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Suspending judgment

SFUSD considers alternatives to suspensions that some say unfairly impact students of color

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The Guardian is publishing only the first names of minors and their relatives named in this story, to protect their privacy.

In San Francisco public schools students can be sent home for talking back to a teacher, wearing a hat indoors, or sporting sagging pants. These infractions sound like the daily life of a kid, but the state calls them "willful defiance," a category of suspensions that are nebulous to define at best.Read more »

Mantra from the Milk/Moscone memorial march: "Fight back!"

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Hundreds of activists and progressive San Franciscans marked the 35th anniversary of the Mayor George Moscone and Sup. Harvey Milk assassinations on Wednesday night in the Castro with fiery speeches urging the crowd to "fight back!" against displacement and gentrification, conjuring the words and spirit of those slain leftist leaders.Read more »

Last stand at the Bulb

With Albany looking to clear a bayshore homeless encampment, residents brace for a conflict

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As the squatter residents of Albany Bulb make one final push against being evicted from their home in a former landfill, the city of Albany is pushing forward with its plan to change the untamed space into a waterfront state park (see "Battle of the bulb," Sept. 24).Read more »

Brawl fallout

SFPD incident at Valencia Gardens brings new questions, allegations

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D'Paris "DJ" Williams spent his day the same way many San Franciscans did Nov. 15, watching young Miles Scott, aka Batkid, rescue a damsel in distress to the cheers of thousands.

Williams, 20, then biked from downtown to visit relatives in the Valencia Gardens housing project in the Mission District. It was there, as the nation continued cooing over the caped crusader, that two plainclothes police officers pulled Williams onto the ground. Police said they initially pursued Williams into the housing complex because he was coasting his bike on the sidewalk, a traffic violation.Read more »

Heavy-duty problems

Hundreds of local truckers threaten quasi-strike, saying job security and clean air aren't mutually exclusive

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As a kid, Turcilo Caldera would climb into his father's big rig and accompany him on runs to the Port of Oakland. "He would sit me on his lap and show me how to drive," he remembered.

Originally from Nicaragua, Caldera came to California at age 5 and grew up in San Francisco's Excelsior District. Now 30, he too is a trucker.Read more »

BART standoff continues as board modifies contract

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The BART Board of Directors voted 8-1 on Nov. 21, with conservative young Director Zakhary Mallett in dissent, to approve a hard-won contract with its unions, after removing Section 4.8, the paid family leave section that the district says was inserted by mistake.

The motion also directed management to negotiate a settlement over that issue with its unions, which have already approved the contract and now must decide whether they are willing to do so again without that provision or whether the possibility of another BART strike is once again looming.Read more »

More than a memorial

Annual march marking Milk and Moscone assassinations focuses on progressive organizing

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When Mayor George Moscone and Sup. Harvey Milk were assassinated in their City Hall offices on Nov. 27, 1978, San Francisco changed in innumerable ways. Among those ways is the city lost two of the leading progressive advocates for renters and affordable housing ever elected here.Read more »

Parents under pressure

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 In recent weeks, the San Francisco Unified School District held a series of community forums to ask parents what they think kids need in order to thrive in school. The meetings were held as part of a policymaking process leading up to next year's renewal of two important funds — the Children's Fund and the Public Education Enrichment Fund, which account for some $100 million in funding combined.Read more »

New hope for arts nonprofits

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 A few months ago, arts nonprofits CounterPULSE and The Luggage Store faced an uncertain future. New tech neighbors drove their rents sky high, and the groups that for years were venues for struggling artists found themselves struggling.

"Twitter moved in literally behind our building," said Jessica Robinson Love, executive director of CounterPULSE. Faced with higher rents, they started preparing for a move to Oakland.Read more »

Eviction epidemic spurs legislative solutions

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Tenants, organizers and residents impacted by Ellis Act evictions packed the Board of Supervisors Chambers at San Francisco City Hall Nov. 14 for a hearing on eviction and displacement in San Francisco. As more and more residents face ousters only to be priced out, lawmakers and advocates are floating legislative fixes to try and reverse the trend before it reaches the soaring levels of the displacement epidemic that impacted the city during the first dot-com boom.Read more »