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June 11, 2019

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“An incredible win, and a horrible loss.”

The Golden State Warriors won Game 5 of the NBA Finals last night by 1 point, extending the series with the Toronto Raptors. Warrior Kevin Durant suffered an Achilles injury that will prevent him from playing game six of the finals. The next game will be in Oakland at Oracle Arena.

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Using the slogan "Cops and Corporations Out of Pride,” activist group Gay Shame is campaigning to have San Francsico Pride exclude the San Francisco Police Department from participating in this year’s festivities. The group says the department has not apologized for oppressing LGBTQ+ people like New York’s police have done. KQED

Calling out Google’s policies regulating right wing and homophobic content on Youtube, LGBTQ+ activists and former Google employees called for the tech behemoth to be excluded from San Francisco Pride. "We are monitoring this story as it develops, listening to the concerns of the community, and have raised these concerns with our contacts at Google," a representative of the Pride Board of Directors said. Hoodline


Wheelchairs, walkers, tents, laptops, cell phones and even medicine.

Belongings seized by the Department of Public Works during homeless encampment sweeps have been thrown out and stolen. Twenty percent of seized items were returned to owners. A former DPW employee told SF Weekly, “They’ll just go to the big dumpster and start unloading it, and whatever that looks good to them they go sell it on the weekend and try to make money off it.” Electronics, laptops, phones. Everything. Whatever they can get.”

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“This was a terrible piece of public policy that should have never been passed.”

The “Twitter Tax Break” has ended, and on Thursday, San Francisco supervisors lamented that it ever happened. The policy, which gave a 1.5% payroll tax break to companies that moved into certain buildings in Mid-Market, expired in May. While the policy promised benefits to the area, like less homelessness and fewer empty storefronts, the results have been a mixed bag.


The number of crime reports citywide fell 3.5%, from 10,506 in April 2019 to 10,138 in May 2019, according to data from CrimeoMeter. The number of crime reports is about 17% below where it was in May 2018, consistent with a longer-term downward trend. However, prostitution reports increased from 25 to 91, assault incidents rose from 671 to 707 and harassment incidents went up from 122 to 148 month over month.

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Transportation Roundup

Today at noon, a search committee will convene a meeting to discuss the job description of San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency’s next director of transportation. SFMTA seeks a new leader following Director Ed Reisken’s April announcement that he will step down in August. This time, the agency is hiring a leader with experience in the field of transportation. SFist

Recent inspections of The City’s shuttered Transit Bay Terminal revealed problem welds and crack-prone steel, NBC Bay Area’s Investigative Unit has found. NBC Bay Area

San Francisco-based Lyft filed a lawsuit against San Francisco Friday, claiming The City reneged on an agreement giving the company exclusive rights for street-rented bikes. San Francisco Examiner

BART and the Metropolitan Transportation Commission will spend $1 million to fund an ambassador pilot program, creating a group of community liaisons who will roam BART trains and stations to deter crime and assist passengers. San Francisco Examiner

Activist groups the Transportation Solutions Defense and Education Fund and Bay Area Transportation Working Group filed a complaint with the California Fair Political Practices Commission alleging the Metropolitan Transportation Commission, the Bay Area Toll Authority and other agencies illegally coordinated and used public funds to pass bridge toll hike Regional Measure 3 last year. Marin Independent Journal


“Yes, we’re staying,” San Francisco-based Juul CEO Kevin Burns told the San Francisco Chronicle’s editorial board last week as City Hall prepares to ban the company’s products. “San Francisco is our home. We want to be in San Francisco. We have 1,200 employees in San Francisco, a huge talent base in San Francisco. We want to be a resident, and I’m hopeful we’ll find a way to be a resident.” San Francisco Chronicle

On Friday, San Francisco’s Public Safety and Neighborhood Services Committee voted 3-0 to advance a bill that would suspend the sale of e-cigarettes. The suspension would ban e-cigarette sales at brick-and-mortar stores as well as the delivery of e-cigarettes to San Francisco addresses until the U.S. Food and Drug Administration ensures product safety. The Board of Supervisors will vote on the legislation on June 18. San Francisco Examiner


$10 million is on the table for teachers willing to join San Francisco’s harder-to-staff public schools. Mayor London Breed included the funding in her most recent budget proposal last week, her latest move to attract credentialed staff and reduce teacher turnover. The proposed funding joins Breed’s efforts to add a measure to the November ballot that would rezone all publicly owned land minus parks for 100% affordable housing and teacher housing.

The Neighborhoods


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John Musgrove
“29th & Pacheco” by John Musgrove.

When the morning light is best and no people are around, artist John Musgrove drives around the Outer Sunset to find a scene to create on his canvas. The Inner Sunset resident, who names Edward Hopper as his biggest influence, says “The everyday, it’s just what appeals to me.”



A transgender person was injured in a “unprovoked attack” while waiting for a bus. The assault may be the second hate crime in the past few weeks.



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Cresleigh Homes

The “historic laundromat” project at 2918 Mission St. sold for $13.5 million in April to developer Lawrence Lui. A representative said they’re intent on building housing and could break ground by January 2020.



Smoke from the 1,700-acre Sand Fire burning in Yolo County can bee seen from the Golden Gate Bridge. A Spare the Air alert is in effect today.



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Los Angeles-based startup PodShare’s operation offering $1,200-a-month bunk beds is under investigation for violating The City’s short-term rental and occupancy rules. A City official said many complaints had been generated over the PodShare.



California Lt. Governor Eleni Kounalakis made a surprise visit to Manny’s on Thursday to participate in the 16-hour reading of the Mueller Report. “She heard about it and wanted to be a part of it,” owner Manny Yekutiel said.



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324 Larkin St. will once again have a rainbow flag as it is renamed in honor of flag creator Gilbert Baker. City officials will dedicate the building this afternoon.


South of Market

On Thursday, the Planning Commission approved Tishman Speyer’s 598 Brannan St. project, a three-building complex for nearly 5,000 workers, a child care center, open space and affordable housing.

The Columnists
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Heather Knight, On San Francisco: ‘It’s So Crazy:’ Lowell Teacher Docked Pay While Undergoing Liver Transplant

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Phil Matier: With One Minor Opponent, Election’s Pretty Much Over for San Francisco Mayor London Breed

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Willie Brown, Willie’s World: Elizabeth Warren Can Win the Nomination. California is Key

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Carl Nolte, Native Son: It’s True — San Francisco is a Mess. And Everyone Knows It

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Joe Eskenazi: Need to Pee? Just Download This App. What Could Go Wrong?

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Tim Redmond: Celebrate 40 Years of Rent Control — And Support the Tenants Union

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Denise Sullivan, S.F. Lives: Guy the Flower Man