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February 28, 2019

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Office of the Public Defender
The late San Francisco Public Defender Jeff Adachi.

Hundreds of mourners marched to City Hall last night for a candlelight vigil in remembrance of San Francisco Public Defender Jeff Adachi, who died suddenly on Friday.

Gwen Woods, whose son Mario was shot and killed by San Francisco police in 2015, called for the media to be respectful of Adachi’s legacy after a police report was leaked to media organizations, which has since led the Board of Supervisors to call for a hearing on the police department’s practices safeguarding private and sensitive information.

A memorial service for Adachi will be held on Monday at City Hall.

“I am honored to invite the people of San Francisco to come to City Hall to join us in recognizing and remembering Jeff, who fought hard in the community and in the courtroom, and who was a true public servant,” Mayor London Breed announced.

Eight residents protested a plan to fell seven ficus trees that border Washington Square Park, despite the trees’ host of potential problems. The protest reflected public dissatisfaction with progress made in the Department of Public Works' Urban Forest Plan

San Francisco’s tree canopy is one of the smallest among major cities in the nation. And while a 2014 plan would plant 50,000 new trees by 2034, or a net of 2,500 annually, Public Works planted a surplus of just one tree last year.

  

The Board of Supervisors approved a resolution to officially declare a “climate emergency.” The Department of the Environment has 100 days to issue a report detailing how The City must act to become 100 percent-carbon neutral by 2050. “San Francisco like the rest of California is already suffering impacts of climate change in the form of droughts, air pollution, extreme heat and low land flooding,” said District Eight Supervisor Rafael Mandelman, who proposed the resolution.

  

San Francisco residents file the second-highest rate of robocall and phone scam complaints during tax season, according to a study by All Area Codes. Two 2018 studies have estimated that one-third of calls received by U.S. phone carriers are scams or nuisances.

  

Board of Supervisors President Norman Yee called for a hearing to address safety concerns about the Department of Public Works’ $72 million street-cleaning program. An NBC Bay Area investigation previously exposed unsafe practices and safety violations by street-cleaners. The findings were reinvestigated and largely reaffirmed by state investigators from the watchdog agency better known as Cal/OSHA.

  

In February 2017, the San Francisco Police Department left the Joint Terrorism Task Force, a partnership between the police and FBI to eliminate terrorist threats in the Bay Area. Late last month, John F. Bennett, the special agent in charge of FBI’s San Francisco division, sent a letter to Mayor London Breed calling for the partnership to be reinstated. The Police Commission ultimately will decide whether the controversial arrangement will be restored.

  
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Voting at your local precinct may be a little different this November. The Board of Supervisors retroactively approved an $8.5 million contract for Dominion Voting Systems, the only qualified bidder, to provide a new and secure open source voting system for the Department of Elections. The new technology ought to dramatically reduce wait times for calculating rank choice voting.

  

San Francisco public health officials closed two death investigations into whether paramedics who administered a sedative called Midazolam broke a protocol that required them to engage constant electronic monitoring. But the California Office of Emergency Medical Services is still investigating the incidents.

  
The Neighborhoods

Embarcadero

Between 2015 and 2018, a 32-member working group developed a plan to revitalize the 7½ miles of waterfront from Hyde Street Pier to India Basin. The plan proposes parks, open space and revenue-generating commercial uses. However, the Port Commission hasn’t adopted the plan, which is expected to hamper its review of a request for proposals to redevelop four piers next week.

  

Civic Center

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San Francisco Planning Department
One of three design concepts for Civic Center released last year.

The San Francisco Planning Department has released new designs for the 15 acres of streets, open space and plazas stretching from City Hall to Market Street. It’s the beginning of a long process to activate and enliven an area known for drug use.

  

Tenderloin

Last week, 22 former Hotel Metropolis employees filed complaints with the National Labor Relations Board against their former employer and own union, claiming that the hotel’s sudden closure breached their union contract and that Unite Here Local 2 failed to adequately represent them. The abrupt closure may be related to plans for developing the hotel’s parking lot into a 12-story, 155-unit residential building and converting the hotel into student housing.

  

Union Square

For a second consecutive year, Royal Anthos, iBulb.org and the Consulate General of San Francisco are bringing 100,000 tulips for the public to pick for free in celebration of American Tulip Day.

  

Pacific Heights

“It’s going to function like an Apple store,” John Litz said of Noosh, a 120-seat, 3,000-square-foot restaurant he is opening with Laura and Sayat Ozyilmaz as soon as next week. It will feature a tech-enabled ordering system, ambassadors to greet patrons, high-capacity wireless access points and facial-recognition cameras to make sure each dish is delivered to the right customer.

  

Hayes Valley

Courtney E. Martin, who recently authored a book called “The New Better Off: Reinventing the American Dream,” wrote an opinion about the fate of the Zen Hospice Project, a nonprofit that ended its program to assist people in dying with less medical intervention late last year. Situated in a Victorian home, which has since been repainted and sold for $3.25 million, the “Guest House” enabled mindful caregivers to welcome the dying with beauty and dignity.

  

Fort Mason

A cache of 40 Polaroids, many featuring celebrities, taken by Andy Warhol will be displayed at the San Francisco Art Institute in an exhibit titled “From the Tower: Andy Warhol.” The chache was last showcased for 15 minutes on Aug. 6, 2009 for Warhol’s birthday.

  

Tenderloin

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Yusuke Kawasaki/CC BY 2.0
The exterior of the Glide Memorial Methodist Church.

San Francisco’s Glide Foundation, operator of the nationally renowned Glide Memorial Methodist Church, filed a countersuit against the United Methodist Church, which is suing it for removing the church from its bylaws and voting off Bishop Minerva Carcaño from its leadership board.

The countersuit seeks to stop the church’s attempt to seize Glide Foundation’s $40 million in assets.

  
The Columnists
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Joe Fitzgerald Rodriguez, On Guard: Supervisors Go On Record Denouncing Homeless Sweeps

  
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Robyn Purchia, Green Space: San Francisco Giants Ahead of the Game in Leaving Fossil Fuels Behind

  
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Phil Matier: San Francisco Players Build Conspiracy Theories About Adachi’s Death — With or without Proof

  
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Tim Redmond: Has Breed Made an Impact on Homelessness?

  
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Kelly Dessaint, I Drive SF: Stuck Inside a Taxi with the Winter Blues Again

  
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Broke-Ass Stuart, Broke-Ass City: Enjoying the Weirdness of the San Francisco that Remains