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July 25, 2019

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Beaches with potentially unsafe levels of contamination.

It’s not only in the streets.

Among the coastal beaches of California’s counties, those of San Francisco tested as being the second most unsafe on average due to fecal contamination last year. An interactive map published by the Environment America Research and Policy Center deemed Ocean Beach at Sloat Boulevard the most contaminated beach site in San Francisco — unsafe on 90% of test days.

EARPC’s "Safe for Swimming?" report shows that on at least one day in 2018, 58% of 2,620 beaches in America's coastal counties had fecal bacteria quantities that exceeded a threshold set by the Environmental Protection Agency for making beach notification decisions. Report co-author John Rumpler said that severe storms caused by the climate crisis have increased run-off pollution and sewage overflows.

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In May, Judge Rochelle East signed the warrant allowing the San Francisco Police Department to seize journalist Bryan Carmody's cell phone data to search for the source of a leaked report about the death of the public defender Jeff Adachi. Last week, East ruled her original warrant invalid because SFPD had failed to mention that Carmody was a journalist. That’s despite a sergeant finding that Carmody's LinkedIn listed him as a "Freelance Videographer / Communications Manager." What agency will investigate SFPD’s botched investigation and why FBI agents assisted them in conducting it have yet to be disclosed. SFGate | 48hills

San Francisco Chronicle employees are protesting Editor-in-Chief Audrey Cooper and management for docking a week’s pay from 26-year veteran photographer Lea Suzuki, whose company car was stolen. “The Chronicle maintains that Lea must have lost a spare car key — which Lea denies. The Chronicle hasn't explained how it claims to believe a lost key would have gotten into the hands of a thief,” staff wrote of the incident. Facebook


“We’re dealing with people who do not have a long-term interest or commitment to a gas and electric utility.”

In 2017, hedge funds owned 4% of Pacific Gas & Electric. With its stock prices significantly lowered by the ineffable wildfires the company caused and ensuing bankruptcy, hedge funds now own 47% — and they have a plan to gain more control.

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San Francisco Marathon

Nearly 26,000 runners will loop around The City twice on Sunday morning for the 42nd San Francisco's Marathon. Check out the marathon’s website for its official race day traffic advisory.


Four supervisors won Mayor London Breed’s support to place a measure on the November ballot to rezone public lands and large lots for 100% affordable and teacher housing. Proposing dueling measures, the supervisors and Breed reached a deal—the mayor supported the supervisors’ on the condition that they adopted two provisions from hers: taller buildings and new unit requirements. The board is expected to propose legislation in September.

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Transportation Roundup

Featuring a 380-foot display of art and memorabilia associated with the late civil rights activist and San Francisco supervisor Harvey Milk, San Francisco International Airport opened nine gates of its new $2.4 billion Harvey Milk Terminal 1 on Tuesday. KRON | SFGate

When the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency tested a double-decker bus for a month in 2007, the public rated it superior to regular Muni buses on all of 12 metrics. Nonetheless, Muni turned down the idea. SFGate’s Mike Moffitt explores why. SFGate

On Tuesday, a board of supervisors committee advanced a proposal to spend $91.3 million on 21 escalator covers at BART — half paid for by taxpayers. The full board will vote on Tuesday. San Francisco Examiner

“I haven't seen anything that even comes close to the overt hostility of these inverted guillotine prototypes.” Riders have taken to Twitter to condemn BART for the hostile architecture of its newly retrofitted fare gates meant to combat fare evasion. KQED

Following the deaths of two pedestrians in the Tenderloin in the same week, the Police Officers' Association — the union that serves the San Francisco Police Department — said it would advocate for automatic speed enforcement cameras in San Francisco despite officers previously opposing the idea. San Francisco Examiner


On Monday, supervisors revised a proposal that would make it more difficult for San Francisco companies to open employee cafeterias in an effort to force well-off workers to buy from local businesses and retailers. Companies against the legislation contend that their cafeterias create as many well-paying jobs as restaurants do. The board of supervisors will likely vote on the amended proposal next week. San Francisco Chronicle

As businesses along Van Ness Avenue await years of construction, The City is weighing whether it should provide cash grants rather than interest-free loans to those that need help. San Francisco Examiner

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Curbing use of private automobiles is the single most challenging obstacle for The City to reach its emission reduction goals.

The Department of the Environment presented a report to the Board of Supervisors Land Use and Transportation Committee meant to serve as a roadmap for reaching zero net emissions by 2050. Among other asks, the plan calls for 80% of people to take trips in The City without a car by 2030; all private cars and trucks to run on electricity by 2040; and all buildings to transition from natural gas systems to water heaters and high-efficiency electric space. KQED | 48hills

Facing resistance from Mayor London Breed, the board of supervisors avoided placing a charter amendment on the November ballot that could have created a commission overseeing The City's three-year-old Department of Homelessness and Supportive Housing. San Francisco Examiner | SFBay

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Eric Fischer
Where tourists and locals frequent in San Francisco.

Mapmaker Eric Fischer used social media data from 2010 – 2013 to plot how tourists interact with cities compared to locals. Here’s his map of San Francisco. On the map, red shows tourists and blue shows locals. Check it out.

The Neighborhoods

South of Market

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Clody Cates and Gaige Qualmann's "Return to Nature #1."

“What they saw was a mother in grief, and I could see them thinking, ‘She’s suffering—does she know what she’s doing?’”

In 2014, Pati Navalta Poblete’s 23-year-old son Robby was shot and killed. In his memory, she started the Robby Poblete Foundation, which has partnered with the Yerba Center for the Arts and United Playaz to put on an exhibition titled “Art of Peace.” Every artwork uses actual guns in its design.



“People want to get involved but don’t know how to get involved. That’s the problem Manny’s is trying to solve.”

Manny Yekutiel, a 29-year-old former political staffer, opened his coffee house-restaurant-political event space in time for the 2018 midterm elections. Since then, it has been a mandatory stop for all democratic presidential candidates. To date, 15 have stopped by.



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After a series of violent crimes rocked the neighborhood, Mayor London Breed toured Chinatown and met with community leaders and merchants to reassure them that City Hall is doing all it can to protect them. While The City tapped the nonprofit SFSafe to install cameras to deter crime, realtor Pious Lee called for a police substation and even offered rent-free space in a property for it to be located.


Mission Bay

To encourage public transportation to the 18,000-seat Chase Center, the Golden State Warriors have struck a deal with the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency making each event ticket serve as a Muni fare. The program is a bid to ease the significant congestion already choking the neighborhood.


Western Addition

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Two ladder trucks in front of 1635 Golden Gate Ave.

Three fires have scorched the same block of Golden Gate Avenue in the past three months. San Francisco Fire Department incident reports determined that at least two fires appeared unrelated and accidental. The third report is not available.



There’s a new hipster trend to report: the avocado-free toast. A case of avocados has tripled in price, reaching $115 in recent weeks. To avoid raising prices, some Mission District restaurant owners are going avocado-free.


Duboce Triangle

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A rendering of 2100 Market St.

Airbnb-like startup Sonder will soon open a 52-unit hotel-style apartment complex at 2100 Market St. The San Francisco-based company will avoid The City’s short-term rental regulations by requiring that all guests stay a 30-night minimum.


Union Square

The millions of gallons of groundwater that pools beneath Powell BART station and has been a nuisance for years will no longer be flushed into the sewer system. The water will be ported just across Market Street to Clearway Energy’s local energy center, where it will be converted into steam heat that warms 180 downtown buildings.

The Columnists
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Heather Knight, On San Francisco: NIMBYs Beware: Latest Bold San Francisco Plan Asks Every Neighborhood to House the Homeless

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Phil Matier: San Francisco’s Short-Timer Transit Boss Ed Reiskin Lands New Job in Oakland

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Tim Redmond: Supervisors, Under Intense Pressure from Mayor, Drop Plan for Homeless Commission

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Robyn Purchia, Green Space: The Booms and Busts in the Population of Anchovies

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Kelly Dessaint, I Drive SF: When It’s Time for a Change in the Game

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Broke-Ass Stuart, Broke-Ass City: What History Can Teach Us About Defeating Fascism Today

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Jaya Padmanabhan, In Brown Type: Can Tasks Really Be Shared Equally in a Family?

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