| Inside San Francisco - May, 13th 2019

Inside San Francisco (May 13th, 2019)

Reporter Raid / Uber Flop / SF Death Rates / Measles


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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


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


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


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


5. San Francisco, San Mateo and Santa Clara counties are hoping to increase sales taxes to fund Caltrain operations. Voters in those locales will choose between a 1/8-cent or 1/4-cent sales tax in an upcoming election, with the idea that the $100-$200 million per year that the fee would bring in could pay for the railroad. - DAILY JOURNAL

6. A man shot by SFPD during a North Beach pursuit is now suing the department. Oliver Barcenas was shot as he fled from police during an open container stop by Officer Joshua Cabillo, who also shot and killed a 15-year-old boy in 2012. - KPIX

7. “Squared," the illuminated sculpture in Patricia's Green, will leave Hayes Valley for an as yet unknown location. The work will be replaced by another piece, this one by local artist Dana Albany. - SF EXAMINER

8. Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg packed a San Francisco ballroom Friday night. “There is a lot more to keeping America safe than putting up a wall from sea to shining sea," the Indiana mayor said. - KRON 4

9. An Oakland father has been arrested after allegedly making a false abduction report regarding his 3-year-old daughter. According to Oakland PD, the man claimed his daughter was taken in hopes that authorities would work harder to find his stolen Mercedes. - ABC 7

10. Today's SF in Pictures: Instagram user goyard_the_frenchie


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).


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