Today’s Stories (Last updated June 23, 03:57 PM)

Jun
23
Mayor Lee Touts $27M Budget Proposal to Reduce Recidivism in SF Jails
by Carrie McFadden
Although the city's budget is still in negotiations, yesterday Mayor Ed Lee highlighted the $27 million proposed specifically for diversion. For many stuck in our criminal justice sy... more
Although the city's budget is still in negotiations, yesterday Mayor Ed Lee highlighted the $27 million proposed specifically for diversion. For many stuck in our criminal justice system, it's tough to break the cycle; this money aims to fund programs to help. more
Mayor Lee proposes $27M package of diversion programs to help reduce jail population
Examiner (06/22/2017)
Jun
23
Gutting of State Board of Equalization Begins
by Carrie McFadden
California's tax collection agency, the Board of Equalization, has been a source of recent drama as it's faced allegations of misusing funds and being "dysfunctional."

Lawmakers have ... more
California's tax collection agency, the Board of Equalization, has been a source of recent drama as it's faced allegations of misusing funds and being "dysfunctional."

Lawmakers have passed a bill removing most of the power from the Board of Equalization's hands and instead giving it to two new departments. Governor Brown will likely sign the bill.  more
Gutting of California tax collection agency has begun
Chronicle (06/23/2017)
Jun
23
Budget Brouhaha: Negotiations Stall
by Carrie McFadden
Although the negotiations were supposed to result in a deal, late last night saw drama as a planned meeting between Mayor Ed Lee and Supervisor Aaron Peskin fell through, and the neg... more
Although the negotiations were supposed to result in a deal, late last night saw drama as a planned meeting between Mayor Ed Lee and Supervisor Aaron Peskin fell through, and the negotiations reached an impasse. The discussions will resume today at noon. more
City Hall erupts in drama as budget negotiations hit impasse
Examiner (06/23/2017)
Jun
23
Mark Rocha Confirmed as CCSF Chancellor Amid Protests
by Carrie McFadden
Mark Rocha was affirmed as Chancellor of the City College of San Francisco yesterday in a 6-1 vote from the trustees. Trustee Rafael Mandelman was the lone nay vote.

A parade of speak... more
Mark Rocha was affirmed as Chancellor of the City College of San Francisco yesterday in a 6-1 vote from the trustees. Trustee Rafael Mandelman was the lone nay vote.

A parade of speakers during public comment at Thursday's meeting warned of Rocha's reported clashes with faculty at the three community colleges he's led previously, but the trustees highlighted a need for stability and Rocha's experience as reasons for his approval. more
Mark Rocha, amid objections, to be City College of SF chancellor
Chronicle (06/23/2017)
Jun
23
Resist! Pride Comes to San Francisco
by Carrie McFadden
With a White House unfriendly to LGBT individuals and issues, this year's San Francisco Pride is hoping to be reflective of the resistance that has emerged since Donald Trump took of... more
With a White House unfriendly to LGBT individuals and issues, this year's San Francisco Pride is hoping to be reflective of the resistance that has emerged since Donald Trump took office. Rebranding the parade as a march and the celebration as a rally, SF Pride organizers are encouraging a more political spin on this year's festivities.

Pride has been criticized in years past for becoming more commercial, but George Ridgley, head of the San Francisco LGBT Pride Celebration Committee, is proud of the diverse and politically-charged contingents who are marching this year.

2017's activities will also have increased security, a policy that was instituted for last year's Pride in the wake of the Pulse nightclub shooting.  more
SF Pride to show resistance
The Bay Area Reporter (06/22/2017)
Jun
23
Farrell's Calls for More Female Representation Examined
by Carrie McFadden
The Chronicle reports on Supervisor Mark Farrell's legislation calling for more female representation in the public sphere is contrary to how things are run at his venture capital fi... more
The Chronicle reports on Supervisor Mark Farrell's legislation calling for more female representation in the public sphere is contrary to how things are run at his venture capital firm, Thayer Ventures.  more
Farrell’s call for female leadership underscores void at his firm
Chronicle (06/23/2017)
Jun
23
Odd-Year Woes: Giants Losses Cause Dip in Ferry Ridership
by Carrie McFadden
In a presentation to the Golden Gate Bridge, Highway and Transportation District Board of Directors yesterday, the director of planning Ron Downing pointed to the specific route serv... more
In a presentation to the Golden Gate Bridge, Highway and Transportation District Board of Directors yesterday, the director of planning Ron Downing pointed to the specific route servicing AT&T Park as seeing a large dip in ridership. 

At least next year's an even year? more
Giants’ losses mean drop in Golden Gate ferry ridership
Examiner (06/23/2017)
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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Jun
22
Oakland Mayor Botches Handling of Police Sex Scandal, Says Investigator
by Lia Azul Salaverry
A court-appointed investigator denounces Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf, city officials, and the police department for downplaying a burgeoning, underage sex scandal within the city's po... more
A court-appointed investigator denounces Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf, city officials, and the police department for downplaying a burgeoning, underage sex scandal within the city's police department. Just when we thought it was over...the plot thickens!


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Investigators rip Oakland’s handling of police sex scandal
Chronicle (06/22/2017)
Official: Oakland mayor bungled police sex misconduct probe
Chronicle (06/22/2017)
Jun
22
Paul Henderson to Lead SF's Watchdog Agency
by Lia Azul Salaverry

The San Francisco Police Commission names Paul Henderson, an advisor to the Mayor on criminal justice and law enforcement, the interim head of the San Francisco Department of Police

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The San Francisco Police Commission names Paul Henderson, an advisor to the Mayor on criminal justice and law enforcement, the interim head of the San Francisco Department of Police Accountability.

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Second interim head named for city’s police watchdog agency
Examiner (06/22/2017)
Jun
22
District 8 Race Heats Up
by Lia Azul Salaverry
This week's Political Notebook covers the race for District 8, with CCSF Trustee Rafael Mandelman being the first to challenge incumbent Supervisor Jeff Sheehy.
This week's Political Notebook covers the race for District 8, with CCSF Trustee Rafael Mandelman being the first to challenge incumbent Supervisor Jeff Sheehy. more
Race is on for SF District 8 supervisor seat
The Bay Area Reporter (06/22/2017)
Jun
22
Golden Gate Bridge May Close During SF Marathon Amid Safety Concerns
by Lia Azul Salaverry

Safety and terrorism concerns are prompting Golden Gate Bridge authorities to consider closing all northbound lanes of the Golden Gate Bridge during the upcoming San Francisco Marath

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Safety and terrorism concerns are prompting Golden Gate Bridge authorities to consider closing all northbound lanes of the Golden Gate Bridge during the upcoming San Francisco Marathon for the first time ever. As if we needed another incentive to walk and not drive this weekend.

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Northbound Golden Gate Bridge lanes may close for SF Marathon
Chronicle (06/22/2017)
Jun
22
Castro's Hot Cop Gets Caught
by Lia Azul Salaverry
The notorious SF "hot cop" of the Castro stands trial on two felony counts of hit and run for allegedly striking two pedestrians in North Beach. Always beware of the good looking ones!
The notorious SF "hot cop" of the Castro stands trial on two felony counts of hit and run for allegedly striking two pedestrians in North Beach. Always beware of the good looking ones! more
Hot cop stands trial
Examiner (06/22/2017)
Jun
22
Chief Bill Scott Urges for Tasers
by Lia Azul Salaverry

Chief Bill Scott wants to train SFPD with electric stun guns which have previously been denied due to staunch public opposition for over a decade. But will the new Chief win the hear

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Chief Bill Scott wants to train SFPD with electric stun guns which have previously been denied due to staunch public opposition for over a decade. But will the new Chief win the hearts and minds of the public on this issue?

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Police Commission reviews the use of Tasers
Examiner (06/22/2017)
SF police chief seeks Taser training for all officers
Chronicle (06/22/2017)
Jun
22
Legislators Promote Tax to Fund Caltrain
by Lia Azul Salaverry

Caltrain moves closer to financial independence as SB797  is introduced to add a revenue source for the regional transit agency. So far, the multi-district locomotive relied on volun

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Caltrain moves closer to financial independence as SB797  is introduced to add a revenue source for the regional transit agency. So far, the multi-district locomotive relied on voluntary capital from three counties it serves: San Mateo, Santa Clara and San Francisco.

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Legislators propose sales tax to help fund Caltrain
Examiner (06/22/2017)
Jun
22
Pride Parade to Increase Security for the Second Year in a Row
by Lia Azul Salaverry

For the second year, SF's Pride celebration will amp up security according to police and Pride organizers. Sadly, in 2017, horrific violence aimed at the LGBTQ community is still ver

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For the second year, SF's Pride celebration will amp up security according to police and Pride organizers. Sadly, in 2017, horrific violence aimed at the LGBTQ community is still very real.

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For second year in a row, SFPD to ramp up security for Pride events
Examiner (06/22/2017)
Jun
22
Equal Pay Legislation Flies Through Committee
by Lia Azul Salaverry

Proposed legislation intended to help women achieve equal pay races through a board committee in under 15 minutes. The ordinance will prohibit employers from asking about previous sa

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Proposed legislation intended to help women achieve equal pay races through a board committee in under 15 minutes. The ordinance will prohibit employers from asking about previous salary in negotiations. If only the timeline of women ACTUALLY achieving equal pay were so speedy!

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SF proposal for gender pay equity sails through committee
Examiner (06/22/2017)
Jun
22
Willie Brown Middle School Loses Second Principal in Two Years
by Lia Azul Salaverry

San Francisco’s Willie Brown Middle School lost its second principal since opening two years ago in the Bayview. The pricey new STEM focused school, which mostly serves black and Lat

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San Francisco’s Willie Brown Middle School lost its second principal since opening two years ago in the Bayview. The pricey new STEM focused school, which mostly serves black and Latino students has much potential, but needs a strong leader who's in it for the long haul. After all, the kids deserve it!

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SF’s newest public school loses second principal in as many years
Examiner (06/22/2017)
Jun
22
Battle of the Bikes!
by Lia Azul Salaverry

Bike rental companies fear Ford GoBike’s newest pricing model will destroy them, and bike companies are in tense closed door negotiations to settle the matter. While these battles ar

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Bike rental companies fear Ford GoBike’s newest pricing model will destroy them, and bike companies are in tense closed door negotiations to settle the matter. While these battles aren't new, Ford enjoys an exclusive app-based bike share contract with the city.

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Bike battle ignited as rentals fear Ford GoBike will ‘kill our industry’
Examiner (06/22/2017)
Jun
22
SF LEAD-er in Criminal Justice Reform
by Lia Azul Salaverry

San Francisco is implementing the Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion program, also known as LEAD to steer low-level drug offenders away from incarceration and to reduce recidivism. W

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San Francisco is implementing the Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion program, also known as LEAD to steer low-level drug offenders away from incarceration and to reduce recidivism. We knew you could do better SF, and we are just so darn proud!

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SF’s LEAD program seeks to divert offenders from jail
Chronicle (06/22/2017)
Jun
22
HELP WANTED -- $69 Billion Uber Seeking New CEO
by Lia Azul Salaverry
Travis Kalanick, the former CEO of Uber is OUT amid pressure. But Kalanick's fingerprints are still all over the company. Some question, will Kalanick's stronghold on Uber make the j... more
Travis Kalanick, the former CEO of Uber is OUT amid pressure. But Kalanick's fingerprints are still all over the company. Some question, will Kalanick's stronghold on Uber make the job less attractive for the next CEO? It's likely the price tag already has many sold. more
Help wanted at Uber: $69 billion company has no CEO
Chronicle (06/22/2017)
Jun
22
New CCSF Chancellor is Making Band$
by Lia Azul Salaverry

City College of San Francisco’s likely new chancellor, Mark Rocha, will make $310,500 annually before benefits. This is tens of thousands more per year than his predecessors at the f

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City College of San Francisco’s likely new chancellor, Mark Rocha, will make $310,500 annually before benefits. This is tens of thousands more per year than his predecessors at the fiscally troubled college, which is meanwhile, cancelling classes. #Priorities #BAND$

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New CCSF chancellor to earn $310k, even as college faces budget cuts
Examiner (06/22/2017)
Jun
22
The Vis Valley "Green Rush"
by Lia Azul Salaverry

Visitacion Valley will soon have two medical marijuana dispensaries. This quiet working-class neighborhood has become the latest focus for cannabis entrepreneurs looking to take adva

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Visitacion Valley will soon have two medical marijuana dispensaries. This quiet working-class neighborhood has become the latest focus for cannabis entrepreneurs looking to take advantage of the so-called “green rush” after the passage of Proposition 64, which legalized the recreational use of marijuana.

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SF's ‘green rush’ for new cannabis stores — and a growing opposition
Chronicle (06/22/2017)
Jun
21
Locked to the Chair no more
by Steven Kight

John Burton, now former Democratic Party chairman, has finally acquired the freedom to endorse Gavin Newson in the future Governor's race. As chairman he was unable to give his endor

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John Burton, now former Democratic Party chairman, has finally acquired the freedom to endorse Gavin Newson in the future Governor's race. As chairman he was unable to give his endorsement to anyone before the pre-election party convention. But he is now free to be John-fucking-Burton and do what he wants.

 
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Democratic elder John Burton endorses Gavin Newsom for governor
Chronicle (06/21/2017)
Jun
21
DeJesus wins reappointment
by Steven Kight
After a contentious fight over her reappointment, Petra DeJesus was confirmed for another term on the police commission.
After a contentious fight over her reappointment, Petra DeJesus was confirmed for another term on the police commission. more
Petra DeJesus reappointed to SF’s Police Commission
Examiner (06/21/2017)
SF supervisors reappoint Petra DeJesus to Police Commission
Chronicle (06/21/2017)
Jun
21
SF bans menthols
by Steven Kight
Supervisor Cohen succeeded in passing an ordinance that will ban the sale of flavored nicotine products, including menthol cigarettes, in San Francisco. Evidence suggests that such p... more
Supervisor Cohen succeeded in passing an ordinance that will ban the sale of flavored nicotine products, including menthol cigarettes, in San Francisco. Evidence suggests that such products are part of the reason many young people start smoking, and this ban is intended to help prevent people from becoming addicted to cigarettes.  more
SF bans sale of menthol cigarettes, may eliminate at least $50.5M in tobacco sales
Examiner (06/21/2017)
Jun
21
The life aquatic with M&R
by Steven Kight
M&R tackle the news of an SFO director's apparent firing following a bizarre appearance at a Latinx church wearing an ICE jacket, the extraordinary expense that the UC Board of Regen... more
M&R tackle the news of an SFO director's apparent firing following a bizarre appearance at a Latinx church wearing an ICE jacket, the extraordinary expense that the UC Board of Regents has decided to go to in order to investigate Janet Napolitano, but also more breaking news from the America's Cup, which I know we can all agree is the most important thing happening today. more
SFO manager put on ice after posing as immigration agent
Chronicle (06/21/2017)
Jun
21
Kalanick out at Uber
by SF Usual Suspects
After months of controversy, Travis Kalanick has stepped down as CEO of Uber. Major investors felt that Kalanick had become inexorably linked to the challenges the company has faced,... more
After months of controversy, Travis Kalanick has stepped down as CEO of Uber. Major investors felt that Kalanick had become inexorably linked to the challenges the company has faced, and that his leadership could not turn around the perception the public has of the seventy billion dollar company. more
Uber CEO Kalanick quits under pressure
Chronicle (06/21/2017)
Jun
21
The Coldest Winter I Ever Spent was NOT a Summer in San Francisco...
by Steven Kight

As California goes into summer it seems that the heat has found the Bay Area too, with temperatures ranging from 80-110 depending on the area. PG&E is already struggling with its inf

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As California goes into summer it seems that the heat has found the Bay Area too, with temperatures ranging from 80-110 depending on the area. PG&E is already struggling with its infrastructure not being capable of providing the power needed in these high temperatures, and warns of power outages if the Bay Area doesn’t conserve.

 
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PG&E electricity use poised to break record as Bay Area heat peaks
Chronicle (06/21/2017)
Jun
21
Debating Stun Guns
by Steven Kight

The Police Commission is once again considering stun guns, but they are asking whether or not they are effective enough, and not just debating the harm they may cause to people they

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The Police Commission is once again considering stun guns, but they are asking whether or not they are effective enough, and not just debating the harm they may cause to people they are used on.

 
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As SF again debates stun guns, focus shifts to effectiveness
Chronicle (06/21/2017)
Jun
21
BART considers safeguarding immigration status of riders
by Steven Kight

BART Board of Directors will vote on a proposal to protect riders against immigration enforcement, with the emphasis being to actively not ask about immigration status while avoiding

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BART Board of Directors will vote on a proposal to protect riders against immigration enforcement, with the emphasis being to actively not ask about immigration status while avoiding words like ‘sanctuary’ in order to not risk federal funding.

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BART considers shielding immigrants without calling it sanctuary
Chronicle (06/21/2017)
Jun
21
Shine a little light on infrastructure improvement
by Steven Kight

San Francisco PUC will be pushing to finish installation of 12,500 new LED streetlight replacements. The replacement is expected to pay for itself in 4 years and then continue to sav

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San Francisco PUC will be pushing to finish installation of 12,500 new LED streetlight replacements. The replacement is expected to pay for itself in 4 years and then continue to save San Francisco $983,000 annually.  

 
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SF replacing streetlights with brighter, energy-efficient LEDs
Chronicle (06/21/2017)
Jun
21
It really is the lights, not the drugs
by Steven Kight

As the pinnacle moment of the Summer of Love 50th year anniversary, the Surrealistic Summer Solstice concert held in Golden Gate Park will feature conceptual artist Ben Davis and his

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As the pinnacle moment of the Summer of Love 50th year anniversary, the Surrealistic Summer Solstice concert held in Golden Gate Park will feature conceptual artist Ben Davis and his light installation Photosynthesis.

 
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Light show to wash Park Conservatory in psychedelia
Chronicle (06/21/2017)
Jun
21
SFMTA: 'Oops'
by Steven Kight
SFMTA is publicly acknowledging that they made a mistake in removing more parking than originally planned during a transit safety improvement project along Potrero Avenue. 
SFMTA is publicly acknowledging that they made a mistake in removing more parking than originally planned during a transit safety improvement project along Potrero Avenue.  more
Transit agency ‘mistake’ reveals extra parking removed from Potrero Avenue
Examiner (06/21/2017)
Jun
20
Cash Rules Everything Around Me: San Franciscans Seek Budget Resources to Fight Inequality
by Shanti Singh
Citizens lined up for five hours to testify in two-minute increments at the BoS Budget and Finance Committee to ask for allocations from an available pool of about $30M obtained from... more
Citizens lined up for five hours to testify in two-minute increments at the BoS Budget and Finance Committee to ask for allocations from an available pool of about $30M obtained from budget cuts to other services. This included pleas for a 24-hour homeless shelter in the Bayview, Meals On Wheels-style programs for elderly San Franciscans, supportive housing across the city to help the formerly homeless get back on their feet, as well as subsidies for childcare and housing. more
SF pressured to help families struggling with day care, preschool
Chronicle (06/19/2017)
SF’s inequalities on display during hours-long hearing on Mayor Lee’s $10.1B budget proposal
Examiner (06/19/2017)
Jun
20
A Year After Devastating Fire, Mission Rebuilds, Slowly
by Shanti Singh
The Chronicle covers the return of both the first family and first business to the block of 29th and Mission Streets where a blaze wiped out several businesses and homes this time la... more
The Chronicle covers the return of both the first family and first business to the block of 29th and Mission Streets where a blaze wiped out several businesses and homes this time last year. Efforts continue to bring back legacy businesses such as Cole Hardware and the 3300 Club, as do proposals from private developers and the Mission Economic Development Agency to add housing onsite. more
Outer Mission commercial block struggling to rebuild a year after massive fire
Chronicle (06/19/2017)
Jun
20
Give 'Em Nope: SF Pride Tamps Down Calls for Overt #Resistance Theme
by Shanti Singh
When SF Pride celebrates all colors of the rainbow this coming weekend, expect to see a little less orange than expected: Joe Fitz reports for the Examiner that the Pride Board of Di... more
When SF Pride celebrates all colors of the rainbow this coming weekend, expect to see a little less orange than expected: Joe Fitz reports for the Examiner that the Pride Board of Directors is shifting this year's Pride program away from outright opposition to a certain sentient bigotry-stuffed Doritos Loco Taco currently residing at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave, in favor of more general themes of tolerance.

In response, queer Pride marshals from across the rainbow are concerned that Pride organizers are prioritizing corporate sponsorship from the likes of Facebook, Budweiser and Google over outright solidarity in the face of an openly LGBTQ+-hostile administration. more
SF Pride Board chooses ‘neutered’ protest over full Trump Resistance March
Examiner (06/19/2017)
Jun
20
Gascón and Hennessy Team Up to Trim Jail Numbers
by Shanti Singh
DA George Gascón and Sheriff Vicki Hennessy are pushing for the city to fund additional attorneys for weekend cases, in order to avoid keeping people in jail who have not been charge... more
DA George Gascón and Sheriff Vicki Hennessy are pushing for the city to fund additional attorneys for weekend cases, in order to avoid keeping people in jail who have not been charged for longer than two days.

Incarceration reform advocates across the country have pushed for reductions in jail time for many citizens who are ultimately never charged of a crime, and Mayor Lee has included the funding in this year's budget with the eventual goal of shutting down entire floors of jail cells in the Hall of Justice. more
City has a plan to prevent unneeded weekend jail stays
Chronicle (06/19/2017)