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October 31, 2019

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The Kincade Fire is 45% contained. SFBay

There is a fourth straight Spare the Air alert in effect today. NBC

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Mission Local
Court documents prove tenants of Supervisor Vallie Brown were paying rent.

Former tenants of Vallie Brown, the incumbent District 5 supervisor running to keep her office in next week’s election, sent her a cease-and-desist letter over her statements that they had not been making rent payments. “She was shocked to recently find out that you publicly accused her (and the other tenants of the Fillmore Street building that you and your cohorts evicted) of not having paid rent in years and refusing to pay rent,” a tenant wrote in a letter to Brown. Through her own attorney, Brown has apologized. Mission Local | San Francisco Chronicle

Separately, tenants facing evictions from landlords preparing for the statewide rent caps are getting a reprieve thanks to Gov. Gavin Newsom’s emergency declaration. Hoodline


“I’ve owned 10 bars and restaurants in SF for more than a decade, and I need you all to hear me: We are dying. North Beach has 36% storefront vacancies. In the Castro entire blocks are nearly empty. Three major restaurants closed their doors in South Beach last month. Walk down once bustling Union Street on a Thursday night at 8 p.m., and it’s as creepy as a zombie movie. How’d things get so bad? It’s a boomtime, right? People blame greedy landlords and millennial-buying habits, but I don’t. I blame City Hall.

Bar owner and small business advocate Ben Bleiman penned a searing op-ed about the state of small business in San Francisco. KQED

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“People shouldn’t have to get mental health care by luck. There should be treatment on-demand for every person out here.”

The Office of Mayor London Breed and Supervisors Hillary Ronen and Matt Haney are closer to striking a deal over reforming the mental health care system after negotiations stalled for a time. If an agreement can be reached, they would avoid duelling ballot measures next year.
San Francisco Examiner

The Department of Homelessness and Supportive Housing will change a policy that currently prevents homeless pregnant women from immediately being provided housing by year end. San Francisco Examiner


If her appointment weeks before the election hasn’t created enough controversy, interim District Attorney Suzy Loftus will now be in a position to support or oppose overturning the manslaughter conviction against Mayor London Breed’s brother, Napoleon Brown. Loftus said she opposes resentencing. San Francisco Examiner

Outside spending in the district attorney race has reached a new high. San Francisco Examiner


The Board of Supervisors unanimously approved increasing the 1990s-era Jobs-Housing Linkage Fee, a move that will generate $400 million for affordable housing in a decade. The fee is paid by developers when building office space to offset the cost of affordable housing. Supervisor Matt Haney, who authored the legislation, initially proposed doubling the fee from $28.57 per square foot to $69.60. The supervisors approved a rate of $52.20. San Francisco Examiner


We’re No. 2! We’re No. 2!

San Francisco has the second costliest daily commute of the top 100 large cities in the country, according to a study by online lending company LendingTree. NBC

San Francisco has the second highest density of homes with solar panels, according to a new analysis by data science company Cape Analytics that used artificial intelligence and aerial imagery. Axios

The Neighborhoods


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“I want another tweet to happen, but I also really don’t want it to happen.”

San Francisco Chronicle’s Peter Hartlaub reexamines the perfect and only tweet sent by the beloved diner Red’s Java House. San Francisco Chronicle


Forest Hill

The Board of Supervisors approved a $100,000 settlement with the California Department of Public Health over an incident in 2014 that led to the death of a patient at Laguna Honda Hospital. The City Attorney filed a lawsuit over the $100,000 citation that the hospital received in 2016 because it downgraded its classification rating from AA to A.
San Francisco Examiner


Golden Gate Park

“It’s an honor to be part of bringing horses back to this park. The horses seem to bring back a spirit that has been missing.”

The San Francisco Recreation and Park Department announced that Chaparral Ranch will open the first horseback riding concession in Golden Gate Park in nearly two decades. Giddyup. SFGate


China Basin

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Meet Bow-K, the popular on-the-go watering hole at the San Francisco CalTrain station where commuters pick up beer, wine and liquor. Its quirky name derives from its first business model: a flower shop. (Bouquet. Get it?) SFGate


South of Market

All eyes will be on the tip of Salesforce Tower after dark. The question is: Will Sauron’s all-seeing eye be on it? Jim Campbell, the artist who programs the skscraper’s LED display, is planning a surprise for us.
Curbed San Francisco



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Mayor London Breed, Supervisor Matt Haney and community members celebrated the completion of the rehabilitation of 350 Ellis St. Named Ellis Gardens, the 1970-built complex has 96 affordable units for seniors and adults with disabilities. San Francisco Examiner


Potrero Hill

General Hospital is seeking help identifying a male, assumed to be in his 30s, who brought him in from 9th and Mission streets at 4 a.m. on Oct. 17. How he was injured is unclear. ABC

The Columnists
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Robyn Purchia, Green Space: Are Political Flyers Worth The Waste They Produce?

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Joe Fitzgerald Rodriguez, On Guard: Supervisor Vallie Brown Apologizes For Falsely Claiming Former Tenant Didn’t Pay Rent

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Phil Matier: Everyone Wants To Fix PG&E. And Everyone — Taxpayers — Will Be Paying For It

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Heather Knight, On San Francisco: San Francisco Teacher’s Housing Nightmare: Waking At 3:30 a.m. To Drive From Sacramento Home

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Kelly Dessaint, I Drive SF: The High Cost Of Living In California Isn’t Just Financial