Today’s Stories (Last updated September 26, 02:59 PM)

Sep
26
Smooth Sailing
by Justin Jones
Looks like Supe. Peskin is sailing to victory in his re-election bid. His campaign has spent little money and time actively campaigning. His opponent Tim Donnelly is running on a pla... more
Looks like Supe. Peskin is sailing to victory in his re-election bid. His campaign has spent little money and time actively campaigning. His opponent Tim Donnelly is running on a platform that calls for an increased police presence and ensuring a pint of beer is truly 16 ounces. more
Peskin runs low-key race against Donnelly for 4 more years
Chronicle (09/26/2016)
Sep
26
Teaming Up and Cheap Airfare
by Justin Jones
Supervisor hopefuls Sandy Fewer, Hillary Ronen, and Kimberly Alvarenga are teaming up to present a unified platform as we head into the stretch. Loretta Sanchez may have found a silv... more
Supervisor hopefuls Sandy Fewer, Hillary Ronen, and Kimberly Alvarenga are teaming up to present a unified platform as we head into the stretch. Loretta Sanchez may have found a silver lining. Endorsements in the Berkeley City Council race are rolling in, and for a mere $3 you might be able to take a flight with Cheeto Boy - Donald Trump. more
SF supervisor candidates team up even before getting elected
Chronicle (09/26/2016)
Sep
26
Factional Battles
by Justin Jones
Joe Eskenazi dives into the particulars of the fight for control of City Hall.
Joe Eskenazi dives into the particulars of the fight for control of City Hall. more
The Gangs of City Hall
San Francisco Magazine (09/26/2016)
Sep
26
Heat Advisory!
by Justin Jones
The race in District 5 between Board President London Breed and challenger Dean Preston is heating up. Both candidates are looking to build and preserve housing in the center of the ... more
The race in District 5 between Board President London Breed and challenger Dean Preston is heating up. Both candidates are looking to build and preserve housing in the center of the City, but have differing ideas on how to achieve those goals. more
London Breed, Dean Preston argue personal, political in race
Chronicle (09/26/2016)
Sep
26
Policing the Police
by Justin Jones
Supervisor Cohen hopes voters will pass Prop G. If passed, voters will approve the creation of the new Dept. of Police Accountability which will be independent of the SFPD.

Cohen arg... more
Supervisor Cohen hopes voters will pass Prop G. If passed, voters will approve the creation of the new Dept. of Police Accountability which will be independent of the SFPD.

Cohen argues, the current investigative body, the Office of Citizen Complaints, funded through SFPD's budget, has been "woefully" underfunded for years. According to Cohen, with SFPD no longer overseeing the budget of the agency investigating police misconduct claims, that agency will have greater independence to conduct its work. In an age of increased scrutiny of police practices expect voters to give Prop G a long look. more
Voters could increase powers of SF’s police oversight agency
Examiner (09/26/2016)
Sep
26
SRO Conditions
by Justin Jones
A bevy of recommendations to improve the conditions of SRO buildings were approved by the Public Health Commission last week to address the chillingly high health disparities in SROs... more
A bevy of recommendations to improve the conditions of SRO buildings were approved by the Public Health Commission last week to address the chillingly high health disparities in SROs in the City. With a focus on training and data analysis, some commissioners argue a more aggressive approach is in order. more
City officials seek cure for health disparities in SROs
Examiner (09/26/2016)
Sep
26
No Magic Bullet
by Justin Jones
The bottom line - there are too many cars crossing the Golden Gate Bridge. Despite efforts to relieve traffic problems, Bridge District officials say, "There are going to be delays."
The bottom line - there are too many cars crossing the Golden Gate Bridge. Despite efforts to relieve traffic problems, Bridge District officials say, "There are going to be delays." more
Despite efforts, Golden Gate Bridge traffic may be unsolvable
Examiner (09/26/2016)
Sep
26
Presidential Debate Watch Party
by Robert F. Kennedy Democratic Club
Join the Robert F. Kennedy Democratic Club and 9 other SF Democratic Clubs for the First Presidential Debate.

Watch as we see former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump stand on issues and debate their platforms. With the craziness we've already experienced thus far, this should be a debate for the ages!

Plus, we'll have an awesome raffle where you can win some great Hillary gear, gag Trump items, and a chance to whack our Trump pinata! The local NBC News crew said they might drop by as well to see Hillary supporters
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Join the Robert F. Kennedy Democratic Club and 9 other SF Democratic Clubs for the First Presidential Debate.

Watch as we see former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump stand on issues and debate their platforms. With the craziness we've already experienced thus far, this should be a debate for the ages!

Plus, we'll have an awesome raffle where you can win some great Hillary gear, gag Trump items, and a chance to whack our Trump pinata! The local NBC News crew said they might drop by as well to see Hillary supporters in action.

Presidential Debate Watch Party Details
When: Monday, September 26th
Time: 5-8pm (debate starts at 6pm)
Location: Hi Tops - 2247 Market St. (Market and 16th)
Cost: Free - all are welcome; invite friends!

CO-HOSTS:
Alice B. Toklas LGBT Democratic Club
Asian Pacific Democratic Club
Bay Area Democrats
Brownie Mary Democratic Club - SF Chapter
City Democratic Club
College Democrats at SFSU
District 5 Democratic Club
Latina/o Young Democrats of San Francisco
Noe Valley Democratic Club
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2016 Presidential Debate Watch Party - Dem Club Unity
RFK Club Events (09/24/2016)
Nov
08
Supervisor Races 2016 - Qualified Candidates
by Derek Remski

D1 – Sherman D’Silva, Sandra Lee Fewer, Richie Greenberg, Jason Jungreis, Brian Larkin, David Lee, Jonathan Lyens, Marjan Philhour, Andy Thornley
D3 – Aaron Peskin, Tim Donnelly
D5 – London Breed, Dean Preston
D7 – Norman Yee, Joel Engardio, Ben Matranga, Michael Young, John Farrell
D9 – Joshua Arce, Iswari Espana, Melissa San Miguel, Hillary Ronen
D11 – Kimberly Alvarenga, Francisco Herrera, Ahsha Safai, Berta Hernandez, Magdalena De Guzman

(Incumbents in bold.)

Know something we don't? Keep us current and drop us a line at info@rfkdemocrats.

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D1 – Sherman D’Silva, Sandra Lee Fewer, Richie Greenberg, Jason Jungreis, Brian Larkin, David Lee, Jonathan Lyens, Marjan Philhour, Andy Thornley
D3 – Aaron Peskin, Tim Donnelly
D5 – London Breed, Dean Preston
D7 – Norman Yee, Joel Engardio, Ben Matranga, Michael Young, John Farrell
D9 – Joshua Arce, Iswari Espana, Melissa San Miguel, Hillary Ronen
D11 – Kimberly Alvarenga, Francisco Herrera, Ahsha Safai, Berta Hernandez, Magdalena De Guzman

(Incumbents in bold.)

Know something we don't? Keep us current and drop us a line at info@rfkdemocrats.org 

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Today’s Suspects Updater
Justin Jones

A Bay Area native, Justin has called Baghdad by the Bay home for the past 6 years and is the Founder and current President of the RFK Club. When not politicking, you can find him #adulting in Noe Valley with his wife Sarah. He’s a huge local history nerd who leads free walking tours of the Ferry Building in addition to being a board member of the San Francisco Museum

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In the Past Week…

Sep
25
Taking a Knee
by Nima Rahimi
Willie talks Kaep, Trump and Hillary, Rose Pak, Snowden, this year's ballot, and pedestrians with cell phones. 
Willie talks Kaep, Trump and Hillary, Rose Pak, Snowden, this year's ballot, and pedestrians with cell phones.  more
A quarterback put race in America front and center
Chronicle (09/25/2016)
Sep
25
Taking the Garbage Out
by Corey Smith
The problems seeping from SF's zero-waste efforts.
The problems seeping from SF's zero-waste efforts. more
SF’s zero-waste failure littered with fines, frustration
Chronicle (09/25/2016)
Sep
25
SF Royalty
by Corey Smith
A Dede Wilsey story about what it means to be a San Francisco socialite.
A Dede Wilsey story about what it means to be a San Francisco socialite. more
Dede Wilsey Is the Defiant Socialite
nytimes (09/25/2016)
Sep
25
Leaning Tower of San Francisco
by Nima Rahimi
Whoever is to blame will end up paying for the price tag. For now, it's at the finger pointing stage. 
Whoever is to blame will end up paying for the price tag. For now, it's at the finger pointing stage.  more
Sinking Millennium Tower’s developer built strictly to code
Chronicle (09/25/2016)
Sep
25
Standoff Ends Peacefully
by Nima Rahimi
Despondent man with replica gun is arrested after a 6 hour standoff. 
Despondent man with replica gun is arrested after a 6 hour standoff.  more
After long standoff, police arrest suicidal man at Civic Center
Chronicle (09/25/2016)
Sep
25
Rose Pak Remembered
by Nima Rahimi
Rose Pak's legacy remembered at Saturday funeral service. 
Rose Pak's legacy remembered at Saturday funeral service.  more
Rose Pak recalled as a Chinatown, and SF, original
Chronicle (09/25/2016)
Sep
25
SF Schools Help Migrant Families Overcome the Odds
by Nima Rahimi
A look into our local iteration of the Migrant Education Program.
A look into our local iteration of the Migrant Education Program. more
Migrant families overcome the odds at SF schools
Examiner (09/25/2016)
Sep
25
Editorial: Release the Tapes
by Nima Rahimi
Public demanding release of body camera footage in Keith Scott's shooting.
Public demanding release of body camera footage in Keith Scott's shooting. more
Release the tapes
Examiner (09/25/2016)
Sep
25
Another Housing Preservation Bond?
by Nima Rahimi
Prop C would free up $261 million in funding. 
Prop C would free up $261 million in funding.  more
It’s time for a housing preservation bond
Examiner (09/25/2016)
Sep
25
Expanding the Right to Vote
by Nima Rahimi
Local measures would give 16 and 17 year olds the right to vote as well as non-citizen parents. 
Local measures would give 16 and 17 year olds the right to vote as well as non-citizen parents.  more
SF measures would enable youths, undocumented parents to vote
Examiner (09/25/2016)
Sep
24
Housing commision might bring answers and brawls between supes
by Jasmine Conrad
A newly proposed housing commission might help the housing crisis at the same time it adds fuel to the Peskin v. Farrell fire.
A newly proposed housing commission might help the housing crisis at the same time it adds fuel to the Peskin v. Farrell fire. more
New commission might help SF housing crisis
Examiner (09/24/2016)
Sep
24
T-minus 2 days until the big show
by Jasmine Conrad
Everyone is preparing for the big debate on Monday night, and the media might have the most work ahead of them.
Everyone is preparing for the big debate on Monday night, and the media might have the most work ahead of them. more
Clinton camp wants debate moderator to call out Trump on lies
Chronicle (09/24/2016)
Sep
24
SF fire chief speaks out against harassment
by Jasmine Conrad
SF fire chief speaks out about the deplorable harassment of a female firefighter by her male colleagues.

SF fire chief speaks out about the deplorable harassment of a female firefighter by her male colleagues.

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SF fire chief slams harassment of female firefighter
Chronicle (09/24/2016)
Sep
24
Candidate's money methods questioned
by Jasmine Conrad
Current SF Schoolboard Member Fewer is running for district supervisor and may have allegedly solicited for donations when she shouldn't have...but let's leave that up to the Ethics ... more
Current SF Schoolboard Member Fewer is running for district supervisor and may have allegedly solicited for donations when she shouldn't have...but let's leave that up to the Ethics Commission. 

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SF supe candidate Fewer sought donations from subordinates
Chronicle (09/24/2016)
Sep
24
SF quirk still alive and healthy
by Jasmine Conrad
There has been many a debate over whether or not San Francisco has lost its quirk, its charm, its character. But the cable car turn around at Powell gives us all daily reminders that... more
There has been many a debate over whether or not San Francisco has lost its quirk, its charm, its character. But the cable car turn around at Powell gives us all daily reminders that the strange and unique still reign...even if it's only on the corner of one city block. more
Cable car turnaround a direct route to quirk
Chronicle (09/24/2016)
Sep
23
Honda sues Khanna - Accusation of Data Theft
by Laura Foote Clark
Congressman Mike Honda has accused the campaign manager for Ro Khanna of hacking their private computer system and illegally downloading detailed information about Honda donors. The ... more
Congressman Mike Honda has accused the campaign manager for Ro Khanna of hacking their private computer system and illegally downloading detailed information about Honda donors. The campaign manager has resigned, and the lawsuit is moving forward. Honda is asking for an injunction against the Khanna campaign. The "incredibly detailed" call sheets and information would be extremely valuable. more
Honda sues opponent Khanna — claims donor info was pilfered
Chronicle (09/23/2016)
Sep
23
New Tracking Of Police Use-Of-Force
by Laura Foote Clark
Information on police-involved shootings of citizens has been hard to come by. But new legislation requires all California police departments to release that data. The CA Department ... more
Information on police-involved shootings of citizens has been hard to come by. But new legislation requires all California police departments to release that data. The CA Department of Justice, led by Attorney General Kamala Harris, has unveiled new tech to track this important data. more
Amid scrutiny, California to track all police use of force
Chronicle (09/23/2016)
Police use-of-force data is finally coming to light
TechCrunch (09/23/2016)
Sep
23
Is Soda a Grocery?
by Laura Foote Clark
It is on campaign mailers!

The SF Ethics Commission was asked to weigh in on whether calling Proposition V a "grocery tax" was misleading to voters. But the Ethics Commission has bowe... more
It is on campaign mailers!

The SF Ethics Commission was asked to weigh in on whether calling Proposition V a "grocery tax" was misleading to voters. But the Ethics Commission has bowed out, saying that is out of its purview. With the sugar daddy soda-industry outspending the opposition more than two-to-one, Proposition V will likely be the most expensive on the ballot this November. more
SF Ethics Commission staying out of war of words over soda tax
Chronicle (09/23/2016)
Sep
23
Prop L: Muni Control or Muni Chaos?
by Laura Foote Clark
The Chronicle digs into the arguments for and against Proposition L, a two-part change to the governance of San Francisco's Municipal Transportation Agency (MTA). Some argue Prop L g... more
The Chronicle digs into the arguments for and against Proposition L, a two-part change to the governance of San Francisco's Municipal Transportation Agency (MTA). Some argue Prop L gives MTA needed oversight by the Board of Supervisors. Others argue it will politicize a functional agency. You decide November 8th! more
Prop. L would give SF supervisors more control over transit board
Chronicle (09/23/2016)
Sep
23
Sinking Feeling Since 2009
by Laura Foote Clark
San Francisco Building inspectors may have been "buzzing" about the sinking Millennium tower as far back as 2009.
San Francisco Building inspectors may have been "buzzing" about the sinking Millennium tower as far back as 2009. more
SF building inspectors may have known of Millennium Tower issues since 2009
Examiner (09/23/2016)
Sep
23
Finalists for SFPD will be Secret
by Laura Foote Clark
The Police Commission has opted to keep the nominations for Police Chief under wraps. Three unknown names will head to Mayor Ed Lee's desk.
The Police Commission has opted to keep the nominations for Police Chief under wraps. Three unknown names will head to Mayor Ed Lee's desk. more
Names of three finalists for SFPD chief will not be released to public
Examiner (09/23/2016)
Sep
23
People Like Pot
by Laura Foote Clark
In a poll that should surprise no one, 60% of California voters support legalizing marijuana. Proposition 64 proposes to legalize pot state-wide, and will likely pass in November.
In a poll that should surprise no one, 60% of California voters support legalizing marijuana. Proposition 64 proposes to legalize pot state-wide, and will likely pass in November. more
Poll finds 60 percent of voters support legalizing marijuana
Chronicle (09/23/2016)
Sep
23
Pension Payout Lawsuit
by Laura Foote Clark
San Francisco city Controller Ben Rosenfield is bringing down the hammer on the city's retirement board. He is suing the board for approving pension increases that he says defy the w... more
San Francisco city Controller Ben Rosenfield is bringing down the hammer on the city's retirement board. He is suing the board for approving pension increases that he says defy the will of the voters and will cost more than $200 million over 5 years. more
City official sues SF over pension payouts
Chronicle (09/23/2016)
Sep
23
Bank gets the Boot
by Laura Foote Clark
San Francisco has removed Wells Fargo from a low-income banking program. Accusations of misconduct continue to mount, and City officials say "staff exploited [customers'] personal in... more
San Francisco has removed Wells Fargo from a low-income banking program. Accusations of misconduct continue to mount, and City officials say "staff exploited [customers'] personal information without their consent." more
Wells Fargo booted from S.F. program
Chronicle (09/23/2016)
Sep
23
What's Gavin Wearing this Fall?
by Laura Foote Clark
San Francisco Magazine interviews Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom, asking wide ranging questions about his life and future in politics.
San Francisco Magazine interviews Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom, asking wide ranging questions about his life and future in politics. more
American Dreamer
San Francisco Magazine (09/23/2016)
Sep
23
100-Year-Old Woman Fights Eviction
by Laura Foote Clark
About 200 protesters demanded that 100-year-old Iris Canada's eviction be overturned. The owners say she has not been living full time in the $700 per month apartment. But protesters... more
About 200 protesters demanded that 100-year-old Iris Canada's eviction be overturned. The owners say she has not been living full time in the $700 per month apartment. But protesters want to shine a light on evictions, displacement and gentrification. more
Protesters demand eviction of 100-year-old SF woman be overturned
Chronicle (09/23/2016)
Sep
23
Snafu on Suicide Net
by Laura Foote Clark
The Golden Gate Bridge suicide net is going to be much more expensive than predicted. Two bids for the project have come in at more than twice the initial estimate.
The Golden Gate Bridge suicide net is going to be much more expensive than predicted. Two bids for the project have come in at more than twice the initial estimate. more
Golden Gate Bridge suicide net faces more delays as projected costs could double
Examiner (09/23/2016)
Sep
22
Good News for Wiener
by Justin Jones
State Senate candidate Scott Wiener picked up two notable endorsements this week, former Massachusetts Congressman Barney Frank and current Congressman Jared Polis.
State Senate candidate Scott Wiener picked up two notable endorsements this week, former Massachusetts Congressman Barney Frank and current Congressman Jared Polis. more
Frank, Polis endorse Wiener's Senate bid
The Bay Area Reporter (09/22/2016)
Sep
22
Enrique Pearce Update
by Justin Jones
Enrique Pearce's day in court has been pushed back to October. Pearce, a one time political consultant to Mayor Lee and Jane Kim, was arrested in May of 2015 on multiple charges of c... more
Enrique Pearce's day in court has been pushed back to October. Pearce, a one time political consultant to Mayor Lee and Jane Kim, was arrested in May of 2015 on multiple charges of child porn. more
SF political consultant facing child porn charges has court date pushed to October
Examiner (09/22/2016)
Sep
22
Prop Q's Heated Debate
by Justin Jones
Proponents and opponents of Prop Q, which would ban homeless tent encampments, chime in on the potential effects of the law. Supervisor Mark Farrell weighs in on the proponent side a... more
Proponents and opponents of Prop Q, which would ban homeless tent encampments, chime in on the potential effects of the law. Supervisor Mark Farrell weighs in on the proponent side and homeless advocate Jennifer Friedenbach for the opposition. more
SF propositions target homeless, crime issues
The Bay Area Reporter (09/22/2016)