Today’s Stories (Last updated March 20, 10:56 AM)

Mar
20
Natalie Berg 1935-2017
by Derek Remski
We sadly say goodbye today to Natalie Berg who served the city she loved for decades and mentored many readers of Suspects. Fare the well Ms. Berg.
We sadly say goodbye today to Natalie Berg who served the city she loved for decades and mentored many readers of Suspects. Fare the well Ms. Berg. more
Natalie Berg Obituary
SFGATE (03/20/2017)
Mar
20
Sheehy Proposes Expansion
by Derek Remski
Sup, Sheehy and the Mayor have put forward an ordinance which would create a new Cannabis Dept. and Commission to regulate the newly emerging legal marijuana industry after voters pa... more
Sup, Sheehy and the Mayor have put forward an ordinance which would create a new Cannabis Dept. and Commission to regulate the newly emerging legal marijuana industry after voters passed Prop 64. Heard at City Hall, "Dude, this line is moving so slow." more
SF may create a Cannabis Department
Examiner (03/20/2017)
Mar
20
Dude, where's my school?
by Derek Remski
Citing "unforeseen staffing emergencies," the SFUSD has left thousands of parents in the lurch by not informing them of which public schools their children have been assigned to. Wit... more
Citing "unforeseen staffing emergencies," the SFUSD has left thousands of parents in the lurch by not informing them of which public schools their children have been assigned to. With deadlines looming for putting down  deposits for private schools, parents with the means to do so may hedge their bets, others who do not are not so lucky.


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High anxiety as SF public school assignments run late
Chronicle (03/20/2017)
Mar
20
SF Politics 101: March 20th, 2017
by Admin
San Francisco's politics might be a bit confusing and after the last election, I'm sure you're more curious than ever. Mayor, Board of Supes, Senate, Assembly, DCCC - what the hell does it all mean and what’s going on?
San Francisco's politics might be a bit confusing and after the last election, I'm sure you're more curious than ever. Mayor, Board of Supes, Senate, Assembly, DCCC - what the hell does it all mean and what’s going on? more
San Francisco Politics 101: March 20th, 2017
United Democratic Club (03/02/2017)
Today’s Suspects Updater
Derek Remski

Derek got his first taste of politics a long time ago in a land far, far away when canvassing to protect women’s reproductive rights with CARAL. He moved to San Francisco in 1990 and has called the Western Addition home for 23 years. Over the years he has worn many hats including firebreather, nightclub impresario, rug importer, historian, and organizer.

In the Past Week…

Mar
17
NO SATURDAY SUSPECTS!
by Laura Foote Clark
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We'll be back Monday!
We apologize for the inconvenience, but your favorite publication will be out of commission tomorrow due to a server update.

We'll be back Monday! more
Mar
17
Opinion: 4 AM Could Bring the New Hotness
by Laura Foote Clark
San Francisco's new State Senator Scott Wiener is proposing new state legislation that will extend last call to 4 a.m. in California cities.
San Francisco's new State Senator Scott Wiener is proposing new state legislation that will extend last call to 4 a.m. in California cities. more
4 a.m. last call could revive San Francisco’s nightlife
Chronicle (03/17/2017)
Mar
17
Dogpatch Streetcar Moves Forward
by Laura Foote Clark
The T-line loop is coming to Dogpatch, now that it has overcome the last legal obstacle at the State Supreme Court. The project was approved more than 15 years ago, but city just sta... more
The T-line loop is coming to Dogpatch, now that it has overcome the last legal obstacle at the State Supreme Court. The project was approved more than 15 years ago, but city just started moving in 2014 when the city obtained a $10 million dollar grant. A neighborhood group then filed suit to relocate the project, but the justices were not swayed. more
Last legal obstacle for streetcar loop in SF’s Dogpatch falls
Chronicle (03/17/2017)
Mar
17
City Sale of 30 Van Ness Will Help Fund New Offices
by Laura Foote Clark
After a complicated, drawn out process, being rejected at the Board of Supervisors and coming back to the Board's Budget and Finance Committee, the sale of city parcel 30 Van Ness ha... more
After a complicated, drawn out process, being rejected at the Board of Supervisors and coming back to the Board's Budget and Finance Committee, the sale of city parcel 30 Van Ness has finally gone through. With 25% below market rate housing on-site, and $70 million dollars into the city coffers, Van Ness and Market will start to become a more vibrant area. more
30 Van Ness sale returns to help fund new city
Examiner (03/17/2017)
Mar
17
Major Parking Changes Coming Soon
by Laura Foote Clark
The San Francisco Municipal Transit Agency is proposing to lower the neighborhood parking permits per household from 4 down to 2. The hope is to limit visitor parking and leave more ... more
The San Francisco Municipal Transit Agency is proposing to lower the neighborhood parking permits per household from 4 down to 2. The hope is to limit visitor parking and leave more available for residents. more
Major changes for SF parking, driving speed on the way
Examiner (03/17/2017)
Mar
17
Brothel was Sued, Then Evicted
by Laura Foote Clark
City Attorney Office sued a long-standing brothel on the edge of Chinatown. While the lawsuit rumbles on, the landlord, who is also being sued, used the lawsuit as cause for eviction... more
City Attorney Office sued a long-standing brothel on the edge of Chinatown. While the lawsuit rumbles on, the landlord, who is also being sued, used the lawsuit as cause for eviction, shutting down the brothel. more
Brothel sued by SF evicted from building on edge of Chinatown
Examiner (03/17/2017)
Mar
17
Business Times Defends Chariot
by Laura Foote Clark
While there are rumblings in City Hall over regulations being imposed to curtail jitneys, the Business Times thinks this is an overreach.
While there are rumblings in City Hall over regulations being imposed to curtail jitneys, the Business Times thinks this is an overreach. more
Our View: Transit regulators threaten to take Chariot for a ride
SF Business Times (03/17/2017)
Mar
17
SF Adds South Dakota to Travel Ban List
by Laura Foote Clark
San Francisco is banning the use of taxpayer dollars to travel to South Dakota, due to recent passage of anti-LGBTQ laws. California has banned officials from using taxpayer money to... more
San Francisco is banning the use of taxpayer dollars to travel to South Dakota, due to recent passage of anti-LGBTQ laws. California has banned officials from using taxpayer money to travel to several states, and now South Dakota could be next. more
SF bans travel to South Dakota
The Bay Area Reporter (03/17/2017)
Mar
16
Local Income Tax Proposed
by Derek Lee
Although state law currently prohibits it, Supervisor Aaron Peskin is working with Assemblymember Phil Ting to change the rules, with the goal of allowing SF to tax its deep pocketed... more
Although state law currently prohibits it, Supervisor Aaron Peskin is working with Assemblymember Phil Ting to change the rules, with the goal of allowing SF to tax its deep pocketed denizens. more
SF considers local income tax proposal
Examiner (03/16/2017)
Mar
16
Campos' New Gig
by Derek Lee
More on former Supe Campos' new job as deputy county executive for Santa Clara County.
More on former Supe Campos' new job as deputy county executive for Santa Clara County. more
News Briefs: Campos lands high-profile job in South Bay
The Bay Area Reporter (03/16/2017)
Mar
16
Less Digging for Faster Internet
by Derek Lee
On Tuesday, Mark Farrell introduced legislation allowing internet service providers to dig shallower trenches for running fiber optic cables, thus allowing quicker internet for SF, f... more
On Tuesday, Mark Farrell introduced legislation allowing internet service providers to dig shallower trenches for running fiber optic cables, thus allowing quicker internet for SF, faster. more
S.F. to allow micro-trenching for high-speed fiber optic internet providers
SF Business Times (03/16/2017)
Mar
16
SF Leads the Way for Healthcare in CA
by Derek Lee
In case you didn't already know, San Francisco has a form of Universal Healthcare. Gavin Newsom thinks California should follow suit.
In case you didn't already know, San Francisco has a form of Universal Healthcare. Gavin Newsom thinks California should follow suit. more
Could San Francisco’s universal health care model work for all of California?
The Sacramento Bee (03/16/2017)
Mar
16
Interim Superintendent Throws Hat in for Permanent Job
by Derek Lee
Superintendent Leigh says he is the Myong for the job after all.
Superintendent Leigh says he is the Myong for the job after all. more
Acting SF schools chief vies to keep post
The Bay Area Reporter (03/16/2017)
Mar
16
Airbnb Touts Economic Benefits
by Derek Lee
Airbnb launches yet another charm offensive to let the people know they're good for the City.
Airbnb launches yet another charm offensive to let the people know they're good for the City. more
Exclusive: Airbnb goes on charm offensive, touting its economic benefits for S.F. as criticism continues
SF Business Times (03/16/2017)
Mar
15
Two From Matier And Ross
by Corey Smith
A double dose this morning with a story about cheating within the Police Academy and another about cleaning homeless encampments. 
A double dose this morning with a story about cheating within the Police Academy and another about cleaning homeless encampments.  more
SF hauls tons of trash, thousands of needles from homeless camps
Chronicle (03/15/2017)
Two SF police recruits accused of cheating, dropped from force
Chronicle (03/15/2017)
Mar
15
The Process For Investigations
by Corey Smith
The Examiner obtained details on what actually occurs during an investigation into a police shooting.
The Examiner obtained details on what actually occurs during an investigation into a police shooting. more
Details revealed of DA investigations into police shootings
Examiner (03/15/2017)
Mar
15
What Goes Down, Must Go Up?
by Corey Smith
In the event of the federal government dropping taxes, the City and state are looking for alternative methods to raise money. 
In the event of the federal government dropping taxes, the City and state are looking for alternative methods to raise money.  more
If federal taxes go down, state and local taxes could go up
Chronicle (03/15/2017)
Mar
15
No DAPL For SF
by Corey Smith
The Board of Supervisors passed a resolution that instructed City Treasurer Jose Cisneros to, when looking for investment opportunities, avoid banks that have funded the Dakota Acces... more
The Board of Supervisors passed a resolution that instructed City Treasurer Jose Cisneros to, when looking for investment opportunities, avoid banks that have funded the Dakota Access Pipeline. more
San Francisco Moves To Divest $1.2B From Companies Financing Dakota Access Pipeline
KCBS (03/15/2017)
SF Supervisors Vote in Favor of Pipeline Divestment Efforts
NBC Bay Area (03/15/2017)
Mar
15
Pier 29's Future
by Corey Smith
Approval was given by the Board of Supervisors to let the Port lease Pier 29 for future commercial opportunities. 
Approval was given by the Board of Supervisors to let the Port lease Pier 29 for future commercial opportunities.  more
Pier 29 shops get green light at Board of Supervisors
Examiner (03/15/2017)
Mar
15
Farrell's Fiber Wiring
by Corey Smith
In the effort for internet connectivity, Supervisor Farrell is working with DPW to allow "micro-trenching" for fiber wiring. 
In the effort for internet connectivity, Supervisor Farrell is working with DPW to allow "micro-trenching" for fiber wiring.  more
SF may permit micro-trenching for fiber optic internet providers
Examiner (03/15/2017)
Mar
15
Blue-Ut-Oh
by Corey Smith
A conversation sparked by the company Bluegogo has resulted in the City passing new bikeshare laws. 
A conversation sparked by the company Bluegogo has resulted in the City passing new bikeshare laws.  more
Planning Department may shut down bikeshare company Bluegogo’s rental sites
Examiner (03/15/2017)
SF passes new laws to penalize bike
Examiner (03/15/2017)
Mar
15
Robot Taxes
by Corey Smith
With automation becoming more prevalent, Supervisor Jane Kim is looking for ways to redirect extra wealth back to social services. 
With automation becoming more prevalent, Supervisor Jane Kim is looking for ways to redirect extra wealth back to social services.  more
San Francisco talks robot tax
Examiner (03/15/2017)
Mar
14
Safai's First Fight
by Corey Smith
The battle over the City's inclusionary laws is the first political test for Supervisor Ahsha Safai. 
The battle over the City's inclusionary laws is the first political test for Supervisor Ahsha Safai.  more
Supervisor Safai’s political support crumbling over housing proposal
Examiner (03/14/2017)
Mar
14
Talbot On Airbnb
by Corey Smith
The Chronicle columnist shares some stories from readers regarding the always debatable home share site.
The Chronicle columnist shares some stories from readers regarding the always debatable home share site. more
Readers vent about Airbnb: The good, the bad and the ugly
Chronicle (03/14/2017)
Mar
14
Tang's Density Bonuses
by Corey Smith
After an attempt to pass a local version of the state's density bonus law was stalled last year, Supervisor Tang re-introduced her "HomeSF" legislation at yesterday's Land Use meeting.
After an attempt to pass a local version of the state's density bonus law was stalled last year, Supervisor Tang re-introduced her "HomeSF" legislation at yesterday's Land Use meeting. more
Proposed market-rate density bonus program revived in SF
Examiner (03/14/2017)
Mar
14
SF At High-Speed?
by Corey Smith
Supervisor Mark Farrell has assembled a group to figure out the best way to equip all of SF with high-speed internet.
Supervisor Mark Farrell has assembled a group to figure out the best way to equip all of SF with high-speed internet. more
Panel to study wiring San Francisco with high-speed Internet
Chronicle (03/14/2017)
Mar
14
Mental Health And Law Enforcement
by Corey Smith
An employee from the Department of Health was involved with negotiations during a police standoff last week. These mental health professionals are key to ending some SFPD situations ... more
An employee from the Department of Health was involved with negotiations during a police standoff last week. These mental health professionals are key to ending some SFPD situations without further incident.  more
Mental health team to work closely with SFPD during crisis
Examiner (03/14/2017)
Mar
14
Affordable Housing And Politics
by Corey Smith
Affordable housing developers aren't pleased with legislation from Supervisor Mark Farrell that is intended to limit their political activity. 
Affordable housing developers aren't pleased with legislation from Supervisor Mark Farrell that is intended to limit their political activity.  more
Nonprofit developers oppose campaign donation ban
Chronicle (03/14/2017)
Mar
14
Rent Hike For CCSF
by Corey Smith
A rent increase at the Fort Mason campus has forced CCSF to plan to leave the site next semester.
A rent increase at the Fort Mason campus has forced CCSF to plan to leave the site next semester. more
Rent hike prompts CCSF to plan on closing Fort Mason art campus
Examiner (03/14/2017)
Mar
14
SFUSD's Female Future
by Corey Smith
San Francisco schools are taking measures to ensure an equal education. 
San Francisco schools are taking measures to ensure an equal education.  more
Empowering female students central to SFUSD curriculum
Examiner (03/14/2017)