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Friday, July 8, 2016

Police Protest Planned Tonight in SF?

Posted By on Fri, Jul 8, 2016 at 12:05 PM

Demonstrators block traffic along I-880 in Oakland on Thursday. - JOSE CARLOS FAJARDO/SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS VIA AP
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  • Demonstrators block traffic along I-880 in Oakland on Thursday.

Following Thursday night’s highway shutdown in Oakland during a police protest and the shootout that killed 5 police officers in Dallas at a Black Lives Matter march, a rally and march is planned tonight in San Francisco in reaction to the killing of two black men earlier this week by cops in Minnesota and Louisiana.

The San Francisco protest was announced before the incident in Dallas, according to the time stamps on posts at ANSWER Coalition and Occupy Oakland. Organizers are urging people to gather in Justin Herman Plaza across from the Ferry Building at 6 p.m. to “demand justice for all the victims of police brutality and end to racist police terror.” However, in light of the Dallas shootings, the rally is bound to take on a different tone and could have a larger police presence.

Many protests nationwide, such as the one in Oakland, were held Thursday in response to the police shooting deaths of Philando Castile on Wednesday in Minnesota and Alton Sterling on Tuesday in Louisiana. Castile was killed during a traffic stop while he sat in a car with his girlfriend and her daughter — and the aftermath was live streamed by his girlfriend, Diamond Reynolds. Sterling was lying on his back pinned down by two officers when he was fatally shot outside a convenience store.

Police around the country are on heightened alert following the Dallas sniper attack. In Oakland and San Jose, officers have been ordered to pair up on patrols to increase safety.

San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee on Friday issued a statement addressing the recent spate of violence nationwide, saying local police “showed this week that reforms can take hold and the sanctity of life can be upheld.” He was referring to the Wednesday standoff in the Tenderloin in which officers were able to peacefully end the confrontation with an armed man when they used beanbag rounds to subdue him
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Monday, May 23, 2016

Hey, Registered Independents: Here's How To Vote for Bernie (Or Hillary or Trump)

Posted By on Mon, May 23, 2016 at 4:16 PM

None of this for you 150,000 independents.
  • None of this for you 150,000 independents.

If you're like most San Francisco residents, you're already registered to vote in the California primary election, to be held in just over two weeks' time on June 7. Good for you, as today's the last day to register, which you can do online at 

However, if you're one of the city's nearly 150,000 voters who is registered as an independent — one who declined to state his or her party preference — you may encounter a nasty surprise when you step into the booth in two weeks. It's one you've already encountered if you're an independent who is a permanent vote-by-mail voter, with a ballot already sitting on your kitchen table: on your ballot, you will find no Trump, no Bernie, and no Hillary.

Yes, Sen. Bernie Sanders is an independent who is running for the Democratic nomination, and yes, California has an open primary system — but not for every office. For president, the state has a "modified closed primary system." 

So, in order to participate in a very, very meaningful California Democratic primary, you have to request a Democratic ballot.

But fear not: you have until midnight tonight to register as a Democrat or a Republican (if that's your thing). If you want to stay independent, you can vote in the Democratic primary.

Click on through after the jump for detailed instructions on how (if you haven't already clicked links throughout this post, like this one).

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Friday, January 29, 2016

S.F. Welcomed Super Bowl on Handshake Deal; No Contract, No Public Review

Posted By on Fri, Jan 29, 2016 at 4:22 PM

Much has been made of how San Francisco agreed to host the Super Bowl 50 festivities without billing the National Football League or the Super Bowl Host Committee for the $5.3 million in city services required to handle the lengthy party and attendant crowds. 

But in addition to agreeing not to charge the NFL, San Francisco officials also welcomed the Super Bowl without any kind of signed contract or agreement at all, according to public records — or, more accurately, according to a lack of public records.

The city Santa Clara and the Santa Clara Stadium Authority, which oversees Levi's Stadium, where the big game is to be played Feb. 7, both signed documents — a "governmental services agreement" as well as a memorandum of understanding — with the Super Bowl Host Committee. These documents state that Santa Clara gets its costs to host the game paid up front — and they also outline legal details like liability. 

San Francisco signed no such agreement (as it did to host the America's Cup in 2012). In other words, the Super Bowl is here on little more than a handshake deal — and as a result, heads in City Hall are spinning. 

"It is inconceivable that streets could be closed for a month, Muni buses rerouted, police working overtime, parks closed — all for free, with no signed agreement in place," Supervisor Aaron Peskin said. "It's mind-boggling."

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Wednesday, January 27, 2016

More Super Bowl Disruptions: A No Fly Zone and Fighter Jets

Posted By on Wed, Jan 27, 2016 at 10:33 AM

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In addition to causing gridlock on San Francisco streets, Super Bowl 50 will also wreak havoc in the sky. As KPIX reports, the Federal Aviation Administration will enforce a ban on “general aviation operations” within a 10-nautical mile radius of Levi’s Stadium on game day.

And thanks to greater-than-usual air activity during Super Bowl week, 15 Bay Area airports — including SFO and OAK — will require ramp reservations for non-commercial flights between the morning of Feb. 4 and the evening of Feb. 8.

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Thursday, December 31, 2015

Why San Francisco Has Had a Major Sinkhole Every Year Since 2011

Posted By on Thu, Dec 31, 2015 at 1:05 PM

Not the actual sinkhole. Not even San Francisco. - STEFAN POWELL/FLICKR
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  • Not the actual sinkhole. Not even San Francisco.

You didn’t think 2015 would end without our annual San Francisco sinkhole, did you?

We were seriously in danger of missing the deadline this time, but a 10-foot cavern (with a modest 2 by 4 surface opening) appeared beneath 24th and Church Streets in the wee hours of the morning today and kept our record secure. (It also snarled service on the J-Church Muni line.)

We’ve averaged a little over one large sinkhole per year since 2011, in case you haven’t kept score. See, for old time's sake, the craters that opened in 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2014

This time the culprit is almost certainly a burst sewer line.

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Wednesday, October 7, 2015

All Six Mayoral Candidates (including Ed Lee) Will Debate Tomorrow

Posted By on Wed, Oct 7, 2015 at 12:06 PM

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Although this year’s mayoral election feels anticlimactic — face it, Ed Lee is piloting his $1.4 million (at last count) money machine toward certain victory — the democratic process must go on. And tomorrow evening, something like democracy will roll into Genentech Hall in Mission Bay, where all six mayoral candidates, including Ed Lee, will square off in a debate sponsored by the League of Women Voters.

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Friday, September 18, 2015

A Heatwave is Coming This Weekend and You Can't Do a Damn Thing About It

Posted By on Fri, Sep 18, 2015 at 10:04 AM

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Remember last week when it was hot and people kept talking about how hot it was? Well, prepare to make scintillating small talk again, because triple digit temps return to the bay this weekend!

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Friday, September 11, 2015

Urban Shield's "Top Seller" is a T-Shirt Riffing on #BlackLivesMatter

Posted By on Fri, Sep 11, 2015 at 11:01 AM

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After years of protest over the annual Urban Shield conference at the Oakland Marriott, this year's event has been moved to the Alameda County fairgrounds in Pleasanton. Urban Shield is a trade show and training exercise for law enforcement agencies and emergency crews. 

Far from the prying eyes of pesky activists, dozens of law enforcement agencies will spend today at the conference's vendor show, browsing the guns, ammo, armored vehicles, surveillance technology, and robotics before commencing 48 hours of training exercises and war games tomorrow.

Plus, there are t-shirts.

Chuck Garcia, proprietor and designer for American Spartan Apparel, says that this year's "top seller" is a new design: "Black Rifles Matter."

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Monday, August 24, 2015

Embarcadero BART Station Closed Due to Medical Emergency

Posted By on Mon, Aug 24, 2015 at 2:25 PM

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It’s shaping up to be a tough day for BART.

This morning, trains were delayed in the East Bay as police at the Lake Merritt station tried to apprehend a robbery suspect who had fled into a tunnel. And this afternoon, the Chronicle reports that a person may have jumped in front of a train at the Embarcadero station.

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Friday, July 24, 2015

Here Are All the Streets the SF Marathon Is Going to Eff Up on Sunday

Posted By on Fri, Jul 24, 2015 at 1:59 PM

Not the SF Marathon. - MARCOVDZ/FLICKR
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  • Not the SF Marathon.

On Sunday, thousands of San Franciscans will have to make a kind of Sophie’s Choice: throw in a ball gag and head to Dore Alley, or slip on a soft cotton headband and run in the San Francisco Marathon. No matter which choice you make, you’re in for some sweaty, heavy-breathing recreation and lots of traffic snarls.

Here’s the marathon route and traffic advisories so you can plan accordingly:

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