Today’s Stories (Last updated March 31, 07:48 AM)

Mar
31
District Attorney Will Investigate Police, Sheriff Scandals
by Jason Overman
San Francisco District Attorney George Gascón has formed a task force to look into several controversies and allegations involving the San Francisco Police Department and the San Francisco Sheriff's Office.
San Francisco District Attorney George Gascón has formed a task force to look into several controversies and allegations involving the San Francisco Police Department and the San Francisco Sheriff's Office. more
Gascon launches task force to investigate alleged law enforcement misconduct
Examiner (03/31/2015)
S.F. district attorney's task force to probe police, sheriff's scandals
Los Angeles Times (03/31/2015)
S.F. police chief, D.A. clash over corruption task force
Chronicle (03/31/2015)
SF task force to investigate law enforcement misconduct allegations
ABC (03/31/2015)
Under Fire: San Francisco DA to Probe Multiple Law Enforcement Scandals
KQED (03/31/2015)
Mar
31
CSI: San Francisco
by Jason Overman
According to documents obtained by the San Francisco Chronicle, two civilian police employees may have failed a "DNA proficiency test" before processing approximately 1,400 criminal ... more
According to documents obtained by the San Francisco Chronicle, two civilian police employees may have failed a "DNA proficiency test" before processing approximately 1,400 criminal cases that are now under audit. more
Technician, boss in SFPD lab scandal flunked DNA skills exam
Chronicle (03/31/2015)
Mar
31
Editorial: Investigate Crime Lab Personnel Practices
by Jason Overman
The San Francisco Chronicle's Editorial Board has penned a piece that the San Francisco crime lab's new scandal might be caused by an old problem. They call for an investigation not ... more
The San Francisco Chronicle's Editorial Board has penned a piece that the San Francisco crime lab's new scandal might be caused by an old problem. They call for an investigation not only of the scandal and those involved, but also of the lab's personnel practices. more
Opinion: Latest S.F. crime-lab scandal points to need for reform
Chronicle (03/31/2015)
Mar
31
SFPD Recruitment Program Back Again
by Jason Overman
Mayor Ed Lee and Police Chief Greg Suhr announced Monday that they will restart a defunct program to recruit high school students from tough neighborhoods to become police officers. ... more
Mayor Ed Lee and Police Chief Greg Suhr announced Monday that they will restart a defunct program to recruit high school students from tough neighborhoods to become police officers. According to the Chronicle, the program will be backed by a $1.5 million donation from Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff. more
S.F. Police Academy revives program to diversify force
Chronicle (03/31/2015)
Mar
31
Morality (Clause) March
by Jason Overman
Hundreds marched on Monday in protest of Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone's proposed "morality clauses" at Catholic schools in San Francisco.
Hundreds marched on Monday in protest of Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone's proposed "morality clauses" at Catholic schools in San Francisco. more
Hundreds march against S.F. archbishop’s 'morality clauses’
Chronicle (03/31/2015)
Mar
31
Zillow: SF 2nd Worst in Housing Creation
by Jason Overman
The Chronicle's Kathleen Pender reports on new research released by the real estate website Zillow.com that shows San Francisco is the second worst in the nation when it comes to hou... more
The Chronicle's Kathleen Pender reports on new research released by the real estate website Zillow.com that shows San Francisco is the second worst in the nation when it comes to housing creation. Shocker? more
S.F. area 2nd worst in country for housing creation
Chronicle (03/31/2015)
Mar
31
SFSU Joins Indiana-No-Go Club
by Jason Overman
San Francisco State University President Leslie Wong announced Monday that the University is joining the City and County of San Francisco, and the San Francisco Unified School Distri... more
San Francisco State University President Leslie Wong announced Monday that the University is joining the City and County of San Francisco, and the San Francisco Unified School District, in banning publicly-funded travel to Indiana in protest of its "religious freedom" bill. more
SF schools latest to ban Indiana travel after religious freedom law
Examiner (03/31/2015)
Mar
31
Nope, Different Kind of "Tech Bus"
by Jason Overman
The Examiner reports that the San Francisco Public Library will debut its new "techmobile" on Saturday, which it says is designed to help close the digital divide. (Not to be confuse... more
The Examiner reports that the San Francisco Public Library will debut its new "techmobile" on Saturday, which it says is designed to help close the digital divide. (Not to be confused with the tech buses of which we've heard a lot lately.) more
SF Library's new techmobile to debut Saturday
Examiner (03/31/2015)
Mar
31
SPUR: Integrate Our Transit
by Jason Overman
Regional think tank SPUR has published a report that identifies the lack of transit integration as an obstacle to wider usage. But it recommends solutions that it believes could create a more "seamless" system.
Regional think tank SPUR has published a report that identifies the lack of transit integration as an obstacle to wider usage. But it recommends solutions that it believes could create a more "seamless" system. more
'Seamless’ Bay Area transit system proposed to attract new riders
Chronicle (03/31/2015)
Mar
31
As Goes San Francisco, So Goes... Parklets?
by Jason Overman
The Chronicle's John King writes this morning about San Francisco's parklet "movement" and the way it has spread beyond the city.
The Chronicle's John King writes this morning about San Francisco's parklet "movement" and the way it has spread beyond the city. more
How S.F.’s parklet movement has grown across globe
Chronicle (03/31/2015)
Mar
24
PVI 6.0 Is Here!
by Jesse Feldman
It's here! It's here! David Latterman's most recent update to the Progressive Voter Index is here. So, you political stat nerds, get some coffee and block off your calendar -- it is ... more
It's here! It's here! David Latterman's most recent update to the Progressive Voter Index is here. So, you political stat nerds, get some coffee and block off your calendar -- it is time to get your read on. more
Progressive Voter Index (PVI) 6.0
David Latterman, Fall Line Analytics (03/24/2015)
Mar
16
PredictIt - Make Your Prediction Count.
by Alex Clemens
PredictIt has created two real-money San Francisco political futures markets for November: the Mayor's race and for one Supervisorial contest. If you're good at predicting political ... more
PredictIt has created two real-money San Francisco political futures markets for November: the Mayor's race and for one Supervisorial contest. If you're good at predicting political outcomes, your bank account can share in the bragging rights. 

PredictIt is run by the Victoria University of Wellington, which follows a bunch of rules that basically makes "wagering" on political outcomes legal - as long as it's done via an academic atmosphere and with certain, common-sense rules in place. (Wall Street, take note!)

Check out the two markets via the links below, and also see the link explaining how it all works. more
D3 Supervisor Race
PredictIt (03/16/2015)
How PredictIt Works
PredictIt (03/16/2015)
Mayor's Race
PredictIt (03/16/2015)
Today’s Suspects Updater
Jason Overman

Born inside the Beltway, Jason hails from D.C. but now proudly represents San Francisco’s booming neighbor to the east. When he’s not out looking for fun projects for Barbary Coast in the East Bay, he’s keeping close tabs on his Cal Bears (wishing upon wishes for a Rose Bowl during his lifetime). Jason is passionate, too, about cooking. Also, puns.

In the Past Week…

Mar
30
A few of you might have seen this coming. I'm just sayin'.
by Alex Clemens
(What's the right pop culture reference for this situation, I wonder? Back to the Future? Party Like it's 1999?)

The Peskin Returns scenario has been a key part of that fun, buzzy ins... more
(What's the right pop culture reference for this situation, I wonder? Back to the Future? Party Like it's 1999?)

The Peskin Returns scenario has been a key part of that fun, buzzy insider conversation for a few months. (Or a few years, if you were one of those who, around the time that Supervisor Chiu leapt into the race alongside Supervisor Campos, started doing some long-range horizon scanning and futures spitballing.)

But in any event: two term Supervisor, two term Board President, and happy warrior Aaron Peskin will throw his beard into the ring later on today, making C. W. Nevius super happy, and making the entire San Francisco body politic focus their attention to precinct counts in San Francisco's District Three.

And remember - if you are sure you know how this race will play out, look at the last story block in Suspects, where you'll find the PredictIt market that will allow you to put your money where your prediction is, legally...) more
Longtime Supervisor Aaron Peskin seeking his old seat on board
Chronicle (03/30/2015)
Mar
30
Matier and Ross
by Alex Clemens
Today's offerings? All alliterative. Cop complaints, animal acts, homeless help and Sam Singer. Enjoy.
Today's offerings? All alliterative. Cop complaints, animal acts, homeless help and Sam Singer. Enjoy. more
S.F. may muzzle almost all performing animal acts
Chronicle (03/30/2015)
Mar
30
New home base for the SFPD
by Alex Clemens
850 Bryant is no longer the centrifuge of the San Francisco Police Department. Their new stomping grounds? Third and Mission Rock. It's got a bunch of stuff: a moat, parapets with bo... more
850 Bryant is no longer the centrifuge of the San Francisco Police Department. Their new stomping grounds? Third and Mission Rock. It's got a bunch of stuff: a moat, parapets with boiling oil, and a Bat Signal. And that screen that Tom Cruise used in Minority Report, where Chief Suhr magically predicts crime so he can stop it before it happens!

(Yeah, it probably doesn't have any of those things. But I can dream...) more
SFPD moves into new headquarters
Examiner (03/30/2015)
Mar
30
Muni is watching...
by Alex Clemens
Assemblymember David Chiu sponsors a bill to ensure that Muni is a full partner in clearing our roadways. (Or, at least, nabbing those who choose to impede the progress of others...)
Assemblymember David Chiu sponsors a bill to ensure that Muni is a full partner in clearing our roadways. (Or, at least, nabbing those who choose to impede the progress of others...) more
Chiu wants Muni buses to keep their enforcement cameras on
Chronicle (03/30/2015)
Mar
30
A snapshot of commerce and changing times in Chinatown
by Alex Clemens
The Examiner's Jessica Kwong takes a deep look at the finances at one of the most storied restaurants in Chinatown. Things are different these days...
The Examiner's Jessica Kwong takes a deep look at the finances at one of the most storied restaurants in Chinatown. Things are different these days... more
SF Chinatown restaurants losing elderly customers
Examiner (03/30/2015)
Mar
30
UC Berkeley, Michael Peevey, the CPUC and controversy
by Alex Clemens
Many, many formerly private emails went public as watchdogs sought to figure out how the UCB School of Public Policy chose to honor former CPUC head Michael Peevey. MANY.
Many, many formerly private emails went public as watchdogs sought to figure out how the UCB School of Public Policy chose to honor former CPUC head Michael Peevey. MANY. more
How banquet for ex-PUC head Peevey went sour for UC Berkeley
Chronicle (03/30/2015)
Mar
29
Julie Christensen 101
by Taylor Jordan
The Examiner gives us a nice backgrounder on the new kid on the block - the recenty-appointed D3 Supervisor Julie Christensen. Curl up with a cup o' coffee and get to know your frien... more
The Examiner gives us a nice backgrounder on the new kid on the block - the recenty-appointed D3 Supervisor Julie Christensen. Curl up with a cup o' coffee and get to know your friendly neighborhood Supe. more
District 3 Supervisor Julie Christensen aims to build unity
Examiner (03/29/2015)
Mar
28
Fight Club
by Rosie Dilger
The story of San Francisco sheriff's deputies forcing inmates to fight for their entertainment continues to unfold as the Chron and the Ex report on alleged threats of violence, bull... more
The story of San Francisco sheriff's deputies forcing inmates to fight for their entertainment continues to unfold as the Chron and the Ex report on alleged threats of violence, bullying and sexual assault. more
Deputy in inmate fights faced 2006 complaints
Chronicle (03/28/2015)
Sheriff's deputy attorney denies claims of 'gladiator-style' fights at SF County jail
Examiner (03/28/2015)
Mar
28
Matier & Ross
by Rosie Dilger
Today, the Chron's fave political duo cover AC Transit resignations, Airbnb and the fight for new stadiums in Oakland. 
Today, the Chron's fave political duo cover AC Transit resignations, Airbnb and the fight for new stadiums in Oakland.  more
Mar
28
Willie Brown
by Rosie Dilger

Former mayor Willie Brown gives us the lowdown on Attorney General Kamala Harris, the county jail "fight club," Hillary Clinton supporters, Supervisor Campos' next move, and of cours

... more

Former mayor Willie Brown gives us the lowdown on Attorney General Kamala Harris, the county jail "fight club," Hillary Clinton supporters, Supervisor Campos' next move, and of course, the movies. 

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Willie Brown: Kamala Harris comes out unscathed in initiative to allow killing gays
Chronicle (03/28/2015)
Mar
28
Chinatown Eviction Battle
by Rosie Dilger
In the battle over evictions in a Chinatown SRO, the Chron and the Ex report that Mayor Ed Lee and District 3 Supervisor Julie Christensen have come to the defense of the tenants.
In the battle over evictions in a Chinatown SRO, the Chron and the Ex report that Mayor Ed Lee and District 3 Supervisor Julie Christensen have come to the defense of the tenants. more
Chinatown evictions halted by Mayor Ed Lee
Examiner (03/28/2015)
Owners of Chinatown SRO reverse course, won’t seek evictions
Chronicle (03/28/2015)
Mar
28
Jennifer Siebel Newsom
by Rosie Dilger
Today, the Chron's Carla Marinucci gives us an inside look into the life of Jennifer Siebel Newsom - documentary filmmaker, mother, feminist and wife to Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom. 
Today, the Chron's Carla Marinucci gives us an inside look into the life of Jennifer Siebel Newsom - documentary filmmaker, mother, feminist and wife to Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom.  more
Jennifer Siebel Newsom a leader of new generation of feminists
Chronicle (03/28/2015)
Mar
27
Indiana No Go
by Jaime Rossi
Mayor Ed Lee is banning city workers from publicly funded trips to Indiana after the state passed a controversial freedom of religion bill.
Mayor Ed Lee is banning city workers from publicly funded trips to Indiana after the state passed a controversial freedom of religion bill. more
Mayor bans publicly-funded travel by SF employees to Indiana in wake of reputed anti-LGBT law
Examiner (03/27/2015)
Mar
27
Over in Oaktown
by Jaime Rossi
The Sears Building sits prominently on the corner of 20th and Broadway and its revitalization is representative of the many changes happening in Oakland.
The Sears Building sits prominently on the corner of 20th and Broadway and its revitalization is representative of the many changes happening in Oakland. more
1 building symbolizes Oakland’s transformation
Chronicle (03/27/2015)
Mar
27
Fight Club
by Jaime Rossi
Public Defender Jeff Adachi is accusing a group of San Francisco sheriff's deputies of forcing inmates to fight each other for the entertainment of the deputies.
Public Defender Jeff Adachi is accusing a group of San Francisco sheriff's deputies of forcing inmates to fight each other for the entertainment of the deputies. more
Public Defender: SF jail guards staged prisoner fights
Examiner (03/27/2015)
S.F. jail inmates forced to fight, public defender says
Chronicle (03/27/2015)
Mar
27
Chinatown Eviction Battle
by Jason Overman
J.K. Dineen of the Chronicle reports on a Chinatown SRO where two dozen families have allegedly been served eviction papers.
J.K. Dineen of the Chronicle reports on a Chinatown SRO where two dozen families have allegedly been served eviction papers. more
Chinatown hotel next up in S.F. gentrification wars
Chronicle (03/27/2015)
Mar
27
Hacker Homes
by Jaime Rossi
As housing in San Francisco takes on a number of new permutations, the Chronicle tells us what is happening with amusingly named hacker hostels.
As housing in San Francisco takes on a number of new permutations, the Chronicle tells us what is happening with amusingly named hacker hostels. more
Castro resident’s three-year quest to shut down a hacker hostel
Chronicle (03/27/2015)
Mar
27
SF Archdiocese
by Jaime Rossi
Parents at Star of the Sea School are requesting that school leaders be removed from their post.
Parents at Star of the Sea School are requesting that school leaders be removed from their post. more
Parents ask S.F. Archdiocese to remove school’s leaders
Chronicle (03/27/2015)
Mar
27
Market Street Artists
by Jaime Rossi
Artists in the Mid Market area are fighting evictions from spaces that are being converted into traditional office space.
Artists in the Mid Market area are fighting evictions from spaces that are being converted into traditional office space. more
More SF Mid-Market artists are fighting eviction
Examiner (03/27/2015)
Mar
27
Patience as a Virtue?
by Jason Overman
The San Francisco Business Times gives us a look into an affordable housing proposal that's taken quite a while to come to fruition. It's entitled now, but smaller than originally en... more
The San Francisco Business Times gives us a look into an affordable housing proposal that's taken quite a while to come to fruition. It's entitled now, but smaller than originally envisioned. more
This Tenderloin project’s decade of delays shows why affordable housing is languishing
San Francisco Business Times (03/27/2015)
Mar
26
BOOM: Mayoral Legacy, Opportunity, Challenge (that's a lot of adjectives...)
by Jason Overman
Lee Romney at the Los Angeles Times writes a fairly sweeping profile on Mayor Ed Lee, identifying some of the mayor's biggest challenges as opportunities -- and a legacy-in-the-makin... more
Lee Romney at the Los Angeles Times writes a fairly sweeping profile on Mayor Ed Lee, identifying some of the mayor's biggest challenges as opportunities -- and a legacy-in-the-making. Jobs, housing, tech, development, and more. The Times dubs it a "great read" (you know, if they do say so themselves). So go read it... more
Mayor Ed Lee faces fire over who benefits as S.F. booms
Los Angeles Times (03/26/2015)
Mar
26
"Sea" You in Court
by Jason Overman
The California State Land Commission has asked the San Francisco Superior Court to nullify Proposition B, which passed earlier this year. The City and County of San Francisco has ask... more
The California State Land Commission has asked the San Francisco Superior Court to nullify Proposition B, which passed earlier this year. The City and County of San Francisco has asked the Court to throw out the lawsuit. The Court has said "sorry but no" (no, that wasn't their official response). It's about the waterfront, heights, and both sides are claiming a partial victory... "sea" you in court? more
Judge lets suit to overturn SF waterfront height limits proceed
Chronicle (03/26/2015)
SF judge allows lawsuit challenging Prop B to go forward
Examiner (03/26/2015)
Mar
26
AG: No, Actually, Murder = Unconstitutional
by Jason Overman
California Attorney General Kamala Harris has asked a court to block an initiative petition that calls for members of the public to "shoot the gays." She contends that such an initia... more
California Attorney General Kamala Harris has asked a court to block an initiative petition that calls for members of the public to "shoot the gays." She contends that such an initiative would be unconstitutional on its face, and that her office therefore shouldn't be required to issue a title and summary for voter consideration. California's direct democracy? In this case, not so much. more
Harris seeks to stop 'shoot gays' initiative
Bay Area Reporter (03/26/2015)
Kamala Harris fights 'reprehensible’ antigay ballot measure
Chronicle (03/26/2015)
Mar
26
"Labor Harmony" Sought for Tech Shuttles
by Jason Overman
A resolution authored by Supervisor Scott Wiener seeking "labor harmony" with tech shuttles passed unanimously this week. According to Joe Fitzgerald at the Examiner, the resolution ... more
A resolution authored by Supervisor Scott Wiener seeking "labor harmony" with tech shuttles passed unanimously this week. According to Joe Fitzgerald at the Examiner, the resolution urges the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency to consider labor relations before granting approval for the shuttles. more
SF Board of Supervisors says Google buses need “labor harmony”
Examiner (03/26/2015)
Mar
26
Political Notebook
by Jason Overman
The Bay Area Reporter profiles Supervisor Julie Christensen in this morning's Political Notebook, taking a look at how the supervisor's personal experiences are informing her legisla... more
The Bay Area Reporter profiles Supervisor Julie Christensen in this morning's Political Notebook, taking a look at how the supervisor's personal experiences are informing her legislative outlook. more
Political Notebook: SF Supervisor Christensen adjusts to new role
Bay Area Reporter (03/26/2015)
Mar
26
Affordable Housing in the Works
by Jason Overman
Mayor Ed Lee showed up to a "housewarming" on Ocean Avenue for new affordable housing that's now available, specifically for young people. KGO/ABC 7 reports that San Francisco has se... more
Mayor Ed Lee showed up to a "housewarming" on Ocean Avenue for new affordable housing that's now available, specifically for young people. KGO/ABC 7 reports that San Francisco has several affordable housing projects in the works. Non-profit housing developers Mercy Housing California and the Bernal Heights Neighborhood Center have received more than 5,000 applications for affordable housing units. more
Several affordable housing projects in pipeline for SF
KGO (03/26/2015)
Mar
26
Report: "Local-Serving Industry" Job Data
by Jason Overman
According to the Examiner, the "2014 Economic Strategy report," a report from the Office of Economic and Workforce Development, showed that a sector known as the "local-serving indus... more
According to the Examiner, the "2014 Economic Strategy report," a report from the Office of Economic and Workforce Development, showed that a sector known as the "local-serving industry" averaged a 1% annual job loss between 2004-2010. Additional analysis from a City economist, however, cites Bureau of Labor Statistics data that indicates the industry experienced a 7.4% growth between 2010-2013.
more
Largest middle-wage industry in SF suffered a steady decline
Examiner (03/26/2015)
Mar
26
Board of Supervisors to Consider "Bill of Rights" for LGBT Seniors
by Jason Overman
The Board of Supervisors will consider legislation on Tuesday that would create requirements on the operators of long-term care facilities in San Francisco, which authors are dubbing... more
The Board of Supervisors will consider legislation on Tuesday that would create requirements on the operators of long-term care facilities in San Francisco, which authors are dubbing a "bill of rights" for LGBT seniors. more
SF set to adopt LGBT seniors bill
Bay Area Reporter (03/26/2015)
Mar
26
Breed, St. Croix: Reforms on Reforms (Op-Ed)
by Jason Overman
Supervisor London Breed and Ethics Commission Executive Director John St. Croix pen an op-ed in the Examiner, calling San Francisco's campaign finance laws a "patchwork of regulation... more
Supervisor London Breed and Ethics Commission Executive Director John St. Croix pen an op-ed in the Examiner, calling San Francisco's campaign finance laws a "patchwork of regulations." In their piece, the pair lay out a number of changes they're proposing through legislation. more
Opinion: Reforming Campaign Finance Reform
Examiner (03/26/2015)