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Megan Rose Dickey
Sep 23, 2022 - News

San Francisco's most dangerous intersections

Market and Octavia streets
Market and Octavia streets in San Francisco. Photo: Liz Hafalia/The San Francisco Chronicle via Getty Images

The Market and Octavia intersection has the most traffic collisions in San Francisco dating back to 2018, SF Standard reports.

Details: Market and Van Ness Avenue are hotspots for collisions, with each accounting for five of the top 15 intersections with injury-inducing accidents since 2005.

Nick Bastone
Sep 23, 2022 - News

"Broke-Ass Stuart" celebrates 20 years in San Francisco

Stuart Schuffman, better known to locals as “Broke-Ass Stuart”
Stuart Schuffman, aka “Broke-Ass Stuart." Photo: Liz Hafalia/The San Francisco Chronicle via Getty Images

Stuart Schuffman — better known to locals as "Broke-Ass Stuart" — is a self-described performer, activist and trouble-maker.

But foremost, Schuffman told Axios in a recent interview, he's a writer. And for the past 20 years, he's lived in San Francisco and chronicled his adventures.

Nick Bastone
Sep 22, 2022 - News

Travelers don't totally hate SFO, study shows

People entering security line at SFO
People entering security checkpoint at SFO. Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

For airline travelers, it's 2019 all over again, Axios' Joann Muller reports.

What's happening: After a brief, blissful period during the pandemic when passengers could breeze through security checkpoints and baggage claims and easily dine at on-site restaurants, airports are again a source of frustration, according to J.D. Power's latest annual Airport Satisfaction Study.

Megan Rose Dickey
Sep 22, 2022 - News

What your supervisor thinks about police surveillance

Illustration of a security camera topped with police car lights
Illustration: Annelise Capossela/Axios

San Francisco's Board of Supervisors sparred this week over an ordinance to allow the police department to request access to live surveillance technology from private parties.

Why it matters: The proposed legislation has ignited controversy around privacy rights and the potential for misuse of the technology.

Driving the news: The board voted Tuesday 7-4 to approve the measure, which has a sunset date of 15 months from implementation.

How it works: The legislation would allow the SF Police Department to seek permission to access private cameras during life-threatening situations, mass events that may require law enforcement, and criminal investigations.

  • Police would have to obtain permission from both the camera owner and a member of the police force ranked captain or higher.
  • If permitted, police could access the live feeds for up to 24 hours.
  • At the end of the program's trial period, the BOS would reconvene, review data from the pilot and decide how to move forward.
What they're saying:

Each member of the Board of Supervisors had a chance to comment prior to Tuesday's vote. Here's a taste of what they said and how they voted:

Connie Chan (D1, no)

  • "Even with [a sunset date of 15 months], what we're looking at right now is not enough to safeguard civil rights, is not enough to safeguard our city's privacy rights when so much is at stake."

Catherine Stefani (D2, yes)

  • "I think that we have reached a place where we've balanced the need for everyone to feel safe, with a right to privacy and for everyone to feel safe from those who would do us harm. I trust the police department to carry that out. I trust this body to hold the police department accountable."

Aaron Peskin (D3, yes)

  • "What we have been endeavoring to do in our evaluation of this use policy is to balance the very, very important, fundamentally American values and rights to privacy in the public realm, to protect our civil liberties and to allow law enforcement to, with rules, utilize certain technologies to make San Francisco safer. … As I said the other day, is this perfect? Probably not. Is it worth a try? I think so."

Gordon Mar (D4, yes)

  • "I appreciate the fact that this is a [trial period] and then after that period, we'll really be able to evaluate whether the policy did indeed help enhance public safety at large events and whether it helped the police department investigate crime and of course, whether there's abuse of the policy or it was used in ways that may really infringe on privacy and First Amendment rights."

Dean Preston (D5, no)

  • "I am struck by and saddened by how far we've come from 2020 and our shared, I thought, commitment to changing our city and our society from a society that over-polices, over-surveils, over-criminalizes and over-incarcerates people, particularly Black and brown people, to something different … There's no evidence that the kind of broader surveillance, especially the live surveillance … reduces crime or makes us safer in any way."

Matt Dorsey (D6, yes)

Myrna Melgar (D7, yes)

  • "I don't always trust our police department, but I think that the issue here is not to restrict surveillance technology. It is to reform those aspects of our policing that we don't think are appropriate for modern times."

Rafael Mandelman (D8, yes)

  • "We have technology that we can use responsibly and with appropriate guardrails that will allow our understaffed police department to function more effectively and address challenges that are facing us not in the future, but in the here and now."

Hillary Ronen (D9, no)

  • "It feels to me like we're yet again giving away more power for, in this case, the police department to surveil our activities when we're expressing our opinion against the government. And that’s becoming a scarier and scarier thing to do in this country. And so … this does not sit well with me at all."

Shamann Walton (D10, no)

  • "I know the thought process is 'just trust us, just trust the police department.' But the reality is people have been violating civil liberties since my ancestors were brought here from an entirely completely different continent. This police department used the DNA of a rape victim to make an arrest on the rape victim. So this whole, 'Just trust the police department,' … I don't know where we get that from."
  • "Even as a law-abiding Black man, my civil liberties have been violated. This is dangerous, even with the provisions and best intentions."

Ahsha Safaí (D11, yes)

  • "This is something that will be utilized in San Francisco first and foremost as a deterrent … we can amend this legislation the minute it is implemented, if it were being abused…"

Mayor London Breed praised the decision, calling it "a sensible policy" that gives the police department "another tool to address significant public safety challenges and hold those who break the law accountable."

The other side: The ACLU of Northern California said it's "very troubled" by the vote, arguing "surveillance leads to over-policing" and "suppresses dissent."

What's next: The BOS still must give the legislation final approval, but that process is typically perfunctory.

  • Breed then would have to sign off within 10 days of receiving it.
Nick Bastone
Sep 22, 2022 - Business

San Francisco pizzerias crack top 50 list

Pizza from Tony's
"Grandma" pizza from Tony's. Photo: Liz Hafalia/The San Francisco Chronicle via Getty Images

👋 Nick here. Pizza is often on my mind — but especially with the new "Chef's Table" season dedicated to our sacred slices.

What's happening: No San Francisco spots are highlighted on the Netflix series' pizza season, but a handful of local joints made this list of the top 50 pizzerias in the U.S.

Details: Top 50 Pizza put the list together and said the final ranking was the "fruit of a long and painstaking work by [its] inspectors who, for an entire year … examined an enormous number of pizzerias spread around the entire country."

  • The group said it took into consideration "the quality of the dough and raw materials used for the toppings."
  • It factored in a restaurant's service and its wine and beverage list, as well.

San Francisco had an impressive showing on the top 50 list, which included:

💭 My thought bubble: Rankings like this are always wonky and sure to spark controversy.

  • All these spots in San Francisco are good, but Tony's as No. 2 in the entire country? I'm not even sure it's the second best in the city.
  • My favorite pizza here — Pizzetta 211 — didn't make the list, but that's OK. It can be my (and now your) little secret.
Nick Bastone
Sep 21, 2022 - Sports

Jimmy G. fan draws the QB every day

Jimmy Garoppolo
Jimmy Garoppolo warms up before last Sunday's game. Photo: Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images

Back in February, when many predicted the 49ers would offload Jimmy Garoppolo to another team, one of his fans — an artist from Portugal — decided she would draw the quarterback every day until he was traded.

What's happening: Rita Carvalho has produced caricatures of Garoppolo 230 times as of Tuesday, and with Trey Lance now out for the season, it doesn't look like she'll stop anytime soon.

Nick Bastone
Sep 21, 2022 - News

Historic, half-arched house hits the San Francisco market

1969 California St
The Tobin House, 1969 California St. Photo: Jacob Elliott for Sotheby’s International Realty

One of the wilder looking houses in San Francisco — half arch and all — hit the market Monday and can be yours for a smooth $13.85 million.

Context: Michael Henry de Young, who helped start the newspaper that became the San Francisco Chronicle, commissioned the home — located at 1969 California St. — for his daughter Constance and her husband, Joseph Tobin, in 1915.

Nick Bastone
Sep 20, 2022 - News

SFO faces imminent food workers strike

Police talk with protestors at SFO
Police talk with protesters at SFO. Photo: courtesy of Unite Here Local 2

Forty-one protesters — including Supervisors Connie Chan and Gordon Mar — were arrested Friday for blocking traffic outside San Francisco International Airport's Terminal 3 to show support for food workers demanding higher pay.