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February 7, 2019

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District One Supervisor Sandra Lee Fewer speaks on the steps of City Hall.

A deal has been struck — but not finalized — for how to spend nearly a quarter billion dollars returned to The City by the state in November.

After four hours of public testimony, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors Budget and Finance Committee developed a plan to spend $185 million of Education Revenue Augmentation Fund money on teacher and early care educator raises and homeless services. An additional $52 million was taken from The City’s rainy-day reserve fund and earmarked for teacher and early care educator salaries in fiscal year 2020-21, bringing the deal’s grand total to $237 million.

“As committee chair, I'm thrilled that we have consensus to fund so many urgent needs,” District One Supervisor and Budget and Finance Committee Chair Sandra Lee Fewer tweeted after the meeting.

The Board of Supervisors is expected to adopt the spending plan on Tuesday.

On Wednesday, San Francisco Police Department homicide investigators held a press conference to release new information about the “Doodler” killer, who they believe killed five gay men in the 1970s. Police revealed an age progression sketch of the suspect based on a 1975 forensic sketch, and played audio from a 1974 call to police dispatch reporting a body on Ocean Beach.


Mayor London Breed is playing hardball with the Giants over rumors of the organization’s negotiations with the Raiders to share Oracle Park for the 2019 season. The City sent the Giants a schedule of fees they would incur from hosting large-scale events to discourage them from partnering with the Raiders. The fees would pay for a variety of services, such as police overtime and traffic mitigation by the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency.


Beloved Twitter personality “Karl the Fog” has been a cipher since 2010 when it began posting popular tweets about Bay Area weather and amassing 355,000 followers. But fans will get a closer look when a book detailing his or her life as the San Francisco fog is released in May.


On the heels of the district attorney’s dismissal of a case because the Sheriff's Department destroyed evidence and botched investigations into allegations that sheriff’s deputies forced inmates to fight each other, Public Defender Jeff Adachi and District 10 Supervisor Shamann Walton wrote a powerful editorial calling for new oversight and a Board of Supervisors hearing.


On Monday, Assemblymember Susan Eggman, D-Stockton, and State Sen. Scott Wiener, D-San Francisco, reintroduced legislation to create a three-year safe injection pilot program in The City. They are relying on Gov. Gavin Newsom to support the bill. Former Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed the first version of the bill in October.


On Tuesday, District Nine Supervisor Hillary Ronen introduced legislation that would require the San Francisco International Airport to put “Harvey Milk Terminal” in big, bold letters and “Terminal 1” in smaller letters below. The current proposal calls for the opposite.


Amid sexual assault and harassment allegations within the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency have come under investigation, SFMTA Director of Transportation Ed Reiskin sent an email to all 6,000 staff on Monday stating Director of Human Resources Don Ellison had his “last day in the office” after more than 30 years there. The letter did not state why.

In October, Mayor London Breed appointed an ombudsperson to investigate the agency’s practices for handling sensitive complaints after the San Francisco Examiner reported that employees' experiences with allegations of sexual exploitation and groping were not being properly addressed.

+ The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency Board of Directors revised plans for spending $38 million from the Educational Revenue Augmentation Fund. Instead of only accelerating the replacement of old Muni trains, $19.3 million will be used to acquire new trains, nearly $14 million will go to energy efficiency programs and $5 million will go to construction mitigation for small businesses. SFBay

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Yesterday, a construction crew installing fiber-optic equipment underground ruptured a high-pressure gas line, sparking a fiery blast that damaged five buildings. Pacific Gas and Electric spent two hours shutting off gas lines. No injuries were reported.


Mission Bay

Dubs fans rejoice. Construction of the Chase Center, the future home of the Golden State Warriors, can be watched via live webcam on the Chase Center site. The stadium is being readied for the 2020 season.


Hunters Point

The California Department of Public Health cleared a key section of Hunters Point Shipyard known as Parcel A-1 of “any anomalies that would be detrimental to one’s health condition.” However, tests and investigations of nearby parcels are ongoing.



The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency Board of Directors made a controversial decision to ban oversize vehicles. Later this month, RVs will be prohibited from parking on University Street. Homeless advocates said the people living in these vans — some of them children — have nowhere to go as all city shelters are waitlisted.



Today, the Planning Commission will hold a hearing for a controversial 331-unit housing development dubbed by opponents the “Monster in the Mission.” Developer Maximus Real Estate Partners will present its latest proposal and take feedback from the community. Four hours have been allocated for public comment alone.



On Friday, Aria Sa'id began leading Compton’s Transgender Cultural District, a first-of-its-kind organization named after the historic Compton’s Cafeteria riot. Sa'id plans to create a social enterprise program to provide jobs to members of the LGBTQIIA+ community and those with multiple barriers to employment.


South of Market

At Tuesday’s Board of Supervisors meeting, small business owners and nonprofit operators voiced concern over the assessments they would pay as members of the SoMa West Community Benefit District, a proposed special tax district to fund quality of life and safety services. District Six Supervisor Matt Haney, who supports the district, asked to postpone a vote authorizing it until a solution is found that may reduce fees for nonprofits that operate affordable housing and other services.

The Columnists
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Robyn Purchia, Green Space: Breaking Out of the Single-Family House Mold

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Joe Eskenazi: San Francisco Board of Supervisors Advances Consensus Plan to Spend $185 Million in ‘Windfall’ Funds

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Phil Matier: BART, Amtrak Assess Building New Shared Transbay Crossing

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Heather Knight, On San Francisco: Mayor’s Call for Housing Seeks to Speed Glacial Pace

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Jaya Padmanabhan, In Brown Type: The Shape of Kamala Harris’ Identity

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Tim Redmond: Another Step Toward a Public Bank

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Broke-Ass Stuart, Broke-Ass City: Organization Helps Low-Income and Temporary Workers Make it Through the Rough Spots

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Kelly Dessaint, I Drive SF: A Ride for Everyone