Today’s Stories (Last updated June 29, 01:31 PM)

Jun
29
Homelessness Czar Weighs In
by Derek Remski
Jeff Kositsky, head of the newly created Department of Homelessness and Supportive Housing, lays out his vision for addressing the most important issue on the minds of San Franciscan... more
Jeff Kositsky, head of the newly created Department of Homelessness and Supportive Housing, lays out his vision for addressing the most important issue on the minds of San Franciscans - the homeless and homelessness. more
How SF will re-envision, integrate its homelessness services
Chronicle (06/29/2016)
Jun
29
Mission is Burning
by Derek Remski
Is there a fire bug infestation in the Mission? Sup. Campos suggests that is the case. In an Examiner Op-Ed, Campos asks "why is the Mission burning?" and calls for the SFFD, Fire Co... more
Is there a fire bug infestation in the Mission? Sup. Campos suggests that is the case. In an Examiner Op-Ed, Campos asks "why is the Mission burning?" and calls for the SFFD, Fire Commission, and the Dept. of Building Inspections to do their duties. However, those departments along with the San Francisco Apartment Assoc. argue they are doing their duties more
City Data: More Than 1,500 Housing Code Violations in S.F. Mission
KQED (06/29/2016)
Why is The Mission burning?
Examiner (06/29/2016)
Jun
29
Sayonara Styrofoam!
by Derek Remski
Board Prez London Breed passed ground-breaking legislation yesterday to ban those damned packing peanuts and all other Styrofoam products in the City. Where the City goes, the nation... more
Board Prez London Breed passed ground-breaking legislation yesterday to ban those damned packing peanuts and all other Styrofoam products in the City. Where the City goes, the nation follows, and the earth may breathe a little easier. more
SF’s new Styrofoam ban is strictest in the nation
Examiner (06/29/2016)
Jun
29
Counter Measure
by Derek Remski
Supes Peskin and Farrell are trading jabs over homeless tent encampments. At yesterday's BOS meeting, Peskin spoke at length against Farrell's controversial Nov. ballot initiative ba... more
Supes Peskin and Farrell are trading jabs over homeless tent encampments. At yesterday's BOS meeting, Peskin spoke at length against Farrell's controversial Nov. ballot initiative banning tent encampments and then introduced his own counter-measure aimed at how to address the encampments. Peskin needs 5 additional signatures by Aug 5 to get his measure on the ballot...Stay tuned more
Dueling SF ballot measures emerge over homeless tent encampments
Examiner (06/29/2016)
Jun
29
Taxing Tech
by Derek Remski
Supes Mar, Campos, and Peskin believe it is time for tech companies to "pay their fair share" Those Supes introduced a measure for the November ballot yesterday which would create a ... more
Supes Mar, Campos, and Peskin believe it is time for tech companies to "pay their fair share" Those Supes introduced a measure for the November ballot yesterday which would create a new payroll tax on "tech" company payrolls. They face an uphill battle as they still need three additional sponsors from the BOS to place it before the voters...Let the lobbying begin.


 

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3 SF supervisors move to put tech tax on November ballot
Chronicle (06/29/2016)
Business leaders call proposed SF tech tax political, counterproductive
Examiner (06/29/2016)
Supes Propose New Payroll Tax...
SF Business Times (06/29/2016)
Jun
29
Navigation Centers
by Derek Remski
The old adage "You can do something when you put your mind to it" seems to be the case with regard to the newest Navigation Center opened this week in Civic Center. That seemed easy.... more
The old adage "You can do something when you put your mind to it" seems to be the case with regard to the newest Navigation Center opened this week in Civic Center. That seemed easy. Now we'll see if it is as easy to open four more centers in two years as mandated by the BOS last month. more
SF opens second Navigation Center for homeless residents
Examiner (06/29/2016)
Jun
29
Smoke em if you got em!
by Derek Remski
Let's try this again. Six years after the buzz-kill defeat of a measure to legalize the recreational use of pot, voters this year will once again decide whether or not to spark it up.
Let's try this again. Six years after the buzz-kill defeat of a measure to legalize the recreational use of pot, voters this year will once again decide whether or not to spark it up. more
Marijuana legalization measure qualifies for November ballot
Chronicle (06/29/2016)
Jun
29
Use the Force
by Derek Remski
John King has "six friendly tips to seal the deal" he shares with George Lucas on how to get that damn Star Wars Museum of Narrative Art built on Treasure Island. #7 is - Use the Force more
John King has "six friendly tips to seal the deal" he shares with George Lucas on how to get that damn Star Wars Museum of Narrative Art built on Treasure Island. #7 is - Use the Force more
How George Lucas can make his museum work in S.F.
Chronicle (06/29/2016)
Jun
29
On Guard
by Derek Remski
Fitz weighs in on the people booing their leaders, Sup. Cohen's opinion of a City Hall regular, and Progressive wing celebrations.
Fitz weighs in on the people booing their leaders, Sup. Cohen's opinion of a City Hall regular, and Progressive wing celebrations. more
Were Mayor Lee and Supervisor Wiener’s boos at Trans March partly due to their homeless policies?
Examiner (06/29/2016)
Nov
07
Supervisor Races 2016 - Qualified Candidates
by Justin Jones

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
Derek Remski

Derek got his first taste of politics a long time ago in a land far, far away when canvassing to protect women’s reproductive rights with CARAL. He moved to San Francisco in 1990 and has called the Western Addition home for 23 years. Over the years he has worn many hats including firebreather, nightclub impresario, rug importer, historian, and organizer.

In the Past Week…

Jun
28
Supreme Court rules on Texas abortion case
by Corey Smith
On Monday, the US Supreme Court struck down a Texas law limiting abortions. The ruling is a major win for pro-choice activists and proves eight can create a majority.
On Monday, the US Supreme Court struck down a Texas law limiting abortions. The ruling is a major win for pro-choice activists and proves eight can create a majority. more
Supreme Court ruling imperils abortion laws in many states
Chronicle (06/28/2016)
Jun
28
Homeless Coverage Continues
by Corey Smith
San Francisco media is continuing to shine a light on homelessness in our city.
San Francisco media is continuing to shine a light on homelessness in our city. more
How many people live on our streets?
Chronicle (06/28/2016)
Portraits of life on SF's streets
Chronicle (06/28/2016)
Were Mayor Lee and Supervisor Wiener’s boos at Trans March partly due to their homeless policies?
Examiner (06/28/2016)
Jun
28
Airbnb files lawsuit against SF
by Corey Smith
In the 'that didn't take long' section of today's Suspects, Airbnb filed a lawsuit over recent legislation passed by the Board of Supervisors. More precedent please!
In the 'that didn't take long' section of today's Suspects, Airbnb filed a lawsuit over recent legislation passed by the Board of Supervisors. More precedent please! more
Airbnb sues San Francisco over new rental legislation
TechCrunch (06/28/2016)
Airbnb sues San Francisco over new rules for short
Examiner (06/28/2016)
Jun
28
New 'Tech Tax' to be introduced for November Ballot
by Corey Smith
Voters are going to be asked in November whether or not they want a new 'Fair Share' tech tax - with revenue going to homeless and housing. This helps ease concerns over the lack of ... more
Voters are going to be asked in November whether or not they want a new 'Fair Share' tech tax - with revenue going to homeless and housing. This helps ease concerns over the lack of items on the November ballot. more
Voters may be asked to tax SF tech companies
Examiner (06/28/2016)
Jun
28
Ballot measure on tent cities makes Supervisors pick sides
by Corey Smith
We're gearing up for an election year, CW goes ahead and draws a line in the sand between the Progressives and Moderates. But hey - at least '130 angry clicks' is getting the coverag... more
We're gearing up for an election year, CW goes ahead and draws a line in the sand between the Progressives and Moderates. But hey - at least '130 angry clicks' is getting the coverage it deserves! more
Mark Farrell’s ‘Housing Not Tents’ measure likely to hit home
Chronicle (06/28/2016)
Jun
28
Her inspiration and his new job
by Corey Smith
In two separate stories, Zoe Dunning reflects on the month that was and Matt Dorsey makes a move for the money (kidding!).
In two separate stories, Zoe Dunning reflects on the month that was and Matt Dorsey makes a move for the money (kidding!). more
Matt Dorsey leaves SF city attorney's office
The Bay Area Reporter (06/28/2016)
Taking Inspiration from Diana Nyad
SFBayTimes (06/28/2016)
Jun
28
Oakland says 'no' to coal
by Corey Smith
In an effort led by Mayor Libby Schaaf, the Oakland City Council voted unanimously yesterday to ban all coal transportation from the Port of Oakland.
In an effort led by Mayor Libby Schaaf, the Oakland City Council voted unanimously yesterday to ban all coal transportation from the Port of Oakland. more
Oakland council votes to block coal-shipping plan
Chronicle (06/28/2016)
Jun
28
Flex Academy closes, other charter schools to open books
by Corey Smith
Flex Academy, which opened in 2010, has held its last day of class. The official reason is lack of enrollment but 'odd' financial relationships raises questions over the nonprofit sc... more
Flex Academy, which opened in 2010, has held its last day of class. The official reason is lack of enrollment but 'odd' financial relationships raises questions over the nonprofit schools. more
Flex Academy’s finances scrutinzed
Examiner (06/28/2016)
Jun
28
Trans safety at school
by Corey Smith
This op-ed by Matt Haney and Rexy Amaral focuses on the work we need to do for transgender rights in our schools. While SF has been a leader, remember we can always do more to help o... more
This op-ed by Matt Haney and Rexy Amaral focuses on the work we need to do for transgender rights in our schools. While SF has been a leader, remember we can always do more to help others feel safe and supported. more
Transgender students need to feel truly safe and supported
Examiner (06/28/2016)
Jun
28
June 7 Officlal Election Results
by Corey Smith
Final official results from June 7 Primary Election 
* = State or district-wide results

Registration and Turnout
Total registration - 468,238
Total ballots cast - 264,993
Turnout - 56.59%... more
Final official results from June 7 Primary Election 
* = State or district-wide results

Registration and Turnout
Total registration - 468,238
Total ballots cast - 264,993
Turnout - 56.59%

Democratic Presidential Primary
Hillary Clinton - 53.8%*

Republican Presidential Primary
Donald Trump - 74.7%*

U.S. Senate
Kamala Harris - 40.2%*
Loretta Sanchez - 18.8%

U.S. Representative - District 12
Nancy Pelosi - 77.94%
Preston Picus - 7.65%

State Senate District 11
Jane Kim - 45.3%*
Scott Wiener - 45.1%

State Assembly District 17
David Chiu - 87.56%
Matthew Del Carlo - 11.35%

State Assembly District 19
Phil Ting - 83.99%
Carlos Taylor - 15.36%

Superior Court Judge - Seat 7
Victor Hwang 48.46%
Paul Henderson - 33.63%

San Francisco Democratic County Central Committee

AD17
Jane Kim - up 1 slot
Scott Wiener - down one slot
Tom Ammiano
David Campos
Bevan Dufty
Aaron Peskin
London Breed
Sophie Maxwell
Cindy Wu 
Pratima Gupta 
Malia Cohen 
Rafael Mandelman 
John Burton 
Petra De Jesus

AD19 
Angela Alioto
Norman Yee
Eric Mar
Sandra Lee Fewer
Mark Farrell
Mary Jung
Tom Hsieh
Keith Baraka
Leah Lacroix
Rachel Norton

Propositions

State 
Prop 50 - Yes 75.5%

Local
A - Yes 79.26%
B - Yes - 60.05%
C - Yes - 67.92%
D - Yes - 80.92%
E - Yes 79.51%


District Measure 
AA - Yes 77.64%
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June 7, 2016 Official Election Results
San Francisco Dept. of Elections (06/28/2016)
Jun
27
Pride, Pride, Pride
by Justin Jones
In case you were living under a rock yesterday, the Pride Parade took place right smack dab through the middle of San Francisco. Hundreds of thousands turned out for a joyous day and... more
In case you were living under a rock yesterday, the Pride Parade took place right smack dab through the middle of San Francisco. Hundreds of thousands turned out for a joyous day and luckily no major incidents took place. This year's celebrations also saw many groups honoring the victims of the Orlando tragedy. more
Chronicle Covers: Moments of pride two years apart
Chronicle (06/27/2016)
Hundreds of thousands celebrate SF Pride Parade
Chronicle (06/27/2016)
San Francisco Pride Parade kicks off Sunday, with spectators saying ‘hate can’t win’
Santa Cruz Sentinel (06/27/2016)
SF Pride honors Orlando as Latino LGBT marchers recall homophobic violence
Examiner (06/27/2016)
Jun
27
Homelessness On Blast
by Justin Jones
Starting tomorrow, expect a ton more coverage around homelessness. The Chron and 70 other news orgs will dedicate this week to one single issue: homelessness. Let's hope some real so... more
Starting tomorrow, expect a ton more coverage around homelessness. The Chron and 70 other news orgs will dedicate this week to one single issue: homelessness. Let's hope some real solutions come out of this renewed attention. more
Beyond Homelessness
Chronicle (06/27/2016)
Homeless hairdresser helps others look, feel better
Chronicle (06/27/2016)
To the city and people of San Francisco
The Bay Area Reporter (06/27/2016)
Jun
27
Food Fight at Coit Tower
by Justin Jones
Neighbors around Telegraph Hill, led by Jon Golinger, are calling for the Board of Supervisors Land Use and Economic Development Committee to reject a proposal to allow a food kiosk ... more
Neighbors around Telegraph Hill, led by Jon Golinger, are calling for the Board of Supervisors Land Use and Economic Development Committee to reject a proposal to allow a food kiosk to set up shop in Pioneer Park. This is where it gets interesting - District 3 Supe Aaron Peskin, an ally of Golinger, plans on supporting the legislation. To be continued. more
Disputed Coit Tower concession stand faces key vote
Examiner (06/27/2016)
Jun
27
Nato Green
by Justin Jones
The Examiner's Nato Green weighs in on Nov. ballot initiatives from the Board of Supes aimed at tackling homelessness. 
The Examiner's Nato Green weighs in on Nov. ballot initiatives from the Board of Supes aimed at tackling homelessness.  more
Supervisor Farrell builds a wall to nowhere
Examiner (06/27/2016)
Jun
27
Tim Cook and Paul Ryan Buds?
by Justin Jones
Apple CEO Tim Cook is hosting a breakfast fundraiser for GOP House Speaker Paul Ryan tomorrow morning. Which raises the question, what the heck? Apparently, Cook wants to equally cou... more
Apple CEO Tim Cook is hosting a breakfast fundraiser for GOP House Speaker Paul Ryan tomorrow morning. Which raises the question, what the heck? Apparently, Cook wants to equally court Dems and Republicans, but it's still a tough pill to swallow considering the outrageous and outlandish positions the GOP's Presidential candidate has been spewing - who Ryan has endorsed. Hmmm. more
Apple CEO Tim Cook’s fundraiser for Paul Ryan doesn’t compute
Chronicle (06/27/2016)
Jun
27
$1 Million Home Improvement
by Justin Jones
Ever see a $700,000 fence? Yeah, neither have we. Well that's what UC Berkeley spent to upgrade the digs of Chancellor Nicholas Dirks. Plus, a $147,000 remodel, $100,000 for painting... more
Ever see a $700,000 fence? Yeah, neither have we. Well that's what UC Berkeley spent to upgrade the digs of Chancellor Nicholas Dirks. Plus, a $147,000 remodel, $100,000 for painting, and some other upgrades. When's the open house party? more
UC Berkeley spends big on chancellor’s campus fixer-upper
Chronicle (06/27/2016)
Jun
27
Lucas Museum: Round 33,757.....
by Justin Jones
With renewed talk of bringing the famed $1.5 billion dollar George Lucas Museum to San Francisco, a new design has emerged with, you guessed it, more windows. This time, ol' George i... more
With renewed talk of bringing the famed $1.5 billion dollar George Lucas Museum to San Francisco, a new design has emerged with, you guessed it, more windows. This time, ol' George is aiming for Treasure Island instead of his spurned original choice, the Presidio. Plus, coverage of the ensuing Oakland Police scandal, Obama's fundraiser free visit, and chains and whips at Pride. more
George Lucas’ SF museum: Like Chicago, but this time with windows
Chronicle (06/27/2016)
Jun
27
Housing Construction Brouhaha
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 an op-ed over the brewing fight revolving aro... more
Peter Cohen and Fernando Martí of San Francisco’s Council of Community Housing Organizations (known as "Choo Choo" like the train) offer an op-ed over the brewing fight revolving around easing restrictions on developers. more
‘By-right approvals’ will have no real effect on housing supply in SF
Examiner (06/27/2016)
Jun
26
Homeless in San Francisco: same as it ever was
by David Aldridge
The Chron does an in-depth history piece on the hot issue of our city's homelessness, spanning from Mayor Art Agnos to Gavin's 10-year plan to today. 20 years after city officials pl... more
The Chron does an in-depth history piece on the hot issue of our city's homelessness, spanning from Mayor Art Agnos to Gavin's 10-year plan to today. 20 years after city officials pledged to tackle the issue, the problem's as pressing as ever. more
SF homeless problem looks the same as it did 20 years ago
San Francisco Chronicle (06/26/2016)
Jun
26
Sneaking in a flask to this year's Pride will be harder than ever
by David Aldridge
In the wake of the tragedy at Orlando, city officials are taking unprecedented steps to protect the safety of Pride-goers. Revelers should expect to be screened and bags larger than ... more
In the wake of the tragedy at Orlando, city officials are taking unprecedented steps to protect the safety of Pride-goers. Revelers should expect to be screened and bags larger than 18" X 18" won't be permitted. more
For first time, Pridegoers in SF to be screened
The Bay Area Reporter (06/26/2016)
Jun
26
Heightened security doesn't stop people from partying
by David Aldridge
Heightened security was no contest to a good time at celebrations throughout the city yesterday.

“(Security staff) kept finding something in my shorts,” said John Celia, a 51-year-old
... more
Heightened security was no contest to a good time at celebrations throughout the city yesterday.

“(Security staff) kept finding something in my shorts,” said John Celia, a 51-year-old from Los Angeles who strolled through the festivities completely nude. “So I just took them off.”


Ahh, classic, San Francisco. You go, Glen Coco. more
Pride still a party as thousands of revelers pack Civic Center
Chronicle (06/26/2016)
Jun
26
Pride be rockin' all week long
by David Aldridge
Beyond Sunday's parade and infamous parties at Civic Center and Dolores Park, the Chron suggests a list of Pride themed events and shows all week long. Looks like you've got an excus... more
Beyond Sunday's parade and infamous parties at Civic Center and Dolores Park, the Chron suggests a list of Pride themed events and shows all week long. Looks like you've got an excuse to be late to work every day this week! more
Events during Pride Week
Chronicle (06/26/2016)
Jun
26
Groups pull out of Pride parade due to upped police presence
by David Aldridge
Not everyone's a fan of the increased security in wake of the tragedy at Orlando. Black Lives Matter, the Transgender, Gender Variant and Intersex Justice Project have all pulled out... more
Not everyone's a fan of the increased security in wake of the tragedy at Orlando. Black Lives Matter, the Transgender, Gender Variant and Intersex Justice Project have all pulled out of the parade citing the larger than normal police presence. more
Protesting higher SF Pride security, 3 groups bow out of parade
Chronicle (06/26/2016)
Jun
26
Willie Brown breaks it down
by David Aldridge
Willie breaks down the media savvy of House Democrats' sit-in, Trump's newest attack-line on Clinton, reviews "Central Intelligence" and more. Spoiler alert ... he didn't dig the movie.
Willie breaks down the media savvy of House Democrats' sit-in, Trump's newest attack-line on Clinton, reviews "Central Intelligence" and more. Spoiler alert ... he didn't dig the movie. more
House Democrats knew what to do, and when to quit
Chronicle (06/26/2016)
Jun
26
SFFD lets the Porno Dogs out
by David Aldridge
This year's Pride was almost deprived of phallic corn dogs. Aunt Betty of Sonoma was nearly shut down by inspector's after several violations of the city's fire code. Fortunately, hu... more
This year's Pride was almost deprived of phallic corn dogs. Aunt Betty of Sonoma was nearly shut down by inspector's after several violations of the city's fire code. Fortunately, humanity prevailed, and you can still find her Porno Dogs at today's festivities. more
Inspectors turn up heat on Pride Festival’s Porno Dogs
Chronicle (06/26/2016)
Jun
25
Should they stay or should they go...
by Jasmine Conrad
Cause darling, you've got to let our city's homeless encampments at the heart of the budget debate know. With much ground to make up, supes are torn between a "vile measure," add-bac... more
Cause darling, you've got to let our city's homeless encampments at the heart of the budget debate know. With much ground to make up, supes are torn between a "vile measure," add-backs, cuts and what number of billions will go towards our city's homeless crisis. more
Budget deal reached, but clouded by debate over homeless encampment measure
Examiner (06/25/2016)
Jun
25
SF waterfront is Extreme Makeover's newest contestant
by Jasmine Conrad
Not actually...I don't think real estate-style nip and tucks would churn out high ratings but nevertheless, our city's waterfront is prepped to go under the knife. With major develop... more
Not actually...I don't think real estate-style nip and tucks would churn out high ratings but nevertheless, our city's waterfront is prepped to go under the knife. With major developers, major dollars and major square-footage on the line, the reveal is sure to be jaw-dropping. more
Pardon Our Interruption...
SF Business Times (06/25/2016)
Jun
25
Central SOMA + Central Subway = more people, more money, more growth
by Jasmine Conrad
The nuanced rezoning of Central SOMA addresses issues of balancing growth with public benefits while major developers anxiously wait to add themselves to the equation.
The nuanced rezoning of Central SOMA addresses issues of balancing growth with public benefits while major developers anxiously wait to add themselves to the equation. more
Pardon Our Interruption...
SF Business Times (06/25/2016)
Jun
25
Breaking news: Clinton enjoys whiskey sours
by Jasmine Conrad
Some say the window to the soul is through a glass of whiskey. Or maybe thats just me...but Susie Buell - the SF Pac Heights resident who houses a myriad of presidents and high-profi... more
Some say the window to the soul is through a glass of whiskey. Or maybe thats just me...but Susie Buell - the SF Pac Heights resident who houses a myriad of presidents and high-profile dems - agrees and shares what the presidential candidate is like with her hair down and infused with San Francisco vibes. more
Susie Buell, Hillary Clinton: Politics makes great fellowship
Chronicle (06/25/2016)
Jun
25
Peskin: more demure, still dedicated
by Jasmine Conrad
Even Peskin can't escape a tech-related analogy. Regardless, the new Peskin seems to have a less ferocious, yet still fastidious, approach to his favorite battles over land use.
Even Peskin can't escape a tech-related analogy. Regardless, the new Peskin seems to have a less ferocious, yet still fastidious, approach to his favorite battles over land use. more
Pardon Our Interruption...
SF Business Times (06/25/2016)