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San Francisco County Jail No. 4 is located at the top of the Hall of Justice.

Can City Hall divert severely mentally ill inmates, which account for about 15 percent of those jailed, out of the criminal system and into the health system?

That’s District Attorney George Gascon’s plan for a two-year $2 million grant from the MacArthur Foundation. If successful, plans for replacing County Jail No. 4 may be foiled.

The funds will be used for inmate services, salaries one San Francisco Superior Court policy analyst and another analyst who will study people in custody and consultants in data collection and strategy for the Office of the District Attorney.

+ The conditions at County Jail No. 4 keep Sheriff Vicki Hennessy up at night. San Francisco Chronicle

San Francisco has the worst freeway congestion in the Bay Area, according to a new study by the Metropolitan Transportation Commission. On weekdays between 12:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m., commuters going north on the US 101 and east on Interstate 80 log 14,600 hours in congested traffic.


The San Francisco Planning Commission approved a proposal to eliminate minimum parking requirements for new developments. Entitled “Better Streets,” the package of reforms from District 6 Supervisor Jane Kim is headed to the Board of Supervisors.


Michael Kim, a former deputy with the San Francisco Sheriff, was sentenced to three years probation, 300 hours community service and a $30,000 fine for providing a bullet proof vest to an associate of Raymond “Shrimp Boy” Chow.


The number of reported auto break-ins and burglaries is down 14 percent. Pilot "Neighborhood Property Crime Units" at Mission and Taraval Police Stations are credited with the decline. Auto burglars are arrested by the San Francisco police fewer than 2 percent of the time.


Homecare workers and nonprofit employees under contract with City Hall will receive a higher minimum wage after Mayor London Breed and the Board of Supervisors reached a deal Tuesday. Home health care workers will be the highest paid in the country once the increase is implemented.


"What I see as the downside, to be very candid, is I don't see tech as very civically involved, and I think they have to be. Like when I was mayor, the CEOs of the big banks — I could go in and ask them to help with any civic cause. Cross my heart. I never got a 'no.' Bank of America, Wells (Fargo) — all of them said 'yes.'" — Senator Dianne Feinstein


A 17-foot Great White Shark bit a underwater cinematographer and filmmaker off the coast of San Francisco. He was taken to Stanford Hospital.

The Neighborhoods

Russian Hill

Citing construction of the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency’s Van Ness Bus Rapid Transit project, which is 18 months behind schedule, Bootleg Bar and Kitchen will close. The owners say continued street and sidewalk work decimated their profits.



New Netflix miniseries 'Armistead Maupin's Tales of the City' filmed at Dolores Park on Wednesday. It’s expected to be released next year.


Financial District

Amazon’s Go convenience store opened Tuesday at the corner of California and Battery streets. Plans for another store are in the works.


South of Market

The San Francisco County Transit Authority, composed of the members of the Board of Supervisors, suspended Tuesday all further financial assistance for work on the Salesforce Transit Center.


Inner Sunset

A woman who died on the scene of a house fire Tuesday has been identified as 28-year old Kelsey O’Leary. She was a beloved bartender at Third Rail.



Details about a company owned by candidate for District 2 supervisor have been revealed. Nick Josefowitz's English green energy company went bankrupt.

The Columnists
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Phil Matier and Andrew Ross, Matier and Ross: Protesters make home life miserable for San Francisco District Attorney Gascón — he wants them gone

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Joe Eskenazi: Prop. C: In liberal San Francisco, government leaders fight a measure to fund homeless services by assailing voters’ confidence in the very concept of government

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Robyn Purchia, Green Space: Only thing scarier than climate change report is not acting on it

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Broke-Ass Stuart, Broke-Ass City: Sending out a meaningful middle finger to Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey

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Kelly Dessaint, I Drive SF: One step over the (picket) line