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Missed Connections: SF Shelter Hotline Staff Could Not Reach Most People Who Called for Help
On a warm evening in late August, Harley received bad news at the Dolores Shelter Program, a site in the Mission for adults experiencing homelessness: There were no walk-up beds available that night. When another man said a case worker told him the site offered walk-up beds, a shelter employee...
Supervisor Defends Dropping Support for Addiction-Treatment Centers
Supervisor Matt Dorsey received backlash this month for asking the mayor to redirect the entire $18.9 million in city funding budgeted for a new drop-in addiction treatment center toward jails instead. Dorsey told the San Francisco Public Press that he reversed his previous support for the centers — called wellness...
State Supreme Court to Weigh In on Long Trial Delays
A lawsuit against San Francisco Superior Court over its routine failure to uphold defendants’ right to a speedy trial is in the hands of California’s Supreme Court. San Francisco has more than 1,100 cases past statutory time limits, and 115 of those defendants are languishing in jail without a conviction.
New Reparations Ideas Include Senior Housing, Legal Assistance and a ‘Black Card’ for Local Discounts
Just over a week after the U.S. Supreme Court gutted affirmative action in college admissions, San Francisco took a major step in the other direction by advancing a plan to repair historical harms by the government against Black people. After dozens of meetings over two years, the San Francisco African...
Local Planners Say State Failed to Track Safety Incidents on Uber and Lyft
The state agency responsible for ensuring Uber and Lyft rides are safe failed to consistently track the number of accidents, assaults and drunk driving complaints that occur on them, according to a new study by San Francisco traffic planners. The California Public Utilities Commission did not even consistently collect the...
Promising to Prevent Floods at Treasure Island, Builders Downplay Risk of Sea Rise
Sea level rise is forcing cities around San Francisco Bay to weigh demand for new housing against the need to protect communities from flooding. Builders say they can solve this dilemma with cutting-edge civil engineering. But no one knows whether their ambitious efforts will be enough to keep newly built waterfront real estate safe in coming decades.
Plan for 82,000 Homes in San Francisco Moves Forward, Under Pressure From State
San Francisco residents will retain their ability to debate how, for whom and were to build housing within city limits. That’s because the Board of Supervisors today just barely made its deadline to pass a state-mandated plan to build 82,000 housing units within eight years. Not hitting the Jan....
California Indian Tribes Denied Resources for Decades as Federal Acknowledgement Lags
This article is adapted from an episode of our podcast “Civic.” Click the audio player below to hear the full story. In 1978, the U.S. government created a path to recognizing Indian tribes in the United States. Four years later, the Southern Sierra Miwuk Nation, a tribe native to Yosemite Valley, submitted its initial request to become a recognized tribe.
Ballotpedia Strives to Earn Voters’ Trust With Comprehensive Elections Guide
This article is adapted from an episode of our podcast “Civic.” Click the audio player below to hear the full story. Voters who feel confused or misled by the bombardment of political advertising that comes with every election season might seek out a neutral, straightforward explanation of a ballot measure or campaign. For many voters, that search leads to Ballotpedia. Though the site is exhaustive and may seem formulaic, its content is not automatically generated. Professional writers and editors carefully curate the material that lands in this elections encyclopedia, which covers everything from ballot measures to judges to redistricting.
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