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April 4, 2019

Good Thursday morning!

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City Hall after the Great San Francisco Earthquake on April 18, 1906.

We're in for a big Big One.

Since the 1906 earthquake, just three quakes have struck California with a magnitude of six or higher. In the 1800s, the state had 14 big quakes.

Seismologists call California’s situation an earthquake drought and predict it could end destructively as stress builds up.

Academy of Art University, one of the largest for-profit art schools in the nation, has spent the last decade battling allegations that it defrauded the government. Prosecutors accuse the school of illegally incentivizing student recruitment despite odds that students won’t graduate, while taking in more than $1.6 billion in federal student loans and grants. On April 1, the U.S. Supreme Court rejected the school's attempt to halt its prosecution, forcing either a settlement or a trial with potentially $450 million at stake.

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On Monday, Mayor London Breed and Board of Supervisors President Norman Yee called to increase funding from $300 million to $500 million for a bond proposal to create and maintain affordable housing. The change reflects an update from the Controller's Office to the projected property tax revenue. District Six Supervisor Matt Haney, who called the proposed increase a good start, supports increasing funding to $1 billion. Eight supervisors must approve the bond for it to be placed on the November ballot.


Lying, fabricating evidence and excessive force by officers in the San Francisco Police Department cost The City $13.15 million in a settlement finalized on Tuesday.

A prosecutor made misleading statements during the trial about Jamal Rashid Trulove, who was convicted of murdering his friend in 2007 and spent more than six years in prison for it. In 2015, four officers beat Brandon Simpson, who police said was acting suspiciously; video footage showed otherwise.

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As Muni union representatives bargain with the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency, operators are stepping forward to share that many of them are sleeping in their cars. They attribute it to an exploding housing market that has created long commutes, contributing to sleep deprivation.


Ten days after being struck by 91-year-old driver along Lake Merced, a 14-year-old girl died from her injuries. Her death was the tenth caused by San Francisco traffic this year. In response to the uptick in pedestrian and bicyclist deaths compared to recent years, The City is implementing a "quick-build" strategy to allow for easy, fast fixes in San Francisco's most dangerous corridors.


Ex-political consultant Keith Jackson and former Human Rights Commission staffer Zula Jones struck plea deals on Tuesday for soliciting bribes from an undercover FBI agent to retire the campaign debt of the newly elected mayor Ed Lee.

Political consultant Jon Golinger said the plea deal “gives new meaning to the old phrase ‘slap on the wrist.’”


Don’t call it a comeback. State Sen. Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) successfully moved his housing density bill through the State Senate Committee on Housing on April 2, progressing further than a previous version did last year. Wiener remarked that while local housing control usually delivers good results, California's system of doing almost purely that hasn't worked.

The Neighborhoods


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A rendering of Polk Streetscape improvements.

A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held on Tuesday for the completion of the $26.8 million Polk Streetscape Project, which added safety improvements across the corridor from Beach to McAllister streets. “The Polk Streetscape project is the culmination of many hours and years of dedicated outreach, planning, design and construction efforts,” San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency Director of Transportation Ed Reiskin stated.


Western Addition

Conspiracy theories and fake news accusations have beset Church of Eight Wheels founder David Miles following media reports that a man donning a MAGA hat attacked a person with a sword outside his roller skating rink over the weekend. Trump supporters are accusing Miles of making up the attack as a way to denigrate them.



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A map of the impacted N-Judah streetcar line.

Beginning April 13, Muni will exclusively run bus shuttles on the western half of the N-Judah streetcar line for two weeks to allow construction on the Inner Sunset Streetscape Improvement Project. Passengers will have to transfer from buses to trains and vice versa at Carl and Cole streets.



After neighbors threatened legal action over a proposed 225-bed Navigation Center in the parking lot known as Seawall Lot 330, Mayor London Breed is considering scaling down the proposal to serve between 100 and 150 people.


Pacific Heights

With the Netflix reboot of “Full House” canceled, the owner of the “Full House” home has put the 1883-built Victorian on the market. The property sold for $4 million in 2016.


East Cut

On Tuesday, the Commission on Community Investment and Infrastructure released the developer Related California from its obligation to provide a grocery store in its project at 450 Folsom St. Advocates say the space was the neighborhood’s best chance for obtaining an affordable grocer.


Bayview-Hunters Point

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San Francisco Police Department

The San Francisco Police Department has authorized a $25,000 reward to anyone who can provide information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the murderer of Joseph “Jungle” Taeotui, a gun violence-prevention worker who was shot on Aug. 13, 2018.

The Columnists
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Robyn Purchia, Green Space: Soaking Rains a Boost for Salmon

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Joe Fitzgerald Rodriguez, On Guard: Fearing Tobacco and Vape Bans Will Tank Businesses, Corner Stores Want to Sell Cannabis

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Phil Matier: San Francisco Takes Its Time OKing Retail Makeovers — Look at All the Empty Storefronts

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Heather Knight, On San Francisco: Freewheeling Flintstones Fun Offends Rock-Ribbed Rich Folks

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Kelly Dessaint, I Drive SF: When You Lose Taxis, You Lose a Sense of Wonder — and Safety

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Broke-Ass Stuart, Broke-Ass City: Can Robots Do Journalism?

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Jaya Padmanabhan, In Brown Type: The Death Penalty Does Not Work

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Tim Redmond: Critical Housing Measure Comes to the Board of Supes