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February 14, 2019

Good Thursday morning.

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National Weather Service
The Severe Weather Outlook for February 14, 2019.

Wet weather has wreaked havoc on sections of The City and the Bay Area.

Downtown San Francisco set a new record for daily rain, absorbing 2.13 inches, according to the National Weather Service. The previous record, set in 2000, was 2.08 inches. KQED

Wet and windy conditions forced the San Francisco International Airport to cancel 138 flights and delay 327. San Francisco Examiner

After more than 12 hours of rain, the roadway of Alemany Boulevard near the Highway 101 and Interstate 280 interchange was completely flooded. SFGate

Mulitple trees have been felled by winds accros The City. Hoodline

The heavy rain and strong winds are expected to persist through Friday.

Last month, Public Defender Jeff Adachi filed a complaint with the Sheriff’s Department, alleging that Sheriff’s Deputies have repeatedly breached standards of conduct concerning how they treat inmates. 15 men accused deputies of severely beating or abusing them, and 16 women said they were inappropriately strip-searched.

On Wednesday, Sheriff Vicki Hennessy said she had directed Internal Affairs to investigate the allegations on Dec. 2.


Last month, San Francisco State University professor Dr. Rabab Abdulhadi sued college administrators, alleging that she was repeatedly investigated over her research, denied accommodation for her disabilities and prevented from traveling to Palestine in a bid to stall the Arab and Muslim Ethnicities and Diasporas Studies program, which she directs. She also alleged that administrators acted in favor of Zionist organizations that donate to the college. Mary Kenny, a spokesperson for SFSU, said the college intends to vigorously defend against the claims.


On Feb. 1, the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency began enforcing a ban that prevents taxi drivers with legacy medallions from picking up passengers at the San Francisco International Airport. Despite taxi driver concerns, the number of taxi rides taken by SFO passengers has remained steady so far this month. But early Yellow Cab reports suggest that affected drivers may be quitting the industry altogether.


The Board of Supervisors Budget and Finance Committee postponed a vote to grant a nonprofit a $23 million contract, up from $5 million, citing mediocre performance. The San Francisco Department of Public Health proposed the new contract with Westside Community Health Center, Inc. for additional mental health programs and an extension until the end of 2022. However, a Budget & Legislative Analyst report showed that in the department’s recent request for proposals, the nonprofit scored second to last out of 14 bidders for its general mental health outpatient services, and last place for its specialized mental health outpatient services.


District 10 Supervisor Shamann Walton is advocating for Muni to follow in the tracks of other transit systems across the country that memorialize civil rights activist Rosa Parks by marking a permanent seat in her honor on every bus. Walton called for the move upon reading a letter by an unnamed constituent, who stated that despite having a painful disability, they would rather stand in pain and look for a seat that honors Parks than sit in comfort and forget her contribution.


Gov. Gavin Newsom's State of the State speech left Californians confused about the planned high-speed rail project from San Francisco to Los Angeles. Despite Newsom’s declaration that “the project, as currently planned, would cost too much and take too long,” the governor’s office has since insisted that the planned San Francisco to Los Angeles connection will still happen, and the Transbay Transit Center won’t be the most expensive bus station ever built.


“The murder of Oscar Grant sparked a worldwide movement that demanded justice for his murder and an end to the murders of African American and Latino young men from police brutality.” On Tuesday, the Board of Supervisors unanimously passed a resolution in support of renaming a road under Fruitvale Station “Oscar Grant Way.”


On Tuesday, District Four Supervisor Gordon Mar filed a measure for the November ballot that would require political campaigns to place the name of their top five largest contributors on all advertisements. Only supervisors Catherine Stefani and Ahsha Safai did not co-sponsor the measure.

The Neighborhoods

Civic Center

Love will be in the air today at City Hall. Data provided by Assessor-Recorder Carmen Chu shows that the number of weddings performed by the County Clerk’s Office triples on Valentine’s Day. Today last year 108 couples tied the knot, compared to the daily average rate of up to 36. In fact, overall, more people are getting hitched in general.


Golden Gate Park

On Saturday, the de Young Museum will debut "Monet: The Late Years,” a sequel to the Legion of Honor's "Monet: The Early Years.” Pulling 60 paintings from public and private collections in Europe and Asia, the show will trace the evolution of Claude Monet’s style of painting in the beloved French artist’s later years.


South of Market

IBM is holding its Think 2019 at Moscone Center. 30,000 – 40,000 people are expected to attend the conference. Since last Thursday, the block of Howard Street between 3rd and 4th streets has been closed to vehicle traffic, and it won’t be opened until Monday. The conference ends Saturday.



San Francisco Examiner reporter Michael Barba obtained internal emails from the Department of Emergency Management that may explain why police took four hours to respond to last month’s violent robbery at Good Orchard Bakery.

One email shows that the shop owner’s 911 call was categorized as a Priority B emergency rather than Priority A. Due to the ongoing investigation, Barba has not yet obtained a copy of the 911 call itself, which would shed more light on the situation.

The Board of Supervisors will hold a hearing about the incident.



Chelsea Clinton, the former first daughter, author and adjunct professor at Columbia University, spoke at San Francisco Friends School as a part of her tour promoting her children’s books “She Persisted: 13 American Women Who Changed the World” and “She Persisted Around the World.”


Visitacion Valley

The fifth time’s the charm. State Sen. Scott Wiener, D-San Francisco, has put forth legislation to ban gun sales at the Cow Palace — and transfer ownership from the Cow Palace Board of Directors to a Joint Powers Authority composed of Daly City, San Francisco and San Mateo County.

The proposal, if successful, would allow development of the site’s large parking lots. Four similar pieces of legislation had failed to ban gun sales at the site.

The Columnists
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Heather Knight, On San Francisco: A Glimmer of Hope for Mental Health Services in San Francisco

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Joe Fitzgerald Rodriguez, On Guard: Uber, Uber, Uber: Supervisor Candidate Spends Campaign Cash on High-Number of Ride-Hail Trips

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Phil Matier: Curbside Campers to San Francisco — Thanks, But No Thanks, We’ll Stay in the RV

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Tim Redmond: Supervisors Put Dark Money Measure on November Ballot

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Robyn Purchia, Green Space: Finding High-Tech Solutions to the Arctic Ice Meltdown

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Kelly Dessaint, I Drive SF: Inside the Secret Life of Taximeters

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Broke-Ass Stuart, Broke-Ass City: Maybe the Tax Pain Felt by Trump Supporters Can Turn Into Something Good

Pitch In

Huckleberry Youth Programs is working to rebuild after last week’s gas explosion and fire on Geary Boulevard damaged its administrative office.

The organization, which provides services to 11 – 17 year olds, ranging from housing to counseling, is seeking donations and volunteers to help with the recovery as well as donations of wine and gifts for its annual auction and gala in April 11.

To get involved, email