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SF Moves to Echo 'Amazon Tax'

Measure to tax big businesses to fund homeless will be on the November ballot

(Newser) - San Francisco voters will decide in November whether to tax large businesses to pay for homeless and housing services, an issue that set off a battle in another West Coast city struggling with income inequality. The city elections department verified Monday that supporters had collected enough signatures to get the... More »

'Permit Patty' Leaves Own Company After Water Incident

Companies started saying they would no longer buy Alison Ettel's pot products

(Newser) - Alison Ettel gained a nickname and lost a job after threatening to call police on an 8-year-old black girl who was selling water without a permit in San Francisco. The Guardian reports that Ettel, who was dubbed "Permit Patty," has resigned from the cannabis company she founded in... More »

Here, 6-Figure Salary Qualifies as 'Low Income'

Welcome to the Bay Area

(Newser) - From Miami to Detroit to San Antonio, an annual household income of $117,400 puts you firmly in the "high income" group. You'd even land in the upper middle class in New York City, per Business Insider . Not so in San Francisco. Further cementing the city's reputation... More »

London Breed Makes History as New SF Mayor

She's city's first-ever black female mayor

(Newser) - San Francisco Supervisor London Breed emerged victorious Wednesday to become the city's first African-American woman mayor after narrowly defeating a rival who was seeking to become the first openly gay man in the position. It took eight days of counting after Election Day for Breed to build a large... More »

Swimmer Begins Record Japan-California Attempt

Frenchman plans to swim 8 hours a day

(Newser) - Ben Lecomte has set off from Japan in an effort to swim to California, undaunted by sharks, low temperatures, fierce weather, a gigantic garbage patch—and the fact that nobody has even swum across the Pacific before. But the 51-year-old Frenchman has the right experience to attempt the record-breaking open-water... More »

Nurses Want Zuckerberg's Name Off Hospital

Patients are concerned about privacy, they say

(Newser) - How would you feel about being a patient at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital ? For some patients, having the Facebook founder's name plastered on the hospital is worrisome—and over the weekend, nurses at the hospital staged a protest to push for Zuck's name to be removed,... More »

Scooter Battle Rages in San Francisco

The city wants to regulate the rentable scooters

(Newser) - A battle between the city of San Francisco and companies that rent out motorized scooters has come to a head: On Tuesday, the Board of Supervisors unanimously approved an ordinance seeking to regulate the scooters, TechCrunch reports. At issue is the fact that the companies—LimeBike, Spin, and Bird—started... More »

Cops Found His Manifesto. They Have Yet to Find Him

Dustin Hamilton 'armed and dangerous' in San Francisco area

(Newser) - A San Jose family returned from vacation late Wednesday to find their home had been burglarized and at least two guns taken. Perhaps most alarming was a 20-page manifesto left on their kitchen table. In it, their estranged son, 44-year-old Dustin Hamilton, "made threats to kill people in San... More »

Ax-Wielding Driver Fatally Rams Pedestrians

Police have arrested suspect in San Francisco

(Newser) - One person was killed when a driver rammed into a group of pedestrians in San Francisco after threatening them with an ax, CBS SF reports. Police say the incident started shortly before 10:30am Wednesday when the driver got into a physical altercation with a group of people. A witness... More »

Single Donation Fulfills Every Request on DonorsChoose

'We never had this dream because it would have been too crazy to even say'

(Newser) - The scope of the donation—and the effects it will have on US students—is almost hard to fathom. "I kind of dared myself to send an email pitching an idea 10 times bigger than I've ever pitched before," Charles Best, founder of DonorsChoose.org, tells the... More »

Animal Welfare Groups Cheer San Francisco's 'Historic Act'

It becomes biggest US city to ban fur

(Newser) - San Francisco supervisors voted unanimously to ban the sale of fur Tuesday, further burnishing the city's animal-loving credentials as it becomes the largest US city to approve the prohibition. Animal welfare advocates around the world cheered news of Tuesday's vote, applauding the city for its compassion and hoping... More »

ICE Spokesman Quits Over a Number

James Schwab said he 'didn't want to perpetuate misleading facts'

(Newser) - In 2015, James Schwab became the San Francisco rep for US Immigration and Customs Enforcement. He quit the position last week, saying he "didn't want to perpetuate misleading facts." The move comes in the wake of a four-day February sweep, which President Trump, Jeff Sessions, and ICE... More »

Seeking a Budget-Friendly V-Day? Here's Where to Go

San Francisco, surprisingly

(Newser) - Flowers, chocolates, a candlelit dinner. Combined, they might make for a successful, if cliched Valentine's Day—but at a cost. US consumers celebrating V-Day will spend an average of $143.56 this year, $7 more than in 2017, per the National Retail Federation . Hoping for more bang for your... More »

Famous Acrobat 'Heartbroken' Over Theft of $25K Unicycle

Rong Niu, aka the 'Red Panda Acrobat,' has had that unicycle for 30 years

(Newser) - Someone at the San Francisco International Airport stole a 7-foot unicycle used by the "Red Panda Acrobat" for her plate-juggling routine, and the legendary performer is offering a $2,000 reward to get it back, the AP reports. KTVU-TV reports that police on Wednesday released surveillance photos from Jan.... More »

City Will Dismiss or Reduce up to 8K Marijuana Convictions

'To undo the damage that this country's disastrous, failed drug war has had'

(Newser) - California's Proposition 64—in addition to legalizing recreational marijuana—allows people convicted of marijuana-related crimes in the past to petition for their convictions to be reduced, dismissed, or expunged, the Los Angeles Times reports. But over the past year in San Francisco, only 23 people did so. "So... More »

Startup Gets Renters Into Chi-Chi SF Apartments Cheap

By putting one person in a bedroom made from the living room

(Newser) - If $1,125 sounds like a steal for a San Francisco apartment rental, it is—but you get what you pay for. Business Insider reports on the "real-estate bliss" being offered to the city's "desperate renters" by startup HomeShare , which has since 2016 leased apartments in luxury... More »

This Is the Best City in America for Staying Active

So eat all the deep-dish pizza you want, Chicagoans

(Newser) - If your New Year's resolution involves getting active, your location could play a role in your success. WalletHub reviewed sports facilities, outdoor activities, fitness club fees, and other metrics in the 100 most populated US cities and found getting active is a piece of cake in some areas, much... More »

FBI Says It Foiled Christmas Terror Attack in San Francisco

Former Marine allegedly planned terror attack on Pier 39 with explosives, rifle

(Newser) - A 26-year-old California man was arrested this week and charged Friday with attempting to provide material support for terrorism after he allegedly planned a Christmas suicide attack on San Francisco's Pier 39 in the name of the Islamic State, CBS News reports. Everitt Jameson of Modesto was reported for... More »

Cop Kills Himself After Being Pulled Over

Sources say San Francisco officer was under investigation for sex with a minor

(Newser) - An off-duty San Francisco police officer killed himself moments after he was pulled over by Richmond police on Monday, according to police. Authorities say a Richmond police officer made a traffic stop around 1:30pm but heard a gunshot as he approached the black coupe in a shopping mall parking... More »

Swimmer Tried to Scare Off Sea Lion. It Didn't Work

Man hospitalized after being attacked by sea lion

(Newser) - A swimmer in San Francisco required multiple tourniquets and a trip to the hospital after being attacked by a sea lion Thursday, Fox 10 reports. According to the BBC , the 56-year-old man was swimming in the Aquatic Park area when he was approached by a sea lion. Police say he... More »

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