Today’s Stories (Last updated April 20, 03:00 PM)

Apr
20
City Finally Reimburses $2.7M to CCSF for Free City
by Carrie McFadden
City residents have been able to attend the City College of San Francisco under the Free City program since last fall. However, after continued negotiations and back and forth discus... more
City residents have been able to attend the City College of San Francisco under the Free City program since last fall. However, after continued negotiations and back and forth discussions about dollar amounts and additional documentation requested, CCSF has finally been reimbursed the $2.7 million invoiced to the City.

Supervisor and Mayoral candidate Jane Kim called the situation a "learning process" and said she was happy now that City College had been paid by San Francisco. Both sides of the negotiation have acknowledged the "growing pains" as the kinks are worked out of the new program.  more
CCSF reimbursed $2.7M for Free City tuition program after months of delays
Examiner (04/19/2018)
Apr
20
City to Prepare for Conservatorship Expansion for Homeless
by Carrie McFadden
As similar legislation is expected at the state level, San Francisco is bracing itself to expand the ability for homeless individuals (particularly those suffering from mental health... more
As similar legislation is expected at the state level, San Francisco is bracing itself to expand the ability for homeless individuals (particularly those suffering from mental health or substance abuse issues) to be placed under conservatorships. 

State Senator Scott Wiener is proposing legislation, Senate Bill 1045, which would expand the criteria for placing someone under a conservatorship. The bill allows for people who are "chronically homeless" and unable to take care of themselves due to their struggles with substances and/or mental health. 

The bill is expected to be heard Tuesday in the Senate Public Safety Committee.  more
San Francisco prepares to expand conservatorships for homeless people
Examiner (04/19/2018)
Apr
20
STI and HIV Testing Now Available to All SFSU Students
by Carrie McFadden
After complaints that free HIV and STI testing was only being offered to heterosexual students, SFSU has announced that all students regardless of orientation or identity are able to... more
After complaints that free HIV and STI testing was only being offered to heterosexual students, SFSU has announced that all students regardless of orientation or identity are able to take advantage of the service.

California State Universities offer free reproductive health coverage, including testing, through the Family Planning Access Care and Treatment program, which is funded by the state. 

University officials have since been working in tandem with the Department of Public Health to ensure that its services are equitable for all students.  more
SFSU moves to expand free HIV and STD testing services to all students, regardless of gender and sexual orientation
Examiner (04/19/2018)
Apr
20
Scooter Scandal!
by Carrie McFadden
Thursday saw 159 motorized scooters confiscated off City streets as police continued to cite users who scoot on the sidewalks.

Since the rentable motorized scooters hit the streets a ... more
Thursday saw 159 motorized scooters confiscated off City streets as police continued to cite users who scoot on the sidewalks.

Since the rentable motorized scooters hit the streets a few weeks ago, the scooter programs have been drumming up controversy. Often, riders leave them in the middle of walkways or weave between pedestrians on sidewalks (which is a violation of City law). 

City officials and the police have struggled to deal with their influx; 222 were scooped up in a two day period. 

Scoot smart, San Francisco.   more
SF’s scooter skirmish: City escalates battle over the motorized two-wheelers
Chronicle (04/19/2018)
Apr
20
The Trump Effect on Beach Blanket Babylon
by Carrie McFadden
Heather Knight interviews Jo Schumer Silver, the writer/producer of San Francisco's famous Beach Blanket Babylon. It's the longest running theater revue in the country, and is famed ... more
Heather Knight interviews Jo Schumer Silver, the writer/producer of San Francisco's famous Beach Blanket Babylon. It's the longest running theater revue in the country, and is famed for its constantly changing lyrics and characters which reflect the news.

Headlines in the age of Trump are much different than those in the age of Obama, and although Silver admitted she cried the night Trump won (who didn't?), his Presidency has been good for business.

Silver linings indeed. more
For ‘Beach Blanket Babylon’ producer, bad news is good news
Chronicle (04/19/2018)
Apr
20
The (Unsurprising) Bay Area Roots of 420
by Carrie McFadden
The Chronicle interviews the San Rafael High School students who, in 1971, coined 420. Now, it's an international symbol for those who indulge in marijuana, and a date celebrated wor... more
The Chronicle interviews the San Rafael High School students who, in 1971, coined 420. Now, it's an international symbol for those who indulge in marijuana, and a date celebrated worldwide.

Stay safe if you're partaking today, San Francisco!  more
Heads of the class: High school kids created 420 decades ago — now they tell the tale
Chronicle (04/19/2018)
Nov
06
Mayoral & Supervisor Races 2018 - Candidates Thus Far
by SF Usual Suspects
June Election 2018

Declared Candidates
Mayor - Mark Leno*, Angela Alioto*, Jane Kim*, London Breed*, Amy Farah Weiss*, Richie Greenberg*, Ellen Lee Zhou*, Michelle Bravo*

D8 - Jeff Sheehy*, Rafael Mandelman*, Lawrence Dagesse*

November Election 2018

D2 - Catherine Stefani*, Schuyler Hudak*, Nicholas Josefowitz*, Kat Anderson*, Michela Alioto-Pier
D4 - Katy Tang*, Daniel Kappler*, Adam Kim*
D6 - Sonja Trauss*, Jason Lee Jones*, Matt Haney*, Christine Johnson*
D10 - Uzuri Pease-Greene*, Shamann Walton*, Theo Ellington*, Tony Kelly*, Asale-Haquek... more
June Election 2018

Declared Candidates
Mayor - Mark Leno*, Angela Alioto*, Jane Kim*, London Breed*, Amy Farah Weiss*, Richie Greenberg*, Ellen Lee Zhou*, Michelle Bravo*

D8 - Jeff Sheehy*, Rafael Mandelman*, Lawrence Dagesse*

November Election 2018

D2 - Catherine Stefani*, Schuyler Hudak*, Nicholas Josefowitz*, Kat Anderson*, Michela Alioto-Pier
D4 - Katy Tang*, Daniel Kappler*, Adam Kim*
D6 - Sonja Trauss*, Jason Lee Jones*, Matt Haney*, Christine Johnson*
D10 - Uzuri Pease-Greene*, Shamann Walton*, Theo Ellington*, Tony Kelly*, Asale-Haquekyah Chandler*, Neo Veavea*


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
Carrie McFadden
Since getting involved with politics as an undergrad at UCLA, Carrie has spent the better part of a decade working on political campaigns throughout California and now works as a political treasurer in San Francisco. A Santa Cruz native, Carrie enjoys following the comparatively rough and tumble world of San Francisco politics almost as much as she enjoys anything wit...

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Apr
19
The 1906 Earthquake Anniversary - A Day for Tradition
by Jeno Wilkinson
As the Chronicle recaps the 112th anniversary of the 1906 Earthquake, the traditions surrounding the day are often just the trick to get out of bed a listen to a siren cry at 5:12 am.
As the Chronicle recaps the 112th anniversary of the 1906 Earthquake, the traditions surrounding the day are often just the trick to get out of bed a listen to a siren cry at 5:12 am. more
Tradition reigns at ritual marking 112th anniversary of San Francisco’s ’06 quake
SF Chronicle (04/19/2018)
Apr
19
Prop B will appear on June Ballot
by Jeno Wilkinson
Prop B received a 7-4 vote from the Board of Supervisors to place the measure on the ballot in June. Prop B would require any member of a commission or board established in the City ... more
Prop B received a 7-4 vote from the Board of Supervisors to place the measure on the ballot in June. Prop B would require any member of a commission or board established in the City Charter must resign from their post while running for office. more
Proposition B would require city commissioners to give up their seats if they run for office
SF Examiner (04/19/2018)
Apr
19
SF Flower Mart Heading to Potrero Hill
by Jeno Wilkinson
While the original site of the SF Flower Mart is being redeveloped, flower vendors and buyers will head to the new temporary site in Potrero Hill...and they aren't too happy about it.
While the original site of the SF Flower Mart is being redeveloped, flower vendors and buyers will head to the new temporary site in Potrero Hill...and they aren't too happy about it. more
SF Flower Mart probably heading to temporary Potrero Hill location
SF Chronicle (04/19/2018)
Apr
19
More Trees for the City
by Jeno Wilkinson
The City is looking to plant 2,000 more trees in the next two years. This effort is part of the city's attempt to become carbon neutral by 2050. 
The City is looking to plant 2,000 more trees in the next two years. This effort is part of the city's attempt to become carbon neutral by 2050.  more
2,000 new trees for San Francisco — and less carbon in the air, too
SF Chronicle (04/19/2018)
Apr
19
Bay Area Reporter Looks at the Issues on the June Ballot
by Jeno Wilkinson
The Bay Area Reporter takes a deep drive into the upcoming ballot measures on taxes, tasers, and tobacco. 
The Bay Area Reporter takes a deep drive into the upcoming ballot measures on taxes, tasers, and tobacco.  more
Ballot Props address SF Taxes, Tasers, Tobacco
The Bay Area Reporter (04/19/2018)
Apr
19
No Weapons at Events in SF
by Jeno Wilkinson
New legislation introduced at the Board of Supervisors would ban all weapons at gatherings (like marches and parades) with law enforcement and security guards would be exempt.
New legislation introduced at the Board of Supervisors would ban all weapons at gatherings (like marches and parades) with law enforcement and security guards would be exempt. more
Proposed weapons ban expanded to cover more events
SF Examiner (04/19/2018)
Apr
19
The Scooter Saga Ensues
by Jeno Wilkinson
A day after the City Attorney sends the three major scooter rental companies a cease and desist letter, DPW is back on the streets impounding 24 more scooters.
A day after the City Attorney sends the three major scooter rental companies a cease and desist letter, DPW is back on the streets impounding 24 more scooters. more
SF officials haul in 24 more illegally parked rental scooters
SF Chronicle (04/19/2018)
Apr
19
High Times on 4/20?
by Jeno Wilkinson
This year will mark the first 4/20 celebration since recreational marijuana became legal in California. The major concern for city officials is making sure the celebration doesn't ma... more
This year will mark the first 4/20 celebration since recreational marijuana became legal in California. The major concern for city officials is making sure the celebration doesn't make the afternoon commute a buzz kill.  more
4/20 bash rolls around, the 1st post-legalization; city vows to minimize mayhem
SF Chronicle (04/19/2018)
Apr
19
Newsom on Single Payer: "Like I never left home."
by Jeno Wilkinson
Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, lead candidate for the state's top job, said the Golden State is years away from a single payer health care system. As he looks forward to building out the sin... more
Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, lead candidate for the state's top job, said the Golden State is years away from a single payer health care system. As he looks forward to building out the single payer system, Newsom says he can't help but be reminded of his days in Room 200.  more
Single payer will take years to implement in California, Gavin Newsom says
SF Chronicle (04/19/2018)
Apr
19
On Guard: Super PACs are Here...Even If You Don't Want Them
by Jeno Wilkinson
Joe Fitz is reporting that despite her pledge to not accept Super PAC funds, Jane Kim's campaign has been getting a lot of help from the Super PAC associated with SEUI Local 1021. 

Fi... more
Joe Fitz is reporting that despite her pledge to not accept Super PAC funds, Jane Kim's campaign has been getting a lot of help from the Super PAC associated with SEUI Local 1021. 

Fitz also has some thoughts on the 112th anniversary of the 1906 Earthquake and some questionable HR practices by the Alioto campaign. more
Jane Kim says ‘no’ to IE committee spending $185K to back mayoral campaign
SF Examiner (04/19/2018)
Apr
19
Muni + Battery Powered Buses = ???
by Jeno Wilkinson
The Examiner is reporting that Muni is looking to launch a pilot program of plug in buses, that would not require overhead power lines. There are some concerns about the proposal but... more
The Examiner is reporting that Muni is looking to launch a pilot program of plug in buses, that would not require overhead power lines. There are some concerns about the proposal but some say its the way of the future. more
Muni planning pilot of battery
SF Examiner (04/19/2018)
Apr
18
Controversial Housing Bill Voted Down In Committee
by Nicole Yelich

Senator Scott Wiener’s housing bill that intended to increased housing development near transit hubs was voted down in the Senate Housing and Transportation Committee by a 6-4 vote o

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Senator Scott Wiener’s housing bill that intended to increased housing development near transit hubs was voted down in the Senate Housing and Transportation Committee by a 6-4 vote on Tuesday.

Legislators called SB827 a “one size fits all” approach to a statewide housing crisis that affects urban, suburban, and rural areas.

Wiener asked for the senate’s reconsideration of the bill, but he does not anticipate the bill will advance this year.

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Bill pushing apartments and condos near public transit loses crucial vote
Chronicle (04/18/2018)
Sen. Wiener's housing-transit measure derailed in 1st committee hearing.
SF Business Times (04/18/2018)
Wiener bill allowing taller buildings near transit dies in committee
Examiner (04/18/2018)
Apr
18
City Seeks To Speed Up Police Reform With Proposed Contract
by Nicole Yelich

The city has given the SF police officers association a proposed contract that includes a 9% wage increase for officers over the next three years, and the union has countered with a

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The city has given the SF police officers association a proposed contract that includes a 9% wage increase for officers over the next three years, and the union has countered with a 13% increase, in the ongoing contentious relationship between the two.

Under the city’s proposal, the POA would have a shorter window to invoke their right to negotiate on policy changes they claim impact officers’ working conditions, a process that delays implementation of reform measures. The POA would also waive it’s right to mediation and arbitration if no agreement is reached during those policy negotiations.

The current contract expires at the end of June.

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SF seeks to expedite police reform with new contract proposal
Examiner (04/18/2018)
Apr
18
Is Mark Leno’s Mayoral Campaign Doomed?
by Nicole Yelich
Assessment of the strategy and efficacy of Mark Leno's campaign in a city that has changed significantly since he last held local office 15 years ago.
Assessment of the strategy and efficacy of Mark Leno's campaign in a city that has changed significantly since he last held local office 15 years ago. more
Is Mark Leno’s Mayoral Campaign Doomed?
San Francisco Magazine (04/18/2018)
Apr
18
Supes Pave The Way For Scooter Regulations
by Nicole Yelich

After much ado about the nuisance caused by rental scooters, the Board voted unanimously to approve legislation prohibiting scooter companies from operating without a permit.  The SF

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After much ado about the nuisance caused by rental scooters, the Board voted unanimously to approve legislation prohibiting scooter companies from operating without a permit.  The SFMTA is expected to vote on the new permit program on May 1st.

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New scooter regulations requiring company permits approved unanimously by Board of Supervisors
Examiner (04/18/2018)
SF supervisors pass law to regulate scooters that have descended on city
Chronicle (04/18/2018)
Apr
18
M&R: Scooters Ignore Cease-and-Desist, Drama In Alameda
by Nicole Yelich

Motorized scooters from LimeBike, Bird, and Spin remain strewn across SF sidewalks, despite City Attorney Dennis Herrera’s cease-and-desist letter ordering the scooters to be removed

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Motorized scooters from LimeBike, Bird, and Spin remain strewn across SF sidewalks, despite City Attorney Dennis Herrera’s cease-and-desist letter ordering the scooters to be removed until safety and parking regulations are in place.

Dealing with a surprising amount of political drama from our little island in the Bay, the Alameda City Council asked the District Attorney to investigate the actions of the now suspended city manager who secretly recorded conversations with two city council members she alleges were trying to “bribe” and “threaten” her into hiring their pick for fire chief.

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Herrera’s cease-and-desist letter does nothing to stop SF’s scooters
Chronicle (04/18/2018)
Apr
18
Sup. Kim’s Street Cleaning Proposal Passes Board, Awaits Likely Veto
by Nicole Yelich

Supervisor Jane Kim’s proposal to appropriate $1.1M in funding for street cleaning was approved on a final 6-5 Board vote Tuesday.  However, this will be the end of the road if Mayor

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Supervisor Jane Kim’s proposal to appropriate $1.1M in funding for street cleaning was approved on a final 6-5 Board vote Tuesday.  However, this will be the end of the road if Mayor Farrell stands firm in his commitment to veto on principle that all funding priorities should be considered during the city’s formal budgeting process.  

The proposal is unlikely to move forward as Kim would need eight votes to override a veto.

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Kim fails to convince mayor not to veto street cleaning proposal
Examiner (04/18/2018)
Apr
18
Hunters Point Shipyard: Enviro Fraud Hearing Called, Development Redesign Passes City Commission
by Nicole Yelich

On Tuesday, Supervisor Malia Cohen called for a hearing on the Navy’s falsified environmental reports at the Hunters Point Shipyard.  

Also on Tuesday, the Commission on Community Inv

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On Tuesday, Supervisor Malia Cohen called for a hearing on the Navy’s falsified environmental reports at the Hunters Point Shipyard.  

Also on Tuesday, the Commission on Community Investment and Infrastructure unanimously approved a redesign of the development to allow for a small increase in housing, and the addition of a hotel, schools, and space for small manufacturing…presuming the site is ever be deemed environmentally safe.

The redesign requires Board approval and is likely to be considered by the supes this fall.

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Apr
18
Herrera Appoints Former U.S. Attorney To Ethics Commission
by Nicole Yelich

City Attorney Dennis Herrera appointed former U.S. Attorney and former SF Superior Court Judge Kevin Ryan to the Ethics Commission.  Ryan will replace Peter Keane, who abruptly resig

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City Attorney Dennis Herrera appointed former U.S. Attorney and former SF Superior Court Judge Kevin Ryan to the Ethics Commission.  Ryan will replace Peter Keane, who abruptly resigned in February.

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City Attorney appoints former San Francisco U.S. Attorney Kevin Ryan to Ethics Commission
Examiner (04/18/2018)
Apr
18
Italians Keep Their Day
by Nicole Yelich

The Board voted 10-1 to pass Sup. Catherine Stefani’s legislation to rename Columbus Day as Italian American Heritage Day, which will now be celebrated in tandem with Indigenous Peop

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The Board voted 10-1 to pass Sup. Catherine Stefani’s legislation to rename Columbus Day as Italian American Heritage Day, which will now be celebrated in tandem with Indigenous Peoples Day - both on the second Monday in October.

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Supes vote to give Italian Americans, indigenous peoples equal billing on former Columbus Day
Examiner (04/18/2018)
Apr
17
SF Skyscrapers vs. the Big One
by SF Usual Suspects
The New York Times takes an interactive look at the potential risks San Francisco's skyscrapers bring to the city, with outdated building codes and questionable seismic safety standa... more
The New York Times takes an interactive look at the potential risks San Francisco's skyscrapers bring to the city, with outdated building codes and questionable seismic safety standards.  more
San Francisco’s Big Seismic Gamble
New York Times (04/17/2018)
Apr
17
Rest In Peace, Doris Ward
by Shanti Singh
Doris Ward, the first black woman president of the Board of Supervisors and trailblazer who passed rent control, apartheid divestment, and and police accountability laws, passed away... more
Doris Ward, the first black woman president of the Board of Supervisors and trailblazer who passed rent control, apartheid divestment, and and police accountability laws, passed away this weekend at 86. more
Doris Ward, first African American to lead SF Board of Supervisors, dies at 86
Chronicle (04/17/2018)
Apr
17
Two Police Commission Members Resign
by Shanti Singh
Police Commissioners Julius Turman and Bill Ong Hing have both stepped down from their posts at a time when the Commission has dealt with significant controversy over the implementat... more
Police Commissioners Julius Turman and Bill Ong Hing have both stepped down from their posts at a time when the Commission has dealt with significant controversy over the implementation of Tasers as a law enforcement tool. Two more mayorally-appointed commissioners are up for reappointment in the coming months. more
2 SF police commissioners to leave in coming weeks
Chronicle (04/16/2018)
SF Police Commission faces shake-up as two members resign
Examiner (04/16/2018)
Apr
17
Mayor Farrell Signs Off On Harvey Milk SFO Terminal
by Shanti Singh
Mayor Mark Farrell signed legislation renaming SFO's international Terminal 1 after Harvey Milk after a five-year campaign initiated by former Supervisor David Campos. The terminal i... more
Mayor Mark Farrell signed legislation renaming SFO's international Terminal 1 after Harvey Milk after a five-year campaign initiated by former Supervisor David Campos. The terminal is expecting a $2.4 billion remodeling effort. more
Mayor signs legislation naming SFO terminal after Harvey Milk
Examiner (04/16/2018)
Apr
17
Herrera Takes Firm Stand on Electric Scooters
by Shanti Singh
City Attorney Dennis Herrera issued cease-and-desist letters Monday to electric scooter share companies, concerned that companies have not heeded public safety warnings by the city a... more
City Attorney Dennis Herrera issued cease-and-desist letters Monday to electric scooter share companies, concerned that companies have not heeded public safety warnings by the city as abandoned scooters obstruct sidewalks and create safety hazards. Supervisor Aaron Peskin has introduced legislation to regulate the services after numerous citizen complaints. more
SF City Attorney sends cease and desist letters to scooter companies
Examiner (04/16/2018)
SF’s scooter conflict: City attorney issues cease-and-desist orders to companies
Chronicle (04/17/2018)
Apr
17
Democrat and Republican Tied for Gubernatorial Runoff Spot
by Shanti Singh
Democrat and former LA mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and Republican John Cox are locked in a tight race for the second place gubernatorial runoff election spot, behind frontrunner Gavin... more
Democrat and former LA mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and Republican John Cox are locked in a tight race for the second place gubernatorial runoff election spot, behind frontrunner Gavin Newsom. As the Chronicle reports, the two candidates could not be more different. more
Villaraigosa, Cox battle to advance in California governor’s race
Chronicle (04/16/2018)
Apr
16
Not as Easy as 1-2-3
by Jen Longley
For the first time since its enactment, ranked choice voting will determine the outcome of the Mayor's race, and mayoral aspirants Mark Leno and Jane Kim have formulated a 1-2 strate... more
For the first time since its enactment, ranked choice voting will determine the outcome of the Mayor's race, and mayoral aspirants Mark Leno and Jane Kim have formulated a 1-2 strategy in response. Meanwhile, candidate Angela Alioto continues the fight to receive matching public funding after missing the deadline in Monday's Matier & Ross. more
Ranked-choice voting could come into play in SF mayor’s race
Chronicle (04/16/2018)
Apr
16
Tech and the City
by Jen Longley
The Chronicle takes a deep dive into the fine and differing lines mayoral candidates Kim, Alioto, Leno and Breed take when talking about the impacts of tech, through the lens of an u... more
The Chronicle takes a deep dive into the fine and differing lines mayoral candidates Kim, Alioto, Leno and Breed take when talking about the impacts of tech, through the lens of an undecided voter. more
SF mayoral hopefuls walk fine line debating tech’s impact
Chronicle (04/16/2018)
Apr
16
Scooters at the Supes
by Jen Longley
The Board's Land Use and Transportation committee will begin discussing regulations for dockless scooters and the three companies currently providing them today.
The Board's Land Use and Transportation committee will begin discussing regulations for dockless scooters and the three companies currently providing them today. more
San Francisco Leaders to Discuss Regulations on Scooter Sharing Companies
NBC Bay Area (04/16/2018)
Apr
16
Market Madness in the Mission
by Jen Longley
La Pulguita, a local, longtime, un-permitted flea market on Mission street is coming under fire from local condo owners, while District 9 Supervisor Hilary Ronen is working with the ... more
La Pulguita, a local, longtime, un-permitted flea market on Mission street is coming under fire from local condo owners, while District 9 Supervisor Hilary Ronen is working with the planning department and SFPD on moving the market to a permitted area and providing support, reports the Examiner. more
Neighbors split over unauthorized La Pulguita flea market
Examiner (04/16/2018)