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February 19, 2019

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Bruce Bochy at Dodger Stadium on April 4, 2011.

Yesterday, San Francisco Giants Manager Bruce Bochy, 63, announced that the 2019 season will be his last at spring training in Scottsdale, Arizona.

In 2007, Bochy joined the San Francisco Giants as manager after 12 years with the San Diego Padres. In 2010, his leadership led to the franchise to winning its first World Series since moving west. The team would go on to win again in 2012 and 2014.

The 2019 season will put a cap on a 44-year career in baseball.

The question isn’t if Bochy will be missed, but what the Giants and City Hall will name after him. Curbed San Francisco

The San Francisco Department of Public Works is under investigation by the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health, the watchdog agency better known as Cal/OSHA, for the way it hauls away garbage.

NBC Bay Area reporters tailed street cleaning crews for three weeks and witnessed more than a hundred trucks carry loads such as mattresses and furniture without suspending items as required by state law and the department’s own manual. A review of public records found that Public Works vehicles exceeded maximum allowable weight limits on at least 606 occasions.

Public Works Director Mohammed Nuru said the department is considering changing its practices. Two street cleaners, who claimed to have alerted the department about the issue five years ago, said they have filed complaints with the city and state.


As the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission prepares to triple the number of customers in its municipal electricity program CleanPowerSF, the surprise opportunity to purchase Pacific Gas & Electric’s equipment and infrastructure has moved into the foreground. If the SFPUC became independent, The City could invest the estimated $300 million San Franciscans annually pay for electricity transmission and distribution toward improving and expanding its electrical system and meeting its clean-energy goals. Barbara Hale, SFPUC assistant general manager, said PG&E appears to be willing to consider offers.


Last week, the Planning Commission unanimously recommended legislation to give approved nonprofit housing operators a better chance at buying residential buildings with at least three units or vacant lots. The legislation, named the Community Opportunity to Purchase Act, would give those nonprofits the right of first refusal, allowing them 30 days to match offers made by private buyers and an opportunity to match those made by the general public. Property owners would still be allowed to reject any offer.


“I think the American people could not do better.”

Gov. Gavin Newsom has given an early endorsement to former San Francisco District Attorney and current U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) for her bid for the White House.


A San Francisco Public Utilities Commission review of 53 public projects found Pacific Gas & Electric cost taxpayers $4.6 million by making unreasonable requirements for the use of its infrastructure, and cost SFPUC $3.6 million in lost ratepayer revenue. In one incident, a pool renovation took 19 months longer because of a dispute with the bankrupt utility.


In the next few months, Ollie, a 9-year-old Bornean orangutan, will leave his family at the Erie Zoo in Pennsylvania for the San Francisco Zoo, where he will join a mating program. The Bornean orangutan, an endangered species, numbers between 45,000 to 69,000 in the wild.


In 2017, the San Francisco Police Department received 31,000 auto break-in reports — a spike unparalleled in recent memory. Last year, smash-and-grabs declined 17 percent to 26,000 reports, and this year’s numbers appear to maintain the downward trend.


Last year, the San Francisco Police Department received a total of 537 reports of stolen bicycles, a 25 percent decline from the 717 bicycle thefts reported in 2017.

San Francisco Bicycle Coalition Executive Director Brian Wiedenmeier credits Neighborhood Property Crime Units while an SFPD spokesperson pointed to the increased number in patrols and footbeats. Without citing evidence, a San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency spokesperson suggested bicycle theft was decreasing due to the expansion of bike racks across The City and the rise of tech-enabled bike rental services such as Ford GoBike.

The Neighborhoods


Last week, the San Francisco Bay Area Water Emergency Transportation Authority opened Gate F just south of the Ferry Building. The second of two new ferry gates, it serves passengers on the new Richmond ferry route and the Harbor View route.

+ On Saturday, the Navy commissioned its newest warship, the 3,200-ton, 421-foot-long littoral combat ship Tulsa, at Pier 30/32. San Francisco Chronicle


Haight Ashbury

Fittingly, the San Francisco Planning Commission authorized the first legal cannabis dispensary permit on a commercial corridor synonymous with cannabis — Haight Street. Cole Ashbury Group, the company that will open a storefront on the 1600 block of Haight Street, is also the first to be approved to operate under new cannabis equity laws.



Allied Dogpatch and Potrero Hill neighborhood groups are contending that a strip of grass under U.S. Interstate 280, at 23rd and Iowa Streets, should be used for green space. But the San Francisco-Marin Food Bank, which received a 50-year lease extension on the strip from the California Transportation Commission in October, plans to park dozens of its trucks there, enabling the organization to increase its food distribution to San Franciscans by 29 percent, to 70 million pounds.



Two residents have appealed the decision to grant the Outside Lands Music and Arts Festival a 10-year permit extension, citing frequent noise complaints. They have asked the permit be reduced to three years and that The City adopt outdoor noise standards.


South of Market

The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art will sell at auction an untitled work by the artist Mark Rothko. Proceeds from the sale of the 1960 artwork, expected to fetch $35 million to $50 million, will go toward enhancing and diversifying the museum’s collection.



After a yearlong investigation into who owns a vacant property between 22nd Street and Treat Avenue, The City sent a $17,425.57 unpaid tax bill to the Southern Pacific Transportation Company, a company that no longer exists. Neighbors are advocating for the property to serve as open space.


Financial District

When it opened in 1927, 111 Sutter St. stood The City’s fourth-tallest building and would accommodate late San Francisco Mayor Joseph Alioto’s law offices and the FBI. Last week, it sold for $227 million, or $775 per square foot.


Twin Peaks

The property owner who illegally demolished his Twin Peaks home to build property three times bigger — and was then ordered by The City to build a replica — is crying foul. Florida-based Ross Johnston is suing San Francisco in both state and federal court, alleging that the Planning Commission’s December decision violated his civil rights.

The Columnists
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Denise Sullivan, S.F. Lives: An Artist Wired for Humanity

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Joe Eskenazi: How to Not Build in San Francisco: Maximus and the So-Called ‘Monster in the Mission’

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Heather Knight, On San Francisco: San Francisco General Pauses Exorbitant Bills, But Canceling All Old Ones Would Be Better

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Joe Fitzgerald Rodriguez, On Guard: Newsom Taps Head of San Francisco Cannabis Office for State Role

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Phil Matier: A’s Ballpark Proposal Encounters Choppy Waters

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Willie Brown, Willie’s World: Time is Running Out for Trump to Make Good on 2016 Bluster

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Carl Nolte, Native Son: Lucca Ravioli’s Closure Marks Another Farewell to Old San Francisco

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