Today’s Stories (Last updated August 30, 10:42 AM)

Aug
30
Wednesday's Deadline for SFPD Chief
by Corey Smith
It's still a thing. Amidst conversations about extending the deadline to accept applications, the City said yesterday that Wednesday would be the last day for anyone interested. The ... more
It's still a thing. Amidst conversations about extending the deadline to accept applications, the City said yesterday that Wednesday would be the last day for anyone interested. The Examiner is reporting 34 applicants.  more
With 34 candidates, no plans to extend Wednesday deadline in SFPD chief search
Examiner (08/30/2016)
Aug
30
What's in a Name?
by Corey Smith
Quite a bit, to be honest. 17% of the City's population is Chinese so many candidates pick a new name for election season.
Quite a bit, to be honest. 17% of the City's population is Chinese so many candidates pick a new name for election season. more
For SF candidates, Chinese name can spell edge at poll
Chronicle (08/30/2016)
Aug
30
Search For Oakland's Next Police Chief
by Corey Smith
After declaring she wasn't planning on running a "frat house", Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf laid out her plan to find the next Oakland Police Chief. The process includes ten public mee... more
After declaring she wasn't planning on running a "frat house", Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf laid out her plan to find the next Oakland Police Chief. The process includes ten public meetings over the next month. more
Community engagement 'big part' in search for Oakland police chief
ABC 7 (08/30/2016)
Oakland begins national search for police chief
Chronicle (08/30/2016)
Oakland Mayor Launches Campaign to Find New Police Chief
NBC Bay Area (08/30/2016)
Oakland outlines plans to hire new police chief
KTVU (08/30/2016)
Oakland: Mayor Libby Schaaf seeks community input in hiring new police chief
East Bay Times (08/30/2016)
Aug
30
Teacher's Affordable Housing Bill to Gov. Brown
by Corey Smith
A bill authored by San Francisco's Senator Mark Leno that would help teachers create housing options, went to the Governor's desk yesterday. Governor Brown has until Wednesday to sign.
A bill authored by San Francisco's Senator Mark Leno that would help teachers create housing options, went to the Governor's desk yesterday. Governor Brown has until Wednesday to sign. more
Affordable teacher housing among bills heading to governor
Chronicle (08/30/2016)
Aug
30
Homeless Camp Swept Up
by Corey Smith
A large homeless encampment near Islais Creek Channel was cleared out on Monday. While some took the options of shelter beds and drug rehabilitation centers, others are still mulling... more
A large homeless encampment near Islais Creek Channel was cleared out on Monday. While some took the options of shelter beds and drug rehabilitation centers, others are still mulling over what's next. more
SF homeless uprooted from sprawling creek-side encampment
Chronicle (08/30/2016)
Aug
30
SFPOA on Kap
by Corey Smith
San Francisco Police Department Association President Martin Halloran wrote a letter to the 49ers after Colin Kaepernick made the decision to not stand up during the National Anthem ... more
San Francisco Police Department Association President Martin Halloran wrote a letter to the 49ers after Colin Kaepernick made the decision to not stand up during the National Anthem last week. more
San Francisco Police Officers Association sends scathing letter to Jed York regarding Kaepernick’s comments
KNBR (08/30/2016)
Aug
30
More Shuttle Buses Coming
by Corey Smith
While Bauer's Intelligent Transportation (who shuttles employees for companies like Cisco, Zynga and EA) awaits a hearing regarding permits, they have purchased 30 new shuttle buses ... more
While Bauer's Intelligent Transportation (who shuttles employees for companies like Cisco, Zynga and EA) awaits a hearing regarding permits, they have purchased 30 new shuttle buses to add to the roughly 200-bus fleet. more
Controversial S.F. tech shuttle bus operator to put 30 more into service
SF Business Times (08/30/2016)
Aug
30
MUNI's New Digs
by Corey Smith
Local officials got to check out the new MUNI trains expected to hit the road next year. Shiny! 
Local officials got to check out the new MUNI trains expected to hit the road next year. Shiny!  more
Muni’s new future fleet debuts on the factory floor
Examiner (08/30/2016)
Nov
07
Supervisor Races 2016 - Qualified Candidates
by Robert F. Kennedy Democratic Club

D1 – Sherman D’Silva, Sandra Lee Fewer, Richie Greenberg, Jason Jungreis, Brian Larkin, David Lee, Jonathan Lyens, Marjan Philhour, Andy Thornley
D3 – Aaron Peskin, Tim Donnelly
D5 – London Breed, Dean Preston
D7 – Norman Yee, Joel Engardio, Ben Matranga, Michael Young, John Farrell
D9 – Joshua Arce, Iswari Espana, Melissa San Miguel, Hillary Ronen
D11 – Kimberly Alvarenga, Francisco Herrera, Ahsha Safai, Berta Hernandez, Magdalena De Guzman

(Incumbents in bold.)

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D1 – Sherman D’Silva, Sandra Lee Fewer, Richie Greenberg, Jason Jungreis, Brian Larkin, David Lee, Jonathan Lyens, Marjan Philhour, Andy Thornley
D3 – Aaron Peskin, Tim Donnelly
D5 – London Breed, Dean Preston
D7 – Norman Yee, Joel Engardio, Ben Matranga, Michael Young, John Farrell
D9 – Joshua Arce, Iswari Espana, Melissa San Miguel, Hillary Ronen
D11 – Kimberly Alvarenga, Francisco Herrera, Ahsha Safai, Berta Hernandez, Magdalena De Guzman

(Incumbents in bold.)

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Today’s Suspects Updater
Corey Smith

Corey was born and raised in the East Bay and after years of trying to find the best West Coast city to live, he moved to San Francisco in 2013. A former basketball coach and data junkie, Corey decided that a life in politics would fulfill that burning need to be simultaneously enthusiastic and depressed about everything, always.

In the Past Week…

Aug
29
Take a Number
by Derek Remski
At least 25 people from within and from outside of SFPD have applied to be top cop. The deadline to apply is Wednesday, but that hasn't stopped Rose Pak, the POA, and the ACLU from l... more
At least 25 people from within and from outside of SFPD have applied to be top cop. The deadline to apply is Wednesday, but that hasn't stopped Rose Pak, the POA, and the ACLU from lobbying the Police Commission and the Mayor to ensure their picks make the final cut.  more
Despite reform pressure, at least 25 want to be SFPD chief
Chronicle (08/29/2016)
Aug
29
Big Soda Comes Out Swinging
by Derek Remski
Matier and Ross give us the deets on how much $$$$$ big soda plans to spend to defeat ballot measures in SF and in the East Bay to tax sugary beverages.

Also, City Attorney Herrera an... more
Matier and Ross give us the deets on how much $$$$$ big soda plans to spend to defeat ballot measures in SF and in the East Bay to tax sugary beverages.

Also, City Attorney Herrera and Sup. Peskin have their eyes set on the Planning Commission which will decide the fate of several building owned by the Academy of Art. Expect fireworks. more
Big Soda gets boost from the Bern in SF and Oakland
Chronicle (08/29/2016)
Aug
29
Editorial: Chronicle recommends: Yes on S.F. Prop. A
by Derek Remski
The Chron Editorial Board says we should vote yes in November to spend some big dough to improve SFUSD facilities and make a down payment on a new Civic Center School of the Arts. Wi... more
The Chron Editorial Board says we should vote yes in November to spend some big dough to improve SFUSD facilities and make a down payment on a new Civic Center School of the Arts. With enrollment expected to jump by up to thirty percent in the coming decade, the Board argues the time is now to invest in our schools. more
Chronicle recommends: Yes on S.F. Prop. A
Chronicle (08/29/2016)
Aug
29
Crashes on the Golden Gate Bridge
by Derek Remski
Looks like some folks just cannot figure our how to get through the toll plaza on the G.G. Bridge without crashing into it. With motorists crashing into the plaza more than ever, off... more
Looks like some folks just cannot figure our how to get through the toll plaza on the G.G. Bridge without crashing into it. With motorists crashing into the plaza more than ever, officials have proposed a novel idea - remove the plaza all together. Now, expect a bazillion comments from the peanut gallery on any proposed design changes. more
Golden Gate Bridge may remove toll plaza after 84 drivers crash into it
Examiner (08/29/2016)
Aug
29
A Fitting Tribute
by Derek Remski
As his time in the CA Senate comes to an end, Mark Leno is being hailed as a great statesman by leaders on both sides of the aisle. What's next for Mr. Leno? Only time will tell.
As his time in the CA Senate comes to an end, Mark Leno is being hailed as a great statesman by leaders on both sides of the aisle. What's next for Mr. Leno? Only time will tell. more
Even rivals say Mark Leno is one of Sacramento's most accomplished lawmakers. And now, his time is up.
LA Times (08/29/2016)
Aug
29
Chron: Bail System Out of Whack
by Derek Remski
Has the fixed bail system failed to serve society. The U.S. Justice Dept and our D.A. think so and are trying to tweak the system so it serves it original purpose.
Has the fixed bail system failed to serve society. The U.S. Justice Dept and our D.A. think so and are trying to tweak the system so it serves it original purpose. more
The Justice Department is right: bail is unfair
Chronicle (08/29/2016)
Aug
28
Matier and Ross
by Corey Smith
Sunday's piece looks at the minimum standards for the next SFPD chief plus the City has saved important evidence related to an accident at Washington Square Park.
Sunday's piece looks at the minimum standards for the next SFPD chief plus the City has saved important evidence related to an accident at Washington Square Park. more
SF sets low bar for police chief’s job
Chronicle (08/28/2016)
Aug
28
Kim on Housing and Transportation
by Corey Smith
In an Examiner Op-Ed, Supervisor Jane Kim stresses the importance of integrating housing and transportation policy. Supervisor Kim is hosting a series of talks on issues facing the C... more
In an Examiner Op-Ed, Supervisor Jane Kim stresses the importance of integrating housing and transportation policy. Supervisor Kim is hosting a series of talks on issues facing the City with the first being Tuesday night at Mission High School. more
Integrated housing and transit policies are key for San Francisco’s future
Examiner (08/28/2016)
Aug
28
A Penny Here, a Penny There...
by Corey Smith
So how exactly is the City by the Bay spending that $9.6 billion? Turns out, roughly have goes to the City's 30,626 employees.
So how exactly is the City by the Bay spending that $9.6 billion? Turns out, roughly have goes to the City's 30,626 employees. more
Billions of dollars flow to SF’s army of city workers
Chronicle (08/28/2016)
Aug
28
Where To Stand Up?
by Corey Smith
The Chronicle's Al Saracevic offers two-cents on the San Francisco 49ers QB who refused to stand up during the National Anthem Friday night. Kap said he refused based on the treatmen... more
The Chronicle's Al Saracevic offers two-cents on the San Francisco 49ers QB who refused to stand up during the National Anthem Friday night. Kap said he refused based on the treatment of African Americans and minorities.  more
Kaepernick anthem protest: Wrong place for a noble cause
Chronicle (08/28/2016)
Aug
28
A San Francisco Protest
by Corey Smith
Those headed to Union Square this afternoon may see more than they expected. San Francisco Go Topless Day (protesting laws that discriminate against female breasts) is scheduled from... more
Those headed to Union Square this afternoon may see more than they expected. San Francisco Go Topless Day (protesting laws that discriminate against female breasts) is scheduled from noon to 4pm. more
Woman to go topless Sunday, protesting laws that discriminate against female breasts
Chronicle (08/28/2016)
Aug
28
Tech Bus Controversy
by Corey Smith
Roughly a quarter of all complaints filed with the City regarding the 'Shuttle Buses', come from this man...
Roughly a quarter of all complaints filed with the City regarding the 'Shuttle Buses', come from this man... more
Meet the SF man responsible for more than a quarter of all tech bus complaints
Examiner (08/28/2016)
Aug
27
Chronicle recommends: Yes on Prop. 67, No on Prop. 65
by Jasmine Conrad
It's that time of year where recommendations fro trusted news sources, friends and politicos begin to shape the bubble and lines filled out and drawn on our ballots. The Chron has so... more
It's that time of year where recommendations fro trusted news sources, friends and politicos begin to shape the bubble and lines filled out and drawn on our ballots. The Chron has some recommendations ready for you. more
Chronicle recommends: Yes on Prop. 67, No on Prop. 65
Chronicle (08/27/2016)
Aug
27
All good things happen with a beer in hand
by Jasmine Conrad
40 years ago today marks the anniversary of the internet being a thing. The first message was sent at the back patio of one of the Bay Areas most notable establishments while researc... more
40 years ago today marks the anniversary of the internet being a thing. The first message was sent at the back patio of one of the Bay Areas most notable establishments while researchers conspired in the back, beer in hand. more
40 years on, the Internet transmits every aspect of our lives
Chronicle (08/27/2016)
Aug
27
Gov. Brown stops coal shipment in its tracks
by Jasmine Conrad
Jerry continues to keep up the good fight against fossil fuels and installs some major road blocks for goal-shipping terminals looking for state money. 
Jerry continues to keep up the good fight against fossil fuels and installs some major road blocks for goal-shipping terminals looking for state money.  more
Gov. Brown delivers huge blow to Oakland coal plan
Chronicle (08/27/2016)
Aug
27
Prop. 62...where do you stand?
by Jasmine Conrad
Chronicle journalist Debra Saunders tackles the numbers and narrative surrounding the death penalty.
Chronicle journalist Debra Saunders tackles the numbers and narrative surrounding the death penalty. more
Save the death penalty. No on Prop. 62
Chronicle (08/27/2016)
Aug
27
The coldest winter...err summer...
by Jasmine Conrad
As Melania Trump said, "the coldest winter I ever spent was a summer in San Francisco." Or was it Mark Twain? Either way, this record-breaking fog has made for one of the gloomiest s... more
As Melania Trump said, "the coldest winter I ever spent was a summer in San Francisco." Or was it Mark Twain? Either way, this record-breaking fog has made for one of the gloomiest summer's we have a seen in a while. more
The most San Francisco summer — just one day in 70s in August
Chronicle (08/27/2016)
Aug
26
Harsh Words for HUD
by Laura Foote Clark
Recently, the Federal Department of Housing and Urban Development shut down SF's "neighborhood preference" plan for subsidized Affordable Housing. Now City Attorney Dennis Herrera is... more
Recently, the Federal Department of Housing and Urban Development shut down SF's "neighborhood preference" plan for subsidized Affordable Housing. Now City Attorney Dennis Herrera is firing back, calling the ruling "wrong as a matter of law and public policy". more
S.F. City Attorney Blasts Obama Administration’s Rejection of Anti-Gentrification Plan
KQED (08/26/2016)
SF pleads its case with Washington on preferential housing policy
Chronicle (08/26/2016)
Aug
26
Chronicle Calls for Lowering BMR Requirements
by Laura Foote Clark
In a op-ed that minces no words, The Chronicle sounds the alarm that San Francisco's subsidized Below Market Rate housing requirements are too high and will cause less housing to be ... more
In a op-ed that minces no words, The Chronicle sounds the alarm that San Francisco's subsidized Below Market Rate housing requirements are too high and will cause less housing to be built. In June, the city adopted Supervisors Kim and Peskin's resolution to bump the requirement to 25%. Now the city Controller is reporting it's much too high, and the Chronicle agrees. more
Don’t block housing, San Francisco
Chronicle (08/26/2016)
Aug
26
Crackdown on Commissions Coming Soon
by Laura Foote Clark
The State Senate has passed a bill requiring commissioners and other decision makers to report much more of their meetings and other activities. The bill, authored by our own Senator... more
The State Senate has passed a bill requiring commissioners and other decision makers to report much more of their meetings and other activities. The bill, authored by our own Senator Mark Leno, would also allow the attorney general to prosecute violators. more
Senate passes crackdown on state Public Utilities Commission
Chronicle (08/26/2016)
Aug
26
School Board Reviews Nonprofit Spending
by Laura Foote Clark
The Ruth Asawa School of the Arts is one of SF's most prestigious campuses, and the only public school with a nonprofit wing dedicated to fundraising. Nonprofit Friends of School of ... more
The Ruth Asawa School of the Arts is one of SF's most prestigious campuses, and the only public school with a nonprofit wing dedicated to fundraising. Nonprofit Friends of School of the Arts brings in over $3 million - and decides how that money will be spent at SOTA. While the Board of Education voted to continue this relationship, concerns were raised about lack of transparency. more
Nonprofit’s spending on SF public art school under scrutiny
Examiner (08/26/2016)
Aug
26
Boosting Student Voter Registration
by Laura Foote Clark
The CA State Assembly has passed a bill to increase voter registration and civic engagement. Authored by Assemblymembers David Chiu (San Francisco) and Rob Bonta (Oakland), the law s... more
The CA State Assembly has passed a bill to increase voter registration and civic engagement. Authored by Assemblymembers David Chiu (San Francisco) and Rob Bonta (Oakland), the law should boost voter registration by making it easier for students in public schools to register to vote when they enroll in classes. more
California Legislature passes bill to boost student voter registration
LGBT Weekly (08/26/2016)
Aug
26
Marin Bus Line Saved by Riders
by Laura Foote Clark
On Thursday, The Golden Gate Transit Committee spared a beloved, if underutilized, bus route from Marin to San Francisco. Commuters who live in Marin County and work in San Francisco... more
On Thursday, The Golden Gate Transit Committee spared a beloved, if underutilized, bus route from Marin to San Francisco. Commuters who live in Marin County and work in San Francisco called the line critical to their lives and offered to personally campaign raise ridership. The decision may prompt the District to maintain other routes with low ridership. more
Golden Gate Transit bus route saved by zealous riders
Examiner (08/26/2016)
Aug
26
Young People Attempting Suicide at Golden Gate Bridge
by Laura Foote Clark
Since 2000, the number of people under age 25 who consider suicide at the Golden Gate Bridge has increased dramatically. The bridge patrol will be partnering with the national nonpro... more
Since 2000, the number of people under age 25 who consider suicide at the Golden Gate Bridge has increased dramatically. The bridge patrol will be partnering with the national nonprofit Crisis Text Line to address this problem. more
More young people attempting suicide at Golden Gate Bridge, says district
Examiner (08/26/2016)
Aug
25
State Bill Allows For School District Housing
by Kelly Groth
The Assembly passed a bill yesterday, allowing for school districts to lease property for the development of housing for teachers. SF could see one of two properties developed for te... more
The Assembly passed a bill yesterday, allowing for school districts to lease property for the development of housing for teachers. SF could see one of two properties developed for teachers in the next 2 years. more
SF closer to building teacher housing as state bill clears legislative hurdle
Examiner (08/25/2016)
Aug
25
Who's Right for the Job?
by Kelly Groth
As the deadline to find a new police chief approaches, experts are questioning if an officer will be promoted from within or if an outsider will get the job. We'll see who the three ... more
As the deadline to find a new police chief approaches, experts are questioning if an officer will be promoted from within or if an outsider will get the job. We'll see who the three finalists are after August 31. more
Chief search turns SFPD inside out
Examiner (08/25/2016)
Aug
25
SF Journalist Warren Hinckle Passes Away
by Kelly Groth
Warren Hinckle, a former columnist for the Chronicle and Examiner, died this morning at age 77. Hinckle was known for his irreverent columns and contempt for the powerful.
Warren Hinckle, a former columnist for the Chronicle and Examiner, died this morning at age 77. Hinckle was known for his irreverent columns and contempt for the powerful. more
Muckraking SF journalist Warren Hinckle dies at 77
Chronicle (08/25/2016)
Aug
25
Happy 100th, National Parks
by Kelly Groth
Carl Nolte nods to SF as being an incubator to the National Parks Service.
Carl Nolte nods to SF as being an incubator to the National Parks Service. more
U.S. parks mark centennial: How Bay Area helped create ‘America’s best idea’
Chronicle (08/25/2016)
Aug
25
Second Round of Legacy Businesses
by Kelly Groth
Two more SF businesses receive legacy status: Moby Dick bar and the Roxie theater. There's a whale joke in there somewhere...
Two more SF businesses receive legacy status: Moby Dick bar and the Roxie theater. There's a whale joke in there somewhere... more
Two more SF businesses receive legacy status
The Bay Area Reporter (08/25/2016)
Aug
25
The Bridge
by Kelly Groth
The number of people under 25 who consider suicide at the Golden Gate Bridge has increased five-fold since 2000. New prevention measures will be rolled out this Friday.
The number of people under 25 who consider suicide at the Golden Gate Bridge has increased five-fold since 2000. New prevention measures will be rolled out this Friday. more
More young people attempting suicide at Golden Gate Bridge, says district
Examiner (08/25/2016)