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February 21, 2019

Good Thursday afternoon!

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Treasure Island Development Agency
Ongoing geotechnical improvements on Treasure Island include wick drain installations, vibro compaction and surcharge placements.

On Tuesday, the Washington, D.C.-based Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility sued the U.S. Navy for withholding records on cleanup projects at Treasure Island.

The watchdog group’s complaint alleges that the Navy did not properly respond to a Nov. 1 Freedom of Information Act request for documents.

The 400-acre contaminated former naval base will undergo a $5 billion redevelopment. Its population is expected to grow from 1,800 to 24,000 by 2035.

The Navy’s cleanup efforts are under question by grassroots organizations.

+ A fifth power outage in six weeks has left Treasure Island residents frustrated with city agencies. The San Francisco Public Utilities Commission blamed the ongoing failures a result of old infrastructure. In 2012, there were reportedly 22 outages. San Francisco Examiner

Weeks after the San Francisco Police Department released new information in the “Doodler” murder case, a film production company in the United Kingdom announced it’s developing a television crime series called ‘We Are Your Children” based on the little-known serial killer.

+ A rebate program the incentivizes movie-making by subsidizing costs for police and other necessary city services for film shoots will be extended for another nine years. NBC Bay Area


Stephen Buescher filed a lawsuit against the American Conservatory Theater alleging "systematic discrimination" and racism. The former actor and instructor, who is African American, claims he was asked to “police” people of color in his program. ACT’s leadership said they are working to improve conditions at the school.


The rental car company Hertz Corp. and its partner American Traffic Solutions Inc. have reached a $3.65 million settlement with the Office of the City Attorney in the 2017 case against them for charging exorbitant service fees to tourists who crossed the Golden Gate Bridge. The fee made crossing the bridge total $32. The recovered funds will go toward consumer protection enforcement.


Found to have violated open meeting laws in a November 2017 vote to provide the San Francisco Police Department with Tasers, the San Francisco Police Commission deadlocked in a decision to legitimately retake that vote. The dispute showed the divides between commissioners appointed by the mayor and those appointed by the Board of Supervisors.

+ The San Francisco Police Commission voted unanimously to allow officers facing a 10-day suspension or termination for misconduct to appeal the commission’s own disciplinary decisions to the California Office of Administrative Hearings. In the past, the only recourse for officers to appeal was by taking a decision to San Francisco Superior Court. Mission Local


In response to rider frustration with subpar Muni subway service, the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency Board of Directors requested that department staff provide regular reports detailing delays and mitigation plans. Special attention is being paid to congestion at the entrance of West Portal Station and train turnarounds at Embarcadero Station.

+ A state investigation into the death of signal technician Patrick Ricketts in Twin Peaks Tunnel last summer concluded that insufficient worker training led to the death. The two companies contracted to perform the tunnel improvements were fined $65,300. San Francisco Examiner


An investigation by Politico using data from Twitter and other platforms and interviews with data scientists and campaign strategists found a sustained and coordinated disinformation campaign designed to undermine Democratic presidential candidates such as Sens. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.).

Harris, a former San Francisco District Attorney, has been the subject of viral racist and sexist tweets related to her relationship to former San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown. The attacks may be the work of foreign state actors.

The Neighborhoods


Two years ago, a burst retaining wall damaged the 130-year-old Alvord Lake Bridge. Since December, construction crews have been repairing the historic bridge. The work has required that the right-hand westbound lane of Kezar Drive be closed until Tuesday, Feb. 26.



Two residents of one of the five buildings on Geary Boulevard damaged by the Feb. 6 three-alarm fire caused by a gas line rupture filed a lawsuit against the construction company and its contractors. The pair accuses the defendants of reckless and willful violation of the California Government Codes requirement of excavating with hand tools near subsurface infrastructure.


South of Market

The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency Board of Directors approved spending $14 million to reconfigure the busy stretch of 3rd Street between Market and Townsend streets in an attempt to reduce congestion and improve pedestrian safety. In the past five years, 50 pedestrians in the area have been struck by vehicles, two of which were fatal.


Financial District

After seven years of closure to accommodate the construction of the new Central Subway, the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency announced that Stockton Street between Geary Boulevard and Ellis Street will reopen to traffic on Friday, Feb. 22.



After an 18-month delay, Ford GoBike has obtained enough support to place tech-enabled bike rental stations at Buchanan Street and Marina Boulevard and Bay Street, near Fillmore Street. Last year, District Two Supervisor Catherine Stefani said she blocked Motivate, the Lyft-owned entity behind Ford GoBike, from placing stations due to a lack of community outreach.


Financial District

PGIM Real Estate has hired Developer City Center Realty Partners for a $30 million renovation of Crocker Galleria. The three-story, 1982-built property will get an updated exterior and restaurant space.



The Coast Guard and U.S. Park Police are working to remove a beached sailboat from Baker Beach in an usual situation where the skipper abandoned “Lady Luck” after running into difficult waters without a distress call.

The Columnists
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Broke-Ass Stuart, Broke-Ass City: The Best Way to Beat the Devil is to Support a Union

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Kelly Dessaint, I Drive SF: Playing the Taxicab Hustle Pays Off With Bigger Fares

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Jaya Padmanabhan, In Brown Type: Even While San Francisco’s Economy is Booming, People are Restless to Leave

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Tim Redmond: Save the Redstone Building!

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Robyn Purchia, Green Space: There’s Nothing Natural About Natural Gas

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Heather Knight, On San Francisco: Supervisor Norman Yee Says Lawyer Best Remedy for San Francisco General Hospital Bill

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Phil Matier: Oakland Raiders, Coliseum Close to Deal to Keep Team for Another Year

Now See This

Disney-Pixar and animator/director Rosana Sullivan released a new 8-minute, 2D animated short called “Kitbull” about a friendship between kitten and a dog set in the Mission District. Enjoy!