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Daily news roundup for Wednesday, June 22, 2016

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

San Francisco voters may ban homeless encampments // SF Examiner

"San Francisco voters will decide in November whether to ban homeless encampments and empower police officers to remove them within 24 hours.

"In an effort reminiscent of the 2010 voter-approved sit-lie law, Supervisor Mark Farrell has placed on the November ballot a measure that would amend the police code to make it illegal 'to place an encampment on a public sidewalk.'

"Police would have the authority to remove an encampment after giving 24-hour notice and offering shelter options. There are other laws that prohibit such behavior, like the health code, but this would be 'a policy directly on point that addresses the issue,' Farrell said."


Palo Alto: Buena Vista Mobile Home Park partnership gets go-ahead from county// San Jose Mercury News

"Santa Clara County supervisors unanimously supported a partnership Tuesday aimed at saving the Buena Vista Mobile Home Park in Palo Alto, using eminent domain to take possession of the property if necessary."


Oakland police sergeant currently on leave faces more scrutiny // KTVU

"The embattled Oakland Police Department will come under more scrutiny Wednesday.

"This case involves a sergeant who is currently on leave amid allegations that his girlfriend typed up homicide reports for him, but then posted the confidential material online after learning he was married.

"Defense attorneys tell KTVU that every case this sergeant worked on could be reviewed."


$33,000 Raised for Tenants Displaced by Fire // Mission Local

"In the wake of last weekend’s massive fire at the corner of 29th and Mission streets, tens of thousands of dollars have already been fundraised for its victims.

"A GoFundMe account set up by Edwin Lindo, the once-supervisorial candidate and Frisco Five hunger striker, had raised some $33,000 as of Tuesday night for the 58 residential tenants displaced in the fire."


Search for HIV’s Holy Grail: New plan of attack in SF// SF Gate

"S.F. scientists hope they've taken 1st step toward beating disease...A team of U.S. scientists have a new plan of attack, though, and clinical trials have started in San Francisco and a dozen or so other sites around the country."


Richmond: Amid a renaissance, poverty hard to root out // East Bay Times

"In the city's Marina Bay shoreline neighborhood, residents can stroll or jog along the waterfront while enjoying views of San Francisco, and dine in two of Richmond's nicest restaurants. Less than a mile away, on Cutting Boulevard, people line up at a clinic for their daily methadone dose, and low-income housing complexes are as ubiquitous as liquor stores and check-cashing businesses.

"These two worlds exist side by side, a reminder that even as Richmond gentrifies amid the region's economic resurgence, the need in many neighborhoods is great."

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