Today’s Stories (Last updated October 19, 03:24 PM)

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 Denise Heitzenroder
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
Oct
19
GOP Supporting Ballot Measure to Repeal State Gas Tax
by Denise Heitzenroder
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
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
Denise Heitzenroder
Denise leverages her background in political organizing & advocacy, nonprofit leadership development and communications to help scale organizations, projects and events. An organizer and networker at heart, she has volunteered and worked with New Leaders Council, MotherCoders, Netroots Nation and currently supports communications at Startup Policy Lab, where she helpe...

In the Past Week…

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)
Oct
16
It's Official: Kevin de León to Challenge DiFi for US Senate
by Jen Longley
State Senator and Senate Pro Tem Kevin de León, a Los Angeles Democrat, threw his hat in to the Senatorial ring this Sunday.

While his candidacy comes amid softening of support for i... more
State Senator and Senate Pro Tem Kevin de León, a Los Angeles Democrat, threw his hat in to the Senatorial ring this Sunday.

While his candidacy comes amid softening of support for incumbent Senator Diane Feinstein, de León will face significant hurdles in taking on the 25-year incumbent.

2018 just got a whole lot more interesting.

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Powerful state Democrat Kevin de León to challenge Feinstein for Senate
Chronicle (10/16/2017)
Oct
16
Next Bus: 2020
by Jen Longley
Citing delays ranging from increased construction costs to design changes to weather, SFMTA has pushed back the opening of the Van Ness  BRT line an additional 6 months, reports the ... more
Citing delays ranging from increased construction costs to design changes to weather, SFMTA has pushed back the opening of the Van Ness  BRT line an additional 6 months, reports the Examiner. 

The line is now projected to open in mid-2020, a full two years later than the initial January 2018 completion date. more
Two-mile-long Van Ness bus lane project faces two-year delay
Examiner (10/16/2017)
Oct
16
Zero Waste Zeroed Out?
by Jen Longley
In a blow to ambitious goals set in 2002 to send zero waste from San Francisco to landfills by 2020, the Examiner has learned that San Francisco has failed to meet landfill reduction... more
In a blow to ambitious goals set in 2002 to send zero waste from San Francisco to landfills by 2020, the Examiner has learned that San Francisco has failed to meet landfill reduction goals for the third year in a row.

While the San Francisco Department of the Environment is rolling out new larger recycling and smaller landfill bins, full citywide roll-out will take 2 years, and customers will have the option of retaining their old bin sizes.



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SF fails to meet annual reduction targets to reach zero waste to landfill by 2020
Examiner (10/16/2017)
Oct
15
Follow Live Updates: CA Fires
by Steven Kight
While fires spread across the state the death toll is now at 40. Firefighters are looking to Sonoma County containment by Friday.
While fires spread across the state the death toll is now at 40. Firefighters are looking to Sonoma County containment by Friday. more
Live updates: Full containment of Sonoma County wildfires expected by Friday; death toll at 40
Chronicle (10/15/2017)
Oct
15
Family Priorities
by Steven Kight

Previously, families were placed in private rooms at long-term shelters on a first-come, first-served basis, or received prioritization based on medical conditions. Under the new ent

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Previously, families were placed in private rooms at long-term shelters on a first-come, first-served basis, or received prioritization based on medical conditions. Under the new entry system, families with children are required to spend 60 consecutive days in emergency shelters — where beds must be renewed on a daily basis and that often do not provide showers — to receive priority placement.

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SF initiates ambitious plan to prioritize homeless families
Examiner (10/15/2017)
Oct
14
Thousands More Evacuated as Fire Threatents Santa Rosa and Sonoma
by Peter Gallotta
Before dawn today, thousands of new evacuations were ordered in Santa Rosa and the town of Sonoma as the Nuns Fire shifted direction due to the wind, threatening neighborhoods that h... more
Before dawn today, thousands of new evacuations were ordered in Santa Rosa and the town of Sonoma as the Nuns Fire shifted direction due to the wind, threatening neighborhoods that had so far escaped the direction of the fire. The Nuns Fire, unlike the Tubbs and Atlas Fires, is only 10% contained at this point. The fires are among 17 burning statewide, with 15 in Northern California. Over 200,000 acres have been burned, and 35 people have died. 256 people remain missing in the burn areas as of this morning.  more
Thousands evacuated as Wine Country fires threaten Santa Rosa and Sonoma; some homes burned
Chronicle (10/14/2017)
Oct
14
Gov Brown Allows Arrest Records to be Sealed
by Peter Gallotta
Governor Jerry Brown signed a bill sponsored by San Francisco District Attorney George Gascon that would allow people who have been arrested but not convicted of a crime to have thei... more
Governor Jerry Brown signed a bill sponsored by San Francisco District Attorney George Gascon that would allow people who have been arrested but not convicted of a crime to have their arrest records sealed, removing barriers to housing access and employment. Although state law prohibits employers from asking applicants about prior arrests that did not lead to convictions, many still do not consider applicants that have an arrest record at all. The issue disproportionately affects communities of color and specifically African-Americans, who comprise only 14 percent of California's population but make up 28 percent of all arrests. more
Gov. Brown signs law sponsored by SF district attorney that allows arrest records to be sealed
Examiner (10/14/2017)
Oct
14
Twitter Double Standard on Tweets? Trump OK, But Women Silenced?
by Peter Gallotta
Twitter may be taking a "tougher stance" on abusive or harassing speech, said Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, in a series of tweets on Friday. The company will announce new rules in the com... more
Twitter may be taking a "tougher stance" on abusive or harassing speech, said Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, in a series of tweets on Friday. The company will announce new rules in the coming weeks regarding "unwanted sexual advances, non-consensual nudity, hate symbols, violent groups, or any post that glorifies violence." On Friday, a #WomenBoycottTwitter campaign was launched in the wake of the company's decision to suspend actress Rose McGowan's twitter account after speaking out about Harvey Weinstein's sexual violence. Meanwhile, President Trump continues to have an unfettered sounding board on Twitter. He's been allowed to use violent language that would not be permitted for others, such as his threat to destroy North Korea. Dorsey says the company has been working on resolving these inconsistencies for the past two years as it tries to find the proper balance between free expression and license to abuse.  more
Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey promises tougher stance on abusive tweets
Chronicle (10/14/2017)
Oct
14
SF Responds to Call For North Bay Help
by Peter Gallotta
San Francisco's generous heart has been on display this week to support fire relief efforts in the North Bay. Just visit the Love on Haight shop, which has transformed from a retail ... more
San Francisco's generous heart has been on display this week to support fire relief efforts in the North Bay. Just visit the Love on Haight shop, which has transformed from a retail store to a distribution center where San Franciscans are showing up with supplies and filling boxes with granola bars, children’s toys, bedding and bags of clothing to deliver up to the North Bay. Backroads, a company that provides biking and walking tours of Napa, donated all of its vans, labor, trailers and food to head up to Santa Rosa and help out. Roberto Hernandez, a former United Farm Workers organizer, is helping organize donations specifically targeting people that don’t know how to go to the Red Cross. Many of whom are farm workers and immigrants. The SFPCA has taken in 34 dogs and cats rescued from the fires. The more animals adopted this weekend, the more rescued animals they can take in.   more
SF mobilizes to help North Bay fire victims
Examiner (10/14/2017)
Oct
14
Bannon to GOP: "Nobody's Safe"
by Peter Gallotta
Steve Bannon may have left the White House, but he certainly hasn't left Republican politics. Bannon is taking his extremely conservative political views and organizing candidates to... more
Steve Bannon may have left the White House, but he certainly hasn't left Republican politics. Bannon is taking his extremely conservative political views and organizing candidates to run against GOP Party "establishment" candidates in 2018, potentially creating more of a rift in a Party that gained seats in the 2016 elections in addition to taking control of the White House. But will Bannon's crop of candidates be able to take on the Paul Ryan's and Mitch McConnell's of the Party? If there's anything Bannon's committed to it's upending the status quo and defiling political mores. If "nobody's safe," neither are our electoral politics.   more
Bannon on Republican establishment: 'Nobody's safe'
Chronicle (10/14/2017)
Oct
13
Two Possible Democratic Challengers to Feinstein Testing the Waters
by Carrie McFadden
Senator Dianne Feinstein recently announced that, despite contrary reporting, she does intend to seek a sixth term in the United States Senate next year. Activists upset with some of... more
Senator Dianne Feinstein recently announced that, despite contrary reporting, she does intend to seek a sixth term in the United States Senate next year. Activists upset with some of Feinstein's more conservative stances have been clamoring for a challenger from the left, and it appears she may have one or even two waiting in the wings.

California State Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de León and billionaire environmental activist Tom Steyer have both indicated they are considering it. After her announcement, Feinstein received the almost immediate endorsement of California's other Senator, Kamala Harris, and many others in what is known as our state's political establishment. more
2 progressives may compete in effort to unseat Dianne Feinstein
Chronicle (10/12/2017)
Oct
13
North Coast Fire Rages On, Damaging Bay Area Air
by Carrie McFadden
As the fires in Sonoma and Napa Counties raged on this week, health officials have continued to warn that the smoke drifting south across the rest of the Bay Area comes with a long l... more
As the fires in Sonoma and Napa Counties raged on this week, health officials have continued to warn that the smoke drifting south across the rest of the Bay Area comes with a long list of health concerns. The air quality is comparable to, and oftentimes worse, than Beijing, known for being one of the most polluted cities in the world.

In the name of safety, Bay Area residents are recommended to continue to stay indoors whenever possible and, when outside, wear masks that keep out particles.

The wind projections are likely to keep air at these smoky levels throughout some or all of the weekend. Stay safe, Bay Area. more
Winds to keep SF smoky from North Bay fires for at least another day
Examiner (10/13/2017)
Wine Country fires’ smoke fouls Bay Area air, creates health hazard
Chronicle (10/12/2017)
Oct
13
Police Chief Gives Update on Reforms
by Carrie McFadden
San Francisco Police Chief Bill Scott gave an update on the reforms the Department is submitting for approval, which seek to address police use of force, deescalation tactics, and bi... more
San Francisco Police Chief Bill Scott gave an update on the reforms the Department is submitting for approval, which seek to address police use of force, deescalation tactics, and bias in police work. Scott says the department has submitted nearly half of the 272 reforms recommended for approval.

This comes a year after the U.S. Department of Justice, under the Obama administration, issued a report which criticized SFPD on a number of issues, mainly centering around those listed above, after the fatal shooting of Mario Woods in December 2015. 

Chief Scott is hopeful that the reforms will be a positive change for the Department.  more
San Francisco police chief reports progress on slate of recommended reforms
Chronicle (10/12/2017)
Oct
13
Former SF Mayor Frank Jordan Loses Home in Sonoma Fire
by Carrie McFadden
Former San Francisco Mayor Frank Jordan and his wife Wendy Paskin-Jordan were at their weekend home in Sonoma County on Sunday night when the fires started.

They were able to warn nei
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Former San Francisco Mayor Frank Jordan and his wife Wendy Paskin-Jordan were at their weekend home in Sonoma County on Sunday night when the fires started.

They were able to warn neighbors who were sleeping and collected a few prized photos before fleeing to their home back in San Francisco, and have since been informed that the entire home, including ten acres of property, had been demolished. 

Still, the former Mayor and his wife consider themselves lucky and know that there are people worse off than them. They have offered their three extra bedrooms in their San Francisco residence to Sonoma neighbors who also lost everything.

Jordan was Mayor of San Francisco from 1992 through 1996 before losing his re-election campaign to Willie Brown. 
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Frank Jordan, former SF mayor, loses home to Sonoma County fire
Chronicle (10/12/2017)
Oct
13
Outdoor Athletic Events Cancelled in SF This Weekend
by Carrie McFadden
Citing concerns for safety due to smoke and other effects from the Wine Country wildfires, organizers have cancelled the Tough Mudder, the inaugural Virgin America fitness festival, ... more
Citing concerns for safety due to smoke and other effects from the Wine Country wildfires, organizers have cancelled the Tough Mudder, the inaugural Virgin America fitness festival, and the Coyote Trial Run.

Organizers highlight the fact that not only are they concerned for the safety of participants and spectators, but they want to make sure the city's first responders are not burdened by other major events so they can instead focus on helping our neighbors to the north. more
Virgin SF half marathon, Tough Mudder among Bay Area races canceled
Chronicle (10/12/2017)
Oct
13
Economic Justice Month at LGBT Center
by Carrie McFadden
The San Francisco LGBT Center has announced its plans for a series of events during subsequent weeks in October, seeking to provide resources to low- and moderate-income LGBT San Fra... more
The San Francisco LGBT Center has announced its plans for a series of events during subsequent weeks in October, seeking to provide resources to low- and moderate-income LGBT San Franciscans and allies. 

The Center began an Economic Empowerment Day in 2011, but it has since been expanded to be a month. 

Upcoming events include the first LGBTQ Financial Planning Day (October 21), LGBTQ Career Fair (October 26), and a Queer Street Marketplace (October 28). The month of focus on economic stability launched last Thursday. more
LGBT Center to host Economic Justice Month
The Bay Area Reporter (10/13/2017)
Oct
12
Hate 2 wait? Driverless cars are (almost) here
by Lia Azul Salaverry

The California Department of Motor Vehicles, home of the world's slowest lines, may allow driverless cars on the road as early as 2018, to speed things up a bit.

New rules would allo

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The California Department of Motor Vehicles, home of the world's slowest lines, may allow driverless cars on the road as early as 2018, to speed things up a bit.

New rules would allow driverless vehicles to operate without a steering wheel, brake pedal or accelerator pedal, because who needs humans anyway?

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Driverless cars may be allowed on California streets without humans next year
Examiner (10/12/2017)