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June 4, 2019

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Fourteen presidential hopefuls made their way to The City over the weekend for the California Democratic Party convention at Moscone Center. Since state legislation moved up the presidential primary two years ago, California is now more than an ATM for national candidates.

Presidential hopeful Sen. Elizabeth Warren drew deafening applause at a campaign rally in Oakland, upstaging presidential candidate Sen. Kamala Harris in her hometown. San Francisco Chronicle

A man wearing press credentials took the microphone from Harris to speak for animal rights. SFGate

Eight presidential candidates shared one big idea for the future of the country. 48hills

Former supervisor Jane Kim was named Bay Area regional campaign director for Sen. Bernie Sanders’s presidential run. San Francisco Chronicle

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Fifteen-year Golden State Warrior veteran Andre Iguodala delivered the final 3-pointer with less than 6 seconds on the clock against the Toronto Raptors, icing San Francisco a 109-104 win on Sunday. It was a much-needed victory for the Warriors, who — in addition to being previously behind one game — are beset by injuries. The next game in the series is tomorrow evening. San Francisco Chronicle

Tech advocacy groups TechTO and wagered on the victor of the NBA finals. The starting bet was $10,000 each, with both sides calling on Silicon Valley and Toronto tech sectors to raise the pot to $100,000 per city. Proceeds would help San Francisco tech students or underrepresented Canadians who wish to learn coding. Globe and Mail


The Board of Supervisors will decide today whether a judge may impose in-patient treatment on people in San Francisco who are severely mentally ill, addicted to drugs and have been placed in an emergency crisis unit involuntarily at least eight times in one year. Central to the issue is whether The City should allow people to be forced into treatment when it already suffers a lack of resources that has kept at least one patient in a locked ward for six months. San Francisco Chronicle

The Board of Supervisors will authorize today the payment of $400,000 to Gwendolyn Woods, the mother of Mario Woods, a black man shot and killed by San Francisco police in 2015. Videos of the shooting had circulated on social media, sparking outrage nationwide. John Burris, Wood’s attorney, said she was satisfied with the settlement and preferred to avoid experiencing further trauma by going through a lengthy trial. KQED

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Campaign Zero

A data-informed scorecard published by Campaign Zero, a platform dedicated to ending police violence, handed the San Francisco Police Department an "F." Campaign Zero grades departments across California based on police violence, accountability and approach to community policing.


Seventy-three percent of 800 potential voters would approve an $845 million facilities bond for City College’s run-down facilities, according to a poll presented to City College's Board of Trustees on Thursday. The bond would require 55% of the San Francisco vote to pass.

City College, which has more than $450 million in deferred maintenance, may scale down the design of its long-planned Performing Arts Education Center to spread the funds across multiple projects.

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Yellow Cab

Transportation Rundown

A report released Friday showed that giving taxi drivers priority at San Francisco International Airport boosted their income, but it hasn’t yet restore the number of cabs in The City. San Francisco Examiner

E-scooter company Skip is temporarily pulling its fleet off the streets following the ignition of an e-scooter battery in Washington, D.C., last week that damaged a nearby wall. San Francisco Examiner | SFGate

Biking on the Bay may soon become a commercial option for commuters — Jessica Schiller, the founder and CEO of Schiller Bikes, said her water bikes could go public as soon as July. SFGate

Two months after a woman was dragged to the tracks when a new Muni streetcar door clamped on her hand, a second Muni streetcar door — again from the new Siemens fleet — refused to open when a woman’s hand became stuck. NBC Bay Area

San Franciscans could find themselves hopping around town as early as late summer or fall, once Swedish start-up company Cangoroo first launches its electronic pogo sticks in two Swedish cities. SFBAY


Mayor London Breed released a $12.26 billion budget proposal for next fiscal year, an increase of more than 10% over last year’s budget. It includes more than $1 billion in additional spending for stipends to retain public school teachers, treatment beds for homeless people suffering from mental illnesses, and new public toilets.

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Bryan Carmody
On May 10, police raided the home and office of freelance journalist Bryan Carmody.

"Just when you thought this couldn't get any worse, it has."

On Friday, the search warrants used by the San Francisco Police Department to find out who in its own ranks leaked the death report of former public defender Jeff Adachi were released. Police were authorized to obtain information from freelance journalist Bryan Carmody's cell phone for the day after Adachi died and remotely monitor his phone usage. Carmody’s attorneys are calling the searches illegal. All police investigations are to be handed off to independent agencies. ABC 7 | San Francisco Chronicle

Yulanda Williams, an acting captain in the San Francisco Police Department, filed a $2.5 million lawsuit against the City and County of San Francisco alleging her superiors and members of the police officers union harassed and discriminated against her, undermining her career. Williams, a survivor of the Jonestown massacre, has been in with SFPD for nearly three decades. Mission Local

The Neighborhoods


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Five adults were displaced after a house fire at 3rd Avenue and Balboa Street, according to the San Francisco Fire Department. The blaze was contained within 30 minutes of its report. Its cause is under investigation.



New Eagle Creek Saloon’s slogan was “A Friendly Place With a Funky Bass for Every Race.” The first black-owned gay bar in The City, it closed in 1993. But it lives again as a sculpture at the performing arts space known as the Lab in spirit if not appearance.



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The Last Black Man in San Francisco premiered in its hometown at the Castro Theatre. The visually striking and emotionally touching film was created by San Francisco natives Joe Talbot and Jimmie Fails. It opens nationwide on June 6.



The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency will install parking-protected bike lanes to eight more blocks of Valencia Street between 19th and Cesar Chavez streets. Three blocks of protected bike lanes from Market to 15th streets were installed earlier this year.


South of Market

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Architectural Digest named the Museum of Modern Art the best designed building in San Francisco. In 2016, the original building was expanded to add 235,000 square feet of space with a design by Snøhetta. The magazine stated that the renovation brought “new energy to the space.”



The Mayor’s Office of Housing and the owners of the Fillmore Center struck a deal to freeze rents for 103 senior and disabled tenants and hold off rent increases for another 105 tenants until 2025. The agreement ends two years of uncertainty for the tenants.


Fisherman’s Wharf

Move over cat cafes because here comes Rat Bar. The San Francisco Dungeon is putting on a popup this month dedicated to “the weird, twisted dark side” of The City’s past that combines history, cocktails and rats available for adoption. Ticket price: $49.99.


Hayes Valley

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Tonight, the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency will hold a community meeting about permanently closing Octavia Boulevard from Linden to Hayes streets to northbound and southbound vehicle traffic. Planners believe the closure will mitigate traffic and create more public space.

The Columnists
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Heather Knight, On San Francisco: Progress Slow for Philanthropist with $100 Million Vision for Cutting San Francisco Homelessness

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Joe Eskenazi: San Francisco is Not Dying. San Francisco is Not Rotting. But Things are Bad, and They May Never Get Better.

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Tim Redmond: San Francisco Pays $58,000 for Uber and Lyft Rides

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Phil Matier: Venue Might be Smaller But the Game’s the Same — Arena Football in Oakland?

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Willie Brown, Willie’s World: With Robert Mueller Stepping Away, House Democrats Stuck with Also-Rans

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Carl Nolte, Native Son: San Francisco’s New 17-mile Trail Offers Look at Rarely Seen Areas