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Victim advocates claim the San Francisco Police Department failed to release incident reports related to domestic violence and sexual assault survivors in accordance with state law.

The California Family Code requires that reports to be handed over to survivors of sexual assault and domestic v, victims of human trafficking, stalking and elder abuse within five days. These records are necessary for court procedures like obtaining restraining orders.

Police Chief Bill Scott and the Police Commission are making moves to comply with the law.

In a new study examining affordable housing production, the San Francisco Planning Department determined that since 2008, The City lost approximately 400 rent-controlled housing units each year while building an average of 650 affordable units per year. The City is a long was from meeting its goal of 30,000 new and refurbished units by 2020.


Sex worker advocates called for the San Francisco Police Department to disband the Crime Abatement Unit, also known as the Sex Workers Abatement Unit, during a protest outside of Mission Police Station. Formed in August, the four-officer unit is responsible for street prostitution and auto burglaries in the district. The advocates said sex workers were being arrested despite SFPD’s policy to decriminalize sex work.


In its annual national homeless assessment, the Department of Housing and Urban Development reported that California's homeless population declined 1 percent after surging for years. In 2017, The City’s homeless population was 7,499. The Department of Homelessness will perform another count next month and it expects that number to drop.


The San Francisco Unified School District is under mounting pressure to remove history books and artwork insensitive to Native Americans. Parents of students expressed the need to make progress at last week’s school board meeting.

The Neighborhoods

Western Edition

Take a peek inside the historic Payne Mansion, a Victorian built in the 1880s that has been outfitted with a restaurant called 1881 and hotel named Mansion on Sutter.



While investigators continue searching for a cause of a ferry crash at the Ferry Building terminal last month, a cost has been determined for repairs to the boat and dock: $325,000.


Haight Ashbury

City Hall issued a request for proposals for the temporary use of the 7,813 square-foot former McDonald’s while a proposal to develop the site into housing is vetted. Applications must include "art, culture, music, health, food and beverage services, and/or other components" along with services and employment opportunities for low-income people plus community safety plan.



Arson investigators identified Anthony Jon Wengerd, 26, in connection to the string of six fires in Golden Gate Park that occurred within a 24-hour period on Nov. 10, according to the San Francisco Police Department. However, investigators don't have probable cause yet to make an arrest.



Beloved Valencia Street bar the Elbo Room will close its doors at the end of the month. Fans can visit its Oakland outpost until its resurrected elsewhere in San Francisco.



A new neighborhood holiday party complete with a holiday tree lighting will be held in Boeddeker Park this afternoon. The Tenderloin People's Congress organized the event as a means to unite the community.

The Columnists
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Heather Knight, On San Francisco: Life inside a Painted Lady: ‘Every day is an adventure’

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Joe Eskenazi: Zoot suit riot: Siegel’s Clothing folds, and a community is exposed.

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Phil Matier and Andy Ross, Matier & Ross: Ride-hailing companies fly off with BART’s airport riders

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Patrick Wolff, Follow the Money: San Francisco cannot solve the Bay Area’s affordable housing crisis on its own

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Phil Matier and Andy Ross, Matier & Ross: Alleged meth mobile in Mission: Man charged with dealing drugs from RV

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Willie Brown, Willie’s World: Trashing Trump: Pelosi takes ownership of the president

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Carl Nolte, Native Son: Volunteer ‘ministry of hospitality’ soothes seafarers with fellowship, supplies