Today’s Stories (Last updated October 22, 06:49 PM)

Oct
22
M&R: Throwback to the Future
by Kelly Groth
San Francisco has agreed to spend an extra $6.5 million to install 350 "historic" street lights along Van Ness Avenue. The MTA originally planned for modern lights, but pressure from... more
San Francisco has agreed to spend an extra $6.5 million to install 350 "historic" street lights along Van Ness Avenue. The MTA originally planned for modern lights, but pressure from the Board of Supervisors and advocacy groups moved the MTA to approve new "historic" lamp posts. more
Retro-look Van Ness streetlights back in plan, but purists take dim view
Chronicle (10/22/2017)
Oct
22
Willie Brown: DiFi Certain to Win in 2018
by Kelly Groth
Willie Brown is certain Senator Diane Feinstein is safe in her seat, despite facing challengers like Kevin de Leon. However, if the challengers band together and run negative campaig... more
Willie Brown is certain Senator Diane Feinstein is safe in her seat, despite facing challengers like Kevin de Leon. However, if the challengers band together and run negative campaigns against DiFi, that's going to be a challenge for her. more
Smart money is on Feinstein in 2018
Chronicle (10/22/2017)
Oct
22
Student Transportation Gets a Makeover
by Kelly Groth
Two Examiner articles cover transportation policies around getting kids to walk, bike, or take public transportation to school. SFUSD's first transportation fellow studies new transp... more
Two Examiner articles cover transportation policies around getting kids to walk, bike, or take public transportation to school. SFUSD's first transportation fellow studies new transportation options for SF students, stemming from a partnership with SFUSD and SFMTA.  more
From new school buses to bike rides, SFUSD close to revamping kid transit
Examiner (10/22/2017)
Parents push for student transportation without cars
Examiner (10/22/2017)
Oct
22
An Octopus's Garden... On the Trees?
by Kelly Groth
Heather Knight investigates the origin of those cute (but mystifying) octopus sweater decorations attached to the trees at Civic Center. The company Knits for Life is behind the deco... more
Heather Knight investigates the origin of those cute (but mystifying) octopus sweater decorations attached to the trees at Civic Center. The company Knits for Life is behind the decorations, and were hired by the Trust for Public Land to liven up Civic Center. 

File under: Very San Francisco more
Yes, Civic Center trees are dressed in knitted octopuses. Is there a problem?
Chronicle (10/21/2017)
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*

Mayor 2019

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

Incumbents in bold. Candidates d... 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*

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
Kelly Groth
Kelly is excited to carry forth the tradition of waking up early to scrounge the day's headlines. Her background in SF politics ranges from grassroots campaigns to serving on the board of one too many Democratic clubs. Sometimes she has a free moment, where you can find her biking around town or stuffing her face with Arizmendi pastries.

In the Past Week…

Oct
21
SF Could Open Multiple Safe Injection Sites
by Peter Gallotta
And it should, according to the City's Safe Injection Task Force. In a new report released Friday, the Task Force identified 17 recommendations that would move San Francisco closer t... more
And it should, according to the City's Safe Injection Task Force. In a new report released Friday, the Task Force identified 17 recommendations that would move San Francisco closer to becoming the first U.S. city to open safe injection facilities. Safe injection sites have been modeled in 65 other cities throughout the country, and help prevent overdose, reduce transmission of HIV and Hepatitis C, and connect people to services. In San Francisco, there are an estimated 22,500 people who inject drugs. The safe injection site recommendations will be discussed at a hearing at the Board of Supervisor's Public Safety and Neighborhood Services Committee on Wednesday.  more
Open multiple sites in SF to inject drugs under medical supervision, task force says
Examiner (10/21/2017)
Oct
21
Peskin Looks to Revive Willie Brown Rule on City Commissions
by Peter Gallotta
Willie Brown had a widely known rule when he was Mayor - if you were running for an elected office and also served on a City commission, you'd get the boot from your appointed seat. ... more
Willie Brown had a widely known rule when he was Mayor - if you were running for an elected office and also served on a City commission, you'd get the boot from your appointed seat. The only problem? The rule was never written down. So while many Commissioners turned candidates over the years have adhered to it, others have not. Supervisor Aaron Peskin is looking to revive Brown's de facto rule and this time, codify it into City law.  more
Peskin looks to dust off Willie Brown rule on city commissions
Chronicle (10/21/2017)
Oct
21
Driver Pleads Not Guilty in Hit & Run of SFPD Officer
by Peter Gallotta
A man accused of running down an SFPD officer and then fleeing the scene, pleaded not guilty Friday to attempted-murder charges. SFPD officer, Elia Lewin-Tankel, remains in critical ... more
A man accused of running down an SFPD officer and then fleeing the scene, pleaded not guilty Friday to attempted-murder charges. SFPD officer, Elia Lewin-Tankel, remains in critical condition at SF General Hospital. The 50 year old suspect has evaded arrest and been involved in reckless driving incidents in the past. His bail is currently set at $10 million.  more
Driver accused of ramming SF officer pleads not guilty to attempted murder
Chronicle (10/21/2017)
Oct
21
LGBT Senior Housing Breaks Ground on Laguna Street
by Peter Gallotta
The project at 75 Laguna Street will build 78 units of affordable housing for low-income LGBT seniors. The building, called the "Openhouse Community," will house seniors aged 62 or o... more
The project at 75 Laguna Street will build 78 units of affordable housing for low-income LGBT seniors. The building, called the "Openhouse Community," will house seniors aged 62 or over. 15 units of housing will be set aside for those at risk of homelessness, while six will be reserved for people living with HIV/AIDS. A lottery for the housing units will be conducted late next year. Openhouse, one of the building's sponsors, estimates that there are 25,000 LGBT seniors in San Francisco. more
New LGBT Senior Housing Project Breaks Ground On Laguna St.
Hoodline (10/21/2017)
Oct
20
Removal of Justin Herman's Name from Plaza Invalid
by Kelly Groth
Hours after Rec and Park Commissioners voted to remove Justin Herman's name from the plaza along the Embarcadero, the vote was declared invalid by the City Attorney's office. Legally... more
Hours after Rec and Park Commissioners voted to remove Justin Herman's name from the plaza along the Embarcadero, the vote was declared invalid by the City Attorney's office. Legally, the vote was 3 to 3 (instead of recorded 4 to 3) since Commissioner McDonnell was absent from the vote. His vote was recorded in favor after he had expressed support, but was not present at the time of the vote. more
Chaos over vote to strip Justin Herman’s name from plaza
Chronicle (10/19/2017)
UPDATE: Commission’s vote to remove Justin Herman’s name from plaza later declared invalid
Examiner (10/19/2017)
Oct
20
Chariot Operations Halted by CPUC
by SF Usual Suspects
The California Public Utilities Commission ordered Chariot to halt all services on Thursday. Chariot, a private bus service that has come under scrutiny for mimicking Muni lines, fai... more
The California Public Utilities Commission ordered Chariot to halt all services on Thursday. Chariot, a private bus service that has come under scrutiny for mimicking Muni lines, failed to meet safety requirements.

The company has halted service and says it will comply with a re-inspection, and hopes to be back in business soon. more
Chariot ordered to put brakes on commuter service in SF
Chronicle (10/19/2017)
Regulators order Chariot to halt service in California due to safety concerns
Examiner (10/19/2017)
Oct
20
Landlord to Pay $1M to Displaced Tenants
by Kelly Groth
Tenants residing in an illegal warehouse unit in the Mission District were evicted after a fire damaged their building are being rewarded over $1 million by their former landlords. T... more
Tenants residing in an illegal warehouse unit in the Mission District were evicted after a fire damaged their building are being rewarded over $1 million by their former landlords. This is the first legal settlement related to fires that have displaced tenants, and have implications for other residents affected by fires in their buildings. more
SF landlord will pay $1 million to residents of burned-out illegal units
Chronicle (10/19/2017)
Oct
20
Pawsitive News for Dog Owners
by Kelly Groth
After restricting dog access in certain parts of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, the park service has decided to re-enact its regulations from 1979. The less-restrictive re... more
After restricting dog access in certain parts of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, the park service has decided to re-enact its regulations from 1979. The less-restrictive regulations are seen as a win for dog advocates, who found the proposed dog management legislation strict and corrupt in process. more
National Park Service kills proposed new rules for dog access in GGNRA
Chronicle (10/19/2017)
Oct
19
City Files Suit Against PG&E in Connection with Landslides
by Denise Heitzenroder
San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera filed a lawsuit against Pacific Gas and Electric Co. in connection with the January 2016 landslides on Mount Davidson. The city alleges tha... more
San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera filed a lawsuit against Pacific Gas and Electric Co. in connection with the January 2016 landslides on Mount Davidson. The city alleges that shoddy work caused the landslides, and is seeking to recover over $6 billion that it paid in homeowners’ claims. more
San Francisco sues PG&E over work it claims led to destructive landslide
Chronicle (10/18/2017)
Oct
19
District Attorney Clears Officer in 2016 Shooting of Homeless Woman
by Denise Heitzenroder

San Francisco District Attorney George Gascón cleared an officer of charges in the fatal shooting of Jessica Williams, a car-theft suspect, in May of 2016. The Williams shooting, whi

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San Francisco District Attorney George Gascón cleared an officer of charges in the fatal shooting of Jessica Williams, a car-theft suspect, in May of 2016. The Williams shooting, which happened six months after Mario Woods was shot, prompted the resignation of Police Chief Greg Suhr at the request of Mayor Ed Lee. 

 

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No charges in 2016 police shooting of unarmed woman driving stolen car
Chronicle (10/18/2017)
Oct
19
Wildfires Expected to be Fully Conatined by Friday
by Denise Heitzenroder
Fires that have burned across Napa, Sonoma, Mendocino, Yuba and Santa Cruz counties are expected to be fully contained by Friday, CalFire stated. Showers are expected Thursday night,... more
Fires that have burned across Napa, Sonoma, Mendocino, Yuba and Santa Cruz counties are expected to be fully contained by Friday, CalFire stated. Showers are expected Thursday night, and residents are starting to head back as evacuation orders in the regions have been lifted. more
Firefighters expect full containment on Wine Country wildfires by Friday
Chronicle (10/18/2017)
Oct
19
SFPD Officer Struck While on Bike Patrol, Suspect Apprehended
by Denise Heitzenroder
A San Francisco police officer on bicycle patrol was struck by a suspect in a gun-related case near City Hall. The suspect fled, but was apprehended hours later. The officer remains ... more
A San Francisco police officer on bicycle patrol was struck by a suspect in a gun-related case near City Hall. The suspect fled, but was apprehended hours later. The officer remains in intensive care. more
Suspect arrested after SFPD officer on bike is hit, critically injured
Chronicle (10/18/2017)
Oct
19
San Francisco Suing Fossil Fuel Producers for Climate Change Infrastructure Updates
by Denise Heitzenroder
San Francisco has filed a lawsuit against the five largest publicly-held producers of fossil fuels to help cover the billions in dollars it will cost the city to fortify seawalls, an... more
San Francisco has filed a lawsuit against the five largest publicly-held producers of fossil fuels to help cover the billions in dollars it will cost the city to fortify seawalls, and rebuild the sewer system to protect the city from climate change and rising sea levels. more
Could San Francisco Get the Oil Industry to Pay for Climate Change?
WIRED (10/19/2017)
Oct
19
Merchants & Neighbors Concerned About Cannabis Dispenseries
by Denise Heitzenroder
Merchants and neighbors have expressed concerns about cannabis dispensaries in neighborhoods across San Francisco, including the Excelsior. While the city waits to finalize cannabis ... more
Merchants and neighbors have expressed concerns about cannabis dispensaries in neighborhoods across San Francisco, including the Excelsior. While the city waits to finalize cannabis regulations in the coming weeks, citizens have expressed concerns about dispensaries being clustered in communities without political clout that face their own challenges.  more
Merchants worry about SF’s Excelsior neighborhood going to pot
Chronicle (10/18/2017)
Oct
19
SFMTA Survey Examines City’s Transportation Habits
by Denise Heitzenroder
The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency has conducted their annual travel survey. The survey found that private auto use is down, while ride-hailing, through services like ... more
The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency has conducted their annual travel survey. The survey found that private auto use is down, while ride-hailing, through services like Lyft and Uber, is increasing. more
Survey: Private auto use in SF lower than before, except among wealthier residents
Examiner (10/19/2017)
Oct
19
More Potential Feinstein Challengers?
by Kelly Groth
Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de León declared his intention to run against Sen. Dianne Feinstein in 2018, raising questions about other potential challengers. Current speculation i... more
Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de León declared his intention to run against Sen. Dianne Feinstein in 2018, raising questions about other potential challengers. Current speculation includes billionaire Tom Steyer, as well as a relatively unknown potential candidate, Joe Sanberg. Sanberg has worked to expand access to the state's earned income tax credit, and is launching the Working Hero PAC to back congressional candidates whose policies support low income and working class communities. more
Mystery name on list of possible Feinstein challengers
Chronicle (10/19/2017)
Oct
19
GOP Supporting Ballot Measure to Repeal State Gas Tax
by Kelly Groth
The California Republican party is rallying support for a ballot measure to repeal much of SB1, which was passed and signed into law in April. The bill aims raises taxes on fuel and ... more
The California Republican party is rallying support for a ballot measure to repeal much of SB1, which was passed and signed into law in April. The bill aims raises taxes on fuel and raises registration fees to fund roughly $52 billion to pay for repairs to the state’s roads and bridges. more
Calif. GOP rallies around measure to repeal new gas tax
Chronicle (10/20/2017)
Oct
18
Robots Ready to Roll? (And Other News from the Board)
by Nicole Yelich

Lacking the votes to pass an outright ban on delivery robots sharing City sidewalks, Supervisor Yee proposed amendments to his initial ordinance that would allow robotic’s companies

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Lacking the votes to pass an outright ban on delivery robots sharing City sidewalks, Supervisor Yee proposed amendments to his initial ordinance that would allow robotic’s companies to obtain permits for testing the robots on City sidewalks in limited areas zoned for industrial uses. 

 

Additional amendments include limiting the robots’ speed, requiring nearby human monitoring, and encouraging the unionization of the workforce at robotics companies.  Yee cites his change of heart as a desire to strike a balance between innovation and pedestrian safety.

 
Also at Tuesday’s meeting, Mayor Lee introduced legislation to relocate city departments and inmates currently housed in the squalid Hall of Justice. Farrell’s law banning flame-retardant chemicals in upholstery and children’s products sailed through unanimously on first reading.  Sheehy’s ordinance requiring big grocery stores to report the meats’ antibiotic content was unanimously approved, and his ordinance preventing bicycle chop shops from obstructing city sidewalks passed 9-2.

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SF bans sale of upholstered furniture containing flame retardant chemicals
Examiner (10/18/2017)
SF rolls back robot delivery ban on sidewalks
Examiner (10/18/2017)
Supervisor revises measure on delivery robots on SF sidewalks
Chronicle (10/18/2017)
Oct
18
Feinstein backers mobilize for the real threat. It’s not Kevin de León
by Nicole Yelich
Backers of Sen. Dianne Feinstein have moved to form a super PAC for her re-election next year — not so much to beat back the just-announced challenge by fellow Democrat Kevin de León... more
Backers of Sen. Dianne Feinstein have moved to form a super PAC for her re-election next year — not so much to beat back the just-announced challenge by fellow Democrat Kevin de León, the state Senate president, as to arm for possible war against billionaire environmentalist Tom Steyer.


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Feinstein backers mobilize for the real threat. It’s not Kevin de León
Chronicle (10/18/2017)
Oct
18
Federal Judge Blocks Most of Travel Ban 3.0
by Nicole Yelich

Trump’s third attempt to institute a sweeping travel ban was blocked by a federal judge on Tuesday.  Out of the proposed 8 impacted countries, restrictions on all but North Korea and

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Trump’s third attempt to institute a sweeping travel ban was blocked by a federal judge on Tuesday.  Out of the proposed 8 impacted countries, restrictions on all but North Korea and Venezuela have been halted.

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Federal Judge Blocks Most of Travel Ban 3.0
SF Weekly (10/18/2017)
Oct
18
5 firefighters hurt, homes evacuated as fire rages in Santa Cruz Mountains
by Nicole Yelich

A new wildfire broke out Tuesday in the Santa Cruz Mountains and quickly spread through dry brush and thick forest, igniting buildings and prompting numerous evacuations around Bould

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A new wildfire broke out Tuesday in the Santa Cruz Mountains and quickly spread through dry brush and thick forest, igniting buildings and prompting numerous evacuations around Boulder Creek.

Five firefighters were injured and at least four structures were destroyed before dawn after a building fire late Monday night ignited the hills and sent flames sweeping through trees.

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5 firefighters hurt, homes evacuated as fire rages in Santa Cruz Mountains
Chronicle (10/18/2017)
Oct
18
PG&E Under Fire
by Nicole Yelich

PG&E's stock price is down 17 percent since Oct. 11, when state fire officials said they would investigate whether PG&E’s power lines, blown by fierce winds, played a role in sparkin

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PG&E's stock price is down 17 percent since Oct. 11, when state fire officials said they would investigate whether PG&E’s power lines, blown by fierce winds, played a role in sparking the fires.

One analyst estimated the company could face liabilities topping $12 billion if investigators blame PG&E. Indeed, what appears to be the first lawsuit faulting PG&E for the fires was filed Tuesday by a Santa Rosa couple who lost their home. 


State Senator Jerry Hill calls for PG&E to be split or "dissolved" if faulty electrical lines are found to be the cause for the catastrophic fires in Northern California. more
State senator: PG&E should be ‘split’ if negligence caused fires
Chronicle (10/18/2017)
Oct
18
SFMTA, Contractors Play Hot Potato
by Nicole Yelich

Walsh Construction, a contractor for the Van Ness Bus Rapid Transit project, hit the City with two claims totaling $15M, citing the City’s bidding process as partially responsible fo

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Walsh Construction, a contractor for the Van Ness Bus Rapid Transit project, hit the City with two claims totaling $15M, citing the City’s bidding process as partially responsible for a six month delay in finding contractors to complete necessary sewer and stormwater work. 



The opening of this highly anticipated new line has now been pushed back a full two years, much to the dismay of Supervisors Farrell and Peskin who called SFMTA staff on the carpet for not alerting the Board earlier to the mounting delays.

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Contractors hit SF with $15M in claims over late Van Ness bus project
Examiner (10/18/2017)
Oct
18
Is citywide 'blazingly fast' internet on the horizon?
by Nicole Yelich
City officials are making strides in bringing the oft-discussed (but previously elusive) citywide fiber-optic internet connection to San Francisco. 

Mayor Lee and Sup. Mark Farrell ar... more
City officials are making strides in bringing the oft-discussed (but previously elusive) citywide fiber-optic internet connection to San Francisco. 

Mayor Lee and Sup. Mark Farrell are driving the initiative intended to bridge the digital divide and provide all homes and businesses in the City access to a 1-gigabit internet connection. more
San Francisco moving closer to building a city-owned Internet network
Chronicle (10/18/2017)
Study: Connecting every SF resident, business to fiber
Examiner (10/18/2017)
Oct
17
Brown Vetoes Telecoms, Tax Disclosure, Teacher Maternity Leave Bills
by Shanti Singh
Governor Jerry Brown vetoed three bills Monday afternoon, one bill requiring presidential candidates to disclose their tax returns, the second bill giving six weeks of fully paid mat... more
Governor Jerry Brown vetoed three bills Monday afternoon, one bill requiring presidential candidates to disclose their tax returns, the second bill giving six weeks of fully paid maternity leave to California public schoolteachers, and the third delegating placement of telecom equipment to the state level. more
Brown vetoes tax-disclosure bill for presidential candidates
Chronicle (10/16/2017)
Gov. Brown vetoes bill that would have given teachers paid maternity leave
Chronicle (10/16/2017)
SF scores victory over telecom firms as Brown vetoes antenna-placement bill
Chronicle (10/17/2017)
Oct
17
MUNI Speeds Up Transportation Bond Spending Plans
by Shanti Singh
After taking criticism for not quickly spending a 2014 transportation bond designated for MUNI improvements, the SFMTA is presenting a new plan to use the funds for shovel-ready proj... more
After taking criticism for not quickly spending a 2014 transportation bond designated for MUNI improvements, the SFMTA is presenting a new plan to use the funds for shovel-ready projects, addressing concerns from the city and from the Board of Supervisors. more
SFMTA hopes to green light funding after admitted lag in bond spending
Examiner (10/17/2017)
Oct
17
Mayor vs. BoS: Dawn of Justice (Closure) League
by Shanti Singh
Mayor Ed Lee, pushing legislation Tuesday to accelerate the closure of the asbestos-ridden Hall of Justice, is likely to find near-unanimous support from the Board of Supervisors. Th... more
Mayor Ed Lee, pushing legislation Tuesday to accelerate the closure of the asbestos-ridden Hall of Justice, is likely to find near-unanimous support from the Board of Supervisors. The only problem: Supervisors disagree with Lee and Sheriff Vicki Hennessy on where to relocate the 350 jail cells housed within. more
Closure plan for Hall of Justice revives debate over what to do with jail
Chronicle (10/16/2017)
Oct
17
Prop Q, One Year Later
by Shanti Singh
The Chronicle assesses the impact so far of Mark Farrell's controversial Prop Q 2016 measure, which notifies homeless San Franciscans in tent encampments to either accept the offer o... more
The Chronicle assesses the impact so far of Mark Farrell's controversial Prop Q 2016 measure, which notifies homeless San Franciscans in tent encampments to either accept the offer of a shelter bed or be relocated, and is now being used more actively by the city to disband encampments.  more
Homeless camp-clearing Proposition Q beginning to have an impact
Chronicle (10/17/2017)
Oct
17
Jury Selection Begins in "Sanctuary City" Shooting
by Shanti Singh
Jury selection began Monday for the trial of undocumented immigrant Jose Ines Garcia Zarate, accused of shooting Kate Steinle in a case that has become a national political football ... more
Jury selection began Monday for the trial of undocumented immigrant Jose Ines Garcia Zarate, accused of shooting Kate Steinle in a case that has become a national political football due to right-wing xenophobia in the GOP Congress over "sanctuary city" policies in cities such as our own. more
Jury being picked in politically volatile Kate Steinle slaying
Chronicle (10/16/2017)
Oct
16
California Wildfires: One Week later
by Jen Longley
Some relief at last, as the Atlas, Tubbs, Pocket, and Nuns fires raging in Northern California are finally beginning to come under significant containment, and evacuation orders have... more
Some relief at last, as the Atlas, Tubbs, Pocket, and Nuns fires raging in Northern California are finally beginning to come under significant containment, and evacuation orders have been lifted from some communities in Napa And Sonoma Counties.

At least 40 people have died in the fires, and many schools remain closed, but slowing winds and the hope of rain later in the week remain causes for hope.

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California wildfires: Firefighters eye containment of deadly blazes as some evacuations lift
Chronicle (10/16/2017)
Live updates: Wet weather looks promising for N. Calif. wildfires; death toll stays 40
Chronicle (10/16/2017)
One week later, fire crews make 'tremendous progress' in Northern California
Examiner (10/16/2017)