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September 26, 2019

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“This is a public health and public safety crisis, deaths are skyrocketing, and our residents, especially those in the Tenderloin and South of Market, are feeling the awful impacts of this lack of action. We need an emergency response now.”

Supervisor Matt Haney introduced a resolution to the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday that calls on the Department of Public Health to develop an emergency plan that would drastically improve City Hall’s response to the growing number of people using drugs, suffering from psychosis or overdosing. The supervisors will hold a hearing on the subject in coming weeks. San Francisco Examiner

  

“These people are creating scooter-geddon part two.”

Once San Francisco's pilot electric scooter program ends Oct. 15, four companies will receive permits to roll out their e-scooters in San Francisco. The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency will allow Scoot, Spin, Lime and Jump to each rent out 1,000 scooters initially, with a potential to increase the number to 2,500 per company if they abide by SFMTA requirements. New regulations include only allowing 40% of company fleets to exist downtown and requiring companies to hire employees rather than independent contractors when fixing or redistributing the e-scooters. San Francisco Examiner

  

Two months of negotiations fell through between Mayor London Breed and supervisors Hillary Ronen and Matt Haney over a proposal to overhaul San Francisco’s mental health care system. The supervisors’ proposed ballot measure would provide to city residents more mental health care workers and free 24/7 access to a new mental health care facility. It would also change how The City coordinates care and creates treatment plans. San Francisco spends almost $400 million annually on mental health and addiction treatment while thousands who hope with those problems still lack sufficient care. San Francisco Chronicle

The Department of Public Health unveiled an online tool that tracks the availability of 4,000 behavioral health beds in the system. SFBay

  

The Board of Supervisors, in their capacity as directors of the County Transportation Authority, questioned Caltrain officials about the completion date of the rail line’s $2.26 billion electrification project after a construction contractor warned of a year or longer delay. “[T]he best policy any agency can have in the delivery of very complex capital projects is to be honest and forthright with the public and decision makers,” Supervisor Aaron Peskin said.
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As of August, the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency’s new light-rail vehicles are breaking down after 8,000 miles of service, up 4,700 miles from when they were purchased. San Francisco Examiner

  
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Chief of Police Bill Scott promoted longtime police officer Michael Redmond to assistant police chief. The San Francisco Examiner uncovered that Redmond was accused of two hit-and-runs, one of which led to criminal charges in San Mateo County in the 1990s. He was also placed on a confidential list of officers with possible credibility issues in 2011. “I am not proud of my actions 22 years ago, and I have worked every day since to be a better man, a better father and a better officer,” Redmond said.
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Mayor London Breed issued a statement of support for Assistant Police Chief Redmond.
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Elected officials decried the U.S. Census Bureau’s plan to eliminate bilingual paper forms for the upcoming census, a move that could lead to an undercount in some communities and lower federal funding for local services. “For the over 300,000 San Franciscans who lack access to smartphones and digital tools, high-speed technology, who face language and physical barriers and who are fearful and distrustful of the government, the census will be intimidating and difficult,” said Adrienne Pon, executive director of the Office of Civic Engagement and Immigrant Affairs at a rally on the steps of City Hall. San Francisco Examiner

  
The Neighborhoods

Financial District

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Climate activists blocked traffic on Montgomery Street between Pine and Sacramento streets and on California Street from Sansome to Kearny streets as well as access to the offices of major banks early Wednesday morning in a protest called the "Strike for Climate Justice." They also painted a mural on Montgomery Street. Hoodline | SFGate

  

Treasure Island

The San Francisco Fire Department has five years to find a new location for its training center where life-saving skills will be practiced. Developers will take over the current site in 2024 to create a new residential neighborhood on the island, leaving City Hall with the task of finding a 7-to 9-acre replacement. KTVU

  

Mission

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MX3 Ventures, a developer that won approval to build a 60-unit apartment building in July, is facing opposition from a neighborhood group that claims the project threatens the neighborhood’s character. Our Mission No Eviction is appealing the project over inadequate soil studies and lack of infrastructure. Mission Local

  

Excelsior

The Board of Supervisors Budget and Finance Committee approved a $12 million loan to help subsidize a 130-unit affordable housing project at the site of the shuttered Valente Marini Perata and Co. Funeral Home. The loan comes from a fund that developers pay into instead of providing on-site affordable housing. Supervisor Ahsha Safaí called it the district's first opportunity to have a 100% affordable housing project. San Francisco Examiner

  

Bayview

San Francisco-based artist Brooke Fancher’s mural “Tazuri Watu” was restored with a grant from City Hall. The 1987 artwork, located at the intersection of 3rd and Palou streets, shows the neighborhood’s African American community, from preachers to performance artists. Hoodline

  

Mission

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BART installed an $4,661 stone bench at the 16th and Mission BART plaza to replace seats that were removed when the plaza underwent thermal cleaning. The awkward 3,900-pound chunk of stone appears extremely uncomfortable to sleep on, but BART Board of Directors member Bevan Dufty — formerly San Francisco's homeless czar — said BART did not install the bench to deter homeless people from sleeping on it. Mission Local

  

Chinatown

Supervisor Aaron Peskin and Mayor London Breed asked the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency to fund Chinatown in response to the delayed opening of the Central Subway project. Peskin said the agency owes $2 million. The money would help activate the neighborhood amid the ongoing construction, which merchants have called detrimental to business. San Francisco Chronicle

  
The Columnists
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Robyn Purchia, Green Space: San Francisco Schools District Unfairly Discourages Students From Joining Climate Strike Protests

  
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Joe Fitzgerald Rodriguez, On Guard: JUUL Drops $7 Million More Into Pro-Vape San Francisco Ballot Measure

  
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Phil Matier: San Francisco OK With Boulders On Small Street To Keep Out Camps, Drug Dealers

  
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Heather Knight, On San Francisco: Why The Chase Center Is A Slam Dunk For Inclusion In The New 49 Mile Scenic Route

  
Since You're Here ...

What I'm Reading: "Fillmore Revisited — How Redevelopment Tore Through the Western Addition," an excerpt from "Ten Years That Shook the City: San Francisco 1968-1978," published by the San Francisco Public Press.

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