Today’s Stories (Last updated November 20, 03:51 PM)

Nov
20
Circumstantial Closing Arguments in Steinle Murder Trial
by Jen Longley
Closing arguments in the Kate Steinle murder trail are scheduled to begin today, with closing arguments on both sides likely centered on intent of the shooter gleaned from circumstan... more
Closing arguments in the Kate Steinle murder trail are scheduled to begin today, with closing arguments on both sides likely centered on intent of the shooter gleaned from circumstantial evidence.

The case has received National attention since then-candidate Donald Trump pointed to the immigration status of the shooter and denounced San Francisco's Sanctuary City policies in his successful Presidential campaign.  more
Circumstantial evidence looming over closing arguments in Steinle murder trial
Chronicle (11/20/2017)
Closing arguments set to begin in Kate Steinle murder trial
Examiner (11/20/2017)
Nov
20
Reefer Madness and Responsibility
by Jen Longley
Mayor Ed Lee has proposed banning ads on MUNI for commercial Marijuana sales, reports the Chronicle and Examiner. 

The proposal, if approved by the SFMTA Board of Directors this Tuesd... more
Mayor Ed Lee has proposed banning ads on MUNI for commercial Marijuana sales, reports the Chronicle and Examiner. 

The proposal, if approved by the SFMTA Board of Directors this Tuesday, will allow currently purchased ads to run their course.

Meanwhile, in the ongoing saga of a 2015 sale of a private Presidio Terrace street for failure to pay back taxes, Treasurer Jose Cisneros places the blame for an incorrect address provided to the City on the wealthy former-owners in a 6-page memo to the Board of Supervisors in Monday's Matier & Ross. 


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Mayor Lee calls on Muni to ban cannabis ads
Examiner (11/20/2017)
SF’s Muni considers yanking marijuana ads from its buses
Chronicle (11/20/2017)
Nov
20
Board of Education Rejects Bayview Charter
by Jen Longley
The San Francisco Board of Education unanimously rejected an application by National Charter school organization KIPP to open an elementary school in San Francisco's Bayview neighbor... more
The San Francisco Board of Education unanimously rejected an application by National Charter school organization KIPP to open an elementary school in San Francisco's Bayview neighborhood, citing concerns over suspension and expulsion policies disadvantaging students of color. The Board approved a KIPP high school in the area whose charter had expired.

KIPP will appeal this ruling to the State of California. If approved, the Charter elementary school could open next year. more
SF education leaders resist efforts to open new charter school
Examiner (11/20/2017)
Nov
20
Frontrunner Newsom Attacked from Left and Right
by Jen Longley
In an acknowledgment of his solidifying front-runner status, Former San Francisco Mayor and current Gubernatorial candidate Gavin Newsom is being attacked by his rivals on the right ... more
In an acknowledgment of his solidifying front-runner status, Former San Francisco Mayor and current Gubernatorial candidate Gavin Newsom is being attacked by his rivals on the right and the left.

While Republican John Cox sticks to a familiar 'San Francisco Values' line of attack, Democratic rival Treasurer John Chiang's campaign has launched a website which cites a 2009 SF Weekly article calling Newsom's San Francisco "...arguably the worst-run big city in America.”

2018 is here, folks. more
Newsom has bipartisan target on his back as apparent front-runner for governor
Chronicle (11/20/2017)
Nov
20
PG&E Fire Saftey Rules Debut a Decade Late
by Jen Longley
The California Public Utilities Commission has just released a proposal to tighten fire safety rules for electric utilities, in the wake of a devastating California wildfire that may... more
The California Public Utilities Commission has just released a proposal to tighten fire safety rules for electric utilities, in the wake of a devastating California wildfire that may have been caused in part by PG&E lines ...in 2007. more
Why tougher fire safety rules for utility companies took 10 years
Chronicle (11/20/2017)
Nov
06
Supervisor Races 2018 - Candidates Thus Far
by SF Usual Suspects
Supervisor Races 2018

D2 - Schuyler Hudak*, Nicholas Josefowitz*, Kat Anderson*
D4 - Katy Tang*, Daniel Kappler*, Adam Kim*
D6 - Sonja Trauss*, Jason Lee Jones*, Matt Haney*
D8 - Jeff Sheehy*, Rafael Mandelman*, Meaghan Zore*, Harold Brown*, Mark Gillick*, John Patrick Donohue*
D10 - Uzuri Pease-Greene*, Shamann Walton*, Theo Ellington*, Tony Kelly*, Asale-Haquekyah Chandler*, Neo Veavea*

Mayor 2019

Mark Leno*, London Breed, David Chiu, Mark Farrell, Michael Caccioppoli*, Harold Miller*, Erica Sandberg*, Mehak Vohra*

Incumbents in bold.... more
Supervisor Races 2018

D2 - Schuyler Hudak*, Nicholas Josefowitz*, Kat Anderson*
D4 - Katy Tang*, Daniel Kappler*, Adam Kim*
D6 - Sonja Trauss*, Jason Lee Jones*, Matt Haney*
D8 - Jeff Sheehy*, Rafael Mandelman*, Meaghan Zore*, Harold Brown*, Mark Gillick*, John Patrick Donohue*
D10 - Uzuri Pease-Greene*, Shamann Walton*, Theo Ellington*, Tony Kelly*, Asale-Haquekyah Chandler*, Neo Veavea*

Mayor 2019

Mark Leno*, London Breed, David Chiu, Mark Farrell, Michael Caccioppoli*, Harold Miller*, Erica Sandberg*, Mehak Vohra*

Incumbents in bold. Candidates declared have an asterisk (*) next to their names, and rumored candidates do not.

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. more
Today’s Suspects Updater
Jen Longley

A proud SF State alum, Jennifer brings over a decade of experience in municipal, state, and federal campaigns throughout California, including in San Francisco. A Bay Area native, Jennifer is an unapologetic gluten aficionado who can frequently be found at a Giants game or local theatre production.  

 

In the Past Week…

Nov
19
Willie's World: Consequences of Harassment
by Kelly Groth
Past behavior of powerful men is proving it can have consequences. Willie Brown discusses the recent harassment allegations against candidate Roy Moore and Senator Al Franken. Da May... more
Past behavior of powerful men is proving it can have consequences. Willie Brown discusses the recent harassment allegations against candidate Roy Moore and Senator Al Franken. Da Mayor also speculates whether or not Jeff Sessions will return to his Alabama Senate seat and tries out Ayesha Curry's new restaurant. more
Harassment furor has frightened politicians scrambling for strategies
Chronicle (11/19/2017)
Nov
19
M&R: Tom Steyer Dropping $20M on Impeachment Ads
by Kelly Groth
Tom Steyer has pledged to spend up to $20 million in TV ads, calling for Trump's impeachment. The ad struck a nerve with #45, who tweeted Steyer is "wacky and totally unhinged". Stey... more
Tom Steyer has pledged to spend up to $20 million in TV ads, calling for Trump's impeachment. The ad struck a nerve with #45, who tweeted Steyer is "wacky and totally unhinged". Steyer's TV ads have brought him lots of publicity, and has Democratic insiders predicting he might run for Senate against Dianne Feinstein.  more
Tom Steyer scores publicity with ads seeking Trump’s impeachment
Chronicle (11/19/2017)
Nov
19
Pier 70's Potential Facelift
by Kelly Groth
Pier 70's shipyard shuttered in May, but may reopen under new management. Dilapidated buildings may be replaced, but the new owner is looking into getting the shipyard back up and ru... more
Pier 70's shipyard shuttered in May, but may reopen under new management. Dilapidated buildings may be replaced, but the new owner is looking into getting the shipyard back up and running.

The timing of the shipyard revitalization coincides with the upcoming development of mixed-use housing at Pier 70.  more
SF Port in talks with new operator for historic Pier 70 shipyard
Examiner (11/19/2017)
Nov
18
De Leon Wants Mendoza Removed from Senate Committee as Harassment Evidence Surfaces
by Peter Gallotta
As cases of sexual assault and harassment by prominent male leaders are being brought forward throughout the country, here in California, State Senator Tony Mendoza of Los Angeles Co... more
As cases of sexual assault and harassment by prominent male leaders are being brought forward throughout the country, here in California, State Senator Tony Mendoza of Los Angeles County has been accused of sexually harassing three different women. In response, State Senate Pro Tem Kevin De Leon announced on Friday that he would be suspending Mendoza from serving as Chair of the Insurance, Banking and Financial Institutions Committee. De Leon had appointed Mendoza as Chair last year. Ultimately, the decision on whether to suspend Mendoza from the committees and boards he serves on will be made by the Senate Rules Committee in an emergency meeting this month.  more
De León wants Mendoza removed from Senate committees amid harassment probe
Chronicle (11/18/2017)
Nov
18
New Muni Train Hits the Streets, With More to Follow
by Peter Gallotta
The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Authority unveiled the first new Muni LRV train on Friday. The new trains are sleeker, quieter, and more spacious for riders. But don't get... more
The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Authority unveiled the first new Muni LRV train on Friday. The new trains are sleeker, quieter, and more spacious for riders. But don't get too excited just yet. Only 7 trains will go into service before the end of 2017, with another 24 coming online sometime in 2018.  more
New Muni train rolls out at Duboce and Church
Examiner (11/18/2017)
Nov
18
BART to Ban Racist Man Who Attacked Rider
by Peter Gallotta
On Monday, a video recorded by a BART rider captured an ugly scene in which a rider yelled racist slurs and physically attacked another rider. The attacker, whose name has not been r... more
On Monday, a video recorded by a BART rider captured an ugly scene in which a rider yelled racist slurs and physically attacked another rider. The attacker, whose name has not been released, was not apprehended by police. BART officials are taking action to ban him from riding the transportation system.  more
BART moving to ban man who yelled racial epithets and slapped rider
Chronicle (11/18/2017)
Nov
18
Saturday Read: Rare Photos of Harvey Milk on the Campaign Trail
by Peter Gallotta
A few weeks ago on the evening of November 8, 2017, many gathered in the Castro to commemorate the 40th anniversary of Harvey Milk's historic election as the first openly gay person ... more
A few weeks ago on the evening of November 8, 2017, many gathered in the Castro to commemorate the 40th anniversary of Harvey Milk's historic election as the first openly gay person to serve in elected office in the state of California. Harvey is considered a San Francisco political success story, paving the way for many LGBT candidates since. But many forget that Harvey ran for office 3 times before winning that election. It was his relentless style of campaigning, as captured by photos recently discovered by the San Francisco Chronicle, that changed him from a long-shot candidate to a political force and reality. The Chronicle photos show Harvey in action, doing what many argued he did best -- connecting with voters. As the 2018 election looms, there are undoubtedly lessons from Harvey's campaign(s) for all of us politicos who find ourselves hitting the streets for candidates and campaigns.  more
Our SF: Rare photos of Harvey Milk on the campaign trail
Chronicle (11/18/2017)
Nov
17
Harshing Our Mellow - Recreational Pot Sales (Likely) Delayed
by Carrie McFadden
When recreational cannabis becomes legal statewide on January 1, 2018, it's up to local cities to regulate the process.

At yesterday's Board of Supervisors meeting, D8 Supervisor Jeff... more
When recreational cannabis becomes legal statewide on January 1, 2018, it's up to local cities to regulate the process.

At yesterday's Board of Supervisors meeting, D8 Supervisor Jeff Sheehy requested 40 day temporary permits for existing dispensaries as of the first of the year while the board wrestled with the logistical difficulties. However, the Board still voted to postpone the decision until their next meeting on November 28. 

This means that it's likely the local sale of recreational marijuana will be delayed a few days or even longer.

Talk about a buzzkill.  more
Board delays pot regs; Sheehy goes after PJI
The Bay Area Reporter (11/16/2017)
Nov
17
Justin Herman Plaza to be Renamed
by Carrie McFadden
Yesterday, the Recreation and Parks Department voted 4-2 to rename the controversial Justin Herman Plaza to the Embarcadero Plaza, with a new namesake to be determined at a later dat... more
Yesterday, the Recreation and Parks Department voted 4-2 to rename the controversial Justin Herman Plaza to the Embarcadero Plaza, with a new namesake to be determined at a later date.

Herman was known for his policies of "urban renewal" and "slum clearance", which led to poor and of color communities being displaced from their neighborhoods. The racial undertones of this were understandably being questioned, particularly at a time when there are debates nationwide being had about Confederate monuments and other blights on our history.

Now the next decision will be who to name the Plaza after. Current suggestions include Philip Alexander Bell and David Johnson, both important figures in San Francisco history who also happen to be black. more
SF park commission strips Justin Herman’s name from Embarcadero plaza
Chronicle (11/16/2017)
SF removes Justin Herman’s name from prominent public plaza
Examiner (11/16/2017)
Nov
17
D8 Debate: Housing and Homelessness
by SF Usual Suspects
The first debate for D8 supervisor was held by the Alice B. Toklas and Harvey Milk LGBT Democratic clubs this past Monday. Supervisor Jeff Sheehy and candidate Rafael Mandelman discu... more
The first debate for D8 supervisor was held by the Alice B. Toklas and Harvey Milk LGBT Democratic clubs this past Monday. Supervisor Jeff Sheehy and candidate Rafael Mandelman discussed housing and homelessness. more
Housing focus of 1st D8 supe debate
The Bay Area Reporter (11/17/2017)
Nov
17
First Degree Murder Charge Sought in Steinle Case
by Carrie McFadden
A San Francisco judge decided this week that jurors will be able to convict on a first-degree murder charge in the Kate Steinle case. Defense attorneys had been making the case that ... more
A San Francisco judge decided this week that jurors will be able to convict on a first-degree murder charge in the Kate Steinle case. Defense attorneys had been making the case that a second-degree charge was valid, as they claim the man accused of killing her did so by accident.

Steinle was killed in July 2015 by a ricocheted bullet on Pier 14. Jose Ines Garcia Zarate, the man accused of doing so, is a Mexican national and undocumented immigrant, which has placed the case in the headlines as part of the national immigration debate.  more
Undocumented man now faces first-degree murder for death of Kate Steinle
Examiner (11/17/2017)
Nov
17
Homeless Activists Camp Out to Protest Tent Sweeps
by Carrie McFadden
Last night, dozens of homeless people and activists camped out in Hallidie Plaza to protest recent sweeps that have targeted tent encampments. The protest also served to form a conti... more
Last night, dozens of homeless people and activists camped out in Hallidie Plaza to protest recent sweeps that have targeted tent encampments. The protest also served to form a continued sense of community among those living on the streets.

In the last week, two San Francisco Supervisors (Aaron Peskin and Hillary Ronen) have pledged to open Navigation Centers in their districts. The current wait list for shelter beds is over 1,100. more
SF homeless, activists camp out to protest tent sweeps
Chronicle (11/16/2017)
Nov
17
Muni Electronic Signs Buzz to Life -- For the Moment, At Least
by Carrie McFadden
Electronic signs in Muni stations were installed in 2014 but have never been permanently turned on. The signs are supposed to alert drivers of incoming trains and wait times, and rid... more
Electronic signs in Muni stations were installed in 2014 but have never been permanently turned on. The signs are supposed to alert drivers of incoming trains and wait times, and riders have long been confused as to why they've remained dark.

But last week they blinked to life, though per Muni's statements on the matter, it was only temporarily while they undergo testing. 

There's been no update as to when they'll light up our lives on a permanent basis.  more
Muni’s new electronic subway signs come to life — temporarily
Examiner (11/16/2017)
Nov
16
Embarcadero merchants say "NIMBY" to proposed Navigation Center
by Lia Azul Salaverry
Where in the world can a Navigation Center call home? Merchants and business owners near the popular tourist destination, Pier 39, express concerns over Supervisor Peskin's proposed ... more
Where in the world can a Navigation Center call home? Merchants and business owners near the popular tourist destination, Pier 39, express concerns over Supervisor Peskin's proposed Navigation Center in their backyard.  more
Proposed Navigation Center sites concern merchants along Embarcadero
Chronicle (11/16/2017)
Nov
16
New SFUSD Superintendent tackles Black student achievement
by Lia Azul Salaverry

SFUSD's new Superintendent, Vincent Matthews, expressed deep concerns over educational disparities for Black students in his 90-day plan presented to the Board of Education on Tuesda

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SFUSD's new Superintendent, Vincent Matthews, expressed deep concerns over educational disparities for Black students in his 90-day plan presented to the Board of Education on Tuesday. 

Matthews, who toured 57 campuses in his first three months on the job, sited systemic
 barriers for black students, both in historically underserved schools as well as school with high performance records overall. Looks like we still have a lot to learn. 

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Black student achievement focus of SFUSD superintendent’s first three months in office
Examiner (11/16/2017)
Nov
16
Justin Herman Plaza -- should he stay or should he go?
by Lia Azul Salaverry
SF's Recreation and Park Commission will vote again today on whether or not to remove Justin Herman’s name from the Embarcadero plaza.

The plaza's name, originally given in 1972, rec
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SF's Recreation and Park Commission will vote again today on whether or not to remove Justin Herman’s name from the Embarcadero plaza.

The plaza's name, originally given in 1972, recently sparked controversy over Herman's fraught history as a proponent of "urban renewal" in the 1960's, severely affecting the city's African American and Japanese American residents. What's in a name? In this case, quiet a LOT. 
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Justin Herman Plaza — SF parks board to decide if name stays or goes
Chronicle (11/16/2017)
Nov
16
UC students demand ouster for regent's sexual harrassment
by Lia Azul Salaverry

UC Berkeley students protested Wednesday at the University of California regents meeting in San Francisco demanding the resignation of Regent Norman Pattiz, one year after being reco

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UC Berkeley students protested Wednesday at the University of California regents meeting in San Francisco demanding the resignation of Regent Norman Pattiz, one year after being recorded asking an actress at his podcast company if he could "hold her breasts."

Pattiz, 74, has been a regent since 2001, with his 12-year term expiring in 2026.

Upon learning of the student demonstration, Pattiz said activists were misguided, as “it’s been out there for over a year.” he told The Chronicle. “I immediately apologized when I found out it was there. But it was meant as a joke.”

More pathetic, the UC system declined to discipline Pattiz, saying his “inappropriate and highly offensive” behavior broke no UC rules because he hadn’t been officially doing university business. Give. Me. A. Break. #enough

 

 

 

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UC students demand ouster of regent accused of sex harassment
Chronicle (11/16/2017)
Nov
16
SFPD officer of alleged whistleblowing draws community support
by Lia Azul Salaverry

A San Francisco police officer drew community support on Wednesday, as protesters gathered outside of the Hall of Justice to support Officer Joel Babbs who appeared in San Francisco

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A San Francisco police officer drew community support on Wednesday, as protesters gathered outside of the Hall of Justice to support Officer Joel Babbs who appeared in San Francisco Superior Court. 

Babbs, who was arrested for using false vehicle registration stickers on Sept. 21, filed a civil lawsuit against San Francisco, alleging that the charges were filed as retaliation against him for filing a complaint of superior officers making what he felt were racist remarks. 
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SFPD officer charged in alleged whistleblowing case draws support of protesters
Examiner (11/16/2017)
Nov
16
New CCSF chancellor earns high grade
by Lia Azul Salaverry
CCSF chancellor Mark Rocha received high marks from the faculty union president, Tim Killikelly. Despite drawing sharp criticism when selected to be the new chancellor for the campus... more
CCSF chancellor Mark Rocha received high marks from the faculty union president, Tim Killikelly. Despite drawing sharp criticism when selected to be the new chancellor for the campus, Rocha has tempered some critics.  more
CCSF leaders give new chancellor favorable marks in his first months on campus
Examiner (11/16/2017)
Nov
16
Op Ed: Equity in cannabis dispenaries
by Lia Azul Salaverry
Supervisors Katy Tang and Jane Kim penned an op ed, calling for equal opportunity in the emerging cannabis industry in San Francisco. 

The Board of Supervisors has spent the past seve... more
Supervisors Katy Tang and Jane Kim penned an op ed, calling for equal opportunity in the emerging cannabis industry in San Francisco. 

The Board of Supervisors has spent the past several weeks debating how to approach permitting recreational cannabis stores in the city. more
Cannabis industry must ensure equal opportunity
Examiner (11/16/2017)
Nov
15
Put This In Your Pipe And…Oh, Wait.
by Nicole Yelich

San Franciscans’ hopes to legally purchase recreational marijuana promptly on January 1st went up in smoke Tuesday as the Board of Supes voted to delay the debate on the new legislat

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San Franciscans’ hopes to legally purchase recreational marijuana promptly on January 1st went up in smoke Tuesday as the Board of Supes voted to delay the debate on the new legislation for another two weeks. 

This comes a few hours after Former Supervisors Scott Wiener and David Campos threatened to put the issue into voters' hands if the Board (ever) passes the current proposal that would effectively create a monopoly for the 46 existing dispensaries in the City.

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Former supervisors threaten ballot measure over proposed cannabis rules
Chronicle (11/15/2017)
SF postpones vote on recreational cannabis law, sales won’t begin Jan. 1
Examiner (11/15/2017)
SF supervisors postpone recreational pot legislation — Jan. 1 sales unlikely
Chronicle (11/15/2017)
Nov
15
Raiders Break Ground in Vegas
by Nicole Yelich

The groundbreaking for the Raiders’ new stadium in Las Vegas dashes hopes of keeping the Raiders in Oakland, despite the fact that the deal has not technically been sealed.

NY Gov. An

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The groundbreaking for the Raiders’ new stadium in Las Vegas dashes hopes of keeping the Raiders in Oakland, despite the fact that the deal has not technically been sealed.

NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo hits the political ATM in San Francisco to raise money for his 2018 re-election campaign, expanding his donor base should he throw his hat in the ring for 2020.

Federal buildings in San Francisco will now be protected by Triple Canopy, Inc., a contractor best known for providing security for US Embassies in Irag and around the world.

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Vegas groundbreaking signals Raiders’ farewell to Oakland
Chronicle (11/15/2017)
Nov
15
They’ll Be Watching You
by Nicole Yelich

Drivers on Valencia Street will soon be under increased scrutiny after the SFCTA’s approval of the Valencia Street Bikeway Implementation Plan.  Supervisors Hillary Ronen and Jeff Sh

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Drivers on Valencia Street will soon be under increased scrutiny after the SFCTA’s approval of the Valencia Street Bikeway Implementation Plan.  Supervisors Hillary Ronen and Jeff Sheehy led the effort to secure funding for the study which will include recording video of drivers entering bike lanes, putting Uber and Lyft drivers, who regularly pick up and drop off passengers in the heavily traveled corridor, in the hot seat

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Video study approved to assess Uber, Lyft impact on Valencia Street bike lanes
Examiner (11/15/2017)
Nov
15
North Beach Considers New Homeless Navigation Centers
by Nicole Yelich

Supervisor Aaron Peskin is making moves to open two homeless navigation centers near North Beach to offer shelter and resources to homeless San Franciscans, as part of the City's eff

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Supervisor Aaron Peskin is making moves to open two homeless navigation centers near North Beach to offer shelter and resources to homeless San Franciscans, as part of the City's effort to stem homelessness.

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SF Supe Peskin has 2 spots for homeless Navigation Centers near North Beach
Chronicle (11/15/2017)
Nov
15
Rep. Speier's Crusade Continues
by Nicole Yelich
Rep. Jackie Speier continues her campaign to shed light on sexual harassment in Congress through testimony to the House Administration Committee about her knowledge of two sitting me... more
Rep. Jackie Speier continues her campaign to shed light on sexual harassment in Congress through testimony to the House Administration Committee about her knowledge of two sitting members of Congress who have sexually harassed staffers. more
2 sitting members of Congress have committed sexual harassment, Speier says
Chronicle (11/15/2017)
Nov
14
Half-Baked: BoS Still Deadlocked on Cannabis Laws
by Shanti Singh
The Board of Supervisors heads into today's meeting without crucial compromises needed to ensure that recreational marijuana services will be up and running in the new year.  Concern... more
The Board of Supervisors heads into today's meeting without crucial compromises needed to ensure that recreational marijuana services will be up and running in the new year.  Concerns about dispensaries near schools and conservative opposition from parts of SF's Asian community has complicated the picture, per D5 Supe London Breed, "everyone has an opinion." more
SF may initially limit outlets selling recreational cannabis to existing dispensaries
Examiner (11/14/2017)
Nov
14
MUNI Security Subcontractors Armed But Untrained
by Shanti Singh
D6 Supe Jane Kim called for more oversight after discovering that a security firm subcontracted by SFMTA to provide security for MUNI had equipped guards with deadly weapons but had ... more
D6 Supe Jane Kim called for more oversight after discovering that a security firm subcontracted by SFMTA to provide security for MUNI had equipped guards with deadly weapons but had not provided them with sufficient training. more
Supervisors call out Muni’s untrained, armed security firm
Examiner (11/14/2017)
Nov
14
A Divided (?) Board Looks Back At 2017
by Shanti Singh
As goes the nation, so goes the Board of Supervisors: the Chron takes a look at the past year which has seen, in the opinion of critics, a downturn in ambitious legislation and a mor... more
As goes the nation, so goes the Board of Supervisors: the Chron takes a look at the past year which has seen, in the opinion of critics, a downturn in ambitious legislation and a more divided board. Others charge that supervisors are simply more neighborhood-focused in a non-election year. more
SF supervisors are thinking too locally, need broader focus, critics charge
Chronicle (11/14/2017)
Nov
14
BoS, Ballot Measures Support Right to Eviction Counsel
by Shanti Singh
Supervisors Jeff Sheehy and London Breed announced a plan at the Board of Supervisors to provide guaranteed legal representation to tenants facing eviction in San Francisco, just wee... more
Supervisors Jeff Sheehy and London Breed announced a plan at the Board of Supervisors to provide guaranteed legal representation to tenants facing eviction in San Francisco, just weeks after a citizens' committee led by tenants' rights organizations already filed a similar initiative for the June 2018 ballot. more
Right to attorney in evictions going before SF supervisors
Chronicle (11/14/2017)
Nov
14
Mayor Jordan Joins PG&E Lawsuit
by Shanti Singh
Former SF mayor Frank Jordan is joining a lawsuit to hold PG&E accountable for their alleged role in last month's Sonoma fires, after his secondary home was destroyed in the flames. ... more
Former SF mayor Frank Jordan is joining a lawsuit to hold PG&E accountable for their alleged role in last month's Sonoma fires, after his secondary home was destroyed in the flames. Pressure continues to mount on PG&E as questions remain about whether its Sonoma power lines were properly maintained. more
Former SF mayor to sue PG&E over Wine Country fires
Chronicle (11/13/2017)