Today’s Stories (Last updated July 17, 08:49 AM)

Jul
17
SF Nuru Probe and Corruption Fallout
by Jen Longley

In the continuing fallout of the Nuru corruption scandal, a residential property jointly-owned, renovated and eventually purchased in full by now-PUC head Harlan Kelly and his wife,

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In the continuing fallout of the Nuru corruption scandal, a residential property jointly-owned, renovated and eventually purchased in full by now-PUC head Harlan Kelly and his wife, now-City Administrator Naomi Kelly is coming under scrutiny as previous co-owner and family friend Melanie Lok has $8 million in PUC contracts through her consulting business. Kelly says the transaction was above board, that Lok secured contracts before Kelly was head of the PUC, and that an internal review is to provide the public peace of mind.

Meanwhile, the Chronicle Editorial Board pens a scathing editorial in the wake of the widening federal probe into corruption in San Francisco City Hall.

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Editorial: A wave of investigations may reveal how corrupt San Francisco government has become
Chronicle (07/17/2020)
SFPUC chief had past financial ties to agency contractor - more fallout from Nuru probe
Chronicle (07/17/2020)
Jul
17
Rona Roundup- The Long Haul
by Jen Longley

As coronavirus cases surge statewide, and fading antibody tests complicate vaccine hopes, testing begins to falter in San Francisco, as glitches in obtaining testing supplies lengthe

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As coronavirus cases surge statewide, and fading antibody tests complicate vaccine hopes, testing begins to falter in San Francisco, as glitches in obtaining testing supplies lengthens the process.

Meanwhile, as businesses shut back down again, local workers are feeling the health and financial pinch, as Labor advocates sound the alarm on worker safety amid inspector shortages, and those without a safety net need additional assistance from the City to be able to afford not to work if sick. Additionally,  Gov. Newsom is to offer guidance today on reopening the state’s schools - all in Friday’s coronavirus roundup. 

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'I feel desperate': Some workers with COVID-19 couldn't afford to stay home until SF started paying them
Chronicle (07/17/2020)
Bay Area counties struggle with the surging coronavirus as economies shut back down
Chronicle (07/17/2020)
Demand for COVID-19 testing at the Mission’s mobile site is strong, but SF Department of Public Health lags in providing tests and other supplies
Mission Local (07/17/2020)
Gov. Newsom prepares today to announce guidance for California school reopenings
KTVU (07/17/2020)
Labor Advocates Say Inspector Shortage Jeopardizes Workplace Coronavirus Safety
SF Public Press (07/17/2020)
Results presented from Mission and Pride COVID-19 testing
Bay Area Reporter (07/17/2020)
UCSF Grand Rounds tackles the questions of COVID-19 transmission and prevention with masks, face shields
Mission Local (07/17/2020)
With coronavirus antibodies fading fast, vaccine hopes hopes fade, too
Chronicle (07/17/2020)
Jul
17
Mayor, Board Hug It Out on Gross Recipts Tax Measure
by Jen Longley

The Board of Supervisors and Mayor Breed are approaching a deal that would keep dueling gross receipts tax measures off the November ballot - instead moving forward with one unified

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The Board of Supervisors and Mayor Breed are approaching a deal that would keep dueling gross receipts tax measures off the November ballot - instead moving forward with one unified measure.

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S.F. business tax measure for November ballot moves forward
SF Business Times (07/17/2020)
Supes move closer to agreement with Breed over gross receipts tax measure – The San Francisco Examiner
Examiner (07/17/2020)
Jul
17
Transit Round-Up
by Jen Longley
Supervisor Matt Haney is preparing to bring a proposed 1/8 cent sales tax to fund Caltrain operations to the Board next Tuesday, despite concerns over regressive taxation and Caltrai... more
Supervisor Matt Haney is preparing to bring a proposed 1/8 cent sales tax to fund Caltrain operations to the Board next Tuesday, despite concerns over regressive taxation and Caltrain’s governance structure. This move renews hope for the beleaguered transit agency, who must secure a 2/3rds vote at the ballot box from residents in San Francisco, San Mateo, and Santa Clara Counties. To date, only the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors has placed the measure. 

Meanwhile, the SFMTA has settled two harassment lawsuits brought against former Chief John Haley in Friday’s transit roundup. more
Bay Area mass transit’s future in jeopardy experts say
KTVU (07/17/2020)
Dispute Over Caltrain Management Threatens to Derail Planned Tax Measure
KQED (07/17/2020)
Push to save Caltrain gets a second chance. SF supervisor says he’ll fight for tax measure
Chronicle (07/17/2020)
SFMTA settles two cases against former Muni head, faces another lawsuit – The San Francisco Examiner
Examiner (07/17/2020)
Jul
17
Slowing Down
by Jen Longley

The SFMTA expands the Slow Streets program with 14 additional streets citywide, and the city launches a 3-month pilot program to allow businesses on slow street corridors to operate

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The SFMTA expands the Slow Streets program with 14 additional streets citywide, and the city launches a 3-month pilot program to allow businesses on slow street corridors to operate outside.

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Car-free Valencia: On-street, outdoor dining approved for three-month pilot
Mission Local (07/17/2020)
SF's Slow Streets program adds 14 more roadways to free up space during pandemic
Chronicle (07/17/2020)
SFMTA proposes car-free Golden Gate Park mileage, new Slow Streets
Examiner (07/17/2020)
Jul
17
Teacher Housing Moves Forward
by Jen Longley

On Thursday, the Planning Commission unanimously approved an expansion of an affordable, educator-oriented housing program that will boost the number of three-bedroom units created,

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On Thursday, the Planning Commission unanimously approved an expansion of an affordable, educator-oriented housing program that will boost the number of three-bedroom units created, under changes set forth by local Proposition E.

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Planning Commission approves expansion of educator, affordable housing program – The San Francisco Examiner
Examiner (07/17/2020)
Jul
17
No Masks? No Money.
by Jen Longley

Senator Feinstein is pushing for States that refuse to institute a mandatory mask order be left out of Federal funding in the next coronavirus bill. While over half the states that c

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Senator Feinstein is pushing for States that refuse to institute a mandatory mask order be left out of Federal funding in the next coronavirus bill. While over half the states that currently receive funding mandate mask wearing, Arizona and Florida - two states where the virus is surging - do not.

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Calif. Sen. Feinstein wants to deny coronavirus money to states that don't require masks
Chronicle (07/17/2020)
Jul
17
Black Lives Matter Posters Coming to a Police Station Near You
by Jen Longley

The Examiner provides an update to what has become a mandate that SFPD stations hang Black Lives Matter posters in all locations, a move decried by the San Francisco Police Officers

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The Examiner provides an update to what has become a mandate that SFPD stations hang Black Lives Matter posters in all locations, a move decried by the San Francisco Police Officers Association. 

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SF police stations ordered to hang ‘Black Lives Matter’ signs over union objections – The San Francisco Examiner
Examiner (07/17/2020)
Jul
17
Walton's World: A Profile
by Jen Longley
The Potrero View profiles District 10 Supervisor Shamann Walton, including his prolific legislative career to date, and extensive community and district work.
The Potrero View profiles District 10 Supervisor Shamann Walton, including his prolific legislative career to date, and extensive community and district work. more
District 10 Supervisor Shamann Walton Leans into His Job
Potrero View (07/17/2020)
Jul
17
Next-Gen: Youth Protest Leaders Profiled
by Jen Longley
The Chronicle provides a deep dive into Black Lives Matter youth-led protests and their leaders, showcasing their activism in their own words.
The Chronicle provides a deep dive into Black Lives Matter youth-led protests and their leaders, showcasing their activism in their own words. more
Youth Protest Leaders
Chronicle (07/17/2020)
Jul
13
A Letter From Your Editors
by SF Usual Suspects

We have some sad news. With the impacts of the pandemic, your editors have made the difficult decision to suspend posting on Suspects, with Friday 7/17/20 as our last day of operatio

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We have some sad news. With the impacts of the pandemic, your editors have made the difficult decision to suspend posting on Suspects, with Friday 7/17/20 as our last day of operation. Continuing this San Francisco institution has truly been a privilege and an honor, and we were glad to be at the helm over the past three years.

If you are reading this and thinking “Oh no! This cannot go away- I and a (larger than I think will be necessary) group of humans will continue the tradition!” Congrats, that’s how we started too! Email us at usualsuspectssf@gmail.com, we will give you the rundown and rules from our founder Alex Clemens, and if it makes sense for everyone, we are happy to hand over the keys to the jalopy.

Either way, this site will be live in its current form through the November 2020 election.

Thank you again, and we look forward to bringing you the news for the rest of this week.

Jennifer, Nicole and the rest of the team: Denise, Alex, Rianna, Armand, Spencer, and Peter.

Your SF Usual Suspects.

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Today’s Suspects Updater
Jen Longley

A proud SF State alum, Jennifer brings over a decade of experience in municipal, state, and federal campaigns throughout California, including in San Francisco. A Bay Area native, Jennifer is an unapologetic gluten aficionado who can frequently be found at a Giants game or local theatre production.  

 

In the Past Week…

Jul
16
SFPOA Opposes Hanging ‘Black Lives Matter’ Posters in Stations
by Spencer Lam
Yesterday, the San Francisco Police Officers Association made it clear they do not support hanging Black Lives Matter posters in police stations throughout the city. The SFPOA sent a... more
Yesterday, the San Francisco Police Officers Association made it clear they do not support hanging Black Lives Matter posters in police stations throughout the city. The SFPOA sent a letter to the Police Commission ahead of their meeting last night, which confused Commissioner Dion-Jay Brookter as he had been the one to propose the idea. more
Police union opposes proposal to hang ‘Black Lives Matter’ posters at stations – The San Francisco Examiner
Examiner (07/16/2020)
San Francisco police stations to hang ‘Black Lives Matter’ posters — an idea the police union rejected
Mission Local (07/16/2020)
Jul
16
Private & Charter Schools in City Forced to Remain Distanced for Coming Semester
by Spencer Lam
For the start of this coming semester in these weird times, private and charter schools in San Francisco will have to scrap their hybrid in-person and distance-learning approaches. I... more
For the start of this coming semester in these weird times, private and charter schools in San Francisco will have to scrap their hybrid in-person and distance-learning approaches. Instead, per local health orders, they will instead have to engage in distance learning. more
Growing Number of California School Districts Opt for Distance Learning This Fall
KQED (07/16/2020)
Private, charter schools likely forced to begin semester with distance learning – The San Francisco Examiner
Examiner (07/16/2020)
Jul
16
I’m Going to Give Back to My Community. Just Give Me Money First
by Spencer Lam
Yesterday, Twitter profiles for high-profile politicians including President Barack Obama and Joe Biden were hacked in a Bitcoin-related scam soliciting money from followers. Other v... more
Yesterday, Twitter profiles for high-profile politicians including President Barack Obama and Joe Biden were hacked in a Bitcoin-related scam soliciting money from followers. Other verified users including Jeff Bezos, Bill Gates, and Kanye West were hacked too. more
Twitter blocks verified accounts from posting after hack hits high
Examiner (07/16/2020)
Jul
16
$2.1 Million Settlement Approved for 2017 Jail Flooding Incident
by Spencer Lam
At the Board of Supervisors’ Tuesday meeting, they voted unanimously to tentatively agree on a $2.1 million settlement for over 100 inmates affected by a 2017 incident that saw Count... more
At the Board of Supervisors’ Tuesday meeting, they voted unanimously to tentatively agree on a $2.1 million settlement for over 100 inmates affected by a 2017 incident that saw County Jail No. 4 filled with raw sewage. more
Supes approve $2.1M settlement over sewage spills at SF’s Hall of Justice jail – The San Francisco Examiner
Examiner (07/16/2020)
Jul
16
Temporary Bike Lane Along Panhandle Approved
by Spencer Lam
A temporary bike lane along the Panhandle has been approved to run along the Panhandle, between Baker and Shrader. The bike lane had been tangled in the permitting process since May.... more
A temporary bike lane along the Panhandle has been approved to run along the Panhandle, between Baker and Shrader. The bike lane had been tangled in the permitting process since May. The San Francisco Fire Department had reportedly held up this process over emergency access concerns. more
Work to begin on temporary Fell Street bike lane – The San Francisco Examiner
Examiner (07/16/2020)
Jul
16
Riding Solo
by Spencer Lam
Yesterday, Uber decided to try and legally split itself from Lyft in their ongoing lawsuit from the State of California over AB 5’s independent-contractor-as-employee regulations. In... more
Yesterday, Uber decided to try and legally split itself from Lyft in their ongoing lawsuit from the State of California over AB 5’s independent-contractor-as-employee regulations. In an answer, Uber said that they are a “fundamentally different” company than Lyft. more
Uber to Lyft: You can’t ride with us on California’s AB5 lawsuit
Chronicle (07/16/2020)
Jul
16
Another 1.3 Million Americans File for Unemployment, Bringing Total to 50 Million
by Spencer Lam
Last week, another 1.3 million Americans filed for unemployment, bringing the total to over 50 million. 8.7% more Californians than the week prior filed for unemployment, for the wee... more
Last week, another 1.3 million Americans filed for unemployment, bringing the total to over 50 million. 8.7% more Californians than the week prior filed for unemployment, for the week of July 11th. more
More than 50 million have filed for unemployment under shelter-in-place
Chronicle (07/16/2020)
Jul
16
Transitdamus Predicts Doom and Gloom Sans Caltrain
by Spencer Lam
After the Board of Supervisors shot down a new sales tax to inflate the quickly deflating life raft that Caltrain is clinging onto, the transit agency predicted a wave of social ills... more
After the Board of Supervisors shot down a new sales tax to inflate the quickly deflating life raft that Caltrain is clinging onto, the transit agency predicted a wave of social ills - highways covered in cars, decreased mental health of transit users, and more pollution. more
Caltrain derailed: Advocates predict shutdown would mean disaster for Bay Area
Chronicle (07/16/2020)
Jul
16
Coronavirus Charts Showing Spikes in Bay Area; Hospitalizations May Spike Next
by Spencer Lam
The Chron has published a new series of charts showing the spike in cases around the Bay Area. The main takeaway here is that San Francisco remains well below the national average fo... more
The Chron has published a new series of charts showing the spike in cases around the Bay Area. The main takeaway here is that San Francisco remains well below the national average for positive cases as others, including Marin (because of San Quentin) have surged. 

Dr. Grant Colfax has stated that if things continue unmitigated, that hospitalizations could rise tenfold by the fall. The Chron takes a look at hospital bed space in the Bay Area now, and what it may look like at capacity.   more
Charts show how coronavirus positive test rates have roller-coastered in Bay Area counties
Chronicle (07/16/2020)
COVID-19 Hospitalizations in S.F. Could Be Ten Times Higher by October
SF Public Press (07/16/2020)
Here’s what happens if Bay Area hospitals run out of space, and how close they are to capacity right now
Chronicle (07/16/2020)
Jul
16
Castro Benefit District Secures Renewal from Board of Supervisors Through 2035
by Spencer Lam
Tuesday, the Board of Supervisors voted to extend the lifespan of the Castro/Upper Market Community Benefit District through 2035. The Community Benefit District provides cleaning se... more
Tuesday, the Board of Supervisors voted to extend the lifespan of the Castro/Upper Market Community Benefit District through 2035. The Community Benefit District provides cleaning services and other benefits to the district through an assessed fee on properties between the 400 and 500 block of Market. more
Political Notebook: Castro benefit district secures renewal
The Bay Area Reporter (07/16/2020)
Jul
16
International Students Latest Pawn in Trump’s Checkmate-less Chess Game Against Immigrants
by Spencer Lam
International students are the latest pawn in Donny T’s never-ending game of chess against immigrants, though students appear to have prevailed for now. SF Weekly has more. more
International students are the latest pawn in Donny T’s never-ending game of chess against immigrants, though students appear to have prevailed for now. SF Weekly has more. more
International Students Feel Like Political Pawns
SF Weekly (07/16/2020)
Jul
16
Larch Street Building Owners Pressure City to Dismantle Homeless Camps
by Spencer Lam
Late last month, building owners along Larch Street in the Tenderloin filed a lawsuit against the City over its failure to dismantle homeless camps, which they allege has created “di... more
Late last month, building owners along Larch Street in the Tenderloin filed a lawsuit against the City over its failure to dismantle homeless camps, which they allege has created “dire consequences” for residents. Some residents in those buildings have moved out because of the camps. more
Building owners take legal action, pressing the city to dismantle Tenderloin encampments
Mission Local (07/16/2020)
Jul
16
Philz Phires Employees phor Phearing COVID, Employees Say
by Spencer Lam
As mass layoffs take place at Philz Coffee, the employees claim that they have been fired for being hesitant to return to work due to anxiety over the potential exposure to COVID-19.... more
As mass layoffs take place at Philz Coffee, the employees claim that they have been fired for being hesitant to return to work due to anxiety over the potential exposure to COVID-19. Employees also claim that they have been harangued for weeks about returning for work despite worsening conditions outside. more
Former workers allege Philz Coffee laid off those with COVID-19 fears
Mission Local (07/16/2020)
Jul
15
Don’t call it a comeback---Mr. Clean’s corruption mess never left
by Armand Domalewski
Three more San Francisco city departments were hit with subpoenas stemming from the corruption investigation against Mohammed Nuru, San Francisco’s former Director of Public Works. I... more
Three more San Francisco city departments were hit with subpoenas stemming from the corruption investigation against Mohammed Nuru, San Francisco’s former Director of Public Works. In the meantime, San Francisco’s City Attorney Dennis Herrera has sought to block the contractor tied to Nuru from obtaining any future government contracts. more
3 more SF city departments hit with subpoenas in expanding Nuru corruption investigation
Chronicle (07/15/2020)
City attorney seeks to block contractor in Nuru scandal from obtaining government contracts
Examiner (07/15/2020)
Feds target donations from city contractors with new subpoena in Nuru scandal
Examiner (07/15/2020)
San Francisco city attorney moves to ban construction firm tied to Nuru scandal
Chronicle (07/15/2020)
Jul
15
Transportation funding on the brink: Caltrain and BART pleading for a lifeline
by Armand Domalewski
Few public services have been as financially battered by the Coronavirus as public transit agencies---the expense of new safety measures and the collapse in ridership revenues has br... more
Few public services have been as financially battered by the Coronavirus as public transit agencies---the expense of new safety measures and the collapse in ridership revenues has brought agencies like Caltrain and BART on the brink of fiscal disaster. The SF BOS appears to have decided to reject a sales tax measure that Caltrains deemed vital to its ability to keep running, and BART expects to lose almost a billion dollars in three years. more
BART, expecting to lose $975 million over 3 years, begs feds for money
Chronicle (07/15/2020)
Caltrain might have to shut down after supervisors scuttle sales tax measure
Chronicle (07/15/2020)
Jul
15
My, my, my, aye-aye, whoa! M-m-m-my Corona
by Armand Domalewski

All Corona news, all the Corona time.

Mayor Breed asks the public to take COVID19 seriously after testing negative, testing capacity and turnaround times complicate reopening, a vacci

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All Corona news, all the Corona time.

Mayor Breed asks the public to take COVID19 seriously after testing negative, testing capacity and turnaround times complicate reopening, a vaccine may be on the way, and Supervisor Hillary Ronen is proposing legislation that would protect workers from being laid off if they test positive for COVID-19.

 
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COVID-19 testing in California hits bump in road
KTVU (07/15/2020)
First COVID-19 vaccine tested in US poised for final testing
Chronicle (07/15/2020)
Laid off for a positive COVID-19 test? SF supervisor seeks to make that illegal.
Mission Local (07/15/2020)
Mayor Breed Asks Public to Take Virus Seriously After Personal Scare
KCBS (07/15/2020)
Jul
15
San Francisco Schools prepare for a pandemic fall
by Armand Domalewski
San Francisco Unified School District sent a letter announcing that the Fall Semester would begin via Distance Learning due to the continued risk of COVID-19 and lack of fiscal resou... more
San Francisco Unified School District sent a letter announcing that the Fall Semester would begin via Distance Learning due to the continued risk of COVID-19 and lack of fiscal resources to implement proper safety and screening procedures within schools. This announcement follows similar announcements by other school districts in the Bay and throughout the state, such as Oakland, Berkeley, Los Angeles, and many others. more
San Francisco public school students likely on screens rather than in seats: 'It's not safe to go back'
Chronicle (07/15/2020)
School board backs continued distance learning for fall
Examiner (07/15/2020)
SFUSD Superintendent Announces School Year To Begin With Distance Learning
KCBS (07/15/2020)
SFUSD's Plan for the Upcoming School Year
NBC Bay Area (07/15/2020)
Jul
15
Vote by mail worries in San Francisco
by Armand Domalewski

San Francisco’s vote by mail voters tend to drop off their ballots later than almost any other region in the state, causing a variety of logistical issues that may imperil the abilit

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San Francisco’s vote by mail voters tend to drop off their ballots later than almost any other region in the state, causing a variety of logistical issues that may imperil the ability of city staff to count and verify their ballots in the fall.

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San Francisco's big mail-ballot problem: Too many voters send them in late
Chronicle (07/15/2020)
Jul
15
Peskin wants to halt construction if it threatens access to water and electricity
by Armand Domalewski

The temporary ban would apply to all buildings where nonessential construction is active, including those that were issued permits prior to the date on which the ordinance would beco

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The temporary ban would apply to all buildings where nonessential construction is active, including those that were issued permits prior to the date on which the ordinance would become effective, if residents’ access to water and electricity is compromised.

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Commercial Real Estate S.F. supervisor seeks to halt construction activity resulting in water, power shutoffs
SF Business Times (07/15/2020)
Jul
15
San Francisco’s honors its first black firefighter
by Armand Domalewski
The SF BOS voted unanimously to name a portion of Willow Street in the Fillmore District after Earl Gage Jr., the city's first Black firefighter. more
The SF BOS voted unanimously to name a portion of Willow Street in the Fillmore District after Earl Gage Jr., the city's first Black firefighter. more
San Francisco's First Black Firefighter, Earl Gage, to Have Street Named for Him
KQED (07/15/2020)
Jul
15
Ballot battles coming to November’s election
by Armand Domalewski
San Francisco’s voters will vote on a variety of ballot measures this fall, including a joint Mayor-Board $487.5 million bond measure to fund parks, streets, housing for homeless and... more
San Francisco’s voters will vote on a variety of ballot measures this fall, including a joint Mayor-Board $487.5 million bond measure to fund parks, streets, housing for homeless and mental health treatment beds, and a measure splitting the embattled Department of Public Works and creating a new street cleaning department. In an unsurprising move, a coalition of businesses including the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce, Bay Area Council and BOMA San Francisco have come together under a coalition called Save SF Jobs to oppose the revenue measures. more
$487.5M bond lands on ballot for homeless, mental health, parks
Examiner (07/15/2020)
Bay Area business groups come together to oppose S.F. tax hikes
SF Business Times (07/15/2020)
Haney secures needed support to ask voters to create street cleaning department – The San Francisco Examiner
Examiner (07/15/2020)
Jul
15
Jail House Rock, Jail House Block
by Armand Domalewski
The good: San Francisco scraps call fees in its jail, as the pandemic makes in-person visits impossible.

The bad: sewage spills in SF’s Hall of Justice jail will cost the City $2.1 mi
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The good: San Francisco scraps call fees in its jail, as the pandemic makes in-person visits impossible.

The bad: sewage spills in SF’s Hall of Justice jail will cost the City $2.1 million dollars in lawsuits, per a settlement voted on by the BOS.

The ugly: those sewage spills. Gross!
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San Francisco Permanently Scraps Jail Phone Call Fees
KQED (07/15/2020)
Jul
15
Crime, boy, I don’t know
by Armand Domalewski
The Chronicle reports on crime trends in the Bay Area during the pandemic, while BART’s SFO station resumes operation after a police activity related evacuation. more
The Chronicle reports on crime trends in the Bay Area during the pandemic, while BART’s SFO station resumes operation after a police activity related evacuation. more
BART station at SFO resumes operations after evacuation due to police activity
Chronicle (07/15/2020)
Which crimes are up, down in SF during coronavirus shelter-in-place? Police data show trends
Chronicle (07/15/2020)
Jul
15
San Francisco’s Slow Streets coming too slowly to some of San Francisco’s most crowded streets
by Armand Domalewski
While San Francisco’s “Slow Streets” effort to slow down vehicle traffic in certain blocks to allow for more pedestrian use has been rolled out to 34 lane miles, many of San Francisc... more
While San Francisco’s “Slow Streets” effort to slow down vehicle traffic in certain blocks to allow for more pedestrian use has been rolled out to 34 lane miles, many of San Francisco’s densest neighborhoods, such as those in SoMa, the Tenderloin, and Chinatown, have been left out of the effort. more
Crowded neighborhoods left out of Slow Streets
Examiner (07/15/2020)
Jul
15
The SF Mensch on Bidens campaign
by Armand Domalewski
A San Francisco resident and native, Aaron Keyak, was just named the Jewish Engagement Director for the Joe Biden campaign, a remarkable feat for a man barely 35 years old. more
A San Francisco resident and native, Aaron Keyak, was just named the Jewish Engagement Director for the Joe Biden campaign, a remarkable feat for a man barely 35 years old. more
Biden’s newly named Jewish engagement director is a political wunderkind from S.F.
JWeekly (07/15/2020)
Jul
14
Your daily 'Rona roundup
by Nicole Yelich

Yesterday, Mayor Breed announced that San Francisco’s further reopening plans are postponed until the spike in cases decreases as Governor Newsom ordered the closure a myriad of indo

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Yesterday, Mayor Breed announced that San Francisco’s further reopening plans are postponed until the spike in cases decreases as Governor Newsom ordered the closure a myriad of indoor businesses, as some counties have moved aggressively to reopen, leading to a surge in COVID-19 cases statewide.

A UCSF study found that 33% of men and women aged 18-25 are particularly vulnerable to complications caused by the virus, with those who smoke or vape are at 100% risk of developing a severe case.

The City has identified pop-up wards to care for nearly 500 COVID patients should the city experience a surge that surpasses hospitals' capacities.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency’s program to deliver free meals to seniors who are sheltering in place has been extended to August 9th.

SF libraries will soon be opening to lend books for curbside pickup, while beloved Louis’ diner overlooking Sutro Baths is permanently closing due to the economic impacts of COVID-19.

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A page is turning: S.F.’s beloved libraries will start lending books soon
Chronicle (07/14/2020)
Free meals program for seniors extended to mid-August as city begins new outreach in Black and Latinx communities
Mission Local (07/14/2020)
Newsom orders all California counties to close indoor restaurants, bars
Chronicle (07/14/2020)
Newsom orders indoor uses in gyms, salons, malls, churches, more to close – The San Francisco Examiner
Examiner (07/14/2020)
One-third of young adults may be at risk of severe COVID-19, especially if they smoke or vape
Chronicle (07/14/2020)
S.F. Identifies Sites for Pop-Up COVID-19 Wards in Case of Surge
SF Public Press (07/14/2020)
San Francisco officials share dire COVID-19 projection for hospitalizations, deaths
ABC7 News (07/14/2020)
San Francisco’s re-opening will stop until its vitals get better
Mission Local (07/14/2020)
SF’s Louis’ Restaurant permanently closed due to pandemic
Chronicle (07/14/2020)
UCSF study finds young adult smokers at high risk of severe coronavirus – The San Francisco Examiner
Examiner (07/14/2020)
Jul
14
Emergency ordinance would protect job seekers
by Nicole Yelich
Supervisor Hillary Ronen introduced an emergency ordinance that makes it illegal for employers “to fire, threaten to fire, demote, suspect, discipline, reduce employee benefits, or i... more
Supervisor Hillary Ronen introduced an emergency ordinance that makes it illegal for employers “to fire, threaten to fire, demote, suspect, discipline, reduce employee benefits, or in any manner discriminate against any worker” who needs to quarantine after testing positive for the coronavirus.

The ordinance would also prohibit employers from asking job applicants if they’ve been tested or requiring getting a test as a condition of employment, among other protections to remove barriers to people looking to return to the workforce.
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Workers, job seekers in San Francisco would gain protections under emergency ordinance
Chronicle (07/14/2020)
Jul
14
Voters to consider measure to create street cleaning department
by Nicole Yelich
Supervisor Matt Haney now has the six votes on the Board of Supes needed to place a measure on the November ballot that would take street cleaning away from the Dept. of Public Works... more
Supervisor Matt Haney now has the six votes on the Board of Supes needed to place a measure on the November ballot that would take street cleaning away from the Dept. of Public Works and create a new Dept. of Sanitation and Streets.

The Rules Committee voted to send the measure to the full board for a vote, after adding several amendments, including delaying associated costs for two years due to the recession and share some administrative duties with existing departments in the interim.
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Haney secures needed support to ask voters to create street cleaning department – The San Francisco Examiner
Examiner (07/14/2020)
Jul
14
Statewide measure would restore parolees' voting rights
by Nicole Yelich
Californians will decide in November if voting rights can be restored to people on parole. Supporters of state proposition 17 say denying parolees the right to vote facilitates voter... more
Californians will decide in November if voting rights can be restored to people on parole. Supporters of state proposition 17 say denying parolees the right to vote facilitates voter suppression and disproportionately impacts people of color. more
Californians to vote on restoring voting rights of parolees – The San Francisco Examiner
Examiner (07/14/2020)
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14
Pelosi shrugs off opponent
by Nicole Yelich
Nancy Pelosi is ignoring November challenger and democratic socialist Shahid Buttar, with dreams of being the next AOC, who says the 33 year congresswoman is not progressive enough. more
Nancy Pelosi is ignoring November challenger and democratic socialist Shahid Buttar, with dreams of being the next AOC, who says the 33 year congresswoman is not progressive enough. more
Nancy Pelosi’s election challenger says she’s not progressive enough. She’s ignoring him
Chronicle (07/14/2020)