Today’s Stories (Last updated January 23, 04:11 PM)

Jan
23
Dr. Nadine Burke Harris to be California’s First Surgeon General
by Nicole Yelich

On Tuesday, Governor Gavin Newsom appointed California’s first-ever Surgeon General: Dr. Nadine Burke Harris, a pediatrician, entrepreneur, and CEO of the Center for Youth Wellness i

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On Tuesday, Governor Gavin Newsom appointed California’s first-ever Surgeon General: Dr. Nadine Burke Harris, a pediatrician, entrepreneur, and CEO of the Center for Youth Wellness in San Francisco.  Dr. Burke Harris’ work through the Center focuses on changing the way people respond to children who’ve experienced trauma and toxic stress during childhood.

Burke Harris leads the Bay Area Research Consortium on Toxic Stress, is a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics’ National Advisory Board for Screening, and is a committee member for the National Academy of Medicine.

 
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Newsom names SF doctor state's first surgeon general
Examiner (01/23/2019)
Jan
23
Breed Appoints Jenny Lam to School Board
by Nicole Yelich

Mayor London Breed has appointed Jenny Lam to fill now Supervisor Matt Haney’s seat on the school board, raising questions around potential conflicts of interest as Lam currently ser

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Mayor London Breed has appointed Jenny Lam to fill now Supervisor Matt Haney’s seat on the school board, raising questions around potential conflicts of interest as Lam currently serves as Mayor Breed’s education advisor, a position she’s held for the past three months.

Lam is a mom with two kids in San Francisco public schools, and prior to working for Mayor Breed, she worked in a nonprofit focused on tech in public schools and directed community initiatives for Chinese for Affirmative Action.

 
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Breed appoints education advisor to fill seat on school board
Examiner (01/23/2019)
Breed Fills Empty School Board Seat With Education Adviser
SF Weekly (01/23/2019)
SF mayor appoints her own adviser to school board seat
Chronicle (01/23/2019)
Jan
23
SFPD Not-So-Transparent About Transparency
by Nicole Yelich

Mission Local questions just how committed the San Francisco Police Department is to their oft-reiterated commitment to transparency as they are dragging their feet on releasing reco

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Mission Local questions just how committed the San Francisco Police Department is to their oft-reiterated commitment to transparency as they are dragging their feet on releasing records on how the department is implementing a newly-in-effect state law on…..police transparency.

 
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SFPD responds to calls for transparency with opacity
Mission Local (01/23/2019)
Jan
23
Erin Brockovich Raises Doubts on PG&E Bankruptcy
by Nicole Yelich

Erin Brockovich joined wildfire victims and their attorneys at the Capitol Building in Sacramento yesterday, calling on the Governor and state legislators to not let PG&E off the hoo

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Erin Brockovich joined wildfire victims and their attorneys at the Capitol Building in Sacramento yesterday, calling on the Governor and state legislators to not let PG&E off the hook for costs associated with the deadly wildfires the utility had been found responsible for beginning in 2017.  The utility is in preparations to file for chapter 11 bankruptcy.

Brockovich points to one of PG&E’s own shareholders, BlueMountain Capital Management, who stated in an open letter dated January 17 that “there is overwhelming evidence that PG&E is solvent” and another letter yesterday asking PG&E to reconsider its “headlong rush toward an unnecessary and damaging bankruptcy.”

Meanwhile, back at the bank, the beleaguered utility has lined up $5.5 billion in bankruptcy protection from large banks to help fund operating costs during a two-year bankruptcy, which PG&E says is “the only viable option.”

 
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Does PG&E need to file for bankruptcy? Erin Brockovich doubts it
Chronicle (01/23/2019)
PG&E: Major banks to put up $5.5 billion to help fund two-year bankruptcy
Chronicle (01/23/2019)
Jan
23
Report Finds Elder Abuse on the Rise in SF
by Nicole Yelich
Cases of abuse against elders and “dependent adults” in the City jumped 18 percent in 2017 according to a recent report from the Family Violence Council in San Francisco released yes... more
Cases of abuse against elders and “dependent adults” in the City jumped 18 percent in 2017 according to a recent report from the Family Violence Council in San Francisco released yesterday.  

The report found that while physical abuse has decreased, financial abuse of seniors is on the rise and police aren’t investigating financial abuse against seniors at the same rates as other abuse. Out of 428 reported cases of financial abuse in 2017, only 58 cases were investigated.  
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Child Abuse Declines, Abuse of Dependent Adults Up in San Francisco
SF Weekly (01/23/2019)
Elder abuse a growing concern for SF seniors
Examiner (01/23/2019)
Jan
23
SFPUC Approves New Bayview Community Center Construction Contract
by Nicole Yelich
On Tuesday, the SF Public Utilities Commission approved a contract to begin construction of the long-awaited Bayview community hub - the brand new Southeast Community Facility at 155... more
On Tuesday, the SF Public Utilities Commission approved a contract to begin construction of the long-awaited Bayview community hub - the brand new Southeast Community Facility at 1550 Evans Ave.  Demolition of the buildings currently on the five-acre site will begin this summer, and the center is slated to open sometime in 2021. more
Bayview residents get their wish as SFPUC OKs long-awaited community center
Chronicle (01/23/2019)
Jan
23
Sup. Peskin Vacancy Tax Measure in the Works
by Nicole Yelich
Supervisor Aaron Peskin is working on a proposal to put a vacancy tax on commercial and residential properties before the voters this November to address the growing number of empty ... more
Supervisor Aaron Peskin is working on a proposal to put a vacancy tax on commercial and residential properties before the voters this November to address the growing number of empty storefronts and put rental housing units back on the market.  

Peskin is continuing to work with key stakeholders on finalizing the proposal but as it stands now, residential properties with three or more units would face a $250 per day fine on units vacant for more than six consecutive months until they are leased.  Commercial properties would face the same $250 baseline daily fine, but the final fee would be determined based on square footage.
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Tax on vacant housing, storefronts proposed for November ballot
Examiner (01/23/2019)
Vacancy glut in SF could spur tax on empty storefronts
Chronicle (01/23/2019)
Jan
23
Why Sen. Harris Chose Baltimore over Oakland for Campaign HQ
by Nicole Yelich
Senator Kamala Harris chose Baltimore for her campaign headquarters over her hometown of Oakland, for a number of reasons - its proximity to Washington, D.C. where she’s still in her... more
Senator Kamala Harris chose Baltimore for her campaign headquarters over her hometown of Oakland, for a number of reasons - its proximity to Washington, D.C. where she’s still in her first term in the U.S. Senate, ease of travel by air or train to key cities throughout the East Coast, and to stay in sync with the news cycle which begins three hours earlier than California likes to admit.  

Harris has a second office in Oakland where she’s holding her campaign kick off this Sunday.
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Why Kamala Harris chose Baltimore, not Oakland, for her campaign HQ
Chronicle (01/23/2019)
Jan
23
SF Readies to Sell Firehouse to Developers for Housing, New Firehouse
by Nicole Yelich
The City is going to be selling off its Jackson Square Fire Station No.13 at 530 Sansome Street, now zoned for development into a 200 foot building that will include a brand new fire... more
The City is going to be selling off its Jackson Square Fire Station No.13 at 530 Sansome Street, now zoned for development into a 200 foot building that will include a brand new fire station with “luxury housing” on top.  Any money left over after construction of the new building will be put into developing affordable housing on City-owned property a few blocks away in Chinatown currently home to New Asia Restaurant. more
Housing proposed above S.F. firehouse
Chronicle (01/23/2019)
Jan
23
Bay Area's Most and Least Diverse 'Burbs
by Nicole Yelich
Phil Matier runs down the racial diversity rankings for Bay Area cities and ‘burbs compiled by the Association of Bay Area Governments in a list based on 2017 data gathered by the U.... more
Phil Matier runs down the racial diversity rankings for Bay Area cities and ‘burbs compiled by the Association of Bay Area Governments in a list based on 2017 data gathered by the U.S. Census Bureau - suburbs like Vallejo and Suisun City come out as most diverse, whereas suburban Marin County areas are predominantly white.  San Francisco comes in at 22 out of 101 cities surveyed, slipping from the 17th slot in 2000, due to the continuing exodus of the African American community. more
Suburbs top list of most and least diverse cities in the Bay Area
Chronicle (01/23/2019)
Jan
23
Benioff Blames Tech for SF “Train Wreck”
by Nicole Yelich
In an interview at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff called San Francisco a “train wreck” of inequality, citing soaring housing costs, homel... more
In an interview at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff called San Francisco a “train wreck” of inequality, citing soaring housing costs, homelessness, and gentrification caused by tech companies - like his own - are to blame. more
San Francisco is a 'train wreck' because of the 'tech sector,' says Marc Benioff
Chronicle (01/23/2019)
Today’s Suspects Updater
Nicole Yelich
Nicole has managed candidate and ballot initiative campaigns at the city, county, and state levels throughout CA since 2005. Homegrown in Pittsburgh, you can find her yelling at the tv during Steelers games, cooking food almost no one in California has ever heard of (pizzelles and pieoriges anyone?), and bragging about her adorable nephew.

In the Past Week…

Jan
22
How Can Senator Kamala Harris Stand Out?
by Alexandra Cannarella

Sen. Kamala Harris enters the Democratic presidential primary race facing an immediate challenge: How does a first-term senator and relative newcomer to the national stage stand out

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Sen. Kamala Harris enters the Democratic presidential primary race facing an immediate challenge: How does a first-term senator and relative newcomer to the national stage stand out in a field where she and the other likely candidates don’t differ much on the issues? Harris is so new to the national scene that many voters outside of California don’t know who she is. A Quinnipiac University poll in December found that 57 percent of respondents didn’t know enough about the California senator to form an opinion.

The ideal Democrat, said several national political strategists, will be someone who can fight toe-to-toe with Trump, yet be inspirational enough to heal the nation’s divisions, and bring together people of all races, and political beliefs.

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How can California’s Kamala Harris stand out in crowded 2020 Dem race?
Chronicle (01/22/2019)
Kamala Harris was shaped by the crucible of San Francisco politics
Examiner (01/22/2019)
Sen. Kamala Harris of California vaults into 2020 presidential campaign
Chronicle (01/22/2019)
Jan
22
Exception to SF’s Sanctuary City Law for Extradition of Rideshare Rape Suspect
by Alexandra Cannarella
San Francisco officials are considering an unusual exception to the City’s sanctuary law which protects non-citizens from being deported in return for the extradition of a rideshare ... more
San Francisco officials are considering an unusual exception to the City’s sanctuary law which protects non-citizens from being deported in return for the extradition of a rideshare driver who fled the country after allegedly raping a passenger.

U.S. Department of Homeland Security will not extradite Ben Azaza unless San Francisco officials agree to certain provisions 
that run afoul of the City’s sanctuary law, so the Board of Supervisors Rules Committee is being asked by District Attorney George Gascon to approve legislation Wednesday that would grant an exception to its sanctuary law in this case. 
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Feds demand exception to sanctuary laws in return for extradition of rideshare rape suspect
Examiner (01/22/2019)
Jan
22
Bayview Residents Feel Abandoned By Rotating Police Captains
by Alexandra Cannarella

The departure of Bayview Police Captain Steven Ford after little more than a year on the job raised questions over why SFPD district captains — even ones who are effective in reducin

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The departure of Bayview Police Captain Steven Ford after little more than a year on the job raised questions over why SFPD district captains — even ones who are effective in reducing crime and building trust with community members — stay in a district no more than a year or two.

Bayview residents say Captain Ford was making inroads with the neighborhood’s African American community, many of whom remain mistrustful of the San Francisco Police Department.  The residents have no complaints with the new Bayview Captain Valerie Matthews, who has been with the department for nearly three decades - they just don’t believe the SFPD will keep her in the position for long if trends continue. She transferred to the Bayview Station from the department’s Major Crimes Unit.

 
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SF Bayview residents feel abandoned after abrupt reassignement of respected police captain
Mission Local (01/22/2019)
Jan
22
City Leaders Gather to Honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Support Protesting Workers
by Alexandra Cannarella
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Mayor London Breed, and dozens of other local and state elected officials gathered on Monday to honor MLK Jr. and support protesting City workers who were... more
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Mayor London Breed, and dozens of other local and state elected officials gathered on Monday to honor MLK Jr. and support protesting City workers who were marching to demand that systemic racism within city and county departments stop. In November, several African American city employees spoke out during a hearing at a Board of Supervisors meeting about instances of discrimination such as being retaliated against, terminated or passed up for promotions. more
City leaders, workers rally against racial disparities at MLK Day march
Examiner (01/22/2019)
San Francisco Mayor Breed, Rep. Pelosi join hundreds at MLK Day march
Chronicle (01/22/2019)
Jan
22
Hunters Point Residents Protest Tetra Tech’s Contract with State
by Alexandra Cannarella

Hunters Point residents who claim to have suffered health impacts as a result of the botched and allegedly fraudulent Hunters Point cleanup, urged Governor Newsom to rescind a contra

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Hunters Point residents who claim to have suffered health impacts as a result of the botched and allegedly fraudulent Hunters Point cleanup, urged Governor Newsom to rescind a contract worth up to $250 million awarded to shipyard contractor Tetra Tech for the management of debris removal from Butte County in the wake of the deadly Camp Fire.

The Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery awarded the contract to Tetra Tech, Inc. through a competitive bidding process that began last month. Tetra Tech claims no fraud, and says “[we are] one of the world’s leading companies and have an excellent record at cleanup and restorations.”

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Outraged Hunters Point residents demand Gavin Newsom fire Tetra Tech
SF Bayview (01/22/2019)
Shipyard activists take aim at Newsom over Camp Fire cleanup contract
Examiner (01/22/2019)
Jan
22
Supervisor Haney Calls for City Aid for Furloughed Federal Employees
by Alexandra Cannarella
Supervisor Matt Haney is calling on San Francisco to help federal workers affected by the government shutdown by offering free public transportation, deferred payments on utilities a... more
Supervisor Matt Haney is calling on San Francisco to help federal workers affected by the government shutdown by offering free public transportation, deferred payments on utilities and parking tickets, and emergency loan assistance.

Haney has limited authority with autonomous city agencies like the SFMTA and the Public Utilities Commission to offer such assistance, and both the Board of Supervisors and the mayor would have to agree to fund the aid that Haney’s calling for with city money. City officials estimate that likely only a few hundred people of the estimated 2,000 Federal workers in San Francisco have been furloughed.
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Supervisor Matt Haney wants SF to help out federal workers who aren’t getting paid
Chronicle (01/22/2019)
Jan
22
BART Approval Ratings Hit Record Low
by Alexandra Cannarella
BART’s approval rating hit a record low as riders bemoan crime and filth on the system. A new survey of 5,292 customers, which goes before the Board of Directors on Thursday, shows t... more
BART’s approval rating hit a record low as riders bemoan crime and filth on the system. A new survey of 5,292 customers, which goes before the Board of Directors on Thursday, shows that customer satisfaction plunged to 56 percent last year, from 69 percent three years ago. The drop occurred despite BART’s efforts to clean stations, repair old machinery and add glossy new train cars.

The BART Board of Directors will discuss the survey when they meet later this week for a two-day intensive workshop. The theme is to get on a correction course for 2027, by which point BART officials expect to have a new fleet of Bombardier trains operating, as well as new tracks and train controls. 
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BART’s approval rating plummets as riders complain about filth and crime
Chronicle (01/22/2019)
Jan
22
Closed Transit Center’s Silver Lining?
by Alexandra Cannarella
Transbay Joint Powers Authority says have been saving about $550,000 each month in reduced operating costs, you know, because it’s not operating. Just six weeks after opening, the di... more
Transbay Joint Powers Authority says have been saving about $550,000 each month in reduced operating costs, you know, because it’s not operating. Just six weeks after opening, the discovery of fractures in two critical steel beams forced its immediate evacuation and ongoing shutdown.Transbay officials say they still don’t know when the center will reopen, but an independent oversight committee has approved a plan to repair the broken support beams. A date to reopen is likely to be announced in February.  more
Shutdown of SF’s Transbay Transit Center saves half-million dollars a month
Chronicle (01/22/2019)
Jan
22
Uber Challenges Lyft’s Corner on the Bikeshare Market
by Alexandra Cannarella
In a detailed, seven-page missive to the Metropolitan Transportation Commission obtained by the San Francisco Examiner, an attorney for Uber-owned bikeshare company JUMP challenged t... more
In a detailed, seven-page missive to the Metropolitan Transportation Commission obtained by the San Francisco Examiner, an attorney for Uber-owned bikeshare company JUMP challenged the exclusivity contract between Bay Area cities and Ford GoBike, owned by Lyft. Ford GoBike operates roughly 3,700 shareable bikes Bay Area-wide, while JUMP operates a comparatively small 500 dockless bicycles in San Francisco.

The argument from Jump is that Ford GoBike has an exclusive agreement to run “docked”-style bikes, which are parked in stations, not “dockless” bikes, and that the agreement doesn’t pertain to electronic motor-assisted bikes, like JUMPs. 
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Uber attorneys challenge Lyft’s Bay Area bikeshare monopoly
Examiner (01/22/2019)
Jan
21
Kamala Harris Launches Presidential Bid
by Jen Longley

California Senator Kamala Harris launched her much-anticipated Presidential bid on ‘Good Morning America’ today.

The Bay Area native and former San Francisco District Attorney and Cal

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California Senator Kamala Harris launched her much-anticipated Presidential bid on ‘Good Morning America’ today.

The Bay Area native and former San Francisco District Attorney and California Attorney General stated in her speech announcing her candidacy that “...this is a moment in time where I feel a sense of responsibility to stand up and fight for the best of who we are.”

Harris’ widely-rumored Oakland kickoff will happen next Sunday at Frank Ogawa Plaza. Harris will base her campaign in Maryland with a separate Oakland campaign office.

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Inside Kamala Harris’ 2020 campaign plan
Politico (01/21/2019)
California's Kamala Harris jumps into presidential race, announces on MLK Day
KTVU (01/21/2019)
Harris announces presidential run
The Bay Area Reporter (01/21/2019)
How can California’s Kamala Harris stand out in crowded 2020 race?
Chronicle (01/21/2019)
Kamala Harris announces her historic 2020 presidential campaign
Vox (01/21/2019)
Sen. Kamala Harris of California announces 2020 presidential run
Chronicle (01/21/2019)
Jan
21
Don’t Hate Yee Cuz You Ain’t Yee
by Jen Longley

Supervisor Norman Yee continues to succeed and thrive while continually being underestimated by would-be opponents. Mission Local provides a deep dive into the history, leadership st

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Supervisor Norman Yee continues to succeed and thrive while continually being underestimated by would-be opponents. Mission Local provides a deep dive into the history, leadership style, and significant efficacy of the new Board President.

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The weaker people think Norman Yee is, the stronger he becomes
Mission Local (01/21/2019)
Jan
21
PG&E Bankruptcy Could Hamper Fire Prevention Efforts
by Jen Longley

PG&E’s financial troubles could mean a reduction in fire-prevention services statewide, as a bankruptcy judge may well reduce the money the beleaguered utility is permitted to spend

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PG&E’s financial troubles could mean a reduction in fire-prevention services statewide, as a bankruptcy judge may well reduce the money the beleaguered utility is permitted to spend as part of Chapter 11 proceedings.

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What PG&E bankruptcy could mean for fire prevention efforts
Chronicle (01/21/2019)
Jan
21
Pivoting to Shuttle
by Jen Longley

The T line temporarily will convert to a shuttle and the E bus line will shutter later this month, as MUNI embarks on a proposed two-month platform expansion program at some 3rd Stre

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The T line temporarily will convert to a shuttle and the E bus line will shutter later this month, as MUNI embarks on a proposed two-month platform expansion program at some 3rd Street stops, designed to allow for additional multi-car trains with the goal of eliminating ‘switchbacks’ along the line.

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SFMTA to substitute T-Third trains with buses for two months
Examiner (01/21/2019)
Jan
21
See Ya Later PG&E: Green New Deal Goes Local
by Jen Longley

Amid the uncertainty surrounding the fate of PG&E post-bankruptcy, the Local Agency Formation Commission has signaled its intention to bring forward a capital plan for 2020 to, in pa

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Amid the uncertainty surrounding the fate of PG&E post-bankruptcy, the Local Agency Formation Commission has signaled its intention to bring forward a capital plan for 2020 to, in part, fund build out components for Clean Power SF.

LAFCO chair Supervisor Sandra Lee Fewer pushed for the build out in a meeting last week, where she described the need to invest in municipal energy infrastructure as a “local version of a green new deal”.

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SF moves toward public power and a ‘local version of a green new deal’
Examiner (01/21/2019)
Jan
21
Southbeach Yacht Club Feeds Unpaid Coast Guard During Shutdown
by Jen Longley

As the partial federal government shutdown continues, a local yacht club provided a free meal to the families of local Coast Guard workers, who are facing their fourth week without a

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As the partial federal government shutdown continues, a local yacht club provided a free meal to the families of local Coast Guard workers, who are facing their fourth week without a  paycheck.

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Dinner for unpaid Coast Guard members, families helps ease shutdown’s sting
Chronicle (01/21/2019)
Jan
20
Matier: More Money More Problems
by Owen Stephens

SFMTA is committing $3 million dollars for de-escalation training in addition to silent alarms, protective barriers, and cameras that have been added in recent years, instead of the

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SFMTA is committing $3 million dollars for de-escalation training in addition to silent alarms, protective barriers, and cameras that have been added in recent years, instead of the increased safety protection sought by drivers. The Transportation Workers Union and the drivers that it represents are not impressed and want more police or sheriff deputy officers on board.

Another transportation bond for between $50 and $100 billion is in the works and could go before voters as soon as next year. The goal would be to fund an additional BART crossing, expand rail service into the central valley, and update traffic lights to help traffic. It would need a two-thirds majority to pass.

The inaugural gala for Mayor Libby Schaaf’s second term brought in $3.25 million for the Oakland Promise scholarship fund and Keep Oakland Housed.

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Muni drivers want protection from assaults, get sensitivity training instead
Chronicle (01/20/2019)
Jan
20
Thousands rally for justice at Women’s March in SF
by Owen Stephens

Thousands of protesters took to the streets of San Francisco on Saturday as part of the third annual Women’s March.

Thousands of protesters took to the streets of San Francisco on Saturday as part of the third annual Women’s March.

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Thousands gather at Civic Center for Women's March Rally
Examiner (01/20/2019)
Thousands rally for justice at Women’s March in SF
Chronicle (01/20/2019)
Jan
20
$12,000 Fine for Avalos
by Owen Stephens
The San Francisco Ethics Commission found that former Supervisor John Avalos unsuccessful 2011 run for Mayor improperly reported $26,506, or eleven percent, of his total contribution... more
The San Francisco Ethics Commission found that former Supervisor John Avalos unsuccessful 2011 run for Mayor improperly reported $26,506, or eleven percent, of his total contributions, and that the committee failed to maintain complete records for $391,594 worth of expenditures. The commission did not realize the proper records were missing until four years after the election. Avalos accepted the settlement, a fine of $12,000, on Friday. more
SF Ethics Commission fines former Supe John Avalos $12,000 over campaign finances
Chronicle (01/20/2019)
Jan
20
PG&E and the Fake Records
by Owen Stephens

A recent report by California Public Utilities Commission staff in the Safety and Enforcement Division discovered that since as early as 2009, PG&E employees - under pressure from th

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A recent report by California Public Utilities Commission staff in the Safety and Enforcement Division discovered that since as early as 2009, PG&E employees - under pressure from their bosses - were misrepresenting how quickly the company responded to excavator requests to locate and mark natural pipelines. Under California law that is intended to prevent catastrophic accidents, PG&E is required to respond within two days, or take steps to ensure a different timeline with the excavator. The report shows, disturbingly, that the problem grew after the 2010 San Bruno pipeline explosions. Tens of thousands of records of falsified records were discovered over a decade, including evidence that staffers used a known software glitch that would cause late tickets to appear timely.

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PG&E’s other big problem: Regulators detail gas record falsification claims
Chronicle (01/20/2019)
Jan
20
Absent for Education
by Owen Stephens

Despite focussed efforts in recent years, chronic absenteeism, particularly among African American students, is on the rise in San Francisco. The number of chronically absent student

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Despite focussed efforts in recent years, chronic absenteeism, particularly among African American students, is on the rise in San Francisco. The number of chronically absent students across the district was at 11 percent in the fall of 2018, a three year high. It was almost three times higher among black students.

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School district struggles to stem rising absenteeism rates
Examiner (01/20/2019)
Jan
20
Justice by the Data
by Owen Stephens

Joel Engardio examines the long and slow introduction and evolution of the still incomplete JUSTIS database system that was intended to serve as a central nexus between all law enfor

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Joel Engardio examines the long and slow introduction and evolution of the still incomplete JUSTIS database system that was intended to serve as a central nexus between all law enforcement entities and the courts. First conceived in 1997, and tens of millions of dollars later, only parts of the system have been built, and it is far from complete.

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In search of database justice
Examiner (01/20/2019)
Jan
20
Promises to Increase Safety
by Owen Stephens

City, police and community leaders in Visitacion Valley displayed a united front in finding the perpetrator of a violent attack on an 88-year old resident, and to deploying more reso

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City, police and community leaders in Visitacion Valley displayed a united front in finding the perpetrator of a violent attack on an 88-year old resident, and to deploying more resources toward public safety services at a recent town hall meeting.

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City, police leaders promise increased safety efforts following brutal attack on Visitacion Valley senior
Examiner (01/20/2019)
Jan
19
Newsom's Gas Tax and Housing Plan Ruffles Feathers
by Carrie McFadden
As California's housing crisis rages on, Governor Gavin Newsom has announced that he has a new plan: withholding gas tax funds (which are ostensibly for transportation and infrastruc... more
As California's housing crisis rages on, Governor Gavin Newsom has announced that he has a new plan: withholding gas tax funds (which are ostensibly for transportation and infrastructure) for local communities that do not meet their housing targets.

Many local elected officials have balked at the suggestion; they're uncomfortable with the state coming in and insisting their regions have a specific number of new housing units. They also point out that the gas tax funds are meant for something that isn't necessarily housing-related.

As the article points out, Newsom was known for his bold claims while Mayor of San Francisco. Time will tell what his follow through on this one will be. more
Newsom touches nerve by connecting gas tax funds to housing targets
Chronicle (01/19/2019)
Jan
19
Kamala Harris' Prosecutorial Past Questioned
by Carrie McFadden
As Senator Kamala Harris continues her book tour and readies for a likely Presidential announcement in the coming days, critics have zeroed in on her past as San Francisco's District... more
As Senator Kamala Harris continues her book tour and readies for a likely Presidential announcement in the coming days, critics have zeroed in on her past as San Francisco's District Attorney and California's Attorney General, and what they see as a murky at best record of criminal justice reform. 

The Sac Bee does a deep dive into her career, what she says in her book, and how likely it is that these critics will impact her Presidential aspirations.  more
Kamala Harris says she focused ‘almost every day’ on justice reform. That’s not the whole story.
The Sacramento Bee (01/18/2019)
Jan
19
Phoning it In? Muni Fined for Employee Cellphone Use
by Carrie McFadden
Some Muni employees were found with their hands in the cookie jar - or rather, swiping on their cell phone.

Muni is being fined $120,000 by the California Public Utilities Commission ... more
Some Muni employees were found with their hands in the cookie jar - or rather, swiping on their cell phone.

Muni is being fined $120,000 by the California Public Utilities Commission after inspectors found that Muni employees were not always following regulations regarding cell use.

While no Muni operators were caught actually using their phones while driving, some were found using them while not operating their vehicles or were found to have not properly turned them off and stowed them before getting behind the wheel.

In response, Muni management has underscored their "zero tolerance" policy for cell phone use while employees are on the clock.  more
Jan
19
Alex Nieto Art Installation Planned in Bernal Heights Park
by Carrie McFadden
An art installation memorializing Alex Nieto is one step closer to being a reality.

Nieto, 27, was a City College student who also worked as a security guard when he was fatally shot ... more
An art installation memorializing Alex Nieto is one step closer to being a reality.

Nieto, 27, was a City College student who also worked as a security guard when he was fatally shot in Bernal Heights Park in 2014. Officers claimed they had seen him wielding a gun, but it was only after he was killed that it was discovered to be a stun gun. The officers were cleared of any charges in 2016, infuriating Nieto's family and the Bernal Heights/Mission community.

The installation would be about 150 feet from where he was shot, and would be a collaboration of four local artists seeking to highlight important things and values in Nieto's life. 

Supervisor Hillary Ronen spoke in favor of the installation, and the San Francisco Arts Commission's Visual Arts Committee unanimously approved it. more
Public park memorial for Alex Nieto nears installation
Examiner (01/19/2019)
Jan
19
Willie Brown Warns Newsom to "Stay Away" from Teachers Strike
by Carrie McFadden
In Willie Brown's weekly column, he mentions that he gave the newly inaugurated governor some advice during a recent phone call: don't try and get involved in the Los Angeles teacher... more
In Willie Brown's weekly column, he mentions that he gave the newly inaugurated governor some advice during a recent phone call: don't try and get involved in the Los Angeles teachers strike that erupted over the past week. Brown believes that any political interference would do nothing but anger both sides. He suggests having Mayor Eric Garcetti try and handle it first, and then jump in if needed.

Brown also tackles the ongoing Pelosi/Trump feud in Washington, payday loans as a potential remedy to struggling federal workers during the shutdown, and a review of a recent film.  more
Free advice to California Gov. Gavin Newsom: Stay away from teachers strike
Chronicle (01/19/2019)
Jan
19
PG&E's HQ Might Be Worth $1 Billion (Yes, With a B)
by Carrie McFadden
PG&E's real estate footprint in San Francisco is pretty significant, and that reality was underscored when reports came out that, should they in fact sell the SF property that has se... more
PG&E's real estate footprint in San Francisco is pretty significant, and that reality was underscored when reports came out that, should they in fact sell the SF property that has served as their headquarters for the better part of a century, the revenue may cross the $1 billion mark. more
PG&E’s SF headquarters may be worth $1 billion
Curbed (01/19/2019)
Jan
18
On Guard: City Offers 25 New Mats to 4,200 Homeless During Winter Storms
by Nicole Yelich
In a no-holds-barred On Guard, the Examiner’s Joe Fitz pulls no punches on the Department of Homelessness and Supportive Housing response to the inclement weather, touting via Twitte... more
In a no-holds-barred On Guard, the Examiner’s Joe Fitz pulls no punches on the Department of Homelessness and Supportive Housing response to the inclement weather, touting via Twitter Wednesday night that they have made a whopping 25 additional mats available to the 4,200 homeless individuals living in San Francisco, between now and the end of February.

While 80 additional beds were also made available through the shelter system, SFPD continued to confiscate tents handed out to folks on the street by the Coalition on Homelessness and
San Francisco Democratic Socialists of America.
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SF rolled out 25 extra mats for 4,200 homeless people during storm
Examiner (01/18/2019)
Jan
18
SF Crime Rate Dropped Overall in 2018
by Nicole Yelich

SFPD Chief Bill Scott and Mayor London Breed presented the City’s 2018 crime stats at a press conference on Thursday, showing an 18 percent decrease in homicides and 17 percent drop

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SFPD Chief Bill Scott and Mayor London Breed presented the City’s 2018 crime stats at a press conference on Thursday, showing an 18 percent decrease in homicides and 17 percent drop in car break-ins over 2017.

While the rates of rape, robbery, and aggravated assault also dropped slightly, human trafficking increased 170 percent from 40 cases in 2017 to 108 last year.

 
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Crime falls in San Francisco with drops in homicides, car break-ins
Examiner (01/18/2019)
Mission homicides down 17 percent in overall trend
Mission Local (01/18/2019)
SFPD’s 2018 Safety Stats Show Significant Drop In Violent Crimes, Auto Thefts
KCBS (01/18/2019)