Today’s Stories (Last updated September 28, 11:18 AM)

Sep
28
Transbay Funding Delayed
by Derek Lee
Members of the Board of Supervisors voted on Tuesday to deny funding to the Transbay Transit Center, amid ongoing concerns of the sinking Millennium Tower.
Members of the Board of Supervisors voted on Tuesday to deny funding to the Transbay Transit Center, amid ongoing concerns of the sinking Millennium Tower. more
Funding blocked for transit center amid concerns of sinking Millennium Tower
Examiner (09/28/2016)
Sinking SF high-rise prompts panel to delays transit center funds
Chronicle (09/28/2016)
Sep
28
No Biz with Hate States
by Derek Lee
Board of Supervisors approved legislation authored by Scott Wiener to ban official travel, contracts, and purchases from states with anti-LGBT laws.
Board of Supervisors approved legislation authored by Scott Wiener to ban official travel, contracts, and purchases from states with anti-LGBT laws. more
SF supes limit business with firms in states with anti-LGBT laws
Chronicle (09/28/2016)
Sep
28
Prop V: Return of the Soda Tax
by Derek Lee
Fitz give us the breakdown on this November's new version of the soda tax.
Fitz give us the breakdown on this November's new version of the soda tax. more
Prop. V would tax sugary beverages in San Francisco
Examiner (09/28/2016)
Sep
28
Teacher Housing Signed by Gov
by Derek Lee
Governor Brown signed SB 1413, authored by Senator Mark Leno to allow school districts to build housing for its teachers.
Governor Brown signed SB 1413, authored by Senator Mark Leno to allow school districts to build housing for its teachers. more
Brown signs bills to increase teacher housing, tour bus oversight
Chronicle (09/28/2016)
Gov. Brown signs bill allowing SF to build teacher housing
Examiner (09/28/2016)
Sep
28
Wilsey Retains Power
by Derek Lee
Despite allegations, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco head Dede Wilsey managed to retain power amidst attempt to oust her.
Despite allegations, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco head Dede Wilsey managed to retain power amidst attempt to oust her. more
After power struggle, Dede Wilsey prevails at Fine Arts Museums
Chronicle (09/28/2016)
Embattled Patron Retains Power at San Francisco Museums
The New York Times (09/28/2016)
Nov
08
Supervisor Races 2016 - Qualified Candidates
by Derek Remski

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 Lee

A 5th generation San Franciscan born and raised in North Beach, Derek was pieced together from random pieces of sourdough bread, pine cable car brakes, and a sheet of pizza focaccia that were shocked by an overhead Muni wire for good measure. He likes martial arts, board games, and the violin, though preferably not at the same time.

In the Past Week…

Sep
27
Debate Night Recap
by Corey Smith
Politicos from the left and right gathered around the TV last night for the first debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump.
Politicos from the left and right gathered around the TV last night for the first debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. more
Across The Country, Fascination And Indifference On Debate Night
NPR (09/27/2016)
Bay Area residents gather for debate
Examiner (09/27/2016)
Sep
27
Police Body Cameras
by Corey Smith
The Mission Station received more than 150 body cameras that will be worn by patrolling officers. The rest of the City's stations are expected to follow suit by November. 
The Mission Station received more than 150 body cameras that will be worn by patrolling officers. The rest of the City's stations are expected to follow suit by November.  more
Mission Station Police Now Wearing Body Camera
MissionLocal
Sep
27
School Board To Review Policy
by Corey Smith
After the Ethics Commission decided that D1 candidate Sandra Lee Fewer didn't do anything wrong by collecting donations from fellow educators, the SF School Board may vote today to c... more
After the Ethics Commission decided that D1 candidate Sandra Lee Fewer didn't do anything wrong by collecting donations from fellow educators, the SF School Board may vote today to change the rules. more
SFUSD board to review policy after Fewer OK’d for soliciting donations
Examiner (09/27/2016)
Sep
27
A Strong Bay Area Economy
by Corey Smith
The U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis released data that says the Bay Area economy has outpaced the rest of the state and country for the fifth consecutive year. 
The U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis released data that says the Bay Area economy has outpaced the rest of the state and country for the fifth consecutive year.  more
Bay Area economy outpaces U.S., China
Chronicle (09/27/2016)
Sep
27
Preparing Mission Bay for 2100
by Corey Smith
A report released Monday explores the inevitable need for the City to start planning for sea level rise in Mission Bay. Soon enough, Mission Creek may be Mission Lake.
A report released Monday explores the inevitable need for the City to start planning for sea level rise in Mission Bay. Soon enough, Mission Creek may be Mission Lake. more
Mission Bay may need tidal barriers, huge levees as sea rises
Chronicle (09/27/2016)
Sep
27
Millennium Tower Tests Begin
by Corey Smith
Soil experts hit the ground (literally) in an attempt to figure out what went wrong with the Millennium Tower. You think this building will get the same love as Pisa in 1,000 years? ... more
Soil experts hit the ground (literally) in an attempt to figure out what went wrong with the Millennium Tower. You think this building will get the same love as Pisa in 1,000 years?  more
As charges fly in SF, tests begin on sinking Millennium Tower
Chronicle (09/27/2016)
Sep
27
Obama's Housing Toolkit
by Corey Smith
The Obama Administration released a 'Housing Development Toolkit' and at least one Bay Area journalist claims he was talking directly to the Bay Area.
The Obama Administration released a 'Housing Development Toolkit' and at least one Bay Area journalist claims he was talking directly to the Bay Area. more
President Obama takes aim at Bay Area NIMBYs, calls on cities to stop killing housing
SF Business Times (09/27/2016)
Sep
27
Pot Plan Heats Up
by Corey Smith
A proposal from members of the Oakland City Council regarding ownership of cannabis businesses continues to take shape. 
A proposal from members of the Oakland City Council regarding ownership of cannabis businesses continues to take shape.  more
Proposal for Oakland to share in pot industry ramped up
Chronicle (09/27/2016)
Sep
27
Op-ed: PJ Moore on Scott Wiener
by Corey Smith
An Examiner op-ed explains how Supervisor Scott Wiener is a leader fighting for trans rights.
An Examiner op-ed explains how Supervisor Scott Wiener is a leader fighting for trans rights. more
Supervisor Wiener a champion of trans rights
Examiner (09/27/2016)
Sep
27
Op-Ed: Moms Rule in 2016
by Corey Smith
Supervisor candidates Sandra Lee Fewer, Hillary Ronen and Kim Alvarenga released an op-ed describing some of their plans if elected in November. 
Supervisor candidates Sandra Lee Fewer, Hillary Ronen and Kim Alvarenga released an op-ed describing some of their plans if elected in November.  more
Moms to take charge at City Hall
Examiner (09/27/2016)
Sep
27
Op-Ed: Why Housing in Brisbane Matters
by Corey Smith
Tim Colen of the San Francisco Housing Action Coalition explains why building housing in Brisbane (just south of SF) matters for all of us.
Tim Colen of the San Francisco Housing Action Coalition explains why building housing in Brisbane (just south of SF) matters for all of us. more
Why housing in Brisbane matters to the region
Examiner (09/27/2016)
Sep
26
Smooth Sailing
by Justin Jones
Looks like Supe. Peskin is sailing to victory in his re-election bid. His campaign has spent little money and time actively campaigning. His opponent Tim Donnelly is running on a pla... more
Looks like Supe. Peskin is sailing to victory in his re-election bid. His campaign has spent little money and time actively campaigning. His opponent Tim Donnelly is running on a platform that calls for an increased police presence and ensuring a pint of beer is truly 16 ounces. more
Peskin runs low-key race against Donnelly for 4 more years
Chronicle (09/26/2016)
Sep
26
Teaming Up and Cheap Airfare
by Justin Jones
Supervisor hopefuls Sandy Fewer, Hillary Ronen, and Kimberly Alvarenga are teaming up to present a unified platform as we head into the stretch. Loretta Sanchez may have found a silv... more
Supervisor hopefuls Sandy Fewer, Hillary Ronen, and Kimberly Alvarenga are teaming up to present a unified platform as we head into the stretch. Loretta Sanchez may have found a silver lining. Endorsements in the Berkeley City Council race are rolling in, and for a mere $3 you might be able to take a flight with Cheeto Boy - Donald Trump. more
SF supervisor candidates team up even before getting elected
Chronicle (09/26/2016)
Sep
26
Factional Battles
by Justin Jones
Joe Eskenazi dives into the particulars of the fight for control of City Hall.
Joe Eskenazi dives into the particulars of the fight for control of City Hall. more
The Gangs of City Hall
San Francisco Magazine (09/26/2016)
Sep
26
Heat Advisory!
by Justin Jones
The race in District 5 between Board President London Breed and challenger Dean Preston is heating up. Both candidates are looking to build and preserve housing in the center of the ... more
The race in District 5 between Board President London Breed and challenger Dean Preston is heating up. Both candidates are looking to build and preserve housing in the center of the City, but have differing ideas on how to achieve those goals. more
London Breed, Dean Preston argue personal, political in race
Chronicle (09/26/2016)
Sep
26
Policing the Police
by Justin Jones
Supervisor Cohen hopes voters will pass Prop G. If passed, voters will approve the creation of the new Dept. of Police Accountability which will be independent of the SFPD.

Cohen arg... more
Supervisor Cohen hopes voters will pass Prop G. If passed, voters will approve the creation of the new Dept. of Police Accountability which will be independent of the SFPD.

Cohen argues, the current investigative body, the Office of Citizen Complaints, funded through SFPD's budget, has been "woefully" underfunded for years. According to Cohen, with SFPD no longer overseeing the budget of the agency investigating police misconduct claims, that agency will have greater independence to conduct its work. In an age of increased scrutiny of police practices expect voters to give Prop G a long look. more
Voters could increase powers of SF’s police oversight agency
Examiner (09/26/2016)
Sep
26
SRO Conditions
by Justin Jones
A bevy of recommendations to improve the conditions of SRO buildings were approved by the Public Health Commission last week to address the chillingly high health disparities in SROs... more
A bevy of recommendations to improve the conditions of SRO buildings were approved by the Public Health Commission last week to address the chillingly high health disparities in SROs in the City. With a focus on training and data analysis, some commissioners argue a more aggressive approach is in order. more
City officials seek cure for health disparities in SROs
Examiner (09/26/2016)
Sep
26
No Magic Bullet
by Justin Jones
The bottom line - there are too many cars crossing the Golden Gate Bridge. Despite efforts to relieve traffic problems, Bridge District officials say, "There are going to be delays."
The bottom line - there are too many cars crossing the Golden Gate Bridge. Despite efforts to relieve traffic problems, Bridge District officials say, "There are going to be delays." more
Despite efforts, Golden Gate Bridge traffic may be unsolvable
Examiner (09/26/2016)
Sep
25
Taking a Knee
by Nima Rahimi
Willie talks Kaep, Trump and Hillary, Rose Pak, Snowden, this year's ballot, and pedestrians with cell phones. 
Willie talks Kaep, Trump and Hillary, Rose Pak, Snowden, this year's ballot, and pedestrians with cell phones.  more
A quarterback put race in America front and center
Chronicle (09/25/2016)
Sep
25
Taking the Garbage Out
by Corey Smith
The problems seeping from SF's zero-waste efforts.
The problems seeping from SF's zero-waste efforts. more
SF’s zero-waste failure littered with fines, frustration
Chronicle (09/25/2016)
Sep
25
SF Royalty
by Corey Smith
A Dede Wilsey story about what it means to be a San Francisco socialite.
A Dede Wilsey story about what it means to be a San Francisco socialite. more
Dede Wilsey Is the Defiant Socialite
nytimes (09/25/2016)
Sep
25
Leaning Tower of San Francisco
by Nima Rahimi
Whoever is to blame will end up paying for the price tag. For now, it's at the finger pointing stage. 
Whoever is to blame will end up paying for the price tag. For now, it's at the finger pointing stage.  more
Sinking Millennium Tower’s developer built strictly to code
Chronicle (09/25/2016)
Sep
25
Standoff Ends Peacefully
by Nima Rahimi
Despondent man with replica gun is arrested after a 6 hour standoff. 
Despondent man with replica gun is arrested after a 6 hour standoff.  more
After long standoff, police arrest suicidal man at Civic Center
Chronicle (09/25/2016)
Sep
25
Rose Pak Remembered
by Nima Rahimi
Rose Pak's legacy remembered at Saturday funeral service. 
Rose Pak's legacy remembered at Saturday funeral service.  more
Rose Pak recalled as a Chinatown, and SF, original
Chronicle (09/25/2016)
Sep
25
SF Schools Help Migrant Families Overcome the Odds
by Nima Rahimi
A look into our local iteration of the Migrant Education Program.
A look into our local iteration of the Migrant Education Program. more
Migrant families overcome the odds at SF schools
Examiner (09/25/2016)
Sep
25
Editorial: Release the Tapes
by Nima Rahimi
Public demanding release of body camera footage in Keith Scott's shooting.
Public demanding release of body camera footage in Keith Scott's shooting. more
Release the tapes
Examiner (09/25/2016)
Sep
25
Another Housing Preservation Bond?
by Nima Rahimi
Prop C would free up $261 million in funding. 
Prop C would free up $261 million in funding.  more
It’s time for a housing preservation bond
Examiner (09/25/2016)
Sep
25
Expanding the Right to Vote
by Nima Rahimi
Local measures would give 16 and 17 year olds the right to vote as well as non-citizen parents. 
Local measures would give 16 and 17 year olds the right to vote as well as non-citizen parents.  more
SF measures would enable youths, undocumented parents to vote
Examiner (09/25/2016)
Sep
24
Housing commision might bring answers and brawls between supes
by Jasmine Conrad
A newly proposed housing commission might help the housing crisis at the same time it adds fuel to the Peskin v. Farrell fire.
A newly proposed housing commission might help the housing crisis at the same time it adds fuel to the Peskin v. Farrell fire. more
New commission might help SF housing crisis
Examiner (09/24/2016)
Sep
24
T-minus 2 days until the big show
by Jasmine Conrad
Everyone is preparing for the big debate on Monday night, and the media might have the most work ahead of them.
Everyone is preparing for the big debate on Monday night, and the media might have the most work ahead of them. more
Clinton camp wants debate moderator to call out Trump on lies
Chronicle (09/24/2016)