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Prosecutors File new Charges Against Deputies in a Beating

Prosecutors File new Charges Against Deputies in a Beating

Prosecutors have filed new charges against two former sheriff’s deputies who beat a man with batons. This is a case that District Attorney Chesa Boudin has called an “egregious example of police brutality.”Making National News in the Worst Way Possible

In November 2015, ex-deputies Luis Santamaria and Paul Wieber made national news. This is when it video emerged of them chasing a suspect into a dark alley in the Mission District of San Francisco. It was where they repeatedly struck him with batons.

Prosecutors: Initial Assault and Battery Charges

In the aftermarket of the incident, Santamaria and Wieber faced assault and battery charges. However, the District Attorney’s Office dismissed the case last March. It was when an expert witness became ill. Then the judge denied its request to delay the trial.

In fact, Boudin said his office has since “remained committed to prosecuting the case.”

“Moreover, we will on continue to pursue accountability for these deputies for the unjustified and unconscionable beating of an unarmed man,” Boudin said in a statement.

Fourth Case

Against a police officer under Boudin, this is the fourth case the District Attorney Office has brought. Boudin has campaigned on a pledge to hold police accountable. He had, in fact, previously secured charges against current or former San Francisco police officers. This was over two police shootings. The beating, in fact, was captured on body camera video.


Today, Santamaria and Wieber are scheduled to be arraigned on felony charges. Those include assault by a peace officer. In addition to battery with serious bodily injury and assault with a deadly weapon.

Both former deputies had in the past pleaded not guilty to the earlier set of charges in May 2016. Moreover, their attorneys did not quickly respond to requests for comment. Michael Rains, an attorney for Santamaria, has, in fact, argued that the videos of police using force can look awful but be “perfectly lawful.”

Chasing the suspect, the beating by the deputies unfolded. The suspect 29-year-old Stanislav Petrov went across the Bay Bridge. Allegedly driving a stolen vehicle, Petrov, said he had used to ram the sheriff’s vehicles in the East Bay.

Kosher Baker Hires Formerly Incarcerated Employees

Kosher Baker Hires Formerly Incarcerated Employees

A kosher baker, is an Israeli businessman, who operates the only kosher bakery in the city has earned another moniker for his shop because of the formerly incarcerated people he now employs. The nickname for Issac Yosef’s Frena Bakery is the “Lifer Bakery.”

Kosher Baker in San Francisco

Serving 23 years in prison on a murder charge, Carlos Flores has said Yosef has hired him when he was, in fact, released from prison. Flores, along with two dozen others like him, over the years. In fact, the two bonded when Flores started speaking very little Hebrew. Moreover, it has something he had learned while taking classes behind bars.

Carlos Flores Always Wanted to be a Baker

“Well, I just got out of prison three days ago for doing 23 years for the murder of an innocent man,” Flores said. ” So I’ve never had a job. I didn’t know how to bake, but I’ve really always wanted to be a baker. I’m a hard worker. I got a college education. I’m a monster, beast when it comes to working, like, I can really help you out.'”

Judaism and Strong Faith

The seemingly unusual hire stems from his faith, Yosef said. “Everything needs to be Kosher as we are Jews,” Yosef said. It’s a way of life keeping Kosher. Giving everyone a second chance is a fundamental rule in Judaism. Moreover, it does not matter what you did. We believe if you have regret, and then you change your ways, then you deserve a better chance, yes a second chance, you know? When people were young, you can’t judge people. Then, in the heat of the moment, and therefore, nobody has stopped them. Then if nobody stopped us, most of us would go to jail, too. Do you know? It would be many times.”

BRIDGE, Mission Housing Open Affordable Community

BRIDGE, Mission Housing Open Affordable Community

BRIDGE Housing and Mission Housing Development Corporation say they have officially opened La Fénix in 1950. It is a 157-unit affordable housing community. The architecture services were provided by David Baker Architects and Cervantes Design Associates and Swinerton Builders was the general contractor for the $115 million project.

BRIDGE, Mission Housing – La Fenix

In January 2019, the developers broke ground on La Fenix in San Francisco’s Mission District. They, in fact, financed the construction. It was with a $56.3 million loan from Wells Fargo Bank. This is according to Yardi Matrix information. To become the area’s largest permanently affordable development, the building topped out.

La Fenix Description and who the Units Cater to

The community consists of two buildings of nine and five floors. The location is at 1950 Mission St. on the former San Francisco Unified School District site. The floors are connecting by an internal courtyard and an open-air bridge at levels two through five. Featuring studios and one- to three-bedroom floorplans is what the unit is a mix of. It also ranges in size from 340 to 980 square feet. There is 8,300 square feet of ground-floor retail, Yardi Matrix shows.

Between 45 and 60 percent of AMI is what all units, in fact, cater to households. In total, there are 40 apartments that are, in fact, reserving for formerly homeless families. Moreover, 25 percent of units are setting aside for residents. This is for the surrounding neighborhood. Moreover, it is based on the city’s “neighborhood preference” program.

Amenities at La Fenix

Therefore, the amenities have included a rooftop playground. As well as a community room with a kitchen and laundry room. There are also landscaped courtyards.

The child-care center, art studios and a gallery, as well as, a bicycle repair shop are in the neighborhood-serving spaces.

A few steps from BART’s 16th St. Mission station, the community is less than 1 mile south of downtown San Francisco. It’s in a dense shopping and dining area.

Leadership can’t Decide What to do About a Major Drug Crisis

Leadership can’t Decide What to do About  a Major Drug Crisis

The city’s leadership struggling with how to deal with an epic number of fatal drug overdoses. In fact, 2020 was considering the city’s deadliest year ever with nearly 700 tragic overdoses. Moreover, this was triple the number of those who died from COVID-19 in the city. This is a travesty! In America, our citizens are cast out like garbage! The democratic administration wants to put illegal migrants in hotels needing $86 million in hotel space. What hypocrisy!

Leadership: Chesa Boudin is at the Helm of the City’s District Attorney’s Office

There is a notion of what is the best options for public safety and that is really up for debate. Boudin has faced harsh criticism over an uptick in murders and burglaries. In addition, to the huge among of drug overdoses in San Francisco. Moreover, leadership within the police department point to Boudin’s drug enforcement policy and expression, as a cause for concern.

Back in October, Boudin delivered a speech that was fairly tough-talking on tough issues. Those include asking law enforcement to do more than arrest street-level drug dealers. They may possess only a few grams of drugs. I say: “I need the police department to bring me kilos, not crumbs.”

Leadership Faces Very Significant Challenges Beside Discord Among the Ranks

San Francisco is also dealing with lowering the populations of jails and prisons, holding police officers responsible for misconduct, and end the cash bail. In addition, COVID-19, basically reared its ugly head, bringing what are a set of obstacles the criminal justice system has never seen before. In turn, there have been court closures, changes in poverty, and access to employment and homeless shelters.

Releasing Prisoners in the General Population Because of COVID-19

Still, Boudin wants to continue with his plans and listen to the advice of health experts. In fact, the DA has in fact released 40% of the people from the city jails to prevent the additional spread of the COVID-19 virus.

“Moreover, the way we have dealt it,” Boudin said, “specifically in the context of COVID, is to look squarely at every single person in our county jail. We have to ask ourselves, ‘Do they need to be incarcerating is there some other place, some other conditions we could put on them that would be in line with justice and public safety?'” Not on the streets of San Francisco, that’s for sure!?

Parents, Politicians Rally for Children to get Back to Classrooms

Parents, Politicians Rally for Children to get Back to Classrooms

Parents part of a full-on movement along with politicians in the Golden Gate City to get kids back into classrooms stepping up that pressure this past Saturday. They are strongly calling for five full days of in-person education.

Parents and Kids United and Marched Together

From Alamo Square Park to Civic Center Plaza, hundreds of parents and kids marched. They were joined by Mayor London Breen and several elected officials who joined their rally. Organized by the group Decreasing the Distance, the event was in the most current in a campaign to get the San Francisco Unified School District to develop a plan to completely reopen public schools. Decreasing the Distance is such a great name for the event and promotes the rational and logical idea of people coming together with no fear but instead with love and closeness. Instead of driving people apart by unscientific and unfounded-based propaganda tearing away at our U.S. societal and community bonds.

Bringing Back In-Person Learning

A year ago, San Francisco closed its public schools. The school board approved plans only last week plans to begin bringing back in-person learning for preschool through fifth-graders. In addition, to special education students and other at-risk older groups starting April 12th. Moreover, the decision followed months of often-acrimonious debating between frustrated parents, the school board, and the teachers union.

The Union had Overwhelming High Numbers on a Vote

On Saturday, the union said that its members approved the plan on a vote of 1,753 for and 427 against. Moreover, this agreement is ‘key in keeping educators, staff, students, and families safe as we head into a hybrid model.”

Limited Return Leaves out Middle and High School Students

On Saturday, unfortunately. parents and politicians said that the limited return to school falls short of its goals. It also does not include middle or high school students. The parents and politicians are urgently calling for all public schools to offer in-person education for all interested students right now and to guarantee it, and to start arranging for, a complete resumption of classes for the beginning of the next school year, in August 2021.

Decreasing the Distance Co-Founder Says the Time is Now

Meredith Willa Dodson says they have finally started to prioritize the reopening. Dodson is referring to the school board and is the co-founder of Decreasing the Distance. She said she has heard that from insiders it is because of them.

Giving Credit Where it’s Due: Parents!

All speaking from a makeshift stage in the bed of a gray Toyota pick truck, the mayor, State Senator Scott Wiener, and Assemblyman David Chiu, attributed it to the parents.

“I didn’t make this happen,” Breed said. “You made this happen.”

Golden Gate City Financial Relief Program for Black-Owned Businesses

Golden Gate City Financial Relief Program for Black-Owned Businesses

Golden Gate City small Black-owned businesses are going to be getting a financial boost. This boost is thanks to a big donation that will help them prosper.

Golden Gate City African-American Entrepreneurs

Moreover, getting loans that are interest-free for one year, is what African-American entrepreneurs would qualify for. They would get them through the city after a contribution from the CEO of the company ‘Workday.”

In fact, the dollar amount will be decided on a case-by-case basis. Yet, certainly, any help will be welcome.

Renewed Opportunity

Hopeful about this renewed opportunity is Hudari Murray is the owner of Newbill Barbershop.

He previously applied for three grants but didn’t hear back, yet has had to pay for rent throughout the pandemic.

There are almost 200 Black-owned businesses in the city. This is what the San Francisco African-American Chamber of Commerce has estimated.

New Business

James White say his business is fairly new. He is the owner of Shop Repair on Bush Street. White said he was expecting to make a decent profit in 2020. Moreover, when COVID-19 hit, he said it was like starting all over again.

Golden Gate City: Long-Standing Systemic Discrimination

The problem is coupling with long-term system discrimination. It makes it hard for Black business owners to get access to loans. Though, many others have suffered hardships brought on by the pandemic. Moreover, Mayor London Breed and interim VP of the San Francisco Foundation said.

Invest in Your Capacity to Thrive

“This fund says we see you and we want to invest in your capacity to thrive,” Eric McDonnell, interim senior director said. “In fact, to have access in this case to the particular kind of resources that have traditionally been excluded to have access.”

Interest-Free Loans

Along with Main Street launch, the San Francisco Foundation, the African American Chamber of Commerce, and the city of San Francisco are partnering to provide $1.5 million in interest-free loans.

Getting up to $50,000 to help pay, each business can help pay for anything from rent to creating an online presence, which could prove helpful during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Gold Gate City Faces its Third Driest Period Since 1849

The Gold Gate City Faces its Third Driest Period Since 1849

The Gold Gate City is suffering from a deficit from last year’s dry season and this year’s slow start. The atmospheric river swept through California last week. It soaked the valleys with much-needed rain and piled up huge amounts of snow in the mountains. But the Sierra Nevada continues to lag behind the average. However, the precipitation was not enough to make up for the decreased amount of rain.

Gold Gate City is Dry as a Bone

In fact, the Sierra snowpack is one of California’s most critical water sources. It has spring and summer runoff feeding reservoirs. In addition, to watering crops and filling water glasses. The gauges of the state’s future water support are the depth and breadth of it in winter.

Snowpack is Up in February

The snowpack stood at 40 percent of the average for that time at the start of the last week in January. Then, after the storm, that buried the Tahoe Basin in more than 5 feet of snow and dumped nearly 9 feet to the south in Mammoth across multiple days. It jumped up to 70% as of February 3rd last year.

Atmospheric River Provides a Huge Amount of Precipitation

There is a significant amount of precipitation because of the recent atmospheric river which providing many areas of the state and contributed to the growth of the seasonal snowpack, said Mike Anderson, California’s state climatologist. The regional indices and statewide snowpack average from the automated sensor network show that conditions have gotten better from one-third of average to somewhere between half and two-thirds of average.”

Anderson has noted that the Central Sierra five-station index is a measure of the snow in the region that includes Yosemite Valley and Mammoth. It is an example of the boost to the snowpack. It has increased by 6.6 inches to a seasonal total of 12.4 inches.

Muni Hybrid Buses Have Been Purchased and Designed

Muni Hybrid Buses Have Been Purchased and Designed

New Muni buses, a fleet worth, have been approved by the City supervisors acting as the San Francisco County Transportation Authority. They have approved a request from the City’s transit agency for $16.2 million last Tuesday. These buses run on community routes with hilly terrain and narrow streets.

Muni Buses will Replace Hybrid Diesel Buses

The funding, coming from Prop K tax dollars, it will be used to replace 30 32-foot hybrid diesel buses are the end of their useful life back in 2017. Thus, it improves reliability and reducing maintenance costs. The fleet is experiencing “increased mechanical failures,” with buses now expected to run only 4,000 miles before needing another repair. They are overdue for a replacement.

There is only one catch. There are several routes which these buses serve are down due to pandemic-related service cuts. Though, it is unclear when they will return.

The only catch? There are many routes where these buses serve are shut down due to pandemic-associated service cuts. Yet, it is unclear when they will return.

Investing in New Vehicles

It makes more sense to invest in the new vehicles as opposed to “spending money to keep old buses running.” Julie Kirschbaum, director of transit for the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency, said this. In fact, this is the more and more difficult task of maintaining vehicles. Therefore, the parts and infrastructure are either expensive or no longer produced.

Orion Buses

In turn, the 32-foot Orion buses are what Muni uses. Therefore, they can access neighborhoods that wouldn’t otherwise have transit service. The 32-foot Orion buses run by Muni. This is in order to access neighborhoods. This wouldn’t otherwise have transit service. On the 35 Eureka, 36 Teresita, 37 Corbett, and 39 Coit these are on the lines.

Muni’s smallest vehicle is 32-foot motor coach. It is only with 30 of them. The hardest-to-reach neighborhoods for these coaches. This is where our larger vehicles can’t not climb the hills or make the turns, a staff report notes. These large vehicles including 40-foot and 60-foot variants.

Hyatt Announces Plans for a New Hyatt Regency Hotel

Hyatt Announces Plans for a New Hyatt Regency Hotel

Hyatt Hotels Corporation has just announced that the Hyatt affiliate entered into a franchise agreement with 50 Third Street Owner LP for Park Central San Francisco. In fact, this is to join this portfolio as an affiliated hotel. Managed by Highgate, The hotel is expected to rebrand to Hyatt Regency San Francisco Downtown SoMa. This rebranding following important renovations.

Hyatt Undergoes Multi-Million Dollar Renovations

Located in the heart of San Francisco’s South of Market (SoMa) neighborhood, the 681-room Park Central San Francisco will go under a multi-million-dollar renovation starting in early 2021. It will include a full redesign of guestrooms. Also the transformation of the meeting and event spaces. Moreover, this includes the ground floor lobby area and food and beverage experience. In addition, to a relocation and expansion of the fitness center.

Hotel’s Growing Presence in Many Locations

Continuing to prioritize thoughtful growth in locations that matter most to our guests is what this hotel does for the world of their members and customers. In the great city of San Francisco, we are ecstatic to further grow Hyatt’s presence. This is a critical market for this hotel, said David Tarr, senior vice president of development, Americas, Hyatt. It is truly remarkable this renovation of Park Central San Francisco. We really look toward having the hotel join the Regency brand. We want to have a smooth, intuitive experience for our guests.

It will be the third Hyatt Regency property in the San Francisco area. This hotel joins the Hyatt Regency brand. In fact, it will join Hyatt Regency San Francisco in the financial district. It is close to the classic Embarcadero. Moreover, this hotel at Regency San Francisco Airport. Hyatt Regency San Francisco Downtown SoMa will become the 10th hotel in the San Francisco area.

Bordering San Francisco’s well-known Union Square and the financial district, Park Central San Francisco is located along 3rd Street between Market and Mission Streets. It is ideally situated near the city’s most celebrated attractions. In fact, it is just steps away from the Moscone Convention Center. In addition, to Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, as well as the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Children’s Creativity Center, Oracle Park and Mission Bay.

COVID-19 Testing Before Eating at Restaurants Proposal

COVID-19 Testing Before Eating at Restaurants Proposal

COVID-19 Testing Before you Sit Down to Eat! Look Out Big Brother!

COVID-19 testing within 72 hours before patrons sit down to eat is being proposed by Willie Lewis Brown Jr. Brown was San Francisco’s mayor from 1996 to 2004. He says that this is a solution for San Francisco’s struggling restaurants. However, putting in place a rule like this “would do a lot to bring people back,” Brown says. He added that the program would make dining out “risk-free.”

Willie Brown Made This “Suggestion” to Transform the Ghost Town Atmosphere of Downtown San Francisco

In fact, Brown made this suggestion from the pages of the San Francisco Chronicle, where his “Willie’s World” column has run since 2008. He said that “downtown San Francisco, especially Union Square, looks and feels like a ghost town.” Brown believes that restaurants across the city could bring in more diners. He said they would “advertise that your store, your restaurant or your public space is available only to people who had a negative test in the past 72 hours.” That’s his opinion. It sounds like more control over how and where you eat and what you do. However, this idea smacks of more authoritarian measures and allowing free rein of the government to do what they want.

Whether Michelin Stars or Goodyear Tires, This Sales Pitch isn’t Cooking with Gas at All! No Bueno, Willie!

“Just think, instead of a Michelin-approval restaurant, you had a risk-free space where all employees and customers knew everyone was infection-free,“ Brown writes, saying “it would do a lot to bring people back.”

Smarter Heads Prevail as the San Francisco Health Officer Doctor Disputes Sage Willie’s Horrible Idea

Moreover, according to public health officials argue, this plan could lull diners into a false sense of security. In fact, San Francisco Health Officer Dr. Grant Colfax has said, in a media event reported on by the SF Chronicle, that “people who test negative can still have the virus if they are early in their infection.” Furthermore, “We have seen the repeated failure of this testing strategy across the country, including in Washington, D.C.” False-positive testing, people!

No, you are not Safe from COVID-19 Ever!

Moreover, UCSF epidemiologist Dr. George Rutherford agrees, telling ABC 7 that “no amount of testing is going to absolutely guarantee you’re safe.”

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