Today’s Stories (Last updated October 17, 02:53 PM)

Oct
17
Prop 10 Trailing Big Among Bay Area Voters
by Nicole Yelich

A recent poll shows that likely voters in the Bay Area aren’t buying the argument from the Yes on Prop 10 campaign that expanding rent control statewide will bring down the cost of h

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A recent poll shows that likely voters in the Bay Area aren’t buying the argument from the Yes on Prop 10 campaign that expanding rent control statewide will bring down the cost of housing. 

Proposition 10, which if passed would repeal the controversial Costa-Hawkins Act, is trailing with 54 percent of Bay Area voters against and 32 percent for, a larger margin than the statewide numbers which show 48 percent of likely voters throughout the state oppose the measure, with 36 percent in support.

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Is rent control the answer to sky-high prices? Bay Area voters skeptical
Chronicle (10/17/2018)
Oct
17
District 6 Candidate Roundup
by Nicole Yelich

The Chronicle profiles District 6 Supervisor candidates Matt Haney, Christine Johnson, and Sonja Trauss who are vying to take the reins on what the Chronicle calls San Francisco’s “m

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The Chronicle profiles District 6 Supervisor candidates Matt Haney, Christine Johnson, and Sonja Trauss who are vying to take the reins on what the Chronicle calls San Francisco’s “most complex and diverse district.”

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SF District Six supervisor candidates have similar solutions
Chronicle (10/17/2018)
Oct
17
What to Watch: Dianne Feinstein and Kevin de León Debate
by Nicole Yelich

The Chronicle’s Joe Garofoli gives his take on what to watch in today’s debate between Senator Dianne Feinstein and her challenger Kevin de León.  Hosted by the Public Policy Institu

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The Chronicle’s Joe Garofoli gives his take on what to watch in today’s debate between Senator Dianne Feinstein and her challenger Kevin de León.  Hosted by the Public Policy Institute of California and billed as a “conversation” between the two candidates who have not yet shared a stage during this campaign, the event will be live streamed at noon on PPIC’s website.

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Dianne Feinstein vs. Kevin de León debate: Here's what to look for
Chronicle (10/17/2018)
Oct
17
Taxi Drivers Rail Against SFMTA Decision to Restrict Access to SFO
by Nicole Yelich

The Examiner’s Joe Fitzgerald recaps the acrimonious SFMTA meeting on Tuesday where despite furious opposition from taxi drivers, the agency’s board of directors approved restriction

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The Examiner’s Joe Fitzgerald recaps the acrimonious SFMTA meeting on Tuesday where despite furious opposition from taxi drivers, the agency’s board of directors approved restrictions on which taxis can operate at the airport, while rejecting a proposal that would have altered the taxi medallion process.  

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MTA board OKs reforms amid heated testimony from distressed San Francisco taxi drivers
Chronicle (10/17/2018)
SF to ban most of taxi fleet from SFO to help struggling cabbies
Examiner (10/17/2018)
Oct
17
Board Rejects Appeals Against India Basin Development
by Nicole Yelich

With a 10-1 vote, the Board of Supervisors rejected two appeals to the findings of the environmental impact report on the new India basin housing and commercial development, giving t

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With a 10-1 vote, the Board of Supervisors rejected two appeals to the findings of the environmental impact report on the new India basin housing and commercial development, giving the green light to build more than 1,500 units of new housing, as well as 200,000 square feet of commercial space. 

Environmental advocates and neighbors of the site filed the appeals citing concerns around the impacts on the air quality and health of nearby residents. 

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Supes reject environmental appeals, approve India Basin housing development
Examiner (10/17/2018)
Oct
17
State Hits PG&E With $5M in Fines
by Nicole Yelich

The California Public Utilities Commission has levied two fines totaling $5 million against PG&E for gas leaks in Deer Park and Yuba City that resulted in injuries to residents and P

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The California Public Utilities Commission has levied two fines totaling $5 million against PG&E for gas leaks in Deer Park and Yuba City that resulted in injuries to residents and PG&E workers.

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California hits PG&E with $5 million in citations for gas leaks
Chronicle (10/17/2018)
Oct
17
SFMTA Green Lights Sixth Street Ped Safety Project
by Nicole Yelich

The SFMTA Board voted 6-1 to approve the Sixth Street pedestrian safety project that will remove one southbound lane to make way for wider sidewalks.  The project faced strong opposi

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The SFMTA Board voted 6-1 to approve the Sixth Street pedestrian safety project that will remove one southbound lane to make way for wider sidewalks.  The project faced strong opposition from the Chamber of Commerce and Hotel Council who say losing the lane will significantly increase traffic congestion.  

The transit agency says construction will begin in 18 months and take 18 months to complete.

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Sixth Street pedestrian safety project approved despite business opposition
Examiner (10/17/2018)
Oct
17
Judge Tosses Petition Against Geary Transit Project
by Nicole Yelich

A San Francisco judge rejected a petition against the addition of new rapid bus lanes on Geary who allege the SFMTA’s environmental and public review processes were flawed.  Construc

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A San Francisco judge rejected a petition against the addition of new rapid bus lanes on Geary who allege the SFMTA’s environmental and public review processes were flawed.  Construction of the first phase began earlier this month between Market and Stanyan Streets.

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Judge tosses lawsuit aimed at slowing Geary Blvd. bus rapid transit system
Chronicle (10/17/2018)
Oct
17
Appeals Court Reinstates SRO Owner’s Lawsuit Against City
by Nicole Yelich

A state appeals court reinstated a lawsuit, previously dismissed by a SF Superior Court Judge, against the City over a law that changed the minimum stay in single room occupancy unit

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A state appeals court reinstated a lawsuit, previously dismissed by a SF Superior Court Judge, against the City over a law that changed the minimum stay in single room occupancy units from 7 to 32 days, making more units available to renters.  The court says this policy violates SFO owner’s property rights by effectively making them landlords rather than hotel operators.  

While the court will allow the lawsuit to proceed, their ruling did not stop enforcement of the current law that went into effect in early 2017.

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Appeals court says SRO law violates owners' property rights
Chronicle (10/17/2018)
Oct
17
SF Magazine Staff Walks Out
by Nicole Yelich

Mission Local’s Joe Eskenazi dives back into San Francisco Magazines announcement that they will be scaling back on staff and move away from in-depth news coverage after six staffers

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Mission Local’s Joe Eskenazi dives back into San Francisco Magazines announcement that they will be scaling back on staff and move away from in-depth news coverage after six staffers gave notice or flat our walked out this week.

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Staff exodus at San Francisco Magazine beats promised layoffs to the punch
Mission Local (10/17/2018)
Oct
17
City Expands Youth Internship Opportunities
by Nicole Yelich

Today, Mayor London Breed is expected to announce the launch of a new program to provide paid internships and job opportunities for up to 3,000 SF high school students in the local g

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Today, Mayor London Breed is expected to announce the launch of a new program to provide paid internships and job opportunities for up to 3,000 SF high school students in the local government, nonprofit, and private sectors.

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SF develops plan to increase youth internships - both public and private
Chronicle (10/17/2018)
Oct
17
Supes Approve Cannabis Committee
by Nicole Yelich

The Board of Supes approved creation of the Cannabis Oversight Committee that will be comprised of 16 members - 9 voting, 7 non-voting - and will oversee SF's Office of Cannabis' man

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The Board of Supes approved creation of the Cannabis Oversight Committee that will be comprised of 16 members - 9 voting, 7 non-voting - and will oversee SF's Office of Cannabis' management and implementation of cannabis industry laws and regulations.

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San Francisco establishes cannabis committee to oversee industry
Examiner (10/17/2018)
Nov
06
Supervisor Races 2018 - Candidates
by SF Usual Suspects

November Election 2018 - Candidates

D2 - Catherine Stefani, Schuyler Hudak, Nicholas Josefowitz, John Dennis
D4 - Jessica Ho, Adam Kim, Mike Murphy, Gordon Mar, Trevor McNeil, Arthur Tom, Tuan Anh Nguyen, Lou Ann Bassan
D6 - Sonja Trauss, Matt Haney, Christine Johnson
D8 - Rafael Mandelman, Lawrence "Stark" Degasse
D10 - Uzuri Pease-Greene, Shamann Walton, Theo Ellington, Tony Kelly, Asale-Haquekyah Chandler, Gloria Berry


Incumbents in bold

Know something we don't? Mentioned here, but you don't want to be? Don't see your name on here, but

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November Election 2018 - Candidates

D2 - Catherine Stefani, Schuyler Hudak, Nicholas Josefowitz, John Dennis
D4 - Jessica Ho, Adam Kim, Mike Murphy, Gordon Mar, Trevor McNeil, Arthur Tom, Tuan Anh Nguyen, Lou Ann Bassan
D6 - Sonja Trauss, Matt Haney, Christine Johnson
D8 - Rafael Mandelman, Lawrence "Stark" Degasse
D10 - Uzuri Pease-Greene, Shamann Walton, Theo Ellington, Tony Kelly, Asale-Haquekyah Chandler, Gloria Berry


Incumbents in bold

Know something we don't? Mentioned here, but you don't want to be? Don't see your name on here, but you'd like to? We're happy to help. Give us the scoop and drop us a line at usualsuspectssf@gmail.com.

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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…

Oct
16
Ubers and Lyfts are Clogging SF Streets
by Alexandra Cannarella

A new report from the San Francisco County Transportation Authority found that traffic congestion throughout the City has worsened from 2010 to 2016, with half of that slowdown attri

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A new report from the San Francisco County Transportation Authority found that traffic congestion throughout the City has worsened from 2010 to 2016, with half of that slowdown attributable to the rise of ride-hails and the rest due to 110,000 new jobs and 70,000 new residents.

Ride-hailing’s impact is due both to the number of cars on the streets and behaviors such as stopping in traffic lanes to pick up and drop off passengers, thus delaying vehicles behind them, the Transportation Authority said. A proposed tax on ride-hailed trips will be on the November 2019 ballot, which both Uber and Lyft have already agreed to support because it’s preferable to a stiffer tax the city had threatened to consider.

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Bay Briefing: How SF innovation breeds transit inconveniences
Chronicle (10/16/2018)
Study: Half of SF’s increase in traffic congestion due to Uber, Lyft
Examiner (10/16/2018)
Uber, Lyft cars clog SF streets, study says
Chronicle (10/16/2018)
Oct
16
Sex Worker Advocacy Groups Oppose Increased Massage Parlor Enforcement
by Alexandra Cannarella

Supervisor Katy Tang introduced legislation that would allow San Francisco to have greater power to fine brothels fronting as legitimate massage parlors, or revoke their permit. Seve

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Supervisor Katy Tang introduced legislation that would allow San Francisco to have greater power to fine brothels fronting as legitimate massage parlors, or revoke their permit. Several groups are opposing her legislation saying it would only drive illicit activity underground making it more dangerous for those involved.

The St. James Infirmary, a health clinic for sex workers in the Tenderloin, and US PROStitutes Collective, a group of women who work or have worked in different areas of the sex industry, have both said that the legislation would result in closures of massage parlours, eliminating job opportunities for immigrant women of color.  Despite the opposition, the Board of Supervisors Land Use and Transportation Committee voted to send the legislation to the full board for a vote next week.

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Sex worker groups oppose proposed increased massage parlor enforcement
Examiner (10/16/2018)
Oct
16
Zhao Supporters Continue to Campaign
by Alexandra Cannarella

Josephine Zhao’s “withdrawal” from the school board race came at too late a date to remove her name from the ballot, and apparently her supporters are still hitting the streets in an

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Josephine Zhao’s “withdrawal” from the school board race came at too late a date to remove her name from the ballot, and apparently her supporters are still hitting the streets in an effort to garner votes for her in November’s election.

Last Saturday ten or more canvassers, purportedly working in shifts, urged attendees at Saturday’s public school enrollment fair at the Mission’s John O’Connell High School to vote Josephine Zhao onto the school board. Several parents in attendance told us the Zhao canvassers did all of this within John O’Connell High School at the voter-rich enrollment fair — a transgression of rules every other candidate or their backers respected.


Mayor London Breed, Sen. Scott Wiener, Assemblyman David Chiu, and Board of Equalization member Fiona Ma have not yet publicly rescinded their endorsements of Zhao for the race, but District 6 Supervisor candidate Christine Johnson, District 2 Sup. Catherine Stefani and Sheriff Vicki Hennessy publicly pulled their endorsements following Zhao’s problematic anti-trans comments. Some are speculating that Mayor Breed’s appointment of Faauuga Molinga to the school board could be an effort to distract voters from Zhao’s campaign that has seemingly coming back to life.

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Josephine Zhao's backers campaign at public school enrollment fair — despite candidate’s “withdrawal” from Board of Education race
Mission Local (10/16/2018)
School Board Race Takes a Turn: Breed Appoints Moliga, Zhao Campaign Continues
SF Weekly (10/16/2018)
Oct
16
Your District 4 Candidates
by Alexandra Cannarella
The SF Chronicle gives a larger picture of District 4 race, the top contenders, Jessica Ho, Gordon Mar and Trevor McNeil and where they agree and differ on the issues. more
The SF Chronicle gives a larger picture of District 4 race, the top contenders, Jessica Ho, Gordon Mar and Trevor McNeil and where they agree and differ on the issues. more
SF District 4
Chronicle (10/16/2018)
Oct
16
Mission Businesses Welcome Prop C
by Alexandra Cannarella
Businesses in the Mission District are generally supportive of Prop C, the measure that would increase gross receipts taxes on the highest earning corporations and put the additional... more
Businesses in the Mission District are generally supportive of Prop C, the measure that would increase gross receipts taxes on the highest earning corporations and put the additional revenue into programs and services for the homeless. Some in the Mission weren’t surprised that Mayor London Breed opposed it, and were pleased to see major support coming from Mark Benioff, the CEO of Salesforce. Mission Local dives into the district’s perception of Prop C through interviews with several business owners and community members. more
SF Mission District businesses welcome Prop. C
Mission Local (10/16/2018)
Oct
16
Wall Street Pours Money Into Defeating Prop 10
by Alexandra Cannarella

According to figures from the California Secretary of State, New York-based Blackstone Partners has poured millions into several No On 10 campaigns. Two payments totaling more than $

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According to figures from the California Secretary of State, New York-based Blackstone Partners has poured millions into several No On 10 campaigns. Two payments totaling more than $575,000 to one campaign in both May and August, and at least 15 separate donations ranging from $52,000 to $417,000 to a second one all on the same day.

Blackstone, which invests in built-for-rent housing, has made additional contributions under names of related organizations. Altogether the total adds up to more than $12 million, roughly 15 percent of the total No On 10 campaign budget.

 
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Why Wall Street is putting millions into beating California rent control
SF Curbed (10/16/2018)
Oct
15
Moliga on the Board
by Jen Longley
Mayor London Breed is expected to appoint candidate Faauuga Moliga to the seat left vacant by former commissioner Hydra Mendoza at a press conference today, just a few short weeks be... more
Mayor London Breed is expected to appoint candidate Faauuga Moliga to the seat left vacant by former commissioner Hydra Mendoza at a press conference today, just a few short weeks before three new school board members will be elected from a wide-open field.

Moliga, a school social worker, is expected to be appointed at 11 a.m. at the June Jordan School for Equity. more
SF mayor to appoint school board member, sources say
Chronicle (10/15/2018)
Oct
15
Miss me?
by Jen Longley
They're baaaaaaaaaack.

Amid talks of equity, concerns about scale, and lawsuits from companies not chosen to participate, the San Francisco electric scooter pilot program begins toda... more
They're baaaaaaaaaack.

Amid talks of equity, concerns about scale, and lawsuits from companies not chosen to participate, the San Francisco electric scooter pilot program begins today.

Happy scooting. more
Electric scooters returning to SF streets as part of pilot program
Chronicle (10/15/2018)
Lime loses court bid to block San Francisco's e-scooter programme
SF Business Times (10/15/2018)
Scooters set to return to San Francisco
Washington Post (10/15/2018)
What to expect from the return of electric scooters in SF
TechCrunch (10/15/2018)
Oct
15
Transbay Center Street Back Open
by Jen Longley
While San Francisco's $2 Billion non-working bus stop remains closed, Fremont street reopens after safety fixes on the structure are completed.
While San Francisco's $2 Billion non-working bus stop remains closed, Fremont street reopens after safety fixes on the structure are completed. more
Fremont Street to reopen for Monday commute; Salesforce Transit Center to remain closed
Examiner (10/15/2018)
Fremont Street to reopen Monday after Transbay Transit Center fixes
Chronicle (10/15/2018)
Oct
15
These are the Candidates in your Neighborhood
by Jen Longley
The Chronicle provides a deep dive into the District 2 Supervisor's race, the issues most important to neighborhood voters, and profiles leading candidates Schuyler Hudak, Nick Josef... more
The Chronicle provides a deep dive into the District 2 Supervisor's race, the issues most important to neighborhood voters, and profiles leading candidates Schuyler Hudak, Nick Josefowitz, and appointed incumbent Catherine Stefani. more
SF District Two
Chronicle (10/15/2018)
Oct
15
T Time
by Jen Longley
The 'T' line- whose promise of a speedy connection for southeast residents to reach the downtown core- has never been fully realized past the 23rd street stop.

Now, with the nearing ... more
The 'T' line- whose promise of a speedy connection for southeast residents to reach the downtown core- has never been fully realized past the 23rd street stop.

Now, with the nearing completion of the Central Subway tube re-routing the T line underground at the ballpark, the Chronicle explores if this change would help reverse or expand the outer line's lack of comparative access to a speedy downtown ride. more
The T line never lived up to its promise. Now Muni is readying its upgrade
Chronicle (10/15/2018)
Oct
15
Crapping on SF
by Jen Longley
After 4 years, the creator of the 'SF Poop Map' realized that her creation was not being used to shine light on the scale of the problem, or to promote solutions, but as a form of 'f... more
After 4 years, the creator of the 'SF Poop Map' realized that her creation was not being used to shine light on the scale of the problem, or to promote solutions, but as a form of 'filth porn' by conservative media and national outlets alike. She has one message for those using her site to mock, not to help: stop it. more
‘Poop map’ creator has a message: Stop crapping on San Francisco
Mission Local (10/15/2018)
Oct
15
Too Little Too Late?
by Jen Longley
The proposed plan to help certain taxi companies in the age of ride hailing is being panned by cab drivers and local credit unions alike for picking 'winners and losers'.
The proposed plan to help certain taxi companies in the age of ride hailing is being panned by cab drivers and local credit unions alike for picking 'winners and losers'. more
City plan to help struggling taxi industry panned
Examiner (10/15/2018)
Oct
15
Gotta Give Em Nope
by Jen Longley
The Chronicle's John King comes down squarely against the proposed Harvey Milk Plaza makeover, citing a split in purpose from bringing people into the Castro with the current propose... more
The Chronicle's John King comes down squarely against the proposed Harvey Milk Plaza makeover, citing a split in purpose from bringing people into the Castro with the current proposed redesign. more
Harvey Milk Plaza makeover not the right change for Castro
Chronicle (10/15/2018)
Oct
14
Donny T, the Nation’s Great Insulter-in-Chief
by Spencer Lam
Willie Brown discusses the President’s willingness to suggest the idea of imprisoning his political foes and his endless abyss of insults dealt to them. 

Brown also criticizes would-... more
Willie Brown discusses the President’s willingness to suggest the idea of imprisoning his political foes and his endless abyss of insults dealt to them. 

Brown also criticizes would-be standup Republicans, says to “Give Breed a chance” when it comes to homelessness, and offers concise reviews of “The Sisters Brothers” and “Monsters and Men.” more
When it comes to Californians, Trump is never at a loss for insults
Chronicle (10/14/2018)
Oct
14
Pain is an Excellent Teacher: Newsom’s Fights as Mayor Provided Lessons for Future
by Spencer Lam
Preparing himself for the inevitable ascension to California’s Iron Throne, former mayor Gavin Newsom reflects on what experiences gave him the mettle to grapple with issues that fac... more
Preparing himself for the inevitable ascension to California’s Iron Throne, former mayor Gavin Newsom reflects on what experiences gave him the mettle to grapple with issues that face the state. more
SF taught Newsom crucial lessons he could use as governor
Chronicle (10/14/2018)
Oct
14
Flavored Tobacco Ban Has Some Businesses Worried, Calling For Repayment
by Spencer Lam
San Francisco’s recently-enacted tobacco ban, set to take effect in January, has some businesses in the city worried about the loss of profit to the point where they are suggesting r... more
San Francisco’s recently-enacted tobacco ban, set to take effect in January, has some businesses in the city worried about the loss of profit to the point where they are suggesting repayment by the City for lost profits. 

Miriam Zouzounis, a Small Business Commissioner, has suggested that the Office of Cannabis offer these businesses a cannabis license, since the establishments are already geared towards individuals 21 and up. Zouzounis has also suggested that the City buyback tobacco sales permits at a price which considers the percentage of revenue from the sale of flavored tobacco - between $15,000 and $80,000. more
Businesses hurt by flavored tobacco ban call for restitution from city
Examiner (10/14/2018)
Oct
14
Living in the Matrix: ‘Deactivation’ a Legitimate Concern for Uber & Lyft Drivers
by Spencer Lam
Uber and Lyft drivers who face ‘deactivation’ are questioning why it is so easy to get the axe - sometimes abruptly, cutting them off from a vital source of income. Being deactivated... more
Uber and Lyft drivers who face ‘deactivation’ are questioning why it is so easy to get the axe - sometimes abruptly, cutting them off from a vital source of income. Being deactivated by either company can be based in defensible fact - other times, it is without warning and beyond the driver’s control. 


For example, Uber driver Eleisha Redmond was deactivated due to a system glitch, which left her out of work for almost four weeks. Redmond was critical of the company, saying “They don’t take into account that this is our livelihood.” more
Uber, Lyft drivers fear getting booted from work
Chronicle (10/14/2018)
Oct
14
Integrity of #MeToo Movement Undermined by Outrage Paradox, Right Wing Mocking
by Spencer Lam
The integrity of the #MeToo movement is increasingly being undermined by the digital outrage paradox and the nation’s right-wing leaders not taking the movement seriously. Notably, i... more
The integrity of the #MeToo movement is increasingly being undermined by the digital outrage paradox and the nation’s right-wing leaders not taking the movement seriously. Notably, in the form of the nation’s President openly mocking a sexual assault victim. 

The movement’s legitimacy faces an online struggle, as backlash is intensified through internet interactions. Stanford University psychology professor Benoit Monin said that in these situations, “We see outrage at the outrage.” This outrage-fueled spiral ends up making people sympathize with the alleged offender. more
#MeToo movement spurs #HimToo backlash: ‘People don’t want to believe’
Chronicle (10/14/2018)
Oct
14
Sen. Harris Appears to Cement Role in 2020 Presidential Race With Scheduled Iowa Visit
by Spencer Lam
Later this month, Senator Kamala Harris will be appearing in Des Moines to speak to Democratic activists and early voters - which would appear to cement her role in the 2020 race for... more
Later this month, Senator Kamala Harris will be appearing in Des Moines to speak to Democratic activists and early voters - which would appear to cement her role in the 2020 race for President.   more
Kamala Harris 2020? The California senator is heading to Iowa
Chronicle (10/14/2018)
Oct
14
Brothers Against Brothers: War for Water Creates Unlikely Alliances Between SF, Valley Farmers
by Spencer Lam
In a roguish twist, the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission finds itself pitted against an environmentally-friendly state plan to revitalize some of the state’s biggest rivers.... more
In a roguish twist, the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission finds itself pitted against an environmentally-friendly state plan to revitalize some of the state’s biggest rivers. The PUC is worried that the City may have to give up some of its valued water, and turn to more expensive alternatives. Some are not happy with this opposition. 

District 3 Supervisor Aaron Peskin calls the meddling “footsie with the Trump administration.” Policy director for the Tuolumne River Trust said that “The SFPUC is not representing the values of its residents.” more
Plan to revive rivers pits SF against California
Chronicle (10/14/2018)
Oct
14
The Police Strike Back: Around 50 Striking Hotel Workers Arrested for Blocking Streets
by Spencer Lam
The ongoing hotel worker strike has drawn fresh attention, as Friday evening nearly 50 striking hotel workers were arrested for blocking traffic on Fourth Street in SoMa.  

The march ... more
The ongoing hotel worker strike has drawn fresh attention, as Friday evening nearly 50 striking hotel workers were arrested for blocking traffic on Fourth Street in SoMa.  

The march began at 4:00 p.m. and involved around 1,000 workers. In an act of civil disobedience, the arrested workers sat down in the middle of the street, blocking traffic. Both the president of UNITE HERE Local 2 and Local 2850 were among those arrested. Local 2 president Anand Singh, who oversees almost 2,500 Marriott workers, said before the march that “we’re ready to show them how serious we are.” 

The workers have been on strike for ten days now, picketing 24/7 under the slogan “One Job Should Be Enough.”  Mayor Breed has offered to meet with the leaders of Local 2 to discuss the strikes.   more
Breed to meet with striking hotel workers
Examiner (10/14/2018)
Striking Marriott workers arrested after blocking South of Market streets
Examiner (10/14/2018)
Oct
14
Proposed Aid to Taxi Drivers & Medallions Dismissed as “Window Dressing”
by Spencer Lam
The City’s struggling tax industry is being attended to years after ride sharing apps took their market by storm. This coming Tuesday, the MTA Board of Directors will vote on a packa... more
The City’s struggling tax industry is being attended to years after ride sharing apps took their market by storm. This coming Tuesday, the MTA Board of Directors will vote on a package of reforms aimed at the industry’s medallion system - how taxis are leased. 

Jonathan Oliver, the CEO of the San Francisco Federal Credit Union, called the reforms “window dressing.” The SFFCU made loans to cabbies in order to purchase their medallions. more
SF proposes relief for desperate taxi drivers. They say it's too little, too late
Chronicle (10/14/2018)
Oct
14
Clarion Alley Defaced
by Spencer Lam
Over the weekend, at least seven murals in the famed Clarion Alley were defaced with pro-alt right graffiti. Many of the murals, which advocate social justice causes, were sprayed ov... more
Over the weekend, at least seven murals in the famed Clarion Alley were defaced with pro-alt right graffiti. Many of the murals, which advocate social justice causes, were sprayed over with dreadful renditions of MAGA hats and at least one instance of a statement which called for “justice for” Brett Kavanaugh. more
Clarion Alley murals defaced with MAGA hats, pro-Kavanaugh graffiti
Examiner (10/14/2018)
Oct
13
Tech on Tech Violence: Benioff and Dorsey Battle Over Prop C
by Carrie McFadden
A few days after Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff came out strongly in favor of Prop C, this November's ballot measure which would tax SF's largest companies in the hopes of tackling home... more
A few days after Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff came out strongly in favor of Prop C, this November's ballot measure which would tax SF's largest companies in the hopes of tackling homelessness, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey disagreed.

Naturally, the two tech CEOs hashed it out over Twitter. 

No word yet on MySpace's Tom thoughts.  more
Billionaires Benioff and Dorsey trade barbs over homeless measure — where else? — on Twitter
Examiner (10/13/2018)
Oct
13
Marriott's Striking Workers Arrested
by Carrie McFadden
Late Friday afternoon, hundreds of striking Marriott hotel workers swarmed SoMa, and 41 were subsequently arrested for blocking streets and not adhering to police orders.

The strike h... more
Late Friday afternoon, hundreds of striking Marriott hotel workers swarmed SoMa, and 41 were subsequently arrested for blocking streets and not adhering to police orders.

The strike has been going on for over a week, and the protestors are demanding higher wages, job security, and workplace safety. Contract discussions are ongoing.

The march began around 4pm yesterday and culminated on Fourth Street in front of the Marriott Marquis. It was then that some of the protestors stepped off the sidewalk and into the street, in a peaceful act of civil disobedience.  more
41 striking workers, supporters arrested outside Marriott Marquis in San Francisco
Chronicle (10/12/2018)
Striking Marriott workers arrested after blocking South of Market streets
Examiner (10/12/2018)
Oct
13
Scooter Wars Continue: Lime's Efforts Shot Down by Court
by Carrie McFadden
In today's edition of the Great Scooter Wars of 2018, a San Francisco court has shot down Lime's attempt to sue the City for its scooter pilot program, which is scheduled to launch o... more
In today's edition of the Great Scooter Wars of 2018, a San Francisco court has shot down Lime's attempt to sue the City for its scooter pilot program, which is scheduled to launch on Monday. The City awarded contracts to only two of the dozen or so scooter companies that applied -- Scoot and Skip. 

As a result, Lime claims the City showed "bias and favoritism" towards the two companies that were successful, while not giving a fair shot to the others.

The courts disagree, shooting down Lime's request after they found their allegations not credible enough to result in a program delay.  more
Court shoots down Lime’s effort to delay SF scooter pilot program
Examiner (10/12/2018)
Oct
13
Uber Driver Attacked by Security Guard While Delivering Petition
by Carrie McFadden
An Uber driver attempted to deliver a petition to Uber's headquarters on Friday, but was tackled by one of the ride share giant's security guards as he did so.

The petition demands pr... more
An Uber driver attempted to deliver a petition to Uber's headquarters on Friday, but was tackled by one of the ride share giant's security guards as he did so.

The petition demands protection from "unfair deactivation policies," alleging that when drivers are "deactivated" while complaints against them are being investigated by the company, they lose out on working hours without due process or protection by Uber. The petition had been signed by 3,300 drivers.

As the driver tried to open the door, he was tackled to the ground by a security guard; the entire incident was caught on camera.

Uber now says it's investigating the incident.  more
Ridehail driver tackled by Uber security guard while delivering driver petition
Examiner (10/12/2018)
Oct
13
Mayor Breed Backs Teacher Trevor McNeil in D4
by Carrie McFadden
Mayor London Breed has announced her #2 pick for District 4, which is being vacated by current Supervisor Katy Tang -- public school teacher and lifelong San Franciscan Trevor McNeil... more
Mayor London Breed has announced her #2 pick for District 4, which is being vacated by current Supervisor Katy Tang -- public school teacher and lifelong San Franciscan Trevor McNeil. She had previously announced her support for Jessica Ho, Tang's aide in City Hall, in the first place spot.

Community activist Gordon Mar is also in the race, as are a slew of candidates with less funding and name recognition.  more
SF Mayor Breed endorses school teacher Trevor McNeil in District Four
Chronicle (10/12/2018)
Oct
13
Rent Hike Forces Out Galeria de la Raza
by Carrie McFadden
After a 100% rent hike, a beloved art space in the Mission will need to move out of its location next month. Galeria de la Raza has been at their location on 24th Street for four dec... more
After a 100% rent hike, a beloved art space in the Mission will need to move out of its location next month. Galeria de la Raza has been at their location on 24th Street for four decades. 

Thanks to the Mission Economic Development Agency and the Tenderloin Neighborhood Development Coalition, the gallery is working to secure a new space on 16th and Folsom Streets while also maintaining their smaller space, Studio 24, next door to their main location.  more
Galeria de la Raza to lose main art space after major rent hike
Examiner (10/12/2018)