Today’s Stories (Last updated June 26, 12:11 PM)

Jun
26
Homeless in San Francisco: same as it ever was
by David Aldridge
The Chron does an in-depth history piece on the hot issue of our city's homelessness, spanning from Mayor Art Agnos to Gavin's 10-year plan to today. 20 years after city officials pledged to tackle the issue, the problem's as pressing as ever.
The Chron does an in-depth history piece on the hot issue of our city's homelessness, spanning from Mayor Art Agnos to Gavin's 10-year plan to today. 20 years after city officials pledged to tackle the issue, the problem's as pressing as ever. more
SF homeless problem looks the same as it did 20 years ago
San Francisco Chronicle (06/26/2016)
Jun
26
Sneaking in a flask to this year's Pride will be harder than ever
by David Aldridge
In the wake of the tragedy at Orlando, city officials are taking unprecedented steps to protect the safety of Pride-goers. Revelers should expect to be screened and bags larger than ... more
In the wake of the tragedy at Orlando, city officials are taking unprecedented steps to protect the safety of Pride-goers. Revelers should expect to be screened and bags larger than 18" X 18" won't be permitted. more
For first time, Pridegoers in SF to be screened
The Bay Area Reporter (06/26/2016)
Jun
26
Heightened security doesn't stop people from partying
by David Aldridge
Heightened security was no contest to a good time at celebrations throughout the city yesterday.

“(Security staff) kept finding something in my shorts,” said John Celia, a 51-year-old
... more
Heightened security was no contest to a good time at celebrations throughout the city yesterday.

“(Security staff) kept finding something in my shorts,” said John Celia, a 51-year-old from Los Angeles who strolled through the festivities completely nude. “So I just took them off.”


Ahh, classic, San Francisco. You go, Glen Coco. more
Pride still a party as thousands of revelers pack Civic Center
Chronicle (06/26/2016)
Jun
26
Pride be rockin' all week long
by David Aldridge
Beyond Sunday's parade and infamous parties at Civic Center and Dolores Park, the Chron suggests a list of Pride themed events and shows all week long. Looks like you've got an excus... more
Beyond Sunday's parade and infamous parties at Civic Center and Dolores Park, the Chron suggests a list of Pride themed events and shows all week long. Looks like you've got an excuse to be late to work every day this week! more
Events during Pride Week
Chronicle (06/26/2016)
Jun
26
Groups pull out of Pride parade due to upped police presence
by David Aldridge
Not everyone's a fan of the increased security in wake of the tragedy at Orlando. Black Lives Matter, the Transgender, Gender Variant and Intersex Justice Project have all pulled out... more
Not everyone's a fan of the increased security in wake of the tragedy at Orlando. Black Lives Matter, the Transgender, Gender Variant and Intersex Justice Project have all pulled out of the parade citing the larger than normal police presence. more
Protesting higher SF Pride security, 3 groups bow out of parade
Chronicle (06/26/2016)
Jun
26
Willie Brown breaks it down
by David Aldridge
Willie breaks down the media savvy of House Democrats' sit-in, Trump's newest attack-line on Clinton, reviews "Central Intelligence" and more. Spoiler alert ... he didn't dig the movie.
Willie breaks down the media savvy of House Democrats' sit-in, Trump's newest attack-line on Clinton, reviews "Central Intelligence" and more. Spoiler alert ... he didn't dig the movie. more
House Democrats knew what to do, and when to quit
Chronicle (06/26/2016)
Jun
26
SFFD lets the Porno Dogs out
by David Aldridge
This year's Pride was almost deprived of phallic corn dogs. Aunt Betty of Sonoma was nearly shut down by inspector's after several violations of the city's fire code. Fortunately, hu... more
This year's Pride was almost deprived of phallic corn dogs. Aunt Betty of Sonoma was nearly shut down by inspector's after several violations of the city's fire code. Fortunately, humanity prevailed, and you can still find her Porno Dogs at today's festivities. more
Inspectors turn up heat on Pride Festival’s Porno Dogs
Chronicle (06/26/2016)
Nov
07
Supervisor Races 2016 - Qualified Candidates
by Justin Jones

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

(Incumbents in bold.)

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

(Incumbents in bold.)

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Today’s Suspects Updater
David Aldridge
Originally hailing from that small farm town known as Los Angeles, David has been a resident in the Bay Area for the past ten years. After working on national campaigns around issues and candidates, David now calls Nob Hill home. David is passionate about politics, controversial sports teams, film, literature and second breakfast.

In the Past Week…

Jun
25
Should they stay or should they go...
by Jasmine Conrad
Cause darling, you've got to let our city's homeless encampments at the heart of the budget debate know. With much ground to make up, supes are torn between a "vile measure," add-bac... more
Cause darling, you've got to let our city's homeless encampments at the heart of the budget debate know. With much ground to make up, supes are torn between a "vile measure," add-backs, cuts and what number of billions will go towards our city's homeless crisis. more
Budget deal reached, but clouded by debate over homeless encampment measure
Examiner (06/25/2016)
Jun
25
SF waterfront is Extreme Makeover's newest contestant
by Jasmine Conrad
Not actually...I don't think real estate-style nip and tucks would churn out high ratings but nevertheless, our city's waterfront is prepped to go under the knife. With major develop... more
Not actually...I don't think real estate-style nip and tucks would churn out high ratings but nevertheless, our city's waterfront is prepped to go under the knife. With major developers, major dollars and major square-footage on the line, the reveal is sure to be jaw-dropping. more
Pardon Our Interruption...
SF Business Times (06/25/2016)
Jun
25
Central SOMA + Central Subway = more people, more money, more growth
by Jasmine Conrad
The nuanced rezoning of Central SOMA addresses issues of balancing growth with public benefits while major developers anxiously wait to add themselves to the equation.
The nuanced rezoning of Central SOMA addresses issues of balancing growth with public benefits while major developers anxiously wait to add themselves to the equation. more
Pardon Our Interruption...
SF Business Times (06/25/2016)
Jun
25
Breaking news: Clinton enjoys whiskey sours
by Jasmine Conrad
Some say the window to the soul is through a glass of whiskey. Or maybe thats just me...but Susie Buell - the SF Pac Heights resident who houses a myriad of presidents and high-profi... more
Some say the window to the soul is through a glass of whiskey. Or maybe thats just me...but Susie Buell - the SF Pac Heights resident who houses a myriad of presidents and high-profile dems - agrees and shares what the presidential candidate is like with her hair down and infused with San Francisco vibes. more
Susie Buell, Hillary Clinton: Politics makes great fellowship
Chronicle (06/25/2016)
Jun
25
Peskin: more demure, still dedicated
by Jasmine Conrad
Even Peskin can't escape a tech-related analogy. Regardless, the new Peskin seems to have a less ferocious, yet still fastidious, approach to his favorite battles over land use.
Even Peskin can't escape a tech-related analogy. Regardless, the new Peskin seems to have a less ferocious, yet still fastidious, approach to his favorite battles over land use. more
Pardon Our Interruption...
SF Business Times (06/25/2016)
Jun
24
Enough is enough
by Derek Lee
Mayor Lee expresses outrage at the tragic deaths of bicyclists in 2 separate hit-and-run incidents. The Bike Coalition offers the hard question, could these deaths have been prevented?
Mayor Lee expresses outrage at the tragic deaths of bicyclists in 2 separate hit-and-run incidents. The Bike Coalition offers the hard question, could these deaths have been prevented? more
Bike advocates reeling from cyclist deaths in SF
Examiner (06/24/2016)
S.F. Bike Advocates Blast Mayor for 'Hollow Words' After 2 Cyclists Die in Collisions
KQED (06/24/2016)
SF mayor outraged by hit-and-run deaths of 2 bicyclists
Chronicle (06/24/2016)
Jun
24
Time Keeps On Slippin'
by Derek Lee
In addition to 14 officers involved in the racist text scandal who avoided punishment through the statute of limitations, the Examiner has discovered 16 additional instances of the s... more
In addition to 14 officers involved in the racist text scandal who avoided punishment through the statute of limitations, the Examiner has discovered 16 additional instances of the shot clock running out. more
SFPD allowed statute of limitations to lapse on more disciplinary cases
Examiner (06/24/2016)
Jun
24
Don't Choke
by Derek Lee
Remember that part in Lethal Weapon when Danny Glover does the neck roll and shoots the guy in the moving car, and how Mel Gibson uses a leg triangle to choke out Gary Busey? Under n... more
Remember that part in Lethal Weapon when Danny Glover does the neck roll and shoots the guy in the moving car, and how Mel Gibson uses a leg triangle to choke out Gary Busey? Under new rules neither would be allowed, and the Police Officers Association is not happy. more
"Sleeper Hold," Cops Shooting At Cars Central To Dispute Over S.F. Police Use of Force Policy
SF Weekly (06/24/2016)
S.F. Police Commission Approves New Use-of-Force Rules, Union Has Sticking Points
KQED (06/24/2016)
Jun
24
Keep it together!
by Derek Lee
In today's real news, manspreading will soon be against the rules on BART. For repeat offenders, criminal record checks and and fines to be levied...seriously.
In today's real news, manspreading will soon be against the rules on BART. For repeat offenders, criminal record checks and and fines to be levied...seriously. more
How BART police will keep riders from hogging 2 seats
Chronicle (06/24/2016)
Jun
24
Pride Month Reflections
by Derek Lee
San Francisco Democratic Party members Zoe Dunning and Rafael Mandelman offers their reflections on Pride Month, the Orlando shooting, and the recent election.
San Francisco Democratic Party members Zoe Dunning and Rafael Mandelman offers their reflections on Pride Month, the Orlando shooting, and the recent election. more
Orlando Reflections
San Francisco Bay Times (06/24/2016)
Taking Inspiration from Diana Nyad
San Francisco Bay Times (06/24/2016)
Jun
24
PSA: Don't Pride & Drive
by Derek Lee
It's Pride Weekend! Be prepared for traffic and bus reroutes with this handy guide from Joe Fitz!
It's Pride Weekend! Be prepared for traffic and bus reroutes with this handy guide from Joe Fitz! more
Pride Parade traffic guide: bus reroutes and car detours
Examiner (06/24/2016)
Jun
23
Use of Force
by Kelly Groth
Last evening, the Police Commission unanimously approved the SFPD's new use of force policy that emphasizes minimal force, and regulates officers' decisions in dire situations.
Last evening, the Police Commission unanimously approved the SFPD's new use of force policy that emphasizes minimal force, and regulates officers' decisions in dire situations. more
SF police use-of-force policy gets commission OK
Chronicle (06/23/2016)
Jun
23
Drama Over the Red Carpet
by Kelly Groth
Tensions ran high during last night's SFMTA meeting on proposed new red bus-only lanes for Mission Street. Merchant groups and community advocates argue the transit-only lanes cause ... more
Tensions ran high during last night's SFMTA meeting on proposed new red bus-only lanes for Mission Street. Merchant groups and community advocates argue the transit-only lanes cause chaos, reduce parking, and hurt local businesses. Meanwhile, the average Muni rider has been largely absent. more
Merchant concerns only half of Muni battle
Examiner (06/23/2016)
Jun
23
More Density and Dorms
by Kelly Groth
Facing the threat of SF's high cost of living, UCSF, SFSU, and UC Hastings plan to expand student housing over the next decade. 
Facing the threat of SF's high cost of living, UCSF, SFSU, and UC Hastings plan to expand student housing over the next decade.  more
SF’s universities envision new solutions for student housing
Examiner (06/23/2016)
Jun
23
HomeAway vs. San Francisco
by Kelly Groth
Treasurer Cisneros and city tax collector David Augustine are taking HomeAway to court over information of its local short-term rentals. HomeAway has not disclosed if they pay the ci... more
Treasurer Cisneros and city tax collector David Augustine are taking HomeAway to court over information of its local short-term rentals. HomeAway has not disclosed if they pay the city’s hotel tax when hosting visiting renters, or a business registration fee.  more
SF to HomeAway: Play ball with the tax collector — or else
Chronicle (06/23/2016)
Jun
23
Loophole in Towing Law
by Kelly Groth
A retiree's car is stolen and recovered. Turns out, victims of car theft are not exempt from towing and storage fees from independent towing companies.
A retiree's car is stolen and recovered. Turns out, victims of car theft are not exempt from towing and storage fees from independent towing companies. more
Despite SF law, retiree can’t afford to retrieve her stolen car
Chronicle (06/23/2016)
Jun
23
Orlando, Pride, and a Personal History
by Kelly Groth
In an Op-Ed in the Examiner today, Conor Johnston's shares with us some personal history and thoughts on mass shootings and violence against the LGBTQ Community. "We shall overcome..... more
In an Op-Ed in the Examiner today, Conor Johnston's shares with us some personal history and thoughts on mass shootings and violence against the LGBTQ Community. "We shall overcome...We always have" more
Reflecting on Orlando
Examiner (06/23/2016)
Jun
23
Additional Staff and Services for Visitacion Valley
by Kelly Groth
Struggling with low student enrollment, Visitacion Valley Middle School will receive additional funding for staff and services under the proposed 2016-17 SFUSD budget.
Struggling with low student enrollment, Visitacion Valley Middle School will receive additional funding for staff and services under the proposed 2016-17 SFUSD budget. more
More staff planned for Visitacion Valley Middle School under proposed budget
Examiner (06/23/2016)
Jun
22
Tent Cities? Voters to Decide in November
by Derek Remski
Looks like voters are going to decide City policy on the Tent Cities that have been in our news of late. Sup. Mark Farrell along with Supes. Tang, Cohen & Wiener placed a measure on ... more
Looks like voters are going to decide City policy on the Tent Cities that have been in our news of late. Sup. Mark Farrell along with Supes. Tang, Cohen & Wiener placed a measure on the November ballot to ban homeless encampments. Sup. Avalos says the Moderate block is offering nothing but, "a wolf in sheep's clothing." 


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San Francisco voters may ban homeless encampments
Examiner (06/22/2016)
Tent city law headed to ballot in SF
Chronicle (06/22/2016)
Jun
22
Affordable Housing Bonus Program delayed!
by Derek Remski
After over an hour of discussion yesterday, the Board of Supes delayed action on bringing the City into compliance with the CA Density Bonus Law. Sup. Katy Tang, in response, introdu... more
After over an hour of discussion yesterday, the Board of Supes delayed action on bringing the City into compliance with the CA Density Bonus Law. Sup. Katy Tang, in response, introduced a measure for the November ballot that mirrors her legislation that allows for an additional three stories on housing developments that are 100% affordable. Have a feeling this will get worked out before November....Stay tuned more
SF supes delay vote on Mayor Lee’s affordable housing plan
Chronicle (06/22/2016)
Jun
22
Power Surge in State Senate Race!
by Derek Remski
Today, Matier and Ross dive into the the power surge during the last days of the State Senate primary race between Jane Kim and Scott Wiener. According to the duo, Kim's surge was po... more
Today, Matier and Ross dive into the the power surge during the last days of the State Senate primary race between Jane Kim and Scott Wiener. According to the duo, Kim's surge was powered by PG&E donations to a PAC which also received funds from a firm raising funds for the Wiener campaign. Is the named PAC playing both sides? more
How PG&E’s money helped push Jane Kim into state Senate lead
Chronicle (06/22/2016)
Jun
22
Supes Fill Up the Ballot
by Derek Remski
Looks like the ballot in November is going to be long and heavy. Yesterday the Board of Supes placed measures on the ballot asking voters to legalize in-law units, create housing den... more
Looks like the ballot in November is going to be long and heavy. Yesterday the Board of Supes placed measures on the ballot asking voters to legalize in-law units, create housing density, create a new crime unit within SFPD, and place a tax on sugary drinks. Sharpen your pencils for your late-night cram session! more
Supes place health, housing and safety measures on November ballot
Examiner (06/22/2016)
Jun
22
Tasers Off the Agenda
by Derek Remski
The SF Police Commission will vote tonight on competing use-of-force rules developed in the wake of recent police officer-involved shootings. Both proposals focus on de-escalation, b... more
The SF Police Commission will vote tonight on competing use-of-force rules developed in the wake of recent police officer-involved shootings. Both proposals focus on de-escalation, but neither includies a provision for equipping officers with Tasers. more
Final debate coming in how San Francisco cops use force
Chronicle (06/22/2016)
Jun
22
9000 People Voted for Trump?
by Derek Remski
In the Examiner today, Fitz looks at the 9000 San Franciscans who voted for the Trumpster on June 7, a "fiery" email from Sup. Campos to Mayor Lee, and gazes into his crystal ball to... more
In the Examiner today, Fitz looks at the 9000 San Franciscans who voted for the Trumpster on June 7, a "fiery" email from Sup. Campos to Mayor Lee, and gazes into his crystal ball to try to predict who will come out on top in the Supervisor races in Districts 1 and 9. more
More than 9,000 San Franciscans voted for Trump
Examiner (06/22/2016)
Jun
22
Pride Security Plans Revealed
by Derek Remski
Looks like lines to get into this weekend's Pride Celebrations at Civic Center are going to be long. Look at the bright side, you'll be surrounded by thousands of fabulous dancing pe... more
Looks like lines to get into this weekend's Pride Celebrations at Civic Center are going to be long. Look at the bright side, you'll be surrounded by thousands of fabulous dancing people while you wait to get into the party. more
SF tightens Pride security following Orlando shooting
Chronicle (06/22/2016)
Jun
21
SFPD Prepares For Pride Parade
by Corey Smith
The San Francisco Police Department is ramping up security for the event Sunday. They're estimating roughly 25% more officers than the previous parades and are adding metal detectors... more
The San Francisco Police Department is ramping up security for the event Sunday. They're estimating roughly 25% more officers than the previous parades and are adding metal detectors. Be prepared for longer lines, people getting pissed about their bags being too large, and lots of jello shots. more
For LGBT community, pride of progress roiled by threat of violence
Chronicle (06/21/2016)
SF tightens Pride security following Orlando shooting
Chronicle (06/21/2016)
What you need to know about Pride
KRON4 (06/21/2016)
Jun
21
Jane Kim Passes Scott Wiener in Senate Race
by Corey Smith
With roughly 1,500 ballots left to count, Supervisor Jane Kim has passed Scott Wiener in the District 11 State Senate Race. The 373 vote difference is sure to fuel the fire for the N... more
With roughly 1,500 ballots left to count, Supervisor Jane Kim has passed Scott Wiener in the District 11 State Senate Race. The 373 vote difference is sure to fuel the fire for the November election and remind everyone that 'every vote counts'. more
Jane Kim becomes vote leader in state Senate primary
Examiner (06/21/2016)
More than 9,000 San Franciscans voted for Trump
Examiner (06/21/2016)
Jun
21
Angela Alioto Returns to the Boar... uhhh DCCC
by Corey Smith
Nearly twenty years after leaving the Board of Supervisors and a few attempts at Mayor, Angela Alioto is back in public office.  This is going to be fun!
Nearly twenty years after leaving the Board of Supervisors and a few attempts at Mayor, Angela Alioto is back in public office.  This is going to be fun! more
Angela Alioto back in politics after nearly 18 years
Chronicle (06/21/2016)
Jun
21
Congress Says 'No' to Smart Gun Laws
by Corey Smith
Multiple gun control bills were voted down by the US Senate yesterday, included one introduced by CA Senator Diane Feinstein. No real way to describe the frustration felt by the 90%+... more
Multiple gun control bills were voted down by the US Senate yesterday, included one introduced by CA Senator Diane Feinstein. No real way to describe the frustration felt by the 90%+ of Americans who support the increased regulations but at least we're clear on who is getting NRA money... Seriously, WTF people?! more
Dalai Lama says ‘real gun control’ comes from heart
Chronicle (06/21/2016)
Senate votes down gun control measures, including Feinstein bill
Chronicle (06/21/2016)
Jun
21
Bernal Heights' Fire Aftermath
by Corey Smith
The smoke has cleared from a fire that displaced 58 residents over the weekend. Investigators are looking into the cause of the fire while others are figuring out ways to help our ne... more
The smoke has cleared from a fire that displaced 58 residents over the weekend. Investigators are looking into the cause of the fire while others are figuring out ways to help our neighbors. more
Displaced Bernal Heights residents take stock after the smoke clears
Examiner (06/21/2016)
Emotional SF residents collect belongings after 5-alarm blaze
ABC News (06/21/2016)
Investigators search for origin of Bernal Heights blaze
Examiner (06/21/2016)
Residents try to pick up their lives after Mission District fire
Chronicle (06/22/2016)