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October 17, 2019

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A rendering of car-free Market Street.

San Francisco will ban private cars along Market Street to reduce traffic and enhance safety for bicyclists and pedestrians, 500,000 of whom walk the thoroughfare every day. The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency unanimously approved the "Better Market Street” project Tuesday to allow solely buses, bicycles, taxis, emergency vehicles and trolleys to navigate the corridor from 10th Street to Steuart Street. Traffic collisions injure roughly 100 people annually along the strip. Three-fourths are pedestrians. SFMTA intends to execute measures to redirect car traffic as soon as possible through its newfangled Quick Build program. San Francisco Examiner | KQED

Most of the Board of Supervisors appear to support banning cars on streets in their districts.
San Francisco Examiner


San Francisco voters may have to pick between two dueling ballot measures for March 2020 that each aim to reform The City's behavioral healthcare system. Some 4,000 individuals with mental illnesses or substance use disorders live on The City’s streets. Supervisors Hillary Ronen and Matt Haney's proposal Mental Health SF would create a clinic providing universal psychiatric care to anyone in San Francisco, while Mayor London Breed’s Urgent Care SF would take more incremental steps, like increasing the number of caseworkers providing services. The last day to withdraw a measure is Nov. 27. San Francisco Chronicle

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"Capitalism, I acknowledge, has been good to me. Over the past 20 years, the company that I co-founded, Salesforce, has generated billions in profits and made me a very wealthy person. I have been fortunate to live a life beyond the wildest imaginations of my great-grandfather, who immigrated to San Francisco from Kiev in the late 1800s. Yet, as a capitalist, I believe it's time to say out loud what we all know to be true: Capitalism, as we know it, is dead." Salesforce co-CEO Marc Benioff published an op-ed in the New York Times titled “We Need A New Capitalism.” He also called for Facebook to broken up. New York Times


“We're becoming one of those third-world countries here where the rich are comfortable and poor that serves them has to commute two to three hours a day to get here.”

While San Francisco added 53,320 workers making more than $118,000 annually in the past three years, a similar number of jobs were added offering $18 to $20 an hour for jobs like security, package delivery and ride-hail services. The City needs 9,300 affordable housing units — three times as many as those in its pipeline — to be able to house its low-wage earners, whose population has grown at a rate nearly as fast as that of its moneyed residents.
San Francisco Chronicle | ABC


“They should still be accountable to the same safety standards as the other electric scooter companies.”

San Francisco continues to issue nominal fines to electric scooter company Go X, which claims it doesn't need a city permit to operate in The City. The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency stated it has issued 129 citations to the company for about $63,800. Meanwhile, San Franciscans have called 311 more than 50 times to complain about the scofflaw company’s vehicles for being dumped next to public trash cans, creating obstacles for pedestrians and blocking parking spaces and the right-of-way. San Francisco Examiner


“There are major issues that exist in the black community in San Francisco, and it seems that every time the leaders that have been put in place to represent our community put a policy forward, the leadership of NAACP loudly goes against those leaders in the black community unless they are the mayor. It’s time that we call it out.”

Supervisor Shamann Walton and Board of Education President Stevon Cook have called for a change in leadership in the local chapter of the NAACP after its president, the Rev. Amos Brown, on Monday criticized the Board of Supervisors for “racist politics” and “standing in the way of progress” for the African American community. San Francisco Examiner | San Francisco Chronicle

The Neighborhoods


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Recreation and Parks Department
The Willie "Woo Woo" Wong Playground.

The Planning Commission and the Recreation and Park Commission will meet jointly today to determine whether to allocate money from the Downtown Park Fund for two projects. The proposals are for $550,000 to help renovate the Turk and Hyde Mini Park and $600,000 to renovate the Willie “Woo Woo” Wong Playground.
San Francisco Examiner



Two months after a controversial plan to turn 41 long-term care beds at General Hospital’s Adult Residential Care Facility into short-term respite beds drew wide criticism, the Department of Public Health announced it negotiated a resolution with stakeholders. The 55-bed facility will be equally divided into long-term and short-term treatment beds. San Francisco Chronicle


Union Square

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The interior of 450 Sutter St.

“The new building derives its inspiration in its decorative features from the New World, from Central America. … [T]he indescribably delicate quality of its surface is its crowning glory, patterned like a brocade, shining like silk and lovely as old lace, a metamorphosis as it were from brick to fabric.”

450 Sutter St., the Neo-Mayan Art Deco office skyscraper designed by famed architect Timothy Pflueger, turned 90 on Tuesday. Curbed San Francisco



“Every time our contract comes up for renegotiation, they only offer a 2% increase — even though they receive more donation money yet demand more work from us.”

Mission Neighborhood Health Center employees held a demonstration Tuesday to call for higher wages and better workplace conditions from the nonprofit health provider’s management. Mission Local


Inner Sunset

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Department of Public Works

Public Works' contractor Precision Engineering, Inc. will install sewer mains, curb ramps and other repairs this week at multiple streets. The $7 million project is scheduled for completion by December 2020, according to the Department of Public Works. The projects will not disrupt household sewer service. Hoodline


Hayes Valley

The content of an enormous new mural by the anonymous San Francisco-based artist BiP has taken shape. The two-thirds complete mural shows a police officer’s body with a child’s face. BiP called it a work of protest on Instagram. However, the demonstration will be covered in a few years’ time. San Francisco Chronicle


Civic Center

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Arts Commission
A proposal by Jules Arthur.

A subcommittee of the Arts Commission determined that all artists vying to erect a monument to author and civil rights activist Maya Angelou in front of the Main Public Library must start over. Committee members cited concerns that the proposed works were not high enough quality. The deadline to erect the statue is December 2020.
San Francisco Examiner

The Columnists
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Heather Knight, On San Francisco: Lowell High School Student Pushes Plan To Lower Voting Age

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Phil Matier: Voters Like San Francisco Mayor Breed, But Undecided About Her Job Performance

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Joe Eskenazi: Mental Health Workers, Patients Claim Victory At Behavioral Health Center — And Move On To Bigger Political Battle

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Tim Redmond: Vallie Brown Tenant Disputes The Supervisor’s Version Of Her Eviction

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Robyn Purchia, Green Space: Are Museum Of Ice Cream Sprinkles Still Littering Beaches?

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Kelly Dessaint, I Drive SF: Avoiding Rejection At The Casual Carpool

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Jaya Padmanabhan, In Brown Type: What The PG& E Blackouts Taught Us About Disruptions, Good And Bad

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