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“We are here to look at some of the factors that are driving homelessness and also to listen to what people have to say.”

The U.S. secretary of housing and urban development engaged on a fact-finding tour of public housing in Potrero Hill. After one hour, Ben Carson left. Gov. Gavin Newsom had demanded more low-income housing vouchers, which Carson declined. Carson did, however, vouch for less regulation and more housing. KQED

On his way to the Bay Area on Tuesday, President Donald Trump said he may create a task force to tackle the homelessness crisis. “[T]he people of San Francisco are fed up, and the people of Los Angeles are fed up,” he said. “And we’re looking at it, and we’ll be doing something about it.” Sacramento Bee


The Board of Supervisors on Tuesday unanimously passed legislation put forth by Mayor London Breed to require that commercial buildings over 50,000 square feet begin relying on renewable electrical power. “Transitioning our large buildings to 100 percent renewable energy is an important step towards making San Francisco an even more sustainable city and continuing the progress we have made with CleanPowerSF,” Breed said in a statement. San Francisco Chronicle

The Board also unanimously approved legislation dubbed “Public Financing 2.0,” which will expand the funding of campaigns for public office. San Francisco Examiner

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The $1.6 billion tab for San Francisco's Central Subway project will cost an additional $70 million. While the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency will likely pull $15 million from the project's contingency fund, it may have to draw $55 million from its greater pool of contingency funding to pay the difference. This would require approval from the SFMTA Board of Directors.San Francisco Examiner

Due to a lack of light-rail vehicle operators, Muni will slash service on the F-Market & Wharves historic streetcar line. San Francisco Examiner


“... We need to be talking about severe crashes, not just fatal ones.”

San Francisco’s rising number of people severely injured by cars mirrors the surging number of local traffic fatalities. Vehicle crashes critically injured 55 pedestrians last year, compared to 34 in 2017. Possible explanations include The City's rising number of jobs, cars and people, particularly senior citizens and those who are unhoused. San Francisco Chronicle | KCBS


“This innovative tool is a model for how cities and counties can use data to inform efforts to safely reduce the jail population and address racial and ethnic disparities in the criminal justice system.”

The Office of the District Attorney released information about recidivism rates of 9,407 offenders. The statistics, collected in 2013, 2014 and 2015, show almost half of The City’s convicts were arrested again within three years. San Francisco Chronicle


“We need to do something now, or we will be gone.”

Restaurateurs appeared before the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday for a hearing about the state of The City’s restaurants and said their industry was negatively impacted by red tape, minimum wage, health care costs, limited employee pool, rents and poor public transit. The supervisors offered outside-the-box ideas to assist The City’s 5,200 restaurant businesses, which make $4.7 billion in taxes and create 65,000 jobs. Easter San Francisco

The Neighborhoods


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The Mayor’s Office of Housing and Community Development invited affordable housing developers last week to submit proposals for a housing project for a former McDonald’s site. The developer will be chosen in mid-October. From there, a decision will be made about how to best activate the site until construction begins. Curbed San Francisco


Mid Market

After numerous complaints from neighbors about drug dealing, the Office of the City Attorney wrote a letter to the owners of Quick-Stop and Discount Cigarettes as well as their landlord in April, alleging the business owners created “a public nuisance as a result of permitting drug activity.” Both businesses shuttered a few weeks ago. San Francisco Chronicle


South of Market

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The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency Board of Directors unanimously approved on Tuesday the 5th Street Improvement Project. It proposes installing short- and long-term safety improvements to the corridor, which is prone to pedestrian and bicyclist collisions. KTVU


Civic Center

Mayor London Breed and the Department of Public Health  folded 41 permanent beds for mentally ill people at General Hospital’s Adult Residential Facility into the Hummingbird homeless respite last month. Dozens protested the decision at Tuesday's Health Commission meeting. Mission Local



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Public Works

Phase two of Upper Haight's Transit Improvement and Pedestrian Realm Project has entered its third month. Construction crews are repouring the 1300 block of Haight Street’s sidewalks, which will have a sparkle finish. At the intersection of Stanyan and Shrader streets, Public Works is installing new traffic signals and light poles. Hoodline



Mayor London Breed announced that the Division Circle Navigation Center will add 60 beds for serving homeless people, bringing the total number to 186. The new beds bring Breed closer to her goal of adding 1,000 new shelter beds by the end of 2020. CBS | KQED



“We need a community theater in this city.”

Using family foundation funds, Peggy Haas, daughter of Levi Strauss & Co. executive Peter Haas, renovated the 1939-built Presidio Theatre on the historic Main Post. The addition of a courtyard, a green room and administrative office on the former military theater allows it to show live performances. San Francisco Chronicle

The Columnists
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Jaya Padmanabhan, In Brown Type: Language Used As A Weapon To Exclude At US Borders

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Broke-Ass Stuart, Broke-Ass City: Any Plan By Trump To Deal With Homelessness Should Scare You

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Robyn Purchia, Green Space: Compostable Containers Don’t End Up Where You Think They Do

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Joe Fitzgerald Rodriguez, On Guard: Housing Rights Committee Celebrates 40th Anniversary

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Phil Matier: It’s Going To Take Some Big Cash To Make Bay Area Bridges Cashless

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Heather Knight, On San Francisco: San Francisco District Attorney Candidate Knows Pain Of Prison: His Radical Dad Is Locked Up

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