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Hundreds of SF city workers take on ‘emergency’ roles - The San Francisco Examiner

Hundreds of SF city workers take on ‘emergency’ roles - The San Francisco Examiner

Election staffers aiding the homeless. City public works employees building new medical facilities. Librarians delivering food to the hungry.Hundreds of San Francisco city government workers have been drafted, in essence, as “disaster service workers,” seeing The City slot them into roles on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic.A little-known clause in a city worker’s hiring papers allows San Francisco to require them to aid city efforts during a disaster. While most often seen as an essential safety net for our City by the Bay’s most notorious danger — earthquakes — the government...

April 15, 2020
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Project wins approval at Lucky Penny site with no affordable housing - The San Francisco Examiner

Project wins approval at Lucky Penny site with no affordable housing - The San Francisco Examiner

A 101-unit project on the site of the former Lucky Penny restaurant is moving forward with approval from supervisors, but without the affordable housing originally promised.Supervisors on Tuesday voted to remove the requirement to include affordable housing in the development on-site at Geary Boulevard and Masonic Avenue.Upzoning was allowed under the premise that the new building would be home to mixed-income households, but the developer will instead pay $4.5 million to be used for affordable housing elsewhere. Supervisor Catherine Stefani, who led negotiations for the site in her...

April 16, 2020
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San Francisco may create city-monitored homeless tent encampments to slow COVID-19 - The San Francisco Examiner

San Francisco may create city-monitored homeless tent encampments to slow COVID-19 - The San Francisco Examiner

Homeless people are among the most likely to die when infected by COVID-19, medical professionals across the nation have said. An infection in The City’s notoriously pervasive homeless population would be a nightmare.San Francisco woke to that nightmare Friday.Mayor London Breed revealed an “outbreak” of COVID-19 at San Francisco’s largest homeless shelter, Friday, which infected 68 unhoused people and two staffers.Homeless advocates called it an “explosive catastrophe.” They also used another word for the terrible contamination: predictable. Advocates have been agitating for The City’s...

April 11, 2020
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Controller estimates using hotels for shelter will cost $197 per room per day for first 2,000 rooms - The San Francisco Examiner

Controller estimates using hotels for shelter will cost $197 per room per day for first 2,000 rooms - The San Francisco Examiner

The first batch of about 2,000 hotel rooms The City is signing leases on to shelter the homeless and first responders will cost about $197 each per night, the City Controller said Wednesday.The City is using the vacant hotel rooms as shelter during the coronavirus health crisis for first responders, those who need to be quarantined and for homeless residents— although the exact amount of the latter The City will move into hotel rooms remains unknown. That is subject to a debate between the Board of Supervisors and Mayor London Breed.City Controller Ben Rosenfield said Wednesday that The...

April 8, 2020
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Mayor nominates SF Bicycle Coalition advocate to SFMTA board - The San Francisco Examiner

Mayor nominates SF Bicycle Coalition advocate to SFMTA board - The San Francisco Examiner

Mayor London Breed has nominated bike advocate Jane Natoli to the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency Board of Directors, the mayor announced Thursday.Natoli sat on the Board of Directors for the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition, the politically powerful local bike advocacy organization, from 2018 to 2019, according to the coalition. She is also a board member of the San Francisco LGBT Center and YIMBY Action.Should her nomination be approved by the Board of Supervisors, Natoli would also be the first out transgender person to serve on the SFMTA Board of Directors, , a...

April 16, 2020
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I Drive SF: How I became a self loathing pandemic hoarder - The San Francisco Examiner

I Drive SF: How I became a self loathing pandemic hoarder - The San Francisco Examiner

It’s hot in the sun. In the shade, it’s cold. I can’t seem to catch a break with the weather today. Standing in line outside Trader Joe’s with 50 other people, I begin to question my resolve.According to the sign, the wait time is approximately 30 minutes. The line stretches from the entrance around the side of the store, through the parking lot and down a residential street. It’s only gotten longer since I showed up, enviro-sacks in hand, 10 minutes ago. As we get closer, another sign informs potential shoppers that personal bags aren’t allowed anymore. Cashiers must use fresh paper sacks....

April 16, 2020
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Cost of monthly Muni pass to exceed $100 as fares rise - The San Francisco Examiner

Cost of monthly Muni pass to exceed $100 as fares rise - The San Francisco Examiner

A monthly Muni pass will soon cost more than $100 as part of across the board fare increases approved Tuesday for nearly everyone except those paying in cash.The fare increases, part of the agency’s newly approved budget, were opposed by groups including the Board of Supervisors, City College of San Francisco students, and a coalition of 24 San Francisco organizations including Jobs with Justice San Francisco, Senior and Disability Action, South of Market Community Action Network, Housing Rights Committee San Francisco, Mission Housing, the Coalition on Homelessness, and more.“The income...

April 22, 2020
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New restrictions on office space in new Mission District developments move forward - The San Francisco Examiner

New restrictions on office space in new Mission District developments move forward - The San Francisco Examiner

The Planning Commission on Thursday voted to prohibit most office space in some new developments in the Mission District.The unanimous vote Thursday on a proposal from Supervisor Hillary Ronen is intended to boost housing in projects within the urban mixed use (UMU) district that includes the South of Market, Potrero Hill, and the central waterfront, which was created to allow for residential and office space while preserving industrial uses.The restrictions approved Thursday no longer allow new office space in the upper levels of certain developments within the UMU district, but scale back...

April 24, 2020
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So long, farewell: On Guard column ends - The San Francisco Examiner

So long, farewell: On Guard column ends - The San Francisco Examiner

Farewell, dear readers. This ink-stained wretch is hanging up his hat: This is my final On Guard column.My last day at the San Francisco Examiner is Friday, April 24, 2020.It’s hard to type these words. I’ve been mulling how to tell you all for weeks, now.At first, I thought I’d try some too-clever contrivance, like bookending my columns with a call-back to my very first On Guard in 2014, when I . He had helped my own grandfather navigate his buyout in the early 2000s, and just this week I drove up to my grandfather’s old flat in the Castro, above Market on 16th Street.I wrote a letter to...

April 24, 2020
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Fewer introduces legislation to speed up closure of Hall of Justice jail - The San Francisco Examiner

Fewer introduces legislation to speed up closure of Hall of Justice jail - The San Francisco Examiner

A San Francisco supervisor is moving forward with plans to close the dilapidated seventh-floor jail above the Hall of Justice within six months.Supervisor Sandra Fewer introduced legislation Tuesday that would require the closure of County Jail No. 4 and aim to reduce the jail population without sending inmates to Alameda County.“The jail population right now, as we speak, is being reduced because of COVID-19,” Fewer said in a . “This is an opportune time to evaluate those measures being taken and apply best practices for the jail closure plan.”Fewer first announced her legislation in late...

April 14, 2020
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