Today’s Stories (Last updated February 21, 12:23 PM)

Feb
21
Changes Within The SFPD
by Corey Smith
Early into the job, Chief William Scott's choices regarding department staff are being put under the microscope. 
Early into the job, Chief William Scott's choices regarding department staff are being put under the microscope.  more
Expected shakeup of SFPD leadership leaves most in place, but expands top
Examiner (02/21/2017)
Feb
21
Protests Continue Despite Rain
by Corey Smith
The downpour did not stop some protesters from assembling even though Monday's event was officially cancelled.
The downpour did not stop some protesters from assembling even though Monday's event was officially cancelled. more
Rain washes out Trump protest but not protesters
Chronicle (02/21/2017)
Feb
21
CCSF's Accreditor Status
by Corey Smith
The new Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos, will determine the fate of the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC). The ACCJC is the organization that deter... more
The new Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos, will determine the fate of the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC). The ACCJC is the organization that determines accreditation for CCSF and other community colleges.  more
Future of CCSF’s accreditor in hands of Betsy DeVos
Examiner (02/21/2017)
Feb
21
United At The DCCC
by Corey Smith
Heather Knight talks about the United Democratic Club (UDC) and the upcoming DCCC meeting. Note: UDC members are the morning updaters for SF Usual Suspects. 
Heather Knight talks about the United Democratic Club (UDC) and the upcoming DCCC meeting. Note: UDC members are the morning updaters for SF Usual Suspects.  more
The SF Democratic club that must not be named
Chronicle (02/21/2017)
Feb
21
Fitz On Ethics
by Corey Smith
Joe Fitz takes a look at an attempt to remove the newest member of the San Francisco Ethics Commission. 
Joe Fitz takes a look at an attempt to remove the newest member of the San Francisco Ethics Commission.  more
‘Brazen’ effort to oust ethics commissioner Kopp is obvious political payback
Examiner (02/21/2017)
Feb
21
The Future Of Voting
by Corey Smith
The San Francisco Elections Commission is making the push to move the City to an "open source" voting system. 
The San Francisco Elections Commission is making the push to move the City to an "open source" voting system.  more
SF’s Elections Commission asks mayor to put $4M toward open source voting system
Examiner (02/21/2017)
Feb
21
Caltrain's Petition
by Corey Smith
After federal investment in the electrification of Caltrain was taken off the table, the transportation agency has started an online petition to urge the federal government to approv... more
After federal investment in the electrification of Caltrain was taken off the table, the transportation agency has started an online petition to urge the federal government to approve the funding. more
Caltrain launches White House petition after losing federal funding for modernization
Examiner (02/21/2017)
Feb
21
Immigration Numbers
by Corey Smith
In 2016, there were 11,381 completed cases in San Francisco's immigration courts. 
In 2016, there were 11,381 completed cases in San Francisco's immigration courts.  more
SF’s immigration courts by the numbers
Examiner (02/21/2017)
Feb
21
Op-Ed: Housing During The Storm
by Corey Smith
Jennifer Fridenbach urges the City to find answers during this wet winter, which has left many out in the cold.
Jennifer Fridenbach urges the City to find answers during this wet winter, which has left many out in the cold. more
We must stop leaving our residents out in the rain
Examiner (02/21/2017)
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…

Feb
20
Op-Ed: Keep the Fight Up
by Justin Jones
The Examiner's op-ed focuses on how San Franciscans must stay politically active to keep pressure on Trump and preserve our values as so much is at stake.
The Examiner's op-ed focuses on how San Franciscans must stay politically active to keep pressure on Trump and preserve our values as so much is at stake. more
Showing up to preserve our city
Examiner (02/20/2017)
Feb
20
War of Words
by Justin Jones
Supervisor Aaron Peskin was none to happy when Mayor Lee commented "Gestapo" to his staff about Peskin's recently failed legislation.
Supervisor Aaron Peskin was none to happy when Mayor Lee commented "Gestapo" to his staff about Peskin's recently failed legislation. more
'It Chills Me to My Core': San Francisco Mayor Faces Backlash For Calling Supervisor Peskin’s Legislation ‘Gestapo’
NBC (02/20/2017)
SF mayor’s ‘Gestapo’ dig gets under Aaron Peskin’s skin
Chronicle (02/20/2017)
Feb
20
A Lot of Top Cops
by Justin Jones
A rumored reorganization of the SFPD will not be happening but there has been a substantial expansion of the top leadership brass which now includes 2 assistant chiefs, 5 deputy chie... more
A rumored reorganization of the SFPD will not be happening but there has been a substantial expansion of the top leadership brass which now includes 2 assistant chiefs, 5 deputy chiefs, 7 commanders, and 32 captains - 6 more roles than under former Chief Suhr. more
Expected shakeup of SFPD leadership leaves most in place, but expands top
Examiner (02/20/2017)
Feb
20
Tech Buses Closer to Being Permanent
by Justin Jones
Per Fitz, the tech buses of SF are on a roll - the "hub model" has been dropped and the SFMTA is due to vote on making the Commuter Shuttle Permit Program permanent at Tuesday's Boar... more
Per Fitz, the tech buses of SF are on a roll - the "hub model" has been dropped and the SFMTA is due to vote on making the Commuter Shuttle Permit Program permanent at Tuesday's Board of Director's meeting. more
Transit board to vote on making ‘tech shuttle’ program permanent, drops shuttle hub proposal
Examiner (02/20/2017)
Feb
20
Confusion in OPD
by Justin Jones
In wake of the tragic Ghost Ship Fire, Oakland's assistant police chief sent out an email to officers to immediately start cracking down on illegal warehouses and parties, but then w... more
In wake of the tragic Ghost Ship Fire, Oakland's assistant police chief sent out an email to officers to immediately start cracking down on illegal warehouses and parties, but then within a few hours the City Administrator rescinded the order. more
Why Oakland halted police crackdown on potential Ghost Ships
Chronicle (02/20/2017)
Feb
20
Never Forget: Japanese Internment
by Justin Jones
An estimated 500 people turned out for a ceremony to remember the 75th anniversary of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt's Executive Order 9066 which interned nearly 120,000 Japanes... more
An estimated 500 people turned out for a ceremony to remember the 75th anniversary of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt's Executive Order 9066 which interned nearly 120,000 Japanese Americans in camps across America. more
SF Day of Remembrance marks 75th anniversary of internment order
Chronicle (02/20/2017)
Feb
20
Columbus Day in SF
by Justin Jones
In a recent letter, a DC based organization of Italian Americans were none to happy with the SF Board of Education dropping Columbus Day from the school holiday calendar.
In a recent letter, a DC based organization of Italian Americans were none to happy with the SF Board of Education dropping Columbus Day from the school holiday calendar. more
Columbus Day ouster from SF schools upsets Italian Americans
Examiner (02/20/2017)
Feb
19
More Mid-Market development delays
by Mark Press
In the continued delays of housing development in San Francisco, even a development with great PR and a groundswell of community support takes three years to get through the approval... more
In the continued delays of housing development in San Francisco, even a development with great PR and a groundswell of community support takes three years to get through the approval process, contributing to the continued floundering of Mid-Market. more
Popular Mid-Market housing proposals wait years for OK
Chronicle (02/19/2017)
Feb
19
Op-ed: Tech buses are a success
by Mark Press
Ahead of a hearing for extending the program, an op-ed by Bruce Agid uses data to show that the commuter shuttle program has succeeded in reducing traffic and providing funds to the ... more
Ahead of a hearing for extending the program, an op-ed by Bruce Agid uses data to show that the commuter shuttle program has succeeded in reducing traffic and providing funds to the city. more
The proof is in the pudding: SF’s Commuter Shuttle Program works
Examiner (02/19/2017)
Feb
19
Our girl Kamala, taking the fight to Trump
by Mark Press
Matier and Ross discuss the unusual attention being paid to Kamala Harris as a junior senator due to her vocal resistance to the Trump agenda.
Matier and Ross discuss the unusual attention being paid to Kamala Harris as a junior senator due to her vocal resistance to the Trump agenda. more
Taking on Trump puts Kamala Harris in spotlight
Chronicle (02/19/2017)
Feb
19
Legacy Business program continues to evolve
by Mark Press
Some modifications to the Legacy Business program have been proposed which, in addition to adding dedicated staff to the program, would allow for more proposed businesses with fewer ... more
Some modifications to the Legacy Business program have been proposed which, in addition to adding dedicated staff to the program, would allow for more proposed businesses with fewer ties to local politics. more
SF working out kinks of Legacy Business Program
Examiner (02/19/2017)
Feb
19
Larger chunk of city budget goes to IT
by Mark Press
In addition to hiring Carrie Bishop as the city's first chief digital services officer, the portion of the budget dedicated to tech has gone from 3.6 to 5 percent, to make up for the... more
In addition to hiring Carrie Bishop as the city's first chief digital services officer, the portion of the budget dedicated to tech has gone from 3.6 to 5 percent, to make up for the lag in technology adoption by the city. more
San Francisco’s IT spending increased 80 percent over five years
Examiner (02/19/2017)
Feb
19
Willie on Trump's press conference
by Mark Press
Willie Brown discusses Trump's "unhinged" press conference and the potential fallout of the Flynn debacle. 
Willie Brown discusses Trump's "unhinged" press conference and the potential fallout of the Flynn debacle.  more
Good news now for Trump, but bad news may be just around the bend
Chronicle (02/19/2017)
Feb
19
Nato Green loves Tom Ammiano
by Mark Press
In his column, Nato Green reviews Tom Ammiano's legislative successes in Sacramento, and opines the lack of coverage by San Francisco news outlets of the goings on in the state legis... more
In his column, Nato Green reviews Tom Ammiano's legislative successes in Sacramento, and opines the lack of coverage by San Francisco news outlets of the goings on in the state legislature.  more
The greatness of Tom Ammiano
Examiner (02/19/2017)
Feb
18
No money, no modernity
by Jasmine Conrad
President Trump's potential withholding of millions of dollars of funding would kill Caltrain's attempt to electrify the system.
President Trump's potential withholding of millions of dollars of funding would kill Caltrain's attempt to electrify the system. more
Trump administration deals a big setback to Caltrain
Chronicle (02/18/2017)
Feb
18
Tilting Skyscrapers: new architectural trend?
by Jasmine Conrad
We are not architects but a tilting hydraulic platform does not sound good. But since that did happen with the new residential skyscraper over at 33 Tehama, the state has stepped in ... more
We are not architects but a tilting hydraulic platform does not sound good. But since that did happen with the new residential skyscraper over at 33 Tehama, the state has stepped in to investigate what the heck is going on. more
State agency investigating San Francisco skyscraper construction failure
SF Business Times (02/18/2017)
Feb
18
CA is back at it again with the resistance tactics
by Jasmine Conrad
When Trump says no, California says "we are ignoring you and doing it our way, which is probably better anyway." Or something like that...especially when it comes to the possibility ... more
When Trump says no, California says "we are ignoring you and doing it our way, which is probably better anyway." Or something like that...especially when it comes to the possibility of single-payer health care. more
California legislation would create single-payer health care system
Chronicle (02/18/2017)
Feb
18
Apologies are in order
by Jasmine Conrad
The passing of legislation by Peskin, disliked by Lee provided the grounds for a not so nice name calling.
The passing of legislation by Peskin, disliked by Lee provided the grounds for a not so nice name calling. more
Mayor Ed Lee Forced to Apologize to Political Rival Aaron Peskin After Calling His Legislation ‘Gestapo’
San Francisco Magazine (02/18/2017)
Feb
18
10 Questions for our man Mark
by Jasmine Conrad
The former supervisor and native to Wisconsin owns a level of street cred that very few non-natives hold. Read his answer to these ten questions to find out why we love this honorary... more
The former supervisor and native to Wisconsin owns a level of street cred that very few non-natives hold. Read his answer to these ten questions to find out why we love this honorary local. more
Feb
17
National Immigrant Strike Closes Many Restaurants
by Laura Foote Clark
Restaurants across the nation closed Thursday, as immigrants stayed home from work and school. Many businesses closed in solidarity with A Day Without Immigrants.
Restaurants across the nation closed Thursday, as immigrants stayed home from work and school. Many businesses closed in solidarity with A Day Without Immigrants. more
'Day Without Immigrants': Protest closes restaurants in US
Chronicle (02/17/2017)
Feb
17
No Love for the Summer of Love
by Laura Foote Clark
The permit applications for a 50 year anniversary festival of the Summer of Love were shot down by the Recreation and Parks Department. While senior citizens in tie-dye protested, th... more
The permit applications for a 50 year anniversary festival of the Summer of Love were shot down by the Recreation and Parks Department. While senior citizens in tie-dye protested, the Commissioners voted unanimously to reject the permit application. The concerns were over lack of security, police, traffic and medical plans, wildly fluctuating crowd-size estimates... more
Park Commission says no to Summer of Love anniversary concert
Chronicle (02/17/2017)
SF shoots down Summer of Love anniversary festival plans — again
Examiner (02/17/2017)
Feb
17
Ranking SF
by Laura Foote Clark
How does San Francisco measure up when compared with other cities? A batch of reports have been released and reporters are sifting through the results.

Highest cost of living? Check. more
How does San Francisco measure up when compared with other cities? A batch of reports have been released and reporters are sifting through the results.

Highest cost of living? Check. more
How SF compares with other big cities
Chronicle (02/17/2017)
Feb
17
Funding for Undocumented Legal Defense?
by Laura Foote Clark
The proposed San Francisco legal defense for undocumented immigrants has hit a few roadblocks. Funding is still up in the air, and the decision has been postponed another two weeks a... more
The proposed San Francisco legal defense for undocumented immigrants has hit a few roadblocks. Funding is still up in the air, and the decision has been postponed another two weeks at the Board of Supervisors. more
Proposed SF legal defense unit for detained undocumented immigrants stalls
Examiner (02/17/2017)
Feb
17
Wiener Phone Theft Ends With Poetry
by Laura Foote Clark
After threatening and robbing now State Senator Scott Wiener, LaSonya Wells read sections of her poetry in court. It seems Wells is getting her life back on track while in custody.
After threatening and robbing now State Senator Scott Wiener, LaSonya Wells read sections of her poetry in court. It seems Wells is getting her life back on track while in custody. more
Scott Wiener cell phone theft case ends poetically
Chronicle (02/17/2017)
Feb
17
Hennessy Updates Sheriff's Department Trans Policies
by Laura Foote Clark
San Francisco Sheriff Vicki Hennessy gave updates on the Sheriff's departments efforts to house and process transgender inmates.
San Francisco Sheriff Vicki Hennessy gave updates on the Sheriff's departments efforts to house and process transgender inmates. more
Sheriff provides trans housing update
The Bay Area Reporter (02/17/2017)
Feb
17
What's Next for Democrats?
by Laura Foote Clark
In a Bay Area Reporter op ed, Vice Chair of the California Democratic Party Eric C. Bauman tells us where he sees the party going next.
In a Bay Area Reporter op ed, Vice Chair of the California Democratic Party Eric C. Bauman tells us where he sees the party going next. more
Keeping California Democrats strong
The Bay Area Reporter (02/17/2017)
Feb
17
Reporting Illegal Warehouses?
by Laura Foote Clark
Oakland's assistant police chief sent out an order telling police officers to report unpermitted gatherings and structures, in light of the Ghost Ship Fire. But within 4 hours, the o... more
Oakland's assistant police chief sent out an order telling police officers to report unpermitted gatherings and structures, in light of the Ghost Ship Fire. But within 4 hours, the order had been rescinded, as officials scrambled over how to deal with potential hazards. more
Oakland ‘retracts’ policy for police to report illegal warehouses
Chronicle (02/17/2017)
Feb
16
More on Late Night Bar Hours
by Derek Lee
Due to overwhelming public interest, here's more about Senator Wiener's effort to extend bar hours to 4am!
Due to overwhelming public interest, here's more about Senator Wiener's effort to extend bar hours to 4am! more
Senate bill would allow California cities to extend late night drinking hours
Examiner (02/16/2017)
State Senate bill would allow cities to extend late night drinking hours
KTVU (02/16/2017)
Feb
16
Ammiano, Now With Blue Hair!
by Derek Lee
The Chronicle profiles the former State Assemblymember and comedian, who currently stars in his one-man show, "Mincing Words".
The Chronicle profiles the former State Assemblymember and comedian, who currently stars in his one-man show, "Mincing Words". more
Tom Ammiano talks a blue streak in one-man show, ‘Mincing Words’
Chronicle (02/16/2017)
Feb
16
Teacher Contract Negotiations Begins
by Derek Lee
With teachers increasingly forced out of the City due to high cost of living, the teachers union has placed a substantial raise on the table.
With teachers increasingly forced out of the City due to high cost of living, the teachers union has placed a substantial raise on the table. more
Contract negotiations begin for SF school teachers
Examiner (02/16/2017)