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Former San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom was sworn in as governor of California yesterday.

Learn about his first executive order to set up a single-purchaser system for prescription drugs Reuters

Read his inaugural speech Sacramento Bee

See what his political future may hold CALmatters

After yesterday’s swearing-in ceremony, San Francisco’s courts have a full complement of 52 judges. 46 percent are women. For the first time, the Superior Court’s presiding and assistant presiding judges are Chinese-American.


Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital’s aggressive tactics for billing emergency room patients can cost the privately insured tens of thousands of dollars more than care at other hospitals. The City’s largest public hospital and only top-tier trauma center doesn’t participate in private health insurer networks.


Mayor London Breed wants The City’s 10-year capital plan to include a new $300 million affordable housing bond and fastrack a $600 million bond for seismic retrofitting and other earthquake-resiliency projects on public safety infrastructure. Doing so pushes back a $255 million bond for parks and open space to November 2020.


As the federal government shutdown enters its third week, the San Francisco Department of Public Works is cleaning trash bins in the San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park, Lands End, Aquatic Park Cove and Fort Funston.


San Francisco-based Pacific Gas & Electric is considering whether to file for bankruptcy or sell its natural gas business. The company has lost more than half its market value since the deadliest wildfire in California history broke out in early November. Its equipment may have caused the blaze.


Twelve cannabis dispensaries that missed a March 2018 permit deadline to sell recreational cannabis may receive extensions. The San Francisco Planning Department urged the leniency citing shifting regulations, construction delays and other issues.


The Metropolitan Transportation Commission will launch a pilot program for up to 18 months that offers a 20 percent discount for low-income people to use BART, Caltrain, Muni or Golden Gate ferries and buses. A participant must earn annually $24,280, or $50,200 for a family of four.


There was a labor shortage at BART over the holidays. On Christmas Eve, 37 percent of BART’s operational staff did not report to work. On Christmas Day, 43 percent didn’t show.

San Francisco Chronicle

The Neighborhoods


Heavy rain over the weekend closed a section of the Great Highway between Lincoln Way and Sloat Boulevard to vehicles. The beachfront byway is so vulnerable to flooding and erosion, one advocacy group recommended that it be abandoned to nature.


South of Market

Yesterday afternoon, on her last full day as a supervisor of District 6, Jane Kim attended a ribbon-cutting to mark the completion of a parking-protected bike lane and sidewalk improvement project on Howard Street. Kim ushered the creation of 18.6 miles of bike lanes in her district, which contains some of the most dangerous streets for bicyclists and pedestrians in The City.



In October, Lucca Ravioli Company’s parking lot at 22nd and Valencia streets sold for $3 million. By December, preliminary plans for a five-story mixed-use development were submitted to the San Francisco Planning Department.


South of Market

Last month, plans were approved to install four sets of steel plates above and below the fractured beams at the $2.2 billion Salesforce Transit Center. The Transbay Joint Powers Authority expects to finalize a repair schedule this month.


Potrero Hill

In October, the California Community Care Licensing Division threatened to shut down the Residential Care Facility for the Elderly, part of the Behavioral Health Center at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital, following an investigation triggered by the death of 75-year-old Ruby Lee Andersen. The San Francisco Department of Public Health accepted a compliance plan set up by the state to improve care of residents at the facility.



Daily Driver, a full creamery, cafe, and bagel bakery that will also house a roastery by Oakland’s Red Bay Coffee in a 5,000-square-foot space, is scheduled to open in late March. It may well be the first cheese creamery to ever operate within the City and County of San Francisco.

The Columnists
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Heather Knight, On San Francisco: Amibition Puts SF Supervisor Behind in Race for President of Board of Supervisors

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Joe Eskenazi: How Many Hoops Must Manny Yekutiel Jump Through Before He’s Deemed Worthy to Set Foot in the Mission?

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Tim Redmond, The Agenda: The New Supes, a Public Bank, Police Secrecy

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Joe Fitzgerald Rodriguez, On Guard: Homeless Puppet Helps Kids Talk About Life on SF’s Streets

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Denise Sullivan, S.F. Lives: Playing the San Francisco Music Scene from BART Plazas to Sketchfest

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Willie Brown, Willie’s World: Nancy Pelosi Brings Class Back to Washington

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Phil Matier: New California Gov. Newsom Takes Office Monday, Throws High-Priced Events

Pitch in!

The San Francisco Public Utilities Commission needs help preparing for this week's wet weather. It's asking residents to watch over and clean drains and catch basins in their neighborhoods.

There are 20,000 drains and catch basins across The City. Leaves and plastic bags can back them up causing flooding.