Today’s Stories (Last updated November 28, 09:21 AM)

Nov
28
SFUSD and Planning
by Rosie Dilger
According to the Ex, members of the SFUSD school board intend to get more involved in the planning process when it comes to construction and development around schools. more
According to the Ex, members of the SFUSD school board intend to get more involved in the planning process when it comes to construction and development around schools. more
Construction near SF school highlights need for dialogue between Planning Department, SFUSD 
Examiner (11/28/2014)
SFUSD, Planning Department prepare together for new student enrollment due to residential development 
Examiner (11/28/2014)
Nov
28
SCN Is So Hot Right Now
by Rosie Dilger
Today, the Chron's Carla Marinucci gives us the skinny on SCN, a hot political consultant in town with a lot of wins (and swagger.) more
Today, the Chron's Carla Marinucci gives us the skinny on SCN, a hot political consultant in town with a lot of wins (and swagger.) more
Democrats’ 'Dr. Death’ team can’t lose — for now
Chronicle (11/28/2014)
Nov
28
Oakland Housing and Mayor Schaff
by Rosie Dilger
The days of "when I get tired of my exorbitant rent I'll just move to Oakland," are nearly gone according to the SF Business Times.  more
The days of "when I get tired of my exorbitant rent I'll just move to Oakland," are nearly gone according to the SF Business Times.  more
Business hopes Schaaf will deliver on promises: Focus on crime, development and bureaucracy is at top of wish list
SF Business Times (11/28/2014)
Development: a free for all, or fee for all? At risk is Oakland’s prospect for grabbing a larger piece of the Bay Area’s growing economic pie
SF Business Times (11/28/2014)
Nov
28
Through The Roof
by Rosie Dilger
Not only are homes unbearably expensive and rent is ridiculously high, now affordable housing developers say just the cost of building is through the roof. more
Not only are homes unbearably expensive and rent is ridiculously high, now affordable housing developers say just the cost of building is through the roof. more
Building costs go through the roof: The Bay Area’s new affordability crisis
SF Business Times (11/28/2014)
Nov
28
#BlackLivesMatter
by Rosie Dilger
Some Bay Area groups have called for a boycott of Black Friday shopping in protest of the Missouri grand jury's refusal to charge the policeman who killed Michael Brown in Ferguson. more
Some Bay Area groups have called for a boycott of Black Friday shopping in protest of the Missouri grand jury's refusal to charge the policeman who killed Michael Brown in Ferguson. more
Groups call for Black Friday boycott to put focus on Ferguson
Chronicle (11/28/2014)
Nov
21
David Latterman: 2014 Proposition Analysis Maps
by Jesse Feldman
After much mathing and number doo dads, David Latterman has graced us with neat maps and graphs that shed some light on how San Franciscans voted on the November 2014 election propos... more
After much mathing and number doo dads, David Latterman has graced us with neat maps and graphs that shed some light on how San Franciscans voted on the November 2014 election propositions. more
November 2014 Election, Proposition Maps and Analysis by David Latterman
Fall Line Analytics (11/21/2014)
Nov
17
Usual Suspects November 2014 Contest Winners
by Alex Clemens

While the election is not yet certified, the results are clear enough that we can call our contest and declare winners.

As you’ll recall, our contest asked contestants to weigh in on the final yes percentage for six races: Propositions A (transpo), E (sugar tax), J (minimum wage), K (housing goals), and the percentage of the vote that both David Chiu and David Campos would receive as they squared off in the Assembly District 17 race. Of all our entries, the average cumulative differential was 38% – or, in English, our “average” entrant

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While the election is not yet certified, the results are clear enough that we can call our contest and declare winners.

As you’ll recall, our contest asked contestants to weigh in on the final yes percentage for six races: Propositions A (transpo), E (sugar tax), J (minimum wage), K (housing goals), and the percentage of the vote that both David Chiu and David Campos would receive as they squared off in the Assembly District 17 race. Of all our entries, the average cumulative differential was 38% – or, in English, our “average” entrant was off by 6.3% points per race.

Several of our entrants – while not winners – did a notable job, and I’d like to honorably mention them. This group stood above the other entrants, showing their predictive ability as far beyond their peers. Mr. Alex Tourk was off by 25.1%, called Prop E within a half point, had a couple more within two points, and none of his predictions were more than 7.4% off the actual outcome. Mr. James Sanbonmatsu, off by 22.3%, was also quite consistent, calling four of the races by four points or less, and with no predictions off by more than 7.4%. Mr. Jess Montejano was off by 21.9%, and called A, E, J, Campos and Chiu within three points. Ms. Abra Castle was off by 21.3%, predicting A, K, Campos and Chiu within two points. Ms. Margaux Kelly (who, along with Montejano, works for Supervisor Mark Farrell, and thereby locking down the title of Supervisorial Office Of Most Accurate Predictions for the Farrell office), was off by 19.1%, nailing A, E, J, Campos and Chiu within a couple points. And Mr. Max Szabo, also off by 19.1%, predicted J, Campos and Chiu within 1.4% of their actual outcomes, and was off by no more than 6.6% on any race.


Well played, all of you. But now: who won?



Third place
is taken by Mr. Jason Fried, who was off by 18.5 points. Jason hit A on the nose, was off of Prop J by .6%, and was within 1.6% of the correct outcomes for Chiu and Campos. Jason wins a Personal Transporter – his own magical cloud in which he might store digital things without worries about the NSA checking ‘em out. (Probably.) Congratulations, Jason!



In second place is Mr. Judson True. Judson’s cumulative differential was 17.1% – he called three of the races within two points, two more within three, and the final one off by only 6.4%. Judson wins a $150 gift certificate to Old Skool Café. Congratulations, Judson!



And the winner of the 2014 Usual Suspects Election Contest, with a cumulative differential of 16.7%, is Ms. Melissa Griffin Caen. Melissa called Prop E within 1.6%, Campos and Chiu within a point, and wasn’t off by more than six points for any of the six races. Melissa, you’re the Predictor Par Excellence for the next twelve months, until you defend your title against … everyone. And you win a $350 gift certificate to Old Skool Café, where one feeds one's body AND one's soul. Congratulations, Melissa!


Finally, are all of us smarter than any one of us? Mixed results on that front. Here are the averages of all entries: our contestants, as a whole, had Prop A winning with 65% - it actually won with 71.9%; Prop J was similarly off, as we had it at 68.4%, rather than the 77.4% actual result. However, other averages were remarkable in their crowd-sourced accuracy: Prop E ended with a group prediction of 55.8%, right on the nose of reality at 55.6%. Entrants averaged Prop K at 65.1%, instead of the 65.6% that was the actual result. And the entirety of the entries had Chiu defeating Campos with 51.3% - nailing the final Chiu percentage of 51.1%. So yes, all of us are smarter than any one of us – at least sometimes.



Thanks, everyone, for playing. Winners, contact me for your prizes, please, at clemens@barcoast.com. And let’s do it again next year!

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Today’s Suspects Updater
Rosie Dilger
A former campaign operative with a history of championing women’s rights and those good old fashioned San Francisco Values, Rosie brings an insider perspective to city politics. When she’s not doing outreach in the community or assisting her clients, she enjoys riding her bike, practicing yoga, cooking and exploring the city and all it has to offer.

In the Past Week…

Nov
27
#BlackLivesMatter
by Amber Shipley
In the wake of Ferguson, protests continued in Oakland last night, where about 150 protesters gathered for speeches before marching into West Oakland, with police lines flanking the ... more
In the wake of Ferguson, protests continued in Oakland last night, where about 150 protesters gathered for speeches before marching into West Oakland, with police lines flanking the crowd. more
Chip Johnson: Oakland protesters show they’re in charge
Chronicle (11/27/2014)
Looting in Oakland protests: Some justify it, others condemn it
Chronicle (11/27/2014)
Oakland sees violent protests for 3rd straight night
Chronicle (11/27/2014)
Nov
27
Pink Saturday
by Amber Shipley

The future of Pink Saturday, the pre-Pride street party put on by the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence in the Castro, is uncertain because of violence in recent years. While the Siste

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The future of Pink Saturday, the pre-Pride street party put on by the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence in the Castro, is uncertain because of violence in recent years. While the Sisters are working with Supe. Wiener and the SF Police Department to address safety concerns, no final decisions about the party have been made.

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Pink Saturday's future still uncertain
The Bay Area Reporter (11/27/2014)
Nov
27
Jail Deaths
by Amber Shipley
The Ex reports on a man's death at the SF County Jail that is under investigation. more
The Ex reports on a man's death at the SF County Jail that is under investigation. more
Man’s death in SF County Jail raises questions
Examiner (11/27/2014)
Nov
26
Ferguson in the Bay
by Jesse Feldman
As protests turned violent in Oakland, public officials defended the way the protests are being handled. more
As protests turned violent in Oakland, public officials defended the way the protests are being handled. more
Oakland officials defend handling of Ferguson protest
Chronicle (11/26/2014)
Oakland protests over Ferguson decision turn violent
Chronicle (11/26/2014)
Nov
26
Matier & Ross
by Jesse Feldman
The Chron's political duo give us the scoop on Daly City politics, SFO and ride sharing, and Mayor-elect Schaaf's next steps. more
The Chron's political duo give us the scoop on Daly City politics, SFO and ride sharing, and Mayor-elect Schaaf's next steps. more
Matier & Ross: Democratic bigwigs fail to sway garbage deal in Daly City
Chronicle (11/26/2014)
Nov
26
Power Play
by Jesse Feldman
The Board of Supervisors passed legislation that would give the SFPUC the right of first refusal to be the power provider for new developments. more
The Board of Supervisors passed legislation that would give the SFPUC the right of first refusal to be the power provider for new developments. more
SF’s public-power program set for new customers 
Examiner (11/26/2014)
Nov
26
Schedules and Pay
by Jesse Feldman
On Tuesday, the Board of Supervisors passed new laws that would require formula retailers and City contractors to report back to the City on pay and scheduling. more
On Tuesday, the Board of Supervisors passed new laws that would require formula retailers and City contractors to report back to the City on pay and scheduling. more
SF strengthens labor laws on predictive scheduling, equal pay 
Examiner (11/26/2014)
Nov
26
Police Corruption Trial
by Jesse Feldman
The defense in the federal corruption trail against two San Francisco police officers has closed their case. Closing arguments will be on Monday. more
The defense in the federal corruption trail against two San Francisco police officers has closed their case. Closing arguments will be on Monday. more
Defense rests in S.F. police corruption trial
Chronicle (11/26/2014)
Nov
26
BART-to-Oakland
by Jesse Feldman
There is a new tram that you can take from Oakland International Airport to BART (or vice versa). As a tram enthusiast (or tramthusiast, as we say) I can say that I look forward to "... more
There is a new tram that you can take from Oakland International Airport to BART (or vice versa). As a tram enthusiast (or tramthusiast, as we say) I can say that I look forward to "tramming" (that's what we call riding the tram). more
Controversial BART-to-Oakland airport connector opens, but questions remain 
Examiner (11/26/2014)
Nov
26
SFUSD Contract
by Jesse Feldman
SFUSD and the teachers have tentatively agreed on a new contract that would see the teachers getting a 12% raise over the next three years. more
SFUSD and the teachers have tentatively agreed on a new contract that would see the teachers getting a 12% raise over the next three years. more
S.F. district, union agree to pay raise for teachers, assistants
Chronicle (11/26/2014)
SFUSD, teachers union reach tentative contract agreement 
Examiner (11/26/2014)
Nov
25
#BlackLivesMatter
by Rosie Dilger
After a grand jury in Missouri decided not to indict the police officer who killed Michael Brown, protesters in cities throughout the nation took to the streets. The Chron reports on... more
After a grand jury in Missouri decided not to indict the police officer who killed Michael Brown, protesters in cities throughout the nation took to the streets. The Chron reports on the Oakland protests that led to shutting down I-580 last night. more
At least 40 arrested after Oakland protests
Chronicle (11/25/2014)
Ferguson ruling sparks Oakland freeway shutdown, looting
Chronicle (11/25/2014)
Nov
25
C. W. Nevius
by Rosie Dilger
The Chron's C.W. Nevius gives us some good news and bad news about our chances of hosting the 2024 Olympics.  more
The Chron's C.W. Nevius gives us some good news and bad news about our chances of hosting the 2024 Olympics.  more
C.W. Nevius: Olympic insiders dish on S.F.’s bid for 2024 Games
Chronicle (11/25/2014)
Nov
25
CleanPowerSF
by Rosie Dilger
Today, the Ex's Joe Fitzgerald Rodriguez weighs in on the city's long history with PG&E and our efforts to go green. more
Today, the Ex's Joe Fitzgerald Rodriguez weighs in on the city's long history with PG&E and our efforts to go green. more
The mayor who cried PG&E: Lee’s new bid 
Examiner (11/25/2014)
Nov
25
Airbnb
by Rosie Dilger
According to the Chron, opponents of the recently passed Airbnb legislation are already preparing to ask the voters to approve tougher regulations. more
According to the Chron, opponents of the recently passed Airbnb legislation are already preparing to ask the voters to approve tougher regulations. more
Airbnb foes want tougher new law
Chronicle (11/25/2014)
Nov
25
Techies On The Rise
by Rosie Dilger
The Chron's J.K. Dineen reports on the increase in tech companies moving into FiDi high-rises.  more
The Chron's J.K. Dineen reports on the increase in tech companies moving into FiDi high-rises.  more
Financial District high-rises being taken over by techies
Chronicle (11/25/2014)
Nov
24
Your new Board President: Katy Tang
by Alex Clemens
The Examiner's Joshua Sabatini writes about the new PBoS' history, stands on issues, and likely governing style. more
The Examiner's Joshua Sabatini writes about the new PBoS' history, stands on issues, and likely governing style. more
Katy Tang brings vastly different perspective to Board of Supervisors presidency 
Examiner (11/24/2014)
Nov
24
A Great City's People NOT Forced To Drink Swill
by Alex Clemens
Whew. Sounds like the new groundwater mix into our meager Hetch Hetchy supply won't kill all our palates, as some seemed to fear... more
Whew. Sounds like the new groundwater mix into our meager Hetch Hetchy supply won't kill all our palates, as some seemed to fear... more
California drought: S.F. wants to add groundwater to tap
Chronicle (11/24/2014)
Chronicle food writers critique San Francisco’s new tap water
Chronicle (11/24/2014)
Nov
24
Golden Gate and Jones: MINE.
by Alex Clemens
The nice people attempting to reduce the drug dealing and negative behavior in the TL are using a new, adorable tactic. THAT WORKS. Yay! more
The nice people attempting to reduce the drug dealing and negative behavior in the TL are using a new, adorable tactic. THAT WORKS. Yay! more
Change just around the corner on Tenderloin’s Pill Hill
Chronicle (11/24/2014)
Nov
24
Matier and Ross
by Alex Clemens
Which streets are clean, and which are dirty? And what's going on with that fundraiser that happened at that place the other day with those guys? All your burning questions: ANSWERED... more
Which streets are clean, and which are dirty? And what's going on with that fundraiser that happened at that place the other day with those guys? All your burning questions: ANSWERED, courtesy Mr. R. and Mr. M. more
Matier and Ross: Trendy 'Twitter town’ stretch also ranks among dirtiest streets in S.F.
Chronicle (11/24/2014)
Nov
24
"You didn't vote. And YOU didn't vote. And YOU didn't vote."
by Alex Clemens
Or at least that's how I'd expect Oprah Winfrey to read a brief summary of this disappointing news. more
Or at least that's how I'd expect Oprah Winfrey to read a brief summary of this disappointing news. more
Election turnout in state was far worse than previous low
Chronicle (11/24/2014)
Nov
24
Presidio Park Plans
by Alex Clemens
The Chron's John King examines the five conceptual plans for thirteen acres of the Presidio - what's good, what's bad, and what's ugly. (OK, you got me. NOTHING is ugly. This is one ... more
The Chron's John King examines the five conceptual plans for thirteen acres of the Presidio - what's good, what's bad, and what's ugly. (OK, you got me. NOTHING is ugly. This is one of the finest vistas on this planet, or any other. So let's do it right, San Francisco!) more
Commentary: 5 designs for park inside Presidio are all over map
Chronicle (11/24/2014)
Nov
24
Get yer Real Estate Jobs Here!
by Alex Clemens
SF State and the Building Owners and Managers Association are pushing these eager kids towards a program that will lead to more trained and qualified folks ready to apply for their c... more
SF State and the Building Owners and Managers Association are pushing these eager kids towards a program that will lead to more trained and qualified folks ready to apply for their commercial real estate licenses, and then be able to do lots of mutiplication and division by twelve in their heads. And learn acronyms. LOTS of acronyms. Like BOMA. more
SF State, nonprofit team up to recruit students for booming commercial real estate industry 
Examiner (11/24/2014)
Nov
24
Recology
by Alex Clemens
The Board of Supervisors will consider a change to Recology's contract with various City departments today. more
The Board of Supervisors will consider a change to Recology's contract with various City departments today. more
Proposed $44M Recology contract would increase city departments’ trash pickup costs 
Examiner (11/24/2014)
Nov
24
Oakland PD
by Alex Clemens
The Chron's Will Kane takes a look at the state of the Oakland police department through the eyes of a new officer from the 170th recruit class. more
The Chron's Will Kane takes a look at the state of the Oakland police department through the eyes of a new officer from the 170th recruit class. more
Nov
23
Presidents, Pedestrians & Politics
by Alexis Smith
The Chronicle's Heather Knight touches on the recent vote to select an interim board president, the current count of homeless individuals braving our city's streets, and the City's p... more
The Chronicle's Heather Knight touches on the recent vote to select an interim board president, the current count of homeless individuals braving our city's streets, and the City's progress toward its Vision Zero pedestrian safety goal. more
Supes all riled up about interim board president
Chronicle (11/23/2014)