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Ocotber 8, 2019

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“This is a blatant move to inappropriately influence this critically important election, and yet another example of the District Attorney’s Office being politicized and used for personal favoritism.”

Less than 12 hours after the abrupt Oct. 3 announcement that District Attorney George Gascon would resign in two weeks to run for DA in Los Angeles, Mayor London Breed appointed candidate Suzy Loftus interim DA ahead of the Nov. 5 election. Loftus, a former Police Commission president, had previously received Breed's endorsement. It’s unknown whether the controversial appointment will boost or detract from Loftus’ campaign. San Francisco Chronicle | KQED

Protesters demonstrated on Friday to condemn Breed’s appointment of Loftus. SFBay


The outcome of the District 5 Supervisor election between incumbent Vallie Brown and challenger Dean Preston will shape the political makeup of the Board of Supervisors. Both are campaigning to increase affordable housing, improve public transportation and address homelessness and mental health. However, Brown is running on a platform of realism that has caused opponents to label her an incrementalist. Preston is running in a call to disrupt the status quo, proposing free city bus service and 10,000 units of affordable housing in a decade, and allying himself with the national Democratic Socialism movement.
San Francisco Chronicle

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“This is the last piece of a really comprehensive program to improve our vehicle fleet.”

The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency’s 185 new 40-foot electric New Flyer trolley buses are outfitted with batteries that can power them without overhead wires for several miles. The feature allows the agency to provide more continuous service to riders when detours limit buses’ access to power lines. San Francisco Chronicle

After a decade of planning, SFMTA may make Market Street between Main Street near the Embarcadero to Van Ness Boulevard car-free. San Francisco Examiner


The Department of the Environment will re-inspect 28 newly renovated public housing developments to determine the effectiveness of a pest control program. Before the rehabs, 875 units had cockroach infestations, and 175 had bedbugs. The grant-funded monitoring program will continue until 2022. San Francisco Examiner


Following the governor's signage of a second state bill last week to enable conservatorship, San Francisco will begin imposing treatment on people who suffer from problems caused by mental health and substance abuse. Participants must have been forced into at least eight involuntary 72-hour emergency holds in a yearlong period to qualify. The Public Defender's Office will represent those conserved, while the City Attorney's Office will petition courts to compel treatment. Fifty to 100 people citywide meet the criteria for the program. San Francisco Examiner

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Can you hear the jets? Sunday marked the beginning of Fleet Week. The weeklong event is expected to draw 1 million visitors to San Francisco for a variety of festivities. Additional buses and streetcars will run on the 47 Van Ness and F-Market & Wharves line from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday through Sunday. The Marina and Fisherman’s Wharf are projected to attract 300,000 people each day of the weekend. San Francisco Examiner


Sens. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., and Kamala Harris, D-Calif., sent a letter to the U.S. EPA requesting that the inspector general examine whether the White House was involved in the agency’s decision to issue a notice of violation accusing San Francisco of violating the Clean Water Act by discharging waste into the ocean and bay. The missive is the latest action in a battle between the agency and Golden State. San Francisco Chronicle

The Neighborhoods


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On the juncture of the Ingleside and Excelsior neighborhoods sits the Cameron Beach Yard, a closed-to-the-public facility where the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency houses its historic and vintage streetcar fleet. SFGate takes a closer look at the little known treasure trove of unique vehicles. SFGate


Inner Sunset

The plant nursery at the San Francisco Botanical Garden in Golden Gate Park may receive an eye-popping $6.7 million remodel if its supporters can raise enough funds by June. Details are scarce. (FYI: The Fall Plant Sale will be this weekend at the County Fair Building.) SFGate


Mid Market

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Solomon Cordwell Buenz
A rendering of the project.

A 193-unit apartment building will break ground this week at 1028 Market St. three years after being approved. Neighbrohood boosters and the developers Olympic Residential Group and Tidewater Capital believe the project may be a catalyst for improving the area.
San Francisco Chronicle


India Basin

The owner of Archimedes Banya, a Russian bathhouse, struck a private deal with developers planning to build housing nearby that illustrates the unseemly side of negotiating construction projects. In this case the owner and an East Bay school both received $100,000 to settle a dispute to move the project forward.
San Francisco Chronicle


Haight Ashbury

An extensive pedestrian and bicyclist safety project was completed in Golden Gate Park after three years in the making. The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency installed 10 speed humps, 13 raised crosswalks, median extensions and other park improvements. SFBay


Mission Bay

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A temporary ferry landing was installed at Pier 48 ½ to serve visitors to the Golden State Warriors Chase Center. The service began Saturday for the Warrior's first preseason game over the weekend. Mercury News



The George Washington High School Alumni Association filed a lawsuit in San Francisco Superior Court Friday challenging the Board of Education’s decision to cover the multi-panel New Deal-era fresco at their alma mater.
San Francisco Examiner

The Columnists
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Tim Redmond: District Attorney Deal? D5 Money … And Will An 11-Year EIR Ever Die?

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Joe Fitzgerald Rodriguez, On Guard: Leno Blasts District Attorney Appointment, Will Campaign Against Loftus

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Joe Eskenazi: Otis The Pug Is Stolen. Otis The Pug Is Found. A Homeless Man Refuses The $15K Reward. And Then Things Get Weird

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Carl Nolte, Native Son: San Francisco’s Newest Museum Is Opening In The City’s Oldest Mint

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Sally Stephens: Why Does San Francisco Make It So Hard To Attend City Meetings?

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Phil Matier: Dede Dollars

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Heather Knight, On San Francisco: Mayor Breed Needs To Tackle San Francisco Sidewalk Misery With The Same Energy She Brings To Housing