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March 26, 2019

Good Tuesday morning!

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On Monday, 60 Lyft drivers protested outside the Omni Hotel where Lyft was holding a meeting to pitch potential investors ahead of its initial public offering that will likely be held on Friday.

Carrying handmade signs and banners, the drivers chanted in favor of obtaining a living wage, learning how fares are calculated and improving working conditions.

The state legislature will soon adopt a law requiring companies to make more independent contractors full employees in response to a state Supreme Court decision known as Dynamex. Lyft and its rival Uber may be on the hook for providing drivers with minimum wage, overtime and benefits such as workers’ compensation.

City College of San Francisco administrators restored a minority of classes previously on the chopping block in response to protests against class cuts. Nonetheless, the college community’s objections continued at this month’s Board of Trustees meeting, where students and faculty took the microphone to protest the steep cuts, made in an attempt to balance the college’s projected budget deficit.

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A24 Films

A stunningly beautiful new trailer has been released for Joe Talbot’s Sundance breakout success The Last Black Man In San Francisco. The story follows a young man obsessed with a Victorian-style home his grandfather built as its new owners allow it to fall apart.


After a San Francisco Chronicle investigation revealed that juvenile halls across the state were half empty, San Francisco Mayor London Breed convened a panel of government officials, criminal justice experts and youth advocates to examine The City’s approach to juvenile justice. Three supervisors pledged to put forth legislation that would shut down The City’s juvenile hall.


The City may purchase and install an estimated 40,000 devices that would manage LED street lights and expand The City's limited wireless service, manage traffic, assist law enforcement and enable data collection and transmission. The cost: approximately $19 million.

If passed, the proposal would become the first targeted by District Three Supervisor Aaron Peskin’s surveillance legislation, passed in January to protect civil liberties such as privacy.


On Sunday, Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) spoke to a crowd of 16,000 during a campaign rally at the Great Meadow Park in Fort Mason. Sanders, a top Democratic candidate in a crowded field, is paying special attention to California because it is considered a crucial “first five” primary state. California’s primary will be held on March 3, 2020. “I saw a lot more hope in people this time,” one supporter said of the campaign stop.


On Friday, the San Francisco Medical Examiner released the report detailing the cause for the death of Public Defender Jeff Adachi. Adachi, 59, died due to a combination of cocaine, alcohol and pre-existing heart problems. “[A]cute mixed drug toxicity with cocaine and ethanol, with hypertensive atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease as a contributing factor” is the official cause of death according to the report.

The Neighborhoods


California’s only transgender bar and nightclub Divas will throw one final party on March 30 before shuttering. Manager Alexis Miranda, who is seeking another location, said building and club owner Steve Berkey is looking to leave the business. The building is on the market for $3.8 million.


Mission Bay

As fans await the final announcement naming who else will perform at Chase Center’s September christening, some have taken to Twitter to criticize a dearth in the diversity of performing music artists. So far, no women or people of color have been named as performers. WWE became the latest reveal last week joining the San Francisco Symphony, The Chainsmokers, The Black Keys, Dave Matthews Band, Phil Collins and Andrea Bocelli with San Francisco Symphony and Chorus.



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Over nearly two decades, Marco Senghor turned his Senegalese restaurant and dance hall Bissap Baobab into a community hub iconic for its West African fare. Now, Senghor is selling shop to help fund his legal defense against charges alleging he obtained his U.S. citizenship illegally. It is unknown when Bissap Baobab will close. Senghor retains ownership of his smaller shop Little Bissap next door, a sister space known for grab-and-go sales.


North Beach

On March 24, San Francisco’s historic poet, publisher, activist and bookstore owner Lawrence Ferlinghetti turned 100. Failing eyesight and limited mobility prevented the local legend from attending, but that didn’t stop crowds of fans, friends and literary lovers from flooding outside his landmark bookstore City Lights, where they tuned in to live readings of Ferlinghetti’s poetry.


Glen Park

The tennis court-sized lot at 80 Thor Ave. has the promise of a multimillion-dollar home but no actual buildings. That hasn't stopped realtor Pete Brannigan from listing the patch of land for $1.85 million. The empty space comes with “approved plans for [an] exciting, detached, brand new 4,000-plus square foot four bed, 5.5 bed single family home.”


East Cut

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East Cut Community Benefit District

The tower-studded neighborhood offers zero traditional public parks, yet 40 pockets of public space can be found tucked, sometimes hidden, within the 30-block area. The East Cut Community Benefit District mapped them out for neighbors in "The East Cut Open Space Inventory."



The first phase of a 2-year sewer main replacement project along upper Haight Street will end on schedule this April despite rain delays. In May, lighting, new sidewalks and other street amenities will be installed.


South of Market

Almost four years after neighbors appealed to halt a massive development at Fifth and Mission streets for its potential negative impact, a panel of judges rejected that appeal, paving way for work to begin on a tower with 652,000 square feet of office space and a 288-unit apartment building. A 400-unit condominium building will eventually accompany the project. While just 91 of the 5M project's 702 housing units will target middle-income households, the developer has agreed to pay $18 million toward a 71-unit affordable project at 168 Eddy St. and to build 83 units of low-income senior housing at 967 Mission St.

The Columnists
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Joe Eskenazi: All Dollars Great and Small: San Francisco is Now an Even More Important Fund-Raising Mecca for Presidential Candidates

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Heather Knight, On San Francisco: San Francisco General’s Bills Are So High Because Mayor, Supervisors Said They Could Be

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Carl Nolte, Native Son: Yosemite: Reminiscence on a Quiet Visit to ‘the Incomparable Valley’

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Willie Brown, Willie’s World: Bernie Sanders: New Haircut, New Suit, Old News

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Phil Matier: Flintstone House Furor: Angela Alioto Backing Owner Florence Fang

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Sally Stephens: Why is San Francisco Encouraging People to Smoke at Outdoor Events?

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Joe Fitzgerald Rodriguez, On Guard: While Some San Francisco Officials Back Homegrown Presidential Hopeful Harris, Others are Feelin’ the Bern