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Daily news roundup for Thursday, December 3, 2015

Steve Rhodes
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Here's what's happening in the Bay Area, as curated by KALW news:

SFPD officers shoot, kill man in Bayview // SF Examiner

“San Francisco police shot and killed a man carrying a knife in the Bayview district who reportedly matched the description of the suspect in a nearby stabbing, Police Chief Greg Suhr said."

“About 45 minutes before the police shooting, a victim who had been stabbed in the shoulder walked into San Francisco General Hospital and described his assailant. The victim is expected to survive.”


S.F. panel votes on body camera policy // SF Gate

"In a surprising move, the San Francisco Police Commission voted Wednesday for a body-worn camera policy that prohibits officers from viewing footage in critical situations such as an officer-involved shooting — an issue that has moved front and center in the debate over police accountability in San Francisco and across the country."

"The vote, however contentious it was, takes the police department one step closer to equipping 1,800 officers with body-worn cameras, a technology that has long been lauded by law enforcement watchdogs and police alike as something that will both hold officers accountable and protect them from false complaints."


David Chiu Wants to Hear Your Ideas for New Laws // SF Weekly

"Ever wanted the glory of being a politician without any of the bullshit? If you live in California’s 17th Assembly District (which includes San Francisco), you’ll soon have your chance." 

"Assemblyman David Chiu, who represents the district, today launched a new initiative/contest called “There Ought to be a Law,” whereby average taxpayers like you and me can finally moonlight as lawmakers. Chiu is asking constituents in his district to propose new legislation for the 2016 legislative year, noting, “Some of the most interesting pieces of legislation I have worked on throughout my career came directly from constituents who are dealing with challenges or see opportunities in their everyday lives."


Silicon Valley children with special needs get the chance to enjoy the sport of soccer // San Jose Mercury

"Jacob, who suffers from a brain stem tumor that leaves him wheelchair-bound, is part of the JCC's Top Soccer program. Now in its first season, headed by Alex Saunders and coached by Nick Melton, Top Soccer is a special needs-friendly soccer program, allowing those with challenges to enjoy the benefits and fun of running drills and scrimmaging."

"Jacob is the only participant in a wheelchair, but other players have special circumstances ranging from autism to Down syndrome, and each practice is tailored for each individual child. If one drill is being done and a player is not comfortable with participating, that player is able to sit to the side or practice another drill that they feel better about completing. The program also provides a variety of soccer balls to accommodate different types of abilities."


Despite Opposition, San Francisco Jail Project Moves to Full Board for Vote // NBC Bay Area

"A controversial plan to build a new $240 million jail in San Francisco moved forward Wednesday after a tumultuous hearing marked by a protest that shut the meeting down for several hours and led to the arrest of several people."

"The jail project, which includes the acceptance of an $80 million state grant, the issuance of $215 million in city financing and the purchase of property next to the Hall of Justice at 850 Bryant St., is intended to replace two decrepit, seismically unsafe jails now in use on the site. The proposed new 384-bed facility would have 444 fewer beds than the current jails and include more space for inmate programs as well as units for mental health and drug treatment, according to city officials."


Le End For Le Video Delayed — Again? // SF Weekly

"Even after over a year and a half of Hail Mary attempts to save the troubled video store gave way to the sad but inevitable announcement that last Saturday would be the final day of rentals (in really, truly, no-foolin’ terms this time), owner Catherine Tche is still maneuvering to keep some version of the place alive, this time via a possible sale to the Alamo Drafthouse."

"But Saturday came and went with no word of a sale, which meant that the doomsday plan of selling off her stock and closing up forever was seemingly the only one left on the table. But now Tche says that a post-deadline sale is still possible, with final word to come today."


Warning issued after squirrel attacks 8 people in Novato // Marin Independent Journal

"A vicious squirrel is on the prowl in Novato."

"What’s been reported as a gray fox squirrel has jumped from trees and scampered into classrooms and garages to attack a total of eight people in northwest Novato in past weeks, and the Marin Humane Society is on the hunt to find the perpetrator before more attacks ensue."