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Scott Wiener’s war on local planning

Sen. Scott Wiener wants to force cities to allow more high-end housing, without giving them the tools or money to control the impacts

On January 19, I attended UCLA Extension’s 2018 Land Use Law and Planning Conference at the Biltmore Hotel in downtown Los Angeles. Seated in long rows of tables under the glittering chandeliers of the hotel’s Crystal Ballroom, hundreds of elected and appointed public officials, developers, attorneys, and consultants are annually briefed by sharp pro-growth land-use lawyers and other like-minded experts on the latest California land-use legislation and case law.

Sen. Scott Wiener wants to force cities to allow more high-end housing, without giving them the tools or money to control the impacts

This year the star of the show was State Senator Scott Wiener. He earned that role by authoring SB 35, the controversial “by-right” housing bill that Governor Brown signed into law in September. Like his fellow Yimbys, Wiener believes in a supply-side, build-baby-build solution to California’s housing woes and blames those woes on local jurisdictions’ resistance to new residential development. He presents himself as a brave policymaker who grapples with hard issues that others have dodged—an image belied by his evasive responses to my questions.

In California, Wiener told the conferees, “housing has been a purely local thing.” There have been “few laws on the books,” those that are on the books “are not enforced” and are outdated. What needs to happen, he said, is that the state should govern housing the way it governs education. Local school boards “set policy,” but “the state sets the ground rules.” Just so, last February the senator told Streetsblog, “if you [a city] are meeting your RHNA [Regional Housing Needs Allocation, set by the state’s Department of Housing and Community Development] goals…you maintain full local control.”

This strains to the breaking point any reasonable definition of local control, which, moreover, the Legislature has been chopping away for years. For starters, see SB 375, which spawned Plan Bay Area; SB 743, which eliminated local congestion as an environmental impact; and, in last year’s “housing package,” SB 35, SB 167 and AB 1515. On January 3, Wiener introduced two new bills, SB 827 and SB 828, that move beyond chopping into slash-and-burn territory.

SB 827

Drafted by California Yimby Executive Director Brian Hanlon, and coauthored by State Senator Nancy Skinner (D-Berkeley) and Assemblymember Phil Ting (D-San Francisco), SB 827 would prohibit cities from limiting heights to lower than 45 feet (six stories) or 85 feet (eight stories)—depending on the width of the street—on parcels within a half-mile of a “major transit stop” or a quarter-mile of “a high-quality transit corridor.” For such parcels, SB 827 would also suspend local parking minimums, density restrictions, and “any design standard that restricts the applicant’s ability to construct the maximum number of units consistent with any applicable building code.”

The bill defines a major transit stop as “a site containing an existing rail transit station, a ferry terminal served by either a bus or rail transit service, or the intersection of two or more major bus routes with a frequency of service interval of 15 minutes or less during the morning and afternoon peak commute periods.” The California Government Code defines “a high transit corridor” as “a corridor with fixed route bus service that has service intervals of no more than 15 minutes during peak commute hours.”

SB 828

Wiener’s companion bill, SB 828, would exponentially increase both cities’ Regional Housing Needs Allocations (RHNAs) and state authority over local land use planning. I’m going to review the bill in wonky detail, because though SB 827 has gotten the lion’s share of publicity, support, and pushback, SB 828 is likely to have at least as much impact.

Every eight years, the California Department of Housing and Community Development determines how much housing at various income levels will be needed to accommodate each region’s forecasted population. The region’s council of governments—in the Bay Area, the Association of Bay Area Governments—divvies up this number among its local jurisdictions, who must then plan and zone accordingly.

Wiener and other agents of the California growth machine have long complained that the RHNAs have “no teeth,” that the state lacks the legal authority to force cities to approve housing commensurate with their allocations. The senator marketed SB 35 as a first step toward providing such dentures; the new law ties by-right approval—no public hearing or environmental review—of certain infill housing projects to a city’s RHNA shortfalls. SB 828 would further strengthen Sacramento’s bite.

According to the SB 828 summary from Wiener’s office, the RHNAs have the following problems:

  • “The state’s historic population forecasts do not take into account historic underproduction of housing.”

“As communities stifle housing construction locally, their population is limited by how many new homes are built, creating the illusion that population growth is slowing or stagnant. This illusion is prevalent even in areas that have thriving job markets and skyrocketing housing demand and prices.”

  • “No rollover mechanism” ensures that “communities who underperform in one cycle are held accountable to their remaining obligation when the next cycle starts, creating a perverse incentive for cities to routinely underperform on RHNA.”

The upshot: cities’ “population growth will slow, their previous obligations will be forgiven, and their allocations will be reduced.”

  • RHNA methodology varies from region to region, with little state oversight, resulting in “heavily politicized allocations that are divorced from the data about true housing demand and fair share principles.”

For example, in the current cycle, three “adjacent and demographically similar coastal communities” in Los Angeles were awarded highly disparate RHNAs: Redondo Beach, got 1397 units, Manhattan Beach got 37, and Hermosa Beach got two. At the conference, Wiener cited these numbers and said that wealthier communities get lower allocations.

(The choice of jurisdictions is a bit strange, given that the Southern California Association of Bay Governments, whose purview includes the three coastal cities, embraces the build-baby-build agenda. Indeed, last fall SCAG produced a seven-minute video, “The Bay Area: A Cautionary Tale,” in which Yimby Action Executive Director Laura Foote Clark and other Bay Area growth evangelists, backed by a mournful Philip Glass-like score, sermonize about their region’s failure to produce sufficient market-rate housing to support the burgeoning tech economy.)

Cities “are expected to zone for precisely 100% of projected growth,” an “underwhelming requirement that sets communities up for failure in housing production, as not every newly zoned parcel will have a development application completed and project constructed to its full capacity within several years.”

To address these issues, SB 828 would

  • Require HCD to do “a one-time unmet need assessment for every California region before the next housing cycle, and then add those numbers to the forecasted allocations”
  • Establish “methodologies that acknowledge the particular need for moderate and above-moderate income housing in areas where housing prices are increasing at a rate far faster than wages.”
  • Authorize HCD “to challenge inequitable allocations between comparable jurisdictions.”
  • Require HCD “to rollover jurisdiction-specific underproduction from the last cycle to the next if a city has underperformed and not met their [sic] RHNA.”
  • Prohibit “regional planners from purposely underallocating in cities that they know are underperformers and will have rollover numbers.”
  • Require the “Housing Elements” in cities’ General Plans “to zone for 200% of their housing obligation every cycle—not 100%.”

Wiener dodges my questions

Wiener’s panel was followed by a short Q&A. I got to ask the last question—or more precisely, questions, for I had two. The first dealt with the unfunded mandates that Sacramento keeps imposing on local jurisdictions. SB 827 and SB 828 would dramatically increase cities’ populations and hence the demand for services—police, fire, sewerage, water, parks, schools, and transit—without providing funds to pay for the new services.

I didn’t have time to point out that SB 827’s concluding paragraph specifically lets the state off the hook:

SEC. 3. No reimbursement is required by this act pursuant to Section 6 of Article XIIIB of the California Constitution because a local agency or school district has the authority to levy service charges, fees, or assessments sufficient to pay for the program or level of service mandated by this act, within the meaning of Section 17556 of the Government Code.

But I did cite Wiener’s fellow panelist, attorney Barbara Kautz. Another supply-side devotee, Kautz dutifully recited the growther catechism, asserting that the California Environmental Quality Act is being misused by opponents of development, that project approvals take way too long, and so forth.

But Kautz also displayed flashes of objectivity: her PowerPointed inventory of barriers to new housing included a list with the heading “NO FISCAL BENEFITS”:

  • Not enough $$ to pay for school expansion
  • Perceived as a fiscal loser
  • No state $$ for infrastructure
  • No state $$ for planning (until SB 2 passed last year)
  • Loss of RDA [Redevelopment Authority] $$ without replacement

At the mic, I pointed out that while growth resisters are called racists, elitists, and reactionaries, Kautz had identified “objective” factors behind such resistance.

In reply, Wiener first conceded that when it comes to services, “we have lot of challenges.” He mentioned in passing Prop. 13 but notably did not state his support for a split roll. Nor did he refer to any of the items on Kautz’s list. Mainly, he dismissed my question as irrational and uninformed.

On the first charge: some people, he claimed, say “until we fix everything all at once, don’t fix everything at once, and we should fix housing.” But under the pretext of fixing housing, SB 827 and SB 828 would worsen a huge existing problem: California cities lack the money to serve the populations they already have.

On the misinformed count, Wiener asserted that “housing does not bring people in….People come here whether or not we build housing. Don’t build it, and they’re going to come anyway,” leading to soaring rents and overcrowding.

This is partly true: people come to California for jobs. But a major source of both current housing unaffordability in the Bay Area and the region’s growing wealth gap is the influx of hundreds of thousands of highly-compensated tech workers. If policymakers were serious about lowering housing prices (and undoing gridlock), they’d stop approving new mega-office projects. Problem: Wiener and California Yimby are generously funded by the tech industry. More than 100  tech executives have signed a letter supporting SB 827.

My other question addressed housing equity. SB 827 would inflate real estate values by encouraging massive new development in so-called “transit-rich” neighborhoods. In major cities, many such neighborhoods are home to low-income people of color. Some of the most vehement opposition to the bill has come from community leaders who view it as an engine of gentrification and displacement. In a blistering manifesto issued days after Wiener introduced the bill, Crenshaw Subway Coalition Executive Director Damien Goodmon called SB 827 “a declaration of war on South LA” that “must be killed.” Berkeley Mayor Jesse Arreguín subsequently reiterated that sentiment.

As initially drafted, SB 827 contains no provisions against displacement or demolition. There was no point, however, in asking about such provisions, because in a Medium piece posted on January 16, Wiener said that such provisions would be added.

Instead, I queried him about support for repealing the Costa Hawkins Rental Housing Act, the 1995 law that allows rent-controlled units to be leased at market rates when a tenant moves out. “You wrote on Medium that under SB 827, ‘if a city has rent control, it will continue to have rent control,’” I said. “But Costa-Hawkins’ vacancy de-control makes rent control—if not a dead letter, then a very weak one. Please comment.”

Wiener began by stating that he’s been “very public about supporting repeal” of Costa- Hawkins. Then he attacked AIDS Healthcare Foundation President Michael Weinstein, who’s providing major funding for an initiative to put repeal on the California ballot in November. This, said, Wiener, is “just another losing ballot measure” supported by the same people who ran Measure S, the Los Angeles slow-growth initiative that was defeated last March. During the post-panel break, I followed Wiener into an adjacent room and asked again about Costa-Hawkins. He said he’d like “to bring everyone to the table” to work out legislation that would allow “new apartments to transition over time into rent-controlled affordable housing.” When I pressed him on the content of the initiative, he launched another personal attack on Weinstein: “He loses everything. Weinstein will set Costa-Hawkins reform back” by “driv[ing] it into ground.” But that is a discussion about political strategy, not about the issue.

SB 828 would make RHNAs even more unfair

If I’d had time, I would have specifically asked about SB 828. I agree that the Regional Housing Needs Allocations are arbitrary. But by pegging housing RHNAs to doubled forecasted population growth and above all to high-end residential construction, SB 828 would make them even more so. To claim, as the draft bill does, that

Median rent or home prices that exceed median income will be alleviated by rapidly increasing housing supply for moderate and above-moderate income households.

and that

Communities with high rates of income growth must also have a high rate of new housing production for households of all income levels to ensure equity and stabilize home price and communities.

is to ignore market realities. Rapidly increasing the supply of high-end housing will ensure inequity and destabilize housing prices and communities.

Moreover, the overview of SB 828 put out by Wiener’s office undercuts the claim that local approval or disapproval is the major factor in housing production. That document accurately observes that “not every newly zoned parcel will have a development application completed and project constructed to its full capacity within several years.” Translation: housing is built by developers, not cities, and even when their projects have been approved, developers, not cities, decide if and when to pull a building permit, and if and when to build. And as Wiener doubtless knows, just about the only housing that developers are building is housing for the high end, because that’s the only kind that pencils out for their investors.

Finally, if the Legislature really wants the RHNAs to foster equity and stabilize housing prices, it should start by eliminating the requirement that each city must allocate

a lower proportion of housing need to an income category when a jurisdiction already has a disproportionately high share of households in that income category, as compared to the countywide distribution of households in that category from the most recent decennial United States census. [CA Government Code Section 65584 (d)(4)]

As Berkeley Housing Advisory Commissioner Tom Lord has explained, this is a pro-gentrification, pro-displacement policy in a city such as Berkeley, where the percentage of low-income residents is higher than the countywide percentage. The state’s RHNA policy requires Berkeley to zone for more affluent residents, even as the current red-hot market is displacing low-income Berkeleyans. “In the short term,” Lord point out, “the RHNA demands that the most affordable parts of the [Bay Area] become less affordable.” How about fixing that?

This year is different

When he drafted SB 827 and SB 828, Wiener did not bring everyone to the table. At the Biltmore, he expressed the same contempt for local democracy that he voiced at the Yimby national conference in Oakland in July. Once again, he said that colleagues in Sacramento privately thanked him for authoring SB 35, whose draconian measures would be anathema to their constituents (had they known about them).

The stealth approach worked in 2017. The cities didn’t wake up to the threats posed by SB 35 until much too late in the legislative season to make a difference. Other than tenants’ rights and affordable housing advocates in the state, who mounted the major opposition to the bill, the grass-roots barely stirred.

This year is already different. Vigorous local opposition to SB 827 is flaring from social equity advocates and others, and some power players have come out against the bill. The Sierra Club California formally opposed SB 35 but, cowed by the Yimby lobby, did little more than state its opposition on the club website. On January 18, the club sent Wiener a letter asking him to withdraw SB 827. And, remarkably, on January 23, the Los Angeles Times Editorial Board registered its objections to the bill.

On the other hand, the San Francisco Chronicle welcomed the legislation, noting that in an interview Wiener had “acknowledged” that SB 827 is “’an aggressive bill for sure” whose draft “’is unlikely to be its final form.’” Does this mean that he and California Yimby are going to put out something outrageous, tweak it to something slightly less outrageous, and then declare, “we’ve compromised?”

We’ll soon find out. SB 827 and SB 828 will have their first hearings in February. They should be lively.

Sen. Wiener will be holding a town hall meeting Saturday/3 at the Taraval Police Station Community Room. 2345 24th Avenue. RSVP: 415-557-1300.  

Protecting tenants from ‘renoviction’

Rent control is only a problem because of the loopholes in the law

As if there weren’t already enough ways to evict tenants, unscrupulous owners now have a new weapon in their arsenal: temporary moveouts justified by renovations, or “renoviction.”

Often, “temporary” becomes permanent when owners propose projects that will obviously take years to complete, or drag out small construction projects that shouldn’t have required relocation in the first place, or pass through rent increases that prevent tenants from being able to afford their apartments.

Tenants are facing evictions through renovation — and city planners don’t seem to care. Photo by Gerard Koskovich.

Advocates have long been aware of tenants permanently displaced by building renovations. But the current Planning Department process for approving permits exacerbates the problem, with neutral technocrats focused on paperwork efficiency using the excuse that they have “no directive” to investigate tenancies.

San Francisco won’t make headway on its quest to solve the affordability crisis by causing the eviction of tenants with low rents and allowing landlords to raise the rents to unaffordable levels. Yet we have found ourselves fighting on behalf of existing tenants caught between owners, planners, and an opaque and time-sensitive permit process.

Protecting existing tenants could be easier if the human costs are considered during the process of approving construction permits and communication improved between government departments. The Planning Department has a moral (and legal) imperative to do so as spelled out in the San Francisco General Plan.

Existing Loopholes

Currently, tenants facing Temporary Eviction for Capital Improvements get standard relocation assistance. Renovations are to be completed within three months after owners, permits in hand, obtain permission from the Rent Board. In a major loophole, beyond three months tenants are on their own to cover costs (in temporary homes likely paying far more in rent) as they hope to re-occupy their apartments. Owners have an incentive to drag on construction and hope the tenant simply gives up their right to re-occupy.

The Tenants Union seeks reform this loophole by increasing the amount due after three months, to incentivize shorter construction times.

If the tenant does return they will likely face higher rent because 50 percent of capital improvement costs can be passed through—whether or not the tenants want the upgrades. Absurdly, in San Francisco tenants are on the hook for 100 percent of seismic work, meaning they must pay so the building does not collapse on them, while the owner retains all the equity. In Los Angeles and other cities, the costs are shared equally between tenant and owner.

Protecting Tenants through discretionary review

On February 9, 2017, the issue of how permits can lead to dire consequences for tenants came to a head with the death of Carl Jensen during a permit application battle. Representatives for the speculator who purchased the building omitted the presence of the 95-year-old tenant from their permit application as they sought to extensively gut and alter Jensen’s unit around him.

When a neighbor testified at the first Planning Commission hearing that Jensen existed and had nowhere to go, attorney Ryan Patterson nervously testified that Jensen would be offered a lifetime lease guaranteeing his security. Tenant advocates who spoke to Jensen disputed that such an agreement was ever actually offered.

An owner can claim one thing to tenants, or the Rent Board and another to the Planning Department and neither mean much, as these departments do not communicate with each other. The Rent Ordinance is complicated and ever-changing, so on their own planners do not always understand the many protections tenants do have.

At the sad second hearing after Jensen had died, Commissioner Dennis Richards urged the planning director to come up with commonsense guidelines for staff to investigate tenancy issues before approval. While there was a nodding of heads by planning staff and Director John Rahaim, as of last week a planner assigned to a renovation project we are objecting to told us that there is still no directive to reach out to existing tenants.

505 Grand View Ave

After new legislation, owners have an incentive to build Accessory Dwelling Units — or small living spaces in extra space such as garages and basements—at the same time as renovation projects and without thorough review of plans. While we support the building of ADUs in existing buildings, they should not be approved without considering how the existing tenants will be affected.

In order to stop dodgy projects, someone must file a “Discretionary Review” in order to have a project undergo extra scrutiny by planning staff.

The Tenants Union filed our first DR for 505 Grandview Ave where three occupied rent-controlled units would have been vacated so that the owner could install a private elevator through their apartments to a new two-story penthouse. Despite expanding the top floor units to two floors, this extra work snuck through under the ruse of ADU and seismic permits. One tenant who has lived in her apartment for 41 years would have had her exterior wall removed, deck cut in half and apartment made smaller to accommodate the standard open space requirements for an ADU.

The Tenants Union pointed out to the assigned planner early on that this would force the tenant out for up to 18 months (according to the architects) and that ADUs for future tenants would be gained at the expense of existing tenants with affordable rent. Despite this, the planner recommended approval of the project to the planning commission. After the DR presentation and testimony from the tenants facing displacement, the commissioners voted unanimously to overrule the recommendation and sent the architects back to the drawing board with several commissioners objecting to ADUs that disrupt existing tenant’s lives.

Ironically, the Planning Code prevents owners who have formally evicted tenants in the past 5-10 years from being able to apply for ADUs. But by only looking at past eviction history, the same legislation inadvertently allows owners to evict tenants upon obtaining their ADU permit.

The Tenants Union has three more DRs in the pipeline with tenants of 30 or more years in all three buildings. Each property was purchased by a real estate agent or investor who tried buyouts within months of the purchase and never intended to live there. If tenants are allowed to be evicted by the permit process, the city will be sending a signal to future speculators that all occupied housing is fair game.

The Planning Commission is tasked with the stewardship of San Francisco’s General Plan but often gets bogged down in technical rulings based on design features rather than the bigger picture of a housing policy that benefits city residents. We argue that the planning department’s assertion of technocratic detachment violates the directives passed by voters with 1986’s Prop M.

The importance of the General Plan and Proposition M

California law requires every city to develop and adopt a General Plan. The General Plan is a comprehensive, long-term policy document that enunciates a community’s values related to physical development. San Francisco’s Planning Code is among the chief set of rules for planners to implement the General Plan.

Both San Francisco’s General Plan and Planning Code are unwieldy and have been that way for decades. People started noticing that, like the Bible, you could find something in either document to support or oppose just about any proposal. And so, in 1986, linked with a measure that to this day limits annual office growth in relation to housing production, seven general plan policies were adopted by voters through Proposition M to clarify application of General Plan policies.

Proposition M clarified that when policies conflict, decisions should favor the preservation of housing, small businesses and neighborhood character.  Housing and tenancy protection are key to the implementation of Proposition M.

Historically, one of the most important General Plan policies in San Francisco has been Objective 3 of the Housing Element: “Protect the Affordability of the Existing Housing Stock, Especially Rental Units.”

Some 64 percent of San Franciscans are renters. And with approximately 172,000 units, the city’s rent-controlled stock is by far the largest supply of affordable housing, dwarfing the number of below-market-rate, public, or non-profit housing units. It is for this reason that the Tenants Union has long been laser-focused on pushing our elected officials to take the preservation of private rental stock seriously when it is much more glamorous to be at ribbon cutting ceremonies for shiny new buildings.

When the city allows a rental unit to be doubled in size it is not protecting the affordability of rental units nor creating new housing. If a tenant is occupying that unit, as Carl Jensen was, it is obvious the tenant will have to be evicted to complete the work approved by the permit. Carl Jensen would have been at best displaced for a year and a half and at worst never been able to move back.

When the city allows landlords to evict tenants by obtaining a permit to install ADUs, the city is not protecting the affordability of existing rental units. Eviction may occur because the ADU permit requires walls in the units of existing tenants to be moved – as it did in the Grand View proposal. Or eviction may be required because the ADUs require such extensive structural upgrading that all occupants are affected. Or, worse yet, the seismic or ADU work may not really even require existing units to be vacated but “extra” and unnecessary work is thrown into the permit to force tenants out.

The city is not living up to its legal obligation under the General Plan and Proposition M to protect rental housing. It is too easy for planners unfamiliar with the details of the Rent Ordinance to pass off evictions and other consequences of permit approval as out of their domain.

Unscrupulous speculators make their living by increasing profits without regard for those who already inhabit the buildings they have purchased. If anything, existing tenants are seen as a deterrent to profits rather than as cherished city residents who have contributed to a property’s value and to San Francisco’s social fabric. We urge our city officials to acknowledge the on-the-ground reality that tenants are facing and reconcile department procedures with the objectives of the General Plan.

Jennifer Fieber is staff at the San Francisco Tenants Union. Mary Gallagher is an independent land use consultant who can be reached through her website: www.mgaplanning.com

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A devious move to oust SF’s best Police Commission member

It appears that Ahsha Safai is trying to replace the best Police Commission member in the city with one of his political allies

A close political ally of Sup. Ahsha Safai who has little or no connection to local police-reform groups is trying to out the city’s best Police Commission member.

Olga Miranda, president of SEIU Local 87, has applied to replace Petra DeJesus on the powerful panel. DeJesus’ term ends April 30 and reports that she may not be reappointed shocked police reform advocates. 

It appears that Ahsha Safai is trying to replace the best Police Commission member in the city with one of his political allies
It appears that Ahsha Safai is trying to replace the best Police Commission member in the city with one of his political allies

There’s a clear stink of politics here: Miranda helped Safai get elected, and he chairs the committee that will screen applicants for the job.

Police commissioners have to live in San Francisco, and in her application, Miranda said she is both a resident and a registered voter.

But that’s a stretch: She has lived in the East Bay for years, and only registered to vote in San Francisco on April 6, 2017 — five days before she filed an application to be on the Police Commission — voter registration data shows.

The move is odd: Miranda owns a house on Stannage Ave in Albany. She has been registered to vote there until early April.

She has, if her filings are accurate, moved from there to a single-family house on Paris Street that has at least three other residents, according to city planning and voter-registration data.

Planning Department records show that house is owned by Roberto and Macaria Canchola, who are registered to vote there along with Andrea Canchola. Multiple sources close to the matter told 48hills that Roberto Canchola is a former board member of Local 87. At the time of filing of this report, we weren’t able to independently verify this information. 

DeJesus has been a leader on the Police Commission during the most crucial period of police reforms, including deliberations on the use of force policy, the scathing Blue-ribbon report, the Department of Justice’s critical assessment and list of more than 200 recommendations, and the appointment of a new police chief.

Miranda, local activists involved in police issues say, has no known experience on police reform. However, she and her union have been known for their victories against Airbnb, Uber, and Square for better treatment for custodial workers. She is linked to Assemblymember David Chiu, who honored here as Woman of the Year. Mayor Ed Lee also recently honored her, saying “her years of fighting for good wages, health care and retirement benefits for the thousands of her mostly-immigrant members is legendary.”

Miranda’s application is supported by Safai, whom Miranda strongly backed during his race for supervisor. Safai chairs the Rules Committee, which will consider the application.

Miranda’s tenure at the helm of Local 87 has been controversial. Joe Fitzgerald Rodriguez of the Examiner reported that Miranda’s allies proposed that members who didn’t work for Safai would be fined $150.

Safai worked as a consultant for the union until 2012. Miranda refuted the allegations and said supporting Safai came down to choosing a candidate that had policies that worked for the janitors.  

Former District 11 Supervisor John Avalos says there are eligibility questions that need to be asked when it comes to Miranda’s application: “I think people on the Board of Supervisors are looking at whether Olga Miranda’s application is legitimate, and it’s known that she has been living in Albany. The question is, I hear she’s registered to vote in San Francisco now, but she hasn’t voted in the recent elections. So if you just moved to the city and just registered to vote does that meet the qualifications?”

Progressive politician and former Assemblymember Tom Ammiano, who led the movement for a more independent Police Commission, said that reports of DeJesus being ousted is like “pouring vinegar on our wounds at a time when police reforms are being attacked by the Trump administration and Jeff Sessions is working towards undoing all the hard work done to push for police reform in the country. Removing one of the most viable and effective police commissioners San Francisco has ever seen is an attempt now to further erode the independence of the commission.” 

In her application submitted to the Board of Supervisors, Miranda talks about experiencing police and gang-related violence as she grew up in Los-Angeles: “(…) those formative years I survived shootings, beatings and was well aware of the mistreatment that many in my family experienced in the hands of police officers; I attended more funerals than school dances. It’s these type of experiences that foment a lack of trust from minority communities towards law enforcement,” she wrote. 

 “…the commission needs people who will act and understand escalated discipline, collective bargaining agreements and can work hand-in-hand with all stakeholders, that is me.”  

That worries former ACLU police watchdog John Crew who says the reference to “collective bargaining agreements” reminds him of the approach the Police Officers Association has taken: “They’ve been perpetrating a myth that negotiations are needed to implement the [recommended] reforms,” Crew told us. “Many police issues — especially those that involve how the police act towards the public — aren’t treated as working conditions questions that must be negotiated under state law or under the city charter because of their impact on the public. If she thinks the SFPOA has more rights than the public, that’s inconsistent with law and would reveal her to be an opponent of reform,” Crew said. 

We reached out to Miranda for clarity but she declined to answer questions.

This episode appears to be strikingly similar to ousting of Angela Chan from the Police Commission in 2014. Chan was removed from the Police Commission with a 7-4 vote by the Board of Supervisors in a move driven far more by politics than by qualifications.

It’s important to note that for commissions such as this one when an incumbent comes up for re-appointment, the standard is usually simple: Is he or she doing a good job?

There’s little question that DeJesus is the most progressive member of the commission, and she’s done a great job holding the department accountable and pushing reforms. There’s no reason to oust her – except, perhaps, to repay a political favor to someone who has nowhere near the same qualification and until a couple of weeks ago didn’t even live in the city.

 

‘This is my home:’ Yemeni-American reunites with family, says about 50 others detained  

Mustafa Abuzeid landed in San Francisco from Kaula Lumpur and was swiftly escorted to a room: “I was in a room with other people. They just told me to stay there and wait and they took my passport,” Abuzeid said. 

Abuzeid’s family anxiously awaited his arrival and organizers made announcements before his release: “We need to stay together and embrace the families and wait with them until their loved ones are released,” organizers said.

Abuzeid runs a small business and has had a green card for more than 20 years. His brothers and father are US citizens: “I’ve never had to face this, I travel often. Last time I came back home it took me five minutes to go through immigration.” 

Mustafa Abuzeid, a Yemeni- America, stands alongside his father as he reunites with his family after being detained for 6 hours. Abuzeid has been a green card holder for the past 20 years and was returning home from Kaula Lumpur. Photo by Sana Saleem.
Mustafa Abuzeid, a Yemeni- America, stands alongside his father as he reunites with his family after being detained for 6 hours. Abuzeid has been a green card holder for the past 20 years and was returning home from Kaula Lumpur. Photo by Sana Saleem.

Abuzeid said he saw approximately 50 people in detention alongside him. This is the first we’ve heard about approximate numbers; so far officials have not released any details of number of being detained at San Francisco International airport. The lack of information has left many in limbo but protests have continued to grow. 

Abrahim Abuzeid was worried as he waited for his brother to arrive: “I was very very worried. It was very hard for me and family.” Abrahim lives in Oakland and works for a building maintenance service providing office cleaning services in the Bay Area.

Abrahim Abuzeid says he was anxious for his brother's arrival but comforted when he saw the crowds of supporters against the #muslimban. Photo by Sana Saleem.
Abrahim Abuzeid says he was anxious for his brother’s arrival but comforted when he saw the crowds of supporters against the #muslimban. Photo by Sana Saleem.

“We live here. My father came here decades ago this is where we live,”  said Abrahim. He was overwhelmed to see people showing up in support: “It was great to see so many people coming out and supporting. When I saw them I was hopeful that I’ll see my brother,” he said expressing his frustration over the executive order: “I’m Muslim but I never think of people as different because of color and religion. We are one people, we are the same we are one,” he said.

Mustafa Abuzeid xhausted but teary with joy on being reunited with his family: "This is my home". Photo by Sana Saleem.
Mustafa Abuzeid xhausted but teary with joy on being reunited with his family: “This is my home”. Photo by Sana Saleem.

Abuzeid said he wasn’t mistreated but was exhausted and thirsty after two days of travel and six hours in detention. The family embraced each other as Abuzeid looked exhausted but teary eyed with joy: “This is my home,” he said. 

Lawyers are now approaching families of those detained to facilitate phone calls and advice people on approaching questions from immigration officers: “No need to sign anything unless you’ve a lawyer present.” 

Reports from Standing Rock: Concussion grenades, hypothermia & the fight for clean water

Photo by: Graham Biyaal, a water protector who says he was shot by this rubber bullet.

Standing Rock Sioux Tribal member JoBeth Brownotter still hears the screams from the front line where she was tear-gassed and sprayed with cold water in freezing temperatures. “I am getting sick. Hypothermia is no joke. My lungs and ribs hurt from coughing and I’m wheezing like crazy,” she told me over messenger. “Despite all that I am going through, I will continue to stand tall in prayer.”

On Sunday, November 20,  Brownotter took part in her third action against the $3.8 billion Dakota Access pipeline, which would transport 570,000 barrels of oil per day from North Dakota to Illinois.Water protectors are concerned about the pipeline crossing the Missouri River, which provides drinking water to 18 million people and is the Standing Rock Sioux tribe’s main source. This is the first time she’s ever been involved in a political action.

A few months ago, while she was recovering from foot surgery at home, she watched as people from miles away traveled to Standing Rock to join the growing movement and express solidarity. “I knew I had to be there,” she said. “So I left home to stand with my people. At that point, I started another chapter in my life.”

Hundreds of Native Americans and their non-native allies gathered on a bridge just north of the Oceti Sakowin camp in Cannonball, North Dakota to remove burnt vehicles and a police barricade that has been blocking traffic on Highway 1806 and protecting pipeline construction since October 27.

Rob Keller, spokesman with the Morton County Sheriff’s Department, informed me via email that the blockade and law enforcement presence will be at the bridge for “as long as protestors are not peaceful.” Keller also confirmed that new concrete barriers have since been put in place to keep “protesters away from the law enforcement line.”

The Army National Guard monitors a northern barrier on Highway 1806. The bridge just north of the main camp, which was the site of Sunday’s action, serves as the southern barrier. In essence, the pipeline is being protected with police and military vehicles so construction can continue. Anyone who wants to oppose it no longer has access.

According to a statement from the Camp of the Sacred Stones, the obstruction of Highway 1806 “threatens the lives of the water protectors and residents of the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation, as emergency services have been needed but unable to reach camp quickly. The blockage also unjustly restricts the free movement of local residents and hurts the Tribe economically by cutting off travel to and from the Prairie Knights Casino. Images of the burned vehicles have fed negative, distorted, and sensationalist media portrayals of the encampment.”

On his Facebook page, Dallas Goldtooth, Indigenous Environmental Network organizer, wrote, “Water protectors are done with the military-style barricades. We are done with flood lights and armored military trucks. We are done with it! That’s why tonight, water protectors decided to take a first peaceful step and remove the burned out vehicles. It was to open up the road so in the daylight the world can see the face of militarized law enforcement and state oppression.”

The world then watched in horror live on Facebook as Morton County police in riot gear responded by shooting Native Americans and their non-native allies with rubber bullets and spraying them with tear gas, pepper spray and cold water in freezing temperatures.

In this Facebook live video from poet Kevin Gilbertt, water protectors can be heard screaming, “We need a medic!” Unicorn Riot, a volunteer run decentralized media collective, was also filming on the front line.

 

At a press conference held by the Morton County Sheriffs Department on Monday, November 21, a reporter asked if the use of water hoses was necessary to keep officers safe. Morton County Police Chief Jason Ziegler responded by saying, “It was effective wasn’t it?”

According to the Standing Rock Medic & Healer Council, approximately 300 water protectors were injured by excessive force and treated for hypothermia. At least 26 people had to be evacuated by ambulance to three hospitals in the surrounding areas.

Sophia Wilansky, a 21-year-old water protector from New York City, was air lifted to County Medical Center in Minneapolis where surgeons are trying to save her arm and hand and prevent a possible amputation. According to the Council, Wilansky was severely injured when a concussion grenade thrown by police hit her left arm and exploded.

The North Dakota Highway Patrol dispute that claim, blaming the injury on a propane tank they say was found on the bridge. “The injuries sustained are inconsistent with any resources utilized by law enforcement and are not a direct result of any tools or weapons used by law enforcement,” said Lieutenant Tom Iverson in a statement.

Standing Rock medics say they have proof it was a concussion grenade thrown by police. “Sophia was heading to bring water to the unarmed people who were being attacked for several hours by Morton County Sheriff forces,” medics said in a statement.

The medics go on to say, “The Morton County Sheriff’s Department has stated that she was injured by a purported propane explosion that the Sheriff’s Department claimed the unarmed people created. These statements are refuted by Sophia’s testimony, by several eye-witnesses who watched police intentionally throw concussion grenades at unarmed people, by the lack of charring of flesh at the wound site and by the grenade pieces that have been removed from her arm in surgery and will be saved for legal proceedings.”

At a press conference on Tuesday, November 22, Wayne Wilansky, Sophia Wilansky’s father, said she needs at least 20 surgeries over the next few months. Over the past few days, over 11,000 people have donated over $300,000 on a GoFundMe page set up for her medical bills.

“The first surgery took a vein from her leg which they have implanted in her arm to take the place of the missing arteries. She will need multiple surgeries to try to gain some functional use of the arm and hand. She will be, every day for the foreseeable future, fearful of losing her arm and hand,” he said in a statement provided by the medics. “There are no words to describe the pain of watching my daughter cry and say she was sorry for the pain she caused me and my wife. I died a thousand deaths today and will continue to do so for quite some time. I am left without the right words to describe the anguish of watching her look at her now alien arm and hand.”

Medics have compiled a list of other injuries including an elder who lost consciousness and was revived on the scene; a woman who was shot in the face by a rubber bullet with subsequent eye injury and compromised vision; a young man with internal bleeding who was vomiting blood after a rubber bullet hit his abdomen; and a man shot in the back near his spine by a rubber bullet causing blunt force trauma and a severe head laceration.

Medics say they “condemn the excessive police violence and call upon law enforcement to cease and desist these nearly lethal actions. Specifically, we demand the cessation of water cannons in subfreezing temperatures.”

On the front line, the Water Protector Legal Collective team observed a young person having a seizure and people vomiting from exposure to mace. “We are shocked by Morton County’s cowardice and total disregard for human life,” said the legal collective in a statement. “We call on the federal government to respect its trust responsibility to Native Americans and stop these flagrant human and civil rights abuses.”

Graham Biyaal, a member of the Dine Tribe in New Mexico who ran to Standing Rock from Arizona earlier this month, says he was shot with a rubber bullet.

In a video he posted on Facebook, he said, “They are firing rubber bullets. They are spraying high-pressure water on unarmed people. My message is simple. Contact the President. Contact your representatives. Let’s defund DAPL. Some of the larger banks include Wells Fargo. I’m begging each and every one of you. Close your bank accounts. Don’t give them your business. Make a statement.

I got shot by a rubber bullet and it hurts. I got sprayed by tear gas. I couldn’t even stand on my own two feet because it hurt so bad. They dragged me to the medic, but I came back out here because I feel so strongly about this environment, about water.”

Rob Keller, spokesman with the Morton County Sheriff’s Office confirmed in email that “direct impact sponge rounds” were used, which he called “less than lethal munition.”

Dr. Rupa Marya, a professor of medicine at UCSF Medical School who works with the Standing Rock Medical and Healer Council, points to case reports in medical journals showing that rubber bullets can cause death by hemorrhage. “These are not non-lethal weapons,” she said. “We’re confronting a real human rights issue at Standing Rock.”

Just three days before Sunday’s violent crackdown, PBS NewsHour correspondent William Brangham asked Energy Transfer Partners CEO Kelcy Warren to comment on the fate of Native American water protectors like Graham Biyaal, who plan to winterize the camp and stay until the pipeline is defeated.

“This is not a peaceful protest,” said Warren. “So, if they want to stick around and continue to do what they’re doing, great, but we’re building the pipeline.”

During my trip to Standing Rock earlier this month, water protectors consistently expressed frustration that the State of North Dakota, most especially through a militarized police force, is protecting the pipeline.

At the recent press conference given just after Sunday’s action, Morton County Police Chief Jason Ziegler did not rule out the use of water hoses again to “maintain law and order.”

As Graham Biyaal films protectors on the front line being sprayed with cold water in freezing temperatures, he says, “This is what happens when you fight for clean water. I’ll be here as long as I can until it stops.”

BEST OF THE BAY 2016

Art by Diego Gomez and Antonia J. Lopez; design by Aaron Joseph

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Dear Readers,

Welcome back to the SF Bay Guardian’s Best of the Bay! This is our 41st edition of Best of the Bay, and it comes out on the Bay Guardian’s 50th anniversary. Here and in print at more than 350 shops, cafes, and stores throughout the Bay Area, you’ll find the results of our Readers Poll and our exclusive Editor’s Picks. Thanks to the more than 9,000 people voted in our Best of the Bay Readers Poll this year – an incredible number!

BEST OF THE BAY 2016

READERS POLL WINNERS: CITY LIVING

READERS POLL WINNERS: FOOD AND DRINK

READERS POLL WINNERS: ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT

READERS POLL WINNERS: SHOPPING

2016 EDITOR’S PICKS

For half a century, the Guardian has been “on guard” — speaking truth to power and keeping a watchful, progressive eye on politics while also supporting local small businesses and vital artists and arts organizations. That’s a lot of decades!

Along with you, we’ve discovered incredible new things, dusted off some classics, and continued exploring all the wonders of the Bay Area with an open mind and the feeling of living in the best place on Earth.

The Bay Guardian stopped publishing as a weekly paper in 2014, but the seeds of its revival were sown almost immediately afterwards, first with the publication of a Guardian commemorative edition in January 2015 and then when Guardian editors and publishers expanded our sister daily news publication, 48hills.org. Last November, we regained the rights to the Bay Guardian and relaunched www.sfbg.com, which was covered nationally as an example of how the alternative press could be revived.

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Now we’re back in print! This month we published our Clean Slate election endorsements issue (you can read them online here). And now here comes the 41st Best of the Bay, brimming with all the good stuff you’ve come to expect. This is the issue where your voice is heard on everything from Best Burrito and Best Live Music Venue to Best Shoe Store and Best Politician (and Best Politician You Love to Hate).

Over 9,000 people voted in our online Best of the Bay Readers Poll. As a result, there are a few significant shakeups in some of the major categories, and the return of several familiar names in others. That’s very cool — not only are there still some great legacy businesses holding on in the city, there’s lots of healthy competition to be the best.

As usual, we’ve also included some Editor’s Picks, of businesses and organizations that we think deserve special mention this year for their accomplishments. We’d also like to thank all of our advertisers and supporters this year. Without you, we wouldn’t be here.

We’re hoping our return signals a new era of progressive open-mindedness, civic engagement, small business support, and artistic exploration, especially in San Francisco, where it can sometimes seem like our greatest moments may be behind us. But you only need to flip through the pages of this edition to see that the Bay Area is still best — and so are our loyal readers.

— Marke B, Best of the Bay 2016 Editor

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Marke B.

Designer

Aaron Joseph

Original artwork

Diego Gomez, illustrator

Antonia J Lopez, photographer

Bay Guardian Editor

Tim Redmond

Sales/Project Coordinator

Emily Forster

Sales Representatives

Veronica Guevara

Steve Indig

Bay Guardian Publishers Emeritus

Bruce B. Brugmann and Jean Dibble

Special Thanks

Hunky Beau

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BEST OF THE BAY 2016: ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT WINNERS

Ms. Juanita More, voted Best Drag Queen. Photo by Joseph Montana

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BEST OF THE BAY 2016: ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT

BEST MOVIE THEATER

CASTRO THEATRE

429 Castro, SF

www.castrotheatre.com

BEST REP FILM HOUSE

ROXIE THEATER

3117 16th St., SF

www.roxie.com

BEST MUSEUM

SF MOMA

151 Third St., SF

www.sfmoma.org

BEST ART GALLERY

GALERIA DE LA RAZA

2857 24th St., SF

www.galeriadelaraza.org

BEST DANCE COMPANY

ODC

351 Shotwell, SF

www.odcdance.org

BEST THEATER COMPANY

SAN FRANCISCO NEO-FUTURISTS

www.sfneofuturists.com

BEST PERFORMANCE SPACE

TIE

PIANOFIGHT

144 Taylor, SF

www.pianofight.com

Z SPACE

450 Florida, SF

www.zspace.org

BEST FILM FESTIVAL

FRAMELINE

www.frameline.org

BEST ARTS FESTIVAL

OPEN STUDIOS

www.artspan.org

BEST MUSIC FESTIVAL

HARDLY STRICTLY BLUEGRASS

www.hardlystrictlybluegrass.com

BEST BOOK PUBLISHER

CITY LIGHTS

261 Columbus, SF

www.citylights.com

BEST RECORD LABEL

DARK ENTRIES

www.darkentriesrecords.com

BEST BAND

KATDELIC

www.ronkat.net

BEST SINGER-SONGWRITER

SAM CHASE

www.thesamchase.com

BEST DJ

SAKE ONE

BEST LIVE MUSIC VENUE

GREAT AMERICAN MUSIC HALL

859 O’Farrell, SF

www.slimspresents.com

BEST OVERALL NIGHTLIFE VENUE

DNA LOUNGE

375 11th St., SF

www.dnalounge.com

BEST OVERALL DANCE PARTY

BOOTIE SF

www.bootiemashup.com

BEST ROCK CLUB

BOTTOM OF THE HILL

1233 17th St., SF

www.bottomofthehill.com

BEST REGGAE CLUB

DUB MISSION

www.dubmissionsf.com

BEST HIP-HOP CLUB

TRAP CITY

www.trapcitysf.com

BEST JAZZ CLUB

TIE

SFJAZZ

201 Franklin, SF

www.sfjazz.org

YOSHI’S

510 Embarcadero West, Oakl.

www.yoshis.com

BEST SALSA CLUB

CIGAR BAR

850 Montgomery, SF

www.cigarbarandgrill.com

BEST HOUSE/TECHNO CLUB

MONARCH

101 6th St, SF

www.monarchsf.com

BEST LATE-NIGHT DANCING

CAT CLUB

1190 Folsom

www.sfcatclub.com

BEST TRIVIA NIGHT

EDINBURGH CASTLE

950 Geary, SF

www.thecastlesf.com

BEST JUKEBOX

LUCKY 13

2140 Market, SF

(415) 487-1313

BEST KARAOKE BAR

THE MINT

1942 Market, SF

themint.net

BEST OVERALL QUEER PARTY

SWAGGER LIKE US

www.swaggersf.com

BEST GAY DANCE CLUB

OASIS

298 11th St., SF

www.sfoasis.com

BEST DRAG QUEEN

JUANITA MORE

www.juanitamore.com

BEST DRAG SHOW

MOTHER AT OASIS

www.sfoasis.com

BEST BURLESQUE

HUBBA HUBBA REVIEW

www.facebook.com/groups/hubbahubbarevue

BEST COMEDY VENUE

COBB’S COMEDY CLUB

915 Columbus, SF.

www.cobbscomedy.com

BEST COMEDIAN

SHANTI CHARAN

www.shanticharan.com

BEST MAGICIAN

ROBERT STRONG

www.strongentertainment.com

BEST OPEN MIC NIGHT

HOTEL UTAH

500 4th St., SF

www.hotelutah.com

BEST LITERARY NIGHT

LUNADA

www.galeriadelaraza.org

BEST STRIP CLUB

GOLD CLUB

650 Howard St., SF

www.goldclubsf.com

BEST SEX CLUB

EROS

2051 Market, SF

www.erossf.com

BEST PORN STUDIO

KINK

www.kink.com

BEST OF THE BAY 2016: CITY LIVING WINNERS

A reveler at Folsom Street Fair, voted Best Street Fair. Photo by Gwen Park

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BEST OF THE BAY 2016: CITY LIVING

BEST STREET FAIR

FOLSOM STREET FAIR

www.folsomstreetevents.org

BEST HOTEL

FAIRMONT HOTEL

950 Mason, SF

www.fairmont.com/san-francisco

BEST TOUR

TIE

SF GHOST HUNT

www.sfghosthunt.com

WILD SF

www.wildsftours.com

BEST EVENT OR VENUE FOR KIDS

EXPLORATORIUM

Pier 15, SF

www.exploratorium.edu

BEST POLITICIAN

JANE KIM

BEST POLITICIAN YOU LOVE TO HATE

ED LEE

BEST NONPROFIT ORGANIZATION

CREATIVITY EXPLORED

3245 16th St., SF

www.creativityexplored.org

BEST LOCAL WEBSITE

FUNCHEAP SF

sf.funcheap.com

BEST LOCALLY PRODUCED TV SHOW

“CHECK PLEASE, BAY AREA”

www.kqed.org

BEST RADIO STATION

KPOO

89.5 FM

www.kpoo.com

BEST RADIO DJ OR SHOW

“LIFE INSIGHTS LIVE WITH SCOUT BARTLETT”

KEST Radio 1450 AM

www.lifeinsights.net

BEST TATTOO PARLOR

BLACK AND BLUE TATTOO

381 Guerrero, SF

www.blackandbluetattoo.com

BEST TATTOO ARTIST

TANYA WISCHERATH

www.tanyawischerath.com

BEST ANIMAL RESCUE

TIE

MAINE COON ADOPTIONS

2527 Carmel St, Oakland

mainecoonadoptions.com

MUTTVILLE

255 Alabama, SF

www.muttville.org

BEST DOG WALKING

DOG TALES

(415) 948-3840

dogtalesunleashed.com

BEST PET GROOMING

VIP GROOMING

4299 24th St., SF

vipgroomingsf.com

BEST VETERINARIAN

MISSION PET HOSPITAL

720 Valencia, SF

www.missionpet.com

BEST DENTIST

WASHINGTON SQUARE PARK DENTAL

1719 Powell, SF

wsparkdental.com

BEST DOCTOR

DR. AUSTIN DAVIS, LIFE CHIROPRACTIC

644 Laguna, SF

www.lifechirosf.com

BEST OPTOMETRIST

THROUGH THE HAYES

529 Hayes, SF

www.throughthehayes.com

BEST ALTERNATIVE HEALING

ADVANCED ALLERGY SOLUTIONS

257 Oak, SF

aasclinics.com

BEST THERAPIST

KAREN SMILIE, MFT

538 Hayes, SF

karensmillie.com

BEST PLUMBER

ACE PLUMBING

945 Taraval St #201, SF

www.aceplumbingandrooter.com

BEST ELECTRICIAN

PAURIC ELECTRIC

2288 Fulton, SF

thesfelectrician.com

BEST MOVING SERVICE

DELANCEY STREET MOVERS

(415) 957-9800

www.delanceystreetfoundation.org

BEST HOUSE CLEANERS

LA COLECTIVA

www.lacolectivasf.org

BEST AUTO MECHANICS

PAT’S GARAGE

1090 26th St., SF

www.patsgarage.com

BEST BICYCLE REPAIR

PEDAL REVOLUTION

3085 21st St, SF

www.pedalrevolution.org

BEST SHOE REPAIR

FRANK’S SHOE REPAIR

1619 Polk, SF

www.franksshoerepairsf.com

BEST TAILOR

AL’S ATTIRE

1300 Grant, SF

alsattire.com

BEST LAUNDROMAT

BRAINWASH

1122 Folsom, SF

www.brainwash.com

BEST DRY CLEANERS

BUCHANAN CLEANERS

2137 Buchanan, SF

(415) 923-9251

BEST SALON

INK SALON

660 Market, SF

(415) 779-6866

www.inkhairsalon.com

BEST HAIRSTYLIST

REBEKAH NUMMER, INK SALON

www.facebook.com/rebekahnummerhair

BEST MASSAGE

JADEN ROSE HOLISTIC BODYWORK

324 Fell, SF

www.jadenroseholisticbodywork.com

BEST SPA

KABUKI HOT SPRINGS

1750 Geary, SF

www.kabukisprings.com

BEST FITNESS/GYM

TIE

LIFTED

600 14th St., SF

www.becomelifted.com

UFORIA

1561 California, SF

www.uforiastudios.com

BEST TRAINER

ACE MORGAN

(510) 459-8202

acemorganfitness.wordpress.com

BEST YOGA STUDIO

YOGA TO THE PEOPLE

5th Floor, 2973 16th St., SF

www.yogatothepeople.com/san-francisco

BEST YOGA INSTRUCTOR

MARGI YOUNG

www.margiyoung.com

BEST AMATEUR SPORTS TEAM

SAN FRANCISCO CITY FOOTBALL CLUB

www.sfcityfc.com

BEST OF THE BAY 2016: FOOD AND DRINK WINNERS

A dish from Ichi Sushi + Ni Bar, voted Best Sushi

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BEST OF THE BAY 2016: FOOD AND DRINK

BEST OVERALL RESTAURANT

NOPA

560 Divisadero, SF

www.nopasf.com

BEST NEW RESTAURANT

SESSIONS

1 Letterman Dr #150, SF

www.sessionssf.com

BEST RESTAURANT SERVICE

DELANCEY STREET RESTAURANT

600 The Embarcadero, SF

www.delanceystreetfoundation.org

BEST BUDGET RESTAURANT

TU LAN

8 Sixth St., SF

(415) 626-0927

BEST SPLURGE RESTAURANT

GARY DANKO

800 North Point, SF

www.garydanko.com

BEST LATE-NIGHT RESTAURANT

GRUBSTAKE

1525 Pine, SF

www.sfgrubstake.com

BEST ROMANTIC RESTAURANT

L’ARDOISE

151 Noe, SF

www.ardoisesf.com

BEST FOOD/DRINK FESTIVAL

EAT REAL OAKLAND

www.eatrealfest.com

BEST FOOD TRUCK

TIE

THE CHAIRMAN

www.hailthechairman.com

SENOR SISIG

www.senorsisig.com

BEST FOOD DELIVERY

SPRIG

www.sprig.com

BEST FARMERS’ MARKET

FERRY PLAZA

www.cuesa.org

BEST VEGETARIAN

GREENS

Fort Mason Center, SF

www.greensrestaurant.com

BEST VEGAN

HELLA VEGAN EATS

411 26th St, Oakl.

www.hellaveganeats.com

BEST SMALL PLATES

PICARO

3120 16th St., SF

www.picarotapasrestaurant.com

BEST PIZZA

LITTLE STAR

846 Divisadero, SF

400 Valencia, SF

1181 Solano, Albany

www.littlestarpizza.com

BEST SANDWICHES

LOU’S CAFE

5017 Geary, SF

www.louscafesf.com

BEST BURRITO

EL FAROLITO

2779 Mission, SF

(415) 824-7877

BEST BURGERS

TIE

SUPER DUPER

Multiple locations

www.superduperburgers.com

ROAM

Multiple Locations, SF

www.roamburgers.com

BEST BARBECUE

4505 BURGERS & BBQ

705 Divisadero, SF

www.4505meats.com

BEST SUSHI

ICHI SUSHI + NI BAR

3282 Mission, SF

www.ichisushi.com

BEST BOWL OF NOODLES

KEN KEN RAMEN

3378 18th St., SF

www.kenkenramen.com

BEST SOUP

TURTLE TOWER

645 Larkin, SF

5716 Geary, SF

501 Sixth St., SF

www.turtletowersf.com

BEST SALADS

PLUTO’S

3258 Scott, SF

627 Irving, SF

www.plutosfreshfood.com

BEST SEAFOOD

WOODHOUSE FISH CO.

2073 Market, SF

1914 Fillmore, SF

www.woodhousefish.com

BEST SOUL FOOD

BRENDA’S SOUL FOOD

652 Polk, SF

www.frenchsoulfood.com

BEST ITALIAN

VEGA

419 Cortland, SF

www.vegapizzasf.com

BEST INDIAN

DOSA

995 Valencia, SF

1700 Fillmore, SF

www.dosasf.com

BEST MIDDLE EASTERN

LA MEDITERRANEE

Multiple locations

www.cafelamed.com

BEST MEXICAN

LA TAQUERIA

2889 Mission, SF

(415) 285-7117

BEST CHINESE

SAN TUNG

1031 Irving, SF

(415) 242-0828

BEST THAI

LERS ROS

730 Larkin, SF

307 Hayes, SF

3189 16th St., SF

www.lersros.com

BEST BREAKFAST

BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY’S

2499 San Bruno, SF

www.breakfastattiffanyssf.com

BEST BRUNCH

ZAZIE

941 Cole, SF

www.zaziesf.com

BEST LUNCH

LUNCHPAD

581 Hayes, SF

www.thelunchpadsf.com

BEST DESSERTS

MISSION PIE

2901 Mission, SF

www.missionpie.com

BEST ICE CREAM

MITCHELL’S

688 San Jose, SF

www.mitchellsicecream.com

BEST CAFE

PINHOLE COFFEE

231 Cortland, SF

www.pinholecoffee.com

BEST COFFEE ROASTERS

PEET’S COFFEE

www.peets.com

BEST CUP OF TEA

SAMOVAR

411 Valencia, SF

730 Howard, SF

BEST OVERALL BAR

MADRONE ART BAR

500 Divisadero

www.madroneartbar.com

BEST NEW BAR

PAGAN IDOL

375 Bush, SF

www.paganidol.com

BEST BARTENDER

RANDY MAUPIN, CAT CLUB

BEST DIVE BAR

EL RIO

3158 Mission, SF

www.elriosf.com

BEST SWANKY BAR

NOIR LOUNGE

581 Hayes, SF

www.noir-sf.com

BEST SINGLES BAR

BLONDIE’S

540 Valencia, SF

www.blondiesbarsf.com

BEST SPORTS BAR

HI TOPS

2247 Market, SF

www.hitopssf.com

BEST GAY BAR

THE STUD

399 Ninth St., SF

www.studsf.com

BEST HAPPY HOUR

POP’S BAR

2800 24th St., SF

www.popssf.com

BEST WINERY

ROCK WALL WINES

2301 Monarch, Alameda

www.rockwallwines.com

BEST WINE BAR

SCOPO DIVINO

2800 California, SF

www.scopodivino.com

BEST BEER SELECTION

TORONADO

547 Haight, SF

www.toronado.com

BEST CREATIVE COCKTAILS

TIE

BLACKBIRD

2124 Market, SF

blackbirdbar.com

ODDJOB

1337 Mission, SF

www.oddjobsf.com

BEST BAR STAFF

CAT CLUB

1190 Folsom, SF

www.sfcatclub.com

BEST BAKERY

ARIZMENDI

Various locations

www.arizmendibakery.com

BEST BUTCHER SHOP

TIE

AVEDANO’S

235 Cortland, SF

www.avedanos.com

OLIVIER’S BUTCHERY

1074 Illinois, SF

www.oliviersbutchery.com

BEST CHEESE SHOP

COWGIRL CREAMERY

Ferry Building, SF

www.cowgirlcreamery.com

BEST CHOCOLATIER

FOG CITY

455 Market, SF

www.fogcitynews.com

BEST POT EDIBLES

GREEN CROSS

4218 Mission, SF

www.thegreencross.org