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District Seven Supervisor Norman Yee, who represents The City’s southwest corner, was elected president of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors on Tuesday.

A member of the board’s progressive wing, Yee was elected with the help of four moderates. He garnered more votes than District Nine Supervisor Hillary Ronen, who fiercely campaigned for the presidency.

Yee will assign his colleagues to various committees, exercising possibly his greatest power as the board president. At the committee level, legislation is amended before rising to the full board.

The environmental engineering firm Tetra Tech has been awarded by the state a wildfire cleanup contract worth up to $250 million. Grassroots environmental groups to the office of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-San Francisco, are alarmed that Tetra Tech will take part in the state’s wildfire recovery. The company, which was found falsifying soil tests at the former Hunters Point Naval Shipyard, is being sued by the U.S. Justice Department, whistleblowers and homeowners.


Tom Steyer, the San Francisco hedge fund billionaire and Trump impeachment crusader, announced that he will not run for president in 2020 after years of speculation. Steyer pledged to spend $40 million on impeachment this year.


Assemblyman Phil Ting, D-San Francisco, introduced Assembly Bill 161, which would require businesses to give customers electronic receipts if they don’t ask for printed copies. Known as “Skip the Slip,” the law would go into effect in 2022 and is intended to help the environment.


Oracle, the world’s second-largest software maker, bought the naming rights to the San Francisco Giants’ stadium for 20 years for upward of $200 million. For fans, this is the fourth name for the ballpark since it opened as Pacific Bell Park in 2000.


A Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital nurse who called for the removal of Mark Zuckerberg’s name from the facility since 2015 because of Facebook’s user consent and privacy policies filed two complaints accusing the hospital of retaliation. Nurse Sasha Cuttler alleged that he has been removed from oversight positions on regulatory boards and denied promotions.


The first flu-related death of the season was announced by the San Francisco Department of Public Health. The announcement serves a reminder for people to get their flu shots to keep the flu from spreading.


Federal officials said Pacific Gas & Electric may have violated its probation from the deadly San Bruno pipeline explosion when the company did not disclose that it was under investigation for causing a wildfire and settling a lawsuit over that fire and two others. Federal Court Judge William Alsup proposed ordering the company to make inspections of all its equipment and shut down any part of its systems at risk during an emergency.

The Neighborhoods


“Lexi,” a new feature film starring Adam Devine (“Pitch Perfect,” “Workaholics”), will be filmed on Sanchez Street between 16th and Market streets from Jan. 23 – 25 and elsewhere in The City. Devine stars as a man who "falls in love with an A.I. who appears throughout his smart devices,” according to Variety.


Financial District

After signing a lease for 190,000 square feet at One Maritime Plaza, Google is now San Francisco’s third-largest tech tenant behind only Salesforce and Uber. The company now leases 1.5 million square feet of office space in The City.


Upper Haight

After a holiday hiatus, the two-year, $12 million overhaul of Haight Street's underground infrastructure and streetscape will resume. The 1400 and 1800 blocks will be closed to parking for two months, and traffic will be redirected.


South of Market

A new 84-bed Navigation Center for assisting homeless people opened on the corner of Fifth and Bryant streets. Episcopal Community Services will operate the center, where 20 beds will be set aside for women in a separate area.



San Francisco Bay Ferry has begun offering commuter service between Richmond and San Francisco. A ticket for the 35-minute trip is $9 or $6.75 with a Clipper Card. There will be four trips in the morning, and four in the evening.


Potrero Hill

Footage of dead racoon brought into McDonald’s and placed on a table went viral. The San Francisco Department of Environmental Health reported that the dining room was disinfected for five hours.

The Columnists
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Phil Matier: Kamala Harris Reportedly Ready to Jump Into 2020 Race, Lining Up East Coast Headquarters

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Tim Redmond: Yee is Board President — What Does That Mean?

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Joe Fitzgerald Rodriguez, On Guard: Simplistic Narratives at Play in Red-Hot SF Board President Vote

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Joe Eskenazi: Norman Yee is Your Board President — and the Knives are Resheathed

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Robyn Purchia, Green Space: Why Electric Cars Make Sense for Uber, Lyft Drivers in San Francisco

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Jaya Padmanabhan, In Brown Type: A Brief History of Walls Being Used as Political Tools

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