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On Tuesday, victims of the Camp Fire filed a lawsuit in San Francisco Superior Court charging that San Francisco-based Pacific Gas and Electric Company equipment ignited the fire, causing the most deadly and destructive blaze in California history.

On Wednesday, the utility's shares fell by more than 30 percent when it disclosed to the California Public Utilities Commission that the damages from the fire may exceed its insurance coverage should it be found liable.

Paying for the damages may be passed through to its customers or even to the entire state should the company file for bankruptcy, forcing a bailout.

Lawmakers are already taking steps to mitigate the situation's impact.

Sonali Bose, the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency’s effective director of finance and information technology, will retire after 12 years. She raised the agency’s credit score, pioneered smart parking meters, created a rainy day fund, secured funding for the Central Subway and increased advertising revenue from $400,000 to $30 million.


Pornographic actress, stripper and director Stormy Daniels, stripping at Penthouse North Beach as part of a nationwide tour, was named "Saint Tempestuous, Eye of the Hurricane of Truth and Stormer of the Barricades of Intolerance" by the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence. The renowned drag queen group gave her the distinction on Nov. 10 for breaking her Non Disclosure Agreement with President Donald Trump.


Miles “The Batkid” Scott has been declared cancer free. Scott captured the hearts of so many people when the Make-a-Wish Foundation and 10,000 people made his dream to save a city come true. His leukemia is now in remission.


There are competing plans to help people living in vehicles on The City's streets. Mayor London Breed, Supervisor Ahsha Safai and Supervisor Vallie Brown put forth a plan. And so, too, did Supervisor Hillary Ronen.


Last year, 43 hate crimes were reported in San Francisco last year, up from 37 in 2016, according to a new report. 19 were related to race, ethnicity or ancestry; eight were about religion; 12 were about sexual orientation; and four related to gender identity.

The Neighborhoods


On Tuesday, Mission Street mainstay La Taqueria was saved. Its building, on the auction block after a five-year family inheritance dispute, was purchased by Miguel Jara Sr. and his sons Angel and Jesus.

On Wednesday, Mayor London Breed led a groundbreaking ceremony for a fully affordable housing building at 490 South Van Ness Ave.



Aptos Middle School students and staff are calling for a better training and a process for reporting, investigating and resolving allegations of sexual harassment after a physical education instructor was placed on administrative leave following multiple complaints from female students and one staff member.


Western Addition

The San Francisco Department of Emergency Management’s 911 Call Center and staff offices in the Margaret S. Hayward Playgrounds are half the size recommended by the Department of Homeland Security. On Tuesday, the Board of Supervisors voted to expand the facility onto two adjacent tennis courts in exchange for $4 million so the Recreation and Park Department can rebuild the courts elsewhere.


Union Square

On Tuesday, transit officials held a ribbon cutting for a new entrance canopy at the Powell Street BART Station. The canopy, part of a pilot program, may cut escalator downtime by 30 percent.



The Port of San Francisco has received 52 proposals to revitalize 13 historic piers. One includes a hotel, which would require approval by voters.


South of Market

Dozens of Unite Here Local 2 union members continue their strike, marching outside of the Marriott Marquis Hotel at Fourth and Mission streets for better wages and benefits. Many can’t afford it.

The Columnists
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Joe Fitzgerald Rodriguez, On Guard: Beautiful memories of the Presidio’s beautiful Burger King

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Phil Matier and Andy Ross, Matier & Ross: Expert believes San Francisco transit center cracks a limited problem, not design flaw

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Robyn Purchia, Green Space: Wildfires underline need to diversify California’s water supply

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Jaya Padmanabhan, In Brown Type: The City earns a mixed report card for the midterm elections

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Kelly Dessaint, I Drive SF: Helping out strangers in a strange land

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Broke-Ass Stuart, Broke-Ass City: There’s no social justice without economic justice