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June 27, 2019

Good Thursday!

Supervisors and Mayor London Breed reached a budget deal with $44 million in funding for “add-back” projects over the next two fiscal years. Supervisors secured funding for critical citywide social services such as The City’s 24-hour suicide prevention crisis hotline, and $2.3 million for administrative support staff within supervisors’ offices. The add-back proposal also included $9.2 million for district-specific projects. San Francisco Examiner

Breed is proposing an amendment to the City Charter aimed at speeding up the permit review process for affordable housing projects. In support of the amendment, the Mayor’s Office of Housing and Community Development released data showing that affordable housing takes five years to build, with two spent waiting for permit approval. Breed is working to convince key supervisors to place the amendment on the November ballot. San Francisco Chronicle

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SFPD's new rainbow patch for Pride.

Pride Roundup

In a show of inclusion of the LGBTQ community, officers of the San Francisco Police Department became the first nationwide to wear rainbow patches celebrating Pride month. San Francisco Examiner

The City has erected a dozen signs demarcating the Compton's Transgender Cultural District neighborhood in the Tenderloin and painted streetlights with the distrinctive blue-pink-white pattern of the Trans Pride flag. San Francisco Examiner

The designer of two Muni streetcar history maps has released his own punny Pride-themed transit merch. San Francisco Examiner


"My family was destroyed by these two policemen.”

San Francisco's police oversight agency had recommended suspending two police officers for “neglect of duty” when they shot and killed a man holding a large kitchen knife in the Mission District three years ago. Recently released case files show investigators with the Department of Police Accountability found that officer Michael Mellone “failed to follow almost every directive before deploying and while firing" a beanbag round at Luís Góngora Pat, who was sitting down and believed to be experiencing a mental health crisis.


Food and drinks prepared by robots abound in San Francisco and Silicon Valley. Reporter Vivian Ho sampled several items produced by these culinary automatons — from a serviceable iced mocha to fresh baked bread — and reflected on the agony and the novelty of getting lunch from a machine which human attendants refuse to personify. The Guardian

"It's a two-fisted drinking town, a carnivorous meat-eating town, it's dirty and nasty and wonderful."

Two New York chefs declared Bourdain’s June 25 birthday "Anthony Bourdain Day" in honor of their friend and colleague who died last year. The late cook and food writer held up high The City’s drinking establishments and culinary institutions. SFGate compiled a thorough rundown of his recommendations. SFGate

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The interior of one of Muni's new light rail vehicles.

Transportation Roundup

By Monday, Muni had fixed its faulty doors and car connectors on the recently purchased Siemens trains, according to San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency Director of Transit Julie Kirschbaum. SFMTA had locked the back doors of its new trains when their faulty door sensors became responsible for dragging a woman to the tracks at Embarcadero Station in late April. The agency had also stopped operating its two-car trains following the revelation that their couplers — which hook trains together — had a design flaw causing them to break. San Francisco Examiner

A claim by the Alameda County Civil Grand Jury that 15% of Bay Area Rapid Transit riders cheat their fares is three times too high, BART General Manager Grace Crunican wrote in a letter to the head of the jury. San Francisco Chronicle

Robberies have soared 128% and aggravated assaults have risen by 83% on BART since 2014, according to the foreperson of the grand jury report. San Francisco Chronicle


Juul is working to get an initiative on the ballot in November ensuring that its products can be sold in San Francisco. The tactics behind the ballot initiative effort mirror those taken by big tobacco companies, according to tobacco control advocates and experts, who also say that the initiative is intended to prevent further regulation of e-cigarettes by elected officials. San Francisco Chronicle

“The store will not be able to break even if this most recent proposed ban passes. There is nothing else at this point I can bring in to make up for the loss of sales.” For the nearly 800 small business owners who sell e-cigarettes, the new citywide ban against vaping sales prompts fear of closure. Mission Local

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Jackie Speier
Congresswoman Jackie Speier.

Rep. Jackie Speier (D-CA) has pushed for an investigation into allegations that President Donald Trump has committed sexual assault. Her colleagues are less eager to proceed. It is also unclear which committee would have jurisdiction in such an investigation.


Pacific Gas & Electric may pursue a $30 billion plan to accelerate its exit from Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection by settling damages resulting from Northern California wildfires over the last two years and reconstituting the company. The proposal includes $16 billion to $18.4 billion to pay claims from wildfire victims, insurance companies and others. Proposing the plan is a company bondholders committee that has urged Judge Dennis Montali to substitute it for one required from PG&E by the end of September.


To stand out in the bidding for Amazon's second headquarters — and the promise of 45,000 new jobs — San Francisco offered to devote a team of full-time, taxpayer-funded workers to directly serve retailing giant Amazon’s wishes in matters like processing zoning permits and fast-tracking. New Statesman

Amazon filed a licensing request with the Board of Supervisors to sell beer, wine and liquor in The City so that it can start delivering alcohol from its Prime Now warehouse. The filing indicates that the tech behemoth also intends to open a 200-square-foot storefront to sell alcohol directly. Mercury News

The Neighborhoods


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Kahn & Keville tire shop will be demolished to make way for affordable housing.

The nonprofit Tenderloin Neighborhood Development Corp. was awarded $20 million from the state’s Affordable Housing and Sustainable Communities program to develop affordable housing on the site of the Kahn & Keville tire shop located at Turk and Larkin streets. The 108-unit project will break ground next year.



The Board of Supervisors unanimously rejected an appeal of the 200-bed homeless shelter planned for Seawall Lot 330 by nearby residents. The 9-0 decision upholds the Port Commission’s April approval of Mayor London Breed’s Navigation Center proposal, which is critical to reaching her goal of opening 1,000 shelter beds by the end of 2020.


Hunters Point

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A rendering of the Candlestick Point development.

As the contamination debacle at the former Hunters Point Naval Shipyard continues, the developer FivePoint is focusing on building 1,600 housing units, 750,000 square feet of office space and 280,000 square feet of “lifestyle retail” on the 280-acre Candlestick Point site.



Seniors turned out en masse at St. Anthony of Padua Church to discuss affordable housing for the elderly and call on the Board of Supervisors to deliver more low-income senior housing like Casa Adelante, a 94-unit, 100% affordable housing project.



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The Living New Deal
A panel from the fresco "The Life of Washington."

After months of heated public debate, the Board of Education unanimously voted to remove the “Life of George Washington, a 13-panel fresco by New Deal-era artist Victor Arnautoff. While the cost and method for covering or removing the fresco have not yet been determined, its supporters have promised to take up the decision in court.



Supervisor Aaron Peskin put forth a resolution calling for a Navigation Center to be constructed in his district. However, the Mayor’s Office thinks the proposed location, the three-floor building at 888 Post St., would be too expensive to set up. Department of Homelessness Services Director Jeff Kositsky said the site has potential to become some sort of homeless service center.


South of Market

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AirBnB offers tours of its headquarters.

Airbnb offers employee-guided tours of its offices as one of its 30,000 “Experiences” listings. After signing a non-disclosure agreement, visitors can choose from a daytime or nighttime tour of its stylish headquarters. Cost: $24.


Lake Merced

The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency will repave and install three raised crosswalks along John Muir Drive after friends of a 14-year-old girl who was killed in a traffic collision there advocated for improvements at City Hall. The project will be completed by the end of the month.

The Columnists
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Phil Matier: BART’s Fare-Evasion Collection Tally: One $95 Payment on 6,000-Plus Tickets

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Joe Fitzgerald Rodriguez, On Guard: Local LGBTQ Leaders Back Googlers’ Call to Kick Company Out of Parade

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Tim Redmond: Tobacco Industry Freaks Out About Vaping Ban in San Francisco

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Robyn Purchia, Green Space: As Summer Starts, San Francisco’s Job Market is Heating Up

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Kelly Dessaint, I Drive SF: Confessions from the Back Seat of a Taxi

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Jaya Padmanabhan, In Brown Type: Estimate of a 2020 Census Undercount is Growing