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May 23, 2019

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In an unusual move, San Francisco Chief of Police Bill Scott held a press conference to share information about the criminal probe of its own ranks over the leaked death report of former public defender Jeff Adachi.
Facing international criticism over the raid of journalist Bryan Carmody's home and business to uncover evidence, Scott labeled the freelancer a "coconspirator," adding that he was an “active participant in a crime.”

District Five Supervisor Vallie Brown announced she will propose banning city-funded contracts and travel to states that pass anti-choice legislation. The legislation follows a wave of anti-abortion laws aiming to spur the Supreme Court to action over Roe v. Wade. Brown’s proposal is similar to previous San Francisco bans on city-funded travel to states that discriminate against LGBTQ people.

"We feel protected [in San Francisco]. But when the health of women across the country are in jeopardy, us women in San Francisco need to stand up and say, ‘No,’” Brown said.

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Huffington Post

The first out gay man to run for elected office may make history once again. The Board of Supervisors unanimously approved a resolution to induct gay icon Jose Sarria to the California Hall of Fame later this year. Sarria, who died at 90 in 2013, was also a renowned Latino leader and a veteran.


San Francisco Chronicle columnist Phil Matier uncovered that the San Francisco Board of Supervisors will receive a 12% raise this year — more than three times than usual — increasing their salaries to $140,148 this year. The staff of the Civil Services Commission, which decides the salary of elected officials every 5 years, recommended the usual 4% raise. Commission President F.X. Crowley noted that The City’s 11 supervisors run an annual $11 billion budget. “We want professionals making professional decisions,” he said.

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Transportation Roundup

A ballot measure to impose a 3.25% tax on ride-hail rides seems likely to hit the November ballot as support comes from Mayor London Breed, 10 San Francisco supervisors, Uber and Lyft. The tax, which could be reduced to 1.5% depending on the type of ride, is expected to raise up to $35 million annually for street safety and transit projects. San Francisco Examiner

The Office of the City Attorney denied the injury claim of the woman whose hand was clamped by the door of a streetcar in Muni’s new fleet, making international headlines and drawing intense scrutiny of the transportation agency. San Francisco Examiner

San Francisco will see nearly 200,000 new jobs and 24% more traffic by 2050, the same year The City plans to become carbon neutral. To achieve its goal, San Francisco is aiming to drop greenhouse gases by 26% and make 80% of trips sustainable through transportation like public transit or cycling. San Francisco Chronicle


With e-cigarette manufacturer Juul preparing to place a measure opposing a proposed citywide ban against the sale of its products on the November ballot, the company spent almost $465,000 last month to hire local and national political operatives. Among them was top Trump campaign business associate Tony Fabrizio, whose firm was paid $183,200 by Juul for opinion research, Ethics Commission filings show.

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District Six Supervisor Matt Haney wants to add extra oversight to the Department of Homelessness and Supportive Housing, and its $300 million budget. At this week’s Board of Supervisors meeting, he proposed adding a ballot measure to the November ballot to create an oversigh commission. Formed three years ago to consolidate numerous city agencies connected to homelessness issues citywide, the DHSH is one of few major city departments without an oversight commission. San Francisco Examiner

After reports showed the numbers of people living on the streets had jumped, Gov. Gavin Newsom named three people to his new Homeless and Supportive Housing Advisory Task Force announced in his State of the State address. The panel will have Sacramento Mayor Darrel Steinberg at the helm, joined by Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas and Dr. Tom Insel, the former director of the National Institute of Mental Health. Mercury News

The Neighborhoods

Outer Sunset

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San Francisco Zoo

Jahari, the San Francisco Zoo’s male African lion, died on Monday. The 16-year-old animal was born in the institution’s Cat Kingdom. He and his mate Sukari had one male cub, Jasiri.



A week after a person was struck and killed at Hyde Street and Golden Gate Avenue, District Six Supervisor Matt Haney announced that a "pedestrian scramble" — signals that hold all vehicle traffic while people cross — will be installed at the intersection. Haney said other safety improvements, such as lead pedestrian intervals, longer crossing times, slower vehicle progression speed and more scrambles, will be installed elsewhere in the neighborhood.



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Planning Department

Construction crews demolished the two-story building on 18th Street that dates back between 1886 and 1900 to make way for a 12-room boutique hotel be called Hotel Castro. The four-story building will have a restaurant on the ground floor. It’s expected to be completed at the end of 2020.


Civic Center

Comedians, including Dave Chappelle and W. Kamau Bell, gathered with supervisors on the steps of City Hall to protest the Punch Line comedy club’s landlord for denying it a new lease. "Any historic comedian will tell you, 'The Punch Line is not just a San Francisco phenomenon, it really is like an American phenomenon.' It's one of the premiere comedy clubs in all the country," Chappelle said.


South of Market

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Today, a five-member panel will meet with engineers from the Transbay Joint Powers Authority and the contractors that built the beleaguered Transbay Transit Center to decide what more must be done to finish repairing the $2.1 billion transportation hub. Their answer will determine the reopening date.


Bayview-Hunters Point

Starting Saturday, Muni's T-Third rail line will be bus-only for 10 days while work crews install amenities for the line's revamped UCSF Mission Bay platform located on Third Street between South and 16th streets. The line will require another bus substitution in July while the new platform undergoes additional testing



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California State University

The California State University Board of Trustees appointed Lynne Mahoney, provost and vice president for Academic Affairs for California State University, Los Angeles, to lead San Francisco State University. Mahoney will be the university’s first female president in more than a century. San Francisco Examiner

San Francisco State University students in the Department of Journalism published an editorial calling out the department’s lax enforcement of plagiarism and fabrication. Editors at the student-run newspaper the Golden Gate Xpress claim 10 students were caught violating ethics rules but none were punished. Golden Gate Xpress


West Portal

Seeking a solution to fix the bottleneck wreaking havoc on the streetcar system, the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency Board of Directors approved a six-month test of red transit-only lanes during peak commute times along with the relocation of a bus stop at the mouth of West Portal Station.

The Columnists
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Robyn Purchia, Green Space: How About a ‘Real’ Napkin with That Pizza?

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Kelly Dessaint, I Drive SF: When Even the Warriors Don’t Cheer People Up

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Broke-Ass Stuart, Broke-Ass City: Homeless People Take to Boats in Wealthy Marin County

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Heather Knight, On San Francisco: San Francisco’s Supervisors Were Mum on Police Raid of Journalist — Until They Were Pressed

Don’t Forget!

Reminder: Low-income San Francisco residents receiving benefits such as CalFresh and Medi-Cal will be granted free admission to more than 15 museums over the summer. SF Weekly