Today’s Stories (Last updated March 23, 05:09 PM)

Mar
23
Pro-Development Activist Takes a Plea
by Nima Rahimi
Pro-development activist Donald Dewsnup takes a plea deal for probation and community service after escalating his activism to alleged fraud.
Pro-development activist Donald Dewsnup takes a plea deal for probation and community service after escalating his activism to alleged fraud. more
SF pro-development activist takes plea deal in voter fraud case
Examiner (03/23/2017)
Mar
23
Arming Campus Police
by Nima Rahimi
CCSF Police Chief Andre Barnes stirs debate by proposing arming his officers with weapons and body cameras out of concern for their safety. 
CCSF Police Chief Andre Barnes stirs debate by proposing arming his officers with weapons and body cameras out of concern for their safety.  more
CCSF considers arming campus police, buying body cameras
Examiner (03/23/2017)
Mar
23
Teacher Housing Falling Short
by Nima Rahimi
Supervisors Hillary Ronen and Sandra Fewer bring attention to lagging progress on the initiative to “build and preserve” housing for 500 teachers and paraprofessionals in San Francis... more
Supervisors Hillary Ronen and Sandra Fewer bring attention to lagging progress on the initiative to “build and preserve” housing for 500 teachers and paraprofessionals in San Francisco by 2020. more
S.F. supes cast doubt on teacher housing program
Examiner (03/23/2017)
Mar
23
CleanPowerSF Seeks Aggressive Growth Plan
by Nima Rahimi
With 75,000 customers enrolled, CleanPowerSF explores a more aggressive auto-enrollment of the remaining 320,000 PG&E customers. 
With 75,000 customers enrolled, CleanPowerSF explores a more aggressive auto-enrollment of the remaining 320,000 PG&E customers.  more
Success of CleanPowerSF hinges upon growth plan
Examiner (03/23/2017)
Mar
23
Alix Rosenthal Focuses Us on Russian Spygate
by Nima Rahimi
Alix Rosenthal explains why several outrageous bills being proposed in Congress are a distraction and why we should keep our fire on President Trump's ties to Russia.
Alix Rosenthal explains why several outrageous bills being proposed in Congress are a distraction and why we should keep our fire on President Trump's ties to Russia. more
I’m just a bill. Yes, I’m only a bill.
Examiner (03/23/2017)
Mar
23
CSU Approves Tuition Hike
by Nima Rahimi
CSU trustees narrowly vote to increase tuition by 6.5%.
CSU trustees narrowly vote to increase tuition by 6.5%. more
CSU trustees approve 1st tuition increase since 2011
Chronicle (03/23/2017)
Mar
23
Investigating Cyberbullying at Albany High
by Nima Rahimi
Police are investigating after a small number of students at Albany High shared racially offensive photos on Instagram.
Police are investigating after a small number of students at Albany High shared racially offensive photos on Instagram. more
Police probe ‘racially offensive’ photos of blacks at Albany High
Chronicle (03/23/2017)
Mar
23
David Talbot on Navigation Centers
by Nima Rahimi
David Talbot addresses hypocrisy and advocates for all districts to help our homeless neighbors by supporting navigation centers "even in our backyards."
David Talbot addresses hypocrisy and advocates for all districts to help our homeless neighbors by supporting navigation centers "even in our backyards." more
We need to support homeless solutions, even in our backyards
Chronicle (03/23/2017)
Mar
23
Calling on Sheriffs
by Nima Rahimi
While calling our representatives to advocate against President Trump's policies is important, on immigration, putting pressure on local Sheriff's may be a better use of resources. J... more
While calling our representatives to advocate against President Trump's policies is important, on immigration, putting pressure on local Sheriff's may be a better use of resources. Joe Garofoli explains. more
Anti-Trump resisters sets sights on county sheriffs
Chronicle (03/23/2017)
Mar
23
Rental Reprieve
by Nima Rahimi
Rents across the Bay have fallen in 2017 with SF seeing a 9% drop from last year.
Rents across the Bay have fallen in 2017 with SF seeing a 9% drop from last year. more
Bay Area rents fall, with San Francisco down 9% since last year
SF Business Times (03/23/2017)
Mar
29
Sanctuary City Panel
by Nima Rahimi
What does it mean to be a sanctuary city? This panel will explore San Francisco's commitment to building a diverse culture and providing a safe haven for undocumented and documented ... more
What does it mean to be a sanctuary city? This panel will explore San Francisco's commitment to building a diverse culture and providing a safe haven for undocumented and documented immigrants. Panelists will discuss recent city-level decisions and their practical implications, as well as share immigration stories and challenges.

Hosted by the United Democratic Club and San Francisco Vision.

PANELISTS
• Angela Alioto, Attorney and former Board of Supervisors President, helped author Sanctuary Ordinance
• David Campos, Attorney and former District 9 Board of Supervisors Member
• Saira Hussain, Staff Attorney, Criminal Justice Reform Program at Advancing Justice - Asian Law Caucus
• Laura Polstein, Immigration Senior Staff Attorney, Centro Legal
• Lisa Weissman-Ward, Supervising Attorney and Lecturer at Law, Stanford University

MODERATOR
• Leah Price, Immigration Attorney, Tahirih Justice Center

DETAILS
Free event, all welcome

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Sanctuary City: What's At Stake?
United Democratic Club (03/29/2017)
Today’s Suspects Updater
Nima Rahimi

Nima is a first generation Iranian-American born and raised in the Bay Area. He has a soft heart and a big laugh. They say he’s a lawyer but the jury’s still out on that one. Politics is his lifeblood. If he could leave the world with one thought, it would be: Find a way to do some good before your time is up.

In the Past Week…

Mar
22
Supes Reject Political Spending Bill
by Mark Ranneberger
The Board of Supervisors yesterday rejected a bill proposed by Supe Mark Farrell that would have restricted the ability of affordable housing nonprofits from using the profits off de... more
The Board of Supervisors yesterday rejected a bill proposed by Supe Mark Farrell that would have restricted the ability of affordable housing nonprofits from using the profits off developments sourced from city loans on political campaign spending. Also noted: a sale at 30 Van Ness and a local income tax bill passes the BoS. more
Bid fails to restrict political spending by affordable housing groups
Examiner (03/22/2017)
Mar
22
Total Recall
by Mark Ranneberger
M&R let us know that the effort to recall Mayor Ed Lee has fizzled out after none of the signatures required were delivered to get it on the ballot.
M&R let us know that the effort to recall Mayor Ed Lee has fizzled out after none of the signatures required were delivered to get it on the ballot. more
Anti-Ed Lee recall effort fizzles
Chronicle (03/22/2017)
Mar
22
Sheehy to City Contractors: Pay Your Employees More
by Mark Ranneberger
Supe Sheehy has introduced legislation that calls for increasing the minimum wage paid to service workers by city contractors. Sheehy is concerned that the minimum wage has not kept ... more
Supe Sheehy has introduced legislation that calls for increasing the minimum wage paid to service workers by city contractors. Sheehy is concerned that the minimum wage has not kept up with the costs of living in San Francisco and that this will also be a win for the city in the form of additional economic activity.
 
 
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S.F. supervisor wants more pay for city contractor employees
Chronicle (03/22/2017)
Mar
22
On Notice
by Mark Ranneberger
Fitz gives us the story of two recent fraudulent owner move-in eviction wins that raise questions about whether the City is being too complacent in pursuing such cases. Supe Kim is e... more
Fitz gives us the story of two recent fraudulent owner move-in eviction wins that raise questions about whether the City is being too complacent in pursuing such cases. Supe Kim is expected to hold a hearing on the issue in a matter of weeks. more
Major victory against fraudulent eviction begs $460K question: Why isn’t SF preventing this?
Examiner (03/22/2017)
Mar
22
Show Me Your Data
by Mark Ranneberger
Supe Aaron Peskin has introduced dual resolutions at the Board of Supervisors and San Francisco Transportation Authority seeking to gain access to trip data from Uber and Lyft amid c... more
Supe Aaron Peskin has introduced dual resolutions at the Board of Supervisors and San Francisco Transportation Authority seeking to gain access to trip data from Uber and Lyft amid concerns that they may be contributing to increased traffic congestion in the city. The resolution gained swift support from Mayor Ed Lee and is co-sponsored by Supe Sandra Lee Fewer.  more
SF wants access to Uber and Lyft data to tackle traffic congestion
Examiner (03/22/2017)
Mar
22
Fixer Upper
by Mark Ranneberger
The City of San Francisco's popular 'Fix-It' program is set to expand to a total of twenty neighborhoods this year. The program initially began as a pilot but has since grown with th... more
The City of San Francisco's popular 'Fix-It' program is set to expand to a total of twenty neighborhoods this year. The program initially began as a pilot but has since grown with the positive response from residents who view the program as a fast track through the bureaucracy to make quality of life improvements in their neighborhoods. more
SF’s popular fix-it program about to expand around town
Chronicle (03/22/2017)
Mar
22
Connecting the Dots
by Mark Ranneberger
M&R bring us up to speed on Rep. Eric Swalwell's efforts to understand the Trump administration's links to Russia.
M&R bring us up to speed on Rep. Eric Swalwell's efforts to understand the Trump administration's links to Russia. more
For Bay Area congressman, Trump-Russia ties are no game
Chronicle (03/22/2017)
Mar
22
Update: No Registry Law Signed
by Mark Ranneberger
Mayor Lee has signed into law a bill initially passed in February that bars city agencies from cooperating with the Federal government in creating any kind of registry of citizens ba... more
Mayor Lee has signed into law a bill initially passed in February that bars city agencies from cooperating with the Federal government in creating any kind of registry of citizens based on religion, ethnicity or national origin. San Francisco is the first city in the country to pass such a law. more
San Francisco Mayor Signs 1st Preemptive Law Against Proposed Muslim Database
KCBS (03/22/2017)
Mar
21
Schooling Snafu
by Justin Jones
The SFUSD put some parents in a tight spot due to the delay of letters going out which informs which school their child was selected to attend. This complicates things due to the dea... more
The SFUSD put some parents in a tight spot due to the delay of letters going out which informs which school their child was selected to attend. This complicates things due to the deadline for many private schools being as early as Wednesday forcing parents to make a quick decision. more
SFUSD expected to send out delayed student assignment letters
Examiner (03/21/2017)
Mar
21
No Wall on the Borderfront
by Justin Jones
Supervisors Hillary Ronen and Aaron Peskin are introducing legislation that would ban San Francisco from contracting with companies that bid to work on Trump's alleged border wall - ... more
Supervisors Hillary Ronen and Aaron Peskin are introducing legislation that would ban San Francisco from contracting with companies that bid to work on Trump's alleged border wall - regardless if they get the contract or not. more
2 SF supes seek to punish companies for bidding on border wall
Chronicle (03/21/2017)
SF proposes ban on doing business with firms bidding to build Trump’s border wall
Examiner (03/21/2017)
Mar
21
Op Ed: Strengthen Ethics Laws
by Justin Jones
An op ed by By Larry Bush and Peter Keane discuss the various ways the the City's ethics laws can be strengthened.
An op ed by By Larry Bush and Peter Keane discuss the various ways the the City's ethics laws can be strengthened. more
San Francisco must end its pay-to-play practices
Chronicle (03/21/2017)
Mar
21
Boxed In
by Justin Jones
City officials are none to happy with AT&T's hundreds of utility boxes across the City being vandalized with graffiti. While graffiti is inevitable, AT&T, due to law, is supposed to ... more
City officials are none to happy with AT&T's hundreds of utility boxes across the City being vandalized with graffiti. While graffiti is inevitable, AT&T, due to law, is supposed to have them cleaned up within 72 hours, a law the city claims they are not following. more
SF, AT&T butt heads over utility boxes and graffiti
Examiner (03/21/2017)
Mar
21
Shrimp Boy Saga Continues
by Justin Jones
The Shrimp Boy rabbit hole continues with the corruption charges against Keith Jackson, Zula Mae Jones and Nazly Mohajer being heard in court. The defendants are accused of raising c... more
The Shrimp Boy rabbit hole continues with the corruption charges against Keith Jackson, Zula Mae Jones and Nazly Mohajer being heard in court. The defendants are accused of raising campaign funds in return for political favors. more
Fundraisers for Mayor Ed Lee allegedly made promises to undercover FBI agent
KTVU (03/21/2017)
Mar
21
Shooting's Impact
by Justin Jones
David Talbot explores the circumstances around the April 2016 police shooting of Luis Gongora Pat and its impact on the community.
David Talbot explores the circumstances around the April 2016 police shooting of Luis Gongora Pat and its impact on the community. more
Police shooting tore a hole in SF’s Mayan community
Chronicle (03/21/2017)
Mar
21
Costs of the Housing Pinch
by Justin Jones
Heather Knight dives into the personal losses as well as the hard numbers due to the City's unbearable housing crisis.
Heather Knight dives into the personal losses as well as the hard numbers due to the City's unbearable housing crisis. more
When families are priced out, the whole city pays the cost
Chronicle (03/21/2017)
Mar
20
Matier & Ross
by Derek Remski
Matier and Ross look at a controversial decision to cancel a concert, BART Board deliberations over "sanctuary" status for the network, and the ambitions of local Republicans. The co... more
Matier and Ross look at a controversial decision to cancel a concert, BART Board deliberations over "sanctuary" status for the network, and the ambitions of local Republicans. The common thread is Trump. more
Parental discord after SF Girls Chorus cancels trip
Chronicle (03/20/2017)
Mar
20
Do You Have an App for That?
by Derek Remski
Citing a culture that clashed with his professional values, Uber President Jeff Jones announced he is stepping down after six months on the job. Wonder if there is an app for hailing... more
Citing a culture that clashed with his professional values, Uber President Jeff Jones announced he is stepping down after six months on the job. Wonder if there is an app for hailing new executives to run companies on demand? more
Amid turbulence at Uber, president resigns
Chronicle (03/20/2017)
Mar
20
Sheehy Proposes new Department
by Derek Remski
Sup. Jeff Sheehy introduced legislation to create a new cannabis dept. and commission to regulate legal marijuana sales in the City. Overheard at a future commission meeting, "Dude, ... more
Sup. Jeff Sheehy introduced legislation to create a new cannabis dept. and commission to regulate legal marijuana sales in the City. Overheard at a future commission meeting, "Dude, why is this commission meeting taking sooooooooo long, I'm hungry for Doritos." more
SF may create a Cannabis Department
Examiner (03/20/2017)
Mar
20
Natalie Berg 1935-2017
by Derek Remski
The City will say goodbye this week to Natalie Berg who tirelessly served our City and mentored many readers of Suspects. Fare the well Ms. Berg.
The City will say goodbye this week to Natalie Berg who tirelessly served our City and mentored many readers of Suspects. Fare the well Ms. Berg. more
Natalie Berg Obituary
SFGATE (03/20/2017)
Mar
19
Ex-Deputy City Attorney wins $2 million from City
by Mark Press

Former Deputy City Attorney Joanne Hoeper was awarded $2 million in a case against City Attorney Dennis Herrera from a wrongful firing suit in which she claimed to have been fired fo

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Former Deputy City Attorney Joanne Hoeper was awarded $2 million in a case against City Attorney Dennis Herrera from a wrongful firing suit in which she claimed to have been fired for whistle-blowing on a kickback scheme where the city paid for the replacement of private sewer systems. 

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Ex-SF Chief Trial Attorney Wins $2M Verdict Against Herrera, City
The Recorder (03/19/2017)
Mar
19
Library considers training staff to administer anti-overdose drug
by Mark Press

As the Main Library has seen the number of heroin users increase in and around the building, many solutions are being considered, including voluntary training for library staff to ad

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As the Main Library has seen the number of heroin users increase in and around the building, many solutions are being considered, including voluntary training for library staff to administer a life-saving anti-overdose drug called naloxone.

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SF library workers may get training to save heroin addicts’ lives
Chronicle (03/19/2017)
Mar
19
124,795 Trees to be cared for by City
by Mark Press
The first tree census has been completed, identifying the number of street trees whose maintenance will shift from the responsibility of property owners to the Department of Public W... more
The first tree census has been completed, identifying the number of street trees whose maintenance will shift from the responsibility of property owners to the Department of Public Works this summer thanks to the passage of Prop E in November. more
SF releases first major street tree census
Examiner (03/19/2017)
Mar
19
City College art campus at Fort Mason under threat
by Mark Press
CCSF announced that it intends to close its campus at Fort Mason, which is dedicated to visual arts. There may still be some possibility that it will remain open, but the college adm... more
CCSF announced that it intends to close its campus at Fort Mason, which is dedicated to visual arts. There may still be some possibility that it will remain open, but the college administrators claim that the decision is due to a rent increase, which others claim to be a misstatement. more
CCSF under scrutiny over Fort Mason future
Examiner (03/19/2017)
Mar
19
Junior California Congressmen doing the work
by Admin

Chronicle editorial outlines the work being done by two junior Representatives from California (Rep. Eric Swalwell, D-Dublin, and Rep. Ro Khanna, D-Fremont) who won their seats over

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Chronicle editorial outlines the work being done by two junior Representatives from California (Rep. Eric Swalwell, D-Dublin, and Rep. Ro Khanna, D-Fremont) who won their seats over fellow Democrat incumbents thanks to the top-two primary system.

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Trump-Russia scandal thrusts Reps. Swalwell, Khanna into spotlight
Chronicle (03/19/2017)
Mar
19
Willie on the media, SF’s Chinese Hospital, and traffic
by Mark Press

In this week’s Column, Willie Brown questions whether the news media is falling into Trump’s trap, discusses a documentary about SF’s Chinese Hospital, invites everyone to a fundrais

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In this week’s Column, Willie Brown questions whether the news media is falling into Trump’s trap, discusses a documentary about SF’s Chinese Hospital, invites everyone to a fundraiser for his birthday, and more.

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News media falling for President Trump’s tricks
Chronicle (03/19/2017)
Mar
17
NO SATURDAY SUSPECTS!
by Laura Foote Clark
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We'll be back Monday!
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Mar
17
Opinion: 4 AM Could Bring the New Hotness
by Laura Foote Clark
San Francisco's new State Senator Scott Wiener is proposing new state legislation that will extend last call to 4 a.m. in California cities.
San Francisco's new State Senator Scott Wiener is proposing new state legislation that will extend last call to 4 a.m. in California cities. more
4 a.m. last call could revive San Francisco’s nightlife
Chronicle (03/17/2017)
Mar
17
Dogpatch Streetcar Moves Forward
by Laura Foote Clark
The T-line loop is coming to Dogpatch, now that it has overcome the last legal obstacle at the State Supreme Court. The project was approved more than 15 years ago, but city just sta... more
The T-line loop is coming to Dogpatch, now that it has overcome the last legal obstacle at the State Supreme Court. The project was approved more than 15 years ago, but city just started moving in 2014 when the city obtained a $10 million dollar grant. A neighborhood group then filed suit to relocate the project, but the justices were not swayed. more
Last legal obstacle for streetcar loop in SF’s Dogpatch falls
Chronicle (03/17/2017)
Mar
17
City Sale of 30 Van Ness Will Help Fund New Offices
by Laura Foote Clark
After a complicated, drawn out process, being rejected at the Board of Supervisors and coming back to the Board's Budget and Finance Committee, the sale of city parcel 30 Van Ness ha... more
After a complicated, drawn out process, being rejected at the Board of Supervisors and coming back to the Board's Budget and Finance Committee, the sale of city parcel 30 Van Ness has finally gone through. With 25% below market rate housing on-site, and $70 million dollars into the city coffers, Van Ness and Market will start to become a more vibrant area. more
30 Van Ness sale returns to help fund new city
Examiner (03/17/2017)
Mar
17
Major Parking Changes Coming Soon
by Laura Foote Clark
The San Francisco Municipal Transit Agency is proposing to lower the neighborhood parking permits per household from 4 down to 2. The hope is to limit visitor parking and leave more ... more
The San Francisco Municipal Transit Agency is proposing to lower the neighborhood parking permits per household from 4 down to 2. The hope is to limit visitor parking and leave more available for residents. more
Major changes for SF parking, driving speed on the way
Examiner (03/17/2017)