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September 12, 2019

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“It’s a bummer of the highest magnitude. But at least the SFMTA is finally telling the Board of Supervisors the truth.”

Following a six-week analysis, the new director of the $1.6 billion dollar Central Subway, Nadeem Tahir, determined the project won't be ready until June 2021. Muni officials are preparing to formally announce 3-year delay. San Francisco Examiner

To make sure traffic flowed at Chase Center for a Dave Matthews Band concert, Muni diverted buses from other neighborhoods to enhance its service levels, drawing sharp criticism from Supervisor Shamann Walton. San Francisco Examiner


“She never had experience running an entire hospital. I don’t think she was qualified to ever be appointed CEO.”

Before Mayor London Breed and other city officials announced that 23 patients had been abused by six staff members at Laguna Honda Hospital, Mivic Hirose stepped down as CEO from the 780-bed facility. Hirose was moved to San Francisco General Hospital. Some have raised questions about her staying on The City's payroll. San Francisco Examiner

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The cost to protect the San Francisco International Airport from sea level rise has increased tenfold. The Board of Supervisors Budget and Finance Committee approved a $587.1 million expenditure on Wednesday, four years after approving $58 million to shore up SFO’s infrastructure. The eye-popping sum is caused by new projections showing sea-levels rise will be 36 inches. The 2015 projection was 11 inches. San Francisco Examiner


The latest HIV epidemiology report from the Department of Public Health shows that the number of new HIV cases has fallen to below 200 a year for the first time, putting San Francisco on track to become the first city in the U.S. to have zero new infections by the end of the year. However, the report reveals a rising rate of new infections in African American and Latino men and a low rate of viral suppression among homeless people. Bay Area Reporter


“Let’s be clear, there’s nothing innovative about underpaying someone for their labor and basing an entire business model on misclassifying workers.”

Hundreds of thousands of independent contractors may soon become employees. The much-debated Assembly Bill 5 won senate approval late Tuesday night, 29-11. On Wednesday, it passed the Assembly, 56-15. All it needs is a signature from Gov. Gavin Newsom, who has already declared his support. San Francisco Chronicle

A last-minute amendment to AB5 will allow city attorneys across the state to enforce the bill’s worker classification standards. San Francisco Examiner


“We need more San Francisco companies to step up and participate in Mayor Breed’s Prop C Waiver legislation to give our homeless neighbors the help they desperately need.”

Salesforce and Postmates are letting The City keep $14 million collected from them under last year’s legally uncertain Proposition C to fund homeless services. The companies are the first to participate in a waiver program to allow taxed companies to sign over the funds while the ballot measure is tied up in court. San Francisco Chronicle

Jack Dorsey’s company Square is suing The City to recoup $1.27 million in gross receipts tax the company paid in 2014 and 2015. The company claims it has been wrongly categorized as a financial service rather than information business. San Francisco Examiner

The Neighborhoods


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“It’s already crowded with two lanes.”

Small business owners are deeply concerned about the two miles of transit-only red lanes the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency plans to set up along 16th Street next year. Mission Local



On Tuesday, the Board of Supervisors unanimously approved an ordinance providing a vehicle triage center, or safe parking zone, where people who live in vehicles may stay stay overnight and obtain access to services. CBS


Mission Bay

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The 80-year-old Emperor Norton plaque was unveiled at a Salesforce Transit Center rededication event honoring the beloved San Francisco eccentric. The restored plaque was originally commissioned by the local chapter of E Clampus Vitus. SFist


Treasure Island

A joint venture of Lennar Corp., Stockbridge Capital Group and Wilson Meany called Treasure Island Community Development broke ground on a ferry terminal ahead of its plan to build 8,000 homes on the human-made island. San Francisco Chronicle


South of Market

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Firefighters responded to reports of smoke at the top of Salesforce Tower Wednesday morning to find only steam. The call to climb The City’s tallest building occurred while the San Francisco Fire Department was holding a memorial for the firefighters who died in New York City on Sept. 11, 2001. Curbed San Francisco



The nonprofit Youth Art Exchange converted a long-vacant commercial storefront in the Excelsior into [x]space, an arts studio where teenagers explore creativity. But it wasn’t easy. It took assistance from City Hall and long, hard work on behalf of the organization’s staff. KQED



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Supervisor Vallie Brown

Four solar-powered trash cans with built-in compactors were installed in Japantown late last month. The Bigbelly receptacles each hold five times as much waste. City Hall will spend $12 million to install 80 cans in neighborhoods with plenty of foot traffic. Hoodline

The Columnists
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Broke-Ass Stuart, Broke-Ass City: A Letter To The Florida Mayor Who Trashed Our Fine City Of San Francisco

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Kelly Dessaint, I Drive SF: Down At SFO, They Were Closing One Of The Three Runways for 20 Days To Make Repairs

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Robyn Purchia, Green Space: Is Reuseable Ware In The Future Of Takeout Food?

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Tim Redmond: Will Breed Make A Real Change At City Planning?

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Phil Matier: Lombard Street Reservation Plan Faces One Final Twist — In Sacramento

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Heather Knight, On San Francisco: D.A. Race Front-Runner Hammers On Solutions To Crime, Not ‘Making Excuses’

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