Today’s Stories (Last updated March 24, 04:54 PM)

Mar
24
Neverending Story
by Owen Stephens
Contractor disputes around changed costs could result in delays to the December 19th opening of San Francisco long-delayed Central Subway. more
Contractor disputes around changed costs could result in delays to the December 19th opening of San Francisco long-delayed Central Subway. more
Monitor warns contractor disputes could further delay Central Subway project
Examiner (03/24/2019)
Mar
24
Berning for the People
by Owen Stephens

Joe Fitzgerald Rodriguez of the Examiner reports that local San Francisco elected officials are either split between our hometown candidate, Kamala Harris, or Bernie Sanders for the

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Joe Fitzgerald Rodriguez of the Examiner reports that local San Francisco elected officials are either split between our hometown candidate, Kamala Harris, or Bernie Sanders for the Democratic nomination, or haven’t made their mind up yet.

Remembering fallen friends, Joe asks readers to remember Alejandro Nieto, a San Francisco native that lost his life in 2014 when police claim they mistook his taser for a gun. Celebrating other friends, he recommends “The Last Black Man in San Francisco”, an upcoming film directed by Joe Talbot that has won accolades and awards at the Sundance Film Festival last month. Talbot is an alumni of Ruth Asawa San Francisco School of the Arts High School.

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Mar
24
Closing Time
by Owen Stephens
Legislation to extend driving hours to 4 a.m. in some urban parts of California, first proposed by San Francisco Senator Leno and then again by Senator Wiener,  has been revived by l... more
Legislation to extend driving hours to 4 a.m. in some urban parts of California, first proposed by San Francisco Senator Leno and then again by Senator Wiener,  has been revived by lawmakers and has already been approved in committee. The most recent effort to pass similar legislation was vetoed by Governor Brown, but may find an ally in Governor Newsom. more
California pores over late-night drinking Bill
The Business Journal (03/24/2019)
Mar
24
Rise of the Tolls
by Owen Stephens
On Friday, Golden Gate Bridge Transit District Board of Directors voted to raise tolls on the iconic span over the next five years. Drivers will see $1.75 in additional fees for FasT... more
On Friday, Golden Gate Bridge Transit District Board of Directors voted to raise tolls on the iconic span over the next five years. Drivers will see $1.75 in additional fees for FasTrak users by 2023. more
Golden Gate Bridge tolls set to rise
Curbed San Francisco (03/24/2019)
Mar
24
Don’t Have a Cow, Man
by Owen Stephens

In an effort to address housing and gun shows, State Senator Scott Wiener introduced legislation that would transfer control of the Cow Palace from the state to a new local authority

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In an effort to address housing and gun shows, State Senator Scott Wiener introduced legislation that would transfer control of the Cow Palace from the state to a new local authority with members appointed by the Mayors of Daly City, San Francisco and the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors. It could result in the venerable 78 year-old stadium being torn down. Opponents of the plan cite the impact on popular events that call the Cow Palace home, including The Grand National Rodeo and the Great Dickens Christmas Fair.

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Growing concerns over storied Cow Palace being torn down under new bill
KTVU (03/24/2019)
Mar
24
ICYMI: Upheaval in Historic LGBTQ Legal Organization
by SF Usual Suspects
Citing dysfunction and a toxic environment at Bay Area Lawyers for Individual Freedom (BALIF), at least three board members, including one ch-chair, resigned from the organization la... more
Citing dysfunction and a toxic environment at Bay Area Lawyers for Individual Freedom (BALIF), at least three board members, including one ch-chair, resigned from the organization last week, adding to a large and growing number of departures over the last two terms. more
BALIF Board Members Quit
The Bay Area Reporter (03/24/2019)
Mar
24
Yabba Dabba Don’t Touch Dino
by Owen Stephens

San Francisco political players Angela Alioto and Florence Fang have teamed up in the fight to save the dinosaurs at the iconic Flintstone House in Hillsborough. Alioto, a former sup

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San Francisco political players Angela Alioto and Florence Fang have teamed up in the fight to save the dinosaurs at the iconic Flintstone House in Hillsborough. Alioto, a former supervisor and three-time mayoral candidate, is representing the house’s owner, Fang, who is a former Examiner and Asia Week publisher. Local officials say that the addition of 15-foot tall dinosaur statues and a statue of Fred Flintstone lack proper permitting and are an eyesore.

Also, with little debate, the Oakland City Council gave final approval renewing the Raiders’ lease for 2019 and possibly the 2020 season at the Coliseum ahead of the team’s move to Las Vegas.

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Flintstone House furor: Angela Alioto backing owner Florence Fang; Split Loyalties
Chronicle (03/24/2019)
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Mar
23
Adachi's Death Caused by Cocaine, Alcohol, Heart Problems
by Carrie McFadden
The autopsy of the late Public Defender Jeff Adachi has been released. In it, officials list alcohol, cocaine, and existing heart problems as the causes of death. His death was evide... more
The autopsy of the late Public Defender Jeff Adachi has been released. In it, officials list alcohol, cocaine, and existing heart problems as the causes of death. His death was evidently accidental. 

Adachi passed unexpectedly at 59 last month, and has since been remembered for his steadfast defense of SF's most disenfranchised.  more
Jeff Adachi’s death ruled an accident caused by mix of alcohol, cocaine, heart problems
Examiner (03/22/2019)
San Francisco Public Defender Jeff Adachi Autopsy Shows Trace Amount of Cocaine in System
NBC Bay Area (03/22/2019)
SF Public Defender Jeff Adachi’s death caused by cocaine and alcohol use, autopsy finds
Chronicle (03/22/2019)
Mar
23
Mayor Breed Creates Youth Justice Panel After Chronicle Report
by SF Usual Suspects
Mayor London Breed is creating a panel of criminal justice experts and advocates specifically to look into the current status of juvenile detention facilities in the City, and to mak... more
Mayor London Breed is creating a panel of criminal justice experts and advocates specifically to look into the current status of juvenile detention facilities in the City, and to make suggestions on continued reforms.

This comes after a report in the Chronicle found that a drop in serious youth crimes reduced juvenile detention populations considerably throughout the state. Now, San Francisco's juvenile hall is nearly vacant. 

Meanwhile, Supervisors Hillary Ronen, Matt Haney and Shamann Walton have announced they intend to introduce legislation to completely shut down the facility by 2021. more
Breed creates panel to examine youth justice issues in wake of Chronicle report
Chronicle (03/22/2019)
Mar
23
Both Bernie Sanders and the Democratic Party Have Changed Since 2016
by SF Usual Suspects
Vermont Senator and presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders will head to a rally in Fort Mason on Sunday, and the Chronicle profiles how both he and the Democratic Party as a whole have ... more
Vermont Senator and presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders will head to a rally in Fort Mason on Sunday, and the Chronicle profiles how both he and the Democratic Party as a whole have changed since his first run in 2016. more
Bernie Sanders has changed since 2016, but so has the Democratic Party
Chronicle (03/23/2019)
Mar
23
SF General Hospital Workers Claim Retaliation After Advocating for Zuckerberg's Removal
by Carrie McFadden
Hospital workers at San Francisco General Hospital rallied in support of a suspended nurse who had advocated for removing Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg's name from the hospital. 

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Hospital workers at San Francisco General Hospital rallied in support of a suspended nurse who had advocated for removing Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg's name from the hospital. 

The nurse, Guy Vandenberg, had worked for the hospital for 15 years. He was placed on paid leave "indefinitely" the same day he and another nurse sent a letter to the Department of Public Health advocating for the removal of Zuckerberg's name. 

Zuckerberg's name was added in 2015 after the tech mogul donated $75 million to the hospital. more
Hospital workers say they face retaliation after lobbying for removal of Zuckerberg's name
Examiner
Mar
23
Mueller Report Submitted; What Comes Next?
by Carrie McFadden
Yesterday, special counsel Robert Mueller submitted his report on the Trump-Russia investigation to Attorney General William Barr. The report is currently sealed and has not been sha... more
Yesterday, special counsel Robert Mueller submitted his report on the Trump-Russia investigation to Attorney General William Barr. The report is currently sealed and has not been shared with the public, though many in Congress and the Senate have called for its immediate release. 

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi is one of many who is doing just that, and has warned Barr not to give Trump, his staff, or his family any "sneak preview" of what might be in the report. 

Is he gone yet?  more
Mueller is done. Now comes a ‘pressure cooker’ for congressional Democrats
Chronicle (03/23/2019)
Mueller submits Trump-Russia report but doesn’t recommend more indictments
Examiner (03/22/2019)
Mar
22
Elected Officials OK'd SF General Billing Practices
by Nicole Yelich
Heather Knight continues her series on San Francisco General Hospital’s exorbitant billing practices by detailing how the City’s elected leaders consistently signed off on the hospit... more
Heather Knight continues her series on San Francisco General Hospital’s exorbitant billing practices by detailing how the City’s elected leaders consistently signed off on the hospital’s policies, without discussion, seemingly unaware of what exactly they were allowing to continue. more
SF General's bills are so high because mayor, supervisors said they could be
Chronicle (03/22/2019)
Mar
22
Three Supes Pledge to Close SF Juvenile Hall
by Nicole Yelich
Supervisors Ronen, Shamann, and Haney are drafting legislation to close San Francisco’s juvenile detention center after an investigation by the Chronicle published Thursday showed th... more
Supervisors Ronen, Shamann, and Haney are drafting legislation to close San Francisco’s juvenile detention center after an investigation by the Chronicle published Thursday showed that youth detentions have dropped precipitously since 2011 while costs to keep kids in jail have remained the same. more
3 SF supervisors pledge to close juvenile hall after Chronicle report
Chronicle (03/22/2019)
Mar
22
Report Says Public Bank Could Take Billions and Decades to Break Even
by Nicole Yelich
The Examiner’s Joshua Sabatini digs into the final report from the task force created last year to study the feasibility of San Francisco launching its first public bank.  The report... more
The Examiner’s Joshua Sabatini digs into the final report from the task force created last year to study the feasibility of San Francisco launching its first public bank.  The report, due for official release by Treasurer José Cisneros today, outlines three options that could take between 10 and 56 years for the City to break even on billions in investments, but offers no recommendations on if the City should pursue any of the three. more
Report: Public bank could require billions in investment, take decades to break even
Examiner (03/22/2019)
Mar
22
High Number of Mission Cops Flagged for Misconduct
by Nicole Yelich
Mission Local reports that while the numbers of officers identified by the SFPD’s internal system as being at risk for committing misconduct, such as use-of-force and officer-involve... more
Mission Local reports that while the numbers of officers identified by the SFPD’s internal system as being at risk for committing misconduct, such as use-of-force and officer-involved shootings, has dropped overall, the numbers of Mission cops flagged remains alarmingly high with 78 percent of Mission Station’s cops flagged in 2018. more
Why are Mission officers using more force than cops at any other SFPD station?
Mission Local (03/22/2019)
Mar
22
Second "Polarizing Figure" Departs Police Union
by Nicole Yelich

Marty Halloran, former president of the SFPOA who stepped down from his post last May, has left his consulting gig with the union, following in his predecessor Gary Delagnes’ footste

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Marty Halloran, former president of the SFPOA who stepped down from his post last May, has left his consulting gig with the union, following in his predecessor Gary Delagnes’ footsteps.  Delagnes was ousted from his consulting role last week after his ‘social media tirade’ against Jeff Adachi.

This second departure, seemingly, is another attempt for the union to get back into City Hall’s - and the public’s - good graces, although critics maintain that more substantial shifts are needed on the union’s “long standing anti-reform, anti-accountability positions” before any changes can be taken seriously.

 
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Second polarizing figure separates from SF police union
Examiner (03/22/2019)
Mar
22
Suspended Muni Union Boss is Back
by Nicole Yelich
Amid increasing internal drama that spilled out into the open as contract negotiations began, Joe Fitz reports that Muni’s transit union president Roger Marenco is back in charge jus... more
Amid increasing internal drama that spilled out into the open as contract negotiations began, Joe Fitz reports that Muni’s transit union president Roger Marenco is back in charge just a few weeks after being suspended from his post by his political rivals on the union’s executive board. more
After suspension, Muni union president brought back into contract talks with City Hall
Examiner (03/22/2019)
Mar
22
Green Advocates Push for Tax Incentives for Uber, Lyft Drivers
by Nicole Yelich
Environmental advocates are urging the City to offer tax breaks to Uber and Lyft drivers to incentive them to drive zero-emission cars, however the logistics remain unclear.  Supervi... more
Environmental advocates are urging the City to offer tax breaks to Uber and Lyft drivers to incentive them to drive zero-emission cars, however the logistics remain unclear.  Supervisor Aaron Peskin says he is planning to include a temporary tax incentive into the November ballot measure to impose a tax on Lyft rides inside SF to raise funds for local transit projects. more
Environmental groups want SF to nudge Uber, Lyft drivers toward electric vehicles
Chronicle (03/22/2019)
Mar
22
SFSU Settles Anti-Semitism Lawsuit
by Nicole Yelich
SF State will be hiring a consultant to serve as “coordinator of Jewish student life” as part of a settlement with a lawsuit that accused the university of fostering anti-Semitism on... more
SF State will be hiring a consultant to serve as “coordinator of Jewish student life” as part of a settlement with a lawsuit that accused the university of fostering anti-Semitism on campus, among several other provisions to prevent discrimination and promote diversity. more
SF State settles suit accusing it of tolerating anti-Semitism
Chronicle (03/22/2019)
SFSU settles lawsuit alleging it fostered anti-Semitism on campus
Examiner (03/22/2019)
Mar
22
SF Needs "Behavioral Changes" to Prepare for Climate Change
by Nicole Yelich
On Tuesday, the executive directors of the Dept. of Emergency Management Mary Ellen Carroll and Port of San Francisco sat down with Manny’s Cafe owner Emanuel Yekutiel to discuss cha... more
On Tuesday, the executive directors of the Dept. of Emergency Management Mary Ellen Carroll and Port of San Francisco sat down with Manny’s Cafe owner Emanuel Yekutiel to discuss changes the City needs to make to better prepare for the effects of climate change. more
S.F. Needs 'Behavioral Changes' to Address Climate Change, Say Experts
SF Weekly (03/22/2019)
Mar
22
GG Bridge Committee Approves Toll Hike
by Nicole Yelich
On Thursday, the Finance-Auditing Committee of the Golden Gate Bridge Transit District voted unanimously to approve yearly toll increases beginning in July that would raise the toll ... more
On Thursday, the Finance-Auditing Committee of the Golden Gate Bridge Transit District voted unanimously to approve yearly toll increases beginning in July that would raise the toll up to $9.75 by 2023.  Transit officials are expected to approve the plan today. more
Golden Gate Bridge District to vote on toll hike
Chronicle (03/22/2019)
Mar
22
Watch Mayor Breed on "Midday Live"
by Nicole Yelich
Watch Mayor London Breed’s appearance on ABC7’s “Midday Live” yesterday where she took questions on housing, homelessness and Larry Baer, and Beyoncé. more
Watch Mayor London Breed’s appearance on ABC7’s “Midday Live” yesterday where she took questions on housing, homelessness and Larry Baer, and Beyoncé. more
San Francisco Mayor London Breed speaks to ABC7 about housing crisis, Beyonce and more
ABC7 News (03/22/2019)
Mar
21
City Grapples With Conservatorship Bill’s Implementation
by Spencer Lam
The city is grappling with voting to implement a State Senate bill passed last year, which called for the piloting of additional conservatorship qualifications, in San Francisco, Los... more
The city is grappling with voting to implement a State Senate bill passed last year, which called for the piloting of additional conservatorship qualifications, in San Francisco, Los Angeles, and San Diego counties. While Gov. Brown signed the bill, the City has yet to vote on its implementation. Mayor Breed and Supervisor Rafael Mandelman have supported the bill, though it was basically ignored by the other two counties it was meant to affect. more
Mental Health, Homelessness and Civil Rights: S.F.'s Crisis of Conscience
SF Weekly (03/21/2019)
Mar
21
City Litigation Over 12-Year Period Has Cost Taxpayers $90.7 Million
by Spencer Lam
Over a twelve-year period stretching back to January 2007, litigation initiated by city employees has cost San Francisco taxpayers a total of $90.7 million. The largest sum of money ... more
Over a twelve-year period stretching back to January 2007, litigation initiated by city employees has cost San Francisco taxpayers a total of $90.7 million. The largest sum of money paid out came from wrongful termination suits, at $20 million. Tied for second highest were racial discrimination suits and compensation-related claims, both categories hovering at about $14 million. Ouch. more
City employee lawsuit costs soar to $90.7 million
Examiner (03/21/2019)
Mar
21
Housing Paradox: Slowing Growth Despite More Project Approval
by Spencer Lam

Despite more housing project approvals, the growth of housing in San Francisco slowed in 2018, compared to prior years. The Examiner goes into all of the facts and figures presented

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Despite more housing project approvals, the growth of housing in San Francisco slowed in 2018, compared to prior years. The Examiner goes into all of the facts and figures presented in the Housing Inventory report, which is expected to be presented to the city’s Planning Commission today.

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Housing production slows sharply despite growing backlog of approved projects
Examiner (03/21/2019)
Mar
21
Privacy a Concern as City Considers Evolution to ‘Smart’ Grid
by Spencer Lam

San Francisco may soon become a ‘smart’ city, which would include thousands of devices citywide to provide wireless service and record audio/video.  Privacy concerns are tangible wit

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San Francisco may soon become a ‘smart’ city, which would include thousands of devices citywide to provide wireless service and record audio/video.  Privacy concerns are tangible with this proposal, and it may be the first tech-related upgrade to be affected by Supervisor Aaron Peskin’s January legislation to protect the public from overly-intrusive technology. 

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SF considers ‘sweeping smart city’ installation of devices with cameras, microphones
Examiner (03/21/2019)
Mar
21
Commission Reaches Settlement; Family of Tess Rothstein Speaks Out
by Spencer Lam
Wednesday, the San Francisco Police Commission voted to settle with a cyclist who had been struck by a police vehicle while riding in a bike lane, for an undisclosed amount of money.... more
Wednesday, the San Francisco Police Commission voted to settle with a cyclist who had been struck by a police vehicle while riding in a bike lane, for an undisclosed amount of money.

Tuesday, the family of a bike rider who was struck and killed gathered on the steps of City Hall to speak out about city bicycle safety. Rothstein was killed as she swerved to avoid an opening car door, being struck by an oncoming truck. more
Family and Friends of Cyclist Tess Rothstein Speak Out
SF Weekly (03/21/2019)
SF settles with cyclist struck by police car in SoMa bike lane
Examiner (03/21/2019)
Mar
21
"My B"
by Spencer Lam

The Chronicle questions the accuracy of Supervisor Peskin’s recent criticism of the Department of Homelessness and Supportive Housing in this piece.  Peskin has said that San Mateo C

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The Chronicle questions the accuracy of Supervisor Peskin’s recent criticism of the Department of Homelessness and Supportive Housing in this piece.  Peskin has said that San Mateo County receives homeless data faster than San Francisco does - however, that’s inaccurate, according to a spokesman for the county of San Mateo.  “My bad,” said Peskin.

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SF Supervisor Aaron Peskin slams homeless department, but his information is incorrect
Chronicle (03/21/2019)
Mar
21
Golden Gate Bridge Tolls May Rise Again
by Spencer Lam

Friday, tolls for crossing the Golden Gate Bridge may rise again, following a meeting of the Golden Gate Bridge, Highway and Transportation District Board of Directors (try saying th

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Friday, tolls for crossing the Golden Gate Bridge may rise again, following a meeting of the Golden Gate Bridge, Highway and Transportation District Board of Directors (try saying that five times fast).  The amount of the possible increase is not clear.  Currently, the District faces a $74 million budget shortfall which could be shored up with another fare hike.

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Golden Gate Bridge tolls may rise after Friday vote
Examiner (03/21/2019)
Mar
21
City College Students Protest Class Cuts
by Spencer Lam

Wednesday afternoon, a group of City College students gathered on the Chinatown campus to protest the cutting of several classes with “healthy” enrollment.  Classes included computer

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Wednesday afternoon, a group of City College students gathered on the Chinatown campus to protest the cutting of several classes with “healthy” enrollment.  Classes included computer science, ethnic studies, nursing and more. 

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City College students denounce elimination of classes from 2019 fall schedule
Examiner (03/21/2019)
Mar
21
Historic Preservation Committee Grants Legacy Status to Glide Foundation
by Spencer Lam

Wednesday, the Historic Preservation Committee voted unanimously to grant ‘legacy business’ status to the San Francisco Glide Foundation.  This generally protects businesses from dis

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Wednesday, the Historic Preservation Committee voted unanimously to grant ‘legacy business’ status to the San Francisco Glide Foundation.  This generally protects businesses from displacement, as it can qualify landlords who have 10-year leases on them for a $22,500 annual grant from the City.  The status also allows businesses to be eligible for a $500-per-employee grant, capped at $50,000 maximum.  Glide Foundation spokesman Sam confirmed that Glide had sought legacy status “for a long time.”

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Glide wins support for legacy business status
Examiner (03/21/2019)
Mar
21
Ford GoBike Mechanics, Bike Service Workers to Vote Next Week on Unionizing
by Spencer Lam
Next Thursday, Ford GoBike Mechanics and Bike Service Workers will take a vote on unionizing, and whether or not to join the Transport Workers Union of America. John Samuelson, the p... more
Next Thursday, Ford GoBike Mechanics and Bike Service Workers will take a vote on unionizing, and whether or not to join the Transport Workers Union of America. John Samuelson, the president of the union, has said this vote is especially critical as the program hopes to eventually deploy seven-thousand bikes citywide. more
Bay Area Ford GoBike workers to unionize
Examiner (03/21/2019)
Mar
21
Twelve Bills Co-Sponsored by Equality California Focus Mainly on Trans and Youth Rights
by Spencer Lam

In this piece from The Bay Area Reporter, twelve LGBT-related statewide bills are highlighted as they undergo the legislative process.  Multiple bills are authored by Sen. Scott Wien

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In this piece from The Bay Area Reporter, twelve LGBT-related statewide bills are highlighted as they undergo the legislative process.  Multiple bills are authored by Sen. Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco), including a bill to ban medically unnecessary surgeries performed on intersex infants, and another that would prevent gay male adolescents from having to be listed on the state's sex offender registry for sleeping with a boyfriend who is a minor.  Both bills have encountered stiff resistance - the first bill being opposed by the California Medical Association, and the second one coming under fire from conservative groups. 

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Trans, youth issues focus of CA LGBT bill package
The Bay Area Reporter (03/21/2019)
Mar
21
UCSF Workers Strike for 24 Hours, in Solidarity With UC Researchers & Technicians
by Spencer Lam
Wednesday morning, UCSF workers stood outside the Mission Bay campus, in a 24-hour show of solidarity for University of California researchers and technicians. Members of the UPTE-CW... more
Wednesday morning, UCSF workers stood outside the Mission Bay campus, in a 24-hour show of solidarity for University of California researchers and technicians. Members of the UPTE-CWA 9119 and AFSCME Local 3299 participated in the strike. more
UCSF Union Workers Launch Powerful 24-Hour Strike
SF Weekly (03/21/2019)
Mar
21
Festivals in California May Soon Serve Food In Reusable Containers
by Spencer Lam

Wednesday, Assemblyman David Chiu (D-San Francisco) introduced legislation that would address the massive amount of food-related waste generated by festivals in California, including

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Wednesday, Assemblyman David Chiu (D-San Francisco) introduced legislation that would address the massive amount of food-related waste generated by festivals in California, including Outside Lands and Coachella.  Under Chiu’s bill, vendors would get authorization to serve food on reusable containers from local health enforcement.

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California Festivals Could Serve Food with Reusable Containers
SF Weekly (03/21/2019)
Mar
21
Goodbye Amazon Cashless Stores?
by Spencer Lam
Curbed SF provides an update on yesterday’s story on Supervisor Vallie Brown’s proposed equity-related ban on Amazon cashless stores.
Curbed SF provides an update on yesterday’s story on Supervisor Vallie Brown’s proposed equity-related ban on Amazon cashless stores. more