Today’s Stories (Last updated May 6, 12:34 PM)

May
06
Chronicle Endorsements Roll In
by Anne Moriarity
The San Francisco Chronicle has endorsed Scott Wiener for District 11 Senate, citing his work ethic and focus on transportation, health care, and budget issues.

Other endorsements fro... more
The San Francisco Chronicle has endorsed Scott Wiener for District 11 Senate, citing his work ethic and focus on transportation, health care, and budget issues.

Other endorsements from the Chron this week: Debora Allen for Assembly, Ro Khanna for U.S. Congress, and recommendations for each of the five ballot measures up on June 7th.

Remember, friends: the deadline to register to vote is May 23.  more
Chronicle recommends: Debora Allen for state Assembly
Chronicle (05/06/2016)
Chronicle recommends: Ro Khanna for Congress
Chronicle (05/06/2016)
Chronicle recommends: Scott Wiener for Senate
Chronicle (05/06/2016)
Chronicle’s recommendations for the June 7 ballot
Chronicle (05/06/2016)
May
06
Frisco Five
by Anne Moriarity
The hunger strike demanding to fire Greg Suhr continues. Mayor Ed Lee spoke to strikers by phone yesterday - their first time speaking after a series of missed connections. As the tw... more
The hunger strike demanding to fire Greg Suhr continues. Mayor Ed Lee spoke to strikers by phone yesterday - their first time speaking after a series of missed connections. As the two-week hunger strike goes on, the public awaits new proposed police reforms aimed at reducing the number of police killings. more
As hunger strike continues, confidence in police reform dwindles
Examiner (05/06/2016)
SF mayor speaks to hunger striker for first time — by phone
Chronicle (05/06/2016)
May
06
Navigation Centers
by Anne Moriarity
The Board of Supes removed some roadblocks yesterday that could stand in the way of opening new navigation centers to help the homeless. City officials eliminated the possibility of ... more
The Board of Supes removed some roadblocks yesterday that could stand in the way of opening new navigation centers to help the homeless. City officials eliminated the possibility of including a supervised drug-injection site in one navigation center, which was one of the plan's most controversial elements. Supervisor Campos also extended the timeline to open the six centers from one year to two, citing a desire to spread costs.  more
Effort to open more Navigation Centers advances toward approval
Examiner (05/06/2016)
May
06
Academy of Art University
by Anne Moriarity
What kind of educational institution can afford to own 22 buildings in San Francisco, you ask? Dennis Herrera is curious as well. Matier & Ross bring us the latest: the San Francisco... more
What kind of educational institution can afford to own 22 buildings in San Francisco, you ask? Dennis Herrera is curious as well. Matier & Ross bring us the latest: the San Francisco City Attorney has filed suit against Academy of Art University. The lawsuit alleges the Academy has deliberately missed deadlines and skirted planning compliance rules with 22 of its buildings in the city. more
SF suing Academy of Art over real estate empire
Chronicle (05/06/2016)
May
06
Sunshine on the Mayor's Chief of Staff
by Anne Moriarity
Mayor Ed Lee's chief of staff, Steve Kawa, went before the Sunshine Ordinance Task Force yesterday after it was discovered he has manually deleted items on his work calendar. Now he'... more
Mayor Ed Lee's chief of staff, Steve Kawa, went before the Sunshine Ordinance Task Force yesterday after it was discovered he has manually deleted items on his work calendar. Now he'll head to the Ethics Commission for a chat about whether the Sunshine Ordinance applies to city staff. more
Mayor’s chief of staff to defend himself before Ethics Commission
Chronicle (05/06/2016)
May
06
Developing the Bayfront
by Anne Moriarity
After a series of large-scale development projects along San Francisco's eastern bayfront, the city is urging developers to diversify. New projects will be asked to incorporate addit... more
After a series of large-scale development projects along San Francisco's eastern bayfront, the city is urging developers to diversify. New projects will be asked to incorporate additional affordable housing, open space, long-term plans to combat sea-level rise, and plenty of transit options. more
SF tries to boost bayfront diversity, head off transit nightmare
Chronicle (05/06/2016)
May
06
Rent-Related Ballot Measures Possible in Alameda
by Anne Moriarity
Voters in the City of Alameda may find three rent-related ballot measures this November: 1- cap on relocation fees landlords pay to evicted tenants, 2- links rent to the Bay Area's C... more
Voters in the City of Alameda may find three rent-related ballot measures this November: 1- cap on relocation fees landlords pay to evicted tenants, 2- links rent to the Bay Area's Consumer Price Index, and 3- allows landlords to charge tenants what they want. more
Alameda voters could see three separate rent-related measures on ballot
SF Business Times (05/06/2016)
May
02
The Countdown Begins to the End of Usual Suspects
by Alex Clemens
I like saying that in the mid-90s, Al Gore invented the Internet, and shortly thereafter, I invented Usual Suspects. Sort of. But here's what happened: Usual Suspects was started on the back of a napkin in 1995. It became a blast fax later that year. Then it became an email in '96, and a website shortly thereafter. And Monday, May 30 will mark the date of the final Usual Suspects produced by the Barbary Coast Consulting team.

Before I founded Barbary Coast, before I met Priya, and before we had Casey Rose and Benjy, I started Suspects. I... more
I like saying that in the mid-90s, Al Gore invented the Internet, and shortly thereafter, I invented Usual Suspects. Sort of. But here's what happened: Usual Suspects was started on the back of a napkin in 1995. It became a blast fax later that year. Then it became an email in '96, and a website shortly thereafter. And Monday, May 30 will mark the date of the final Usual Suspects produced by the Barbary Coast Consulting team.

Before I founded Barbary Coast, before I met Priya, and before we had Casey Rose and Benjy, I started Suspects. It was my first baby, in a way. And now it's all grownded up and should move out of my house and go get a job. 

After twenty-one years (!) of aggregating San Francisco political news in one place for the political chattering class, it's time to quench the flame. There are other tools available to web denizens who seek to track politics today. Given the various feeds and alerts and such available to us all, Suspects is Cutting Edge No More.

It's been a hell of a run - I'm grateful to all my compatriots at Barbary Coast Consulting who've assisted with Suspects over the years. I hope they've found some small amount of professional satisfaction in the opportunity to hone their editing and diplomatic and writing-under-time-pressure skills. (Manifested thusly: guzzling coffee whilst desperately trying to find the right way to rephrase the ad hominem attacks found in the news stories in a way that wouldn't bring us angry phone calls.) 

Thank you, political folks. It's been a privilege to bring you the headlines for 21 years. Let's do it for another month, shall we?

- Clemens

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Nov
07
Supervisor Races 2016 - candidates thus far...
by Alex Clemens

D1 – Sherman D’Silva, Sandra Lee Fewer, Richie Greenberg, Jason Jungreis, Brian Larkin, David Lee, Jonathan Lyens, Marjan Philhour, Andy Thornley
D3 – Aaron Peskin, Kimberly Terca, Jason Zeng
D5 – London Breed, Joseph Elford, Dean Preston
D7 – Norman Yee, Joel Engardio, Alexander Lee, Ben Matranga, Michael Young
D9 – Joshua Arce, Iswari Espana, Darcel Jackson, Edwin Lindo, Melissa San Miguel, Hillary Ronen
D11 – Kimberly Alvarenga, Francisco Herrera, Ahsha Safai

(Incumbents in bold.)

Know something we don't? Keep us current, and drop us a line

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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, Kimberly Terca, Jason Zeng
D5 – London Breed, Joseph Elford, Dean Preston
D7 – Norman Yee, Joel Engardio, Alexander Lee, Ben Matranga, Michael Young
D9 – Joshua Arce, Iswari Espana, Darcel Jackson, Edwin Lindo, Melissa San Miguel, Hillary Ronen
D11 – Kimberly Alvarenga, Francisco Herrera, Ahsha Safai

(Incumbents in bold.)

Know something we don't? Keep us current, and drop us a line at clemens@barcoast.com.   

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Today’s Suspects Updater
Anne Moriarity

Anne originally hails from Washington, D.C. but is now a proud resident of Oakland’s Piedmont neighborhood. In her spare time she enjoys rock-climbing, biking, and conducting extensive research to find the Bay Area’s best taco.

In the Past Week…

May
05
Frisco 5
by Ross Guehring
The hunger strike continues for the Frisco 5, leading some to wonder about their health. Meanwhile, activists supporting their cause interrupted the most recent Police Commission mee... more
The hunger strike continues for the Frisco 5, leading some to wonder about their health. Meanwhile, activists supporting their cause interrupted the most recent Police Commission meeting, demanding that the Chief be fired. And finally, Broke Ass Stuart weighs in... more
Hunger strikers put suffering on display, but are they in danger?
Chronicle (05/05/2016)
Hunger strikers teaching San Francisco a valuable lesson
Examiner (05/05/2016)
Protesters interrupt SF Police Commission meeting
Chronicle (05/05/2016)
May
05
Supervisorial Suit
by Ross Guehring
The saga over Supervisor Mark Farrell's long-running dispute with the Ethics Commission has officially entered a new level: the courtroom. Interestingly, it's not the first time a Di... more
The saga over Supervisor Mark Farrell's long-running dispute with the Ethics Commission has officially entered a new level: the courtroom. Interestingly, it's not the first time a District 2 Supervisor has brought a lawsuit against the city. more
Mark Farrell sues SF over $191,000 election-law fine
Chronicle (05/05/2016)
May
05
C.W. Nevius
by Ross Guehring
In his Thursday column, C.W. analyzes the strategy of the Frisco 5's hunger strike. While they have certainly gotten everyone's attention, C.W. wonders what the real end game is here.
In his Thursday column, C.W. analyzes the strategy of the Frisco 5's hunger strike. While they have certainly gotten everyone's attention, C.W. wonders what the real end game is here. more
C.W. Nevius: Hunger strikers need to move beyond street theater
Chronicle (05/05/2016)
May
05
Airbnb Cash
by Ross Guehring
The SF Weekly analyzes Airbnb's cash sprinkling strategy for the June election, which has raised some eyebrows lately. Take a read to find out which of their preferred candidates got... more
The SF Weekly analyzes Airbnb's cash sprinkling strategy for the June election, which has raised some eyebrows lately. Take a read to find out which of their preferred candidates got some love from the homesharing juggernaut. more
Airbnb's Political Buyout 
SF Weekly (05/05/2016)
May
05
Castro Conniption
by Ross Guehring
A nonprofit pharmacy that's been trying to enter the Castro for years has filed a lawsuit against the City and Supervisor Scott Wiener for discrimination. The Aids Healthcare Foundat... more
A nonprofit pharmacy that's been trying to enter the Castro for years has filed a lawsuit against the City and Supervisor Scott Wiener for discrimination. The Aids Healthcare Foundation claims their rejection is due to their position on PrEP. more
AIDS nonprofit again sues SF, Wiener
The Bay Area Reporter (05/05/2016)
May
05
Dispatch Snacks
by Ross Guehring
The days of vending machine junk food may be coming to an end for city employees - except, that is, for 911 dispatchers. The political lesson here: never step between an emergency di... more
The days of vending machine junk food may be coming to an end for city employees - except, that is, for 911 dispatchers. The political lesson here: never step between an emergency dispatch operator and their energy drinks. more
911 dispatchers exempt from SF healthy vending machine proposal
Examiner (05/05/2016)
May
05
Political Notebook
by Ross Guehring
It's Thursday, which as you know, means it's time for the Bay Area Reporter's Political Notebook. Today, it covers the issue of racism in the Castro.
It's Thursday, which as you know, means it's time for the Bay Area Reporter's Political Notebook. Today, it covers the issue of racism in the Castro. more
Political Notebook: Racism in LGBT community focus of Aliceclub forum
The Bay Area Reporter (05/05/2016)
May
04
Marching to the Mayor
by Jason Overman
The #Frisco5 hunger strikers, flanked by about 60 supporters, marched to City Hall Tuesday afternoon - asking to see Mayor Lee - demanding that Police Chief Greg Suhr resign.
The #Frisco5 hunger strikers, flanked by about 60 supporters, marched to City Hall Tuesday afternoon - asking to see Mayor Lee - demanding that Police Chief Greg Suhr resign. more
'Frisco 5' hunger strikers take their cause to City Hall
Examiner (05/04/2016)
Hunger strikers make it to mayor’s office, but he’s not there
Chronicle (05/04/2016)
May
04
Wiener-Kim
by Jason Overman
The Chron's Lizzie Johnson unpacks the Senate District 11 race between Supervisors Jane Kim and Scott Wiener. She looks at similarities they have - and yes, where they differ.
The Chron's Lizzie Johnson unpacks the Senate District 11 race between Supervisors Jane Kim and Scott Wiener. She looks at similarities they have - and yes, where they differ. more
Jane Kim, Scott Wiener in District 11 state Senate race
Chronicle (05/04/2016)
May
04
Matier & Ross
by Jason Overman
Ross Mirkarimi has a new job. You get three guesses.
Ross Mirkarimi has a new job. You get three guesses. more
Ross Mirkarimi wants to bring medical weed to Uruguay
Chronicle (05/04/2016)
May
04
Chron Judges the Judge Race
by Jason Overman
In the race for Superior Court judge, the Chron editorial board recommends Victor Hwang over Paul Henderson and Sigrid Irias.
In the race for Superior Court judge, the Chron editorial board recommends Victor Hwang over Paul Henderson and Sigrid Irias. more
Editorial: In a close race for San Francisco Superior Court, choose Hwang
Chronicle (05/04/2016)
May
04
Transbailout
by Jason Overman
The Board of Supervisors voted 10-1 to bail out the Transbay Transit Center to the tune of $260 million.
The Board of Supervisors voted 10-1 to bail out the Transbay Transit Center to the tune of $260 million. more
$260M bailout approved for Transbay Transit Center
Examiner (05/04/2016)
May
04
On the Grid
by Jason Overman
Will an old power plant put new housing units on the grid?
Will an old power plant put new housing units on the grid? more
Old Potrero power plant property seen as choice development site
Chronicle (05/04/2016)
May
04
Coming of Age
by Jason Overman
The San Francisco Board of Supervisors appears poised to ask voters to lower the voting age in local elections.
The San Francisco Board of Supervisors appears poised to ask voters to lower the voting age in local elections. more
Lower voting age looks to have support of SF Board of Supervisors
Chronicle (05/04/2016)
Supervisors support lowering SF voting age to 16
Examiner (05/04/2016)
May
04
Techpoliticalabels
by Jason Overman
In a complete shocker, a Chronicle analysis finds that Bay Area tech workers do not - as it turns out - fit traditional political labels. I, for one, am suuuuper surprised. (No, I'm ... more
In a complete shocker, a Chronicle analysis finds that Bay Area tech workers do not - as it turns out - fit traditional political labels. I, for one, am suuuuper surprised. (No, I'm not surprised at all.) more
Bay Area tech workers defy political categories
Chronicle (05/04/2016)
May
04
Ex-Police Plea
by Jason Overman
Two former members of SFPD entered pleas in criminal cases Tuesday before a Superior Court judge.
Two former members of SFPD entered pleas in criminal cases Tuesday before a Superior Court judge. more
Ex-SF cops in racist text case plead not guilty to other charges
Chronicle (05/04/2016)
May
04
Asiana Airlines Settlement
by Jason Overman
San Francisco officials have approved a multi-million-dollar settlement in the crash of Asiana Airlines Flight 214.
San Francisco officials have approved a multi-million-dollar settlement in the crash of Asiana Airlines Flight 214. more
SF approves settlement after deadly 2013 Asiana Airlines crash
Examiner (05/04/2016)
May
03
Hunger Strikes Continue
by Peter Lauterborn
The latest on the Frisco Five's hunger strike and how city leaders are responding to the protesters' demands.
The latest on the Frisco Five's hunger strike and how city leaders are responding to the protesters' demands. more
Antipolice activists won’t take ‘yes’ for an answer
Chronicle (05/03/2016)
Hunger strikers won’t meet with mayor, except on their terms
Chronicle (05/03/2016)
SF hunger strikers have City Hall’s attention, but not enough to meet demand of firing police chief
Examiner (05/03/2016)
May
03
The End is Nigh?
by Peter Lauterborn
Apparently more than half of Bay Area residents think that the economy is about to head south.
Apparently more than half of Bay Area residents think that the economy is about to head south. more
Bay Area residents expect economy to shrink, survey finds
Chronicle (05/03/2016)
More residents than not think the Bay Area is heading for a downturn
SF Business Times (05/03/2016)
May
03
On Guard
by Peter Lauterborn
The Examiner's Joe Fitzgerald Rodriguez discusses various mayoral recall efforts, a candidate forum for judicial candidates, and a case of Supervisorial mistaken identity.
The Examiner's Joe Fitzgerald Rodriguez discusses various mayoral recall efforts, a candidate forum for judicial candidates, and a case of Supervisorial mistaken identity. more
Rise of the Recall: Two efforts to boot Mayor Lee gain steam
Examiner (05/03/2016)
May
03
C.W. Nevius
by Peter Lauterborn
Nevius weighs in on the ongoing hunger strikes and the reforms within the San Francisco Police Department.
Nevius weighs in on the ongoing hunger strikes and the reforms within the San Francisco Police Department. more
Antipolice activists won’t take ‘yes’ for an answer
Chronicle (05/03/2016)
May
03
Dollars for Navigation Centers?
by Peter Lauterborn
A report by the City's budget analyst placed a price tag on Supervisor Campos's proposal for more homeless navigation centers as the Board of Supervisors mulls responses to the growi... more
A report by the City's budget analyst placed a price tag on Supervisor Campos's proposal for more homeless navigation centers as the Board of Supervisors mulls responses to the growing crisis. more
Homeless Navigation Center proposal to require up to 900 housing units, $32.6M
Examiner (05/03/2016)
May
03
Proposition C
by Peter Lauterborn
The Chronicle gives us the lowdown on Prop C. The measure would raise the affordable housing requirements to 25% of units in new buildings. 
The Chronicle gives us the lowdown on Prop C. The measure would raise the affordable housing requirements to 25% of units in new buildings.  more
Prop. C would raise new housing’s below-market requirement to 25%
Chronicle (05/03/2016)
May
03
Changes to Housing Rules?
by Peter Lauterborn
Advocate and District 5 Supervisor candidate Dean Preston shares his thoughts on a possible measure being floated for the November 2016 ballot.
Advocate and District 5 Supervisor candidate Dean Preston shares his thoughts on a possible measure being floated for the November 2016 ballot. more
Op-Ed: Realtor ballot measure would negate ‘affordable’ units in San Francisco
Examiner (05/03/2016)
May
03
Tech Vote?
by Peter Lauterborn
How will Bay Area tech workers vote? Well, that seems to depend.
How will Bay Area tech workers vote? Well, that seems to depend. more
Bay Area tech workers defy political categories
Chronicle (05/03/2016)
May
03
One Tree
by Peter Lauterborn
A tree over in the Inner Richmond may be granted landmark status by the Board of Supervisors today. Neighbors have so far blocked the property owner from cutting down the tree claimi... more
A tree over in the Inner Richmond may be granted landmark status by the Board of Supervisors today. Neighbors have so far blocked the property owner from cutting down the tree claiming it is an important part of the area's landscape. more
San Francisco tree could get landmark status or the axe
Chronicle (05/03/2016)
May
03
Uber site moving south
by Peter Lauterborn
Uber's support center is moving from Potrero Hill to Daly City to handle more drivers as the tech giant sizes up.
Uber's support center is moving from Potrero Hill to Daly City to handle more drivers as the tech giant sizes up. more
Uber driver support center: DMV meets Apple Genius Bar
Chronicle (05/03/2016)
Uber moving driver support center to Daly City
Examiner (05/03/2016)
With new Daly City site, Uber looks to revamp its driver support
SF Business Times (05/03/2016)
May
03
Ethnic Studies Protest
by Peter Lauterborn
Four San Francisco State University students are staging a hunger strike as they demand more resources for the institution's historic College of Ethnic Studies.
Four San Francisco State University students are staging a hunger strike as they demand more resources for the institution's historic College of Ethnic Studies. more
SFSU students won't eat until Ethnic Studies demands are met
Examiner (05/03/2016)