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October 29, 2019

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To aid those evacuating from the Sonoma County Kincade Fire, San Francisco opened a temporary disaster shelter at St. Mary's Cathedral. Mayor London Breed made a proclamation Sunday declaring a local emergency to provide mutual aid to the forces combating the wildfire and effects. The Board of Supervisors has seven days to ratify the proclamation. KTVU | San Francisco Examiner

A roundup of how to help Kincade Fire victims. Hoodline

An explainer of the worsening wildfires. CalMatters

Air quality index map. SFGate


San Francisco’s elections for district attorney and district 5 supervisor will be the only competitive races on the Nov. 5 ballot. Reports filed with the Ethics Commission published Thursday show how much money has been spent campaigning up to Oct. 19. The results will shape the Board of Supervisors' political makeup and decide San Francisco's top prosecutor. San Francisco Chronicle |
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Former DA George Gascon announced his run for Los Angeles DA. San Francisco Examiner

Sen. Bernie Sanders endorsed DA candidate Chesa Boudin. San Francisco Examiner


“Everything I can see by it — the handwriting, the date, the numbers all correspond with others that we have seen.”

A bartender paid $1,000 for a promissory note claimed to belong to San Francisco's famed eccentric Emperor Joshua Norton. It’s apparently real, the 40th known note of its type from the late 19th century and worth $15,000. The co-owner of Emperor Norton's Boozeland who bought it held a viewing party Sunday. NBC


“If they don’t make changes that satisfy our concerns, we will sue.”

Dog owners are protesting a rule that establishes more dog-walking restrictions in the park lands of San Francisco, San Mateo and Marin counties. It allows National Park Service authorities to wield more power when citing and fining dog owners, and when impounding their pets. Other requirements include leashing dogs on stairwells at Ocean Beach and at several areas of Fort Funston. Park officials claim that the change to their biannual rulebook was so small, it didn’t warrant a public comment; hundreds submitted one anyway. San Francisco Examiner


“The idea that someone would hold a transformative measure like Faster Bay Area hostage to try to force a governance change — it puzzles me.”

Two San Francisco supervisors are opposing a $100 billion ballot measure that would fund enormous transportation projects, like extending Caltrain to downtown San Francisco and creating a second BART Transbay Tube. Supervisors Shamann Walton and Aaron Peskin said Tuesday that they’d only consider supporting the November 2020 measure if Caltrain is separated from the San Mateo County Transit District. The supervisors said San Francisco and Santa Clara counties should possess more control over the leadership and operations at Caltrain San Francisco Chronicle

Separately, the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency has failed to meet its self-imposed deadlines to hold Lyft accountable for its lack of electric bikes.
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In 2014, Tagalog, the language of the Philippines, was made San Francisco’s official third language under the Language Access Ordinance, giving city government services one year to add it to their services offerings. A new study has found that Tagalog is not as widely delivered as it should be leaving many monolingual speakers without basic information. The report outlines many solutions for City Hall to comply with the ordinance. 48hills


“I have about 10 friends who are dead from smoking this — and not just from fentanyl being in it — and someday that will probably be me.”

City officials announced plans last week for a methamphetamine sobering center to move addicts off the street and combat the homeless community’s worsening meth epidemic. Physicians are calling it the hardest drug to quit, and one without any effective medical treatment. Meth-related deaths have quintupled citywide between 2008 and 2018, according to the Department of Public Health.
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The Neighborhoods

Potrero Hill

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For two years the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency has been planning a 525-unit housing development over its bus yard at 17th and Bryant streets that itself will undergo a $400 million renovation. The developer for the housing project, which will be 50% affordable units, will be selected in 2020. San Francisco Examiner


Western Addition

“She put my family in the position of being in poverty. She ended up ruining my childhood.”

Mission Local’s Joe Eskenazi tracked down more tenants evicted by District 5 Supervisor Vallie Brown in the 1990s. Brown is in the midst of a fierce competition to retain her elected office against tenants rights attorney Dean Preston. Mission Local


Haight Ashbury

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An undated photo of Park Branch Library.

The Park Branch Library is celebrating its 110th anniversary Saturday with an open house, birthday cake, crafts, live music and more. It was the fifth branch of the Public Library’s neighborhood branches built. Hoodline


Hunters Point

A lawyer for embattled U.S. Navy contractor Tetra Tech last week asked that U.S. District Judge James Donato recuse himself from 23 lawsuits claiming widespread fraud in the $1 billion cleanup of a radiation-contaminated Hunters Point Shipyard on the grounds of bias in related criminal cases. Donato said the claim against him “borders on the frivolous.” Courthouse News


Parnassus Heights

UC San Francisco wants to reimagine its Parnassus Campus. Its vision: Adding another 1.5 million square feet of space. For context, that’s three Transamerica Pyramids. The university is seeking approval from state overseers to make its dream a reality. However, some neighbors believe the planning has run roughshod over them. SF Weekly



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Planning Department

The Planning Commission rejected the appeal of a planned 193-unit housing development despite concerns about gentrification and an inadequate environmental review study. “If we have true displacement issues, we need to start having conversations at the state level,” Commissioner Dennis Richards said. Curbed San Francisco


Forest Hill

“He was being turned into a joke by them and he didn’t even know it.”

A disabled man among 130 patients impacted by the abuse scandal at Laguna Honda Hospital has filed the first lawsuit against City Hall in what will be an ongoing imbroglio. San Francisco Examiner

The Columnists
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Denise Sullivan, S.F. Lives: A Dancer On A Mission

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Tim Redmond: Guess Who’s A Lawyer For The City’s Worst Planning Scofflaw? (Hint: He Writes For The Chronicle)

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Carl Nolte, Native Son: There’s A San Francisco City — And A San Francisco County. Here’s Where To See The County

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Willie Brown, Willie’s World: Want To Impeach Trump? Then Open The Doors, Democrats

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Phil Matier: What’s A New BART Boss To Do? Ask The Riders What’s Bugging Them

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Heather Knight, On San Francisco: Bold San Francisco Drug-Injection Site Plan Faces Just One Big Hurdle: Trump