand opening until a year from now, the new Golden State Warriors arena in Mission Bay reached a construction milestone yesterday as the last steel... more
Although it's not scheduled for a grand opening until a year from now, the new Golden State Warriors arena in Mission Bay reached a construction milestone yesterday as the last steel beam was put in place. More than 1,000 construction workers signed the top of the beam in celebration.

The Warriors' 2018 - 2019 season tips off in just a month, and it's scheduled to be their last one played in Oakland.

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Construction workers, Warriors celebrate arena project milestone
Examiner (09/14/2018)
Sep
15
Expansion of SF Trans Office Called For
by Carrie McFadden
The Bay Area Reporter illustrates a proposed plan for protecting and enhancing San Francisco's LGBT cultural heritage, which calls on the expansion of the Mayor's Office of Transgend... more
The Bay Area Reporter illustrates a proposed plan for protecting and enhancing San Francisco's LGBT cultural heritage, which calls on the expansion of the Mayor's Office of Transgender Initiatives into something more akin to an LGBT affairs office.


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LGBT cultural plan calls for expansion of SF trans office
The Bay Area Reporter (09/14/2018)
Sep
15
Meet Victor Olivieri, the CCSF Candidate Challenging Three Incumbents
by Carrie McFadden
On this November's ballot, three City College Board of Trustees spots are up for grabs. Thea Selby, John Rizzo, and Brigitte Davila are incumbents who are all running for reelection,... more
On this November's ballot, three City College Board of Trustees spots are up for grabs. Thea Selby, John Rizzo, and Brigitte Davila are incumbents who are all running for reelection, but they have one challenger in Victor Olivieri. Olivieri is leading the pack in fundraising, and has high-profile backers including Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom, Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi, and CCSF Board Members Alex Randolph, Shanell Williams, and Tom Temprano. 

Olivieri wants to focus on expanding the Free City College program, while also working to make it more sustainable. 

The Examiner profiles Olivieri and the three incumbents, and it'll be up to voters to decide in less than two months. more
CCSF board hopeful challenges three incumbents in November election
Examiner (09/15/2018)
Sep
14
Radioactive Object Found in Shipyard
by Nicole Yelich

A highly radioactive “radium deck marker” the size of a silver dollar has been found in the Hunters Point Shipyard development site, despite San Francisco public health official's Ma

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A highly radioactive “radium deck marker” the size of a silver dollar has been found in the Hunters Point Shipyard development site, despite San Francisco public health official's May statement that there are “definitively no public safety concerns or health concerns” in the area.

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Radioactive object found near homes at Hunters Point Shipyard
Chronicle (09/14/2018)
Sep
14
Mayor Breed Wants to Declare Homelessness Shelter State of Emergency
by Nicole Yelich

In an attempt to secure additional funding for homelessness housing, Mayor London Breed introduced a resolution to declare a state of emergency over the lack of shelters.  The resolu

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In an attempt to secure additional funding for homelessness housing, Mayor London Breed introduced a resolution to declare a state of emergency over the lack of shelters.  The resolution has been sent to the Board of Supervisors and if approved, would green light the City to apply for $27.7 million in additional funding from the state.  

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Declaring a Shelter Crisis Could Yield Emergency Funds
SF Weekly (09/14/2018)
Sep
14
Chronicle Endorses Josefowitz for D2 Supe
by Nicole Yelich

The Chronicle recommends Nick Josefowitz for District 2 Supervisor saying the race includes “two highly capable officeholders,” ostensibly referring to current Supervisor Catherine S

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The Chronicle recommends Nick Josefowitz for District 2 Supervisor saying the race includes “two highly capable officeholders,” ostensibly referring to current Supervisor Catherine Stefani, but they believe “City Hall really needs a constructive disrupter on big issues that others are reluctant to fully confront.”  In their opinion, Josefowitz fits the bill.

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Chronicle recommends: Nick Josefowitz for S.F. supervisor
Chronicle (09/14/2018)
Sep
14
Feinstein Sends Federal Investigators Tip on Kavanaugh
by Nicole Yelich

Senator Dianne Feinstein sent federal investigators information about Brett Kavanaugh, though she is not disclosing details about the tip.  Feinstein released a statement that the pe

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Senator Dianne Feinstein sent federal investigators information about Brett Kavanaugh, though she is not disclosing details about the tip.  Feinstein released a statement that the person she received the information from requested confidentiality.

The Intercept, the online news source that broke the story, says the tip “describes an incident involving Kavanaugh and a woman while they were in high school.”  Kavanaugh attended male-only Georgetown Prep located outside Washington, D.C.

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Feinstein sends mysterious tip about Kavanaugh to federal investigators
Chronicle (09/14/2018)
Sep
14
Supervisor Vallie Brown to Host Community Meeting on Divis Development
by Nicole Yelich

Supervisor Vallie Brown is hosting a community meeting this coming Monday to discuss a proposed housing development on Divisidaro that has stalled for three years. The project develo

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Supervisor Vallie Brown is hosting a community meeting this coming Monday to discuss a proposed housing development on Divisidaro that has stalled for three years. The project developer says they need the city to set a mandate on how many below market rate units are required for the plans to move forward.  

The meeting will include officials from the Planning Department and Office of Workforce Development and is intended to discuss the project with residents and hear their concerns.

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Community meeting aims to overcome impasse on new Divisadero housing construction
ABC7 News (09/14/2018)
Sep
14
Proposed Excelsior Housing Development Fails
by Nicole Yelich

A proposed Exelsior housing development that would have built 175 affordable housing units, a community health center, retail, and a new Safeway along Mission Street, has failed afte

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A proposed Exelsior housing development that would have built 175 affordable housing units, a community health center, retail, and a new Safeway along Mission Street, has failed after the property owner and Safeway could not agree to a deal.

Supervisor Ahsha Safai, whose district includes the Excelsior neighborhood, blamed Safeway saying the grocery chain reneged on their portion of the project.

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Plan for housing, new Safeway falls through at Outer Mission site in SF
Chronicle (09/14/2018)
Sep
14
Marriott Hotel Workers Vote to Strike
by Nicole Yelich

In a 98.6% membership vote, UNITE HERE Local 2’s members voted to support their 2,300 San Francisco Marriott Hotel workers to go on strike.  Their contracts with the Marriott Corpora

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In a 98.6% membership vote, UNITE HERE Local 2’s members voted to support their 2,300 San Francisco Marriott Hotel workers to go on strike.  Their contracts with the Marriott Corporation hotels expired on August 15th and negotiations are ongoing.  Workers could go on strike at any time.

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Hotel workers authorize strike at San Francisco Marriott hotels
Examiner (09/14/2018)
SF Marriott hotel workers vote to strike
Chronicle (09/14/2018)
Sep
14
Cimate Summit Roundup: Gov. Signs Environmental Bills, Protesters UBER On
by Nicole Yelich

On Thursday, as protestors continued actions in front of the Global Climate Action Summit, Governor Jerry Brown signed eight bills to combat the impacts of climate change, including

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On Thursday, as protestors continued actions in front of the Global Climate Action Summit, Governor Jerry Brown signed eight bills to combat the impacts of climate change, including reducing transportation pollution, electrifying school buses, and setting new emissions standards for rideshare companies.

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A city can thrive and be sustainable, Breed tells global leaders
Examiner (09/14/2018)
Bike lane protest highlights hypocrisy of ride
Examiner (09/14/2018)
Brown signs array of bills to protect planet from climate change
Chronicle (09/14/2018)
Gov. Brown, keep oil and gas in the ground
Examiner (09/14/2018)
Sep
14
BART Board Approves Public Review of Surveillance Measures
by Nicole Yelich

The BART Board of Directors unanimously voted to implement a new process giving the board and the public the ability to review new surveillance initiatives to safeguard riders’ priva

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The BART Board of Directors unanimously voted to implement a new process giving the board and the public the ability to review new surveillance initiatives to safeguard riders’ privacy and limit the information that can be shared with federal agencies. 

Renewed scrutiny of BART’s safety measures followed this summer’s significant uptick in violence on trains and stations. The Board’s decision comes after ACLU and other civil rights advocates had expressed concern over how increased surveillance could impact immigrant communities. 

NBC Bay Area reported that tens of thousands of license plates were recorded at the MacArthur BART station and plugged into a database that may have been accessed by ICE, a move that immigration advocates say violates BART’s sanctuary policy.

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BART approves surveillance policy requiring public review, privacy protections
Examiner (09/14/2018)
Bowing to privacy concerns, BART to hold hearings before it expands surveillance
Chronicle (09/14/2018)
Thousands of License Plates Inadvertently Recorded at MacArthur BART Station
NBC Bay Area (09/14/2018)
Sep
14
SFMTA Blames Contractor for Tunnel Slowdowns
by Nicole Yelich

The SFMTA is blaming continuing delays through the Twin Peaks tunnel on damage to the light rail control system they say was caused by the project’s contractor. 

The tunnel was recen

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The SFMTA is blaming continuing delays through the Twin Peaks tunnel on damage to the light rail control system they say was caused by the project’s contractor. 

The tunnel was recently reopened on August 25th after a two month construction closure, and death of a construction worker which brought to light on Shimmick Construction's history of workplace safety violations.

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Muni slowdowns blamed on tunnel contractor, damaged equipment
Examiner (09/14/2018)
Sep
14
Millennium Tower Avoids “Yellow Tag” Over Safety Concerns, For Now
by Nicole Yelich

The Department of Building Inspection has walked back its threat to yellow tag Millennium Tower over safety concerns after a cracked window was found on the 36th floor. 

Initially th

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The Department of Building Inspection has walked back its threat to yellow tag Millennium Tower over safety concerns after a cracked window was found on the 36th floor. 

Initially the department said they could limit access to the sinking building if its management did not complete a survey of the entire structure and provide a comprehensive report on their findings by the end of this week.  

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