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Good afternoon. It's Tuesday, Oct. 23. Here's today's guide to The City.

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The Navigation Center in Civic Center.

Panacea or a pitfall? Proposition C on the Nov. 6 ballot is hailed as both.

The initiative that would tax The City’s highest-grossing companies creating a fund of $250 to $300 million per year, has become a spectacle across the nation as tech executives have taken to their bully pulpits to debate its merits and have deposited huge sums into campaign coffers for both sides.

On Monday, San Francisco Fire Chief Joanne Hayes-White announced her plans to retire from the department in the spring. She is The City’s first female fire chief.


The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency severed contracts with Butler Enterprise Group, a firm that assisted minority-owned businesses obtain contracts with public entities. Its founder, Derf Butler, plead guilty Friday to conspiracy to defraud the United States in a bid-rigging scam and making false statements to federal investigators. Butler Enterprise Group also worked for the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission and Port of San Francisco.


Charles B. Johnson, a billionaire co-owner of the San Francisco Giants, contributed funds this summer to Black Americans for the President’s Agenda, a super-political action committee behind a racist radio ad in Arkansas. The Giants called the ad “disturbing and divisive political activity.”


This November, The City’s voters will decide whether to make a downpayment for a new three-mile sea wall. If passed, Proposition A would generated $425 million needed for the estimated $2 billion project.


As it prepares for its initial public offering next year, Uber appears to be pivoting from a platform focused on ride-hailing to all-modes of mobility — including electric bikes and scooters. JUMP bikes are critical to the company’s strategy.


In-depth, longform journalism may be a thing of the past at Modern Luxury-owned San Francisco Magazine. As its operating budget has been slashed, the magazine’s editorial staff has abandoned ship. The publication was founded in 1955 and remained independent until it was bought by its current owner in 2005.

The Neighborhoods


City Hall is expanding a domestic violence outreach program with an emphasis on Asian and Pacific-Islander communities. The U.S. Office on Violence Against Women has funded the three-year program with $750,000.


South of Market

Oracle OpenWorld at the Moscone Center is expected to snarl traffic this week. Howard Street between 3rd and 4th streets will be closed until Saturday.



This Saturday, Duggan’s Funeral Service celebrates its 100th anniversary, making it one of the oldest continuously-operated businesses in The City. It has operated in its Valencia Street location since 1932.


Haight Ashbury

The number complaints about dogs — leashed and not — on the sidewalks of Haight Street is a growing concern. District 5 Supervisor Vallie Brown discussed the issue at a Board of Supervisors hearing last week.

The Columnists
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Joe Eskenazi: San Francisco needs a Marshall Plan — for toilets

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Joe Fitzgerald Rodriguez, On Guard: Lyft drops $100,000 against San Francisco tax to fund housing for homeless

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Carl Nolte, Native Son: Irish Cultural Center struggles to keep pace with changing San Francisco

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Tim Redmond, The Agenda: Minimum pay for nonprofit workers, the Mayor’s affordable housing exemptions

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Willie Brown, Willie's World: Migrants on the march are a huge gift for Trump, GOP

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Sally Stephens: Let’s ensure that money to end homelessness will actually help

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Patrick Wolff, Follow the Money: Proposition C is the wrong method for ending homelessness

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Heather Knight, On San Francisco: Pioneering San Francisco Fire Chief Joanne Hayes-White to retire next spring


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