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Inside San Francisco (Sep 12th, 2016)

Seven Bay Area law enforcement officers will be charged with sex offenses and other crimes, stemming from an Oakland Police Department scandal. Earlier this year, 12 officers were connected to an escort named Celeste Guap. She claimed they had sex with her, despite the fact that she was under age. Some of the charges against men include failing to report sexual misconduct, engaging in prostitution, and felony obstruction of justice. – LAT

The city is now aiming to take down every homeless tent encampment, claiming there has been an uptick in crime, specifically in the Mission District. Some encampments were cleared out earlier this year following the Super Bowl. Many of the homeless moved into the Mission District shortly afterward. “We are in crisis mode,” said Supervisor David Campos. “I’ve lived in San Francisco for many years. I’ve never seen it this bad.” – CBSSF

Ford President and CEO Mark Fields has announced the acquisition of Chariot, the crowd-sourced San Francisco shuttle service. Ford also intends to grow its shuttle service to at least five additional markets within the next 18 months. By acquiring Chariot, Fields says he hopes that his company will “supplement and expand the reach of traditional mass transit” in the city. Ford will also partner with Motivate to expand San Francisco’s bike-sharing program. – MEDIUM

City officials continue to push a new ballot measure that would leverage existing funds for the creation of permanently affordable housing. Known as Proposition C, the measure is dedicated to making $105 million in low-interest loans available for non-profit housing organizations to buy “at-risk” properties (3+ units) in the city. Additionally, $156 million in loans would be made available to private landlords to update their units to code. Funds would be repurposed from a 1992 ballot measure that set aside $350 million for seismic retrofitting. “This is a crisis,” said Gabriel Medina, policy manager at the Mission Economic Development Agency. “We need this emergency funding and we need it right now.” – ML

A new rendering shows how Muni trains may look in the future. New sleek, shiny trains are being constructed in conjunction with Siemens in Sacramento, according to the SFMTA. The organization says that it now has the funds it needs to replace its entire fleet of trains and add 42 to the group. "The new trains have systems that are proven to go significantly longer in between breakdowns and, therefore, require less maintenance,” the SFMTA said in a statement. – CURBED

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Nearly 20 new streets will be added on Treasure Island, and three will be added at Candlestick Point. Bob Beck, a spokesman for the Treasure Island Redevelopment Authority, says that they will be named after places or names from within the community, rather than businesses. Paperwork for new street names will need to be submitted to the Public Works office, and then the Board of Supervisors, where it needs a majority vote to pass. Mayor Ed Lee will still hold veto power over the names. – SFC

WHAT TO DO THIS WEEK
To Mellow Out: The “Peace In The Park” event will be hosted on Saturday, Sept. 17 at Golden Gate Park from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. There will be world music, dances, tai-chi and yoga held at the Golden Gate Park’s Bandshell. Admission is free. “A weekly routine of yoga and meditation may strengthen thinking skills and help stave off aging-related mental decline.” – Gretchen Reynolds, New York Times


 
For the Whole Family: The California Dragon Boat Association will present its 21st Annual Kaiser Permanente Northern California International Dragon Boat Festival at Lake Merritt in Oakland on Saturday, Sept. 17 and Sunday, Sept. 18 (10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on both days). The event will include dragon boat racing, cultural performances, and kid-friendly activities. Admission is free. "This is the one festival to attend for sure, every year." - Ty L., Facebook
 
To Raise Awareness: SOCAP16 will be held from Tuesday, Sept. 13 through Friday, Sept. 16 at the Fort Mason Center (2 Marina Boulevard, San Francisco). The event is open to all innovators in business, tech, and the sharing economy who want to raise awareness of social and environmental causes. Day passes start at $300.00.
CRIME ROUND-UP
A 21-year-old woman has been charged with assault with a deadly weapon after allegedly hitting a bicycle-riding police officer with a skateboard. Vera Rideout reportedly hit the man in the head around Fifth and Mission Streets. The officer was treated and released.
 
A teenager was wounded in a shooting on Saturday in the Bayview district. However, the wound was not life-threatening. The incident occurred around the 4700 block of Third Street, and the investigation is ongoing.
 
A 29-year-old woman who was fatally shot by San Francisco police in May was not pregnant when she died, according to a new autopsy report. Jessica Williams was killed inside of an alleged stolen vehicle after attempting to flee the police. The report revealed that she had methamphetamine in her system at the time of her death.
IN-DEPTH READS
Southern California is home to almost 60 percent of the state’s residents, but as Matthew Artz writes for The Mercury News, they aren’t exactly the most politically motivated folks in the region. More specifically, Bay Area residents have blown away Los Angeles residents in terms of voting numbers in the past.

In the June 2014 primary, for example, there were 267,989 more votes casted in the Bay Area compared to Los Angeles County.



“We refer to Los Angeles as the black hole of politics,” Bob Mulholland, a veteran Democratic Party strategist, told Artz. “If you ask a voter in Los Angeles, ‘Who’s your Assembly member?’ they’ll say, ‘What’s an Assembly member?’”

But regardless of the reasons (according to Mulholland and others), it’s worth considering the fact that voters couldn’t declare themselves as permanent absentee voters for years.

“The L.A. County recorder didn’t think they could handle it,” Douglas Herman, a Los Angeles-based political strategist, told Artz. “That box on the voter registration form that says, ‘Click here to be a permanent absentee voter’ — it didn’t appear on L.A. forms for years.”

But even with the potential for larger voter turnouts in Los Angeles, San Francisco has already made its mark on the state as a whole. As former state Senator David Roberti explains, Democrats have been dominant in the Bay Area. Even with a smaller population, the region’s voters essentially choose which Democrats make it to the November ballots. 

Furthermore, Republicans now only make up 27 percent of California’s registered voters. This hints that Democrats may be certain to win come election season.

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