May 2020

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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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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  • Tree House
    City Hall's End Run Around Environmental Review
  • Plans to 'streamline' CEQA?

    ... projects that formerly might have needed extensive review under CEQA would be approved unilaterally by Planning staff if the projects met specific requirements ...

    Check it out
  • Dr. Teresa Palmer
    SF's Covid Response

    Where Are Our Priorities?

  • Nursing homes are like cruise ships, and the outbreak at Central Gardens, here in the Western Addition is illustrative...

    Check it out
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    Students Protest Distance Learning

    8th Grader's Petition Sparks Controversy   

  • The school district needs to take student's mental health seriously. It should discourage teachers from assigning excessive work and scheduling extra meetings.

    Check it out
  • Lou Barberinin image
    DA Boudin’s Struggles with Math and the Dictionary
  • San Francisco 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...

    Check it out
  • MUNI image
    Slow Streets

    Through Traffic Banned on Some Streets

  • 41st Avenue to Vicente & similar closures are on line to "increase walking and biking" that will impact Westsiders.

    Check it out
  • MUNI image
    Transit Update

    MUNI Restores Some Services

  • While continuing to run Core service, additional Muni routes will start service or be adjusted beginning Saturday, April 25

    Check it out
  • Quentin Kopp

    Quentin takes on "Reverse Discrimination"

  • ...and he has cautionary reservations about vote-by-mail

    Check it out
  • Lou Barberini

    Don’t Mistake Life Insurance as an Investment Product

  • Lou is a CPA in the  West Portal  area.

    Check it out
  • George Wooding
    Nuru, Breed and Willie Brown
  • Nuru was not the FBI’s main target of the investigation—he was the bait to lure someone bigger.

    Check it out
  • Kathy Howard
    Earthday & Coyotes
  • ...a coyote attack raises the question... How do we coexist with wildlife?

    Check it out
  • Patrick Monette-Shaw
    Breed's Secrecy
  • ...suspending access to public records — even temporarily, is clearly dangerous to open government.

    Check it out
  • Dr. Teresa Palmer
    Nursing Homes: Write a letter to Sacramento
  • Don't abandon our nursing homes — test everyone, staff and patients and sufficient PPE.

    Check it out
  • Lou Barberini
    Scapegoating SFPD Officers
  • Anti-police groups ... justify anti-police biased perspectives of law enforcement.

    Check it out
  • K Rolph Morales
    Distance Learning at SFUSD
  • —A New Challenge for Teachers 

    Check it out
  • Carol Kocivar
    Student's Covid-19 Stress and Coping
  • Children can learn to cope from you

    Check it out
  • Derek Kerr
    Fentanyl & Meth Push Overdose Deaths to Record Highs
  • The other health crisis

    Check it out
  • John Farrell
    Coronavirus Aftermath – What Does Our City Do Next?
  • ... City Hall must grapple with balancing the City’s budget and addressing our city’s priorities.

    Check it out
  • Captain Rainsford
    Taraval Crime

    Crime stats are encouraging

  • ...down 18% in vehicle burglaries, 34% in burglaries, 28% in assaults, 14% in robberies and 6% in vehicle thefts.

    Check it out
  • Glenn Rogers
    The Next Pandemic

    Science and a few opinions are noted

  • Check it out

Previous Articles

  • We're Going Digital

    by Mitch Bull

    After 32 years, the Westside Observer will discontinue its printed version...

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  • Court Upholds $5 Million Whistleblower Judgment against City Attorney Herrera

    by Dr. Derek Kerr

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

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    See Her OpEd ...

  • Hold up on "insurance" for your water and sewer lines

    by Steve Lawrence

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

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  • Auto Burglars Assail Westside, East Bay and Migrate to LA

    by Dr. Derek Kerr

    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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  • Is City Hall Getting Nervous?

    London Breed is Falling Down

    by George Wooding

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

    Read More ...
  • The Chronicle Needs to Experiment with Reality

    by Lou Barberini

    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.

    Read More ...
  • A Civic Duty: Digitize Neighborhood News

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

    by Patrick Monette-Shaw

    The Westside Observer has been a leading source of neighborhood news on the west side of San Francisco for the past 12 years...

    Read More ...
  • Cannabis Quagmire Foils City Plans

    by Dr. Derek Kerr

    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.

    Read More ...
  • Central Council Meeting

    by Mitch Bull

    ...a letter was sent to Supervisor Yee confirming the WOTPCC’s opposition to the Edgehill Way project, which was voted on last month — 5 houses at Kensington and Vasquez.

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  • A New Deal for California Homeless

    by John Farrell

    As she started becoming crazier and crazier I crossed the street to get away and protect my dogs. She started spitting at me and yelling profanities and that she wanted to kill me.

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  • Please Don't "Boardwalk" Golden Gate Park

    by Kathy Howard

    As part of Golden Gate Park’s 150th Anniversary celebration, Rec & Park is implementing two projects in the historic Music Concourse that could be detrimental to the very parkland and cultural features the department is seeking to celebrate..

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  • A CPA's Money Guide

    Community Property" Can Be More Expensive

    by Lou Barberini, CPA

    If your house or brokerage account is titled as “community property,” a surviving spouse will pay a probate tax when they receive their deceased spouse’s share.

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  • Real Travel

    Arrivederci

    by Sergio Nibbi

    So, a new adventure begins with the realization that endless trees are saved in the process while our electronic gadgets take over.

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