Tag Archives: City Hall

Community advocate Raeleen Valle-Brenes assists April, a resident of the Trainor Street homeless encampment, with her voter registration form. Photo by Laura Waxmann

The Mission’s Homeless Can and Should Vote, Say Advocates

San Francisco’s homeless population can vote, even without a fixed address, announced advocates for the homeless who on Thursday gathered at the intersection of Division Street and Trainor – a narrow alleyway behind Rainbow Grocery that is lined with tents. “Our goal is to tell folks, if you want to vote, look at that street corner right there; that’s your...
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Meet the Commissioners Selecting Candidates for SF’s New Police Chief

From approving policy on body cameras to firing police officers found guilty of misconduct, Wednesday nights are reserved for scrutiny of police practices at the San Francisco Police Commission. The seven-member civilian panel acts as the police department’s disciplinary body and officially meets once a week for a public hearing, usually at City Hall, to receive updates from department heads,...
Acting San Francisco Police Chief Toney Chaplin fields questions about police reform at Board of Supervisors hearing on October 4. Photo by Laura Waxmann

Supes Grill Acting Chief on Police Reform Recommendations

San Francisco supervisors challenged Acting Police Chief Toney Chaplin on his commitment to reform at a Tuesday hearing at the Board of Supervisors.   Supervisors asked pointed questions about everything from Chaplin’s ability to push back against the influential police union to working towards changing department culture. “We are getting all this talk about things happening and implementation, but I...
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Activist Groups Decline City’s Human Rights Award

Community groups demanding reform of the San Francisco Police Department and city government declined on Thursday to accept their awards from the San Francisco Human Rights Commission. At least half of the 16 the coalitions slated to receive the award – those recognized for organizing against police brutality – walked out of the City Hall chamber mid-ceremony. Many called the award “insulting.”...
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Supervisors Approve Tenant Protections Against Fires

San Francisco supervisors on Tuesday unanimously approved three proposals aimed at protecting renters from the repercussions of structure fires by prioritizing them for affordable housing and requiring landlords to provide more information to tenants and to the city. All three pieces of legislation were passed on first reading unanimously and will become law after another Board of Supervisors vote and...
Members of a prayer circle in front of City Hall hold hands on Wednesday evening. Photo by Laura Wenus

Religious Groups Continue Push for Police Reform

Religious organizations in San Francisco and Oakland continue to organize small but persistent actions to express their support for police reform and dismay at police shootings. Two consecutive vigils were held Wednesday evening to commemorate police shooting victims and call for action from city officials. Father Richard Smith of St. John the Evangelist church on 15th Street, along with some...
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Supporters of Hunger Strike Picket City Hall, Call for Firing of Police Chief

A protest outside of San Francisco City Hall kicked off early Monday morning with more than 100 picketers marching around the building while dozens of others congregated near the main entrance, which was barricaded and guarded by a dozen sheriff’s deputies. The action — called in support of the so-called Frisco Five hunger strikers, who camped in front of the Mission District police...
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33 Arrests, Chaos as Supporters of Hunger Strikers and Sheriff’s Deputies Clash at City Hall

A protest at City Hall on Friday night saw dozens of protesters and several journalists shoved and manhandled by sheriff’s deputies who arrested 33 people, including one juvenile. Swarms of deputies wearing riot helmets and armed with batons pushed back protesters who had squared off against them inside city hall. Several scuffles broke out between protesters and deputies, who used their batons to corral...
San Francisco Public Defender Jeff Adachi called for a state investigation into police practices during an April 13 press conference at City Hall. Photo by Laura Waxmann

SF Looks to State for Help with Reforming Police Policies

Following a letter to California Attorney General Kamala Harris last week, Public Defender Jeff Adachi vowed to continue demanding a state investigation into the practices of the San Francisco Police Department, which he said are plagued by racial bias, use-of-force violations and a lack of transparency. “People are dying on our streets, so how many more have to be killed...
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Supervisors Approve Teacher Protections, All-Gender Restrooms, Homelessness Crisis Declaration

The Board of Supervisors passed three pieces of legislation — two of them unanimously — on Tuesday, all three of which were introduced by Supervisor David Campos. Supervisors restricted no-fault evictions of teachers and students during the school year, approved gender-neutral public bathrooms, and declared a homeless shelter crisis city-wide. Though the items will come up for a final vote...
Carlos and Rubie Navarro, shown here with their lawyer Salvatore Timpano (center), are seeking financial assistance to afford their increased rent at Navarro’s Martial Arts Academy & Gym.  Photo courtesy of Rubie Navarro.

Supervisors Rush to Fund Legacy Businesses’ Preservation

By this summer, San Francisco’s new Legacy Business Preservation Fund is slated to start giving long-time establishments financial assistance to weather the city’s harsh real estate market. That’s not soon enough for Supervisors David Campos and Aaron Peskin. They have co-sponsored legislation that would inject about $343,000 into the Preservation Fund before it officially activates in July, at the start...
Gwendolyn Woods (far right) and supporters of the Justice for Mario Woods Coalition at the Board of Supervisors meeting on January 12. Photo by Laura Waxmann

SF Supervisors Apologize for Police Shootings, Call for Investigation

After introducing legislation that calls for an independent federal investigation into the officer involved shooting death of Mario Woods, District 5 Supervisor London Breed joined three other supervisors on record in criticizing the San Francisco Police Department for its use of force policies. “I’ve mourned the loss of far too many young, African Americans in my life, and since December 2...
The Mission Local crew getting ready for their first live BFF broadcast at the Secret Alley.

Listen Local: State of the City and Smash’n’Grabs

Listen Local is Mission Local in audio form. We go live on a biweekly webcast every other Thursday morning from 9:30 to 10:00. Here’s our latest show: In this episode, we talk about the mayor’s state of the city address last week. Housing is, of course, one of both Ed Lee’s and our top priorities. We chat about funds for...
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To Halt Evictions, City May Become Landlord

When a landlord sells their rent-controlled building it can strike fear into the hearts of longtime tenants with low rents—eviction notices, buyouts, or worse may not be far off depending on whoever the buyer is. But landlords looking to sell should take note, there’s a new buyer in town: the Mayor’s Office of Housing. Announced late last week, the Mayor...
Artist Scott Weaver at Root Division group show in 2009. Photo by Steve Saldivar.

A Cash Infusion to Support Nonprofits

Rising rents have forced the relocation or closure of several nonprofits in recent months, among them: Hyde Street Community Services, Under One Roof, and Root Division. A new initiative from The Mayor’s Office of Housing and Community Development (MOHCD), together with the San Francisco Arts Commission (SFAC), aims to slow down this churn. The new program, which got its final...