Today’s Stories (Last updated November 16, 04:01 PM)

Nov
16
Camp Fire Death Toll 63, 631 Listed Missing
by Nicole Yelich

The Camp Fire death toll rose to 63 on Thursday and the list of the missing jumps to an alarming 631.  Relatives of some of the missing are providing DNA samples as recovery efforts

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The Camp Fire death toll rose to 63 on Thursday and the list of the missing jumps to an alarming 631.  Relatives of some of the missing are providing DNA samples as recovery efforts continue to search for those who could not escape the flames.

Curbed SF provides a link to the list and numbers to call if people with information on the whereabouts of anyone on the list.

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Misery grows in Camp Fire: 63 dead, 631 missing as fearful relatives submit DNA samples
Chronicle (11/16/2018)
More than 600 still missing in Camp Fire as death toll rises
Curbed SF (11/16/2018)
Nov
16
Free Muni Friday to Help Travelers Avoid Toxic Air, Public Schools Closed
by Nicole Yelich

Muni is free all day for people who want to escape the unhealthy air, which increased to a purple “very unhealthy” level, its most hazardous level yet, on Thursday afternoon.  In add

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Muni is free all day for people who want to escape the unhealthy air, which increased to a purple “very unhealthy” level, its most hazardous level yet, on Thursday afternoon.  In addition, San Francisco Unified School District announced that all public schools will be closed today.

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Muni free for all riders Friday to help travelers avoid unhealthy air
Examiner (11/16/2018)
Unhealthy haze over SF Bay Area from Butte County fire prompts health warnings
Examiner (11/16/2018)
UPDATED: SF schools close due to deteriorating air quality
Examiner (11/16/2018)
Nov
16
Regulators Making Moves on PG&E "Bailout"
by Nicole Yelich

As PG&E’s stocks ride the Wall Street rollercoaster in the wake of the deadly Camp Fire, the California Public Utilities Commission doubles down on the “bailout” for the state’s priv

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As PG&E’s stocks ride the Wall Street rollercoaster in the wake of the deadly Camp Fire, the California Public Utilities Commission doubles down on the “bailout” for the state’s private utilities through implementation of a brand new law that allows utilities to make their customers pay some costs associated with lawsuits brought against the companies for their role in sparking wildfires throughout the state.

Fire investigators have not yet determined the cause of the Camp Fire still burning in Butte County, although PG&E is already being sued by fire victims who say the utility is at fault.  Shortly before the fire started last week, PG&E reported problems with equipment near the point of origin.  

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California regulator lays groundwork for PG&E bailout
Chronicle (11/16/2018)
Nov
16
The Dark Days of San Francisco
by Nicole Yelich

The Chronicle has released two podcasts exploring San Francisco’s 10 “dark days” in 1978 which saw the mass murder of more than 900 people in Ghana at the hand of Jim Jones, many of

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The Chronicle has released two podcasts exploring San Francisco’s 10 “dark days” in 1978 which saw the mass murder of more than 900 people in Ghana at the hand of Jim Jones, many of whom were San Franciscans, quickly followed by the murders of Mayor George Moscone and Supervisor Harvey Milk who were shot and killed in City Hall by former Supervisor Dan White.

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Dark Days
Chronicle (11/16/2018)
Nov
16
BART Approves Bike Docks, Says Second Transbay Tube is a Must
by Nicole Yelich

The BART Board of Directors voted 5-3 to approve the placement of a temporary Ford GoBike docking station in front of the Mission Library on 24th Street near the 24th and Mission BAR

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The BART Board of Directors voted 5-3 to approve the placement of a temporary Ford GoBike docking station in front of the Mission Library on 24th Street near the 24th and Mission BART station as a compromise between bike advocates who were pushing for the docks at the station itself and Mission residents who resisted the move saying bikeshare companies contribute to the gentrification problems in the neighborhood.

Transit officials say a second transbay tube will be under construction within the next decade after a study from the Metropolitan Transportation Commission released a study that estimates 4 million people will move into the Bay Area by 2040 and the addition of 300,000 new jobs.  In June, the BART board will revisit plans to build the second tube.

 

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2nd BART transbay tube: Leaders say it’s a matter of when, not if
Chronicle (11/16/2018)
BART announces plans for second transbay tube
Curbed SF (11/16/2018)
BART board approves Ford GoBike dock near 24th Street station
Examiner (11/16/2018)
Ford GoBikes assigned temporary location at library’s Mission branch
Mission Local (11/16/2018)
Nov
16
DPH Falls Short of Street Cleaning Target
by Nicole Yelich

San Francisco’s Department of Public Works is failing to meet its target of responding to 95 percent of residents’ calls for sidewalk and street cleaning, with only a 73% response ra

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San Francisco’s Department of Public Works is failing to meet its target of responding to 95 percent of residents’ calls for sidewalk and street cleaning, with only a 73% response rate in the 2017-2018 fiscal year.

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SF can't meet its own goal of answering calls to clean up dirty sidewalks
Chronicle (11/16/2018)
Nov
16
Voters Say Why They Voted No on C
by Nicole Yelich

The Chronicle spoke to residents who voted against Prop C to find out why.  Voters questioned if more money would be spent effectively considering the City’s existing $300 million an

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The Chronicle spoke to residents who voted against Prop C to find out why.  Voters questioned if more money would be spent effectively considering the City’s existing $300 million annual budget to address homelessness and doubts that that an additional $300 million would not be spent effectively.  One resident said she is concerned that increasing homelessness services would draw more homeless to San Francisco.

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Far from city's blight, clusters of voters were against Prop. C - here's why
Chronicle (11/16/2018)
Nov
16
RV Dwellers Say City's Plan to Relocate Them Won't Help
by Nicole Yelich

Mission Local’s Julian Mark dives into the City’s plans to take RVs off San Francisco’s streets and designate specific areas where the RVs will be relocated.  Some of those living in

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Mission Local’s Julian Mark dives into the City’s plans to take RVs off San Francisco’s streets and designate specific areas where the RVs will be relocated.  Some of those living in the RVs say they had no other option due to the City’s sky-high rents and are living in them while working day jobs close to where their RVs are parked.

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San Francisco’s RV dwellers wary of city’s efforts to disperse them
Mission Local (11/16/2018)
Nov
16
New Recycling Law Held Up in Finance Committee
by Nicole Yelich

Supervisor Ahsha Safai’s new proposal to require businesses to hire trash sorters- or face a $1,000 per day fine - if they do not meet the City’s recycling mandate has stalled in the

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Supervisor Ahsha Safai’s new proposal to require businesses to hire trash sorters- or face a $1,000 per day fine - if they do not meet the City’s recycling mandate has stalled in the Board of Supes Budget and Finance Committee as business owners and organizations who represent the interests of the business community stand in firm opposition to the proposal.

The vote has been postponed to the Committee’s November 29 meeting to give members more time to review the proposal and its potential impacts on large businesses.

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Recycling proposal to require hiring trash sorters held up in board committee
Examiner (11/16/2018)
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, leading candidates with an asterix*. 

Know something we don't? Mentioned here, but you don't wan

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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, leading candidates with an asterix*. 

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…

Nov
15
Law & Order: SF Public Defender’s Office
by Spencer Lam
Tuesday, the Board of Supervisors voted to allow public defender Jeff Adachi’s office to enter negotiations with a television production company. The agreement, pending the mayor’s a... more
Tuesday, the Board of Supervisors voted to allow public defender Jeff Adachi’s office to enter negotiations with a television production company. The agreement, pending the mayor’s approval, is for a proposed television documentary chronicling the office’s operation. 

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Tv Show About Public Defender's Office May Be In Works After Supervisors Approve Resolution
SFGate (11/15/2018)
Nov
15
Marriott Negotiations Drag as Strike Enters Sixth Week; Workers Struggle to Pay Bills
by Spencer Lam
As the Marriott worker strike enters its sixth week, hotel workers are struggling to pay their bills with inconsistent work hours. Furthermore, the union stipend of $400 a week is pr... more
As the Marriott worker strike enters its sixth week, hotel workers are struggling to pay their bills with inconsistent work hours. Furthermore, the union stipend of $400 a week is proving to be inadequate for some individuals with children to take care of. 

Larillou Carumba, a hotel worker, is profiled in this piece. more
As contract negotiations drag out, Marriott workers struggle to pay bills
Examiner (11/15/2018)
Nov
15
SF State Cancels Classes Over Air Quality
by Spencer Lam
Yesterday, students studying in the SF State library cheered in unison after the surprise announcement that the school would be cancelling classes for the rest of the week due to unh... more
Yesterday, students studying in the SF State library cheered in unison after the surprise announcement that the school would be cancelling classes for the rest of the week due to unhealthy air quality. Dining halls and essential campus staff will remain open to students during this time. 

Classes will resume after Thanksgiving. more
Classes cancelled at SF State over bad air
Examiner (11/15/2018)
Nov
15
Twelve SFPD Police Officers Commended for Roles in Shooting Incidents
by Spencer Lam

Last night, thirty San Francisco Police Department officers were awarded medals of valor, with twelve receiving commendations for their role in officer-involved shootings of suspects

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Last night, thirty San Francisco Police Department officers were awarded medals of valor, with twelve receiving commendations for their role in officer-involved shootings of suspects.  All officers were cleared of criminal wrongdoing in those incidents by the DA’s office.  


The shootings involved criminals who were an active threat to police officers.

 
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SFPD awards medals of valor to officers for bravery in police shootings
Examiner (11/15/2018)
Nov
15
D7 is a Sort of Alamo for Republicans in San Francisco
by Spencer Lam
One would not expect such a large cluster of Republican voters to be residing in District 7 of all places. However, according to a map made by political consultant Jim Stearns, D7 he... more
One would not expect such a large cluster of Republican voters to be residing in District 7 of all places. However, according to a map made by political consultant Jim Stearns, D7 held a majority of the 37,000 votes cast in favor of Donny T in the November 2016 election. more
Nov
15
A Tale of Two Press Releases
by Spencer Lam
This Tuesday, two press releases from Supervisors Hillary Ronen and Ahsha Safai hinted at dueling powers from within City Hall. A press release from Ronen’s office announced that she... more
This Tuesday, two press releases from Supervisors Hillary Ronen and Ahsha Safai hinted at dueling powers from within City Hall. A press release from Ronen’s office announced that she would be introducing legislation to create a Vehicular Navigation Center Program to address homeless sleeping in RVs in her district. Two hours later, Supervisor Ahsha Safai, Mayor Breed, and Vallie Brown released their own press piece announcing the creation of a team in the Department of Homelessness to address vehicular homelessness. 

Having been essentially snubbed, Ronen pulled her legislation, but not without having a say first: “For close to a year, I have been begging [Department of Homelessness] Director Jeff Kositsky to deal with the growing crisis of people living in RVs, especially in the Portola neighborhood of my District. He has told me over and over again that RVs were not his priority and that he didn’t have the funds to address the issue.” more
Two Plans Emerge in Battle over RVs
SF Weekly (11/15/2018)
Nov
15
Kombucha Bars & Hemp Shoes, Anybody?
by Spencer Lam
This Tuesday, the Board of Supervisors unanimously approved Supervisor Katy Tang’s legislation allowing for the flexible use of retail space in the City. The ordinance was passed wit... more
This Tuesday, the Board of Supervisors unanimously approved Supervisor Katy Tang’s legislation allowing for the flexible use of retail space in the City. The ordinance was passed with the hope that it would promote the expansion of small businesses in the City as well as allow for some uniquely San Franciscan stores to open. more
Anything is Possible; Separate Businesses Allowed Under Same Roof
SF Weekly (11/15/2018)
Nov
15
Winning By The Numbers
by SF Usual Suspects
The Examiner's Joe Fitz gives a rundown of the winning local candidates this November, with a precinct-by-precinct breakdown of the winners by local political consultant Jim Stearns.... more
The Examiner's Joe Fitz gives a rundown of the winning local candidates this November, with a precinct-by-precinct breakdown of the winners by local political consultant Jim Stearns.  more
Voter data shows clean sweep for winning candidates
Examiner (11/15/2018)
Nov
15
Batkid’s Leukemia in Remission, is Cancer-Free
by Spencer Lam

Finally, some  good news amidst all the smoky gloom.  Five years to the date after his heroic tour through the City, Batkid is cancer free.  With his Leukemia in remission, now ten-y

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Finally, some  good news amidst all the smoky gloom.  Five years to the date after his heroic tour through the City, Batkid is cancer free.  With his Leukemia in remission, now ten-year-old Miles Scott and his family are in a state of great relief.  

 
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‘Batkid’ cancer free five years since saving San Francisco
Chronicle (11/15/2018)
Nov
15
In the Mission, Second Fully-Affordable Housing Project This Year Breaks Ground
by Spencer Lam
Wednesday night, Mayor London Breed and other City officials broke ground at the affordable housing project at 490 South Van Ness in the Mission. This project is the second affordabl... more
Wednesday night, Mayor London Breed and other City officials broke ground at the affordable housing project at 490 South Van Ness in the Mission. This project is the second affordable housing project to begin this year - and the two projects are the first of their kind in ten years in the Mission district. 

The project, called “Los Sueños del Pueblo” - the Dreams of the People - was a “result of the City stepping up to create the affordable housing that we desperately need,” according to Mayor Breed. more
Mission Housing breaks ground at 490 South Van Ness affordable housing project
Mission Local (11/15/2018)
Nov
15
Taxation, Representation, and Transportation
by Spencer Lam
San Mateo County’s existence outside of the BART special districts costs riders from Daly City double. But, a buy-in would be legally awkward, as it has never been done before and wo... more
San Mateo County’s existence outside of the BART special districts costs riders from Daly City double. But, a buy-in would be legally awkward, as it has never been done before and would have redistricting issues. And, according to former BART Director Tom Radulovich, the other way of entry into the system - a sales tax - is basically political suicide in one of the most expensive regions of the state. 

Incoming BART Director Janice Li said that she was “really, really excited to be on this board,” and that she looks to ride-share taxes and Chicago-style convention fees. Li also said: “If you look at BART today and you’re OK with the status quo, you’re in the extreme minority.” more
For BART, No Representation Without Taxation
SF Weekly (11/15/2018)
Nov
15
Primary-Season Lawsuit Over Rent Tax Means City Might Not Spend C Homeless Money for Years
by SF Usual Suspects
A lawsuit filed by the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association back in August over a rent tax to fund childcare and early education programs may stall the implementation of November’s Pr... more
A lawsuit filed by the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association back in August over a rent tax to fund childcare and early education programs may stall the implementation of November’s Proposition C - for years. 

Instead of using the funds with the possibility of having to repay the funds if the lawsuit overturns the proposition, the City will opt to leave Department of Homelessness funding as-is. more
Prop. C-You-in-Court
SF Weekly (11/15/2018)
Nov
15
PG&E Sued By Camp Fire victims
by SF Usual Suspects
SF Curbed provides an update to the forthcoming lawsuit by 25 victims of the Camp fire against utility PG&E, with attorneys claiming that “the Camp Fire started when a high-voltage t... more
SF Curbed provides an update to the forthcoming lawsuit by 25 victims of the Camp fire against utility PG&E, with attorneys claiming that “the Camp Fire started when a high-voltage transmission line failed, igniting vegetation.” more
PG&E sued over deadly Camp Fire
CurbedSF (11/15/2018)
Nov
14
Fire Victims Sue PG&E as Death Tolls Climbs to 48
by Nicole Yelich

The Camp Fire’s death toll rose to 48 on Tuesday, and Butte County has asked for 100 National Guard troops to assist with the search for more victims.The fire is 35 percent contained

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The Camp Fire’s death toll rose to 48 on Tuesday, and Butte County has asked for 100 National Guard troops to assist with the search for more victims.The fire is 35 percent contained as of last evening.  

Although fire investigations have not determined the cause of the most devastating wildfire in California history, several fire victims have filed a lawsuit against Pacific Gas & Electric, alleging the company’s inadequate maintenance of its equipment sparked the blaze.  


San Francisco’s Homeless Outreach Team is on the streets distributing water and hundreds of particulate masks to the homeless who are not able to heed officials’ calls to stay indoors.

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Camp Fire: Death toll grows to 48, Butte County requests National Guard help in search for remains
Chronicle (11/14/2018)
PG&E hit with lawsuit over Butte County fire as death toll reaches 48
Examiner (11/14/2018)
PG&E sued by Camp Fire victims
Chronicle (11/14/2018)
Nov
14
Experts Say Transit Center Cracks Not a Result of Design Flaw
by Nicole Yelich

The Metropolitan Transportation Commission’s five person panel of experts tasked with determining the cause of the cracks in two steel beams found in the brand new Transbay Transit C

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The Metropolitan Transportation Commission’s five person panel of experts tasked with determining the cause of the cracks in two steel beams found in the brand new Transbay Transit Center that forced the closure of the transit hub in September, say the cracks are the likely result of using bad steel or welding defect, not a design flaw.

Transit officials are cautioning that the panel’s findings, and results of the testing of the steel beams themselves, need to be scrutinized before confirming the actual cause.

In other news, the transit center may see the installation of a plague, that previously resided in the old Transbay Terminal, honoring 19th Century Emperor Norton who was falsely credited for “popularizing the original vision for the Bay Bridge.”  Although this tribute to the emperor was based on a hoax proclamation in 1869, Emperor Norton “enthusiasts” are pushing to return the eccentric historical piece to its place in the City’s transit hub.

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Emperor Norton Plaque Slated for Transbay Center
SF Weekly (11/14/2018)
Expert believes SF transit center cracks a limited problem, not design flaw
Chronicle (11/14/2018)
Nov
14
Rent Control Advocates Unterred by Prop 10 Loss
by Nicole Yelich

Proponents of expanding rent control throughout the state are not giving up after Prop 10, the measure that would have rolled back restrictions on rent control was rejected by voters

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Proponents of expanding rent control throughout the state are not giving up after Prop 10, the measure that would have rolled back restrictions on rent control was rejected by voters.  Assemblymember David Chiu says he is discussing new legislation with his colleagues to address unfair rent increases and protect renters from unjust eviction.

Also a look at how Democrats fared at the state and local levels on November 6th, and where they go from here.

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CA rent-control advocates aren't giving up after Prop. 10's landslide loss
Chronicle (11/14/2018)
Nov
14
Supes Approve Central SoMa Plan
by Nicole Yelich

The Board of Supervisors unanimously approved the Central SoMa plan, paving the way for the addition of 8,800 new housing units, with 30 percent designated affordable housing, to an

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The Board of Supervisors unanimously approved the Central SoMa plan, paving the way for the addition of 8,800 new housing units, with 30 percent designated affordable housing, to an area stretching from Market Street to Townsend and Second.  The City estimates the project could create 31,000 new jobs.

The Supes unanimously approved Mayor London Breed’s move to extend a permitting deadline and protect nearly 2,300 units of new housing from failing to secure final approvals to begin construction.

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Plan to transform much of SoMa adopted after 8 years
Chronicle (11/14/2018)
Nov
14
Supervisor Moves for Changes in Public Financing for Campaigns
by Nicole Yelich

In what appears to be a move to block a potential opponent from challenging his 2020 reelection, Supervisor Ahsha Safai is proposing that the Ethics Commission amend City code to res

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In what appears to be a move to block a potential opponent from challenging his 2020 reelection, Supervisor Ahsha Safai is proposing that the Ethics Commission amend City code to restrict access for public financing for candidates who have received public funding for previous campaigns where they filed incomplete financial reports for expenditures in excess of $10,000.

Former District 11 Supervisor John Avalos, who is considering a run to unseat Safai, was fined by the Ethics Commission for filing incomplete financial reporting of more than $100,000 in campaign expenditures during his bid for mayor in 2011.

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Proposal from Supervisor Ahsha Safaí would deny potential challenger John Avalos city funding
Mission Local (11/14/2018)
Nov
14
Parents Protest E-Cig Company's Move to Pier 70
by Nicole Yelich

Parents and community groups are steamed that vape company JUUL is expanding its operations onto Pier 70 and voiced their strong opposition at the Port Commission’s Tuesday meeting,

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Parents and community groups are steamed that vape company JUUL is expanding its operations onto Pier 70 and voiced their strong opposition at the Port Commission’s Tuesday meeting, saying the flavored e-cigarettes pose a significant health risk to teenagers. 

Board President Malia Cohen and Small Business Commission Mark Dwight are also pushing the Commission to block the company from taking up residence on the pier, but Port officials say they have no jurisdiction over subtenants on Port property.

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Parents protest e-cigarette company’s Pier 70 tenancy
Examiner (11/14/2018)
Nov
14
Muni CFO and "Rebel" Sonali Bose to Retire
by Nicole Yelich

SFMTA’s Chief Financial Officer Sonali Bose is retiring after 12 years wrangling internal and external forces to get the agency’s finances back on track. 

Bose is credited for doubli

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SFMTA’s Chief Financial Officer Sonali Bose is retiring after 12 years wrangling internal and external forces to get the agency’s finances back on track. 

Bose is credited for doubling Muni’s operating budget and run more Muni buses and trains than ever before.  Known for being a “rebel” who would not bow to political pressure and often butted heads with SFMTA employees and City leaders in her quest to ensure full funding for the transit agency.

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MUNI CFO Sonali Bose departs, creating another challenge for SF's transit agency
Chronicle (11/14/2018)
Pioneering SFMTA exec put agency on firm financial footing
Examiner (11/14/2018)
Nov
14
SF Doctor Rails Against NRA
by Nicole Yelich

Judy Melinek, a forensic pathologist in San Francisco, shot back at the NRA for their tweet saying doctors should “stay in their lane” and get out of the fight for gun control.

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Judy Melinek, a forensic pathologist in San Francisco, shot back at the NRA for their tweet saying doctors should “stay in their lane” and get out of the fight for gun control.

Melinek’s move galvanized other medical professionals to take to Twitter to post photos and recount their experience with gunshot victims under the hashtag “ThisIsOurLane.”

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SF doctor was told by the NRA to stay in her lane. She said no
Chronicle (11/14/2018)
Nov
13
Oh, Hey There!
by SF Usual Suspects
Hello loyal readers!  As you noticed, our very hardworking site was having some very technical difficulties the last few days - we apologize for our absence.  We are working quickly ... more
Hello loyal readers!  As you noticed, our very hardworking site was having some very technical difficulties the last few days - we apologize for our absence.  We are working quickly to finish our new site, which we plan to launch by the end of this month. We appreciate your patience during this transition! more
Nov
13
Camp Fire is Deadliest Wildfire in California History
by Alexandra Cannarella

The death toll from the Camp Fire in the Northern California town of Paradise jumped to 42 Monday, making it the deadliest fire the state's history, as President Donald Trump approve

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The death toll from the Camp Fire in the Northern California town of Paradise jumped to 42 Monday, making it the deadliest fire the state's history, as President Donald Trump approved a major disaster declaration for the state. The fire has burned 117,000 acres and was 30 percent contained as of Monday evening.

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Camp Fire: Death toll rises to 42 as coroner’s recovery crews find more bodies
Chronicle (11/13/2018)
Deadly Butte County wildfire grows to 113,000 acres as SF remains smoky
Examiner (11/13/2018)
Death toll in Butte County fire at 42, making it worst in state history
Examiner (11/13/2018)
Nov
13
Where The Air is Rare; SF Needs Masks
by Alexandra Cannarella

City health officials are urging San Franciscans to stay indoors as fires render air quality so bad you can see it. “Stay inside if you can,” says Linda Acosta, a spokeswoman for the

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City health officials are urging San Franciscans to stay indoors as fires render air quality so bad you can see it. “Stay inside if you can,” says Linda Acosta, a spokeswoman for the city’s Department of Public Health. “Otherwise, go to a library, a mall, a movie theater.”

Additionally, the Homeless Outreach Team members are instructed to do wellness checks on unhoused individuals and give out water and particulate masks. The city has, as of Monday, handed out 900 masks and will restock Tuesday. And for anyone that can still find one in stores: a two-strap N95 particulate mask can be of aid against wildfire smoke. A single strap mask will not help, nor will a surgical mask.

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Air quality still unhealthy in San Francisco as Butte County fire burns
Examiner (11/13/2018)
Masks come out as wild fire smoke fills air
Examiner (11/13/2018)
San Francisco officials up efforts to get masks to homeless people
Mission Local (11/13/2018)
Nov
13
Herrera Questions Legality of Trump’s Pick for Attorney General
by Alexandra Cannarella
City Attorney Dennis Herrera said he sent a letter to the Department of Justice Monday questioning the legality of President Trump’s appointment of Acting U.S. Attorney General Matth... more
City Attorney Dennis Herrera said he sent a letter to the Department of Justice Monday questioning the legality of President Trump’s appointment of Acting U.S. Attorney General Matthew Whitaker. Whitaker served as the chief of staff to former Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who resigned last week at President Trump’s request.

At issue is that Whitaker was never confirmed by the Senate, and his appointment may not be in line with the Constitution, Herrera said. There are currently four San Francisco court cases pending against Sessions, Herrera said, all of which would be affected by Whitaker taking his place.
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SF attorney Herrera wants legal basis for Whitaker being Attorney General
Chronicle (11/13/2018)
SF City Attorney questions legality of Trump’s pick to replace Sessions
Examiner (11/13/2018)
Nov
13
Healthcare Extended Through January for Striking Workers
by Alexandra Cannarella
The UNITE Here Local 2 workers, who have been striking now for over 40 days have recently received support from Mayor Breed, and an extension of their healthcare, through January. Th... more
The UNITE Here Local 2 workers, who have been striking now for over 40 days have recently received support from Mayor Breed, and an extension of their healthcare, through January. The healthcare extension was approved by the San Francisco Culinary Bartenders & Service Employees Welfare Fund, a voting body made up of employee and employer representatives, Local 2 President Anand Singh said.

San Francisco and Boston remain the lone cities to still see Marriott workers on strike, as the chain has reached agreements with Detroit, San Jose, Oakland, and San Diego.
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SF mayor lends support to striking Marriott workers at rally
Examiner (11/13/2018)
Vital healthcare funds extended for Marriott workers on picket line, boosting strike
Examiner (11/13/2018)
Nov
13
SF Addresses Residential RV Parking
by Alexandra Cannarella

The problem of RVs and cars parked overnight across the city will be addressed by Mayor Breed on Tuesday. The Mayor will announce a plan to clear the inhabited cars and RVs, which ha

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The problem of RVs and cars parked overnight across the city will be addressed by Mayor Breed on Tuesday. The Mayor will announce a plan to clear the inhabited cars and RVs, which have become more obvious now that the big tent encampments are gone. Workers from the Department of Homelessness and Supportive Housing counted 432 such vehicles in October — more than half in the Bayview and Mission neighborhoods — and now plan to methodically assess the needs of each person living in the vehicles. 

The city may open temporary RV storage while the residents sleep in shelters, so they don’t have to give up their previous home, or create something like an “RV Navigation Center,"  so that people who live in their vehicles have a place to go.

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City to address residential RVs, cars
Chronicle (11/13/2018)
Nov
13
SF To Spend $4 Million to Rebuild Golden Gate Clubhouse After Fire
by Alexandra Cannarella
The popular clubhouse in Golden Gate Park is home to the 9-hole, par 3 course at Golden Gate Park and is leased from the Recreation and Park Department by the Golden Gate Park Golf D... more
The popular clubhouse in Golden Gate Park is home to the 9-hole, par 3 course at Golden Gate Park and is leased from the Recreation and Park Department by the Golden Gate Park Golf Development Foundation, a nonprofit organization. The site is also home to the First Tee San Francisco program, which encourages youth to learn the sport. A fire on July 2 destroyed the clubhouse on the western edge of the park. The City re-opened the site 10 days later, using a temporary facility. The new clubhouse is scheduled to open in January of 2021. more
SF to spend $4M to rebuild ‘burned to the ground’ Golden Gate Park clubhouse
Examiner (11/13/2018)
Nov
12
Gone Fishin for the Week
by SF Usual Suspects

Happy Veteran's Day, Suspects!

SF Usual Suspects will be taking a hiatus until November 19th. We look forward to scouring the news for your morning headlines beginning again next week... more

Happy Veteran's Day, Suspects!

SF Usual Suspects will be taking a hiatus until November 19th. We look forward to scouring the news for your morning headlines beginning again next week.  more
Nov
11
BREAKING: Organizing Wins Campaigns
by Jen Longley
With Democrats emerging from the electoral wilderness to capture the most number of House seats in a single election cycle since Watergate, party strategists, community organizers, a... more
With Democrats emerging from the electoral wilderness to capture the most number of House seats in a single election cycle since Watergate, party strategists, community organizers, and institutional funders are coalescing around the idea that year-round community organizing is the key for Democrats to win in 2020 and beyond. more
Democrats find grassroots organizing might be key to 2020
Chronicle (11/11/2018)