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Cops on campus

Agreement between SFUSD and SFPD sets guidelines for officers in schools, but without the binding language that reformers sought

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Historic new protections are now in place for children facing police action in the San Francisco Unified School District.

Reforms include having a parent present when police question a child, tracking police presence in schools, and using a more lenient approach than simply dragging kids off to the police station or juvenile hall. All of these may be strengthened by a new memorandum of understanding (MOU) between the SFUSD and SFPD.Read more »

Cleaning up poor people

Secretive agenda behind Clean Up The Plaza threatens one of San Francisco's last low-income neighborhoods

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steve@sfbg.com

San Francisco has a long history of campaigns to "clean up" its poor neighborhoods, which is often code for displacing low-income residents of color and replacing them with gentrified housing and businesses. It happened in Western Addition and Yerba Buena starting about 50 years ago, and it's happening now in the mid-Market Street corridor and in the heart of the Mission District.Read more »

Democracy for none

Student protesters clash with police at City College as administrators make decisions behind closed doors

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Democracy is dead at City College of San Francisco. At least, that's what student protesters allege.

At a rally on March 13, over 200 student and faculty protesters marched at City College's main campus to call for the resignation of state-appointed Special Trustee Robert Agrella. When City College was told it would soon close, the city-elected Board of Trustees was removed from power, and the state gave Agrella the power to make decisions unilaterally.Read more »

SF bans water bottles

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San Francisco continues to lead the way in the nation's environmental policy, with the Board of Supervisors on March 4 voting unanimously to bar the city from buying plastic water bottles and to ban distribution of plastic water bottles smaller than 21 ounces on city property starting Oct. 1. The ban excludes city marathons and other sporting events. Read more »

Glimmers of sunshine

Freedom of information can take many forms, but the principle stays the same

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rebecca@sfbg.com

For 29 years, San Francisco Bay Area journalists have gathered in mid-March — around the birthday of founding father and free-press advocate James Madison — to recognize reporters, attorneys, citizens, and others who fight to shake or keep information free.Read more »

They deported my mom

A personal tale of how immigration laws divide families

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Eight months ago, I kissed my mother goodnight and walked down the hall to my bedroom. Eight months ago, I was a few weeks away from attending Seattle University. Eight months ago was the last time I saw my mom.Read more »

Watchdogs in action

A look at the winners of this year's Freedom of Information Awards

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news@sfbg.com

The Society of Professional Journalists, Northern California, will honor the following James Madison Freedom of Information Award winners during a March 20 banquet. Details on their work and the dinner are available at www.spjnorcal.org.

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Barroom backchannel

Can tech workers and progressive activists cooperate in the fight against displacement? Maybe, but don't tell their bosses.

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joe@sfbg.com

Amid the political turmoil in the city around evictions of longtime San Franciscans, tech workers and progressive political activists are beginning to come together to brainstorm ways to address displacement.Read more »

Crooked cops

SFPD officers indicted for abusing and stealing from the poor

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steve@sfbg.com

It's a bombshell police scandal befitting San Francisco's restive mood, dropping at a time when simmering class tensions have been making national news, and one more example of how the poor are getting trammeled by those with power.Read more »

SFBG Wrap

No coal for Oakland, Newsom missed the train, and an app for SF's homeless

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No coal for Oakland Port

A company that operates a coal mine in Colorado has been looking to ship its fossil fuel products to Asia via the Port of Oakland.

A coalition of environmental organizations sounded the alarm that the Board of Port Commissioners was considering a lease proposal from Bowie Resource Partners to operate a coal export facility at Oakland's Charles P. Howard Terminal.Read more »