Today’s Stories (Last updated May 21, 03:06 PM)

May
21
DA Joins Criticism of SFPD Journalist Raid
by Alexandra Cannarella
District Attorney George Gascón’s comments, which put him in line with a growing number of city supervisors, followed broad condemnation by press-freedom groups over the raid on inde... more
District Attorney George Gascón’s comments, which put him in line with a growing number of city supervisors, followed broad condemnation by press-freedom groups over the raid on independent journalist Bryan Carmody, who had refused to identify who leaked him a report on the death of Public Defender Jeff Adachi. Gascon maintained that he has not seen a warrant to raid Carmody’s home, and unless they know he broke the law to obtain the information, a search warrant would not be appropriate. more
Adachi leak case: DA Gascón joins criticism of SFPD raid of journalist’s home
Chronicle (05/21/2019)
May
21
Conservatorship Legislation Continues to Full Board
by Alexandra Cannarella
San Francisco’s proposal to expand conservatorship, giving the City power to compel the medical treatment of homeless who are mentally ill and substance users, advanced Monday to the... more
San Francisco’s proposal to expand conservatorship, giving the City power to compel the medical treatment of homeless who are mentally ill and substance users, advanced Monday to the Board of Supervisors. They are scheduled to vote June 4 on the legislation, introduced by Supervisor Rafael Mandelman and Mayor London Breed, to enact the pilot program under Senate Bill 1045.

Supervisors Hillary Ronen, Gordon Mar and Shamann Walton who make up the Rules committee continued the legislation without recommendation, foreshadowing a fight on June 4th.
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Conservatorship Vote Moves to Full Board — But Will It Pass?
SF Weekly (05/21/2019)
Showdown looms over "contentious" proposal to compel homeless into treatment – The San Francisco Examiner
Examiner (05/21/2019)
Support falters for law to compel treatment of SF’s mentally ill
Chronicle (05/21/2019)
May
21
SFMTA and Muni Union Could Strike Deal, End Driver Shortages
by Alexandra Cannarella
Although Transport Workers Union Local 250-A officials and the SFMTA are tight-lipped on the details of recent contract negotiations, some operators within the agency are claiming th... more
Although Transport Workers Union Local 250-A officials and the SFMTA are tight-lipped on the details of recent contract negotiations, some operators within the agency are claiming the agreement is strong enough — in both pay increases and wage progression — to help end the Muni operator shortage.

Union members will vote sometime in the next few weeks to finalize the contract and operators are hopeful it will help to close the gap of over 400 Muni operators that are still needed.
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Tentative contract deal could help end shortage of Muni drivers
Examiner (05/21/2019)
May
21
New Model for Housing Mentally Ill Homeless
by Alexandra Cannarella

At a co-op in SF’s Ingleside, the people who live together are now stable after experiencing severe mental health or drug addiction crises. The house represents one solution that Sup

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At a co-op in SF’s Ingleside, the people who live together are now stable after experiencing severe mental health or drug addiction crises. The house represents one solution that Supervisors Ronen and Haney have introduced legislation for in the next windfall - co-op houses around the city that the city will buy, and that will be managed by non-profits.

“We have a broken mental health and substance abuse system in San Francisco. Everyone will cop to and agree that it’s a mess,” said Ronen. “The financial waste is absurd. The human cost is absurd. And the frustration of San Franciscans is absurd.”

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In a little yellow house, SF supes see model for getting mentally ill off streets
Chronicle (05/21/2019)
May
21
Juul Hires Political Consultant Linked to Trump
by Nicole Yelich
E-cigarette company Juul spent nearly $465,000 in April, public records show, to hire a stable of both local and national political operatives — including Fabrizio Ward, a Florida fi... more
E-cigarette company Juul spent nearly $465,000 in April, public records show, to hire a stable of both local and national political operatives — including Fabrizio Ward, a Florida firm with ties to President Trump. Fabrizio was a key pollster for Trump’s presidential campaign and was previously a business associate of Trump’s former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort.

Last week, Juul filed paperwork signaling an intent to put a ballot measure before voters that could override pending legislation to effectively ban the sale of e-cigarettes in San Francisco altogether, and also signaling that their battle in San Francisco is far from over.
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Juul hires consultant linked to Trump as it shells out money for SF ballot fight
Chronicle (05/21/2019)
May
21
Could SB50 be Revived in 2019?
by Alexandra Cannarella
Appropriations Committee Chair Anthony Portantino imposed the decision last week to deem SB50 ineligible for a vote until 2020, an action he had sole discretion over in his own commi... more
Appropriations Committee Chair Anthony Portantino imposed the decision last week to deem SB50 ineligible for a vote until 2020, an action he had sole discretion over in his own committee.

But there are still a few ways (including Portantino having a change of heart) that SB50 could get passed in 2019. They include Senate pro tempore Toni Atkins overruling Portantino by yanking the bill out of committee and fast tracking it straight to a vote, or amending the bill to “significantly amending the bill and limiting its applications in large swaths of the state”, and bringing it back to Portantino’s appropriations committee.

Despite support for the original bill from Mayor Breed and Libby Schaaf, amongst many other Bay Area, none of these are likely options, and we will have to wait until January 2020.
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How SB 50 could possibly make a comeback
SF Curbed (05/21/2019)
May
21
Court Rules Uber Must Share Data With City
by Alexandra Cannarella
On Monday an appeals court has ruled that ride-share company Uber must share data about rides and drivers with the city. This comes after a long-standing concern about how many miles... more
On Monday an appeals court has ruled that ride-share company Uber must share data about rides and drivers with the city. This comes after a long-standing concern about how many miles drivers are racking up on its streets, as well as how it affects traffic, safety, pollution and parking as part of a larger investigation into Uber drivers’ hours and earnings to gauge whether they make minimum wage, and whether Uber discriminates against disabled passengers and those from low-income areas. Lyft has been sharing similar data since February 2018. more
Court rules Uber must turn over data on driver congestion, double parkers to San Francisco – The San Francisco Examiner
Examiner (05/21/2019)
Uber must share data with San Francisco, appeals court rules
Chronicle (05/21/2019)
May
21
Students Propose Free MUNI to Combat Ride Sharing
by Alexandra Cannarella
According to a team of University of San Francisco graduate students, in order for the city to compete with Lyft and Uber, it must make Muni more reliable, more accessible, and possi... more
According to a team of University of San Francisco graduate students, in order for the city to compete with Lyft and Uber, it must make Muni more reliable, more accessible, and possibly free. Twenty two students within the Urban and Public Affairs program have presented these findings to SF’s Local Agency Formation Commission last week. Reducing fares generally has a positive effect on ridership, the students argue, who say that “Muni is not particularly price (or service) competitive with Uber or Lyft.” more
SF must slash or eliminate Muni fares to fight ride-hailing, say students
SF Curbed (05/21/2019)
May
21
David Wasserman Approved To Rent Board, After Link Found to Veritas Investments
by Alexandra Cannarella

After initial skepticism, the Rules Committee on Monday recommended approving David Wasserman to keep his seat on the Rent Board. This comes after tenant advocates scrutinized his la

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After initial skepticism, the Rules Committee on Monday recommended approving David Wasserman to keep his seat on the Rent Board. This comes after tenant advocates scrutinized his law firm, Wasserman Stern, which shares the same name as an attorney who represents mega-landlord and frequent board visitor, Veritas Investments. The firms are separate in every sense, save for the name and roof they share, Wasserman told the supervisors.

Wasserman began serving as a voting landlord commissioner in November after joining as an alternate member in 2015, but due to some unfiled paperwork, the Board of Supervisors is approving Wasserman’s appointment months later, rather than the usual 30 days after notice.

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Rules Committee Approves Rent Board Member With Veritas Link
SF Weekly (05/21/2019)
Today’s Suspects Updater
Alexandra Cannarella
Alex is a political fundraiser at AST Consulting where she works to fundraise for federal and state candidates across the country. She has lived in San Francisco for the last 8 years, but calls Portland, Oregon her true home. When she's not working, Alex can be found soaking up California sunshine, baking (mostly) healthy treats, and buying shoes.

In the Past Week…

May
20
Mayor Breed and DA Candidates Condemn Police Raid of Journalist's Home
by Jen Longley

After national pushback from journalists and advocates citing a disturbing precedent for press freedom, Mayor London Breed partially backtracked on her initial support of an SF Polic

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After national pushback from journalists and advocates citing a disturbing precedent for press freedom, Mayor London Breed partially backtracked on her initial support of an SF Police raid on a journalist Bryan Carmody’s home in a series of tweets Sunday. While reiterating her belief that the raids were carried out legally, she stated that “... I am not okay with police raids on reporters. We need to do better.”

Meanwhile, at a District Attorney debate hosted by the Latino Democratic Club, candidates Suzy Loftus, Chesa Boudin, Leif Dautch, and Nancy Tung, offered varied condemnation of the raids.

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Adachi leak: Mayor Breed shifts stance slightly on raid of journalist
Chronicle (05/20/2019)
Breed Shifts Stance on Raid Over Adachi Leak: 'I Am Not OK With Police Raids on Reporters'
KQED (05/20/2019)
Facing scrutiny, Mayor Breed says she’s ‘not okay’ with police raids on journalists –
Examiner (05/20/2019)
Some San Francisco Leaders Back Raid on a Journalist. District Attorney Candidates Disagree.
New York Times (05/20/2019)
May
20
Study Suggests Disrupting the Disruptors with Public Investment
by Jen Longley

A recently released report form USF suggests that San Francisco dramatically reduce or eliminate MUNI fares to keep the service competitive with private ride-hail companies like Uber

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A recently released report form USF suggests that San Francisco dramatically reduce or eliminate MUNI fares to keep the service competitive with private ride-hail companies like Uber and Lyft. The report, written after a three-month study submitted to the Local Agency Formation Commission, comes as MUNI is intending to raise fares to $3 beginning in July.

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Report: Make Muni free to offset ride hail impacts – The San Francisco Examiner
Examiner (05/20/2019)
May
20
A Mission SRO, the DBI, and the Speaker's Son
by Jen Longley

As the Department of Building Inspection seeks to address the squalid living conditions and lack of timely response from owners of a Mission District SRO, Mission Local provides a ru

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As the Department of Building Inspection seeks to address the squalid living conditions and lack of timely response from owners of a Mission District SRO, Mission Local provides a rundown of the unclear building ownership, baffling back-and-forth between City agencies and Paul Pelosi, Jr., and allegations of an intentional lack of response by ownership in order to clear the space for later repair and future wealthier tenants.

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Squalor continues at ‘the pit,’ the residential hotel where Paul Pelosi, Jr.’s involvement baffles San Francisco officials
Mission Local (05/20/2019)
May
20
Increase in Fatalities as SF Strives for Vision Zero
by Jen Longley

A rise in pedestrian and bicycle fatalities have complicated San Francisco’s plan, Vision Zero, to eliminate pedestrian deaths by 2024. While planned safety improvements continue to

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A rise in pedestrian and bicycle fatalities have complicated San Francisco’s plan, Vision Zero, to eliminate pedestrian deaths by 2024. While planned safety improvements continue to be made, efforts to reduce speeding at the State level have largely stalled over privacy concerns.

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SF sets sights on no street fatalities, but reality is far from Vision Zero
Chronicle (05/20/2019)
May
20
Housing After SB50
by Jen Longley

While Senator Scott Wiener's controversial SB50 has been shelved for the year, the Chronicle looks at housing-related bills still winding their way through the California legislature

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While Senator Scott Wiener's controversial SB50 has been shelved for the year, the Chronicle looks at housing-related bills still winding their way through the California legislature, including Assemblymember David Chiu’s AB1763, which would remove density and adjust height limits for affordable housing construction near transit. 

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California’s big housing bill is dead for the year. Here’s what’s left
Chronicle (05/20/2019)
May
20
Washington High Murals Profiled
by Jen Longley

The Guardian provides a deep dive into the debate and history surrounding the proposed removal of controversial Depression-era murals at George Washington High School.

The Guardian provides a deep dive into the debate and history surrounding the proposed removal of controversial Depression-era murals at George Washington High School.

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A school's mural removal: should kids be shielded from brutal US history?
Guardian (05/20/2019)
May
19
PG&E Warns of Fire Danger Causing SF Blackouts
by Carrie McFadden
Although San Francisco itself is unlikely to be hit by wildfires, PG&E is warning of a "cascading effect" that could still impact it.

Should conditions get windier and drier than usua... more
Although San Francisco itself is unlikely to be hit by wildfires, PG&E is warning of a "cascading effect" that could still impact it.

Should conditions get windier and drier than usual in the East Bay (perfect weather for sparking a wildfire), the utility giant may take the step of temporarily cutting power lines to the City. 

This comes in the wake of state investigators confirming that high-voltage transmission lines caused last year's devastating Camp Fire, and PG&E scrambling to keep something like that from occurring again. more
Fire danger could force SF blackout, PG&E says
Chronicle (05/19/2019)
May
19
In "Ban Francisco," Do Product Bans Go Too Far?
by Carrie McFadden
The Chronicle covers the ongoing debate over San Francisco's penchant for banning what it considers to be harmful or disruptive items -- electric scooters, plastic straws, e-cigarett... more
The Chronicle covers the ongoing debate over San Francisco's penchant for banning what it considers to be harmful or disruptive items -- electric scooters, plastic straws, e-cigarettes, and more.

While San Francisco has long been considered a bastion of progressive politics, some see these recent bans as being systemic of a nanny state. more
Nanny state or progressive politics? In ‘Ban Francisco,’ the debate rages on
Chronicle (05/19/2019)
May
19
Neighborhood Center Assists Youth With Housing and Health Issues
by Carrie McFadden
The Examiner profiles the 3rd Street Youth Center and Clinic, which helps youth ages 12 to 24 with vital health services, and has recently added housing assistance to its programs. ... more
The Examiner profiles the 3rd Street Youth Center and Clinic, which helps youth ages 12 to 24 with vital health services, and has recently added housing assistance to its programs.  more
Center helps youth with health, housing issues
Examiner (05/18/2019)
May
19
From Boosting SF to Boosting the State as a Whole, Joe D'Alessandro Gets Promoted
by Carrie McFadden
Governor Gavin Newsom has appointed Joseph D'Alessandro, the head of San Francisco Travel, to the California Travel and Tourism Commission. D'Alessandro has built up a reputation of ... more
Governor Gavin Newsom has appointed Joseph D'Alessandro, the head of San Francisco Travel, to the California Travel and Tourism Commission. D'Alessandro has built up a reputation of calling things like he sees them, and he's vowed to continue that tradition at the state level. more
The man who lures travelers to San Francisco turns attention to California
Chronicle (05/19/2019)
May
19
FYI: Berkeley Parking Tickets Just Got A Lot Pricier on Game Days
by Carrie McFadden
Phil Matier is the bearer of today's good news for Bear's fans: a ticket for parking illegally near Cal's stadium on game days has just gotten a major hike: from $98 to $225.

Accordin... more
Phil Matier is the bearer of today's good news for Bear's fans: a ticket for parking illegally near Cal's stadium on game days has just gotten a major hike: from $98 to $225.

According to the Berkeley City Council, the previous amount wasn't enough of a deterrent. In the neighborhoods surrounding Memorial Stadium, cars would often block driveways or access to homes. Now, the hope is that they will think twice before doing so.  He also gives his take on JUUL's preemptive efforts to head off a potential ban on e-cigarette cartridges and Governor Newsom's appointment of SF Travel's Joe D'Alessandro to the state tourism commission. more
Want to park near Cal’s stadium in Berkeley on game days? Bring money
Chronicle (05/19/2019)
May
18
Columnists Unimpressed with Local Pols Support of Police Raid on Reporter’s Home
by Owen Stephens
Chronicle columnist Heather Knight, and Examiner columnist Joe Fitz, are unimpressed with San Francisco Mayor London Breed, Supervisor Sandra Fewer, Police Chief Bill Scott and other... more
Chronicle columnist Heather Knight, and Examiner columnist Joe Fitz, are unimpressed with San Francisco Mayor London Breed, Supervisor Sandra Fewer, Police Chief Bill Scott and other city leaders that offered support for a recent raid on a local journalist’s home. The May 10th raid was carried out in an attempt to uncover who had leaked a report containing the details of Public Defender Jeff Adachi’s death to freelancer Bryan Carmody. more
Adachi leak: San Francisco ransacks its values with police raid on reporter’s home
Chronicle (05/18/2019)
The raid on a journalist’s home is San Francisco’s disgrace — and it has only gotten worse
Examiner (05/18/2019)
May
18
SF Elementary School Renamed in Honor of Dolores Huerta
by Owen Stephens
San Francisco officials celebrated the renaming of Fairmount Elementary School after Dolores Huerta, a legendary civil rights activist who helped organize California farmworkers with... more
San Francisco officials celebrated the renaming of Fairmount Elementary School after Dolores Huerta, a legendary civil rights activist who helped organize California farmworkers with Cesar Chavez. Si, se puede. more
Fairmount Elementary renamed in honor of civil rights activist Dolores Huerta
Examiner (05/18/2019)
San Francisco Renames Elementary School After Activist Dolores Huerta
NBC Bay Area (05/18/2019)
May
18
LGBT Bills Shelved
by Owen Stephens
Two more LGBT rights bills were shelved in the Assembly yesterday until 2020. AB 650 by Assemblymember Evan Low would have required law enforcement agencies to track the sexual orien... more
Two more LGBT rights bills were shelved in the Assembly yesterday until 2020. AB 650 by Assemblymember Evan Low would have required law enforcement agencies to track the sexual orientation and gender identity of victims of homicide and suicide. The other, AB 758, aimed to address unjustified workplace pay differentials for employees that do not conform to the gender binary. Most other bills advanced. more
Online Extra: Political Notes: Two more CA LGBT bills shelved until 2020 session
The Bay Area Reporter (05/18/2019)
May
18
ICE Seeks Detention Facility Near SF
by Owen Stephens

Immigration and Customs Enforcement is on the lookout for facilities in the Bay Area and other parts of California to house thousands of detainees. Perhaps expecting pushback from lo

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Immigration and Customs Enforcement is on the lookout for facilities in the Bay Area and other parts of California to house thousands of detainees. Perhaps expecting pushback from local governments, ICE’s definition of the San Francisco region is broad, seeking locations within 75 to 180 miles of cities covering most of Northern California between Bakersfield and Redding.

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ICE scouting locations across California for detention centers to hold 5,600
Chronicle (05/18/2019)
May
18
SB 50 Has Public Support
by Owen Stephens
Despite being shelved until 2020, State Senator Scott Wiener’s SB50 is polling with significant public support. If approved next year, SB 50 would encourage taller and denser housing... more
Despite being shelved until 2020, State Senator Scott Wiener’s SB50 is polling with significant public support. If approved next year, SB 50 would encourage taller and denser housing development near transit lines, and has been highly controversial with local governments statewide, including San Francisco. more
Poll: Two-thirds of California voters back SB 50 housing bill
SF Curbed (05/18/2019)
May
17
Proposal to Close Juvenile Hall Heads for a Full Board Vote
by Nicole Yelich
After several hours of public comment from dozens of advocates and formerly incarcerated youth, Supes on the Government and Oversight Committee voted unanimously to send the legislat... more
After several hours of public comment from dozens of advocates and formerly incarcerated youth, Supes on the Government and Oversight Committee voted unanimously to send the legislation to close juvenile hall in 2021 off to the full Board for a vote in early June.  The legislation, co-sponsored by Supervisors Walton, Ronen and Haney, already has the support of five other Supes, making it veto-proof. more
First Vote to Shutter S.F.’s Juvenile Hall Passes Unanimously
SF Weekly (05/17/2019)
San Francisco Supervisors Weigh Proposal To Close Juvenile Hall
KCBS (05/17/2019)
SF supervisors move step closer to closing juvenile hall
Chronicle (05/17/2019)
May
17
Senate Committee Tables SB50 Until 2020
by Nicole Yelich

Senator Scott Wiener’s transit-housing bill won’t be getting a vote until next year after the Senate Appropriations Committee decided they would hold SB50 for the rest of the year.  

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Senator Scott Wiener’s transit-housing bill won’t be getting a vote until next year after the Senate Appropriations Committee decided they would hold SB50 for the rest of the year.  Committee Senator Anthony Portantino (D-LA) said of the postponement, “It was the time to take a breath. We took a breath.  Sen. Wiener expressed his disappointment at the delay, but said he is “one hundred percent committed” to keep pushing the bill forward as the state’s housing crisis won’t wait.

Governor Gavin Newsom, who had not endorsed the bill, offered this food for thought: “This is serious stuff, and I admire and applaud Sen. Wiener for his doggedness and leadership.  Those who oppose it, I appreciate, but what are they promoting as an alternative to address this issue with the kind of certainty and aggressiveness that is required at this moment?”

 
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California’s transit-housing bill SB 50 stuck in limbo until 2020
Curbed SF (05/17/2019)
Major California housing bill from Sen. Scott Wiener put on hold until 2020
Chronicle (05/17/2019)
Wiener's housing density bill dead in the water until 2020 – The San Francisco Examiner
Examiner (05/17/2019)
Wiener's SB 50 Housing Bill Postponed Until 2020
SF Weekly (05/17/2019)
May
17
New Count Shows 17% Increase in Homeless Population Since 2017
by Nicole Yelich

Data released Thursday from a recent point-in-time count shows there are 17% more homeless individuals in SF now - 8,011 - than in 2017, when the same count had the number of unhouse

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Data released Thursday from a recent point-in-time count shows there are 17% more homeless individuals in SF now - 8,011 - than in 2017, when the same count had the number of unhoused residents at 6,858.  The largest increase - 68% - is people living in their vehicles, while the numbers of veterans and youth living on the streets has decreased.

A more comprehensive report is expected in July, which could show a number significantly higher than 8,011 because this count did not include homeless currently in hospitals, jails, or mental health centers.

 
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Bay Area homeless populations continue to rise with some staggering figures
KTVU (05/17/2019)
San Francisco's homeless population is on the rise – The San Francisco Examiner
Examiner (05/17/2019)
SF homeless count up 17 percent, driven by vehicle dwellers
Mission Local (05/17/2019)
SF homeless population swells by 17% in latest tally
Chronicle (05/17/2019)
May
17
Officials Celebrate Opening of First HOPE SF Residential Development in Potrero
by Nicole Yelich

Last Thursday, City officials and community leaders celebrated the opening of the first residential development of the Hope SF Potrero Hill Master Plan - 71-units of affordable housi

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Last Thursday, City officials and community leaders celebrated the opening of the first residential development of the Hope SF Potrero Hill Master Plan - 71-units of affordable housing at 1101 Connecticut Avenue. HOPE SF, described as “the nation’s first large-scale community development aimed to disrupting intergenerational poverty, reducing social isolation, and forming vibrant mixed-income communities without mass displacement,” aims to rebuild 619 units of “distressed” public housing and build 1,000 new affordable units.  

HOPE SF is a partnership between BRIDGE Housing, the Mayor’s Office of Housing and Community Development, and the San Francisco Housing Authority.

 
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First Potrero Hill Residential Building Opens Under Hope SF
San Francisco News (05/17/2019)
May
17
Lawyer for Journalist Petitions to Unseal Warrants Used in Raid
by Nicole Yelich

Thomas Burke, the attorney representing journalist Bryan Carmody, has filed a motion to unseal the search warrants used by SFPD and return the items taken from his home and office, s

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Thomas Burke, the attorney representing journalist Bryan Carmody, has filed a motion to unseal the search warrants used by SFPD and return the items taken from his home and office, saying the “plainly invalid warrants” violated state and federal laws.  

Burke wrote in the motion that the SFPD “carried out an egregiously overbroad and intrusive search, violently breaking into Mr. Carmody’s home, threatening him with drawn guns, and seizing dozens of communications devices after rummaging through his residence and home for hours while he sat in handcuffs despite posing no conceivable threat.”  The motion is scheduled to be heard in San Francisco Superior Court on Tuesday.  

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Adachi leak: Lawyer for journalist fights 'breathtakingly overbroad' search
Chronicle (05/17/2019)
Attorneys Ask Judge to Unseal Warrants S.F. Police Used in Raid of Journalist's Home, Return Seized Items
KQED (05/17/2019)
May
17
Planning Commission Prez Proposed Nav Center in Civic Center Redesign
by Nicole Yelich
Planning Commission President Myrna Melgar proposed adding homeless services to the plan to beautify and clean up Civic Center and UN Plaza, in the form of constructing a navigation ... more
Planning Commission President Myrna Melgar proposed adding homeless services to the plan to beautify and clean up Civic Center and UN Plaza, in the form of constructing a navigation center in a 94,000 square foot space under Bill Graham Auditorium that is currently used for storage.  

Melgar acknowledges her proposal will “
take some political and economic resources” to bring to fruition but is an important step to make sure the needs of the homeless and lower-income population that currently utilizes Civic Center are taken into account.
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Planning Commission president calls for homeless shelter in plans to redo Civic Center – The San Francisco Examiner
Examiner (05/17/2019)
May
17
District Attorney Candidates Square Off in Mission Debate
by Nicole Yelich
The four candidates for District Attorney squared off at a forum hosted by the SF Latino Democratic Club on Wednesday night, and Mission Local’s Julian Mark gives the rundown on the ... more
The four candidates for District Attorney squared off at a forum hosted by the SF Latino Democratic Club on Wednesday night, and Mission Local’s Julian Mark gives the rundown on the candidates’ policy proposals, where they agree, and where they differ - on juvenile hall and prosecuting police shootings. more
District Attorney candidates cross swords in SF's Mission
Mission Local (05/17/2019)
May
17
Mission Residents Push Back on 16th Street Bus Lanes
by Nicole Yelich
Residents along 16th Street are pushing back on the SFMTA’s plans to create red bus-only lanes along 16th, saying that speeding up the 22-Fillmore will encourage further gentrificati... more
Residents along 16th Street are pushing back on the SFMTA’s plans to create red bus-only lanes along 16th, saying that speeding up the 22-Fillmore will encourage further gentrification of the Mission.  While data collected by the SFMTA shows the ethnic makeup of the 22’s ridership is 52% white, the majority are also lower-income. more
16th Street neighbors fear red bus lanes drive gentrification – The San Francisco Examiner
Examiner (05/17/2019)
May
17
SFMTA Readies to Test Drive Train Door Fix
by Nicole Yelich
Any day now, the SFMTA is expected to test their fix for the malfunctioning back door sensors on one of the new light rail cars, in real time with passengers, and an operator station... more
Any day now, the SFMTA is expected to test their fix for the malfunctioning back door sensors on one of the new light rail cars, in real time with passengers, and an operator stationed in the back of the train to monitor the doors. more
Muni testing fix for its malfunctioning train car doors – The San Francisco Examiner
Examiner (05/17/2019)
May
17
Legislation to Ban "Balance Billing" Heads for Assembly Vote
by Nicole Yelich
Assemblymember David Chiu’s AB 1611, the bill that would prohibit “balance billing” by hospitals that leads to exorbitant bills for patients who received care their insurance compani... more
Assemblymember David Chiu’s AB 1611, the bill that would prohibit “balance billing” by hospitals that leads to exorbitant bills for patients who received care their insurance companies refuse to pay for, is moving to the Assembly floor for a vote after moving through the Assembly Appropriations Committee.  If passed by the full Assembly, it will then head to the State Senate. more
State legislation prompted by huge SF General bills moves closer to passage
Chronicle (05/17/2019)
May
17
Improvements Coming to GG Park Stanyan Street Entrance
by Nicole Yelich
The Rec and Parks Commission approved $5.5 million for a slew of projects to improve the Stanyan Street entrance to Golden Gate Park, an area long fraught with vandalism and drug use... more
The Rec and Parks Commission approved $5.5 million for a slew of projects to improve the Stanyan Street entrance to Golden Gate Park, an area long fraught with vandalism and drug use much to the consternation of visitors and nearby businesses.  The projects include upgrading lighting, walkways, irrigation and landscaping, as well as adding an outdoor café. more
Be not afraid of Golden Gate Park's Stanyan Street entrance - changes coming
Chronicle (05/17/2019)
May
17
Remembering the "White Night Riot" 40 Years Later
by Nicole Yelich
SF Weekly remembers the White Night Riot, as the 40th anniversary approaches on May 21st - the night San Francisco’s LGBT community descended on City Hall in response to the controve... more
SF Weekly remembers the White Night Riot, as the 40th anniversary approaches on May 21st - the night San Francisco’s LGBT community descended on City Hall in response to the controversial verdict of voluntary manslaughter handed down to Dan White for killing Supervisor Harvey Milk and Mayor George Moscone, seen as a mere slap on the wrist by the LGBT community rocked with shock and grief over the murders a mere six months prior. more
Yesterday’s Crimes: The White Night Riot at 40
SF Weekly (05/17/2019)
May
17
Dem Presidential Hopeful Seth Moulton Visits SF
by Nicole Yelich
Massachusetts Congressman and Dem candidate for president Seth Moulton hosted a “$25-a-head grassroots get-together for young professionals” at Manny’s in the Mission, in his first v... more
Massachusetts Congressman and Dem candidate for president Seth Moulton hosted a “$25-a-head grassroots get-together for young professionals” at Manny’s in the Mission, in his first visit to the Bay Area since announcing his candidacy three weeks ago.  Moulton spoke about how his experience serving in the Marines prepared him to run, his plans if elected, and the real challenges the Dems face in trying to unseat Trump. more
Dem candidate Seth Moulton visits SF, says Trump harder to beat than most think
Chronicle (05/17/2019)
May
16
PG&E at Fault for Camp Fire, Asks Court for More Time to Reorganize
by Jen Longley

Pacific Gas & Electric power lines sparked the Camp Fire, investigators with California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection have concluded. The utility, which had already ackn

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Pacific Gas & Electric power lines sparked the Camp Fire, investigators with California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection have concluded. The utility, which had already acknowledged its likely culpability as it filed bankruptcy earlier this year amid claims that it did not take the need to prepare for wildfires seriously enough, is now seeking an additional six months to reorganize its business. Governor Gavin Newsom has blasted the request in a filing to the court, writing that the request “reflects no sense of urgency in addressing the serious problems and issues” PG&E faces and is particularly concerning because it “encompasses the entirety of the 2019 wildfire season.”

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