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May 30, 2019

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The California Democratic Party will hold a three-day statewide convention at the Moscone Center starting Friday. Politicos will wheel and deal, shaping the race for the state party chair and possibly the presidential election as candidates vy for state delegates. “I hope the party gets its act together. The convention will elect a new chair and I hope that they clean house,” Garry South, a Democratic political consultant, said.

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“Right now we have a system that is disconnected and disjointed.”

Supervisors Hillary Ronen and Matt Haney along with Assemblyman Phil Ting (D-San Francisco) announced a November ballot measure called Mental Health SF that would create a 24-hour Mental Health Service Center for anyone with a mental illness or addiction to a substance, paid for in part by raising taxes for CEOs who make more than a hundred times the compensation of their median employee.
KQED | San Francisco Examiner

Board of Supervisors President Norman Yee announced he would introduce legislation to establish a city-subsidized fund for helping low-income seniors pay for affordable housing. “Not only are we not building enough housing for seniors, but they are clearly unable to afford it,” Yee said.
San Francisco Examiner


Breed is eyeing a $9 million investment into programs that aid San Francisco’s small businesses by providing them either low-interest loans or grants for facade and signage renovations. The fund would also give small business owners rebates on ongoing permit fees.
San Francisco Chronicle

Mayor London Breed proposed budgeting more than $3 million for LGBTQ services and initiatives, with $2 million of it going toward 75 housing units for transgender and gender-nonconforming (TGNC) people. TGNC San Franciscans are nearly 18 times more likely than the general population to experience homelessness in The City.
San Francisco Examiner

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Bryan Carmody
SFPD officers attempt to use sledgehammers to get into freelance journalist Bryan Carmody's home.

The San Francisco Police Department may have illegally obtained freelance journalist Bryan Carmody’s phone records to find out who in its own ranks leaked the death report of former public defender Jeff Adachi. Investigators executed seven search warrants — some for fellow officers — for its internal investigation into how it was made public. All investigations are being handed off to independent agencies in wake of the scandal.
San Francisco Chronicle

The National Consortium on Racial and Ethnic Fairness in the Courts posthumously awarded Adachi the newly created Equity Award
at its annual conference in May. San Francisco Bay View


San Francisco is the first city in California to share prosecution data in public dashboards. District Attorney George Gascon launched “DA Stat,” an online transparency tool that aggregates almost a decade’s worth of figures related to prosecutions, caseload and trials. San Francisco Examiner

In the San Francisco Bay Area, hackers have stolen $35 million from more than 50 cryptocurrency investors
by stealing cell phones and swapping SIM cards. NBC Bay Area

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A map roughly outlining the Crosstown Trail.

San Francisco’s own crosstown trail will be christened this weekend. Designed for walkers, runners and cyclists alike, the trail runs nearly 17 miles, from Candlestick Point to Lands End, with numerous smaller trails in between.


More than 1,300 nurses have signed a "no-confidence" letter directed at authorities of the San Francisco Department of Public Health in protest of what they have long called chronic understaffing that requires them to care for more patients, skip breaks, work overtime and jeopardize their nursing licenses. Mission Local

After mounting concerns over affiliation with a religious institution and its restrictions, University of California, San Francisco ended negotiations with Dignity Health
that would share branding and medical services at four of its nearby hospitals. San Francisco Chronicle

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Citing an increased demand by the public, the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency released permit applications for more companies to provide “dockless” or “stationless” bike rental service. The number of tech-enabled rental bikes on the street could quadruple to 11,000 later this year. San Francisco Examiner

Uber sent an email to drivers suggesting that they “…may choose to avoid pickups or drop-offs in bike lanes.”
However, it is illegal for drivers to do otherwise. A San Francisco Bike Coalition representative said, “The contradiction in wording here (“it is against the law” vs. “you may choose to”) is consistent with both companies’ inability to require their drivers to do much of anything because of their employment status.”
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The Neighborhoods

Bayview-Hunters Point

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A two-alarm blaze at an Innes Avenue apartment building displaced 14 adults, seven children and one dog early Sunday morning. The San Francisco Fire Department contained the fire within an hour. The Red Cross and city agencies are assisting the people impacted by the fire.



A group formed in opposition to a proposed 200-bed navigation center for the homeless on Seawall Lot 330 filed an appeal to overturn the San Francisco Port Commission’s unanimous April decision to approve the project. Safe Embarcadero for All’s attorney Peter Prows, of the law firm of Briscoe Ivester & Bazel, argues that the San Francisco Administrative Code only allows for Navigation Centers to hold 100 individuals.


South of Market

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While no reopening date has been announced, Transbay Transit Center officials are rehiring workers, inspecting elevators, escalators and signs and cleaning up the $2.2 billion transit hub. Engineers are preparing to examine welds to ensure that they were done correctly before declaring the facility is safe.



Bones discovered 18 inches deep near in a yard on 21st Street have been classified as human by the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner. The San Francisco Police Department is now handling the case as a suspicious death. The remains were a single skull.


Mission Bay

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Oakland-based Kaiser Permanente and the San Francisco-bound Golden State Warriors announced that the 11-acre plaza surrounding Chase Center will be called “Thrive City,” a name corresponding with Kaiser’s “Thrive” slogan. Kaiser will also replace Stanford as the team’s official physician. The cost of the naming rights has not been disclosed.



San Francisco-based Twitter is seeking a Tweeter in Chief, a new position created to “set the tone of who we are and how we act, and talk to people on Twitter,” according to the job description. Charged with managing the handle @Twitter, the employee must be “extremely plugged into Twitter culture, stan culture, and culture in general,” and “obsessed with building communities and how content travels on the platform.”



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National Parks Service
Fort Winfield Scott in 1965.

The WeWork-led development team submitted a revised bid to the Presidio Trust for taking over Fort Winfield Scott weeks after planners called their opening bid a “nonstarter.” The proposal now includes $30 million to relocate Golden Gate National Recreation Area police facilities, $15 million earmarked for infrastructure improvements elsewhere in the Presidio and an estimated $85 million investment in Fort Scott improvements.

The Columnists
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Robyn Purchia, Green Space: Which is Better: Plastic Bag or Cotton Tote?

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Heather Knight, On San Francisco: Bold Plan to Tackle San Francisco’s Crisis on the Streets Calls for Guaranteed Mental Health Treatment

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Joe Eskenazi: How a Simmering Labor Rift Could Sink San Francisco’s Titanic $600 Million Affordable Housing Bond

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Tim Redmond: The Political Intrigue Over the Adachi Leak Continues

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Phil Matier: Chiu’s Bill Bans Towing Vehicles — And It’s Not Just for People Living in Them

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Jaya Padmanabhan, In Brown Type: Ed Lee: The Man Behind the Mayor

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Kelly Dessaint, I Drive SF: There’s always something to say about San Francisco