Inside | Real news, curated by real humans
Inside San Francisco

Inside San Francisco (May 13th, 2019)

On Tuesday expect partly cloudy skies, with a high/low of 62/56. On Wednesday, expect rain showers, with a high/low of 62/54.

1. SF police raided the home of the news stringer who sold the police report on Public Defender Jeff Adachi's death. Freelance videographer Bryan Carmody says that at least 10 SFPD officers and two federal agents used a sledgehammer to enter his home Friday, where they searched for the confidential file that Carmody reportedly offered to news outlets for $2500. Carmody says that he refused to answer police questions on the source within the agency that passed him the investigation, citing his first amendment rights. The raid has been condemned by journalists, even by those who say that Carmody has engaged in widespread abuse of Bay Area reporters. Says Vivian Ho, who's reported for the SF Chronicle, UK Guardian, and other outlets, "Bryan Carmody’s harassment of me and other reporters was repugnant and inexcusable, but so is this raid." - WASHINGTON POST

  • Email gray
  • Permalink gray

2. Uber's IPO is being termed a failure. Friday's initial public offering was the biggest one for a Bay Area company since Facebook's in 2012, but "the stock stumbled out of the gate and never recovered," Chron business reporter Carolyn Said wrote, referring to its day one share price sink as a "stunning setback." The SF Business Times is now wondering if the company's "failed IPO" will have an impact on other unicorns, as Uber "lost nearly $6 billion in market cap in its first five hours as a public company," Axios noted. In a weekend post-mortem, Said writes that the as-yet-unprofitable company has to decide if it's going to cut driver rates or raise passenger fares, as those seem its only way to appease shareholders - but neither seem a sustainable option for the business. Is that the melting of an ice sculpture I hear? - AXIOS

  • Email gray
  • Permalink gray

3. San Francisco has a notable racial disparity when it comes to death rates. According to a triennial study by SF's Department of Public Health, "Asians in San Francisco can expect to live the longest, 87 years,” but black residents have an average life expectancy of 72, and Pacific Islanders only make it to 76. The folks with the lowest life expectancy in the city are black males, with an average of 68. Meanwhile, white residents of San Francisco can expect to survive to 81.7. According to DPH epidemiologist  Michelle Kirian, “looking at hospitalizations for diabetes, heart failure and hypertension we see that in general rates start to tick up when people are 30 or 40 and only peak in the oldest ages," but "rates for black/African Americans in their 30s and 40s are comparable to those others who are 30 years older." - SF EXAMINER

  • Email gray
  • Permalink gray

4. Most of the Bay Area's recent measles cases can be linked to SFO. According to a recent study published in The Lancet's Infectious Diseases journal, 2019 is the worst year for US measles infections in two decades, with 764 cases reported across 23 states so far. Nine of the 44 cases reported in California were found in the Bay Area, and four of those were centered in San Mateo County. All four of those, the San Mateo County Health Department says, have a direct tie to the airport, with most involving contact with international travelers. Says Vanderbilt school of medicine prof William Schaffner, “if you have any concerns, go get vaccinated. Even if you’re not sure if you’ve been vaccinated or not, you won’t be harmed but protected." - KPIX

  • Email gray
  • Permalink gray

Eve Batey, who pens Inside San Francisco and Inside Media for you five days a week, is a writer, editor, and consultant based in San Francisco. You can find her on Instagram at @evelb, or email her at eve@inside.com.

Editing team: Kim Lyons (Pittsburgh-based journalist and managing editor at Inside); Susmita Baral (senior editor at Inside, who runs the biggest mac and cheese account on Instagram); and David Stegon (senior editor at Inside, whose reporting experience includes cryptocurrency and technology).

Subscribe to Inside San Francisco

MORE NEWSLETTERS

The best source of in-depth news and analysis about Amazon

Inside Amazon

The best source of in-depth news and analysis about Amazon

DAILY
The best source of in-depth news and analysis about Amazon

Inside Amazon

DAILY

SUBSCRIBED!

Share via

Everything you need to know about the resurgence of the spoken word

Inside Podcasting

Everything you need to know about the resurgence of the spoken word

DAILY
Everything you need to know about the resurgence of the spoken word

Inside Podcasting

DAILY

SUBSCRIBED!

Share via

For those in the business of buying, selling, and developing real estate.

Inside Real Estate

For those in the business of buying, selling, and developing real estate.

DAILY
For those in the business of buying, selling, and developing real estate.

Inside Real Estate

DAILY

SUBSCRIBED!

Share via

Electric vehicles, self-driving automobiles, smart cars and the world of 21st century transportation

Inside Automotive

Electric vehicles, self-driving automobiles, smart cars and the world of 21st century transportation

DAILY
Electric vehicles, self-driving automobiles, smart cars and the world of 21st century transportation

Inside Automotive

DAILY

SUBSCRIBED!

Share via