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August 8, 2019

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Northern California U.S. Attorney David Anderson at the press conference.

“People living, working and visiting in the Tenderloin neighborhood should not be required to run a gauntlet of crimes.”

Northern California U.S. Attorney David Anderson announced that federal prosecutors and more than a dozen law enforcement agencies will combat drug trafficking, gun offenses, human trafficking and other crimes in the Bay Area, particularly in the Tenderloin and Oakland.


Facing lower prices for redeemable aluminum and plastic, California’s largest recycling center rePlanet shuttered all of its 284 locations, including three in The City. More than 700 employees were laid off. The pressure is now on the Department of Environment to develop its own mobile recycling center to make up for the numerous closures.

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"She's the queen of San Francisco."

The City’s hardest-working, best-paid canine may very well be Coconut Rice Bear, a snow-white 4-year-old Samoyed with a huge Instagram (@coconutricebear) following that potentially rakes in $84,000 a year, according to her owner Chuck Lai.


The wording of California Senate Bill 1421 — a law designed to make police officer misconduct files public — may prevent a large number of San Francisco Police Department files from being released. “The definitions we’re using [under the new law] do not identify those records,” Police Commissioner Cindy Elias said. Mission Local

On Monday, the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner released the autopsy report for Margaret Mamer, whose dismembered body was discovered in a storage room in the Mission District. It took more than a year to produce the 72-page report. Mission Local

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Transportation Roundup

On an average day in The City, ride-hail drivers account for approximately 13% of all miles driven, according to a new analysis, paid for by Uber and Lyft. The percentage is fully double what a separate group of researchers found using data from 2016. San Francisco Examiner

Since 2015, Uber has inked more than 20 transit deals. Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi is pushing the company to become the “Amazon of transportation,” making it a one-stop shop for all types of travel, including public transportation. New York Times

The Metropolitan Transportation Commission hit Lyft’s Bay Wheels with a $200,000 penalty for failing to keep an agreed-upon number of bicycles on the streets. KQED

For five days this month, the San Francisco Police Department will increase enforcement of speeding, illegal turns, running stop signs and red lights, failing to yield to pedestrians and other violations. San Francisco Examiner

SFGate staff monitored a three-block stretch of Folsom Street for 30 minutes to count how many times automobiles obstructed bike lanes. Twenty-six instances were recorded. The majority were drivers going into the bike lane to make a turn. SFGate


Sheriff candidate Paul Miyamoto has the field to himself now that Lt. Ron Terry dropped out of the race — unless another candidate files to run by the Aug. 14 deadline. Terry’s campaign spokesperson said the former candidate would rather focus on the No Violence Alliance program, which helps the formerly incarcerated avoid reoffending. San Francisco Examiner

District Attorney candidates Chesa Boudin, Nancy Tung, Suzy Loftus and Leif Dautch participated in a debate before an audience of several hundred at UC Hastings College of the Law. Each positioned themselves on issues such as immigration, homicides and rape kits. The winner will set the tone for how crime is prosecuted in The City. San Francisco Examiner

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Bryan Carmody’s Linked-In page.

Unsealed court documents revealed that San Francisco Police Department Internal Affairs officers knew that Bryan Carmody — the stringer who sold the police report of the late public defender Jeff Adachi — was a journalist. Despite California's Shield Law that protects journalists from being forced to reveal confidential sources and unpublished material and ample evidence that Carmody was a journalist, San Francisco Superior Court Judge Victor Hwang gave the go-ahead for police to raid Carmody's office.

The Neighborhoods


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Port of San Francisco

Later this year, the ferry terminal at piers 31 and 33 used for trips to Alcatraz will undergo a $34 million, four-year renovation. The plan includes making the terminal itself a destination by adding a historical exhibition area, a plaza and restaurants. Alcatraz is The City’s fifth most popular tourist destination, attracting 1.7 million visitors a year.



This Sunday, anti-gentrification activists will rally at 5050 Mission St. and then march to 65 Ocean Ave., the site of a proposed housing development. The effort is led by Communities United for Health and Justice, which plans to “march, drum, shout, chant, scream, sing, and [express] the collective angst, desperation, and fear felt by the Excelsior community about the displacement.”


Mission Bay

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UCSF's traffic congestion calendar.

The administration at UC San Francisco Medical Center created a calendar to warn visitors about traffic related to Chase Center events. Days marked yellow mean delays can be expected and red days indicate major delays. In September, only four days are expected to be delay-free.



Tomorrow, eight new 3-by-3-bronze plaques honoring LGBT heroes will be unveiled on Market Street sidewalks as part of the Rainbow Honor Walk. The honorees are choreographer Alvin Ailey, congressman Gerry Studds and Costa Rica-born Mexican singer Chavela Vargas, entertainer Josephine Baker, singer Freddie Mercury, poet W.H. Auden, trans activist and author Lou Sullivan and physician Marie Equi. Anyone can propose an honoree to Rainbow Honor Walk Board of Directors.


Mission Bay

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Officials at the ribbon cutting for the reconstructed light rail vehicle platform.

San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency Acting Director of Transportation Tom Maguire, Mayor London Breed, Golden State Warriors President Rick Welts and Assemblymember David Chiu (D-San Francisco) cut the ribbon at the new $33 million UCSF/Chase Center T-Third Street Light Rail Vehicle platform. The new stop was hailed for its part in alleviating traffic when the Chase Center opens in September. Only Maguire took public transit to the ribbon cutting.



“The persons who express concern over this mural were I’m sure well intentioned — but it would be majoring in minor things for us to do a whole lot of brouhaha regarding a mural that the original artist did because he wanted it to critique American history.”

Leaders from the local chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People are calling for the Board of Education to reverse its unanimous decision to destroy the New Deal-era “Life of Washington” fresco at Washington High School.


Russian Hill

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Planning Department
The former Lombardi Sports store on Polk and Jackson streets.

Whole Foods Market’s plan to open up shop in the former Lombardi Sports was dashed when the Amazon-owned chain store disputed a requirement to build housing as part of the project.

Now local grocer Mollie Stone is planning to move into the space, without adding any housing. However, no plans have yet been submitted to the Planning Department.



“I do believe, someday in the future, it will rise up too. Like every spot. This place isn’t immune.”

Valencia Gardens, the low-income housing development in an ever-booming neighborhood, is something of an urban oasis for its residents — but it’s not without problems. A high-profile eviction case is setting a new tone.

The Columnists
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Jaya Padmanabhan, In Brown Type: The Anatomy of a Young Man’s Rage

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Kelly Dessaint, I Drive SF: The Real Impact of Uber and Lyft on Traffic

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Robyn Purchia, Green Space: Banning Plastic Water Bottles at SFO is Only a First Step

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Joe Fitzgerald Rodriguez, On Guard: San Francisco Chinese Group Promotes Gun Ownership After Community Crime Scare

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Joe Eskenazi: Jeff Adachi Leak: Latest Bombshell Likely Implodes Any Criminal or Administrative Investigations — And, Maybe, More Than That

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Phil Matier: The People Want Washington High Mural to Stay — School Official Not Swayed

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Heather Knight, On San Francisco: Colorful Agitator Broke-Ass Stuart Feels the Squeeze in San Francisco