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May 16, 2017

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Bryan Carmody

The fallout from the no-knock raid on journalist Bryan Carmody’s home, office and car to find out who in the police department leaked a report about the death of public defender Jeff Adachi continues.

District One Supervisor Sandra Lee Fewer revealed that Chief Bill Scott told her the judges who signed the search warrant were aware that its target was a person with “journalistic or media background” despite California’s Shield Law which protects journalists from being forced to divulge confidential sources. San Francisco Examiner

Mayor London Breed backed the police department’s tactics. "Our role is to follow the law, and the judges ultimately make the decisions," Breed said. "They made the decision. And so at this point, you know, I support their decision." KQED

At last night’s Police Commission meeting, Police Chief Bill Scott told the commissioners that the department “went through an appropriate legal process” to acquire the search warrant for the raids. Mission Local

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Wikimedia Commons

The City is a step closer to buying bankrupt Pacific Gas & Electric’s power grid. On Monday, the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission released a report commissioned by Mayor London Breed to identifying ways to decrease The City’s dependence on the private utility. It found that acquiring the transmission lines and other equipment would be a long process but ultimately it would increase the likelihood of The city reaching its goal of being 100 percent carbon neutral by 2030. The cost would be a few billion dollars, comparable to the SFPUC’s sewer system improvement project.

  

About 730 San Francisco tobacco retailers would be negatively impacted or close if The City enacts a ban on e-cigarettes, analysis by The City shows. The ban, proposed by City Attorney Dennis Herrera and District 10 Supervisor Shamann Walton, is a bid to prevent youth vaping, and would last until the U.S. Food and Drug Administration regulates e-cigarettes. “A lot of these stores were thriving before e-cigarettes,” Walton said. “If we work together, they’ll continue to thrive. But it’s more important to keep our young people safe.”

  
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SFMTA

The The City’s latest report card is in. On Monday, the City Controller's Office released the 2019 survey of more than 2,200 phone interviews with San Franciscans. Overall, The City was given a B- by its residents. Yes, Muni barely received a passing grade.

  

After a seven-month hiatus, the San Francisco Police Department convened a meeting of a working group to update its anti-bias policy for ensuring that everyone is treated equally by police officers. “Your input is important, but we still write the policy,” Commander Teresa Ewins told the diverse group of participants, setting off frustrations once again that the police are not responsive to recommendations. The working group will meet every second Monday.

  
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SFMOMA

An examination of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art underwriters shows its galleries and open spaces are paid for by donors with investments in munitions and ties to the Trump administration. Yet unlike similar institutions on the east coast, MOMA does not appear to be taking flak from critics and suffering from protests and agitation by its employees.

  

Following the lead of tens of other cities, Supervisors Sandra Lee Fewer and Vallie Brown jointly introduced legislation Tuesday to create a five-member Office of Racial Equity under the Human Rights Commission. The office would be responsible for analyzing legislation for its impact on racial equity, assisting city departments in creating racial equity plans that address racial disparities and issuing a report grading efforts around racial equity every two years.

  
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San Francisco became the first city in the country to ban the use of facial recognition software. The enacting legislation also requires all government agencies to disclose surveillance technology already in use. As District Three Supervisor Aaron Peskin praised the coalition that helped him draft and pass the law, public safety advocates called the ban premature, claiming The City will lose out on the benefit of the technology as it advances over time. The ban does not apply to the use of the technology by the federal government at the San Francisco International Airport and the Port of San Francisco.

  
The Neighborhoods

North Beach

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SFPD

Oliver Barcenas, a 28-year-old man who was shot in the back while running from Officer Joshua Cabillo on June 9 on the corner of Grant Avenue and Vallejo Street, sued the officer who shot him, the police department and the County of San Francisco for excessive force, among other charges for $25,000. Barcenas was shot by an officer in another incident in 2012.

  

Mission

Opposition appears to be mounting for the creation of a Green Benefits District covering the 90 blocks surrounding Dolores Park. A GBD is a special use district is created when property owners vote to assess themselves to fund maintenance and other services. Supporters believe the park requires extra attention while opponents seem to be studying two GBDs that failed to take root elsewhere in The City.

  

Richmond/Sunset

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SFRPD

Outside Lands, the three-day music and arts festival held in Golden Gate Park, announced its 2019 lineup will feature Twenty One Pilots on Friday, Childish Gambino on Saturday and Paul Simon on Sunday. Single-day tickets go on sale today.

  

Hayes Valley

Neighbors living near the Brazilian steakhouse Espetus allege the eatery fouls their air, forcing them to spend thousands of dollars on equipment to capture the smoke that wafts into their apartments. The Planning Department issued a notice of violation. But the restaurant operator says it’s not an easy fix.

  

Mission

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Animal Care and Control

Yesterday, Animal Care and Control groundbreaking ceremony for a new shelter at 1419 Bryant St., a 1894-built Market Street Railway facility obtained from the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency in a property swap. The $76.5 million project will be completed in 2021. Some 10,000 creatures cycle through the system each year.

  

Visitacion Valley

Last month, the Cow Palace Board of Directors voted to discontinue all gun shows starting Jan. 1, 2020 after state lawmakers put forth legislation to change its governance structure. The move was hailed as a significant step in preventing gun violence. Now the venue’s proponents are afraid lawmakers will change the governance anyway to turn it into housing.

  

Hayes Valley

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Dana Albany

A new statue is on its way. “Tara Mechani,” a 17-foot sculpture by San Francisco-based artist Dana Albany first displayed two years ago at Burning Man will be placed on Patricia’s Green on June 4, replacing Charles Gadeken's large light sculpture “Squared.”

  

South of Market

A total of $390,000 has been approved by the San Francisco County Transportation Authority Board for the installation of a protected bike lane along the stretch of Howard Street where 30-year-old Berkeley resident Tess Rothstein was struck and killed by a truck driver in March.

  
The Columnists
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Joe Fitzgerald Rodriguez, On Guard: JUUL Files Ballot Measure to Block Vape Ban

  
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Joe Eskenazi: Jeff Adachi: The SFPD’s Heavy-Handed Raid of a Freelance Cameraman is Already Backfiring

  
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Tim Redmond: Some Perspective on the Raid on a Reporter’s House

  
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Phil Matier: Traveling by Car to Warriors’ New San Francisco Chase Center Could Earn Drivers a Foul

  
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Heather Knight, On San Francisco: A Year After Calling His Own City Filthy — San Francisco Tourism Chief Sees Some Improvement

  
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Robyn Purchia, Green Space: How to Get Off the Path Toward Mass Extinction

  
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Kelly Dessaint, I Drive SF: Just Another Wednesday Night in San Francisco

  
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Broke-Ass Stuart, Broke-Ass City: Why So Many San Francisco Storefronts are Empty

  
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Jaya Padmanabhan, In Brown Type: Gilmore Girls and What’s Needed for the Growing Numbers of Single Mothers