Today’s Stories (Last updated July 29, 12:32 PM)

Jul
29
SEIU Janitors, Supervisors, Protest Low Wages
by Laura Foote Clark
Up to 300 janitors took to the streets to demand higher wages and better benefits. Protesters were joined by Supervisors London Breed, Malia Cohen, Aaron Peskin and Scott Weiner. The... more
Up to 300 janitors took to the streets to demand higher wages and better benefits. Protesters were joined by Supervisors London Breed, Malia Cohen, Aaron Peskin and Scott Weiner. The disputed contract would cover workers who clean offices including Airbnb, Uber and the San Francisco Chronicle. more
4 SF supervisors join janitors’ protest for better pay, benefits
Chronicle (07/29/2016)
Jul
29
New Allegations in Growing Police Scandal
by Laura Foote Clark
Allegations continue to come out in an expanding sex scandal involving an under-aged sex worker, cocaine, the Oakland Police Department and a San Francisco Police Officer. It keeps g... more
Allegations continue to come out in an expanding sex scandal involving an under-aged sex worker, cocaine, the Oakland Police Department and a San Francisco Police Officer. It keeps getting worse, with phone records now showing SFPD Officer Ponce De Leon was seeing a 17 year old sex worker. more
New allegations surface against SFPD officer investigated for link to sex worker
Examiner (07/29/2016)
Jul
29
Acting Police Chief Opens Up on Shootings and BLM
by Laura Foote Clark
In a long interview with ABC, interim Police Chief Toney Chaplin talks about his experience, the Black Lives Matter movement, and recent police shootings. It's a two part interview, ... more
In a long interview with ABC, interim Police Chief Toney Chaplin talks about his experience, the Black Lives Matter movement, and recent police shootings. It's a two part interview, so keep an eye out for Part 2. more
San Francisco's acting police chief gets personal, talks about recent police shootings
ABC7 (07/29/2016)
Jul
29
Navy Ship being Named after Harvey Milk
by Laura Foote Clark
The U.S. Navy has announced that they will rename a ship after LGBT Civil Rights champion Harvey Milk. Milk served in the Navy during the Korean War. He also looks really cute in his... more
The U.S. Navy has announced that they will rename a ship after LGBT Civil Rights champion Harvey Milk. Milk served in the Navy during the Korean War. He also looks really cute in his Navy portrait, by the way. more
U.S. Navy expected to name ship after slain Supervisor Harvey Milk
Chronicle (07/29/2016)
U.S. Navy To Name Ship After San Francisco LGBT Rights Icon Harvey Milk
KCBS (07/29/2016)
Jul
29
Fed Money coming to Oakland Bart
by Laura Foote Clark
The Federal Department of Transportation is awarding $6.3 million to the Bart, mostly for renovations to the Oakland 19th Street station. Construction is set to begin in 2017.
The Federal Department of Transportation is awarding $6.3 million to the Bart, mostly for renovations to the Oakland 19th Street station. Construction is set to begin in 2017. more
$6.3 million granted for upgrades at Oakland BART station
Chronicle (07/29/2016)
Jul
29
Rose Pak opposes Car Free Stockton
by Laura Foote Clark
Chinatown powerhouse Rose Pak has come out swinging against a proposal to make part of Stockton Street a car-free pedestrian walkway. In an email to SFMTA, Pak says the project will ... more
Chinatown powerhouse Rose Pak has come out swinging against a proposal to make part of Stockton Street a car-free pedestrian walkway. In an email to SFMTA, Pak says the project will be harmful to Chinatown. more
Rose Pak’s opposition could slam brakes on car
Examiner (07/29/2016)
Jul
29
'Sharing' Leased Cars up for Debate
by Laura Foote Clark
As Lyft and Uber move forward with plans to lease cars to drivers, the SFMTA is reacting strongly. The line between "sharing" economy and licensed for-hire drivers is getting increas... more
As Lyft and Uber move forward with plans to lease cars to drivers, the SFMTA is reacting strongly. The line between "sharing" economy and licensed for-hire drivers is getting increasingly blurry, and regulators are getting increasingly perturbed as our definitions of work change. more
SF critiques renting vehicles for ride
Examiner (07/29/2016)
Jul
29
Candidate Arce Proposes Transit (and Housing)
by Laura Foote Clark
Candidate for Supervisor Joshua Arce held a press conference to propose a new BART station in the south Mission, at 30th and Mission. He hopes this new station could come along with ... more
Candidate for Supervisor Joshua Arce held a press conference to propose a new BART station in the south Mission, at 30th and Mission. He hopes this new station could come along with thousands of new units on parking lots and other infill development, taking some pressure off the Mission community. more
New 30th and Mission BART station proposed by local candidate
Curbed (07/29/2016)
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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Aug
15
Come learn about RFK, the 1968 election and hear from a real American Hero!
by Robert F. Kennedy Democratic Club
You think the 2016 election is insane? Come hear about the real craziness that was the 1968 election and the BEST PART, you get to hear from a real American hero, Daniel Ellsberg. This is the man who released the infamous Pentagon Papers and was targeted by the Nixon White House. READ: HE WAS TARGETED BY THUGS SENT BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES. You must really know how to rock a boat to have the President illegally come after you. Truly fascinating. more
You think the 2016 election is insane? Come hear about the real craziness that was the 1968 election and the BEST PART, you get to hear from a real American hero, Daniel Ellsberg. This is the man who released the infamous Pentagon Papers and was targeted by the Nixon White House. READ: HE WAS TARGETED BY THUGS SENT BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES. You must really know how to rock a boat to have the President illegally come after you. Truly fascinating. more
Election 2016 and Lessons from 1968 featuring Daniel Ellsberg
RFK Club Speaker Series (08/15/2016)
Today’s Suspects Updater
Laura Foote Clark

Laura has lived in Washington, DC, New York City, Chicago and has finally found a home in San Francisco, and can confirm that SF is the best of all. She is a San Francisco community activist, with a focus on the housing crisis in the City. Laura enjoys making fancy preserves, pickling, staying out ’til 4am in the Castro, standing in line for brunch, sarcastic tweeting

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Jul
28
Won't You Buy Me A Mercedez Benz?
by Kelly Groth
Supervisor Cohen jokingly asked a developer to gift her a Mercedes, during an environmental appeal for a development in her district. The Deputy City Attorney advised the supervisor ... more
Supervisor Cohen jokingly asked a developer to gift her a Mercedes, during an environmental appeal for a development in her district. The Deputy City Attorney advised the supervisor recuse herself from the vote. more
Pay-to-play comment costs supervisor vote on Potrero Hill development
Examiner (07/28/2016)
Jul
28
Update: SF Superintendent Accepts Job in Houston
by Kelly Groth
Yesterday, SF Superintendent Richard Carranza announced he would be taking the job offer to lead the Houston Independent School District. Deputy Superintended of policy and operation... more
Yesterday, SF Superintendent Richard Carranza announced he would be taking the job offer to lead the Houston Independent School District. Deputy Superintended of policy and operations, Myong Leigh, will replace Carranza as interim superintendent. more
SF schools chief Richard Carranza leaving for Houston job
Chronicle (07/28/2016)
SFUSD superintendent voted sole finalist to lead Houston schools
Examiner (07/28/2016)
Jul
28
SFPD Chief Job Posting Removed for Edits
by Kelly Groth
The online job posting for SF's new police chief was taken down for the Police Commission to make edits. Citing lack of detail in the job description, including the department's chal... more
The online job posting for SF's new police chief was taken down for the Police Commission to make edits. Citing lack of detail in the job description, including the department's challenges, Commissioners are working to edit the draft. The Police Commission is in charge of picking the finalists for SF's new chief. more
SFPD chief job listing with few details taken down days after posting
Examiner (07/28/2016)
Jul
28
Putting the Brakes on Express Drive
by Kelly Groth
Lyft will roll out a program allowing its drivers the ability to rent cars at a hub in SF, but the City says, "not so fast". The City filed a legal critique with the state PUC, stati... more
Lyft will roll out a program allowing its drivers the ability to rent cars at a hub in SF, but the City says, "not so fast". The City filed a legal critique with the state PUC, stating additional safety measures and insurance are necessary to operate commercial vehicles. more
SF critiques renting vehicles for ride
Examiner (07/28/2016)
Jul
28
Muni Guts Get Upgrade
by Kelly Groth
SFMTA's program to replace and reverse-engineer its parts is given the green light. Since most of Muni's fleet was engineered by a now-defunct company, the agency was left to make it... more
SFMTA's program to replace and reverse-engineer its parts is given the green light. Since most of Muni's fleet was engineered by a now-defunct company, the agency was left to make its own parts. Now the MTA will have a vendor manager find national firms that manufacture replacement parts. Franken-MUNI! more
Plan to reverse-engineer outdated Muni train parts is on track
Examiner (07/28/2016)
Jul
28
SF Officer Pleads Not Guilty
by Kelly Groth
A veteran SF police officer pleaded not guilty to the charges of building an illegal assault rifle.
A veteran SF police officer pleaded not guilty to the charges of building an illegal assault rifle. more
SF police veteran pleads not guilty on weapons charges
Chronicle (07/28/2016)
Veteran SFPD officer pleads not guilty to gun charges
Examiner (07/28/2016)
Jul
28
PokemonGo Duel: Face Off This Saturday
by Kelly Groth
Supervisors Jane Kim and Scott Wiener face off this Saturday in a PokemonGo battle. Reporter Joe Fitz will be the contest judge, to decide who is the best there ever was.
Supervisors Jane Kim and Scott Wiener face off this Saturday in a PokemonGo battle. Reporter Joe Fitz will be the contest judge, to decide who is the best there ever was. more
Rival Senate candidates Kim, Wiener escalate to ‘Pokémon Go’ duel
Chronicle (07/28/2016)
Jul
28
Muni Gets Two Paws Up
by Kelly Groth
Accessible, perseverant, improving, and cheap. Just a few adjectives Conor Johnston uses to describe why Muni doesn't suck, given its many challenges.
Accessible, perseverant, improving, and cheap. Just a few adjectives Conor Johnston uses to describe why Muni doesn't suck, given its many challenges. more
Why Muni doesn’t suck
Examiner (07/28/2016)
Jul
27
Everyone Gets Along at Board Meeting
by Justin Jones
Yesterday's Board of Supervisors meeting went surprisingly well. Supe Cohen's measure to create a Department of Police Accountability moved forward, as well as a measure to transfer ... more
Yesterday's Board of Supervisors meeting went surprisingly well. Supe Cohen's measure to create a Department of Police Accountability moved forward, as well as a measure to transfer the responsibility of tree maintenance back to the City. Always nice to see everyone getting along. more
SF supervisor factions make nice, OK ballot measures
Chronicle (07/27/2016)
Voters could shift SF’s street tree care back to city
Examiner (07/27/2016)
Jul
27
Tent Encampment Op-Eds
by Justin Jones
Supervisors Mark Farrell and Jane Kim weigh in about the ongoing conversation around tent encampments in the City.
Supervisors Mark Farrell and Jane Kim weigh in about the ongoing conversation around tent encampments in the City. more
Farrell asks voters to OK plan to remove homeless encampments
Chronicle (07/27/2016)
Kim plan offers 5-day notice before removing tent encampments
Chronicle (07/27/2016)
Jul
27
Expanding the Franchise
by Justin Jones
In today's Examiner Assemblymember David Chiu makes a case for why voters in November should act to give the franchise to non-citizen parents of children attending the City's schools... more
In today's Examiner Assemblymember David Chiu makes a case for why voters in November should act to give the franchise to non-citizen parents of children attending the City's schools.  more
Giving all parents a voice in their children’s education
Examiner (07/27/2016)
Jul
27
Tech Tax Making Waves
by Justin Jones
The Guardian covers the proposed "Tech Tax" which would levy a 1.5% payroll tax specifically on tech companies. Needless to say, emotions run high in both the anti-tax and pro-tax ca... more
The Guardian covers the proposed "Tech Tax" which would levy a 1.5% payroll tax specifically on tech companies. Needless to say, emotions run high in both the anti-tax and pro-tax camps. more
Big tech asked to pay their 'fair share' in taxes to help San Francisco's homeless
The Guardian (07/27/2016)
Jul
27
Confirmed: Marc Benioff is Awesome
by Justin Jones
On top of leading a hugely successful company, Marc Benioff is also a staunch supporter of LGBT rights. Due to his opposition to an Indiana anti-LGBT law in 2015 (fun fact: Trump VP ... more
On top of leading a hugely successful company, Marc Benioff is also a staunch supporter of LGBT rights. Due to his opposition to an Indiana anti-LGBT law in 2015 (fun fact: Trump VP Mike Pence was governor of Indiana then and signed the bill into law), GLAAD is honoring Benioff with an award at its annual gala. Yay Marc! more
Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff to be honored for LGBT advocacy
Chronicle (07/27/2016)
Jul
27
Coming to a Basement Near You: More Housing
by Justin Jones
What was once considered a third rail, in-law units in basements and garages is looking like it may become a reality due to the housing shortage. If the legislation is passed (which ... more
What was once considered a third rail, in-law units in basements and garages is looking like it may become a reality due to the housing shortage. If the legislation is passed (which is expected), it could create some 14,000 new housing units, helping to alleviate the current housing crisis. Fingers crossed. more
San Francisco’s New Housing: Nooks and Crankies
Wall Street Journal (07/27/2016)
Jul
27
SF School Superintendent Houston Bound
by Justin Jones
Richard Carranza, the current superintendent of San Francisco public schools, is the finalist to take the top job at the much larger Houston Independent School District.
Richard Carranza, the current superintendent of San Francisco public schools, is the finalist to take the top job at the much larger Houston Independent School District. more
HISD Names Sole Finalist for New Superintendent
Houston Press (07/27/2016)
San Francisco educator fluent in Spanish top contender to lead Houston school district
Houston Chronicle (07/27/2016)
San Francisco educator sole finalist to lead Houston schools
Chronicle (07/27/2016)
Search for new HISD chief narrows to include Calif. superintendent
ABC 13 (07/27/2016)
Jul
27
Presidential Parties and More Woes for the De Young
by Justin Jones
Apparently having Obama drop into town for a fundraiser isn't cheap and Supervisor Peskin calls for hearings into the City's funding of fine arts museums due to the alleged misspendi... more
Apparently having Obama drop into town for a fundraiser isn't cheap and Supervisor Peskin calls for hearings into the City's funding of fine arts museums due to the alleged misspending by the De Young. Plus, DiFi is a no show at the DNC Convention due to family health reasons. more
Leaked emails reveal Atherton’s bill for Obama fundraiser
Chronicle (07/27/2016)
Jul
27
Housing Recipe
by Justin Jones
Peter Cohen and Fernando Martí of San Francisco’s Council of Community Housing Organizations (known as "Choo Choo" like the train) offer another op-ed over the brewing fight revolvin... more
Peter Cohen and Fernando Martí of San Francisco’s Council of Community Housing Organizations (known as "Choo Choo" like the train) offer another op-ed over the brewing fight revolving around easing restrictions on developers. more
‘By-right’ deregulation is not a real solution
Examiner (07/27/2016)
Jul
26
Warriors Arena Faces Court Appeal
by Corey Smith
After a CA Supreme Court Judge ruled in favor of the team, it looks like the case will be brought up at the state's Court of Appeals. The Mission Bay Alliance, which has been fightin... more
After a CA Supreme Court Judge ruled in favor of the team, it looks like the case will be brought up at the state's Court of Appeals. The Mission Bay Alliance, which has been fighting the arena project, said the city has violated CEQA and other state environmental laws. more
Opponents of Warriors’ Mission Bay arena appeal court ruling
Chronicle (07/26/2016)
Jul
26
SFPD's Job Application
by Corey Smith
The San Francisco Police Department's job application for a permanent chief has one fewer qualification than some expected - a bachelor's degree.  While it's unexpected for some in a... more
The San Francisco Police Department's job application for a permanent chief has one fewer qualification than some expected - a bachelor's degree.  While it's unexpected for some in a City this large, the search firm added they did need to see extensive experience implementing change. more
SF won’t require its next chief to have a BA
Examiner (07/26/2016)
Jul
26
New Contract of CCSF Faculty
by Corey Smith
After a long negotiating period, City College and the faculty union have agreed to a new deal that includes guarantee pay increases.
After a long negotiating period, City College and the faculty union have agreed to a new deal that includes guarantee pay increases. more
A Contract at Last!
SF Bay Times (07/26/2016)
Jul
26
Fitz's With The News
by Corey Smith
In today's 'On-Guard', Joe Fitz takes a look at local transgender leader Mia Satya's day-one experience traveling to the DNC, Kim and Wiener's Pokemon battle (which is actually happe... more
In today's 'On-Guard', Joe Fitz takes a look at local transgender leader Mia Satya's day-one experience traveling to the DNC, Kim and Wiener's Pokemon battle (which is actually happening), and SFHAC's Executive Director Tim Colen announcement that he will step down. more
TSA stops transgender delegate from SF for ‘groin anomaly’ on way to DNC
Examiner (07/26/2016)
Jul
26
Founder of SF's Mexican Museum Passes Away
by Corey Smith
Peter Rodriguez, who played a central role in creating SF's Mexican Museum, passed away at the age of 90. He was unable to attend the ceremony last week to celebrate the opening of a... more
Peter Rodriguez, who played a central role in creating SF's Mexican Museum, passed away at the age of 90. He was unable to attend the ceremony last week to celebrate the opening of a new space in 2019. more
Peter Rodriguez, founder of SF’s rising-star Mexican Museum, dies
Chronicle (07/26/2016)
Jul
26
The old dog that will learn new tricks
by Corey Smith
Retired Judge Quentin Kopp, who has served in San Francisco as a Supervisor, State Senator and Superior Court Judge, wants to return to City Hall on the Ethics Commission. The curren... more
Retired Judge Quentin Kopp, who has served in San Francisco as a Supervisor, State Senator and Superior Court Judge, wants to return to City Hall on the Ethics Commission. The current vice-chair of the commission said the 87-year-old would, "lend tremendous credibility to our commission." more
Retired Judge Quentin Kopp ready to return to City Hall as Ethics commissioner
Examiner (07/26/2016)
Jul
26
Op-Ed from the Friends of the Urban Forest
by Corey Smith
Dan Flanagan, Executive Director of the Friends of the Urban Forest, claims the City needs to re-take control of trees on public land. The potential ballot measure would need two thi... more
Dan Flanagan, Executive Director of the Friends of the Urban Forest, claims the City needs to re-take control of trees on public land. The potential ballot measure would need two thirds of the vote to pass because it is tied to the parcel tax ballot measure. more
S.F. may reclaim responsibility for urban forest
Examiner (07/26/2016)
Jul
25
Matier and Ross
by Derek Remski
Matier & Ross give us the low down on whistle-blowers, payouts, deficits, and the exit of Dede from the top job at the de Young Museum.
Matier & Ross give us the low down on whistle-blowers, payouts, deficits, and the exit of Dede from the top job at the de Young Museum. more
Dede Wilsey leaving top museums job amid strife over payout
Chronicle (07/25/2016)
Dede Wilsey out as museums chief after payout turmoil
SF Business Times (07/25/2016)
Jul
25
Tech Buses
by Derek Remski
Fitz on the latest appeal from a side-lined tech bus company to get back into business. Neighbors, Teamsters, and the Mayor all have something to say on the matter.
Fitz on the latest appeal from a side-lined tech bus company to get back into business. Neighbors, Teamsters, and the Mayor all have something to say on the matter. more
Appeal to reinstate ‘failed’ tech shuttle provider of Cisco and Zynga employees delayed until late August
Examiner (07/25/2016)
Jul
25
Ballot Measure Reform
by Derek Remski
Get ready folks for a long time at the polls in November. 

We tried and tried again to get rid of those long and messy ballots, but it looks like postal carriers are going to have sor... more
Get ready folks for a long time at the polls in November. 

We tried and tried again to get rid of those long and messy ballots, but it looks like postal carriers are going to have sore backs from delivering huge voter info tomes (pamphlets) this year.


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Despite reformers’ efforts, state’s November ballot is packed
Chronicle (07/25/2016)
Jul
25
Hi-Fives All Around
by Derek Remski
Amidst outcries from nonprofits over being forced from the City, politicos in City Hall created a program in 2013 to find new space within the City for those organizations.

Three year... more
Amidst outcries from nonprofits over being forced from the City, politicos in City Hall created a program in 2013 to find new space within the City for those organizations.

Three years later - some nonprofits are finding homes on city property at dramatically reduced rents. Hi-fives all around. more
Nonprofit serving homeless youths finds new home with city
Examiner (07/25/2016)
Jul
25
A Lotta Money Can Go a Long Way
by Derek Remski
No, not that Pelosi. In a new film set to debut on August 1, Alexandra Pelosi takes a look at pay-to-play in government. Focused on a national level, the spotlight will assuredly be ... more
No, not that Pelosi. In a new film set to debut on August 1, Alexandra Pelosi takes a look at pay-to-play in government. Focused on a national level, the spotlight will assuredly be turned on the Bay Area as well. more
Pelosi film about money and whether it opens political doors
Chronicle (07/25/2016)
Jul
24
Daily Dose from Matier and Ross
by Nima Rahimi
California's politicos look to get some national coverage at the Convention. Clint Reilly is buying the Nob Hill Gazette. Will he use his platform to settle old scores? And does a hi... more
California's politicos look to get some national coverage at the Convention. Clint Reilly is buying the Nob Hill Gazette. Will he use his platform to settle old scores? And does a higher tax equal lost jobs? Or will the increased revenue balance out? more
Californians struggle for spotlight at Democrats’ big party
Chronicle (07/24/2016)