Today’s Stories (Last updated August 23, 10:47 AM)

Aug
23
The Right Number?
by Corey Smith
The City Controller released draft recommendations from a report required by June's Prop C that concluded, amongst other things,  a higher inclusionary percentage could slow down hou... more
The City Controller released draft recommendations from a report required by June's Prop C that concluded, amongst other things,  a higher inclusionary percentage could slow down housing production. Shall we have a debate about housing?  more
Affordable-rent demand could slow construction in SF, report says
Chronicle (08/23/2016)
Aug
23
AAU to Appear in Court
by Corey Smith
Following a lawsuit filed earlier this year, Academy of Art University is set for their first day in court on Tuesday. The school is being sued by the City over building code violati... more
Following a lawsuit filed earlier this year, Academy of Art University is set for their first day in court on Tuesday. The school is being sued by the City over building code violations. more
Sides drawn in lawsuit filed by SF against Academy of Art
Examiner (08/23/2016)
Aug
23
Fitz with the News
by Corey Smith
In the latest 'On-Guard', we look at what a short-handed Planning Commission means plus Joe takes the stage with Willie Brown!
In the latest 'On-Guard', we look at what a short-handed Planning Commission means plus Joe takes the stage with Willie Brown! more
Planning Commission power vacuum may endanger housing projects
Examiner (08/23/2016)
Aug
23
Ed Lee on SFPD
by Corey Smith
In an interview with KTVU's Dave Clark, the Mayor provided his thoughts on the search for the next San Francisco Police Chief. 
In an interview with KTVU's Dave Clark, the Mayor provided his thoughts on the search for the next San Francisco Police Chief.  more
Mayor Ed Lee sounds off on search for new police chief
KTVU (08/23/2016)
Aug
23
Tenure for Teachers
by Corey Smith
The California Supreme Court ruled in favor of protecting teacher's tenure yesterday. The 4-3 decision is considered a win by the state's largest teacher union, the California Teache... more
The California Supreme Court ruled in favor of protecting teacher's tenure yesterday. The 4-3 decision is considered a win by the state's largest teacher union, the California Teachers Association. more
California Supreme Court allows teacher tenure laws to stand
Chronicle (08/23/2016)
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
22
Matier & Ross
by Derek Remski
The Chron's dynamic duo takes a look at soaring parking rates at SFO. Airport spokespeople say the increase was enacted to encourage travelers to use alternative transportation to SF... more
The Chron's dynamic duo takes a look at soaring parking rates at SFO. Airport spokespeople say the increase was enacted to encourage travelers to use alternative transportation to SFO. The irony is that the extra revenue generated is to be used to build another parking garage.

M & R also examine the guest list at a fundraiser for Illinois Rep. Tammy Duckworth and the continuing saga over Assm. Phil Ting's audit of the University of CA budget. more
Parking rates soar at SFO
Chronicle (08/22/2016)
Aug
22
Racial Disparity
by Derek Remski
According to a newly released report, racial disparities continue to be in the forefront of law enforcement in Oakland. After more than a decade of federal monitoring of police condu... more
According to a newly released report, racial disparities continue to be in the forefront of law enforcement in Oakland. After more than a decade of federal monitoring of police conduct in our neighbor across the bay, monitors conclude Oakland PD has only come into  "partial compliance" with Federal standards.

In other news, similar disparities are also found in San Francisco   more
Oakland police monitor sees continued racial disparities
Chronicle (08/22/2016)
Aug
22
Waiting for a Train
by Derek Remski
The State just kicked down $45 million to SF. What does $45 mil buy? It will buy ten additional trains for MUNI's fleet. YAY, that's the good news. The bad news - it is going to be a... more
The State just kicked down $45 million to SF. What does $45 mil buy? It will buy ten additional trains for MUNI's fleet. YAY, that's the good news. The bad news - it is going to be at least another year before those trains come online. more
Muni awarded $45 million towards 10 new trains for future fleet
Examiner (08/22/2016)
Aug
22
City Set to Fight with Feds over Neighborhood Preference
by Derek Remski
Following Supes. Breed and Cohen's press conference with community leaders from the Western Addition last week, Mayor Lee is sending a delegation to DC to argue against HUD's rejecti... more
Following Supes. Breed and Cohen's press conference with community leaders from the Western Addition last week, Mayor Lee is sending a delegation to DC to argue against HUD's rejection of the City's Neighborhood Preference law. Sen. Feinstein and Rep. Pelosi have asked HUD Secretary Julian Castro to step in and fix this. Stay tuned. more
Lee, Feinstein Want HUD to Help City With Anti-Gentrification Plan
KQED (08/22/2016)
Aug
22
It Depends on Who You Talk to
by Derek Remski
New numbers suggest residential rents may have come down in the last quarter. But, teachers and other middle-income workers still face astronomical prices when looking for housing.
New numbers suggest residential rents may have come down in the last quarter. But, teachers and other middle-income workers still face astronomical prices when looking for housing. more
Are rents in SF really dropping?
Examiner (08/22/2016)
Aug
22
Ew!
by Derek Remski
Many of us have been there before. We might have had a few too many and find ourselves wanting some late-night grub. What we didn't do, hopefully, is resort to cannibalism.
Many of us have been there before. We might have had a few too many and find ourselves wanting some late-night grub. What we didn't do, hopefully, is resort to cannibalism. more
Drunk Patron Bites Off San Francisco Bartender's Finger: Police
NBC Bay Area (08/22/2016)
SFPD searching for man who bit off bartender's finger
Examiner (08/22/2016)
Aug
21
Hugs and High Fives
by Nima Rahimi
Nato Green opines on Joshua Arce's candidacy.
Nato Green opines on Joshua Arce's candidacy. more
The underwhelming candidacy of Joshua Arce
Examiner (08/21/2016)
Aug
21
Willie's Six Cents
by Nima Rahimi
Donald Trump, Tony Bennett, 25 ballot measures, movies to see, a simple wedding but grand charity, and a joke.
Donald Trump, Tony Bennett, 25 ballot measures, movies to see, a simple wedding but grand charity, and a joke. more
Trump team will hit hard to reap rewards of split votes
Chronicle (08/21/2016)
Aug
21
Sunday's with Matier and Ross
by Nima Rahimi
Napolitano's UC shake-up and Hillary's big dollar fundraisers.
Napolitano's UC shake-up and Hillary's big dollar fundraisers. more
UC chief moving on finding replacement for Cal chancellor
Chronicle (08/21/2016)
Aug
21
An Extraordinary Partnership
by Nima Rahimi
How does the Fisher Collection and SFMOMA's agreement with the Fisher family affect its future?
How does the Fisher Collection and SFMOMA's agreement with the Fisher family affect its future? more
Unraveling SFMOMA’s deal for the Fisher collection
Chronicle (08/21/2016)
Aug
21
California and the Death Penalty
by Nima Rahimi
Californians have a chance to abolish the death penalty this November through Prop 62. They also have the choice to pass Prop 66, which keeps the death penalty around but speeds up t... more
Californians have a chance to abolish the death penalty this November through Prop 62. They also have the choice to pass Prop 66, which keeps the death penalty around but speeds up the appeals process leading to faster executions.  more
California’s death row dilemma
Examiner (08/21/2016)
Aug
21
Op-Ed: Stirring up San Francisco's alphabet soup ballot
by Nima Rahimi
Jon Golinger gives his two cents on local ballot initiatives. 
Jon Golinger gives his two cents on local ballot initiatives.  more
Stirring up San Francisco’s alphabet soup ballot
Examiner (08/21/2016)
Aug
21
Bigger and Better?
by Nima Rahimi
SF has a big budget but are we getting our bang for the buck?
SF has a big budget but are we getting our bang for the buck? more
Getting to the bottom of why SF budget is so big
Chronicle (08/21/2016)
Aug
21
Hunting for Money
by Nima Rahimi
SFUSD's Don Harris looks to private donors to fill the money gap for a Civic Center Arts Center. 
SFUSD's Don Harris looks to private donors to fill the money gap for a Civic Center Arts Center.  more
New SFUSD leader to hunt down private donors for Arts Center
Examiner (08/21/2016)
Aug
20
Less Cash for Cans
by Jasmine Conrad
For poor and homeless San Franciscans, collecting recyclables is a steady source of income. Due to the steady and increased closure of recycling plants across the city, many face a c... more
For poor and homeless San Franciscans, collecting recyclables is a steady source of income. Due to the steady and increased closure of recycling plants across the city, many face a cut to cash from cans. more
Recycling centers and the ‘domino effect’ of $15
Examiner (08/20/2016)
Aug
20
A Museum at the Palace
by Jasmine Conrad
For a city that focuses on the people, we sure do have a lot of "palaces." Only second to the People's Palace is the Palace of Fine Arts and its future owners are hoping to do our ci... more
For a city that focuses on the people, we sure do have a lot of "palaces." Only second to the People's Palace is the Palace of Fine Arts and its future owners are hoping to do our city proud and fill it with history rather than hotel rooms. more
Palace of Fine Arts proposals down to 1, and it hangs by a thread
Chronicle (08/20/2016)
Aug
20
It all started with a chunk of gold...
by Jasmine Conrad
Before our beloved City by the Bay was the hottest place to live, well...it wasn't. It all started with some chunks of gold, ambitious drunkards and foggy inspiration.
Before our beloved City by the Bay was the hottest place to live, well...it wasn't. It all started with some chunks of gold, ambitious drunkards and foggy inspiration. more
Just before the world rushed in: SF’s small-town early days
Chronicle (08/20/2016)
Aug
20
New times call for new techniques
by Jasmine Conrad
Reducing 2,000 plus visits to the principal's office is a challenge that the teachers at Martin Luther King Jr. Middle School are ready to take on.
Reducing 2,000 plus visits to the principal's office is a challenge that the teachers at Martin Luther King Jr. Middle School are ready to take on. more
In bid to reduce suspensions, schools try de-escalation and ‘pull-ins’
Chronicle (08/20/2016)
Aug
20
TVs + Election Cycles = an interesting marriage
by Jasmine Conrad
In a great piece of investigative journalism, the quite yet bold SF Public Press digs into the nuances and intricacies of election cycle TV coverage. 

In a great piece of investigative journalism, the quite yet bold SF Public Press digs into the nuances and intricacies of election cycle TV coverage. 

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Tracking TV News — and the Challenges Involved
SF Public Press (08/20/2016)
Aug
19
SF Dem Party Endorsment-fest 2016: Part 2
by Derek Lee
Progressives mostly sweep endorsements for this November's election at DCCC meeting.
Progressives mostly sweep endorsements for this November's election at DCCC meeting. more
DCCC gets behind local candidates' campaigns
Examiner (08/19/2016)
Losers, flame-outs and back-stabbings as DCCC endorses for November
Examiner (08/19/2016)
SF DCCC issues endorsements; no surprise they favor progressives
Chronicle (08/19/2016)
Aug
19
Governor's Housing Plan Stalled
by Derek Lee
Governor Brown's efforts to pass "by-right" housing legislation to streamline development is dead in the water after deal fails in State Assembly.
Governor Brown's efforts to pass "by-right" housing legislation to streamline development is dead in the water after deal fails in State Assembly. more
Governor’s affordable housing effort fails to gain support
Chronicle (08/19/2016)
Talks stall on $400 million in California affordable housing
Chronicle (08/19/2016)
Aug
19
Office Wars: District 1
by Derek Lee
Three candidates for District 1 Supervisor set up shop on Geary.
Three candidates for District 1 Supervisor set up shop on Geary. more
D1 Supervisor Candidates Stake Out Campaign Headquarters On Geary
Hoodline (08/19/2016)
Aug
19
Naked Trump Statue: On the Move
by Derek Lee
"The Emperor Has No Balls" statue gets removed. Wiener declares effort to save nude figure.
"The Emperor Has No Balls" statue gets removed. Wiener declares effort to save nude figure. more
Naked Trump statue removed from Castro
Chronicle (08/19/2016)
Supervisor tries to save naked Trump statue in SF’s Castro
Chronicle (08/19/2016)
Aug
19
Chief Search
by Derek Lee
Concerns that the fix is already in for the permanent position of police chief.
Concerns that the fix is already in for the permanent position of police chief. more
Worries persist over legitimacy of SFPD chief search
Examiner (08/19/2016)
Aug
19
Three for BART
by Derek Lee
With Tom Radulovich declining to run, 3 candidates enter the fray.
With Tom Radulovich declining to run, 3 candidates enter the fray. more
Three candidates vying for SF seat on BART board
Examiner (08/19/2016)
Aug
19
SF vs. HUD
by Derek Lee
Local pushback after HUD shoots down neighborhood resident set aside in public housing.
Local pushback after HUD shoots down neighborhood resident set aside in public housing. more
HUD gets pushback from supervisors, NAACP on housing ruling
Chronicle (08/19/2016)
Why affordable housing in a black neighborhood may not help black residents
The Washington Post (08/19/2016)
Aug
18
Affordable Housing: 25% is the new 12%
by Kelly Groth
A new development in the Mission is renting 25% of its units below market rate. This was done without receiving a city subsidy or bypassing zoning restrictions, which raises a few qu... more
A new development in the Mission is renting 25% of its units below market rate. This was done without receiving a city subsidy or bypassing zoning restrictions, which raises a few questions: is the era of developers fighting affordable housing over? How much affordable housing can developers offer and still turn a profit? Stay tuned... more
Development with 25 percent affordable housing raises bar in SF
Chronicle (08/18/2016)
Aug
18
If You Build It, Will They Transit?
by Kelly Groth
Development is aplenty in the City's southern bayfront. New housing and mixed-use development, in addition to the Warriors arena, have people asking: how will these new residents and... more
Development is aplenty in the City's southern bayfront. New housing and mixed-use development, in addition to the Warriors arena, have people asking: how will these new residents and visitors get around? more
City planning for flood of development along SF’s southern waterfront
Examiner (08/18/2016)
Aug
18
C. W. Nevius: Interim Chief Chaplin
by Kelly Groth
Nevius discusses Interim Chief of Police Toney Chaplin's strengths and potential to be the Chief of Police. The nuances of City Hall can be tricky, Nevius says, and the position requ... more
Nevius discusses Interim Chief of Police Toney Chaplin's strengths and potential to be the Chief of Police. The nuances of City Hall can be tricky, Nevius says, and the position requires the ability to play politics. more
Acting SFPD chief is ready for the role — mostly
Chronicle (08/18/2016)