Mid June 2020

candidates

Seven Candidates File for D7 Supervisor

The deadline to run for District 7 Supervisor is now complete and six candidates have provided information to the public about their campaigns. Of the Seven candidates who must complete the nomination process by the filing deadline, six provided the Department of Elections with contact information, and the Westside Observer was unable to find infomation about Kenneth Piper, the seventh candidate. Information will be added to our website when it is available.

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Warning-RipCurrents

Deadly Rip Currents at Ocean Beach

Ocean Beach is notable for powerful swells that attract surfers, nature lovers and locals seeking respite from confinement. Less visible are treacherous rip currents that can drag swimmers out to sea where panic, exhaustion and frigid waters can quickly cause drowning. Prominent signs warning of the dangers of swimming and wading are easily overlooked amidst the captivating scenery.

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Clean Power Ad
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Chaos at SFPUC

The Commission, which is supposed to look after the public’s interest, is a sinecure for special interests and supporters of the mayor. There’s the labor seat, the environmental seat, and so forth. You don’t get ahead by making big waves. The mayor just wants minimum trouble; she’s got plenty to do on other fronts.

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Marilyn Monroe

Real Travel

Chicago Revisited

Chicago is a beautiful city, clean, well maintained and full of very nice people ... Homelessness does not exist and graffiti is not to be seen ...

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Homeless on La Playa

Letter Re: Homeless on La Playa

... local and state solutions appear woefully inadequate ... to the scale of the situation. And, there is no plan for actually preventing homelessness.” ...

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Grant Toppled

Letter to Mayor: Grant Memorial

... in San Francisco his monument was torn down last night  in Golden Gate Park during  its 150th Anniversary year by vandals with no sense of history hiding behind the fake camouflage of a protest against police abuse ...

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Speedway Meadows

Homeless Encampments for Golden Gate Park?

Board of Supervisors seek solutions ... raising concerns among the public about the possibility of long-term use of parkland to address social and economic problems ...

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govt givaways

Big Balboa Giveaway Bad Break for City College

The SF Public Utilities Commission will sell over 17 acres, for approximately $11.2 million — about $640,000 per acre for prime SF real estate to a privateer for more than 90% below market rate ...

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arrests

Arrests Made in Gang Shootings

On May 26th the Gang Task Force served search warrants related to the May 12th gang-related shootings that occurred between two cars at Ocean Avenue and Jules Street. A 50 year-old bystander, wounded in the shootout...

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Dr. Kerr

Enigma of Covid-19 Immunity

Hopes were that recovering from COVID-19 would generate antibodies, thus conferring immunity and peace of mind. Plus, survivors could help treat newly-infected COVID-19 patients by donating their convalescent plasma. It's not that simple.

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Steve Lawrence

Our Inefficient Water, Sewer and Power Provider

While water and sewer bills are not taxes, they are worse. They hit ordinary people harder ... and rates are determined by cost. When costs rise, so do rates.

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Barberini

Did Larcenies Decline 96% During Protests?

There are several problems with Boudin’s boasted success with reducing the jail population...

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grads picture

Congratulations Graduates!

Celebrate Right Now Come On! It is that time to feel proud of what our children have accomplished. Every parent is entitled to feel a little teary-eyed as children grow-up and move on to the next step in life...

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Quentin Kopp
Remembering Honest Presidents and Election Recommendations

Truman: "You don’t want me. You want the office of the President, and that doesn’t belong to me. It belongs to the American people and it’s not for sale.” ...

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West Portal Open Biz

West Portal Opens! ... sort of

“Non-essential" businesses are curbside ready — no entry for now

People are beginning to return to West Portal's small businesses—and other Westside businesses are ready to make sales.

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Covid Response

Delays in Testing Nursing Care "Invisibles"

“When I realized my vibrant 102 year-old Mother is at risk of dying ... from the experience in Washington state, and the reports of patients found dead in their care home beds in Spain ...

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Public Hearing Notice

Prelude to a SFPD Shooting

“...Tommy, a resident who was refusing to social distance, fighting with other tenants, opening the door to allow non-tenants into the building, and acting “erratic.”

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Covid Response

Mystique of Covid Transmission

“...airborne transmission of COVID-19 is likely, particularly in crowded, enclosed spaces ... outdoor transmission is rare ...

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Covid Response

School Budgets Clobbered

“California did not create this problem and should not be required to solve it alone ... deep cuts to core services like schools, universities, and safety net programs will be unavoidable—both in California and across the country.

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Covid Response

An Emphatic Letter to City Hall

“Now I have come to a crossroads in my life. I always knew what the right path was. Without exception. I knew. But I never took it. Do you know why? It was too damn hard.

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Public Hearing Notice

End Run Around Environmental Review

“The Department's proposed policy to 'streamline' the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) ... SER - Standard Environmental Requirements... projects that formerly needed extensive review would be approved unilaterally by Planning staff...

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Covid Response

Wrong Priorities?

“Nursing homes are like cruise ships, and the outbreak at Central Gardens, in the Western Addition is illustrative...Care home staff are often underpaid and overworked. So their ability to be fastidious about precautions, as they hurry to care for every resident, is impaired...

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Stressed Student

Distance learning and student stress

An 8th Grade Student Protests

I worry about my friends who ... are unable to keep up with the pace of online classes ... Some do not have easy access to electronic devices, some are not familiar with computers, or have no wi-fi access...

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DA Chesa Boudin

DA Boudin’s Struggles with Math and the Dictionary

... politicians wasted no time in using the chaos of the coronavirus to push through their agendas: street closures to nonexistent traffic, spreading the homeless to hotels in districts they don’t frequent, and the release of “non violent” prisoners...

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West Portal in the time of Covid 19

Westside is Open for Business

“It may look deserted, but there is plenty going on  in West Portal, Taraval, and in Parkside. Get the latest — hours, phone numbers, addresses, websites — Check out our Open for Business page.

It's a work in progress—your feedback helps.

Open Business Guide
Muni Busses in storage

MUNI Restores Some Services

28 - 19th Ave • 714 BART • L Bus

In addition to running Core service, the following Muni routes will start service or be adjusted beginning Saturday, April 25...

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Slow Streets map

Cars Banned

No thru traffic — 41st Avenue, Ortega, Kirkham & 20th Avenues Impacted

We need to walk, bike, skate and jog — making it difficult to keep 6’ from others on sidewalks...

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Assembly Member Shirley Weber

Ruminations

... a San Diego legislator, Shirley Weber, espouses discrimination, preferential treatment, and institutional racism based upon race, sex, color, or national origin ... Assembly Constitutional Amendment 5 awaits action ...

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pandemic scammer

Beware of Coronavirus Scams

The IRS reports fraudsters seeking personal information or fees to speed up delivery of the $1,200 “Stimulus Check.

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Letter to Sacramento

Senior Safety

Don't Abandon Nursing Homes...

Do not allow COVID 19 positive patients to be transferred to existing nursing homes— sufficient resources to test everyone, staff and patients and sufficient PPE

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Pinata in the form of a Police car

Scapegoating SFPD Officers

Department of Emergency Management’s Failure to Track 9-1-1 Suspect Info

Another misconception ... SFPD drives up, sees a robbery in progress, and arrests the suspect. Nothing could be rarer.

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Multi language skills

On the Frontline:

Distance Learning at SFUSD

... often our parents speak a heritage language with no standardized spelling. Dialects are common ... when parents speak Tzeltal (Mexico) or Mam (Guatamala) ...

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Mark Rocha, Chancellor of City College

Willie Brown’s World

Meanwhile...back at headquarters

Nuru was not the FBI’s main target of the investigation—he was the bait to lure someone bigger .. they released Nuru on the condition that he cooperate ...

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Lou w MonopolyMoney

CPA's Money Guide

"Don't Mistake Life Insurance as an Investment

Whole life insurance products are unnecessarily complex... over the customer’s head while touting unrealistic market projections ... until they feel financially unsophisticated, while their trust is betrayed ...

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London Breed

Public Records Are “Essential”

COVID-19’s Impact ...

... trade-offs need to be made, including restricting inspection of records at City Hall ... But suspending access to public records altogether ...?

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Opiod Deaths Chart

Fentanyl & Meth Overdose Deaths

Fentanyl is supplanting Mexican black-tar heroin ... as an additive to give them more “kick.”...it’s cheaper and delivers a better rush ....

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Glenn and the Corona virus

Worst Pandemic Yet to Come

For thousands of years, homo sapiens have developed a resistance to the viruses and bacteria present in our domestic livestock i.e., cows, chickens, pigs and sheep. There is no resistance the new viruses ...

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Tony Hall and Homeless sleeper

Changing Times

...the corruption that exists in San Francisco today was accelerated during the Newsom administration ... the tremendous amounts of money that we are spending on homelessness ... due to his failed and disastrous policy, “Care not Cash ...

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Student Stress Graphic

Kocivar on Education

Student Stress and Covid-19

Students show stress in different ways at different ages. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) gives examples of what to look for.

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John Farrell with his dogs

Aftermath of the Corona Virus—

... City Hall will have the daunting task of grappling with balancing the City’s budget and addressing our city’s priorities such as housing, public safety and homelessness.

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Scott-Wiener

Ruminations

“...the State Senate fortunately refused to approve Senator Scott Wiener’s complex bill to allow high-rise apartment buildings in single-family local neighborhoods ...

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Taraval Report

Taraval Station Report

Compared to the same time last year (2019), the stats to date: we are down 18% in vehicle burglaries, 34% in burglaries, 28% in assaults, 14% in robberies and 6% in vehicle thefts..

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Mitch Bull and a Redwood Tree

We're Digital!

It has not been an easy decision to end 32 years of print … but the cost of print, the environmental impacts of paper and ink, and the availability of electronic media has made this the right time to throw the switch.

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Dennis Herrera and Joanne Hoeper

Court: $ 5M Against Herrera

Taxpayer costs will exceed $5 million since the City has been paying the Keker & Van Nest law firm $850/hour to defend Herrera ... already billed the City $2,267,75, back in September 2016....

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Homeowner's Insurance Offer

"Insurance" for utility lines?

Don’t be fooled: you’re being sold insurance. Do you have a choice? Yes you do…

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Dennis Herrera

Hoeper's Letter to the Observer

The City Attorney’s Office would have you believe … now you should trust it to conduct an impartial and thorough investigation into the allegations that led to the arrest of Mr. Nuru.

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Broken auto Glass on street

Westside Auto Burglars Migrate to LA

Because Bay Area smash-and-grab crews are known to local cops, they hit the road to ply their trade where they enjoy anonymity.

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Nuru and London Breed

Is City Hall Getting Nervous

London Breed— Falling Down

… City Officials are worried that Nuru is about to negotiate a plea bargain deal naming names as he is facing twenty years in prison.

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Chronicle 1906

Chronicle — Experiment with Reality

The Chronicle relied entirely on a study by a solo graduate student, who was simultaneously working for the Department of Homelessness (HSH), as unbiased work, and justification for proposing homeless shelters on the west side where the homeless currently don’t reside.

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reporter

Digitize Neighborhood News

“It’s a Newspaper’s Duty to Print the News and Raise Hell”

The Westside Observer has been a leading source of neighborhood news on the west side of San Francisco for the past 12 years, and even before it took over the West of Twin Peaks Observer.”.

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map of cannabis dispensarys

Cannabis Quagmire Foils City Plans

This quagmire burdens taxpayers . . . In 2018-19 it collected $360,000, about half of its operating budget... But in 2019-20 it will collect zero application fees due to the logjam. Yet, its operating budget will top $1 million.

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