Top stories of the week: driverless Ubers, funding for homeless, Twitter surveillance

Top stories of the week: driverless Ubers, funding for homeless, Twitter surveillance

Had a busy week? Here are our top local news stories from the past few days.

SF stretched to the limit by tech boom, says city report
Scarce office space, a housing crunch and a transportation system at near capacity are restricting further economic growth, according the voter-mandated “Five-Year Financial Plan” released Thursday by the City Controller’s Office. Get the scoop.

Twitter stops giving feds user data, but social media surveillance persists in SF
Increasing use of social media as a surveillance tool for law enforcement was dealt a blow this week after a subsidiary of San Francisco-based Twitter stopped passing along user data to federal law enforcement agencies across the country. More info here.

Uber ordered to halt self-driving cars on SF streets
The California DMV on Wednesday threatened legal action against the use of self-driving Uber vehicles on San Francisco streets, saying the company first needed to obtain a permit for such a purpose. Learn more about the violations here.

Trump’s election reinvigorates hate at SF’s public schools
District officials have been trying to shift the culture at San Francisco’s flagship public high school after a racially charged incident infuriated black students last spring, but the election of Donald Trump hasn’t made their job any easier. Read more.

SF approves $6.5M in homeless spending
Mayor Ed Lee’s budget plan may have sparked some controversy, but the portion of his plan to fund homeless services was approved Wednesday without opposition. Learn how it will be distributed here.

No really, can California secede now?
Check out Resisting Tyranny, a new Examiner column by attorney Alix Rosenthal. Alix will be covering how the incoming administration will affect California, and what we can do to fight back. Read her first post here.Alix RosenthalbudgeteducationhomelessMayor Ed LeeTrump

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The Hotel Whitcomb on Market Street was one of many hotels that took in homeless people as part of The City’s shelter-in-place hotel program during the pandemic.<ins> (Kevin N. Hume/The Examiner)</ins>
Closing hotels could disconnect hundreds from critical health care services

‘That baseline of humanity and dignity goes a long way’

Pachama, a Bay Area startup, is using technology to study forests and harness the carbon-consuming power of trees. (Courtesy Agustina Perretta/Pachama)
Golden Gate Park visitors may take a survey about options regarding private car access on John F. Kennedy Drive, which has been the subject of controversy during the pandemic.<ins> (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)</ins>
Your chance to weigh in: Should JFK remain closed to cars?

Host of mobility improvements for Golden Gate Park proposed

Dreamforce returned to San Francisco in person this week – but with a tiny sliver of past attendance. (Courtesy Salesforce)
Dreamforce returns with hundreds on hand, down from 170,000 in the past

High hopes for a larger Salesforce conference shriveled during the summer

“Radiant Fugitives” by Nawaaz Ahmed is a poignant family tragedy. (Courtesy photo)
“Radiant Fugitives” by Nawaaz Ahmed is a poignant family tragedy. (Courtesy photo)
‘Radiant Fugitives’ explores ties that bind, and divide, a Muslim family

Nawaaz Ahmed’s SF-set novel links personal, political conflicts with passion, empathy

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