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May 9, 2019

Good Thursday!

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SFGOV

A bid to build 2,000 affordable housing units over the next four years may hit the ballot this November. The proposal, which asks for a $500 million bond, will require two-thirds of the city vote should the Board of Supervisors place it on the ballot. Although the figures are subject to change, city officials on Tuesday laid out their spending plans, which include:

—$210 million toward "shovel-ready" affordable housing to begin within four years.
—$150 million to repair and rebuild dilapidated government-owned public housing.
—$90 million for building and acquiring housing for seniors$30 million to rehabilitate or obtain affordable housing at risk of no longer being affordable due to a sale or poor condition
—$20 million for middle-income housing, such as down payment assistance loans.

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SFGOV

Marie Harrison, an environmental activist known for her tireless advocacy in Bayview-Hunters Point, died Saturday. “All she wanted was for us to have a fighting chance to live without worrying about the water or the air,” said Leaotis Martin, an organizer and friend of Harrison.

  

On Monday, a large crowd rallied on the steps of City Hall to protest District Three Supervisor Aaron Peskin’s reintroduction of a resolution to name a forthcoming subway station in Chinatown after the late community organizer Rose Pak. The protesters, mainly comprising members of the Falun Gon group, said Pak discriminated against them, referring to when she banned the Falun Gon from the Chinese New Year Parade in 2006 for distributing leaflets.

  
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Pabst Brewing Company

More than 20 years after the brand disappeared from grocer and corner store shelves, the Pabst Brewing Company is reviving Lucky Lager, its San Francisco beer brand first brewed in Bayview back in the 1930s. The beer will be manufactured at 21st Amendment's San Leandro brewery.

  

San Francisco could become the first city in the U.S. to ban facial recognition software. The legislation would also require city departments to receive approval from the Board of Supervisors before obtaining or using surveillance technology. It will go to the full board for a vote on May 14. KRON | San Francisco Examiner

On Tuesday, businesses refusing cash were banned. San Francisco joins Philadelphia and New Jersey in outlawing the discriminatory practice of only taking credit card. San Francisco Examiner | SFGate

  
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SFMTA

Transit officials revealed that Muni’s 13-hour light-rail shutdown in April was preventable. A routine inspection had failed to catch a defective connector holding together two pieces of overhead wire, one of which fell down and wrapped around a train's antennae. About 1,000 feet of wiring got pulled out. San Francisco Examiner | SFBay

Following a series of crises to beset Muni, transit officials on Tuesday presented a plan to upgrade Muni services on a host of bus lines. The 7-Haight/Noriega, 38-Geary Rapid and 27-Bryant are among them. San Francisco Chronicle

  

With no other vendor available, the San Francisco Board of Education unanimously approved a new $11.5 million contract with Revolution Foods, which provides meals for the entire school district. Two weeks earlier, the board took issue with the quality of the food and protested by not renewing its contract.

  
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“The prosecutor who tried — twice — to send me to prison for life for a crime I did not commit still has her job. Now she is a managing attorney in the San Francisco district attorney’s office. None of the police officers involved in framing me were disciplined in any way.”

Jamal Trulove, who appeared on VH1’s “I Love New York” reality television show, was wrongfully convicted of murdering his friend in the Sunnydale public housing and served six years in prison. Now he is advocating for voters to carefully examine the candidates for district attorney.

  

“I have to work two or three times more to pay bills when last year it was fine,” Rafael Gorden, a San Francisco Uber driver, said.

Ahead of San Francisco-based ride-service company Uber entering public markets on Friday, drivers for Uber, Lyft and other ride-hail companies in 10 cities held a strike at noon Wednesday to raise awareness of their decreasing wages and lack of job security.

  
The Neighborhoods

Fillmore

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SFGOV

Once again, the Fillmore Heritage Center is closed. Residents and merchants are frustrated that the neighborhood’s anchor tenant is not drawing needed foot traffic. And that City Hall’s bid to assist nonprofits to activate the complex earlier this year was underfunded.

  

Sunset

On Tuesday, Lowell High School students went to City Hall to advocate for a Muni 29-Rapid bus at the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency Board of Directors meeting. They argued that 29-Sunset makes students late, and may even deter students from enrolling.

  

Richmond

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SF Weekly

Although a San Francisco Unified School District working group determined a historic but controversial 13-panel fresco at Washington High School should be removed, the federal General Service Administration is checking to see if it is the actual owner of the artwork.

  

Marina

City slickers will be able to get a little country at Westwood, a new bar that will open in the Stock and Trade sports bar space later this month. The bar will be complete with a mechanical bull.

  

Mission

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SFMTA
Rendering of red carpet lanes on Mission Street.

Mission District activists are opposing the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency’s plan to install bus-only red lanes on 16th Street. Merchants believe it will harm their businesses and that the transit agency did not perform thorough community outreach when it made the decision to install the lanes.

  

South of Market

The Board of Supervisors is on track to direct the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency to rename Gilbert Street to Jeff Adachi Way in honor of the late public defender who died suddenly in February.

  

Tenderloin

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SFGOV

About 150 people packed Tenderloin Community School on Monday night for a neighborhood town hall meeting with Mayor London Breed. Residents called for continuous advocacy and services for the homeless, particularly those coping with a mental illness.

  

Marina

Don’t blame it on the alcohol. The Brick Yard, a sports bar and grill on Union Street, intends to close. Co-owner Ryan Wager cited the losing Giants and 49ers — along with high rent and labor costs — as factors for its shuttering.

  
The Columnists
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Tim Redmond: Uber’s Plans Include Attacking Public Transit

  
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Heather Knight, On San Francisco: Cancer-Stricken Teacher Charged for Sub’s Wages

  
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Phil Matier: In Oakland, Money Intended to be Used for This Being Used for That So Lights Stay On

  
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Robyn Purchia, Green Space: Plan for Wireless Antenna Draws Neighborhood Opposition

  
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Kelly Dessaint, I Drive SF: Seeking a Temple of the Familiar

  
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Broke-Ass Stuart, Broke-Ass City: Make Your Mother Proud: Help Free Black Mamas