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November 7, 2019

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Voting may have wrapped up on Tuesday but the election sure hasn’t. Let’s take stock.

Voter turnout was pretty low. San Francisco Examiner

Counting votes will take days. San Francisco Examiner

The District Five supervisor and district attorney races are neck and neck. Mission Local

All other elected officials sailed into office, most unopposed. Hoodline

Only one ballot measure, the ride-hail tax, appears uncertain. Hoodline


“While we are grateful for his contribution, this does provide an opportunity to try something new.”

San Francisco’s Chief Juvenile Probation Officer Allen Nance announced Tuesday that he's stepping down Nov. 29 as he faces mounting criticism for his outspoken opposition to the closure of juvenile hall. His resignation comes two months after city officials turned down his proposal to reform the hall rather than close it. He said made his decision to resign with Mayor London Breed.
San Francisco Chronicle


Despite San Francisco’s boasting a median household income of $112,336, almost half of The City’s families have less than $2,000 in their savings, according to a report released Wednesday by the nonprofit Urban Institute. About 47% of San Francisco families are financially insecure, compared to the national average of 52%. Financially insecure households are 14 times more likely to be evicted than those that aren’t. Mercury News


The Board of Supervisors passed a nonbinding resolution authored by District 6 Supervisor Matt Haney to declare a state of emergency for traffic safety in response to the rising number of pedestrian and cyclist fatalities on city streets. Supervisors Norman Yee, Hillary Ronen, Rafael Mandelman, Catherine Stefani, Sandra Lee Fewer, Shamann Walton and Vallie Brown co-sponsored the legislation. "If these were homicides, we would be seeing headlines and protests, but because these are pedestrians and bicyclists, some don't make it on our radar," Yee said. SF Weekly | Hoodline

The National Transportation Safety Board issued its first report examining bicyclist safety. The federal agency offers recommendations to reduce injuries and deaths, including the controversial suggestion to require that cyclists wear helmets. Smart Cities Dive


Federal prosecutors charged two former Twitter employees for spying on behalf of Saudi Arabia by accessing information on dissidents who use the social media platform, according to court documents. The case marks the first time the Justice Department has publicly accused the country of espionage. "We will not allow U.S. companies or U.S. technology to become tools of foreign repression in violation of U.S. law," U.S. Attorney David Anderson said. SFGate


The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency Board of Directors approved spending $13.3 million to purchase three 40-foot electric buses from three different manufacturers in preparation for making its fleet entirely electric by 2035. The winning manufacturer may get the chance to make 800 buses for the transit agency. “The pilot is designed for us to learn and to be prepared for that transition. We need to know things like: Can these bus perform in our system? Can they be built to scale?” Director of Transit Julie Kirschbaum said. SFBay

The Neighborhoods

Union Square

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The ice rink at at 333 Post St. opened yesterday, marking its 12th holiday season. It’s open daily from 10 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. NBC


Hayes Valley

The Board of Supervisors lifted the formula retail ban to allow grocery chain Trader Joe's to open in a new building at 555 Fulton St. Now the project must go before the Planning Department to obtain a conditional use authorization. Hoodline



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Urban Alchemy SF

“The unwanted behaviors have been virtually eliminated by the presence of the elevator attendants, and it’s easy to see why.”

Attendants from the nonprofit Urban Alchemy are now monitoring the elevators at the Embarcadero and Montgomery BART stations. The attendants already cover the elevators at Powell and Civic Center stations, where they ward off bad behavior. San Francisco Examiner


North Beach

"To live the life of a bohemian, you need a cafe.”

To celebrate the 20th anniversary of Café Zoetrope, its owner, the Oscar-winning director Francis Ford Coppola will host a week’s worth of special menus, happy-hour specials and limited-edition giveaways later this month. Hoodline


Russian Hill

“People visit from all over the world, and they’re happy to be here. They come in with the greatest expectations, but come back to find shattered glass on the ground. If we want to maintain this area for both residents and tourists, we have to protect it.”

SFGate interviewed the residents of steepest part of Lombard Street to learn more about what it’s like living with a world famous landmark. SFGate



Twenty-eight acres of Stonestown Shopping Center is surface parking. The mall’s owner, Brookfield Properties, wants to build a number of new homes. Outgoing Planning Director John Rahaim said the location has “fantastic potential.” San Francisco Chronicle


South of Market

After property owners rejected a plan to rename Gilbert Street after the late public defender Jeff Adachi, Supervisor Matt Haney plans to find a workaround. Gilbert Street, about two blocks long, is located beside the Office of the Public Defender. The Board of Supervisors unanimously passed a nonbinding resolution supporting the renaming.
Curbed San Francisco

The Columnists
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Heather Knight, On San Francisco: Why Head Of San Francisco’s Transgender Office Stays Hopeful Despite Trump’s ‘Anti-Trans’ Push

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Joe Fitzgerald Rodriguez, On Guard: 25 Years Later, Evicted Black Tenants May Get The Last Laugh Against Vallie Brown

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Broke-Ass Stuart, Broke-Ass City: Gathering To Celebrate The Music Of Leonard Cohen

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Tim Redmond: Latest Ballots Are Trending Conservative